Photos: 2014 Colorado New Play Summit, Day 1

by John Moore | Feb 04, 2014

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"Victory Jones" Director Wendy C. Goldberg and actor Ben Morrow

The 2014 Colorado New Play Summit opens Friday, but the work began in earnest today as the casts and creative teams for all five new readings gathered, met ... and got to work.

Now in its ninth year, the Colorado New Play Summit has become one of the most important new-play festivals in America. Last year, four Summit readings earned their way onto the 2013-14 season.

Here is this year's lineup. The public is encouraged to come and get a first and first-hand look at some of the most promising new work that may end up in full production next season. Click here to check times and ticket availability.

Here are the chosen 2014 plays:

  • The Comparables, by Laura Schellhardt
  • Appoggiatura by James Still
  • Victory Jones and the Incredible One Woman Band, by Idris Goodwin
  • Benediction, by Eric Schmiedl, adapted from the book by Kent Haruf
  • Zenith, by Kirsten Greenidge

Here are select photos from Tuesday, Feb. 4. All photos by John Moore:

INTRODUCTIONS:

image"The Comparables" Director Braden Abraham

 

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"Victory Jones" Playwright Idris Goodwin and Director Wendy C. Goldberg

 

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"Benediction" Actor Tracy Shaffer and "Appoggiatura" Playwright James Still.

 

image"Benediction" Director Kent Thompson, also Denver Center Theatre Company Artistic Director

 

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Actors Tracy Shaffer, Billie McBride and Leonard E. Barrett

 

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"Victory Jones" actor Ben Morrow, left

 

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"Zenith" Dramaturg Ilana Brownstein

 

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"Zenith" Playwright Kirsten Greenidge

 

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"Appoggiatura" Actor Randy Moore, left, and "Benediction" Actor" Mike Hartman.

 

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"Appoggiatura" Production Assistant Nicolette Vajtay

 

imageDenver Center Stage Management Supervisor Chris Ewing

 

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Colorado New Play Summit Ambassadors

 

imageReturning Colorado native Lynnda Ferguson ("Benediction")

 

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"Victory Jones" actor Amy Luna

 

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Tricia Moreland and the youngsters of "Benediction"

imageAssociate Managing Director Ryan Meischeid

 

BENEDICTION REHEARSAL

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Actor Larry Hecht

 

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VICTORY JONES AND THE INCREDIBLE ONE-WOMAN BAND REHEARSAL

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THE COMPARABLES REHEARSAL

imageActor Jamie Ann Romero, who also stars in "The Legend of Georgia McBride"

 

ZENITH REHEARSAL

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Director Randy White and Playwright Kirsten Greenidge

 

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Actor Candy Brown

 

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Actors April Matthis and Gabra Zackman

 

APPOGGIATURA REHEARSAL

 

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imageActor Mehry Eslaminia

 

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John Moore
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Award-winning arts journalist John Moore has recently taken a groundbreaking new position as the DCPA’s Senior Arts Journalist. With The Denver Post, he was named one of the 12 most influential theater critics in the US by American Theatre Magazine. He is the founder of the Denver Actors Fund, a nonprofit that raises money for local artists in medical need. John is a native of Arvada and attended Regis Jesuit High School and the University of Colorado at Boulder. Follow him on Twitter @moorejohn.

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