The Herberger Theater is proud to showcase the work of diverse and emerging theater companies in our Lunch Time Theater.
Lunch Time Theater offers one-act plays lasting 45 to 50 minutes, to which our guests can bring a lunch or pre-order one from the Herberger Theater’s caterer when ordering tickets. Tickets are $10 each, not including lunch, and the short plays and musicals feature some of the greatest rising groups in the Arizona theatre scene.
Our 2021-2022 Season
Holly Jolly Christmas (December 6-16, 2021): We are excited to welcome Mesa Encore Theatre’s Holly Jolly Christmas as Lunch Time Theater’s first show back in our beloved KAX! Directed and choreographed by award-winning Broadway veteran Michael Wallot, this joyous and touching musical walk down memory lane, hosted by none other than Mr. and Mrs. Claus, is a “winter wonderland” celebration. Be ready to smile, laugh and of course sing along in perfect holiday style. (Musical direction by Jennifer Adams)
An Otherwise Magical Life (January 10-20, 2022): One Rockette’s hilarious, yet traumatic story of survival, success, brokenness and how a ridiculous sense of humor magically saved her life. Again, and again…and, again. Through storytelling, music, and a few pas de bourree’s Karen Burns invites us into her life, from an overly dramatic childhood spent in leg braces, to a narrow escape from the Golden State Killer, to life on stage at Radio City Music Hall and back again to leg braces. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll be glad it wasn’t you!
Reverend King & Minister X (January 31-February 10, 2022): Both fought against inequality in their own way. One was the charismatic national spokesman for the Nation of Islam. One was the leader of the American Civil Rights Movement of the sixties. The legacies of Malcolm X and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., continue to shape the nation long after their assassinations. This is a fictional depiction of a meeting of minds between Malcolm X and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. How could these titans of history come together for an opportunity to share one thought?
In Concert (March 14-24, 2022): For over 40 years, T.A. Burrows has used his vocal talents to delight audiences with the voices of legendary singers. Now, hear T.A. as you’ve never seen him before, singing in his own voice in a new production entitled, “IN CONCERT.” In this show, T.A. performs some of his favorite pop hits and standards. Between the tunes, he shares hilarious anecdotes reflecting his amazing career as a professional entertainer.
Back in Business (May 9-May 19, 2022): Finally! Time to hug friends, cuddle babies, and go to the theater. 16 Bars is over the moon to be back on the wonderful Herberger stage. We guarantee live entertainers getting down to business with smooth and snappy, sweet and soulful sounds. Add the beat of dancing feet, and it’s time to crank up the volume. We’re Back In Business!
Life is but a Dream (May 23-June 2, 2022): Has the world got you down these days? Don’t worry. Rumor has it, it’s not even real! This show is presented by Girls on the Road, the musical duo of composer/keyboardists Annie Moscow and Rachael Nicole Gold. Always innovative, fun and unexpected. To learn more about Girls on the Road and their music, visit girlsontheroadmusic.com
D is for Disguise (June 6-16, 2022): Pandanda Players returns with the next installment in their Alphabet Shakespeare series: D is for Disguise. Get ready to think, laugh, and learn as we journey through some of the many disguises used in Shakespeare’s plays. We’ll look at disguise in comedy as we explore the exploits of Rosiland and Viola. We’ll even explore disguise on the battlefield of one of Shakespeare’s most famous history plays. Even the greatest Shakespeare cynic will have some fun as we uncover other incognito incidents along the way.
Right Turns (June 20-30, 2022): Miranda is late – again. She’s trying to make partner at one of the city’s most prestigious law firms, and her boss needs her promotion file today. But her dad’s radiation treatment is today, too. Determined to do both, Miranda starts to unravel while driving him to his doctor’s appointment and fielding calls from her office. That is, until she realizes that the right turns in life sometimes help you find your way.
Tickets may be purchased in advance, online or by calling our box office (602-252-8497). Our Box Office representatives have information about parking passes and our exciting new pre-ordered lunch options as well. You may bring your own lunch if you choose! To purchase tickets on the day of the show, go to the Kax Stage entrance off of Van Buren & 3rd Street.
Lunch Time Theater After Dark
Lunch Time Theater After Dark takes place on the first Monday of each show’s run at 7pm.
Free Community Outreach Programs
We are proud to offer free Community Outreach Program presentations that entertain and inform. All community outreach programs will be listed next to show dates on the Lunch Time Theater show’s calendar page.