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World Premiere
By James Still
Jan 16 - Feb 22, 2015
The Ricketson Theatre (View Map & Seating Chart)
Run Time: 2 hours and 10 minutes with an intermission
Ticket Price: Starts at $41
Age Recommendation: 14+
Advisory: Some adult themes and content; mild drug use

Written by three-time Pulitzer nominee James Still, Appoggiatura follows three closely related Americans, each nursing a hunger and a hard-to-heal wound, as they travel to the romantic city of Venice seeking solace. As time bends and magic beckons around the corner, this favorite of the Colorado New Play Summit weaves a quirky and lyrical narrative exploring love, loss and the human soul.

Presented by The Joan and Phill Berger Charitable Fun

Producing Partners Terry & Noel Hefty, Diana & Mike Kinsey, Karolynn Lestrud

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.


Video: Talking 'Appoggiatura' with James Still and Risa Brainin
Playwright James Still and director Risa Brainin talk about "Appoggiatura," opening Jan. 16. The plays chosen for the 2015 Colorado New Play Summit will be announced Oct. 20. Read More
Insider Perspectives
Insider Perspectives
Jan 16 | 6:00pm
Free • The Jones at Speer & Arapahoe
Get an exclusive insider perspective of Appoggiatura when you join us for a professionally-moderated discussion with our Theatre Company’s creative team.
Talkback with Higher Education Advisory Council
Talkback with Higher Education Advisory Council
Jan 25 | 3:30pm
Participate in a topical discussion of Appoggiatura led by members of our academic community.
Page to Stage Discussion
Page to Stage Discussion
Jan 27 | 12:00pm

Free Event | Free Parking | Tattered Cover, 2526 E. Colfax Ave.
Bring your lunch and join our DCPA actors, playwrights and directors for an in-depth discussion about the creation and development of their work, focusing on Appoggiatura. Moderated by John Moore, former Denver Post theatre critic.

Video Playlist
Theatre & Theology
Theatre & Theology
Jan 27 | 8:30pm
Join Pastor Dan Bollman of the Rocky Mountain Evangelical Lutheran Synod to examine Appoggiatura through a theological lens.
Theatre Thursdays
Theatre Thursdays
Jan 29 | 5:30pm
$50 | Ricketson Theatre
Your ticket to Appoggiatura for Theatre Thursdays includes a refreshing cocktail, tasty bar bites, live music and the show.


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Accessible Performance
Feb 8 | 1:30pm
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Talkback with the Cast
Talkback with the Cast
Feb 8 | 4:45pm
Join a fun and engaging discussion with the actors from Appoggiatura after the show.
Paul Bentzen
Paul Bentzen, Old Man/Ensemble
At the Theatre Company: Debut. Other Theatres: American Players Theatre- Core Company Emeritus, retired in 2014 after 32 Seasons. Other Wisconsin credits include work with Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Madison Rep, Next Act, Chamber Theatre, and Great American Children’s Theatre (two West Coast tours). Several feature films. Member SAG-AFTRA and AEA.
Mehry Eslaminia
Mehry Eslaminia, Kate/Ensemble
At the Theatre Company: Appoggiatura (Colorado New Play Summit). Other Theatres: MATHStronaut (Young Audience Outreach Tours), Viva Agua! (Creede Repertory Theatre), Frozen (Equinox Theatre), Cabaret (Ignite Theatre), Motherhood Out Loud (Avenue Theatre). Training: BA Acting, University of Northern Colorado.

Darrie Lawrence
Darrie Lawrence, Helen
At the Theatre Company: Highlights: Caucasian Chalk Circle (Inaugural Production), Learned Ladies, Wings, Three Sisters, Night of the Iguana. Darrie joyfully returns to the DCPA Theatre Company. Other Theatres: Grapes of Wrath, Noises Off, Dancing at Lughnasa, Seascape, Our Town, Over the Tavern, Trip to Bountiful, Retreat from Moscow, Last Night of Ballyhoo, Angels in America, Road to Mecca. Broadway: Dead Accounts, Steel Magnolias, Buried Child. National tours: Doubt, Great Expectations, Quilters. Off-Broadway premieres: The Other Side, Portraits, Long Island Sound. Worked in Cincinnati, Kansas City, Salt Lake City, Cleveland, St. Louis, Milwaukee, etc. Film: Hitch, August Rush, Kettle of Fish. Member: AEA, TACT. Training: Penn State, UNC-G.

Lenne Klingaman
Lenne Klingaman, Sylvie/Young Helen
At the Theatre Company: Juliet in Romeo & Juliet. Other Theatres: Anna in Anna Karenina (Capital Stage); Mariane in Tartuffe (South Coast Rep); Viola in Twelfth Night, The Three Musketeers, Henry IV: Part 1, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare Santa Cruz); Elvis’ Toenail (Sidewalk Theatre); Richard III (Intiman Theatre); Flight (P3/East); The Rehearsal, Richard III, Noises Off (A Noise Within); Measure For Measure, The Fantasticks (Colorado Shakespeare Festival). TV/Film: “Cold Case,” Dear White People, “Welcome To Sanditon,” “Twenties,” “Love: As You Like It,” “The Exchange.” Upcoming: Tartuffe (Berkeley Rep, Shakespeare Theatre, DC). Training: MFA, University Of Washington.

Nick Mills
Nick Mills, Marco/Young Gordon
At the Theatre Company: The Legend of Georgia McBride (Henry Award nomination, Best Supporting Actor). Off-Broadway: The Unavoidable Disappearance of Tom Durnin (Roundabout), The Steadfast (Slant Theatre Project). Regional: Lombardi (Cleveland PlayHouse /Arizona Theatre Co.), Back Back Back (Old Globe). TV/Film: recurring on the upcoming David Simon HBO miniseries “Show Me A Hero,” “Law and Order: SVU,” “Person of Interest,” “Rickover: The Birth of Nuclear Power.”Training: MFA, NYU. BFA, University of Evansville. www.nickmosesmills.com.

Rob Nagle
Rob Nagle, Aunt Chuck
At Theatre Company: The 39 Steps. Recent theatre: Samuel D. Hunter’s Rest, Itamar Moses’ Completeness, James Still’s I Love to Eat, James Joyce’s The Dead. Other Theatres: Portland Center Stage, South Coast Repertory, Mark Taper Forum, Old Globe Theatre, Centerstage, San Jose Repertory, Shakespeare Theatre Company. TV/Film: “Grey’s Anatomy,” “CSI,” “Criminal Minds,” “Castle,” “Major Crimes,” “NCIS,” New Year’s Eve, Life as We Know It, “Mad Men,” The Soloist, “Eli Stone,” “Cold Case,” “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip,” Fun with Dick and Jane, “Without a Trace,” American Wedding, “Everwood,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “The West Wing,” “Dawson’s Creek.” Training: Northwestern University. www.robnagle.com.

Julian Remulla
Julian Remulla, Vivaldi/Ensemble
At the Theatre Company: Appoggiatura (Colorado New Play Summit). Other Theatres: UCSB Theater and Dance credits include Hamlet, Tartuffe, Anowa, These Shining Lives, Appoggiatura, Eurydice, The Theodore Roosevelt Rotunda, and The Arabian Nights. Training: BFA, UCSB.

James Still
James Still, Playwright

James Still’s plays have been produced throughout the US, Canada, Europe, Australia, South Africa, China and Japan. Recent premieres include The House That Jack Built (Indiana Rep) and Illegal Use Of Hands (American Blues in Chicago). New plays include Appoggiatura commissioned by Denver Center Theatre Company, The Widow Lincoln commissioned by Ford’s Theatre, April 4, 1968 commissioned by Indiana Rep, and Miranda commissioned by Illusion Theater. Other plays include A Long Bridge Over Deep Waters for Cornerstone’s Faith-Based Cycle in Los Angeles; and at many theaters I Love To Eat; The Heavens Are Hung In Black; The Velvet Rut; And Then They Came For Me; Iron Kisses; Searching For Eden; Looking Over The President’s Shoulder and Amber Waves. Still is a three-time Pulitzer Prize nominee, an elected member of the National Theatre Conference in New York and the College of Fellows of the American Theatre at the Kennedy Center, and a five-time Emmy nominee for his work in television. He is a past recipient of the Otis Guernsey New Voices Award from the William Inge Festival. He is the Playwright in Residence at Indiana Repertory Theatre and lives in Los Angeles.

Risa Brainin
Risa Brainin, Director
At the Theatre Company: Appoggiatura (Colorado New Play Summit). Artistic Posts: Artistic Director, Shakespeare Santa Cruz; Associate Artistic Director, Indiana Rep and Kansas City Rep; Resident Director, Guthrie Theater. Current: Chair of the Department of Theater and Dance and Artistic Director of LAUNCH PA D at UC Santa Barbara and Board President of the National Theatre Conference. Other Theatres: Milwaukee Rep, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Great Lakes Theatre Festival, Portland Stage Co., Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Alabama Shakespeare Festival. Training: Carnegie-Mellon University.
David M. Barber
David M. Barber, Set Designer
At the Theatre Company: Richard III, Map of Heaven, The Taming of the Shrew, The Most Deserving. Off Broadway: Signature Theater, The Women’s Project Theater, Red Bull Theater, The Flea. Other Theatres: Hartford Stage, Center Stage, Pittsburgh Public, Cleveland Public, Idaho Shakespeare, Great Lakes Theater, Alabama Shakespeare, Barrington Stage, Contemporary American Theater Festival, A.R.T., Jacob’s Pillow, etc. TV/Film: Art Director for E! Entertainment, “The TODAY Show”, “Football Night in America”. Production Designer for the feature film All Relative. Awards: Drama Desk, Henry Hewes, Denver Ovation Award.
Robert Davidson
Robert Davidson, Movement Coach
At the Theatre Company: black odyssey, Romeo & Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Taming of the Shrew, The Tempest, and many more. Other Theatres: National Theatre Conservatory 1997- 2012, Angels in America (Intiman Theatre, Seattle), Airborne: Meister Eckhart national tour with Robert Davidson Dance Company. Awards/ Training: Vice President, Skinner Releasing Institute Board of Directors; Master Teacher of Skinner Releasing Technique.
Meghan Anderson Doyle
Meghan Anderson Doyle, Costume Designer
At the Theatre Company: Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Jackie & Me, The Giver, Superior Donuts, Well, and Ed, Downloaded. Off-Center (CULT FOLLOWING seasons 1-4), DCPA Cabaret (I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change! and Five Course Love), Curious Theatre Company (Good People, The Brothers Size, A Number, Up, tempOdyssey), The Aurora Fox (Metamorphoses), National Theatre Conservatory Rep (16 productions). Special/Awards/ Training: Theatre Company Costume Design Associate 2006-present; BA Theatre, University of Denver; MFA Costume Design, University of Florida.

On the web: http://doylecostumedesign.weebly.com/
Michael G. Keck
Michael G. Keck, Music Director and Arranger
At the Theatre Company: Debut. National: Arena Stage, Alliance Theatre, Berkeley Rep, Cincinnati Playhouse, Great Lakes Theatre Festival, Indiana Rep, Idaho Shakespeare, McCarter Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, Milwaukee Rep, Oregon Shakespeare, Portland Center Stage, Primary Stages, Seattle Rep, Syracuse Stage. International: Market Theatre Johannesburg S.A, National Theater of Croatia–Zagreb, Barbican Theatre Center, and Bristol Old Vic. AEA, SAG-AFTRA, ASCAP, PEN and the Dramatists Guild.
Douglas Langworthy
Douglas Langworthy, Dramaturg
At the Theatre Company: Lord of the Flies, The Unsinkable Molly Brown, Shadowlands, Hamlet, Just Like Us, Sense & Sensibility The Musical, The Three Musketeers, When We Are Married. Other Theatres:The Oregon Shakespeare Festival produced his adaptation (with Linda Alper and Penny Metropulos) of Dumas’ The Three Musketeers, and his translation of Brecht’s The Good Person of Szechuan. Target Margin Theatre produced his translations/adaptations: Medea by Hans Henny Jahnn, Goethe’s Faust, and the opera The Sandman with David Herskovits and Thomas Cabanis. Awards/Training: Elliot Hayes Award for Dramaturgy; National Theatre Translation Fund Award; John Gassner Award in Critical Writing. Yale School of Drama.
Charles R. MacLeod
Charles R. MacLeod, Lighting Designer
At the Theatre Company: (300+ productions/32 seasons). Shadowlands, black odyssey, Jackie & Me, Death of a Salesman, The 39 Steps, Reckless, When Tang Met Laika, The Diary of Anne Frank, Lydia, The Merry Wives of Windsor, 1001, Gem of the Ocean, All My Sons, A Christmas Carol, Lost Highway: The Music and Legend of Hank Williams, My Way, Forbidden Broadway, Always…Patsy Cline; Love, Janis and Girls Only, The Secret Comedy of Women.
Charlie I. Miller
Charlie I. Miller, Projection Designer
At the Theatre Company: 6 seasons, 27 productions. Highlights include: black odyssey, Just Like Us, The Giver, American Night, The House of the Spirits, Reckless, Mama Hated Diesels, When Tang Met Laika, and Ed, Downloaded. Off-Center: Lived/Re-Lived, Wheel of Misfortune, Cult Following, Drag Machine, DATE*. Other Theatres: Ed, Downloaded workshop (Roundabout, NYC); username: FAUST (Boston). Special/ Awards/Training: BA from Harvard, 2010 and 2011 Denver Post Ovation Awards, 2012 Henry Award, 2013 Best of Westword Awards. Co-Curator of Off-Center @ The Jones.

Twitter bio: Theatre Curator, Projection Designer, lover of food, Colorado, and Buster Keaton, not necessarily in that order. @charlieimiller
Nabrashaa Nelson
Nabrashaa Nelson, Assistant Director
At the Theatre Company: Debut. Nabrashaa is in her senior year at UC Santa Barbara, receiving a B.A. in Theatre Directing and a minor in Physics. Directing credits include Hamlet’s First Quarto, Degas C’est Moi, The Vagina Monologues, as well as devised and student-written work. She recently assisted Risa Brainin in the Launch Pad Summer Workshop at UCSB. This production marks her professional debut.
Rachel Ducat
Rachel Ducat, Stage Manager
At the Theatre Company: Shadowlands, black odyssey, The Most Deserving, A Weekend with Pablo Picasso, The Giver, Heartbreak House, Two Things You Don’t Talk About At Dinner, The Liar, Superior Donuts, The Catch, The House of the Spirits and Grace, or the Art of Climbing. Other Theatres: Twelfth Night, Treasure Island, Richard III (Colorado Shakespeare Festival); Curious Theatre Company; Jersey Boys, Wicked, Dirty Dancing (Broadway in Chicago); Chicago Shakespeare Theatre; Cleveland Play House, Hope Summer Repertory Theatre. Training; BA Theatre Production, University of Delaware.
Kent Thompson
Kent Thompson, Producing Artistic Director/Director of Benediction

Kent is in his tenth season as Producing Artistic Director of the Theatre Company. In Denver he directed productions of Hamlet, Just Like Us, Other Desert Cities, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, The Taming of the Shrew, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Plainsong, Eventide, Amadeus, The Liar and Measure for Measure, among others.

Two of Kent’s major accomp-lishments since moving to Denver have been the establishment of the Colorado New Play Summit, a premier national festival for new American plays, and the Women’s Voices Fund, an endowment that supports the development of new plays by women.   

Prior to moving to Denver he was Producing Artistic Director of the Alabama Shakespeare Festival for 16 years. In 1991 Kent created the Southern Writers’ Project (SWP), designed to commission and develop new plays that presented 16 world premieres during his tenure.

 He served for eight years on the Board of Directors for Theatre Communications Group (TCG) and as its president for three years. He has served on peer review panels for the NEA (also chair), TCG, The Pew Charitable Trusts, The Fulbright Scholars Program, The Wallace Funds, The Doris Duke Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, among others.
Matthew Lopez
Matthew Lopez, Denver Center Playwriting Fellow
Matthew is the author of The Legend of Georgia McBride, which premiered last season at the DCPA Theatre Company and The Whipping Man, also seen last season at Curious Theatre Company. Since its debut at Luna Stage Company and its New York premiere at Manhattan Theatre Club, The Whipping Man has become one of the most widely produced new American plays of the last several years, with productions in more than 50 US cities and abroad. His play Somewhere premiered at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego and recently completed a successful run at Hartford Stage, where his newest work, Reverberation, is set to premiere in the winter of 2015. Other plays include Zoey’s Perfect Wedding and The Sentinels, which premiered in London. Matthew currently holds new play commissions from Hartford Stage, Manhattan Theatre Company, Roundabout Theatre Company, and South Coast Rep. He was a staff writer on the HBO series “The Newsroom” and is currently adapting Javier Marias’ Your Face Tomorrow trilogy for Brad Pitt’s Plan B film company.
Kathryn G. Maes, Ph.D
Kathryn G. Maes, Ph.D, Voice and Dialect Coach
At the Theatre Company: Lord of the Flies, The Unsinkable Molly Brown, Animal Crackers, Shadowlands, Hamlet, black odyssey, A Christmas Carol, Jackie & Me, The Most Deserving, Just Like Us, Death of a Salesman, When We Are Married, Fences, The Three Musketeers, Heartbreak House, Great Wall Story. Other Theatres: Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal National Theatre (Arthur Miller’s American Clock). Special/Training: Voice and Dialect Coach for numerous professional theatre companies in the United States, Head of Voice at DCPA Theatre Company and the National Theatre Conservatory 1989 to 1992. Ph.D. in Theatre Arts, University of Pittsburgh; Advanced Diploma in Voice Studies, Central School of Speech and Drama, London, England.
Elissa Myers Casting
Elissa Myers Casting, Paul Foquet, CSA
For PBS “Poisoner’s Handbook,” “Becoming Helen Keller” and the mini-series “Mystery of Matter.” Other PBS projects include “The Abolitionists,” “Dolly Madison,” “Alexander Hamilton,” “John and Abigail Adams,” “Benjamin Franklin” (Emmy Award), “Liberty” (Peabody Award), “God in America,” “People vs. Leo Frank,” “Louisa May Alcott,” as well as PBS “Great Performances” (Artois Award for Outstanding Achievement in Casting). Additionally three “Movies of the Week,” as well as five pilots. Feature films include Hank and Asha (Audience Award at Slamdance 2013) and The Union. Theatre includes seven Broadway shows, including Tony nominated Having Our Say, as well as 25 Off- Broadway shows. Regional casting in the past few years includes the Theatre Company, Geva Theatre, Cleveland Play House, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Magic Theatre, Arena Stage, Alley Theatre, George Street Playhouse, and Arizona Theatre Company. The office has so far received 16 nominations and has won three Artois awards for Outstanding Achievement in Casting.
Charles Varin
Charles Varin, Managing Director

Charles and his team are responsible for administrative, financial and business operations related to producing the Theatre Company’s season of productions and other artistic and educational initiatives. Prior to DCPA, Charles was General Manager for Geva Theatre Center in Rochester, NY and also has worked at Glimmerglass Opera, Asolo Repertory Theatre and Florida Studio Theatre.  Charles serves on the board of the Mile High Freedom Band and plays tuba with the organization.

Bruce K. Sevy
Bruce K. Sevy, Director, Associate Artistic Director and Director of New Play Development

Bruce K. Sevy has directed such memorable DCPA productions as Animal Crackers, When We Are MarriedHeartbreak HouseMariela in the DesertThe Voysey InheritanceA Prayer for Owen MeanyDoubtAll My SonsMaster ClassMrs. Warren’s ProfessionA Christmas CarolCat On a Hot Tin RoofThe Little FoxesMolly SweeneyAmy’s ViewValley SongPierreDinner With Friends, and The Cripple of Inishmaan.

As Director of New Play Development, he oversees both the artistic and practical components of DCPA’s successful Colorado New Play Summit, including commissions from outstanding American playwrights.

He has directed for Arizona Theatre Company, Cleveland Play House, Lark Play Development Center, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Virginia Stage Company, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Northlight Theatre, San Jose Repertory Theatre, Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, Pioneer Theatre Company, A Contemporary Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Empty Space and Intiman Theatre in Seattle, the Kimo Theatre in Albuquerque, and Utah Shakespearean Festival. His popular production of 2 Pianos, 4 Hands has been seen at more than 20 theatres nationally, including DCPA’s successful 2003 production.

Jeff Gifford
Jeff Gifford, Director of Production

Jeff is in his second season at the DCPA and oversees every-thing you see on stage except the actors. Guiding world premieres to their first opening night is especially gratifying and Jeff has worked on more than 35 of them. Among his favorites are Dinner with Friends, The Violet Hour, The Beard of Avon, Mr. Marmalade, and the new musical FLY. Jeff holds an MFA from California Institute of the Arts.

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