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Stray Cat Theatre presents Zach Braff’s All New People

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Tempe offers a bunch of events this week that can provide a welcome respite from all the holiday frenzy. Not only are there lovely traditional programs, but there are also some that are decidedly non-traditional. One that comes to mind is Tempe’s Stray Cat Theatre’s current production.

As in holiday seasons past, Stray Cat Theatre brings us something that's a bit different. This year’s offering is a play that is funny, irreverent and has nothing whatsoever to do with the holidays. It’s All New People, a play written by the multi-talented Zach Braff. You’ll remember him in his role as Dr. J.D. Dorian in the NBC TV comedy “Scrubs” and as the writer, director and star of the film Garden State.

All New People is definitely a dark comedy. Without giving too much of the plot away, it’s about Charlie who is 35, heartbroken and suicidal. In the dead of winter he goes to a summer vacation beach house where he’s planning to commit suicide. His misery and suicide attempt are interrupted by Emma, an ex-patriot Brit, Myron, a long Island fire-fighter/ drug dealer and Kim, an escort girl.

All New People is definitely dark and might not be for everyone, especially holiday purists who love all those holiday movies, TV programs and music and will accept no remakes of the original Sound of Music with Julie Andrews. However, if you ready for a break from all the holiday fru fru, this play might be just what you’re looking for.

You can see Stray Cat’s presentation of All New People at the Tempe Performing Arts Center, 132 E. 6th Street in the Mill Avenue District, December 19-21. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

If you’re ready for a break from the frenetic pace that often accompanies the holidays, you’ll find many entertaining diversions in Tempe this week. View a complete listing of Tempe events, or call 480-894-8158.


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