Perseverance Theatre Company's The Blue Bear opens in February.
The aptly named Perseverance Theatre Company—now entering its 32nd year of presenting Alaskan plays for Alaskan audiences—is reaching beyond its Juneau home in 2012 for a season of shows in the Sydney Laurence Theatre, part of the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Anchorage.
“It has always been our ambition to be a regional company,” says Artistic Director Art Rotch. The Blue Bear, a buddy story adapted from wilderness guide Lynn Schooler’s book about his adventures with Japanese photographer Michio Hoshino, runs February 10 through 18.
Not all the season’s plays are homegrown. Perseverance will stage the classic Broadway drama A Raisin in the Sun, set in inner-city Chicago, April 13 through 22. The Anchorage theater has 330 seats, twice the number in the company’s original digs. Rotch expects big crowds. Some art scenes around the nation may be facing hard times, but this theater company plans to prosper. (907) 263-2787, perseverancetheatre.org.
Photography by Dave Depew
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