• March: Colorado theatre listings

    by John Moore | Mar 04, 2017
    A March Openings ODDVILLE

    NOTE: At the start of each month, the DCPA NewsCenter offers an updated list of upcoming theatre openings, spotlighting work being presented on stages statewide. Companies are encouraged to submit listings and production photos at least two weeks in advance to the DCPA NewsCenter at jmoore@dcpa.org.

    Five intriguing titles for March:

    NUMBER 1Jesus Christ Superstar and Drowning Girls. The Arvada Center's new "black box" repertory company goes into full gear for the first time when the new play Drowning Girls joins the ongoing Bus Stop in alternating performances in the studio theatre through May 21. It's a surreal true-crime story that explores the deaths of three women murdered by the same man. As if that weren't enough, Rod Lansberry's highly anticipated take on the Tim Rice-Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Jesus Christ Superstar opens on March 24. 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., 720-898-7200 or arvadacenter.org

    NUMBER 2LOCAL LabThe Local Lab. Now in its sixth year, Boulder's premier new-play festival will feature readings of urgent new plays about a Syrian refugee, Jason Grote's riveting biographical look at prolific Soviet-era composer Dmitri Shostakovich, and Colorado's first taste of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s massive controversial Play On! project - updated "translations" of every Shakespeare play. The new The Merchant of Venice will be read here, The festival runs March 17-19. A full breakdown of events is listed at the bottom of this page. Call 720-379-4470 or localtheatercompany.org,

    NUMBER 3Athena Project Arts Festival. This 5th annual, month-long celebration of women in the arts is centered around the fully staged world premiere of local playwright Ellen K. Graham's The Wave That Set the Fire,
    running March 10-April 8 at the University of Denver's Byron Theatre, 2344 E Iliff Ave.Set in the near future, the play explores what constitutes justice in a damaged world. A full breakdown of events is listed at the bottom of this page. Information and tickets: AthenaProjectFestival.org


    NUMBER 4Mas. Su Teatro's fact-based story by Milta Ortiz is about a community's battle to hold onto their history, identity and humanity after the Tucson Unified School District's decision to end its Mexican-American Studies program. Watch how Comedy Central covered the story in the video above. March 9-26 at 721 Santa Fe Drive, 303-296-0219 or go to suteatro.org

    NUMBER 5Magic Moments. Since 1983, Magic Moments has produced a massive annual pop-music revue that integrates persons with physical and developmental disabilities with able-bodied actors both amateur and professional. Shows often feature 200 or more cast members of all ages. Each year the show threads a loose, original story with covers of showtunes and contemporary pop songs. This year's show is called Step Right Up and runs March 23-26 at the Kent Denver School, 4000 East Quincy Ave., Englewood. Call 303-575-1005 or go to magicmomentsinc.org

    March Openings DCPA


    THIS MONTH'S THEATRE OPENINGS IN COLORADO:

    (Submit your listings to jmoore@dcpa.org)

    Disenchanted_Glenn_Ross BDTMarch 3-May 6, 2017: BDT Stage's Disenchanted
    5501 Arapahoe Ave., 303-449-6000 or bdtstage.com

    March 3-April 2: The Edge Theatre's The Nance
    1560 Teller St., Lakewood, 303-232-0363 or theedgetheatre.com

    March 3-25: Theatre Company of Lafayette's Blood Privilege
    Mary Miller Theater, 300 E. Simpson, 720-209-2154 or www.tclstage.org

    March 4-April 2: BiTSY Stage's The Lass Who Went Out With The Cry Of Dawn: A Celtic Yarn
    1137 S. Huron St., 720-328-5294 or bitsystage.com

    A March Openings BLOOD PRIVILEGEMarch 8-19: National touring production of An American in Paris
    Buell Theatre, Denver Performing Arts Complex, 14th and Curtis streets, 303-893-4100 or denvercenter.org

    March 9-26: Su Teatro's Mas
    721 Santa Fe Drive, 303-296-0219 or suteatro.org

    March 10-April 8: Athena Project Arts Festival's The Wave That Set the Fire
    At the Byron Theatre in Newman Center for Performing Arts at the University of Denver, 2344 E Iliff Ave., AthenaProjectFestival.org

    March 11-April 15: Curious Theatre's Constellations
    1080 Acoma St., 303-623-0524 or curioustheatre.org

    March 12-April 30: Denver Children's Theatre's The Jungle Book
    Elaine Wolf Theatre at the Mizel Arts and Culture Center, 350 S. Dahlia St., 303-316-6360 or maccjcc.org

    A March Openings LassMarch 16-April 23: Off-Center's Travelers of the Lost Dimension, with A.C.E.
    At the Stanley Marketplace, 2501 Dallas St., Aurora, 303-893-4100 or denvercenter.org

    March 16-April 2: Millibo Art Theatre's The Crucible
    1626 S. Tejon St., Colorado Springs, 719-465-6321 or themat.org .

    March 17-May 21: Arvada Center's The Drowning Girls
    6901 Wadsworth Blvd., 720-898-7200 or arvadacenter.org

    March 17-April 9: The Avenue Theater's Oddville
    417 E. 17th Ave., 303-321-5925 or avenuetheater.com

    March 17-26: Longmont Theatre Company's Other Desert Cities
    513 Main St., Longmont, 303-772-5200 or longmonttheatre.org

    March 17-26: PACE Center's Steel Magnolias (at the Schoolhouse Theater)
    20000 Pikes Peak Avenue, Parker, parkerarts.org

    March 18-19: National touring production of Shaping Sound: After the Curtain
    The Ellie, Denver Performing Arts Complex, 14th and Curtis streets, 303-893-4100 or denvercenter.org

    March 21-26: National touring production of Kinky Boots
    Buell Theatre, Denver Performing Arts Complex, 14th and Curtis streets, 303-893-4100 or denvercenter.org

    March 23-June 4: Candlelight Dinner Playhouse’s 42nd Street
    4747 Marketplace Drive, Johnstown, 970-744-3747 or coloradocandlelight.com

    March 23-26: Magic Moments' Step Right Up
    At Kent Denver School, 4000 East Quincy Ave., Englewood, 303-575-1005 or magicmomentsinc.org

    March 24-April 16: Arvada Center's Jesus Christ Superstar
    6901 Wadsworth Blvd., 720-898-7200 or arvadacenter.org

    March 24-April 9: Aurora Fox's Chinglish
    9900 E. Colfax Ave., Aurora, 303-739-1970 or aurorafox.org

    March 24-April 30: Miners Alley Playhouse's A Skull in Connemara
    1224 Washington St., Golden, 303-935-3044 or minersalley.com

    March 24-April 9, 2017: Performance Now's Hello, Dolly!
    Lakewood Cultural Center, 470 S. Allison Parkway, 303-987-7845 or performancenow.org

    March 24-May 27: Midtown Arts Center's Sister Act
    3750 S. Mason St., Fort Collins, 970-225-2555 or midtownartscenter.com

    March 24-April 15: Evergreen Players' Enchanted April
    At Center/Stage, 27608 Fireweed Drive, 303-674-4934 or evergreenplayers.com

    March 24-April 15: Equinox Theatre Company’s Stage Kiss
    At the Bug Theatre, 3654 Navajo St., 720-984-0781 or equinoxtheatredenver.com

    March 30-April 30: Bas Bleu's Blue Kitchen and The Blue Kitchen Craic
    417 Pine St., Fort Collins, 970-498-8949 or basbleu.org

    March 30-April 23: Cherry Creek Theatre Company’s The Baby Dance
    Pluss Theatre at the the Mizel Arts and Culture Center, 350 S. Dahlia St., Denver, 303-800-6578 or cherrycreektheatre.org

    March 30-April 29, 2017: OpenStage's Don't Dress for Dinner
    Lincoln Center, 417 W. Magnolia St., Fort Collins, 970-484-5237 or openstagetheatre.org

    March 31-May 7: DCPA Theatre Company's Disgraced
    Ricketson Theatre, Denver Performing Arts Complex, 14th and Curtis streets, 303-893-4100 or denvercenter.org

    March 31-April 30: Town Hall Arts Center's The Robber Bridegroom
    2450 W. Main St., Littleton, 303-794-2787 or town hallartscenter.org

    March 31-April 23: Benchmark Theatre's The Nether
    At Buntport Theater, 717 Lipan St., benchmarktheatre.com

    March 31-April 23: Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center's Bye Bye Birdie
    30 W. Dale St., Colorado Springs, 719-634-5581 or csfineartscenter.org

    March 31-May 21: Vintage Theatre’s The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow
    1468 Dayton St., Aurora, 303-839-1361 or vintage’s home page

    CONTINUING CURRENT PRODUCTIONS:

    Through March 18: OpenStage Theatre & Company’s August: Osage County
    Lincoln Center, 417 W. Magnolia St., Fort Collins, 970-484-5237 or openstagetheatre.org READ MOREMarch Openings And Then There Were None

    Through March 18: Breckenridge Backstage Theatre's The Toxic Avenger
    121 S. Ridge St. 970-453-0199 or backstagetheatre.org

    Through March 18: Spotlight Theater Company's Sabrina Fair
    At the John Hand Theatre, 7653 E. First Place, 720-880-8727 or thisisspotlight.com

    Through March 18: Midtown Arts Center's Million Dollar Quartet
    3750 S. Mason St., Fort Collins, 970-225-2555 or midtownartscenter.com

    More Colorado theatre coverage on the DCPA NewsCenter

    Through March 18: Midtown Arts Center's Forbidden Broadway (Studio Theatre)
    3750 S. Mason St., Fort Collins, 970-225-2555 or midtownartscenter.com

    March Openings Bonnie and ClydeThrough March 19: Town Hall Arts Center's Bonnie & Clyde
    2450 W. Main St., Littleton, 303-794-2787 or town hallartscenter.org

    Through March 19: Vintage Theatre Productions' Billy Elliot, The Musical
    1468 Dayton St., Aurora, 303-839-1361 or vintagetheatre.com

     

    Through March 26: Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center's Junie B. Jones: The Musical
    Second Stage, 30 W. Dale St., Colorado Springs, 719-634-5581 or csfineartscenter.org

    Through April 8: DCPA Cabaret's An Act of God
    Galleria Theatre, Denver Performing Arts Complex, 14th and Curtis streets, 303-893-4100 or denvercenter.org READ MORE

    Through May 14: Arvada Center's Bus Stop
    6901 Wadsworth Blvd., 720-898-7200 or arvadacenter.org READ MORE

    Through May 19: Arvada Center's A Year With Frog and Toad
    6901 Wadsworth Blvd., 720-898-7200 or arvadacenter.org


    ONGOING, MONTHLY or ONE-TIME PROGRAMMING:

    ADAMS MYSTERY PLAYHOUSE
    Ongoing productions
    2406 Federal Blvd., Denver, 303-455-1848 or adamsmysteryplayhouse.com

    THE ATHENA PROJECT ARTS FESTIVAL
    March 10-April 8: World-premiere play The Wave That Set the Fire
    At the Byron Theatre in the Newman Center for Performing Arts at the University of Denver, 2344 E Iliff Ave. ticket info

    Saturday, March 18: Evening of Dance at Armstrong Center for Dance
    At the Armstrong Center for Dance, 1075 Santa Fe Drive, athenaprojectfestival.org

    March 23 and 24: Mini Music Festival and Panel Discussions
    Swallow Hill Music, 71 E. Yale Ave., athenaprojectfestival.org

    Saturday, March 25: Girls Create Celebration
    At the Byron Theatre in the Newman Center for Performing Arts at the University of Denver, 2344 E Iliff Ave.athenaprojectfestival.org

    2017 Plays In Progress Series
    April 1 at 1 p.m. and April 8 at 4 p.m.: Beating a Dead Horse by Jennifer Stafford
    April 1 at  4 p.m. and April 2 at 7 p.m.: Famous Last Words by Katherine Millett
    April 8 at 1 p.m. and April 9 at 7 p.m.: Handcrafted Healing by Nancy Beverly
    At the Byron Theatre in the Newman Center for Performing Arts at the University of Denver, 2344 E Iliff Ave. ticket info

    Special Table Reading
    April 2 at 9:30 a.m. and April 3 at 7 p.m.: Honor Killing by Sarah Bierstock
    At the Byron Theatre in the Newman Center for Performing Arts at the University of Denver, 2344 E Iliff Ave. ticket info

    BDT STAGE
    March 21: Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Cabaret Performance
    5501 Arapahoe Ave., 303-449-6000 or bdtstage.com

    BUNTPORT THEATRE

    Saturday, March 11: Siren Song: A Pirate Odyssey (Monthly theatre for young audiences at 1 and 3 p.m. the second Saturday of each month, through May 13)
    Wednesday, March 15: The Narrators (a live storytelling show and podcast)
    Tuesday, March 21: Buntport Radio Hour (live recording of a radio show) Tickets here
    Friday, March 31: Untitled (in the freight elevator at the Denver Art Museum)
    717 Lipan St., 720-946-1388 or buntport.com


    THE CATAMOUNTS
    Saturday, March 18: Jason Craig
    The playwright of Beowulf: A Thousand Years of Baggage will be on-site for a pre-show meet-and-greet (6:30 p.m.) and post-show talk.
    The Dairy Arts Center, Carsen Theater, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder, 303-440-7826 or the dairy.org

    THE CLOCKTOWER CABARET

    Friday, March 24: The Jerseys sing the Four Seasons and more
    D&F Clocktower, 16th and Arapahoe streets, 303-293-0075 or clocktowercabaret.com

    Superstar


    DENVER ACTORS FUND PRESENTS FILM SERIES...

    Monday, March 13: Screening of the film Jesus Christ Superstar, with live pre-screening entertainment for the cast of the Arvada Center's upcoming stage production of the stage musical. Entertainment 6:30 p.m.; film at 7.
    Alamo Drafthouse Littleton, 7301 S Santa Fe Drive, drafthouse.com

    LOCAL THEATER COMPANY'S LOCAL LAB 2017
    March 17-19: Workshop: "Pain Management" (Devising original theater pieces)
    2-5 p.m. March 17; 12-4 p.m. Saturday; 12-1 p.m. Sunday
    At 311 Mapleton Ave., Boulder

    Friday, March 17: Reading: Wisdom From Everything, by Mia McCullough
    7 p.m. at the Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder

    Saturday, March 18: Playwrights Panel, moderated by Megan Mathews
    4:30 p.m. at the Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder

    Saturday, March 18: Reading: Shostakovich, or Silence, by Jason Grote
    6 p.m. at the Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder

    Sunday, March 19: Reading: The Merchant of Venice, translated by Elise Thoron
    2 p.m. at the Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder
    Information: 720-379-4470 or localtheatercompany.org

    LONE TREE ARTS CENTER

    Sunday, March 26: Aquila Theatre’s The Trojan War: Our Warrior Chorus
    10075 Commons St., just west of Interstate 25 and Lincoln Avenue, 720-509-1000, lone tree’s home page

    THE SOURCE THEATRE COMPANY
    Every third Monday: Monday! Monday! Monday! Cabaret
    At Su Teatro Performing Arts Center, 721 Santa Fe Drive, 720-238-1323 or thesourcedenver.org

    STORIES ON STAGE
    Saturdays March 11 and 18: Storybooks on Stage
    Stories will be performed by John Jurcheck, Erin Rollman and Anthony Powell
    March 11: 10:30 a.m. at the McNichols Civic Center Building, 144 W. Colfax Ave., Denver, 303-494-0523 or storiesonstage.org
    March 18: 10:30 a.m. at the Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut St. Boulder, 303-444-7328 or www.thedairy.org
     
  • Tira Palmquist: Grief for a husband, and a planet

    by John Moore | Feb 06, 2017
    Tira Palmquist. Photo by John Moore
    Photo by John Moore for the DCPA NewsCenter.


    By Chad Henry
    DCPA Literary Associate

    Tira Palmquist is a funny, tart, plainspoken writer with several plays to her credit and a lifelong habit of writing.

    “I didn’t wake up one morning and say, ‘Hey, I’m a playwright.’ I was a pastor’s kid in the borderlands between Minnesota and Iowa," she said. "I fully intended to be an actor from the time I was old enough to memorize the entire cast album of You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown. But then I also really loved to write, and wrote relentlessly during high school and college. At that point, I was encouraged to go to grad school as a poet, and I thought ‘Well, what the hell!’ I am constantly reinventing myself. I am currently reinventing what it means to be 50.”

    Palmquist’s new play Two Degrees brings a human face, and a grieving human heart, to the issue of global warming. Her powerful drama of a female scientist’s quest to bring the hard facts of global weather change to the world’s attention uses the latest scientific research to ground her drama. But she frames that drama in the universal and emotionally wrenching story of the loss of a loved one and the sacrifice necessary to get to the truth and to make it known.

    Palmquist said the play’s evolution and subsequent debut at DCPA Theatre Company was part persistence and part timing.

    Palmquist, who teaches at University of California at Irvine, said that over the past years she’d been submitting plays regularly to Seven Devils Playwrights Conference, a well- regarded new play development organization based in bucolic McCall, Idaho. Christy Montour-Larson, who is directing the world premiere of Two Degrees, is the board president of Seven Devils, and she chose the play and directed the workshop reading there. The play then eventually made its way to Denver’s Athena Project, where it was once directed by Montour-Larson. It then caught the eye of the Theatre Company’s new-play development department, was recommended to Producing Artistic Director Kent Thompson, read at the 2016 Colorado New Play Summit and selected as part of the 2016-17 mainstage season.

    Photo gallery: The making of Two Degrees in Denver:

    'Two Degrees' in Denver

    Photos from the making of 'Two Degrees' by the DCPA Theatre Company. To see more, click the forward arrow on the image above. All photos by John Moore for the DCPA NewsCenter.

    Palmquist, who also has worked closely with dramaturg Heather Helinsky on the play, said the process of workshopping and revising her play began at Seven Devils. “The director and dramaturg were asking me very hard questions about the focus of the play, and encouraging me to make rewrites and changes based on our conversations," Palmquist said. "At first I thought they were just being mean, but I realized as we went along that these were questions that really needed to be asked to clarify the story I was trying to tell. They actually taught me a new way of approaching my work — they taught me to be relentless.”

    Tira Palmquist QuoteAs a result of the workshop, Palmquist felt that she really was able to get to the essence of the play. “My play was revealed to me through the process.”

    The workshop process continued at the Center’s New Play Summit, which Palmquist described as “...genius. You get to rehearse for a week, day and night; rewrite, fix and tweak; then see the play in front of an audience. Then, you get to go back for another week and do even more work based on what you, your director and dramaturg and cast learned from the first reading. It’s truly a luxury for a writer.”

    More Colorado theatre coverage on the DCPA NewsCenter

    In Two Degrees, lead character Emma Phelps is a paleoclimatologist studying ice in Greenland. In drilling and studying ice core samples, she sees firsthand the symptoms of our changing planet, which makes the need for immediate remedial action and education all the more crucial and urgent. In addition to her growing sense of urgency for the planet, Emma, a recent widow, is suffering grief and loss that grows deeper as time passes. Now she’s been asked to come to Washington D.C. to testify in a Senate Committee regarding climate change legislation, and in this intersection of science and politics, and of politics and the personal, she finds her own world breaking up under the strain of change.

    Palmquist explains that the big themes of the play are not actually global warming, although the two degrees of the title are an explicit warning of the disastrous tipping point our global environment will reach without remedial action. “This is actually a play about grief — about working through grief, about deciding to stand up and move forward and do what needs to be done, rather than collapsing. And the parallel situations in the play are that Emma, our climatologist, learns that she can’t go back and fix the mistakes she made in her marriage, and that we humans cannot go back and fix the damage that we’ve done to the planet.” Emma’s strength and determination in the face of crippling grief make this story a dramatically compelling piece.

    Two Degrees cast digs deep into Boulder ice-core research

    Palmquist discovered in the course of writing the play that one of the problems in making the scientific realities of global warming immediate to the general public is that scientists are good at science — and bad at communicating their science. “I didn’t want this play to turn out to be a polemic on the subject of global warming; rather, I wanted to open a door to a dialogue about the subject. Scientists and lay people don’t speak the same language — my play is one attempt to bridge this gap.” Denver Center’s world premiere production of this important new drama is bound to spur lively conversation and debate about our own choices in our life journeys. 

    Chad.HenryChad Henry is the Literary Associate for the DCPA Theatre Company. He is a composer, actor, lyricist, playwright, and author. He has written more than 20 musical theatre titles. His DCPA credits include acting in Master Class,' and choreographing 'The Winter's Tale.' He is the author of the children's book 'Dogbreath Victorious.'  



    Video bonus: Playwright Tira Palmquist talking about Two Degrees



    Our video with 'Two Degrees' playwright Tira Palmquist, at the 2016 Colorado New Play Summit. Video by David Lenk and John Moore for the DCPA NewsCenter.

     

    Two Degrees: Ticket information
    Two DegreesEmma, a climate change scientist, is invited to share her findings at a Senate hearing that could define her career and her cause. But if she can’t overcome her tumultuous inner struggle, her dedication and sacrifices may not be enough. Two Degrees was developed at the 2016 Colorado New Play Summit.

    Feb. 3-March 12
    Jones Theatre
    ASL and Audio-Described matinee at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, March 5
    303-893-4100 or BUY ONLINE

    Previous NewsCenter coverage of Two Degrees:
    Two Degrees cast digs deep into Boulder ice-core research
    Two Degrees
    heats up conversation on global warming
    Two Degrees: Five things we learned at first rehearsal
    Colorado New Play Summit Spotlight: Tira Palmquist, Two Degrees
    Video: Look back at 2016 Colorado New Play Summit
    2016-17 season: Nine shows, two world premieres, return to classics

  • 2016 True West Award: After Orlando

    by John Moore | Dec 03, 2016
    True West Awards After Orlando


    30 DAYS, 30 BOUQUETS

    Day 3:
    After Orlando, Benchmark Theatre

        Presented by Colorado Theatre Guild Life Achievement winner Billie McBride

     

    The worst gun massacre in U.S. history left the gay community feeling not just vulnerable.


    Hunted.

    The terrorist may have thought leaving 102 dead or injured, most gay and/or Latino, on the floor of the Pulse nightclub would send "others" of all kinds back into hiding. He knows not artists, who realize full well that it is never more urgent than in the wake of tragedy for the raging and waging of peace in the world through art. As the Russian actor Vsevolod Meyerhold once said: "I want to burn with the spirit of the times."

    The international theatre community continues to mark the Florida massacre with "After Orlando," an ongoing series of gatherings in cities around the world to remember the victims; to start a dialogue on how mass gun violence has become so commonplace America; and to prove yet again the enormous role that live theatre can play in communal grief and transformation. 

    More than 50 "After Orlando" events around the U.S. began on Sept. 12 and will continue through Jan. 31. Each consists of a series of short readings of plays from among more than 70 contributed by celebrated playwrights for the project. In most cities, one local theatre company has hosted an "After Orlando" event on behalf of that city's entire theatre community.

    Our NewsCenter report on Denver's 'After Orlando' event

    The Denver gathering on Nov. 14-15 was different. The new Benchmark Theatre Company, which doesn't even debut until next year, presented Denver's "After Orlando" event as an opportunity to collaborate with local companies from Boulder to Colorado Springs. Participating companies included the Athena Project, Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company, Buntport Theater, Curious Theatre, Edge Theatre, Local Theatre Company, Phamaly Theatre Company, Funky Little Theatre Company (Colorado Springs) and Vintage, with a special appearance by The Denver Gay Men's Chorus. Dozens of local actors donated their time to participate in the readings.

    Benchmark not only gathered the community for a common cause on two sold-out nights at the Vintage Theatre, it raised $2,000 for the Human Rights Campaign. Benchmark is co-founded by Rachel Bouchard and Haley Johnson, and its "After Orlando" event was primarily organized by Denver School of the Arts Youth Facilitator Kate Folkins and playwright Jeffrey Neuman (Edge Theatre's Exit Strategies).
     

    More Colorado theatre coverage on the DCPA NewsCenter

    "We are humbled not only at the turnout of audiences who came to support this cause, but also the turnout of artists who volunteered their time and talents," said Johnson. "Because of them, we've contributed to an organization that fights for equality and human rights. That is what art is all about - coming together as one to raise each other up."

    The national curators of "After Orlando" are New York's Missing Bolts Productions artistic directors Blair Baker and Zac Kline; and NoPassport Theatre Alliance founder Caridad Svich, whose English translation of The House of the Spirits was premiered by the DCPA Theatre Company in 2010. The point of "After Orlando," Svich said, is "to make some healing art, some fiery art, and some work that just says we can rise up from and through collective mourning.”

    After Orlando Benchmark Theatre True West Awards

     

    ABOUT THE TRUE WEST AWARDS
    The True West Awards, now in their 16th year, began as the Denver Post Ovation Awards in 2001. DCPA Senior Arts Journalist John Moore — along with additional voices from around the state — celebrate the entire local theatre community by recognizing 30 achievements from 2016 over 30 days, without categories or nominations. Moore was named one of the 12 most influential theater critics in the U.S by American Theatre Magazine in 2011. He has since taken a groundbreaking position as the Denver Center's Senior Arts Journalist. His daily coverage of the DCPA and the Colorado theatre community can be found at MyDenverCenter.Org

    THE 2016 TRUE WEST AWARDS
    Day 1: Jada Suzanne Dixon
    Day 2: Robert Michael Sanders
    Day 3: After Orlando
    Day 4: Michael Morgan
    Day 5: Beth Beyer
    Day 6: Patrick Elkins-Zeglarski
    Day 7: donnie l. betts
    Day 8: Night of the Living Dead
    Day 9: The Killer Kids of Miscast
    Day 10: Jason Sherwood
    Day 11: Leslie O'Carroll and Steve Wilson
    Day 12: Jonathan Scott-McKean
    Day 13: Jake Mendes
    Day 14: Charles R. MacLeod
    Day 15: Patty Yaconis
    Day 16: Daniel Langhoff
    Day 17: Colorado Shakespeare Festival costumers
    Day 18: Miriam Suzanne
    Day 19: Yolanda Ortega
    Day 20: Diana Ben-Kiki
    Day 21: Jeff Neuman
    Day 22: Gabriella Cavallero
    Day 23: Matthew Campbell
    Day 24: Sharon Kay White
    Day 25: John Hauser
    Day 26: Lon Winston
    Day 27: Jason Ducat
    Day 28: Sam Gregory
    Day 29: Warren Sherrill
    Day 30: The Women Who Run Theatre in Boulder
    Theatre Person of the Year Billie McBride

    After Orlando in Denver: Our photo gallery:

    After Orlando: Denver
    To see more, click the forward arrow on the image above. Photos by John Moore for the DCPA NewsCenter. Photos in the award certificate at the top of this page by Susannah McLeod for McLeod9 Creative.

  • After Orlando: Colorado theatre will respond Nov. 14-15

    by John Moore | Oct 24, 2016

    This video captures how Erin Rollman of Buntport Theater addressed the 'After Orlando audience on the first night.

    The international theatre community is marking the worst gun massacre in U.S. history with After Orlando, an ongoing series of gatherings in cities around the world to remember the 102 who died or were injured in the Pulse nightclub, and to reflect on how mass gun violence has become so commonplace America.

    After Orlando in DenverMore than 70 celebrated playwrights have contributed short plays for the project, and organizing theatre companies are each choosing 12 to present in their home cities. Participating writers include Neil Labute (Reasons to be Pretty), Caridad Svich (DCPA Theatre Company’s world premiere of The House of Spirits), Israel Horovitz (Park Your Car in Harvard Yard), Deborah Zoe Laufer (Curious Theatre’s End Days, Local Theatre Company’s Informed Consent) and Brian Quijada, who as an actor appeared in the DCPA Theatre Company’s Victory Jones and the Incredible One-Woman Band at the Colorado New Play Summit.

    “We are making some healing art, some fiery art, and some work that just says we can rise up from and through collective mourning,” said Svich. She is also co-founder of the NoPassport Theatre Alliance, which is the national curator of the After Orlando project in partnership with New York’s Missing Bolts Productions

    More than 50 scheduled individual After Orlando events around the U.S. began on Sept. 12 and will continue through Jan. 31. The Denver collaboration is being headed by the new Benchmark Theatre Company and will be presented Nov. 14-15 at the Vintage Theatre in Aurora. After Orlando Rachel Bouchard Quote

    But unlike in other cities, Benchmark is organizing After Orlando as an opportunity to collaborate with local companies from Boulder to Colorado Springs. The list of participating companies includes Athena Project, Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company, Buntport Theater, Curious Theatre, Edge Theatre Company, Local Theatre Company, Phamaly Theatre Company, Funky Little Theatre Company (Colorado Springs) and Vintage. There will include a special appearance by The Denver Gay Men's Chorus.  

    New Benchmark Theatre plans to have a deep bench 

    Benchmark won’t even present its first play until next March, so the company recently co-founded by Rachel Bouchard and Haley Johnson made for an unlikely local organizer. But After Orlando will make a perfect introduction to the community, she said, “because this event aligns so perfectly with our artistic mission, as well as our commitment to community collaborations.

    "Our mission is to bring the universal human experience to life and bring meaningful discussions to the table,” Bouchard said. "This particular event will bring a lot of different local companies under the same roof, which really only happens otherwise at the Henry Awards.”

    Photo gallery: First night of After Orlando in Denver:

    After Orlando: Denver
    To see more, click the forward arrow on the image above. Click on any photo for free download instructions. Photos by John Moore for the DCPA NewsCenter.


    Benchmark has chosen the following 13 playwrights to be featured over the two days Nov. 14-15: 

    • After by Caridad Svich
    • After Orlando by Oliver Mayer
    • Orlando Monologue by Lindsey Ferrentino
    • The Human Traces by Anders Lustgarten
    • Gone Silent by Jennifer Maisel
    • Checkmate by Winter Miller
    • The 49 (Los 49) by Paul and Leesa Castaneda
    • Baby Sister: A Monologue Play by Jacqueline Goldfinger
    • Pistols (An Action in Six Parts) by Andy Field
    • These Wings are Meant to Fly by Zac Kline
    • Sauce by Sung Rno
    • Departure by Jordan Tannahill
    • Today is a Good Day by Katie Pearl

    Bouchard has read many of the submissions, “and many of these stories are so beautifully human,” she said. “They will really allow our community to experience them and discuss them in a safe and connected space.”

    Even though Benchmark is still growing its own seed money, it is presenting After Orlando as a fundraiser for the Human Rights Campaign, which is America's largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer equality.

    In the wake of the Orlando shootings, the HRC announced a change in its typical organization priorities by saying it would begin pushing for tighter controls on guns.

    More Colorado theatre coverage on the DCPA NewsCenter

    “Forty-nine members of our community were murdered because of a toxic combination of two things: a deranged, unstable individual who had been conditioned to hate LGBTQ people, and easy access to military-style guns,” HRC President Chad Griffin said. “It is imperative that we address both issues in order to mitigate safety risk to our community.”

    After Orlando, said the founders of Missing Bolts Productions, provides an opportunity for an artistic response as well.

    “As theatremakers, we have the ability to bring together many singular unique voices toward a common goal,” Blair Baker and Zac Kline said in a joint statement. “We have invited some of the most admired theatre artists worldwide to share our grief, our anger, our hope and our desire to combat the violence we are now living with on a daily basis.”

    After Orlando take place in its city of origin as well. The Orlando Shakespeare Theatre is hiosting an After Orlando event Nov. 5. Svich will give the keynote address.

    NoPassport, Daryl Roth Productions and Missing Bolts Productions are presenting  four benefit events in New York City on Nov. 13 and 20, and Dec. 4 and 11. MORE INFO

    Three After Orlando events will be held in the United Kingdom, including a special marathon event on Oct. 31 at Finborough Theatre in London.
     

    John Moore was named one of the 12 most influential theater critics in the U.S by American Theatre Magazine in 2011. He has since taken a groundbreaking position as the Denver Center's Senior Arts Journalist.


    After Orlando
    : Denver

    • Nov. 14-15
    • Vintage Theatre, 1465 Dayton St., Aurora
    • Readings of 12 short plays
    • Includes reception and silent auction
    • BUY TICKETS

    More media coverage of After Orlando:
    American Theatre
    Howlround
    The Stage UK
    Orlando Sentinel

    Participating playwrights (subject to change):

    Oladipo Agboluaje
    Deborah Asiimwe
    Elaine Avila
    Mando Alvarado
    Jaisey Bates
    Rikki Beadle-Blair 
    Oana Cajal 
    Scottie Campbell
    Paul and Leesa Castenada
    Mia Chung
    J. Julian Christopher
    Cecilia Copeland
    Migdalia Cruz
    Nathan Davis
    Michael Dinwiddie
    Erik Ehn
    Georgina Escobar
    Andy Field
    Lindsey Ferrentino
    Eric Mayer-Garcia
    Mark Gerrard
    Dennis T. Giacino
    Ryan Gielen
    Leo Cabranes-Grant
    Jacqueline Goldfinger
    Garret Groenveld
    Dipika Guha
    Jeremy O. Harris
    Amina Henry
    Israel Horovitz
    Max Kolaru
    Zac Kline
    Alexander Kveton
    Neil Labute
    Deborah Zoe Laufer
    Jacqueline E. Lawton
    David Lee
    Andrea Lepcio
    EM Lewis
    Joan Lipkin
    Jessica Litwak
    Anders Lustgarten
    Jennifer Maisel
    Rohina Malik
    Oliver Mayer
    Tyler McCray
    David A. McElroy
    Jeff McMahon
    Chiori Miyagawa
    Winter Miller
    The House of the Spirits DCPAViet Nguyen
    Ryan Oliveira
    Matthew Paul Olmos
    Giovanni Ortega
    Solimar Otero
    Katie Pearl
    Monica Palacios
    Daryl Pickett
    Brian James Polak
    Brian Quijada
    Emilio Rodriguez
    Elaine Romero
    Ian Rowlands
    Sung Rno
    Anne Rumberger
    Rita Sachdeva
    Madeline Sayet
    Arturo Soria
    Saviana Stanescu
    Lisa Schlesinger
    Stephen Sewell
    Crystal Skillman
    David Solomon
    Caridad Svich (The DCPA's 'The House of the Spirits' pictured at right)
    Jordan Tannahill
    Aradhana Tiwari
    Korde Tuttle
    Ken Urban
    Leah Nanako Winker

  • Statera Conference in Denver: Theatre has a problem. Women are the solution.

    by John Moore | Oct 15, 2016
    2016 Statera National ConferenceTo see more images from the opening day of the 2016 Statera Conference at the Denver Center, press the forward arrow on the image above. Photos by John Moore for the DCPA NewsCenter.


    The American theatre has a big, systemic problem. And those attending the 2016 Statera Conference for gender equity in the American theatre have a simple, systemic solution:

    More women. On stage. Off stage. Writing. Directing. And, perhaps most important: In leadership positions.

    It is not new information that while females make up 68 percent of the average theatre audience, fewer than 25 percent of the stories they see are written by women. But Friday’s opening keynote address at the Denver Center laid bare some deeper statistical atrocities. For example:

    In 2013-14, 73 percent of the Artistic Directors and 62 percent of Executive Directors at leading U.S. theatres were white men. That’s unsurprising. But tellingly - and some might say “damningly” - 65 percent of those working in jobs just below leadership positions were women or persons of color. That means a majority of women already are in place for executive advancement - they just aren’t being rewarded for their experience when leadership jobs become available.

    In other words, said one woman in the conference crowd: “Women do all the work – and men get promoted.”


    A video look at Tira Palmquist's upcoming world premiere of 'Two Degrees' in Denver.



    Tira Palmquist, writer of the DCPA Theatre Company’s upcoming world premiere production of Two Degrees, acknowledged there are employment opportunities out there for women. “But it would be better to have better employment opportunities for women,” she said.

    “There is a clear glass ceiling,” said Sumru Erkut, Senior Research Scientist for the Wellesley Centers for Women. “And it’s not getting better. We have come to the conclusion that for a woman to lead a theatre, she has to start one. That's how she gets to be a leader.”

    Statera ConferenceBut Friday’s featured speaker Carey Elizabeth Perloff, who has been the artistic director of the esteemed American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco for 24 years, dared to imagine another kind of future for women in the American theatre.  

    “If we could change the gender balance across the board in the theatre from leadership to playwrights to directors to what is happening backstage, I truly think we would be telling more inclusive, more complex and more richly imagined stories,” Perloff said via Skype. “Therefore we would start to cast our net much wider in terms of audiences who are passionate about the theatre.”

    Perloff addressed more than 200 women (and a few men) who have gathered in Denver this weekend to strategize, commune, commiserate, network, workshop and rally for the cause of gender equity. Guests include playwrights, directors, actors, teachers, students and administrators from organizations as varied as the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Baltimore Playwright’s Festival, Shakespeare Detroit, the Arvada Center, Athena Project, Colorado Shakespeare Festival and Center Group of Los Angeles.

    More Colorado theatre coverage on the DCPA NewsCenter

    “We believe the answer to gender parity in the American theatre lies in the philosophy of ‘top-down and bottom-up,’ ” said Statera Foundation co-founder Shelly Gaza of the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley. “Yes, we work to affect change at the top tiers of American theatres. But we are also working from the bottom up so that we, in a sense, meet in the middle to achieve parity.”

    Statera, by the way, is a Latin word for “balance.”

    Statera quoteThe DCPA makes a perfect host for Statera’s second national conference, Gaza said, because the Denver Center not only acknowledges the prevailing gender disparity in the American theatre, it is actively working to eradicate it.

    DCPA Theatre Company Producing Artistic Director Kent Thompson drew applause when he announced that the Denver Center has recently changed one of its stated core company values to equity, diversity and inclusion. “I feel my most profound job as an Artistic Director is to offer windows on the world to audiences - and those windows have to reflect women in our society,” Thompson said.

    He introduced to conference attendees the now 11-year-old Women's Voices Fund, the Denver Center's $1 million endowment that makes directing and playwriting opportunities available to women.  Thompson pointed out that only about 15 of the company’s first 250 productions over 26 seasons were directed by women - and fewer than a dozen had been written by women. But in the 11 years since Thompson’s arrival, the Theatre Company has presented 26 plays by women - nine of them world premieres.


    Here are more key findings and killer quotes from Day 1 of the 2016 Statera Conference, which runs through Sunday at the DCPA:

    • “Until gender parity and gender equity are the norm, there will be a need for all of our passion and purpose and action,” said Statera CEO Melinda Vaughn, who is working for the day “when equal space and equal pay and equal opportunity are not ideals for which you have to fight or create - they are the expectation. That shift in expectation is powerful.”
    • Lucy Roucis, a longtime actor with Denver’s acclaimed Phamaly Theatre Company, which exists to create performance opportunities for actors with disabilities, acknowledged the loss just the day before of prominent Denver director and playwright Terry Dodd. “I saw Terry just last week, and we were talking about this very subject,” Roucis said. “Terry he told me, ‘Lucy, there will be equality in the theatre when there are more women producers. Women have to do it themselves.’ ”       
    • Jane Page, an original member of the DCPA Theatre Company in 1979 and most recently director of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer here in 2011, flew to Denver from Cairo to attend the conference, she said, ”because I feel very strongly about the issue of parity for women in theatre.” Page was accompanied by a college student from Yale she is mentoring at the conference. “After 40 years in the business, I think it's important for me to be a part of this conversation,” said Page. “But I also think it's important to hear from those young women who are just entering into the profession.” Page had been in Cairo directing a contemporary version of Tartuffe set in modern-day Orange County.
    • Carey Perloff tried to do everything right when she arrived at ACT in 1992, “but I did everything wrong instead," she said. She was convinced she would be fired after her first season in San Francisco - which makes her not uncommon among women, she said. “I felt how I think every woman leader feels, which is, 'When you fail, you fail for all women – and that when we succeed, it's luck,’ ” Perloff said. ”People told me, 'You have to stop saying that.' Because women always say they got lucky when they get a job. But men never do that. The fact is, men are hired on their potential, and women are hired on their resumes. And that makes our challenge that much greater.”
    • The beauty of being a leader in the American theatre, Perloff said, “is you get to choose the kind of plays you want to promote. I always said, 'It’s such a hard job, but at least you don't have to do Sylvia - that play where the woman plays a dog. When it's your own theatre, you get to say no. We are not going to do plays where women are tangential all the time. We're not going to do plays where women are demeaned. We are not going to do plays where women are two-dimensional. We are going to choose plays where there are women directors involved. And there are vigorous roles for women. And we are going to make sure that the backstage life has women.”
    • A priority of the Statera Foundation, Perloff said, is embracing the role of motherhood that often goes with artistic leadership. “Being a parent is like being in perpetual tech rehearsal,” Perloff said. “But you have to remember that while the days are long – the years are short. If you are a leader, you have more control over your own time and destiny, so it's all the more important for women to claim these leadership positions."
    • Sumru Erkut, the research scientist, said no woman needs to be told how difficult it is to maintain a work-life balance – especially in the arts. “I have to tell you - there is no conversation going on about the work-life balance in the American theatre,” Erkut said. “But it's a reality we have to confront. This is not just a women's issue. It's a human-being issue. We have to make it possible for the next generation to both work and be a parent.“
    • Among the more than 50 speakers and workshop leaders presenting this weekend are Actor’s Equity Association Executive Director Mary McColl and American social justice activist Chris Crass. Locally, speakers include DCPA Producing Artistic Director Kent Thompson; Directors Christy Montour-Larson (Two Degrees), Ina Marlowe (The Glass Menagerie) and Geoffrey Kent (An Act of God); Actors Meridith C. Grundei (Frankenstein), Lucy Roucis and Lisa Young; and Educators Allison Watrous, Jessica Austgen and Gillian McNally.

    John Moore was named one of the 12 most influential theater critics in the U.S by American Theatre Magazine in 2011. He has since taken a groundbreaking position as the Denver Center's Senior Arts Journalist.
  • April: Colorado theatre listings

    by John Moore | Mar 28, 2016
    You Cant Take It With You Theatre Listings Miners Alley Playhouse
    Sarah Roshan Photography.

    NOTE:
    At the start of each month, the DCPA NewsCenter offers an updated list of all upcoming Colorado theatre openings. Companies are encouraged to submit future listings and production photos at least two weeks in advance to the DCPA NewsCenter at jmoore@dcpa.org.


    DCPA April Theatre Openings. Photo  by  John Moore. DCPA April Theatre Openings. Photo  by  John Moore.

    Photo  of Dixie Longate by John Moore for the DCPA's NewsCenter.

    Here is the complete list of more than 60 new and continuing theatregoing options for April, including 30-plus openings: 

    THIS MONTH'S THEATRE OPENINGS IN COLORADO:

    (Submit your listings to jmoore@dcpa.org)

    March 30-April 24: Dixie’s Never Wear a Tube Top...
    At the Garner Galleria Theatre, Denver Performing Arts Complex, 14th and Curtis streets, 303-893-4100 or denvercenter.org

    March 31-April 24: Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center’s Peter and the Starcatcher
    30 W. Dale St, Colorado Springs, 719-634-5581 or csfineartscenter.org

    March 31-April 3: Magic Moments' It’s All Greek to Me
    Anschutz Family Theatre at Kent Denver High School, 4000 E. Quincy Ave., Englewood, 303-575-1005 or magicmomentsinc.org

    April 1-17: Phamaly's Taking Leave
    At the Jones Theatre, Denver Performing Arts Complex, 14th and Curtis streets, 303-575-0005 or phamaly.org

    April 1-16, 2016: The Catamounts' futura
    At the Nomad Playhouse, 1410 Quince Ave., Boulder, ticket info

    April 1-May 1: Town Hall Arts Center's Smokey Joe’s Café
    2450 W. Main St., Littleton, 303-794-2787 or townhallartscenter.org

    April 1-May 1: Germinal Stage-Denver's The Glass Menagerie
    73rd Avenue Playhouse, 7287 Lowell Blvd., 303-455-7108 or germinalstage.com

    April 1-10: Longmont Theatre Company's Sylvia
    513 Main St., Longmont, 303-772-5200 or longmonttheatre.org

    April 1-17: Evergreen Players' Dear Ruth
    At Center/Stage, 27608 Fireweed Drive, 303-674-4934 or evergreenplayers.org

    April 1-May 22: Midtown Arts Center's Lost in Yonkers
    3750 S. Mason St., Fort Collins, 970-225-2555 or midtownartscenter.com

    April 2-30: OpenStage's Orphans
    Lincoln Center 417 W. Magnolia St., Fort Collins, 970-484-5237 or openstagetheatre.org

    April 2-May 1: Bas Bleu Theatre's Love, Loss and What I Wore
    401 Pine St., Fort Collins, 970-498-8949 or basbleu.org

    April 2-24: The BiTSY Stage's The Stonemason's Wish: A Chinese Tale
    1137 S. Huron St., 720-328-5294 www.bitsystage.com

    April 7-24: Millibo Art Theatre's The Six Women Play Festival 'Best of the Fest'
    1626 S. Tejon St. Colorado Springs, 719-465-6321 or themat.org

    April 7-9: Convergences Theatre Collective's The Woman Who Was Me, featuring Liz Stanton
    Naropa University, 2130 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, ticket info

    April 8-30: Buntport Theater's The Rembrandt Room
    717 Lipan St., 720-946-1388 or buntport.com

    April 8-30: Equinox Theatre's SILENCE! The Musical: The Unauthorized Parody of The Silence of the Lambs
    At The Bug Theatre, 3654 Navajo St., 720-984-0781 or bugtheatre.org

    April 8-16: Funky Little Theatre's MacHamlet
    2109 Templeton Gap Road, Colorado Springs, funkylittletheater.org

    April 9-May 7: Spotlight Theatre's Steel Magnolias
    At the John Hand Theatre, 7653 E. First Place, 720-880-8727 or thisisspotlight.com

    April 9 and 16: The Catamounts' Tale of a Tiger
    At the Nomad Playhouse, 1410 Quince Ave., Boulder, ticket info

    DeVotchKa with 'Sweeney Todd' Conductor Erik Daniells. Photo by John Moore for the DCPA NewsCenter. April 15-May 15, 2016: DCPA Theatre Company's Sweeney Todd, featuring DeVotchKa
    Stage Theatre, Denver Performing Arts Complex, 14th and Curtis streets, 303-893-4100 or denvercenter.org
    (Photo at right: Members of DeVotchKa with Conductor Erik Daniells. Photo by John Moore for the DCPA NewsCenter.) 

    April 15-30: Wonderbound and Curious Theatre's Dust
    At the Wonderbound Studio, 1075 Park Avenue West, 303-292-4700 or wonderbound.com

    April 16-May 8, 2016: Ignite Theatre's The Wild Party
    At the Aurora Fox, 9900 E. Colfax Ave., 720-362-2697 or ignitetheatre.com

    April 16 and 23: Lannie's The Jerseys Sing The Four Seasons and More
    D&F Clock Tower, 16th and Arapahoe streets, 303-293-0075 or lannies.com

    April 21-30: Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company's Cyrano
    At the Lone Tree Arts Center, 10075 Commons St., 720-509-1000 or lonetreeartscenter.org

    April 22-May 15: Aurora Fox's Catch Me If You Can
    9900 E. Colfax Ave., 303-739-1970 or aurorafoxartscenter.org

    April 22-May 21: Avenue Theater's November
    417 E. 17th Ave., 303-321-5925 or avenuetheater.com

    April 22-May 22: Edge Theatre's Casa Valentina
    1560 Teller St., Lakewood, 303-232-0363 or theedgetheater.com​

    April 22-May 7: Upstart Crow's Our Town
    At the Nomad Playhouse, 1410 Quince Ave., Boulder, theupstartcrow.org

    April 26-May 15: Arvada Center's Death Takes a Holiday
    6901 Wadsworth Blvd., 720-898-7200 or arvadacenter.org

    April 28-May 7: square product theatre's This Aunt is Not a Cockroach
    In collaboration with Hoarded Stuff Performance
    At the Wesley Chapel, Boulder, squareproducttheatre.org

    April 28-May 14: And Toto Too's The English Bride
    Vintage Theatre, 1468 Dayton St., Aurora, 720-583-3975 or andtototoo.org

    April 28-May 15: TheatreWorks' Girl of the Golden West  
    3955 Regent Circle, Colorado Springs, 719-255-3232 or theatreworkscs.org

    April 28-May 8: The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center’s Ivy & Bean: The Musical
    30 W. Dale St, Colorado Springs, 719-634-5581 or csfineartscenter.org

    April 29-May 29: Vintage Theatre's Sunset Boulevard
    1468 Dayton St., Aurora, 303-839-1361 or vintagetheatre.com
    Photo above right of Marcia Ragonetti and Drew Hirschboeck by DenverMind Media.

    Ghosts of Us. Athena Project.

    Photo by Brookelynn Bliss.


    CONTINUING CURRENT PRODUCTIONS:


    Through April 2: Avenue Theater's Tigers Be Still
    417 E. 17th Ave., 303-321-5925 or avenuetheater.com

    Through April 3: Edge Theatre's Getting Out
    1560 Teller St., Lakewood, 303-232-0363 or theedgetheater.com​

    Through April 3: Su Teatro's Bless Me, Ultima
    721 Santa Fe Drive, 303-296-0219 or suteatro.org

    Through April 3: Lake Dillon Theatre Company's Dancing Lessons
    At the Outlets at Silverthorne, 246-X Rainbow Drive, Silverthorne, 970-513-9386 or lakedillontheatre.org

    Through April 3: Southern Colorado Repertory Theatre’s Sarah, Plain and Tall
    At the Famous Performing Arts Center, 131 W. Main St., Trinidad, 719-846-4765​ or scrtheatre.com

    Through April 9: Disney’s Newsies
    Buell Theatre, 14th and Curtis streets, 303-893-4100 or denvercenter.org       

    Through April 10: Performance Now's Ragtime
    Lakewood Cultural Center, 470 S. Allison Parkway, 303-987-7845 or performance now’s home page

    Through April 10: Aurora Fox's Black Elk Speaks
    9900 E. Colfax Ave., 303-739-1970 or aurorafoxartscenter.org

    Through April 10: Athena Project's The Ghosts of Us
    At the Newman Center, University of Denver, 303-871-7720 (option 1), or athenaprojectfestival.org

    Through April 17: Arvada Center's The Mountaintop
    6901 Wadsworth Blvd., 720-898-7200 or arvadacenter.org

    Through April 17: Vintage Theatre's Rabbit Hole
    1468 Dayton St., Aurora, 303-839-1361 or vintagetheatre.com

    Through April 23: Curious Theatre's Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue  
    1080 Acoma St., 303-623-0524 or curioustheatre.org
     
    Through May 1: Denver Children's Theatre's Art Dog (Sundays only)
    Elaine Wolf Theatre at the Mizel Arts and Culture Center, 350 S. Dahlia St., 303-316-6360 www.maccjcc.org

    Through May 1: Miners Alley Playhouse's You Can’t Take It With You
    1224 Washington St., Golden, 303-935-3044 or map’s home page

    Through May 8: Jesters Dinner Theatre's Little Women
    224 Main St., Longmont, 303-682-9980 or jesterstheatre.com

    Through May 8: Candlelight Dinner Playhouse’s South Pacific
    4747 Marketplace Drive, Johnstown, 970-744-3747 or coloradocandlelight.com

    Through May 14: BDT Stage's Peter and the Starcatcher
    5501 Arapahoe Ave., 303-449-6000 or bdtstage.com

    Through May 29: Midtown Arts Center's The Fantasticks
    3750 S. Mason St, Fort Collins, 970-225-2555 or midtownartscenter.com

    ONGOING, MONTHLY or ONE-TIME PROGRAMMING:

    ADAMS MYSTERY PLAYHOUSE
    Ongoing productions
    2406 Federal Blvd., Denver, 303-455-1848 or adamsmysteryplayhouse.com

    AURORA FOX
    Thursday, March 31: Prison Writings: My Life is My Sun Dance, staged reading
    9900 E. Colfax Ave., 303-739-1970 or event information

    BOULDER ARTS WEEK
    March 25-April 2 at locations throughout Boulder
    boulderartsweek.org

    BUNTPORT THEATRE

    April 11: ScreenPLAY's staged reading of the Clueless screenplay
    April 13: These Things Matter podcast taping
    April 19: The Great Debate: Arguing dumb topics
    April 20: The Narrators: True stories centered on a monthly theme
    April 29: untitled (at the Denver Art Museum)
    April 30: Duck Duck ... DUPE (all ages family theatre)
    717 Lipan St., 720-946-1388 or buntport.org

    DENVER ACTORS FUND PRESENTS FILM SERIES
    March 18: Screening of Tim Burton's Sweeney Todd (the film)
    Pre-screening entertainment by the Denver Center Theatre Company
    Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, 7301 S Santa Fe Drive, Littleton, TICKETS

    MILLIBO ART THEATRE
    April 4: Life in Motion, a benefit performance with the Cashore Marionettes
    1626 S. Tejon St. Colorado Springs, 719-465-6321, www.themat.org

    THE SOURCE THEATRE COMPANY
    Every third Monday: Monday! Monday! Monday! Cabaret
    At Su Teatro Performing Arts Center, 721 Santa Fe Drive, 720-238-1323 or thesourcedenver.org

    SCREENPLAY
    April 11: Staged reading of the Clueless screenplay
    717 Lipan St. (no advance ticket sales)

    STORIES ON STAGE

    April 2: Poetry in Motion
    1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the Su Teatro Cultural and Performing Arts Center, 721 Santa Fe Drive, Denver. 303-494-0523 or storiesonstage.org
    Poets Kate Daniels, Joseph Hutchison and David Rothman
    Performed by Candy Brown, Sam Gregory and Mare Trevathan

    April 9 and 16: Storybooks on Stage
    Saturday, April 9 (10:30 a.m.) at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, 1750 13th St., Boulder, storiesonstage.org or 303-494-0523
    Saturday, April 16 (10:30 a.m.) at Denver School of the Arts, 7111 Montview Blvd., storiesonstage.org or 303-494-0523
    Storytellers: Jessica Austgen, Mehry Eslaminia, Drew Horwitz and Anthony Powell

    SU TEATRO
    April 7-10: Xican Film Series XVIII, Peril and Promise: The Chicano Movement: Siempre Adelante
    April 18-May 1, 2016: WordFest
    April 21-24: Dreamscape
    April 29-May 1 Lakou Mizik
    April 29-May 1: desktop
    721 Santa Fe Drive, 303-296-0219 or suteatro.org

    THEATRE ASPEN
    At the Wheeler Opera House
    March 6: Concert featuring Broadway star Susan Egan. Tickets at aspenshowtix.com

    THEATRE ESPRIT ASIA
    Sunday, April 10, 2016: ACE: Asian-American Cabaret Evening
    1400 Dallas St., Aurora, 720-492-9479 or theatre-esprit-asia.org

    THEATREWORKS
    April 16-17: NT Live screening of Les Liaisons Dangereuses
    Centennial Auditorium on the UC-Colorado Springs Campus
    TICKETS

    Love Loss What I Wore Bas Bleu Theatre Listings
    Steve Finnestead Photography.

  • Video: Look back at 2016 Colorado New Play Summit

    by John Moore | Mar 16, 2016


    Our brief video look back at the DCPA Theatre Company's 2016 Colorado New Play Summit Feb. 12-21 in Denver.

    CNPS16 Regina TaylorIncludes interviews with featured playwrights Lauren Gunderson, Tira Palmquist, José Cruz González and Mat Smart.

    "I think everyone who knows new plays knows the Colorado New Play Summit," said Gunderson, whose play The Book of Will was later chosen for inclusion on the company's 2016-17 season, as was Palmquist's Two Degrees.

    Interviewees also include local and high-school playwrights whose work was featured as part of Summit activities.

    Video by Topher Blair, footage by David Lenk and interviews by John Moore for the DCPA NewsCenter.

    Photo above: Commissioned DCPA playwright Regina Taylor reads at the Playwrights Slam.

    Check out more of our Colorado theatre coverage

    Previous NewsCenter Coverage of 2016 Summit (to date):
    2016 Summit: An infusion of invisible color and hidden voices
    Summit Spotlight video: Lauren Gunderson, The Book of Will
    Summit Spotlight video: José Cruz González, American Mariachi
    Summit Spotlight Video: Tira Palmquist, Two Degrees
    Summit Spotlight Video: Mat Smart, Midwinter
    Local Playwright Slam: Video coverage and interviews
    DCPA rolls out the welcome mat: It's Summit weekend
    2016 Summit playwrights introduce their featured works
    Three major Summit events to be streamed live
    Featured playwrights named for 2016 Summit
    Audio: Colorado Public Radio on the 2016 New Play Summit

    2016 Colorado New Play Summit Photo Gallery:

    2016 Colorado New Play Summit

    Our complete photo gallery from the 2016 Colorado New Play Summit. To see more, click the forward arrow on the photo above. To download any photo for free, click on it and follow instructions. Photos by John Moore for the DCPA NewsCenter.

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  • 2016 Colorado New Play Summit video: Local Playwrights Slam

    by John Moore | Mar 02, 2016



    The 2016 Colorado New Play Summit's Local Playwrights Slam was co-hosted by DCPA Theatre Company Playwright in Residence Matthew Lopez and the Athena Project, which is dedicated to supporting and expanding women’s voices.

    Local Playwrights Slam. Colorado New Play SummitSix local playwrights were invited to sample excerpts from upcoming works before an enthusiastic crowd of Summit attendees at The Jones Theatre on Feb. 13, 2016.

    In the video above, we talk to Athena Project Executive Producer Angela Astle and featured playwrights Rebecca Gorman O’Neill and Felice Locker about the Slam, and the need to champion women in the theatre. 

    "The perception is that women are actually equally represented onstage, and the reality is that they are not," said Astle. "Rather than gripe about what we are not getting as female playwrights and female artists, we are doing something about it.

    "Only 20 percent of plays produced are written by women, and that needs to change."

    Gorman O'Neill found her entire Local Slam experience to be a gift.

    "We’re all one big theatre community here in Denver," she said, "and the more we interact and intersect, the stronger the arts in Denver become." 

    The other featured playwrights were Lisa Wagner Erickson, Leslie C. Lewis, Catherine Wiley and Jennifer Faletto. Video by Kevin Strasser and John Moore for the DCPA NewsCenter.

    Photo coverage:
    2016 Local Playwrights Slam

    Photos from the 2016 Local Playwrights Slam. To see more photos, click the forward arrow on the image above. To download any photo for free, click on the image and follow the options. Photos by John Moore for the DCPA NewsCenter.


    Previous NewsCenter Coverage of 2016 Summit (to date):

    2016 Summit: An infusion of invisible color and hidden voices
    Summit Spotlight video: Lauren Gunderson, The Book of Will
    Summit Spotlight video: José Cruz González, American Mariachi
    Summit Spotlight Video: Tira Palmquist, Two Degrees
    Summit Spotlight Video: Mat Smart, Midwinter
    DCPA rolls out the welcome mat: It's Summit weekend
    2016 Summit playwrights introduce their featured works
    Three major Summit events to be streamed live
    Featured playwrights named for 2016 Summit
    Audio: Colorado Public Radio on the 2016 New Play Summit

  • DCPA rolls out the welcome mat: It's Summit weekend

    by John Moore | Feb 16, 2016
    2016 Colorado New Play Summit

    Photos from the first week of the 2016 Colorado New Play Summit. Above, DCPA Theatre Company Playwright in Residence Matthew Lopez. To see our full photo gallery, click the 'forward' button on the image above. Photos by John Moore for the DCPA NewsCenter. 


    At a time when the national theatre conversation is at last fixed on the sadly unchanging topic of gender disparity in American playwriting, the Denver Center's 11th and largest annual Colorado New Play Summit is shaping up to be a veritable celebration of the woman’s voice.

    The two fully produced world-premiere plays that are being presented for local and national audiences were written by women. Two of the four playwrights whose developing works have been selected to be featured at this year’s Summit are women. The second-ever Local Playwrights Slam held last weekend was curated by a company dedicated to supporting artistic contributions by women, and thus featured an all-female playwriting lineup. And the three teen playwrights whose works were blindly chosen from a field of 212 statewide submissions to be presented Saturday in the third annual Regional High School Playwriting Workshop and Competition are all Colorado female high-school students.

    “All of that gives me hope,” said Angela Astle, Executive Director of the Athena Project and host of the Local Playwrights Slam that was held in the Jones Theatre on Feb. 13. “We’ve got a movement started that recognizes women are truly underrepresented in the American theatre.

    “Only 20 percent of all plays produced in this country are written by women, and we need to change that.”

    The 2016 Colorado New Play Summit, which last year expanded to two weeks to add additional development time and a second round of public readings, is expected to draw more local audiences and national industry leaders than ever before. Attendees are coming from 25 states and represent companies ranging from The Roundabout Theatre Company in New York, the Alley Theatre in Houston, the Arena Stage in Washington D.C., the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and, closer to home, the Creede Repertory Theatre, Su Teatro and Arvada Center.

    Nicole Rodenburg Colorado New Play Summit.
    Nicole Rodenburg in 'Midwinter' at the 2016 Colorado New Play Summit. Photo by John Moore for the DCPA NewsCenter.

    They will be treated to fully staged performances of Theresa Rebeck’s The Nest, Tanya Saracho’s FADE, the four featured Summit readings, several panel discussions hosted by DCPA Theatre Company Playwright in Residence Matthew Lopez (The Legend of Georgia McBride) and a live demonstration of the Third Rail Projects’ upcoming immersive, experiential new work it is developing with the DCPA and local artists. The world premiere, commissioned by the DCPA, will begin performances in May.

    DCPA Theatre Company Producing Artistic Director (and Summit founder) Kent Thompson’s burgeoning commission program also will be on full display at the Summit. Commissioned playwrights are those who have been contracted by the Denver Center to write a new play. Thompson then gets first consideration whether to further develop those plays. The lineup for this weekend's second Playwriting Slam will include many of  those commissioned playwrights who are attending the 2016 Summit. It takes place at 9:30 p.m. on Saturday in the Jones Theatre.

    Colorado New Play Summit. Teen playwriting. The lineup will include some of the biggest names in American playwriting, including Robert Schenkkan (All the Way, The 12), Kemp Powers (One Night in Miami), Regina Taylor (Crowns), Rogelio Martinez (When Tang Met Laika), Anne Garcia-Romero, Lauren Yee and Andrew Hinderacker.

    The 2016 Summit will also go down in history as the first time an event held at the DCPA was livestreamed. Audiences around the world have access to three Summit panel conversations on their computers via HowlRoundTV, a peer-produced online network. The first featured Third Rail Projects founder Zach Morris (a Colorado native) and co-Artistic Director Tom Pearson talking about the company’s upcoming partnership with the DCPA.

    HowlRoundTV also will broadcast a dialogue hosted by Lopez about playwrights and their processes on Thursday (Feb. 18), as well as the Playwrights Slam on Friday (Feb. 19).

    (Pictured above right: SunHee Seo appears in 'Divinity of Hell,' by Gabrielle Moore, one of the three finalists for the third annual Regional High School Playwriting Competition for Colorado high-school students. The three one-acts will be read on Saturday (Feb. 20) at 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. in the Conservatory Theatre.) 

    The Colorado New Play Summit has grown into one of the nation’s premier showcases of new plays. In its first decade, 44 new plays were introduced at the Summit, and more than half have returned as fully staged Theatre Company productions.

    Athena Project Local Playwrights Slam Colorado New Play Summit
    The featured playwrights in this year’s Colorado New Play Summit Local Playwrights Slam hosted by the Athena Project. Executive Producer and Slam host Angela Astle passed out photo placards (each featuring women artists ranging from Britney Spears to Julie Andrews) to every fifth audience member. She then asked those with placards to stand to illustrate the point that only 20 percent of all plays produced in America are written by women. From left: Lisa Wagner Erickson, Rebecca Gorman O’Neill, Leslie C. Lewis, Catherine Wiley, Jennifer Faletto, Felice Locker and Astle. Photo by John Moore for the DCPA NewsCenter. 

    The four featured Summit readings will take audiences from 1616 England to present-day South Pole. Here is a brief look at each:

    2016 Colorado New Play Summit: Featured readings  at a glance

    • José Cruz González’s American Mariachi is a new piece inspired by women who overcame great obstacles to form their own mariachi groups in Los Angeles during the male-dominated 1970s.
    • Lauren Gunderson’s The Book of Will tackles the history right after Shakespeare died by telling how his friends and fellow actors valiantly managed to publish the first folio of The Bard’s great works.
    • Tira Palmquist describes her Two Degrees as “a cheery story about climate change.” Her main character is a female climate scientist but her play is really about grief, she said. “Grief for the planet, grief at large, grief on a more personal scale."
    • Mat Smart’s Midwinter was inspired by his time working at a research center on Antarctica. “One thing that's interesting about the station is that the people there fall in and out of love and have these epic relationships for, like, two weeks - and it's very genuine,” said Smart, whose calls his story a riff on A Midsummer Night's Dream.


    2016 Colorado New Play Summit: Ticket information

    Second weekend (Festival Weekend): Friday, Feb. 19, through Sunday, Feb. 21
    303-893-4100 or INFO

    Previous NewsCenter Coverage of 2016 Summit (to date):
    2016
    Summit playwrights introduce their featured works
    Three major Summit events to be streamed live
    Featured playwrights named for 2016 Summit
    Audio: Colorado Public Radio on the 2016 New Play Summit

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Award-winning arts journalist John Moore has recently taken a groundbreaking new position as the DCPA’s Senior Arts Journalist. With The Denver Post, he was named one of the 12 most influential theater critics in the US by American Theatre Magazine. He is the founder of the Denver Actors Fund, a nonprofit that raises money for local artists in medical need. John is a native of Arvada and attended Regis Jesuit High School and the University of Colorado at Boulder. Follow him on Twitter @moorejohn.

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