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"In the past decade, the Mile High City has become an undersung gem of new play development. Since its inception, the Summit has expanded... to an industry must-attend fest."
- American Theatre, 2015
Join the Theatre Company at the annual Colorado New Play Summit, a premier showcase and celebration of new plays. Over the past decade, we’ve introduced 40 new plays at the Summit, more than half of which returned to our stages as full Theatre Company productions. Recent Summit premieres include Samuel D. Hunter’s The Whale, Matthew Lopez’s The Legend of Georgia McBride, Theresa Rebeck's The Nest, Tanya Saracho's FADE, Catherine Trieschmann’s The Most Deserving, Marcus Gardley’s black odyssey, Karen Zacarias’ Just Like Us, and Jeffrey Haddow and Neal Hampton’s Sense & Sensibility the Musical.

Save the date: 2016 Colorado New Play Summit
Local Weekend: Feb 13-14
Industry and Subscriber Festival Weekend: Feb 19-20

2016 World Premieres
The Nest by Theresa Rebeck*
by Tanya Saracho*

Readings will be announced and Festival packages will go on sale in Fall, 2015. Student, 35 & Under, and group discounts will be available. Sign up to receive the email announcement.

$140 Early bird packages are on sale now for 2015/16 Theatre Company Subscribers. Login to your Subscriber account to purchase.

Questions? Please contact Summit coordinator Emily Tarquin. For group information, contact groups@dcpa.org.


To celebrate our 10th Anniversary, we expanded the Summit to provide participating playwrights two full weeks to workshop their groundbreaking new plays with directors, actors, and dramaturgs. Their work culminated in two unforgettable weekends of new play readings, world premiere productions, first-class meals, insider opportunities, and networking events.



The There There by Jason Gray Platt
The Nest
by Theresa Rebeck*
Fade by Tanya Saracho*
Holy Laughter
by Catherine Trieschmann*



Appoggiatura by James Still*
Benediction by Eric Schmiedl* | based on the novel by Kent Haruf

*Theatre Company Commission

Press for the 2015 Summit

Get Me Rewrite: The Colorado New Play Summit Is a Developing Story
by John Moore, feature for American Theatre magazine, Feb 24, 2015

How the Colorado New Play Summit Went From Local Gem to National Event
by Diep Tran, American Theatre magazine, Feb 13, 2015
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Theatre Company Commissions

Each year we ask leading playwrights to develop ideas for new plays. Many of these commissions will be read at our Colorado New Play Summit, receive full productions on our stage and go on to other theatres across the nation. By commissioning plays, we underwrite the important work required of playwrights, invest in the future of the American theatre and keep our finger on the pulse of contemporary writing. 

Producing Partners: Joy S. Burns, Terry & Noel Hefty, Karolynn Lestrud, Robert & Carole Slosky, Daniel L. Ritchie and the Women's Voices Fund.

Special thanks to the Harold & Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust for its continued support of new play development at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts.


The There There by Jason Gray Platt

One couple traverses a lifetime in a single sitting in Jason Gray Platt’s expansive, stirring new play, The There There. From their first touch in the present day through the next forty-five years, the dynamics of their relationship fluctuate as quickly as the latest twists of technology. Packing an entire life into six potent scenes, Platt’s masterful dialogue probes the heart and questions what it means to hang on to humanity as the 21st century advances. 

Jason Gray Platt

Jason Gray Platt

Jason's work has been produced and developed around the country by the American Repertory Theater, Actors Theatre of Louisville, The Flea, Round House Theater, The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, The Playwrights Realm, Prelude NYC, Page 73, Red Bull Theater, Source Festival, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Clubbed Thumb, Abingdon Theatre Company, and through residencies at MacDowell and Djerassi. He was nominated for The Charles MacArthur Award for Outstanding New Play in 2013 through the Helen Hayes Awards and was the 2007 runner-up for Princess Grace Award in playwriting. Originally from Arizona, Jason now lives in New York. Member of Woodshed Collective. BA: Vassar; MFA: Columbia. Photo by Michele Crowe.

Reading sponsored by Sheri & Lee Archer


The Nest by Theresa Rebeck

Theatre Company Commission

For the small-town regulars at The Crow's Nest, life is an endless series of the jokes and over-the-top conversations that liven up the neighborhood watering hole… until a well-heeled woman walks in and tries to buy the beautiful antique bar. With quirky humor and quick wit, The Crow's Nest is a standout new comedy from Pulitzer Prize finalist Theresa Rebeck.

Theresa Rebeck

Theresa Rebeck

Theresa's New York productions include: Poor Behavior, Dead Accounts, Seminar, The Understudy, Mauritius, The Scene, The Water’s Edge, Bad Dates, The Butterfly Collection, Spike Heels, Loose Knit, The Family of Mann, View of the Dome, and Omnium Gatherum (co-written, Pulitzer finalist). Publications: Collected Plays Volumes I, II and III, Free Fire Zone, all with Smith & Kraus, and two novels, Three Girls and Their Brother and Twelve Rooms With a View, with Random House/Shaye Areheart Books. She wrote the 2008 DCPA Theatre Company world premiere of Our House. Film: Harriet the Spy, Gossip, and the independent features Sunday on the Rocks and Seducing Charlie Barker (adapted from her play The Scene). Awards include the Writer’s Guild of America Award for Episodic Drama and a Peabody Award for her work on “NYPD Blue,” the National Theatre Conference Award, the William Inge New Voices Playwriting Award, the PEN/Laura Pels Foundation Award, the Athena Film Festival Award, an Alex Award, a Lilly Award and in 2011 she was named one of the “150 Fearless Women in the World” by Newsweek.


Fade A new comedy by Tanya Saracho

Theatre Company Commission

Mexican-American Lucia is hired to write for a Latina character on an L.A.-based TV series. She soon discovers that Abel, the Latino studio custodian, has a windfall of plot ideas. As their friendship grows and she begins incorporating Abel’s insights into her scripts, Lucia’s professional stardom starts to rise, but her personal life only becomes more and more complicated.  A smartly-drawn Hollywood insider comedy from Tanya Saracho, recently named Best New Playwright by Chicago Magazine.

Tanya Saracho

Tanya Saracho

Born in Sinaloa, México, is a playwright, actor, theatre director and TV writer ("Girls," "Devious Maids") who is currently writing for HBO's "Looking" (co-producer). Her work has been produced at 2nd Stage (NYC), Steppenwolf Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The Goodman Theater, Teatro Vista, Teatro Luna, Fountain Theater, Clubbed Thumb, NEXT Theater and 16th Street Theater. Plays include Hushabye, The Tenth MuseSong for the Disappeared, EnfrascadaEl Nogalar (inspired by The Cherry Orchard); an adaptation of The House on Mango Street for Steppenwolf; Our Lady of the UnderpassKita y Fernanda, and Quita Mitos. She is currently in development with HBO (adaptation of "Mala Hierba"), Two Rivers Theatre, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, South Coast Rep., Goodman Theater, and Steppenwolf Theatre.


Holy Laughter by Catherine Trieschmann

Theatre Company Commission

An Episcopal priest finds that the reality of leading a church is radically and hilariously different than what she learned in seminary. As she wrestles with church finances, eccentric parishioners, changing sexual mores and her own doubting human heart, Abigail struggles to make peace with the realities of contemporary church life. Hymns, liturgical dance and a wicked tongue lift Catherine Trieschmann's antic portrait of a small, struggling congregation to comic heights.

Catherine Trieschmann

Catherine Trieschmann

Catherine’s plays include The Bridegroom of Blowing Rock, Crooked, How the World Began, Hot Georgia Sunday, The Most Deserving (2013 DCPA Theatre Company world premiere), OZ 2.5 and Holy Laughter. Her work has been produced Off-Broadway at the Women’s Project, the Bush Theatre (London), Out of Joint at the Arcola Theatre (London), South Coast Repertory, the Denver Center for the Performing Arts’ Theatre Company, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, American Theater Company, Florida Stage, Actors Theater of Louisville, the New Theater (Sydney) and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, among others. She has received commissions from South Coast Repertory, Manhattan Theatre Club, and the DCPA Theatre Company. She is the recipient of the Weissberger Award, the Otis Guernsey New Voices Playwriting Award from the Inge Theatre Festival, and the Edgerton New Play Award. Her work is published by Samuel French in the U.S. and Methuen in the U.K. She also wrote the screenplay for the film Angel's Crest, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and was released by Magnolia Pictures. Originally from Athens, Georgia, she now lives in a small town in western Kansas.

Update on recent Summit readings and productions:

The Legend of Georgia McBride: Off-Broadway Production, MCC Theatre, New York, NY – Aug 20-Sep 27, 2015

The Most Deserving
: Off-Broadway Production, Women’s Theatre Project, New York, NY — March 2014

Sense & Sensibility The Musical: Reading, New York, NY — June 2014

The Comparables: Full Production, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Seattle, WA — March 2015

We're proud to list the plays we have commissioned, premiered or otherwise developed here since the beginning of the Colorado New Play Summit.

Title in bold = Commissioned by Theatre Company 
WP = World premiere 
D = Other development 
* = Subsequent productions

Playwright Titles
Neal Bell Shadow of Himself (D)
Lee Blessing Perilous Night (D)
Buntport Theater An Extraordinary Demonstration of Nikola Tesla's Most Recent Discoveries
Constance Congdon Take Me to the River (D)
Cusi Cram Dusty and the Big Bad World (WP 2009)*
Ami Dayan Conviction (WP 2007)*
Steven Dietz Shooting Star (D)*
Richard Dresser The Hand of God (D)
Augusta (D)
Idris Goodwin
Victory Jones and the Incredible One Woman Band (D)
Jose Cruz Gonzalez Sunsets and Margaritas (WP 2009)*
Laura Eason The Vast In-Between (D)
Lauren Feldman Grace, or The Art of Climbing (WP, 2013)
Marcus Gardley black odyssey (WP, 2014)
Kirsten Greenidge A Certain Slant of Light
Jason Grote 1001 (WP 2007, commission)*
Visions of Kerouac
Civilization (All You Can Eat) (D)*
Jeffrey Haddow (book and lyrics) and
Neal Hampton (music)
Sense & Sensibility The Musical (WP 2013)
Steven Cole Hughes Intrusives (D)
Samuel D. Hunter The Whale (WP 2012)*
Wayne Lemon Jesus Hates Me (WP 2006)*
Lisa Loomer Two Things You Don’t Talk About at Dinner (WP 2012)
Homefree (D)
Matthew Lopez The Legend of Georgia McBride (WP 2014)*
Michele Lowe Map of Heaven (WP 2011)
Inana (WP 2009)*
Good on Paper (D)
Rogelio Martinez When Tang Met Laika (WP 2010)
Michael Mitnick Ed, Downloaded (WP 2013)
Julie Marie Myatt Flooded (D)
Evangeline Ordaz Visitor’s Guide to Arivaca (Map Not to Scale)
Theresa Rebeck Our House (WP 2008)*
Tanya Saracho
Dick Scanlon The Unsinkable Molly Brown,
adapted from the original book by Richard Morris, lyrics and music by Meredith Willson (D)
Eric Schmiedl Adapted from the books by Kent Haruf
Plainsong (WP 2008),  Eventide (WP 2010) and Benediction (WP 2015)
Frankenstein, adapted from Mary Shelley’s novel
Octavio Solis Lydia (WP 2008)*
Cecilia Marie (D)*
James Still
Appoggiatura (D) (WP 2015)
Lloyd Suh Great Wall Story (WP 2012)
Caridad Svich The House of the Spirits,
adapted from the novel by Isabel Allende (Produced 2009)
Catherine Trieschmann Untitled
The Most Deserving (WP 2013)
Ken Weitzman The Catch (WP 2011)
Elyzabeth Gregory Wilder The Bone Orchard (D)
Karen Zacarias Just Like Us, adapted from the book by Helen Thorpe (D)



We accept unproduced original, full-length plays and musicals, which must be submitted by a literary agent. (Playwrights residing in Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Arizona, New Mexico or Utah may send plays directly without an agent.) We have a special interest in plays written by and for African-Americans and Latinos, by women playwrights and we are also interested in plays written for young audiences. Adaptations will be considered if you have secured underlying rights.

Scripts may be sent by email or mail without prior synopsis or dialogue sample. Plays can be submitted year-round.

Plays should be sent digitally to: playsubmissions@dcpa.org

Plays may also be mailed to:

Attn: New Play Development
DCPA Theatre Company
1101 13th St.
Denver, CO 80204-5319

Due to the number of submissions we receive, we will only respond if we are interested in a particular script or playwright.

In its 35 seasons, the Theatre Company has produced more than 135 world premieres, read 160 new works and commissioned 24 playwrights. Learn more about how you can support our exciting commitment to new play development.