Pink Nectar Café
A Theatrical Journey Through the Mysteries of the Wilderness, People & Dreams with iconic writer Jim Bishop Jr.
$15 Advance, $18 Door
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Red Earth Theatre and The Old Town Center for the Arts are pleased to present a production of Pink Nectar Café, A Theatrical Journey Through the Mysteries of the Wilderness, People and Dreams with iconic writer Jim Bishop Jr.
Pink Nectar Café, takes us into the soul of ‘Jim Bishop’ as he digs into his connection to Sedona and surrounds, the wonders and mysteries in our land, history and simply as human beings in this world. We discover that sometimes we cannot know the answers and perhaps need to let the stories speak to us and let the mystery be.
Each theater performance opens with a live music set from professional musicians Will Eaton, Claudia Tulip and Wendy Harford, playing original pieces inspired by the Verde Valley and celebrating their friend Jim Bishop.
William Eaton designs and builds innovative guitars and stringed instruments and is a founder and Director of the Roberto-Venn School of Luthiery, in Phoenix, AZ. A recording artist for Canyon Records, Eaton has received four GRAMMY nominations. In 2015 he received the Arizona Governor’s Arts Award in the ‘artist’ category. William is also a founder and co-director of Old Town Center for the Arts.
Classically trained, jazz influenced and world music inspired, Claudia Tulip performs on silver and ethnic flutes, and panpipes. One reviewer commented, “Claudia’s sound is a beautiful blend of imagination, deft technique and soulful expression.” Claudia has enjoyed a successful solo career and has also been a member of the William Eaton Ensemble since 1988.
Wendy Harford began expressing music through writing, singing and songwriting as a pre-teen in Southern California during the barefoot, beat and hip generation of the late 60's. She used her talents to put herself through college and in programs of therapeutic recreation for age 2 to 102 years of age. Most of her written words and performance themes are related to the importance of a healthy for environment, respecting wildlife and habitat, from whales and oceans, rain and rivers, to conservation messages.
Jim Bishop who passed recently, was a huge influence in the Verde Valley, and became one of Sedona’s extraordinary individuals. Before retiring to Sedona, James Bishop Jr. was a contributing writer for President Carter’s administration, and a published author of several books. An author and Sedona resident for 33 years, Jim was a journalist, environmental activist and champion of the arts. Besides serving on the Board of Sedona Recycles, James served three periods as a Keep Sedona Beautiful Trustee. Typically attired in denim and leather with a bit of turquoise jewelry, Jim was an accomplished guitarist. Always witty and perceptive, Jim entertained many with his writings and poetry. Jim often said he came to Sedona to reinvent himself, and that spread to the rest of the community.
Pink Nectar Café is adapted from Jim Bishop’s collection of short stories of the same name. Combination memoir, northern Arizona mystery guide, and serenade to the mysteries and beauty that surround us here in Northern Arizona, the stories come to life on stage. The stories include an encounter with the Navajo Chindi, the dying Verde River, the lady who blew the whistle on trustees selling artifacts at the Museum of Northern Arizona, the peregrine falcon that saved a wild piece of land and, of course, the mysterious Pink Nectar Cafe itself. Everett Ruess, who vanished as a young man into the wilderness in Northern AZ, threads his way through the stories
Directed by Kate Hawkes and Amy Waddell, an ensemble of 12 actors play multiple roles throughout the evening with live music, provided by Leah Bee, underscoring the performance. Performers include long time Red Earth favorites Terra Shelman, Joan Westmoreland, Dave Belkiewitz, Mary Gladieux and Phil Oberholzer with Tiffany Grimm, Michael Cosentino, Zeke Collins and new to Red Earth’s main stage Maxwell Peters, Michael Gallagher, Abby Heydorn and, in his first performance with Red Earth, Buffalo Child as Grey Clouds.
The 2015 original show was created by Red Earth Theatre with Jim Bishop by writers Kate Hawkes and Dev Ross. This 2020 production has been reimagined with writer/director Amy Waddell, recently returned to the Verde Valley, her childhood home, after 10 years living in France.
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