Crooked Figure Theatre Returns to El Portal Sedona Hotel
El Portal Sedona Hotel is pleased to announce Crooked Figure Theatre’s return to Sedona August 3 and 4, 2018. William Shakespeare’s King Lear is the story of a diseased mind and heart that leads to the downfall of a kingdom. The incredible actors of Crooked Figure Theatre will be doing a staged reading of the play in El Portal’s secluded courtyard. Actors will be moving and interacting, with guests, but with scripts in hand.
“Crooked Figure is focusing its work on representations of mental illness in Lear. We’re re-imagining one of the play’s character’s as a voice in Lear’s brain that results from his sudden recognition that he has, possibly for the first time in his reign, made a grave error that destroys his family. The guilt and grief that result from this decision, and the depression that Lear falls into, create space within his mind for a growing disturbance. We’re excited to explore these contemporary issues of mental illness within Shakespeare’s classic story,” says director Gutierrez-Dennehy.
King Lear is 6:00 p.m. on August 3 and 4 at El Portal Sedona Hotel (95 Portal Lane, Sedona, AZ 86336). The production will be free of charge to the public. No reservations are needed; seating is first come, first served. Parking will be available at El Portal and in nearby lots, signage will direct guests to parking locations.
Sedona Northern Lights Coming December 14-17
Celebrate the spirit of the holiday season in Sedona with USA’s largest Projection Show on a natural canvas: Sedona Northern Lights. This incredibly massive holiday light show will happen for only four nights, December 14-17, 2017, and will showcase Sedona’s profound beauty, thriving arts scene, dark skies, and enchanting landscapes. Sedona Northern Lights will bring together light, art and nature to create a festive and awe-inspiring, family-friendly experience.
August 11, 12 and 18 & 19, 2017 – Henry V at El Portal
Friday and Saturday evenings NAU’s Crooked Figure Theatre brought Shakespeare’s Henry V to El Portal Sedona Hotel. The production featured 10 student actors as well as professional direction, production, and design work from NAU faculty. “The venue was at the picturesque El Portal in Sedona, Arizona. The location was memorable, rustic, and an unassumingly perfect backdrop for this powerful performance. The play opens up inside the establishment itself, with a rousing and imagery laden prologue to set the scene. Almost like magic, we were transported to 15th century England. In the highest courts of King Henry we were immediately drawn into the conflict between the two colossal countries of France and England. From there the story unfolds to show us what it means to have honor, loyalty, compassion, and courage in the thralls of war. With a plethora of powerful performances, ranging from the poignant, to the humorous, to the inspiring, and down right bad ass, it certainly makes one feel that they can rush “Once more unto the breach.”
I’ll be honest when I say that this production, its techies, costume designers, directors, producers, and its players have bolstered Henry V as one of my favorite Shakespearean plays.” JC Lawler
June 6, 2013- Bluegrass BBQ at the Segner Ranch
Thursday, June 6 at 5:30pm was part of the 7th Annual Sedona Bluegrass Festival, with a Bluegrass BBQ presented at the Segner Ranch adjacent to the original Thompson Homestead in Munds Canyon, an off shoot of Oak Creek Canyon. Featured were two of Arizona’s most celebrated artists, singer/songwriter/guitarist Peter McLaughlin and mandolinist/singer Mark Miracle who as members of the Sonoran Dogs entertained guests. The evening included dinner and beverage along with a 45-minute performance.