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Join us for two weekends of brand new theatre. 2015 will be the biggest Summit yet!
Join the Theatre Company at the 10th annual Colorado New Play Summit, a premiere showcase and celebration of new plays. Over the past decade, we’ve introduced 40 new plays at the Summit, over 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, Catherine Trieschmann’s The Most Deserving, Marcus Gardley’s black odyssey, Karen Zacarias’s Just Like Us, and Jeffrey Haddow and Neal Hampton’s Sense & Sensibility the Musical.

To celebrate our 10th Anniversary, we have expanded the Summit to provide participating playwrights two full weeks to workshop their groundbreaking new plays with directors, actors, and dramaturgs. Their work culminates 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


Local Weekend
Sat Feb 14 & Sun Feb 15, 2015
Hosted by  DCPA Playwriting Fellow Matthew Lopez (The Legend of Georgia McBride)
Tickets & Packages on sale Jan 6



Industry & Subscriber Weekend

Fri Feb 20 & Sat Feb 21, 2015
Special guest playwright Paula Vogel (Pulitzer Prize winner, How I Learned to Drive)


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

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

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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. 

Event Sponsors:

Joy S. 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.


Fri Feb, 20 & Sat, Feb 21, 2015

Seek out new work and new connections with industry professionals and artists in the theatrical heart of the Rocky Mountains. In addition to the four readings and two World Premieres, the Industry & Subscriber Weekend provides invaluable opportunities to meet our artists and other attendees: two networking lunches, dinner in the beautiful Seawell Grand Ballroom, the late-night Playwrights’ Slam, and the open bar Wrap Party.


2015 Bonus events!
Paula Vogel Playwriting Boot Camp
Scriptopia software tutorial & info session
Off-Center’s Cult Following: Secrets & Confessions
(more info below)

Schedule and details to follow. Boot Camp participants may need to extend their Summit experience to Sunday, Feb 22.



Full Package
Open to anyone. 4 readings, 2 world premieres, 2 lunches, 1 dinner, Playwrights’ Slam and Wrap Party
Theatre Company Subscriber Package
World Premieres Appoggiatura and Benediction are not included in this package since they are part of the 7-play Theatre Company season.
New! Young Leaders Package
For those ages 35 and under, ID will be required to pick up Summit tickets. Includes all activities in Full Package.
Student Package
For students of all ages, including graduate programs. Student ID will be required to pick up Summit tickets. Includes all activities in Full Package.

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All package holders will receive a detailed breakdown of their activities in the weeks leading up to the Summit. All events take place in the Denver Performing Arts Complex in downtown Denver.

Fri, Feb 20

 Activity  Location
 11am  Summit registration & Lunch
Bonfils Lobby &
Seawell Ballroom
 12:30pm  Reading 1*
 3:30pm  Reading 2*
 6pm  Summit Dinner
Seawell Ballroom
 8pm  World Premiere 1*
The Ricketson or
The Space
 8pm Subscribers:
Paula Vogel's Playwriting Boot Camp for Subscribers
 Directors Room
 10pm  Playwrights' Slam
The Jones

Sat, Feb 21

 Activity Location
 9am Regional High School Playwriting Finalist Readings.
 Conservatory Theatre
 Newman Building
LMDA Scriptopia lunch and learn session
Seawell Ballroom
 12:30pm Reading 3*
 3:30pm Reading 4*
   Dinner on your own.
 8pm World Premiere 2*
The Ricketson or
The Space
Subscribers: Regional High School Playwriting Finalist Readings. Learn more. Conservatory Theatre
Newman Building
 10pm Summit Wrap Party The Seawell Ballroom

Sun, Feb 22

 Activity  Location
 10am  Paula Vogel’s Playwriting Boot Camp
Directors Room

Optional add-on activities:

Paula Vogel’s Playwriting Boot Camp
Pulitzer Prize winner Paula Vogel will lead a playwriting boot camp for theatre lovers of all types and abilities.
Subscribers: session will take place in the evening on Fri, Feb 20
Industry: session will take place in the morning on Sun, Feb 22

Lunch | Sat, Feb 21 | Scriptopia Software Demo & Info Session
Utilizing tablets, Scriptopia aims to aid the re-writing and rehearsal process by digitally syncing new pages, notes, and more for writers, actors, directors, and stage managers. Join us for a demo and info session to share our discoveries and challenges. This session will take place during lunch on Sat, Feb 21.

Thu, Feb 19 | 8pm | Off-Center’s Cult Following: Secrets & Confessions
Off-Center is a theatrical testing center that generates new ideas, experiences, and practices  for the DCPA. Come check-out our model for shows that are less traditional, less formal, and a little OFF.  Cult Following ​is our signature night of unrehearsed, unscripted theatre. $15, includes 2 free beers (21+) & popcorn. Learn More

 Questions? Please contact Summit Coordinator Emily Tarquin at 303.893.6031

*Please note: All events and readings are ticketed. There are two performances of each reading and world premiere; please check your tickets when you receive them at registration to determine your schedule.


Denver International Airport (DIA), approximately 45 minutes from downtown Denver.  Please visit the official Denver International Airport website to learn more about flights, ground transportation and more. 


Denver International Airport to downtown Denver
Alternate transportation.


To reserve exclusive Summit discount rates, please contact the hotel directly and be sure to let them know you are attending the Colorado New Play Summit. There is another convention in town and we recommend booking early for best availability.

Residence Inn by Marriott

The Residence Inn (Marriott) $155, book by Jan 19
11-minute walk | 1725 Champa St, Denver, CO 80202 | 303.296.3444
Book Online

Homewood Suites by Hilton

Hampton Inn & Suites $159, book by Jan 16
12-minute walk | 550 15th Street, Denver, CO 80202 | 303.623.5900
Book Online


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.

Sat, Feb 14 & Sun, Feb 15, 2015

Thanks to everyone who joined us for our first-ever Local Weekend!

Hosted by DCPA Playwriting Fellow Matthew Lopez (The Legend of Georgia McBride)

For the first time, we added a second weekend to give more Denver audiences than ever the opportunity to say “I saw it first.” Hundreds of local audience members experienced the first public readings and met their next favorite Colorado playwright at our Local Playwrights’ Slam, curated by Rough Draught Playwrights. The weekend also included opportunities to observe acting and playwriting workshops with nationally-acclaimed playwright Matthew Lopez. Matthew’s play The Legend of Georgia McBride was first seen at the 2013 Summit and went on to a World Premiere by the Theatre Company in 2014, and his play The Whipping Man is one of the most widely produced new American plays of the last several years. 

Sat, Feb 14

 Activity Location

Holy Laughter by Catherine Trieschmann  Ricketson Theatre

The There There by Jason Gray Platt
Reading sponsored by Sheri & Lee Archer
 The Jones


Acting Workshop with playwright Matthew Lopez
Opportunity to observe available to Local Weekend package holders
 The Jones

 Local Playwrights' Slam
Available to all reading or package buyers
 The Jones

Sun, Feb 15

 11am Fade by Tanya Saracho
 The Jones
 2:30pm The Nest by Theresa Rebeck
 Ricketson Theatre

Playwriting Workshop with playwright Matthew Lopez
Opportunity to observe available to Local Weekend package holders
 The Jones



Learn more about the Summit reading playwrights

Matthew Lopez is the author of The Whipping Man, one of the most widely produced new American plays of the last several years. The play premiered at Luna Stage in Montclair, NJ and debuted in New York at Manhattan Theatre Club. That production was directed by Doug Hughes and starred Andre Braugher. The sold-out production extended four times, ultimately running 101 performances off-Broadway and garnering Obie and Lucille Lortel Awards. Matthew was awarded the John Gassner New Play Award from the New York Outer Critics Circle for the play. Since then, it has received over 40 productions worldwide. His play Somewhere has been produced at the Old Globe, TheatreWorks in Palo Alto and most recently at Hartford Stage Company, where his play Reverberation will receive its world premiere in 2015. His newest play, The Legend of Georgia McBride, premiered in 2014 at the DCPA Theatre Company. His play The Sentinels premiered in London at Headlong Theatre Company in 2011. Matthew currently holds new play commissions from Roundabout Theatre Company, Manhattan Theatre Club, Hartford Stage, and South Coast Rep. Matthew was a staff writer on HBO’s “The Newsroom” and is currently adapting Javier Marias’ trilogy “Your Face Tomorrow” for the screen.

Rough Draught Playwrights (RDP) promotes writer development and dramaturgy by connecting Colorado playwrights with peers, actors, directors, producers and theater enthusiasts through informal readings of their scripts.  Produced by playwrights Leslie C. Lewis, Nina Alice Miller and Jeffrey Neuman, RDP hosts the quarterly Open Mic Theatrical Playground, where writers have the opportunity to hear their works-in-progress read before a live audience.  RDP events, open to playwrights at any stage of development, provide a launchpad for new works that have gone on to productions, awards, and a notable National New Play Network rolling premiere.

Questions? Please contact Summit Coordinator Emily Tarquin at 303.893.6031

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
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)



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.