The El Paso Community Foundation is celebrating its third year with a diverse lineup of shows beginning on Sunday, October 9, 2016.

The Jewel Box Series presents everything from poets, painters, plays and performances of various kinds at the Philanthropy Theatre in downtown El Paso beginning in October through May 2017.

Tickets are $16 at the box office, Ticketmaster outlets, or by calling 1-800-745-3000 and 915-534-0609.

Season tickets for all eight shows are $103 (a 20% discount), available at the El Paso Community Foundation, online at (designate “Jewel Box Series Season Tickets”) or by calling 915-533-4020.

Program Schedule:

As Is … 2 Painters and 2 Poets

Painters Susan Amstater and Connie Dillman and poets Dorothy Ann Leach and Jacquelyn Stroud Spier, who will show paintings, read poems and explore themes of friendship and the creative process. 2:30 p.m. Sunday, October 9, 2016.

Boheme Noir

This original production, features live music by Daniel Rivera and Carlos Benitez, and a piece set to Astor Piazzolla’s La Historia del Tango: Café 1930. 2:30 p.m. Sunday, November 13, 2016

Barrio Christmas

This is a bilingual production loosely based on Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Set in El Paso, this adaptation by writer-director Drime Lockhart tells the story of a bitter store owner confronted with his past. 7 p.m. Saturday, December 10; 2:30 p.m. Sunday, December 11, 2016.

Indigo Twilight

This classical-jazz crossover, combines instrumental music, voice and poetry for a journey through the mysterious hues and alluring rhythms of the night. 2:30 p.m. Sunday, January 15, 2017.

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

This is a musical valentine, a re-imagining of the Disney musical. It centers on a family that re-enacts the play in their grandparents’ home, and features familiar songs, including Be Our Guest. 7 p.m. Saturday, February 11; 2:30 p.m. Sunday, February 12, 2017.

Killing Buddha

A modern take on an ancient North Indian legend about a serial killer seeking atonement from the divine teacher. Writer-director Algernon D’Ammassa plays all of the characters, accompanied by nationally known Native American musician Randy Granger on wind, string and percussion. 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 12, 2017


This Valdez play is about a young man whose love of the earth is rooted in Aztec mythology. Directed by local theater veteran Hector Serrano, it’s a cry against the exploitation of the planet by modern forces. 7 p.m. Saturday, April 8; 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 9, 2017

Banging the Bell: A Texas Comedy in Two Acts

An original comedy about a group of women who plan to be the belles of the ball but infidelity, a corpulent corpse and dimwitted deputy could change their plans. 2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 21, 2017