Sheriff Joe Arpaio constantly makes the headlines – and now he’s the star of a new play debuting on Dec. 4.

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Charles Dee Rice Photography/

The Saga of Sheriff Joe, written and directed by James E. Garcia, runs Dec. 4 through 13 at the Third Street Theatre in Phoenix.

The production is put on by the New Carpa Theater, a group that focuses on multicultural and Latino theater works.

Maricopa County’s notorious sheriff has piled up an interesting list of acts that helped make him notorious since he took office in 1993.

These include:

* Immigration sweeps – and arrests – in targeted communities where illegal aliens are suspected of living
* Creating a tent city, bordered in barbed wire, in Maricopa County Jail
* Swathing inmates in pink – pink socks, pink towels, pink prison garb and pink boxer shorts
* Feeding convicts bologna sandwiches, cutting off coffee, smoking, and any cable except for the Disney and weather channels

Anyone who thinks his tactics are too harsh will especially enjoy the play since Sheriff Joe ends up dropping dead from a heart attack.

“Turns out his personal physician is the same guy who was ‘treating’ Michael Jackson before his early demise,” the New Carpa Theater synopsis explains.

“Satan offers to cut Joe a deal — his life in exchange for stopping the Hernandez family from making their annual trek by foot from Sonora to Phoenix to catch the light rail to Bethlehem (it also stops in Vegas now). Comedy ensues. Show intended for general audiences.”

Anyone who is a fan of Sheriff Joe can maybe throw tomatoes or something.

What: American Pastorela: The Saga of Sheriff Joe
When: 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 4, 5, 10, 11, and 12 – 2 p.m. matinee on Dec. 6, 12, and 13
Where: Third Street Theatre, 1202 N. Third St. in Phoenix
Tickets at the door: $16 gen. admission; $12 students and seniors; $8 kids 12 and under. Discounts for groups of eight or more.
Discount tickets online: Limited number available by clicking here

More info: Call (623) 252-2772; e-mail; or visit website

New Carpa Theater is funded, in part, by a variety of sources, including the City of Phoenix, Arizona Commission on the Arts, Maricopa Community College District and Phoenix College.

[tnipoll]wb-logolilWhat do you think?

What other public figures should get a play produced about them?

Do you enjoy live theater or prefer the sticky-floored movies?

Does this play sound like it has the makings of a good production? Why or why not?

Does Pima County need a Sheriff Joe?