Perseverance to bring plays to Anchorage

After 31 years of producing shows for its home audience in Juneau, Perseverance Theater will expand the reach of its theatrical productions by bringing its first season of plays to Anchorage in 2012.


“Perseverance’s goal is to be a professional theatre by and for Alaskans,” said Art Rotch, Perseverance Theatre artistic director in a press release. “We remain committed to training and retaining Alaskan talent to work on and behind the scenes with our company, and supporting the creation of plays written by and about Alaskans. This approach has been tremendously successful in Juneau and we aim to share our work with more Alaskans.”

The lineup for the first season in Anchorage includes the original play “The Blue Bear” and the classic American play “A Raisin in the Sun.”

“The Blue Bear” is adapted from the award-winning book that follows the friendship of Juneau-based wilderness guide Lynn Schooler and Japanese photographer Michio Hoshino. The production includes a design showcasing Hoshino’s wilderness photography. “The Blue Bear” will run Feb. 10-18, 2012.

“A Raisin in the Sun” is the classic story about the American dream by the trailblazing African American writer Lorraine Hansberry. It will run from April 13-22, 2012.

Both productions will be presented at the Sydney Laurence Theatre at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts.

Perseverance Theatre was founded in 1979 and serves 15,000 artists and audiences annually with classical, contemporary and world premiere productions. It has developed more than 65 new plays by Alaskan and national playwrights, including Paula Vogel’s 1998 Pulitzer Prize-winning play “How I Learned to Drive,” building a national reputation for excellence in leadership in the theatrical field. F

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