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BE PART OF THEATRE HISTORY IN THE MAKING
BE PART OF THEATRE HISTORY IN THE MAKING
Join us for two weekends of brand new theatre. 2015 will be the biggest Summit yet!

Join the Theatre Company at the 10th Colorado New Play Summit — a showcase of new plays from the country’s most talented playwrights, directors and actors. Throughout its history, the Company has catapulted more than 160 new works into the American theatre canon, including The Laramie ProjectQuiltersSense & Sensibility The Musical and The Whale.

The 2015 edition will feature two full world premiere productions — Appoggiatura and Benediction — which were a hit when read at last year’s Summit. Tickets go on sale to Theatre Company subscribers in November. Learn more about member benefits and how to become a Theatre Company subscriber.

The 2015 Colorado New Play Summit dates:

  • Public Readings: Feb 14-15, 2015
  • Industry & Subscriber Readings: Feb 21-22, 2015

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. 

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Event Sponsors:

Joy Burns, Leo & Susan Kiely, Bob & 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.



We invite you to join us for one of the country’s most exciting and welcoming new play festivals. Check back soon for more details on the 2015 Summit.

Visit the official Denver International Airport website to learn more about flights, ground transportation and more. 

Check back soon for special hotel deals for our Summit guests. Learn more about hotels close to DCPA.

Press for the 2014 Summit

9th Colorado New Play Summit takes on theater's peaks and valleys
by Lisa Kennedy, The Denver Post, Feb 2, 2014

Colorado New Play Summit will complete Plainsong trilogy
by John Moore, Denver CenterStage, Nov 19, 2013

Denver Center sets slate for 2014 New Play Summit
by Gordon Cox, Variety, Nov 29, 2013

Update on recent Summit readings and productions:

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
Untitled
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) and Eventide (WP 2010)
Frankenstein, adapted from Mary Shelley’s novel
Octavio Solis Lydia (WP 2008)*
Cecilia Marie (D)*
James Still
Appoggiatura (D)
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)

 

SUBMIT A PLAY

We accept original, full-length and unproduced plays. Adaptations will be considered if you have secured underlying rights; children's theatre plays are not accepted. We have a special interest in plays written by and for African-Americans and Latinos, as well as plays by women.

Scripts should be submitted through an agent with a self-addressed stamped envelope. (Playwrights residing in Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Arizona, New Mexico or Utah may send plays directly without an agent.) Plays may be sent by mail or email, without prior synopsis or dialogue sample.

Submit plays year-round to:

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

Play submissions also may be sent digitally to playsubmissions@dcpa.org.

Due to the number of submissions, response time may take up to 6 months.


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.