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Ken Page tells the Ken Page story onstage

By Kathleen Allen
Arizona Daily Star
Tucson, Arizona Published: 04.17.2009

Ken Page's life could be a book.
And it may, someday. But right now he's wrapping up his life in "Page by Page," which Invisible Theatre brings to Tucson this weekend.

Page, an actor and singer, is just 55, but he's done a whole lotta living in those years.

"It basically traces my life from St. Louis and moving to New York and on to the years in Paris," said Page, talking on phone from New York, where he had just opened in "Happiness" at the Lincoln Center.



Ken Page originated the Broadway role of Old Deuteronomy in "Cats."
Courtesy of Invisible Theatre


Page was at the beginnings of some pretty amazing theatrical events: He made his Broadway debut in "The Wiz," an all-black version of "The Wizard of Oz"; he was in the original Broadway cast o…

Actor re-creates roles he's had, including as white characters

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Actor re-creates roles he's had, including as white characters


Actor re-creates roles he's had, including as white characters
April 15, 2009

CHUCK GRAHAM
Tucson Citizen

The Chinese like to say it is bad luck to be born in interesting times.

But even though St. Louis native Ken Page, born in 1954, spent his life and his show business career surviving turbulent racial change, the assassination of several American leaders and the AIDS crisis, he turned the experience into a one-man performance of Broadway hits that has been called "lusty, life-affirming, yet also haunting."



In "Page by Page," actor Ken Page will reflect on his past performances, from high school theater to the role of Old Deuteronomy in "Cats."


The Broadway star has titled his singing autobiography "Page By Page," which he brings to the Berger Performing Arts Center for two performances this weekend, presented by Invisible Theatre.

"Page By Page"celebrates a barrier- busti…

Art program focuses on abilities, not disabilities | www.azstarnet.com ®

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Art program focuses on abilities, not disabilities
By Rhonda Bodfield
arizona daily star
Tucson, Arizona Published: 04.05.2009

Parents of special-education students rarely get to have those precious, scholastic coming-of-age moments, such as watching their children star in school recitals or pitch shutouts for their baseball teams.

If there's a meeting at school, it's often to focus on what their children can't do and how to make the best accommodations.

Susan Claassen works with members of Pastime Players, an art program that provides training in music, drama and dance to special-education students at Catalina Magnet High School. The program got its start in 1984.
KELLY PRESNELL / Arizona Daily Star


So there's something powerful about the annual Pastime Players performance, when parents get to see their children take the stage, regardless of mental or physical challenges, and showcase their abi…

SUCH GOOD FRIENDS, A Documentary Chronicling The Invisible Theatre Of Tucson's Pastime Players To Be Shown 4/26

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SUCH GOOD FRIENDS, A Documentary Chronicling The Invisible Theatre Of Tucson's Pastime Players To Be Shown 4/26

Thursday, April 2, 2009; Posted: 09:04 PM - by BWW News Desk

Such Good Friends is a documentary chronicling the Invisible Theatre of Tucson’s Pastime Players. For over 25 years, Susan Claassen, artistic director of the Invisible Theatre, has spearheaded this arts project. She, Gail Fitzhugh and a dedicated group of artists teach theatre, music and dance twice a week to exceptional education students. Verl, Danny, Beth, Janna, Meg and Jennifer have been members of this performance troupe. Their connections and ultimate friendship tells the story of two very different worlds coming together through the power of the arts.

Such Good Friends will be playing at the Loft Cinema (3233 E. Speedway Blvd. Tucson, AZ) on April 26, 2009 at 1:00pm (doors open at 12:30pm). Watch the Pastime Players walk down the red carpet at 12:45pm. Tickets cost $20.00 ($10.00 for students and groups of…