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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 premiers 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 and double down on our commitment to writers, we have expanded the Summit to provide participating playwrights two full weeks to workshop their groundbreaking new plays with directors, actors, and dramaturgs, culminating 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 Crown
by Theresa Rebeck*
A new comedy 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)



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 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

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



Purchase by Dec 15 to save 20%

Early Bird
  Before Dec 15, 2014
After Dec 15, 2014
Full Package
Open to anyone. 4 readings, 2 world premieres, 2 lunches, 1 dinner, Playwrights’ Slam and Wrap Party
 $205  $255
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.
 $140  $175
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
Eugenia Room in Bonfils Lobby
 12:30pm  Reading 1
 3:30pm  Reading 2
 6pm  Summit Dinner
Seawell Ballroom
 8pm  World Premiere 1
The Ricketson or The Space
 10pm  Playwrights' Slam
The Jones

Sat, Feb 21

 Activity Location
 9am High School Playwriting One Act Competition Winner Reading
Newman Center for Arts Education
LMDA Scriptopia lunch and learn session
Seawell Ballroom
 12:30pm Reading 3
 3:30pm Reading 4
 8pm World Premiere 2
The Ricketson or the Space
 10pm Summit Wrap Party The Seawell Ballroom

Optional add-on activities:

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.


 Questions? Please contact Summit Coordinator Emily Tarquin at 303.893.6031

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.


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 bio forthcoming.


The Crown by Theresa Rebeck

Theatre Company Commission

For the small-town regulars at The Crown, 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 Crown is a standout new comedy from Pulitzer Prize finalist Theresa Rebeck.

Theresa Rebeck bio forthcoming.


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 bio forthcoming.


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 bio forthcoming.

Sat, Feb 14 & Sun, Feb 15, 2015

Hosted by playwright Matthew Lopez (The Legend of Georgia McBride)

For the first time, we’ve added a second weekend to give more Denver audiences than ever the opportunity to say “I saw it first.” Discover one or all four new plays, meet the writers, and  provide feedback at the first public readings, and meet your next favorite Colorado playwright at our new Local Playwrights’ Slam on Saturday night. More activities and information to come.

Single tickets and packages on sale Jan 6, 2015


More details and events to come. All events take place in the Denver Performing Arts Complex in downtown Denver.

Sat, Feb 14

 Activity Location
 11am  Reading 1
 2:30pm  Reading 2
 7:30pm  Local Playwrights' Slam
 The Jones

Sun, Feb 15

 11am  Reading 3
 2:30pm  Reading 4

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.