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Award-winner set for UA stage next month

The year is 1939 and while Hitler is invading Poland, Atlanta’s close-knit Jewish community is preparing for Ballyhoo, the social event of the year.

The Arizona Repertory Theatre of the University of Arizona College of Fine Arts School of Theatre, Film & Television will present Alfred Uhry’s “The Last Night of Ballyhoo” Nov. 9-24 at the Tornabene Theatre on the UA campus.

In “Ballyhoo,” Uhry returns to the community that was the setting for his Pulitzer prize-winning “Driving Miss Daisy.”

The Freitag family hopes that the party will be a chance for their daughters to meet their future husbands — but when their uncle brings home his new employee, a handsome Eastern European bachelor from Brooklyn, everyone must confront their own prejudices, desires and beliefs. By turns heartbreaking and uplifting, “The Last Night of Ballyhoo” won the 1997 Tony Award for Best Play.

The performance schedule includes a pre-show discussion on Nov. 17 at 12:45 p.m., and a post-show discussion after the Nov. 22 performance, which begins at 7:30 p.m. For more information, visit or call the box office at 621-1162.