Performance of Radio Play will celebrate Arizona’s 104th Statehood Day

To celebrate Arizona’s 104th Statehood Day, Arizona Centennial Theatre Foundation in collaboration with KTAR News will present a production of “Arizona Territory” by Arizona playwright and Paradise Valley resident, Richard Warren.

Richard Warren

Richard Warren

This one-time-only performance will be presented as a radio play in front of a studio audience and broadcast live on KTAR News Radio 92.3 FM from Tempe Center for the Arts at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 14.

It will also be streamed internationally over the internet.

This radio version was adapted from Augustus Thomas’ 1899 stage play “Arizona.”

“It’s an old-time melodramatic comedy that’s sure to be a hoot,” stated Mr. Warren in a press release.

Set in the summer of 1898, the desires of two daughters of a wealthy widowed cattle rancher are pitted against the temptations of the men of the United States Cavalry. One daughter is married to a much older colonel who favors his military duties over his marital duties.

The other is head-over-heels in love with a young lieutenant who risks losing her to defend her sister’s honor. A villainous captain attempts to destroy all three until a Mexican cowboy with his own concerns intercedes.

“It’s an entertaining story where julips, women and song lead to mayhem, murder and mirth,” stated Ben Tyler, ACTF executive director, in the release.

Under the direction of Mr. Tyler, the cast is comprised of some of Arizona’s finest actors including Cathy Dresbach, Terey Summers, Joe Kremer, David Barker, Larry Soller, Tim Shawver, Emily Mohney, Mark DeMichele, Brian Nissen, Franc Gaxiola, and Pat McMahon.

Tickets are $20 and $25, and can be purchased online at or by calling Tempe Center for the Arts box office at 480-350-2822. Special discounts are available for seniors, students and military, the release stated.

This is the second Statehood Day broadcast produced by ACTF. During February 2015, it presented “Escape From Papago Park” at the Arizona Historical Society Museum in Tempe at Papago Park. It was broadcast live on KTAR News Radio 92.3 FM in front of a sold out audience.

“It was such a blast, we immediately committed to making this an annual event. Arizona’s Statehood has not gotten its due as a special day and this is our way of changing that,” stated Mr. Tyler in the release. “There are hundreds of fascinating Arizona stories, and, with our partner KTAR News, we can bring them to thousands of people.”

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