Press Release

January 12, 2023

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Fun-Filled Theater Productions Coming to Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

Robert Dubac’s “Stand-Up Jesus,” “Assisted Living the Musical®” and L.A. Theatre Works’ “Lucy Loves Desi—A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Sitcom” will be performed at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts in January and February.

SCOTTSDALE, Arizona — From geriatrics to Jesus, with a little bit of Lucy thrown in, expect plenty of laughs from theater offerings at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts in January and February.

“Theater at Scottsdale Arts is always something fun and exciting,” said Meribeth Reeves, managing director of Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. “With so much great theater already in the Valley, we strive to find quirky, unique and often thought-provoking work that complements what is already here. This year the focus is on fun with ‘Lucy Loves Desi,’ ‘Stand Up Jesus’ and the triumphant return of ‘Assisted Living the Musical®.’”

From early retirement right up to the pulling of the plug, 21st century seniors are partying like it’s 1969. And these boomers are partying at Pelican Roost, the very active retirement community where 70-something is the new 20-something — only with looser skin.

“Assisted Living: The Musical®” is written and performed by Rick Compton and Betsy Bennett as Compton & Bennett.

There will be eight showings, at 2 and 5 p.m., from Thursday, Jan 19, through Sunday, Jan. 22.

But there’s only one chance to see L.A. Theatre Works’ “Lucy Loves Desi—A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Sitcom,” which tells the tale of how the pioneering television show “I Love Lucy” came to be with as much heart and humor as the sitcom itself. It’s taking the stage at 8 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 28.

Playwright Gregg Oppenheimer — son of “I Love Lucy” creator Jess Oppenheimer — spins the hilarious, true story behind the beloved television comedy. Oppenheimer retells this witty, fast-paced tale of how the show came to be, as well as the gripping battle between Lucy and Desi and CBS over the pioneering ideas that changed the face of television forever.

L.A. Theatre Works is the nation’s leading producer of audio theater, with a 30-year history of recording classic and contemporary stage plays. The nonprofit also provides classrooms throughout the Unted States with unique arts-based educational tools.

Then there’s Robert Dubac’s “Stand-Up Jesus,” running for eight showings at 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb 23, through Sunday, Feb. 26. Dubac draws on decades of showbiz experience as a writer, actor and stand-up comic to create solo shows that explore social mores, political ideas and the complexity of the human experience, like “Stand-Up Jesus,” an irreverent look at reverence.

Using humor that is both intelligent and absurd, Dubac dissects culture with a jaundiced and probing eye. His characters boggle the mind with rapid-fire satire while simultaneously crafting a simple story that binds humanity together. Eschewing drama in the pursuit of humor, Dubac challenges convention and pulls at the audience’s emotional strings with biting wit, profound insight and humor of the highest caliber.

In addition to his theatrical endeavors, Dubac has also found success in the mainstream entertainment industry with appearances in feature films like “Too Hip for the Room,” “After the Game,” “Cold Ground,” “Sketch Artist,” “Stitches,” “Innocent Obsession” and “The Rookie.” His TV credits range from comedic turns in sitcoms like “Growing Pains” and “Diff’rent Strokes” to drama, with appearances on “Life Goes On,” “Jack and Mike” and “Loving.”

All performances take place at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. 2nd St., Scottsdale, Arizona. Ticket prices vary by show. Visit or call Scottsdale Arts Guest Services at 480-499-TKTS (8587) for more information.

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Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts would like to thank the partners for the 2022–23 season: City of Scottsdale; Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust; Great American Title Agency; Tiffany & Bosco; National Endowment for the Arts; Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation; Dr. David and Joan Goldfarb Trust; The Dayton Fowler Grafman Endowment for Classical Music; Betty Hum and Alan Yudell; Mountain Shadows Resort; Karen and John Voris; Hotel Adeline; Hotel Valley Ho; Sacks Tierney P.A.; Theodore R Stephan Endowment for Student Matinees; WESTAF/TourWest; Bank of America; Ethelyn Cohen, In Memory of Howard Cohen; Renewal by Andersen; The Theodore R. Stephan Endowment for Student Matinees; and Arizona Commission on the Arts.