‘The Great Gatsby’ at Zao Theatre Fridays and Saturdays, through Aug. 24

Zao Theatre in Apache Junction is launching its 2019-20 season with the award-winning play, The Great Gatsby, based on the 1925 novel by American author F. Scott Fitzgerald. It is at once titillating, fascinating and shocking in its portrayal of The Jazz Age that was soon to disappear from the American landscape. Simon Levy brings […]

‘Our Town’ at Zao Theatre in Apache Junction March 29-April 13

Zao Theatre in Apache Junction is proud to present “Our Town,” Thornton Wilder’s most celebrated play, March 29-April 13. “Our Town” opened on Broadway in 1938, received a Pulitzer Prize for drama, and, then, went on to become one of the most frequently performed American plays of the 20th century. It tells the story of the fictional American small […]

‘Ordinary Days’ at Zao Theatre in Apache Junction Jan. 18-26

After its successful run of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” Zao Theatre is presenting the play “Ordinary Days” Jan. 18-26. “This is a play by one of musical theater’s most exciting new composer/playwrights, Adam Gwon,” Hank Sheffer, publicity director for Zao Theatre in Apache Junction, said in a release. “It is an honest and funny […]

‘Ordinary Days’ Jan. 18-26 at Zao Theatre in Apache Junction

After its successful run of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” Zao Theatre is presenting the play “Ordinary Days” Jan. 18-26. “This is a play by one of musical theater’s most exciting new composer/playwrights, Adam Gwon,” Hank Sheffer, publicity director for Zao Theatre in Apache Junction, said in a release. “It is an honest and funny […]

‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’ Nov. 2-17 at Zao Theatre

Zao Theatre is proud to present The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Nov. 2-17. The sweeping, grand-scale epic, musical tale of hope, love and passion comes to life on Zao’s big stage in this emotionally charged telling of the celebrated classic. Inspired by Victor Hugo’s novel and songs from the Disney animated feature, this version of […]

Zao Theatre of Apache Junction actors win 2 ariZoni awards

During the 28th annual ariZoni Theatre Awards of Excellence celebration held Sept. 17, Zao Theatre actors received two awards, both for “Ragtime: The Musical.” “Congratulations to Bryan N. Stewart and Ivan Thompson for collecting the award for best actor(s) in a major role. Congratulations to all our Ragtime ariZoni nominees and to the entire cast and […]

Zao Theatre celebrates 166th birthday of ‘The Elephant Man’ through Sept. 8

Aug. 5, 1862, was John Merrick’s birthday. He would have been 166 years old this year. He was truly an example of how one man, through perseverance, can overcome circumstances far beyond his control and take his place in a much unforgiving society. He proved once and for all that there is always hope to […]

Zao Theatre’s ‘Ragtime, The Musical’ in Apache Junction nominated for 9 ariZoni Awards

The production of “Ragtime, The Musical” at Zao Theatre in Apache Junction has been nominated for nine ariZoni Awards. The annual award presentation is to be in September, Hank Sheffer, publicity director for Zao Theatre, said in a release. “This year marked the first year Apache Junction’s own community theatre, Zao Theatre, was permitted to participate,” he said […]

Zao Theatre is Apache Junction’s own full-fledged community theatre

Yes, Apache Junction does have its own full-fledged community theatre. Zao Theatre occupies the former Superstition Mountain Elementary School complex. As a part of this community, it has always been our desire to engage, inspire, entertain and challenge audiences with theatrical productions that range from the classics to new works. We offer opportunities and support […]

Zao Theatre play examines justice, social responsibility

The Zao Theatre, 550 S. Ironwood Drive, Apache Junction, will stage “Twelve Angry Jurors,” based on the award-winning play “12 Angry Men.” In the play, which will be performed April 13-28, 12 jurors are selected from all walks of life to determine the fate of an 18-year-old on trial for murdering his father. The jury is locked and all […]