“Vivian’s Music, 1969” fantasia at the Berger Performing Arts Center

Southwest Premiere Made Possible in Part through the Generous Support of Kristi Keller and Bernie Bauer
January 18-19, 2020
Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 7:30PM
Sunday, January 19, 2020 at 3:00 PM
The Berger Performing Arts Center
1200 West Speedway Blvd.
Tucson, AZ 85745
At The Berger Performing Arts Center
“The award-winning Off-Broadway smash hit was inspired by real events. A 14 year old bundle of energy named Vivian was shot by a white police officer, igniting one of the worst race riots in American history. No one knew anything about her, just her name, her age, and how she died. This jazz infused fantasia stars the critically acclaimed NYC cast, Russell Jordan and Kailah S. King, and gives Vivian a life, a family, and a love of music. “A moment of theatrical brilliance.” -The List Edinburgh *NO REFUNDS OR EXCHANGES.”
General admission $45:
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Carolyn Classen
Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for Tucsoncitizen.com for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, www.southernazjapan.org (since Jan. 2013).


  1. Attended preview event at playwright Monica Bauer‘s house to meet actors Russell Jordan and Kailah King, from NYC. The play got great reviews at Edinburg Fringe Festival in 2018, and is returning there in August 2020. Both actors pitched the play, in which they bring the victim Vivian Strong alive to love jazz music. They said it wasn’t a sad play,but a loving one.This play has been performed Off Broadway as well. See it this weekend only.

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