For most of his life, Philip Tapia has been a core component of Mobile arts endeavors from outside the spotlight. In addition to working on road crews for national touring acts such as Pure Prairie League, Tapia has been a technical director, an award-winning lighting director and served in every way possible for community theater, concerts and television productions. He served as Mobile Theatre Guild (MTG) Board President during 2017-18.
According to current MTG President Sherrick Sandy, Tapia suffered a stroke on Feb. 26. As of March 6, he was still at University of South Alabama Medical Center but is “improving” and expected to start rehabilitation in a week’s time.
Lit Fest in mid-March
The latest incarnation of the Mobile Literary Festival takes place March 16, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Ben May Main Branch of the Mobile Public Library (701 Government St.). The free festival features creative writing workshops, panel discussions, local author book sales and performance by teen authors.
The free festival is sponsored by the Mobile Public Library, Friends of the Mobile Public Library, Mobile Writers’ Guild, the Haunted Book Shop and the Metro Mobile Literacy Council.
Company 11 hosts one-woman show
Comedian Megan Gogerty was told she couldn’t play Lady Macbeth since the character was powerfully malevolent and Gogerty was “the human equivalent of a golden retriever.” Through her determination to do so anyway, she discovered deeper things about herself, comedy, drama and social expectations in female roles.
The resulting irreverent one-woman show — “Lady Macbeth and Her Pal, Megan” — was voted Audience Pick of the Fringe at the Cincinnati Fringe Festival.
“Whatever ride you thought you were going to go on in this play, this is not that,” director Saffron Henke said.
Company 11 is bringing Gogerty to Mobile for three performances, March 21-23, 8 p.m. at Bellingrath Hall of Central Presbyterian (1260 Dauphin St.).
Tickets cost $15, $12 for seniors/students. For more information, call 251-333-0559 or visit company11.org.
Mobile Opera stages tragic betrayal
An older man catches hints of his younger wife’s illicit affections for a young stevedore. The wistfulness of marital love lost gives way to jealousy, then to a crescendo of bloody conflict.
Giacomo Puccini’s “Il Tabarro (The Cloak)” is the first in a famed triptych of one-act operas and the last of the trio performed in succession by Mobile Opera. Its sonorous tone balances the comic and reverent tones of the other two.
Performances are March 22 at 8 p.m. and March 24 at 2:30 p.m. at The Temple Downtown (351 St. Francis St.).
Single tickets cost $45 and $30, and $10 for students. For more information, call 251-432-6772 or visit mobileopera.org.
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