• Meet Katie Drinkard of 'The Wild Party'

    by John Moore | Oct 22, 2017
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    Katie Drinkard, above, attended ThunderRidge High School in Highlands Ranch. Photo by Adams VisCom.


    MEET KATIE DRINKARD
    Mae in The Wild Party, playing through Oct. 31 under the hanger at the Stanley Marketplace.   

    A katie-drinkard 200At the Denver Center: Forbidden Broadway: Alive and Kicking. Recent regional credits include Million Dollar Quartet at Totem Pole Playhouse and Chasing Rainbows at Flat Rock Playhouse. Off-Broadway: Far From Canterbury at Soho Playhouse.

    • Hometown: Highlands Ranch
    • Home now: New York
    • High school: ThunderRidge
    • Training: I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Ithaca College in New York
    • Twitter-sized bio: Comically verbose avocado enthusiast often found in the process of dropping or spilling something.
    • What's your handle? @katiedrinkard on Twitter and Instagram
    • Web site? katiedrinkard.com
    • What do you be doing if you were not an actor? I am a true-crime junkie and aficionado, so perhaps something in the realm of private investigator or criminal psychologist. If only I got paid for the embarrassing number of hours I’ve already spent going down various internet rabbit holes compiling my own research and theories on countless forensic cases.
    • A Laurie Metcalf 200One time you saw greatness play out in front of you: Laurie Metcalf in A Doll’s House Part 2 on Broadway (pictured right). Oh wait, no. Cynthia Erivo in The Color Purple. I am riddled with indecision. I can’t stick with one answer. I will describe both in tandem: These women changed the molecules in the air with their performances. As an audience member, you felt the room become so still and you could feel everyone listening with their entire bodies. The command, the power, the humanity and the magic harnessed and delivered from these two women was nothing short of intoxicating to witness.
    • Bucket-list role: I change my mind on this bi-weekly, but at the moment it’s Mama Rose in Gypsy. I know, I have to wait about 30 years, but one day everything’s gonna come up roses for me.
    • One time you were totally miscast: I played the elderly and racist Mrs. Dubose in To Kill a Mockingbird in high school, and I played another ancient woman in the ensemble of The Light in the Piazza at Ithaca College. What can I say? I’ve got a convincing and compelling old-lady gait.
    • What's playing on your your Spotify? Phoebe BridgersStrangers in the Alps album.
    • How should we should foster the next generation of theatregoers? We need to work harder to reach disenfranchised communities. We need to continue to foster outreach programs that bring the arts and live-theatre experiences to every young person.
    • Katie-Drinkard-with-mom-Celeste. Photo by John MooreOne thing we don't know about you: I was born in England!
    • Why does The Wild Party matter? Like all great theatrical endeavors, The Wild Party provides compelling insight into human nature. We see complex, fascinating people dealing with pain, inner turmoil, secrets and indiscretion. We see people projecting the versions of themselves they want the world and their community to see, and we also get to see people without all the glitz and glamour at their most raw and carnal. I think that matters.
    • What do you hope the audience gets out of this play? That they find pieces of themselves in these 15 characters. I hope they leave feeling like they have been truly immersed in a wild evening of fun and debauchery. I hope they leave ruminating on the masks they might wear in their own lives.
    • One thing you want to get off your chest: I have a hard time trusting anyone who enjoys the taste of Marmite.

    Pictured above right: Katie Drinkard her with her mother, Celeste, at the 'Wild Party' opening-night celebration. Photo by John Moore

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    The Wild Party: Ticket information
    The Wild PartyAt  a glance: You’re invited to leave your inhibitions (and Prohibitions) behind as you join a decadent party in the Roaring Twenties, brought to you by the producers of Sweet & Lucky. Indulge your inner flapper as you mingle with an unruly mix of vaudevillians, playboys, divas, and ingénues in a Manhattan apartment lost in time. Debauchery turns disastrous as wild guests becomes unhinged and their solo songs reveal the drama bubbling underneath the surface. Whether you’re a wallflower or a jitterbug, you’ll think this jazz- and gin-soaked immersive musical is the bee’s knees.

    • Music and Lyrics by Michael John LaChiusa
    • Book by Michael John LaChiusa and George C. Wolfe
    • Based on the poem by Joseph Moncure March
    • Through Oct. 31, only
    • At The Hangar at Stanley Marketplace, 2501 Dallas St.
    • Visit the official Wild Party web site
    • Call 303-893-4100 or BUY ONLINE
    • Sales to groups of 10 or more click here
    Previous NewsCenter coverage of The Wild Party:

    First look at video and photos from The Wild Party
    2017 Colorado Fall Theatre Preview: Meet Emily Van Fleet
    Cast list: Look who's been invited to The Wild Party
    Off-Center throwing a Wild Party at Stanley Marketplace this fall
    The Wild Party: Five things we learned at first rehearsal
    Vast and visceral: 2017-18 Theatre Company, Off-Center seasons announced

    More 2017-18 'In the Spotlife' profiles:
    Meet Hugo Jon Sayles of Su Teatro's I Don't Speak English Only
    Meet Autumn Hurlbert of Something Rotten!
    Meet Zak Reynolds of DCPA Education's The Snowy Day
    Meet Rachel Kae Taylor of DCPA Education's The Snowy Day
    Meet Christy Brandt of Creede Rep's Arsenic and Old Lace
    Meet Deb Persoff of Vintage Theatre's August: Osage County
    Meet Monica Joyce Thompson of Inspire Creative’s South Pacific

  • Meet Autumn Hurlbert of 'Something Rotten!'

    by John Moore | Oct 18, 2017
    AUTUMN HURLBERT. Something Rotten

    Autumn Hurlbert of the national touring cast of 'Something Rotten!' attended college in Greeley.


    MEET AUTUMN HURLBERT
    Portia in 'Something Rotten!,' playing through Oct. 29 in the Buell Theatre.  

    AUTUMN HURLBERT On Broadway: Legally Blonde. First National Tour: Little Women. Selected Off-Broadway/Regional: Nobody Loves You (Second Stage), A Taste of Things To Come (York Theater Company), The Last Five Years (ACT Lousiville), Private Lives (Shakespeare Theatre Company, Huntington Theatre Company), every tongue confess (Arena Stage), Les Miserables and Evita (Pioneer Theater). Film/TV: “The Sound of Music, Live!,” “Legally Blonde: The Search For Elle Woods,” Sudden Death!, Research.

    • Hometown: I was born in Montana, and that's where most of my family lives now.
    • Home now: I have lived in New York City for almost 15 years now ... longer than anywhere else.
    • Training: I have a Bachelor of Arts in Musical Theater from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley.
    • AUTUMN HURLBERT. Twitter-sized bio: Performer, mommy, wife, yogi, explorer, rule-breaker, wannabe political-science expert, musician ... and a silly, life-loving adventurer. 
    • What's your handle? @autumnhurlbert on Twitter and Instagram
    • What do you be doing if you were not an actor? Ooh! I would pursue a profession in some form of social advocacy: Social work, animal rescue, public school after-school programs, something along those lines. I feel that my purpose here on Earth is to empathize and help others in any possible way I can. Or ... this is weird, but I would totally be an aesthetician. I would love to give people facials!
    • One time you saw greatness play out in front of you: One of the most transformative theater experiences I witnessed was Coram Boy (which on Broadway featured former longtime DCPA Theatre Company member Jacqueline Antaramian). It was an epic adventure that addressed child cruelty in the 18th Century. It was unlike anything I had ever seen, and it took my breath away. It was a huge production, but it had these beautiful, nuanced themes that I still think about. It closed much too soon and I am sad more people didn’t get to experience it. It was sad and magical and mind-blowing.
    • Bucket-list role: There are so many great roles I would love to tackle, but my No. 1 dream is to originate a role on Broadway. I love the creative process, and I really hope some day I can put my stamp on a role that future musical theater comediennes will conquer with their own interpretations.
    • One time you were totally miscast: I played one of the urchins in a production of Little Shop of Horrors at a community theater in Arizona. I sang the crap out of it, but it was definitely three white girls playing the urchins. Miscast!
    • alabamashakesWhat's playing on your your Spotify? I am currently obsessed with Alabama Shakes. They have been around for a while, but - man! - their music makes me feel the feels. I also really love Big Boi’s album, Big Boi Boomiverse. He calls himself an old-school rapper, but he says, 'I can lay down all of these new sounds and make them my own.' It’s an eclectic and fun album.
    • How should we should foster the next generation of theatregoers? I think arts education is the most important avenue, not only for nurturing future theatregoers, but also for making the world a better place. The arts teach empathy  and inclusiveness. The arts challenge and enhance your world view and your ability to participate in an ever-changing and evolving world. Studies have shown that children who play musical instruments are better at math. The arts are everything. (But I am totally not biased, am I?)
    • One thing we don't know about you: I have my toddler and my husband on tour with me. We are a like a traveling family band. We are living our gypsy spirit dreams!
    • Why does Something Rotten! matter? Our motto for this tour is: “Make America Laugh Again." Something Rotten! offers an escape from the stress and worry of daily life. One of the main themes is “To thine own self be true." That is a courageous and beautiful mission for anyone to live by. And we exemplify how to do that through comedy. Laughter is a necessity in life, in my opinion.
    • What do you hope the audience gets out of this play? I hope they walk out with their cheeks and bellies sore from laughing. I hope the love we have for each other on stage is felt in the audience — you are our final cast member.
    • One thing you want to get off your chest: Please, please, make fanny packs go away for good. They really don’t look good on anyone. ANYONE. 😜

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    Something Rotten!: Ticket information
    Something Rotten!At a glance: Set in 1595, this hit musical comedy  tells the story of two brothers who set out to write the world's very first musical. It was called  'The Producers + Spamalot + The Book of Mormon. Squared,' by New York Magazine. The New York Post called Something Rotten! 'a big, fat hit.'

    • National touring production
    • Performances Oct. 17-29
    • Buell Theatre, Denver Performing Arts Complex
    • Tickets start at $25
    • Call 303-893-4100 or BUY ONLINE
    • Sales to groups of 10 or more click here
    Previous NewsCenter coverage of Something Rotten! (to date)
    Something old, something new, something borrowed and Something Rotten!
    Go to the Something Rotten! show page
  • Rachel Kae Taylor of 'The Snowy Day' on the magic of being a kid

    by John Moore | Oct 11, 2017
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    MEET RACHEL KAE TAYLOR
    Actor, Teaching Artist and Puppet Designer Rachel Kae Taylor is one of three ensemble members in DCPA Education's The Snowy Day and Other Stories, by Ezra Jack Keats, playing through Nov. 18 in the Conservatory Theatre. She plays Archie, Amy, Mom and other roles.

    At the Denver Center: The Servant of Two Masters, One Foot on the Floor and A Christmas Carol. Other theatres: Touch the Names (Ensemble Studio Theatre N.Y., Cleveland Play House); The Good Woman of Setzuan, 5th of July (National Theatre Conservatory).

    • Hometown: Denver
    • Training: University of Colorado, MFA from the Denver Center's National Theatre Conservatory (pictured below right with Patrick Goss in 'The Fifth of July'.)
    • Rachel Kae Taylor and Patrick Goss in The Fifth of JulyTwitter-sized bio: Mom of the coolest 14-year-old on the planet. Visual artist. Zombie fanatic. Ghost-story addict. Baseball lover. Doing my part to keep 80s alternative music alive. Undefeated at Tetris.
    • Web site? rkaetaylor.com and CupOfTwigs on ETSY
    • What was the role that changed your life? This is a tough one because I think every role changes your life in some way, and it should.
    • What would you be doing if you were not an actor? I actually have my dream career as a Teaching Artist and At-Risk Coordinator for DCPA Education. I have the privilege of teaching and developing theater arts programing for underserved communities and Title One schools across Colorado. If I hadn’t gone into the arts, I would have been an anthropologist or forensic sculptor. I am the biggest geek for all things science. Humans are endlessly fascinating.
    • RachelKaeTaylor Larry Hecht 160Ideal scene partner? Larry Hecht (pictured right), the former head of adult acting at the DCPA. He could literally wizard things out of you. Things you had no idea you could do or be.
    • Why does The Snowy Day matter? Ezra Jack Keats was such a groundbreaker in terms of social awareness in children’s literature, in a quiet and beautiful way.  For a child to be able to read a story and say “Hey, they look like me!’ is a very powerful thing. I remember the first time it happened to me to this day.
    • What do you hope the audience gets out of this play? I hope that for adults it is a reminder of how truly beautiful the simple things in a life are. Whether it is the wonder of a new snowfall, or having your heart flutter for the first time, or little acts of bravery, it’s easy to forget sometimes in our adult lives how magical these moments are. I hope that the kids find themselves within the characters and their discoveries about the world around them. If it is their first time at the theater, I hope they fall madly in love with it, like I did.
    • Finish this sentence: "All I want is ..."
      " ... to live my favorite quote, which I saw spray-painted on a door in Queens: “Art changes people, and people change the world.’ "

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    Rachel Kae Taylor. AdamsVisCom. The Smowy DayThe cast of 'The Snowy Day Other Stories,' from left: Rachel Kae Taylor, Robert Lee Hardy and Zak Reynolds. Photo by Adams VisCom for the DCPA NewsCenter.


    Previous NewsCenter coverage of The Snowy Day and Other Stories

    First rehearsal photos: Forecast calls for a Snowy Day at DCPA
    DCPA Education to launch Theatre for Young Audiences
    Meet Zak Reynolds of The Snowy Day, 'a fan of being happy'

    The Snowy Day and Other Stories: Ticket information
    Snowy DayFrom the joys of a first snowfall and learning how to whistle to thrilling encounters delivering a precious invitation, the delightful moments of childhood are perfectly captured in this medley of simple, sweet stories.

    • Written by Ezra Jack Keats; adapted for the stage by Jerome Hairston
    • Performances through Nov. 18
    • School performances: Weekdays 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. (except Thursdays are at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.)
    • Public performances: 1:30 p.m. Saturdays
    • Conservatory Theatre, located in the Robert and Judi Newman Center for Theatre Education, 1101 13th St.
    • Tickets $10 (discounts and scholarships available)
    • Best suited for: Pre-K through third grade
    • Call 303-893-4100 or BUY ONLINE
    • Teachers: Inquire by clicking here or calling 303-446-4829
  • Meet Zak Reynolds of 'The Snowy Day': 'A fan of being happy'

    by John Moore | Sep 21, 2017
    Zak Reynolds, Rachel Kae Taylor and Robert Lee Hardy. Snowy Day.

    The cast of 'The Snowy Day Other Stories,' from left: Zak Reynolds, Rachel Kae Taylor and Robert Lee Hardy. Photo by John Moore for the DCPA NewsCenter.


    MEET ZAK REYNOLDS
    Zak Reynolds is one of three ensemble members in DCPA Education's The Snowy Day and Other Stories, by Ezra Jack Keats, playing through Nov. 18 in the Conservatory Theatre, located in the Newman Center for Theatre Education. 

    At the Denver Center: Debut. National tours: A Year with Frog and Toad. Regional: World premiere of Bella: An American Tall Tale (Dallas Theater Center); Spamalot, Les Miserables, Schoolhouse Rock Live! (Casa Mañana), Go Dog, Go!, Skippy Jon Jones, A Wrinkle in Time (Dallas Children's Theater), Dogfight (WaterTower Theater), The Liar, Less Than Kind (Theatre 3). Named Best Actor 2014 by D Magazine.

    • Zak Reynolds. Snowy DayHometown: Fort Worth, Texas
    • Training: Circle in the Square Theatre School, New York
    • Twitter-sized bio: I am always psyched to be consistently moving and working on something new or innovative. Challenging myself keeps me on my toes. I’m a fan of forming new relationships. I love being happy, and I feel that I can be a role model for young actors looking to find their own light, whether in theater or any other lifestyle.
    • What was the role that changed your life? When I did Dogfight at the WaterTower Theater, it was a difficult time for me. I had just joined the union at the beginning of that year, and began to lose my hair due to Alopecia right before the production went into rehearsals. That role challenged me to stay patient with my aspirations because no matter what I looked like on stage, hair or no hair, I knew I still could be successful, even with mental barricades in the way. It took a while to be comfortable, but looking back on that time it is something that I will never forget, and I am now grateful for.
    • Why are you an actor? Acting is a way to be free for a few hours a day. It takes me out of whatever I may be facing in real life and lets me portray another set of challenges in someone else’s shoes. It’s so rewarding to expose theater to children. I grew up around a theatrical family. It is in my blood to make sure future generations are just as inspired by theatre as I was.
    • What do you be doing if you were not an actor? I’m always up for the service industry. As crazy as this might sound, I love the high-end restaurant world. Or I would be a nurse. A nurse would be neat.
    • Ideal scene partner? Alan Langdon. When I went to school at Circle in the Square, he was always the teacher I never understood completely but I feel like I didn’t free myself enough to the work as much as I wanted to at 18 years old. He questioned every single moment of my scene work, no matter the text. He was definitely a mentor who challenged all of my senses, and I thrived.
    • Why does The Snowy Day matter? Because even though a kid might be timid or a little less animated than others it’s totally OK to be that way - and also have tons of fun. Peter is a kid who wants to go on adventures and play all of the time, but he still has a quiet, thoughtful side to him. We can all connect with learning how to whistle or finding out who our first crush is. No matter how hard a journey may be, this is a story that shows everything ends up just fine.
    • What do you hope the audience gets out of this play? I want them to feel chills leaving the theater, having seen something they might never have seen before. I hope they all feel connected by the notion of learning to whistle or dealing with mom making you put on your PJs. As long as they connect in some way, then we actors have done a great job.
    • Finish this sentence: "All I want is ..."
      " ... for people to chill out, look on the bright side of life, and know that someone is always there for you when hard times arise."

    More Colorado theatre coverage on the DCPA NewsCenter

    Previous NewsCenter coverage of The Snowy Day and Other Stories

    First rehearsal photos: Forecast calls for a Snowy Day at DCPA
    DCPA Education to launch Theatre for Young Audiences

    The Snowy Day and Other Stories: Ticket information
    Snowy DayFrom the joys of a first snowfall and learning how to whistle to thrilling encounters delivering a precious invitation, the delightful moments of childhood are perfectly captured in this medley of simple, sweet stories.

    • Written by Ezra Jack Keats; adapted for the stage by Jerome Hairston
    • Performances through Nov. 18
    • School performances: Weekdays 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. (except Thursdays are at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.)
    • Public performances: 1:30 p.m. Saturdays
    • Conservatory Theatre, located in the Robert and Judi Newman Center for Theatre Education, 1101 13th St.,
    • Tickets $10 (discounts and scholarships available)
    • Best suited for: Pre-K through third grade
    • Call 303-893-4100 or BUY ONLINE
    • Teachers: Inquire by clicking here or calling 303-446-4829
  • In the Spotlife: Tim Howard of 'The Producers'

    by John Moore | Jun 19, 2017

     


    MEET TIM HOWARD     
    Leo Bloom in Breckenridge Backstage Theater's 'The Producers,' running through Aug. 6. In 2014, Howard won a DCPA True West Award for his work in Town Hall Arts Center's 'How to Succeed in Business...'

  • Tim HowardHometown: Denver
  • Home now: Arvada
  • High school: Littleton High School
  • College: Five Towns College (Long Island, N.Y.)
  • What have you done for us lately? I played Clyde Barrow in Town Hall Arts Center's Bonnie & Clyde.
  • What's next? I will be playing Drew in Rock of Ages at BDT Stage
  • What's your handle? @timothybrooks88 on Instagram
  • Twitter-sized bio: Currently enjoying the last year of my 20s. Hate adulting. Enjoy the outdoors and going on adventures. Usually, adventures start or end with my friends saying: "Tim, don't!" Or: "I do not want to take you to the hospital." But I'm still here (because of my friends). Love to go camping, hiking and backpacking. When I was 9, I got involved with The Academy of Theater Arts (ATA) and played there until I was 18 and have been involved with theater ever since. Someday I would love to have the means to travel. But on an actors salary ... hah!
  • The role that changed your life: I played Leo Bloom once before, five years ago at the Town Hall Arts Center. Before that, I was often cast in the ensemble or as a secondary character. I grew up with Paul Dwyer teaching me comedy and being cast as the comic relief and a lot of very fun character roles at ATA. Matt Dailey was always the leading man opposite Melissa Benoist. Paul, who co-directed the shows with Alann Worley, always said, "Matt got the girl, but Tim got the audience." Once I was given the opportunity to play Leo, I was suddenly seen as a leading man. It changed how I looked at roles. It wasn't always comedy, and I found myself getting more passionate about the "acting" part of musical theater.
  • Robin WilliamsIdeal scene partner: I have always wanted to act on stage with Robin Williams. He was such an inspiration to me growing up. He had such a knack for it. I wanted to be him. One thing that made me admire him even more was that he was an incredible actor as well. He understood emotion. Everything he did was so natural and real. Every role I take on, I try to be the kind of actor he would be proud to work next to.
  • What is The Producers all about? Max Bialystock, a has-been Broadway producer, can't seem to produce a hit. He meets a timid accountant named Leo Bloom who discovers (in theory) that a producer could make more money with a flop than a hit. Together they hatch a scheme to produce "the worst musical ever written": Springtime for Hitler. Everything does not go as planned, and they find themselves in a lot of awkward and funny situations.
  • Tell us about the challenge of playing this role: Leo Bloom is the shy, timid, mousy accountant who plays by the rules but has a secret desire to be a Broadway producer. He slowly comes out of his shell and finds there is more to him than even he knew there was.  When I played this role before five years ago, I found Leo to be pretty much like who I was then. I had just come back from college, and Denver theater wasn't the same as I remembered it. I was getting to know new people, and I wasn't ready to let them in. In that production, it was very easy to understand Leo. Fast-forward five years: I just finished Bonnie and Clyde. I was playing a character who was confident, spoke his mind, knew who he was and how to follow his dreams. Clyde, unlike Leo, wouldn’t let anything get in the way. I now identify with Clyde more than Leo, so I have found it difficult to transition from one back to the other. However, this challenge is allowing me to find a new take on Leo, and I have more of an understanding about his journey toward self-confidence.
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  • What do you hope audiences get out of seeing your show? I hope they laugh. Laughter is, as they say, the best medicine. This is a musical adaptation of the 1967 Mel Brooks hit, The Producers. Brooks even wrote the music, so how can you not laugh? I hope every audience leaves feeling happy. It's a great show to see if you are having a rough day and need a break from the outside world. On a more serious note, I hope they leave knowing that even when everything in your life goes wrong, you can always find a way through and have a happy ending.
  • What's one thing people might not know about you? I don't volunteer or do good deeds like everyone thinks I do. I watch a lot of Netflix and drink beer instead. But, when I was 7, I was diagnosed with Tourette's Syndrome. People don’t usually believe me when I tell them. It was a very tough time for me. I was bullied and made fun of a lot. A few years later I got into theater, and that changed my life. Throughout my school years, I was still picked on, but because of my comedy training, I knew how to handle it. I like to think theater is the reason my tics went away. Tourette's is still a part of me, but no one can tell.
  • What do you want to get off your chest? I am passionate about brewing beer. We live in a state where craft beers are a growing art form. Right now I have a Kiwi Wit beer in fermentation and I'm looking forward to sharing it with my Producers cast in Breckenridge.

  • Tim Howard. Scott Rathbun.Scott Rathbun, left, with Tim Howard in Backstage Breckenridge's 'The Producers.' 



    The Producers: Ticket information

    • Written by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan
    • Directed by Robert Michael Sanders
    • Through Aug. 6
    • 121 S. Ridge St., Brekenridge MAP IT
    • Tickets $23-$39
    • For tickets, call 970-453-0199 or go to backstagetheatre.org


    Remaining performance schedule:
    • Sunday, June 18, 6:30 p.m.
    • Saturday, June 24, 7:30 p.m.
    • Sunday, June 25, 6:30 p.m.
    • Wednesday, June 28, 7:30 p.m.
    • Thursday, June 29, 7:30 p.m.
    • Friday, June 30, 7:30 p.m.
    • Saturday, July 1, 7:30 p.m.
    • Sunday, July 2, 6:30 p.m.
    • Wednesday, July 5, 7:30 p.m.
    • Sunday, July 9, 6:30 p.m.
    • Friday, July 14, 7:30 p.m.
    • Saturday, July 15, 7:30 p.m.
    • Thursday July 20, 7:30 p.m.
    • Saturday, July 22, 7:30 p.m.
    • Sunday, July 23, 6:30 p.m.
    • Wednesday, July 26, 7:30 p.m.
    • Friday, July 28, 7:30 p.m.
    • Sunday, July 30, 6:30 p.m.
    • Wednesday, August 2, 7:30 p.m.
    • Friday, August 4, 7:30 p.m.
    • Saturday, August 5, 7:30 p.m.
    • Sunday, August 6, 6:30 p.m.

    Cast list:

    Tim Howard
    Scott Rathbun
    Colby Dunn
    Brian Jackson
    Christopher Willard
    Josh Rigo
    Barret Harper
    Stephanie Hesse
    Jessica Hindsley
    Kaitlyn Althoff
    Rose Metcalf
    Mary McGroary
    Cole Mitchell
    Alissa Robinson
    Eli Stewart
    Connor Sullivan

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    Meet Lauren Bahlman of Wide-Eyed West's theMumblings
    Meet Jack Barton of BDT Stage's Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
    Meet the ensemble of Buntport Theater's The Crud
    Meet Mark Collins of And Toto Too's Lost Creatures
    Meet Carley Cornelius of Colorado Springs TheatreWorks' Constellations
    Meet Emily Paton Davies of Miners Alley Playhouse's God of Carnage
    Meet Kelsey Didion of Curious Theatre's Constellations
    Meet Denise Freestone of OpenStage's August: Osage County
    Meet Ethelyn Friend of ________________, An Opera
    Meet Sam Gregory of the Arvada Center's Tartuffe
    Meet Emily K. Harrison of She Rode Horses Like the Stock Exchange
    Meet John Hauser of Curious Theatre's Hand to God
    Meet Haley Hunsaker of Funky Little Theatre Company's Extremities
    Meet Jim Hunt of Buntport's The Zeus Problem
    Meet Jeff Jesmer of Spotlight Theatre's The Crucible
    Meet Wayne Kennedy of BDT Stage's Mid-Life 2
    Meet Carla Kaiser Kotrc of Miners Alley Playhouse's A Skull in Connemara
    Meet Heather Lacy of the Aurora Fox's Priscilla Queen of the Desert
    Meet Seth Maisel of Town Hall Arts Center's The Firestorm
    Meet Tim McCracken of Local Theatre's The Firestorm
    Meet Tamara Meneghini of The Last Testament of Mary
    Meet Angela Mendez of Beauty and the Beast
    Meet Joelle Montoya of Su Teatro's El Sol Que Tu Eres
    Meet Rebekah Ortiz of The Robber Bridegroom
    Meet Anne Oberbroeckling of Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company's Ripcord
    Meet Jessica Robblee of Buntport Theatre for All Ages' Siren Song: A Pirate Odyssey
    Meet Cory Sapienza of Miners Alley Playhouse's Hir
    Meet Sean Scrutchins of the Arvada Center's Bus Stop
    Meet Lauren Shealy of Lone Tree Arts Center's Evita
    Meet Jane Shirley of The Avenue's Santa's Big Red Sack
    Meet Marc Stith of Benchmark Theatre's The Nether
    Meet Peter Trinh of the Aurora Fox's Chinglish
    Meet Petra Ulyrich of Germinal Stage-Denver's Johnny Got His Gun
    Meet Megan Van De Hey of the Arvada Center's Sister Act
    Meet Sharon Kay White of the Arvada Center's I'll Be Home for Christmas
    Meet Adriane Wilson of Miners Alley Playhouse's Cabaret

  • Meet the Cast: Erin Rubico of 'The Secret Garden'

    by John Moore | May 27, 2017
    Erin Rubico. The Secret Garden. Bamboo Booth of Denver.

    Opening night of the DCPA Theatre Company's 'The Secret Garden.' Photo by Bamboo Booth of Denver.


    MEET ERIN RUBICO
    Swing in The Secret Garden, the classic story of the 10-year-old orphan girl doomed to a life of isolation with her uncle in England until she uncovers the key to her late aunt’s long-lost garden. It plays through May 28 in the Stage Theatre.

    Erin Rubico quoteAt the Theatre Company: Debut. Erin most recently appeared as Marian Paroo in The Music Man at Flat Rock (N.C.) Playhouse. Other regional credits include Fiddler on the Roof (Tzeitel), Les Miserables (Fantine), Nine (Stephanie Necrophorus), How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (Smitty), and 9 to 5 (Maria Delgado).

    • Hometown: Dartmouth, Mass..
    • Training: BA in Theatre and Speech from Wagner College in New York City
    • Web site: erinrubico.com
    • Twitter and Instagram: @erinrubico
    • What was the role that changed your life? Playing a soldier/munchkin in an unlicensed production of The Wizard of Oz in fourth grade definitely takes the cake. If you can get through that, you can get through anything.
    • Why are you an actor? I love to tell stories, and the way that theater can convey those stories directly into the hearts of the audience is pure magic. You will definitely feel that when you see The Secret Garden.
    • What do you be doing if you were not an actor? I think I would be an editor. I am very detail-oriented (which sure comes in handy being a swing), and absolutely love to play around with language. I have been known to play many a game of Scrabble in our Green Room during intermission.
    • Erin Rubico maggie smithIdeal scene partner? I recently watched the film version of The Secret Garden, and I forgot how marvelous Maggie Smith was as Mrs. Medlock. She is such a powerhouse, I would absolutely love to work a scene with her.
    • Why does The Secret Garden matter? One of the quotes associated with our show has really stuck with me through our entire process: "Hope is powerful magic." Hope is easy to lose sight of, as we see with Mary at the beginning of the play. But even the smallest spark can unlock our deepest potential for connection and love. This musical reminds audiences how vital it is that we keep hope alive.
    • What do you hope the audience gets out of this play? I want them to leave the garden believing in their own power. We all have the ability to nurture and care for even the thorniest roses among us, and this musical truly inspires us all to use that power to find the magic within each other and ourselves.
    • Finish this sentence: "All I want is ..."
      " ... Compassion, compassion, compassion."

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    The Secret Garden: Ticket information
    The Secret GardenThe beloved classic blossoms anew in this enchanting musical full of beautiful melodies. When young Mary uncovers the key to her late aunt’s long-lost garden, she becomes determined to revive the beauty that once flourished.
    Book and lyrics by Marsha Norman; music by Lucy Simon;
    based on the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett.

    Through May 28
    Stage Theatre
    Denver Performing Arts Complex
    303-893-4100 or BUY ONLINE

    Previous coverage of The Secret Garden:
    Photos: Marsha Norman visits DCPA's The Secret Garden
    Denver Post
    review: A worthy, family-friendly and satisfying theatrical experience
    Video: How does our Secret Garden grow?
    Photos, video: Your first look at The Secret Garden
    Five things we learned at first rehearsal
    Five things we learned at Perspectives
    2016-17 season: Nine shows, two world premieres, return to classics

    More 2016-17 'Meet the Cast' profiles:
    Vandit Bhatt, Disgraced
    Steven J. Burge, An Act of God
    Liam Craig, The Book of Will
    Aubrey Deeker, The Glass Menagerie
    Thaddeus Fitzpatrick, Frankenstein
    Meridith C. Grundei, Frankenstein
    Steven Cole Hughes, An Act of God
    Sullivan Jones, Frankenstein
    Mark Junek, Frankenstein
    Dorien Makhloghi, Disgraced
    Charlie Korman, Frankenstein
    Jennifer Le Blanc, The Book of Will
    Cajardo Lindsey, The Christians
    Rodney Lizcano, The Book of Will
    Wesley Mann, The Book of Will
    Zoe Manarel, The Secret Garden
    Robert Montano, Two Degrees
    Amelia Pedlow, The Glass Menagerie
    Benjamin Pelteson, Disgraced
    Daniel Plimpton, The Secret Garden
    Sean Reda, The Secret Garden
    Jessica Robblee, Frankenstein
    Erik Sandvold, An Act of God
    John Skelley, The Glass Menagerie
    Kim Staunton, Two Degrees

    Regina Steffen, The Secret Garden

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  • Meet the Cast: Sean Reda of 'The Secret Garden'

    by John Moore | May 26, 2017
    The Secret Garden. Sean Reda-photo-credit-adamsviscom

    Sean Reda, who plays Colin Craven, is an un-craven New York Yankees fan. 'The Secret Garden' plays through May 28. Photo by Adams VisCom.


    MEET SEAN REDA
    Colin Craven in The Secret Garden, the classic story of the 10-year-old orphan girl doomed to a life of isolation with her uncle in England until she uncovers the key to her late aunt’s long-lost garden. It plays through May 28 in the Stage Theatre.

    A The Secret Garden 500 Sean Reda-photo-credit-adamsviscomAt the Theatre Company: Debut. Broadway credits include Les Miserables and Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Tour credits include Radio City Christmas Spectacular and Beauty and the Beast. Film: I Smile Back.

    • Hometown: Montebello, N.Y.
    • School: I am in the seventh grade at Suffern Middle School
    • What was the role that changed your life? Playing Chip in the national touring production of Beauty and the Beast. It was my first professional role. I got to travel to so many cities and states and meet so many incredible people. Also, being part of the Disney “magic” was amazing, especially since I was only 7 years old. I got this funny feeling inside my stomach that made me feel really great, and I wanted to do it again and again.
    • Why are you an actor? Because it’s fun! I have met and made friends with so many wonderful and talented people. Acting brings me joy.
    • What do you be doing if you were not an actor? I would be doing sports. My favorite sport is baseball. My favorite team is the New York Yankees.
    • Walton-Emily-March2017Ideal scene partners? Hugh Jackman and Emily Walton. (pictured right). But I actually get to work with her Emily this show. So I guess that dream has come true. She’s the best actor ever.
    • Why does The Secret Garden matter? It matters to me because it gives such a deep understanding of hope.
    • What do you hope the audience gets out of this play? I hope they get a better understanding that even in the darkest times there is light.
    • Finish this sentence: "All I want is ..."
      " ...  peace in the world."

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    The Secret Garden: Ticket information
    The Secret GardenThe beloved classic blossoms anew in this enchanting musical full of beautiful melodies. When young Mary uncovers the key to her late aunt’s long-lost garden, she becomes determined to revive the beauty that once flourished.
    Book and lyrics by Marsha Norman; music by Lucy Simon;
    based on the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett.

    Through May 28
    Stage Theatre
    Denver Performing Arts Complex
    303-893-4100 or BUY ONLINE


    Previous coverage of The Secret Garden:
    Photos: Marsha Norman visits DCPA's The Secret Garden
    Denver Post
    review: A worthy, family-friendly and satisfying theatrical experience
    Video: How does our Secret Garden grow?
    Photos, video: Your first look at The Secret Garden
    Five things we learned at first rehearsal
    Five things we learned at Perspectives
    2016-17 season: Nine shows, two world premieres, return to classics

    More 2016-17 'Meet the Cast' profiles:
    Vandit Bhatt, Disgraced
    Steven J. Burge, An Act of God
    Liam Craig, The Book of Will
    Aubrey Deeker, The Glass Menagerie
    Thaddeus Fitzpatrick, Frankenstein
    Meridith C. Grundei, Frankenstein
    Steven Cole Hughes, An Act of God
    Sullivan Jones, Frankenstein
    Mark Junek, Frankenstein
    Dorien Makhloghi, Disgraced
    Charlie Korman, Frankenstein
    Jennifer Le Blanc, The Book of Will
    Cajardo Lindsey, The Christians
    Rodney Lizcano, The Book of Will
    Wesley Mann, The Book of Will
    Zoe Manarel, The Secret Garden
    Robert Montano, Two Degrees
    Amelia Pedlow, The Glass Menagerie
    Benjamin Pelteson, Disgraced
    Daniel Plimpton, The Secret Garden
    Jessica Robblee, Frankenstein
    Erik Sandvold, An Act of God
    John Skelley, The Glass Menagerie
    Kim Staunton, Two Degrees

    Regina Steffen, The Secret Garden

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  • Meet the Cast: Daniel Plimpton of 'The Secret Garden'

    by John Moore | May 23, 2017

    Daniel Plimpton believes nothing teaches perspective better than theatre. He says 'The Secret Garden' honors those who came before us, and gives hope for what is to come. Playing through May 28.


    MEET DANIEL PLIMPTON
    Lieutenant Shaw in The Secret Garden, the classic story of the 10-year-old orphan girl doomed to a life of isolation with her uncle in England until she uncovers the key to her late aunt’s long-lost garden. It plays through May 28 in the Stage Theatre.

    At the Theatre Company: Debut. Touring: Visited the Ellie Caulkins Opera House with the National Tour of The Book of Mormon and the Buell Theatre with Spring Awakening. Regional Credits: Paper Mill Playhouse, O'Neill Theater Center, North Shore Music Theatre, Weston Playhouse, Engeman Theatre, New Century Theatre, Lyric Stage. Training: BFA, The Boston Conservatory.

    • Hometown: Amherst, Mass.Daniel Plimpton-photo-credit-adamsviscom
    • Training: BFA from The Boston Conservatory 
    • What was the role that changed your life? Well I have to say playing Colin in The Secret Garden! It was 2001, and I was 11 at a community theatre in Amherst, Mass. We had this fabulous director who pushed me to explore the truth of this character who has been so mistreated and who has no relationship skills, because he hasn’t been exposed to any sort of variety of life experience. It was tough but it was the first time I had been called on to actually act, as opposed to just be a cute kid. That was the show that really compelled me to want to audition professionally and try to take my love of theatre to another level.
    • Why are you an actor? The simple answer is that since I was 5 years old, there has never been another thing I have liked doing more. Never have I had a year, or a phase, or even a moment where I have wanted to do something else. The more complex answer is that theatre is the greatest teaching tool of perspective. People leave good theatre as better people. They have been able to learn about a different life experience than their own. To be a part of that, and to get the chance to constantly learn about myself and others through portraying a huge variety of different people at different times in this world, it’s amazing.
    • What do you be doing if you were not an actor? I like to think I would be a sports commentator, because I love sports. Or a marine biologist and swim with wild dolphins every day.
    • Mark RylanceWho would you like to roll up your sleeves and work a scene with someday? Well, I would have to roll up every inch of everything I own to get up the nerve to do a scene with Mark Rylance. Watching him onstage is like a religious experience for me. I have seen everything he has done in New York. The way he captures theatricality while still giving the most real performances is mesmerizing. I would definitely want to be on the receiving end of that energy.
    • Why does The Secret Garden matter? This story packs a huge punch with how it  deals with grief, spirituality, childhood and nature. It’s a really deep play, and this is certainly an ambitious subject to set to music. Mary Lennox goes on a journey that we can all relate to - this journey of plugging herself into the world during dark times in a way that honors those who came before us, and gives hope for what is to come.
    • What do you hope the audience gets out of this play? I hope this play makes them feel transported to a safe place to think about how they view the circle of life. This story is very much about children, and it’s also very much about death. And on a 'less deep' level, I hope they love the music and have a great time with these characters as they find ways to move on from their respective tragedies.
    • Finish this sentence: "All I want is ..."
      " ...  a world where people feel accepted for who they are; a world where peace triumphs over fear and love squashes judgment. And I think the arts can help lead us to this personal utopia.

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    Daniel Plimpton Spring AwakeningDaniel Plimpton left, played Ernst opposite Devon Scott as Hanschen in the national touring production of Spring Awakening that visited Denver in 2011. Photo by Andy Snow.


    The Secret Garden: Ticket information
    The Secret GardenThe beloved classic blossoms anew in this enchanting musical full of beautiful melodies. When young Mary uncovers the key to her late aunt’s long-lost garden, she becomes determined to revive the beauty that once flourished.
    Book and lyrics by Marsha Norman; music by Lucy Simon;
    based on the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett.

    Through May 28
    Stage Theatre
    Denver Performing Arts Complex
    303-893-4100 or BUY ONLINE


    Previous coverage of The Secret Garden:
    Photos: Marsha Norman visits DCPA's The Secret Garden
    Denver Post
    review: A worthy, family-friendly and satisfying theatrical experience
    Video: How does our Secret Garden grow?
    Photos, video: Your first look at The Secret Garden
    Five things we learned at first rehearsal
    Five things we learned at Perspectives
    2016-17 season: Nine shows, two world premieres, return to classics

    More 2016-17 'Meet the Cast' profiles:
    Vandit Bhatt, Disgraced
    Steven J. Burge, An Act of God
    Liam Craig, The Book of Will
    Aubrey Deeker, The Glass Menagerie
    Thaddeus Fitzpatrick, Frankenstein
    Meridith C. Grundei, Frankenstein
    Steven Cole Hughes, An Act of God
    Sullivan Jones, Frankenstein
    Mark Junek, Frankenstein
    Dorien Makhloghi, Disgraced
    Charlie Korman, Frankenstein
    Jennifer Le Blanc, The Book of Will
    Cajardo Lindsey, The Christians
    Rodney Lizcano, The Book of Will
    Wesley Mann, The Book of Will
    Zoe Manarel, The Secret Garden
    Robert Montano, Two Degrees
    Amelia Pedlow, The Glass Menagerie
    Benjamin Pelteson, Disgraced
    Jessica Robblee, Frankenstein
    Erik Sandvold, An Act of God
    John Skelley, The Glass Menagerie
    Kim Staunton, Two Degrees

    Regina Steffen, The Secret Garden

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  • Meet the cast: Regina Steffen of 'The Secret Garden'

    by John Moore | May 22, 2017

    Regina Steffen says 'The Secret Garden' 'is for anyone who has ever lost love, or yearned for love, or believes in hope.' Playing through May 28.


    MEET REGINA FERNANDEZ STEFFEN
    Ayah in The Secret Garden, the classic story of the 10-year-old orphan girl doomed to a life of isolation with her uncle in England until she uncovers the key to her late aunt’s long-lost garden. It plays through May 28 in the Stage Theatre.

    At the Theatre Company: Debut. At Colorado Springs TheatreWorks: Antony and Cleopatra (Charmian). At the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center: The Drowsy Chaperone (Trix). At Theatre Aspen: Avenue Q (Christmas Eve). At Creede Repertory Theatre: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Marcy Park), This Day and Age (Joy). At Merry Go Round Playhouse: Miss Saigon (Yvette). At Seaside Music Theatre: The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Helena US/ Ensemble).

    • Regina Steffen. Photo by Adams VisComHometown: Boca Raton, Fla.
    • Home now: Denver
    • Training: BFA in Musical Theatre from the University of Central Florida Conservatory Program
    • What was the role that changed your life? When I was 5, a cousin was babysitting me while I was visiting family in California. I always was a pretty morbid and morose child - eternally interested in ghost stories and death. Knowing this, my cousin put on the original Broadway cast recording of Les Misérables. The soaring score, the epic story and the escape into different characters’ lives spoke to me, even as a child. I’d stand in my living room and belt out “On My Own” time and time again. Even now, as an adult, whenever I put on the recording of Les Miz, I’m transported back to being that little girl playing Eponine in my living room. I was hooked from then on.
    • Why are you an actor? I believe in art and in the art of storytelling. There’s nothing quite as magical for me than two or more people coming together to share stories. I think it’s amazing how you can be a complete stranger to a person but after exchanging stories, a connection is made. As actors, we have this huge privilege to continue this tradition time and time again.
    • What do you be doing if you were not an actor? If I am not at the theatre, you’ll most likely find me sitting with a blanket and a really good book. I am a huge fan of English Literature and, in another life, I would like to be an English Literature professor. In high school, I shadowed my senior year English teacher, and she let me grade a couple of papers … I loved it.
    • viola-davis-fencesWho is your ideal scene partner? Viola Davis! Have you seen Fences? She is a force. Or Audra McDonald. She is a true artist in every sense of the word. And she’s won six Tony Awards. ... Six!
    • Why does The Secret Garden matter? This story is for anyone who has ever lost love, or yearned for love, or believes in hope. It’s a story about two broken people and the choice of “coming back to life” after experiencing loss. For Mary, it's her family and everyone she knew back in India. For Archibald, it's the love of his life. It’s that feeling you get when you lose something so precious and so dear to you and you sort of feel stuck. You don’t know what to do. It’s grief. It’s struggle. It’s rebirth. The Secret Garden is a story of hope, and who couldn’t use a little bit of hope nowadays?
    • What do you hope the audience gets out of this play? I hope they can look at the characters and say to themselves, “Yeah. I’ve felt that way.” Or like they’ve opened up their copies of The Secret Garden and the story is right there, next to their heart.
    • Finish this sentence: "All I want is ..."
      " ... human connection." It’s so easy for us to disconnect - to find reasons for derision. It may sound naïve, but in my heart, I wish we could look across the table and see the human sitting across from us and say, “I see you, and you see me. We are different in these ways. And that’s OK."

    More Colorado theatre coverage on the DCPA NewsCenter

    The Secret Garden: Ticket information
    The Secret GardenThe beloved classic blossoms anew in this enchanting musical full of beautiful melodies. When young Mary uncovers the key to her late aunt’s long-lost garden, she becomes determined to revive the beauty that once flourished.
    Book and lyrics by Marsha Norman; music by Lucy Simon;
    based on the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett.

    Through May 28
    Stage Theatre
    Denver Performing Arts Complex
    303-893-4100 or BUY ONLINE


    Previous coverage of The Secret Garden:
    Photos: Marsha Norman visits DCPA's The Secret Garden
    Denver Post
    review: A worthy, family-friendly and satisfying theatrical experience
    Video: How does our Secret Garden grow?
    Photos, video: Your first look at The Secret Garden
    Five things we learned at first rehearsal
    Five things we learned at Perspectives
    2016-17 season: Nine shows, two world premieres, return to classics

    Regina Steffen as Xmas Eve in 'Avenue Q' for Theatre Aspen in 2012.Regina Steffen as Xmas Eve in 'Avenue Q' for Theatre Aspen in 2012.


    More 2016-17 'Meet the Cast' profiles:
    Vandit Bhatt, Disgraced
    Steven J. Burge, An Act of God
    Liam Craig, The Book of Will
    Aubrey Deeker, The Glass Menagerie
    Thaddeus Fitzpatrick, Frankenstein
    Meridith C. Grundei, Frankenstein
    Steven Cole Hughes, An Act of God
    Sullivan Jones, Frankenstein
    Mark Junek, Frankenstein
    Dorien Makhloghi, Disgraced
    Charlie Korman, Frankenstein
    Jennifer Le Blanc, The Book of Will
    Cajardo Lindsey, The Christians
    Rodney Lizcano, The Book of Will
    Wesley Mann, The Book of Will
    Zoe Manarel, The Secret Garden
    Robert Montano, Two Degrees
    Amelia Pedlow, The Glass Menagerie
    Benjamin Pelteson, Disgraced
    Jessica Robblee, Frankenstein
    Erik Sandvold, An Act of God
    John Skelley, The Glass Menagerie
    Kim Staunton, Two Degrees

     

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  • Meet the cast: Zoe Manarel of 'The Secret Garden'

    by John Moore | May 03, 2017
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    Zoe Manarel, a sixth-grader who plays Mary Lennox in 'The Secret Garden,' makes her upcoming Amazon film debut as Suzie “Z” Yang in a new 'American Girl Story' special that begins streaming on June 9. Photo by Adams VisCom.


    MEET ZOE MANAREL
    Zoe Manarel plays Mary Lennox  in The Secret Garden, the classic story of the 10-year-old orphan girl doomed to a life of isolation with her uncle in England - until she uncovers the key to her late aunt’s long-lost garden.  It plays through May 28 in the Stage Theatre.

    At the Theatre Company: Debut. Broadway: Matilda the Musical (Lavender). Off-Broadway: The Little Princess (Ann). Broadway Lab Productions and Workshops: Amelie The Musical (Young Amelie), Remarkable Journey of Prince Jen (Little Orchid),  Unbound Musical reading (Young Zhong-Mei). T.V.: “Inside Amy Schumer,” “Unforgettable,” “Jimmy Fallon,” “Riding the D with Dr. Seeds.”

    • Hometown: Katonah Westchester, N.Y. 
    • School: Sixth grade
    • When did you know you wanted to be an actor?  I think I always wanted to be an actor and singer - especially in kindergarten. There was a bathroom in the classroom and I would sing whenever I was in there. When I would come out, the teacher and all the kids said they loved my singing. I loved the feeling of making people happy.
    • DespereauxIf you could play any role, what would it be? I would love to play Desperaux, the mouse in The Tale of Despereaux. I love his determination, and the fact that he never gives up, and that he would strive for things like marrying a human princess, even though it was unlikely it would happen. (He did get a kiss from her.) Also, he was quirky. He did not really have any friends, but he didn’t care. He stayed true to what he thought was right, and did not let other people sway him. He was a leader, even if it was only to himself.
    • Why are you an actor? Because It makes me feel complete inside.
    • What do you want to be when you grow up, if not an actor? If i don’t grow up to be an actor, I’d like to be either a food critic or a comedian doctor. I’d like to be a food critic because I love eating. I love all sorts of foods and seeing how different people can cook. I'd like to be a comedian doctor because I love people, and I hate seeing them sick or sad. If I am a doctor, I figure I should learn a lot of amazing jokes to help my patients laugh and feel good as I gave them a shot, or when they feel scared. Laughter is a great medicine.
    • What do you hope the audience gets out of this play? I hope they see that no matter how bad things look, there is always a little piece of goodness or hope to grab on to. If you can do that, even though you’re really sad, that little piece of goodness or hope can grow into something much bigger and better. In the end, while you may still be sad, your life will be a little bit better.
    • Finish this sentence: "All I want is ..."
      " ... for people to see that we are really not that different, and we all want the same thing: To be happy and to get along."

    More Colorado theatre coverage on the DCPA NewsCenter

    The Secret Garden: Ticket information
    The Secret GardenThe beloved classic blossoms anew in this enchanting musical full of beautiful melodies. When young Mary uncovers the key to her late aunt’s long-lost garden, she becomes determined to revive the beauty that once flourished.
    Book and lyrics by Marsha Norman; music by Lucy Simon;
    based on the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett.

    Through May 28
    Stage Theatre
    Denver Performing Arts Complex
    303-893-4100 or BUY ONLINE


    Previous coverage of The Secret Garden:
    Denver Post review: A worthy, family-friendly and satisfying theatrical experience
    Video: How does our Secret Garden grow?
    Photos, video: Your first look at The Secret Garden
    Five things we learned at first rehearsal
    Five things we learned at Perspectives
    2016-17 season: Nine shows, two world premieres, return to classics

    zoe-manarel-photo-credit-adamsviscom_34145860262_oPhoto by Adams VisCom for the DCPA NewsCenter.


    More 2016-17 'Meet the Cast' profiles:
    Vandit Bhatt, Disgraced
    Steven J. Burge, An Act of God
    Liam Craig, The Book of Will
    Aubrey Deeker, The Glass Menagerie
    Thaddeus Fitzpatrick, Frankenstein
    Meridith C. Grundei, Frankenstein
    Steven Cole Hughes, An Act of God
    Sullivan Jones, Frankenstein
    Mark Junek, Frankenstein
    Dorien Makhloghi, Disgraced
    Charlie Korman, Frankenstein
    Jennifer Le Blanc, The Book of Will
    Cajardo Lindsey, The Christians
    Rodney Lizcano, The Book of Will
    Wesley Mann, The Book of Will
    Robert Montano, Two Degrees
    Amelia Pedlow, The Glass Menagerie
    Benjamin Pelteson, Disgraced
    Jessica Robblee, Frankenstein
    Erik Sandvold, An Act of God
    John Skelley, The Glass Menagerie
    Kim Staunton, Two Degrees

     

    More Colorado theatre coverage on the DCPA NewsCenter

  • Meet the cast: Vandit Bhatt of 'Disgraced'

    by John Moore | Apr 17, 2017
    Vandit Bhatt. Adams VisCom. Disgraced


    MEET VANDIT BHATT
    Bhatt plays Abe in Disgraced, playing through May 7 at the Ricketson Theatre. The Pulitzer Prize-winning play is about a successful Muslim-American attorney named Amir Kapoor, who has turned his back on his faith and is now thriving in post-9/11 Manhattan. Amir's American nephew, born Hussein Malik, is now assimilated and called Abe. He brings to Amir his concerns over the arrest of a local imam accused of terroristic acts.

    At the Theatre Company: Debut. Select New York credits: Indian Ink (Roundabout Theatre Company); Harper Regan (Atlantic Theater Company); Other Farmers’ Fields (The Public), Skin, Asking for Trouble, and The Unusual Life of Bed Bugs and Other Creatures (all at The Ensemble Studio Theatre); Bike America (Ma-Yi Theater Company); and The Great Recession (The Flea Theater). Select regional credits: The Hard Problem (American Conservatory Theater) and Disgraced (Arizona Theater Company). Film: "Ripped," "42 Seconds Of Happiness." TV: "Younger," "The Michael J. Fox Show," "Mercy," "One Life To Live."

    • Vandit Bhatt, Disgraced. Photo by Adams ViscomHometown: A blend of Fort Myers, Fla. and Hyderabad, India
    • Training: Graduated from the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Fla.
    • Twitter handle: @thevanditbhatt
    • Website: vanditbhatt.com
    • What was the role that changed your life? Claudio in Much Ado About Nothing. It was the first play I ever did. I had just moved from India, so I didn't know anything about acting, much less Shakespeare. I auditioned and, for some reason, Mrs. Goff cast me as Claudio. I had a lot of firsts with that play: First lead, first Shakespeare play, my first friends in America, my first girlfriend and my first kiss. I firmly believe doing that play set me on a path to become an actor. I always wanted to be an actor but I probably wouldn't have gone for it if it hadn't been for that production.
    • Why are you an actor? If I were to put it simply, it's all I have ever known. Sometimes, when I take a step back and look at my life, I feel like it was really meant to be. 
    • What would you be doing if you weren't an actor: I honestly don't know.
    • deniroIdeal scene partner: Robert DeNiro. There are numerous reasons, but the most obvious one is that it would be a tremendous learning experience.
    • Why does Disgraced matter? It's one of the most relevant plays of our time. It matters because it is incredibly complicated, much like life.  
    • What do you hope the audience gets out of this play? I want them to leave with questions. Lots of them.
    • Finish this sentence: "All I want is ..."
      At the risk of sounding silly: "All I want is to share my work with the world."

    Fron left: Vandit Bhatt, Olivia Gilliatt and Dorien Makhloghi. Photo by adamsviscom'Disgraced' actors, from left, Vandit Bhatt, Olivia Gilliatt and Dorien Makhloghi. Photo by Adams VisCom for the DCPA NewsCenter.


    Disgraced
    : Ticket information
    DisgracedIn this raw new play, Amir has built the perfect life. But as a high-profile case and his wife’s art show reveal how little his culture is understood, their misconceptions become too much to bear.

    Through May 7
    Ricketson Theatre
    ASL and audio-described performance: 1:30 p.m. April 30

    Tickets: 303-893-4100 or BUY ONLINE

    Previous NewsCenter coverage of Disgraced:
    Perspectives: Disgraced is about starting, not finishing, conversations
    Video, photos: Your first look at Theatre Company's Disgraced
    Video: A talk with Disgraced Costume Designer Lex Liang
    Disgraced
    has been known to leave audiences gasping
    Disgraced Director promises to push your (empathy) button
    TED Talk: On the danger of a 'single story'

    More 2016-17 'Meet the Cast' profiles:
    Steven J. Burge, An Act of God
    Liam Craig, The Book of Will
    Aubrey Deeker, The Glass Menagerie
    Thaddeus Fitzpatrick, Frankenstein
    Meridith C. Grundei, Frankenstein
    Steven Cole Hughes, An Act of God
    Sullivan Jones, Frankenstein
    Mark Junek, Frankenstein
    Dorien Makhloghi, Disgraced
    Charlie Korman, Frankenstein
    Jennifer Le Blanc, The Book of Will
    Cajardo Lindsey, The Christians
    Rodney Lizcano, The Book of Will
    Wesley Mann, The Book of Will
    Robert Montano, Two Degrees
    Amelia Pedlow, The Glass Menagerie
    Benjamin Pelteson, Disgraced
    Jessica Robblee, Frankenstein
    Erik Sandvold, An Act of God
    John Skelley, The Glass Menagerie
    Kim Staunton, Two Degrees

     

    More Colorado theatre coverage on the DCPA NewsCenter

  • Meet the cast: Benjamin Pelteson of 'Disgraced'

    by John Moore | Apr 12, 2017
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    Benjamin Pelteson plays Isaac, a curator at the Whitney Museum, in 'Disgraced,' playing through May 7. Photo by Adams VisCom.


    MEET BENJAMIN PELTESON
    Isaac in Disgraced

    At the Theatre Company: Debut. Other Theatres: Ensemble Studio Theatre, City Opera, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Baltimore Centerstage, Wilma Theater, Williamstown, Capital Repertory, McCarter (tour), Pittsburgh Public and others. TV: "The Americans," "Homeland," "Law & Order," "Unforgettable," "Silly Little Game" (ESPN). Barrymore Nominee for Outstanding Supporting Actor for Angels in America (Philadelphia).

    • Disgraced Benjamin PeltesonHometown: Orlando
    • Training: BFA from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh
    • What was the role that changed your life? When I was 17, my high-school drama teacher handed me The Merchant of Venice and asked me to play Shylock. Not a good idea. One rehearsal I found myself weeping and spitting on people and grabbing them by their collars. The language did something to me that was very unplanned and very surprising and addictive. Those poor kids who had to act with me ... I am so sorry. But that show 900 years ago is why I decided to do this for a living.
    • Why are you an actor? I learn more by being other people than by being myself. Also: Affordable health insurance. 
    • What would you be doing if you weren't an actor: I would be a writer or a civil-rights lawyer. I like words. I like clarity and argument. I like changing people’s minds.
    • A Mark RylanceIdeal scene partner: Mark Rylance. He never stops inventing. He always listens.
    • Why does Disgraced matter? To me, this is a play about the problem of tribes. Can we get past our ancient group hatreds, or are we - no matter how hard we struggle - going to be beholden to them forever? That seems like a pretty pressing question for all of us right now.  
    • What do you hope the audience gets out of this play? I want the funny stuff to be funny, the sad stuff to be sad and the surprising stuff to be surprising.
    • Finish this sentence: "All I want is ..."
      "... public institutions and politicians we can put our faith in. A general restoration of belief in empiricism. The National Endowment for the Arts to be well-funded into perpetuity, so that the Denver Center and others like it can keep bringing you great work. ... That, and a really nice cup of coffee."

    Disgraced Benjamin Pelteson-photo-credit-adamsviscom'Disgraced' actors, from left, Dorien Makhloghi, Christina Sajous and Benjamin Pelteson. Photo by Adams VisCom for the DCPA NewsCenter.


    Disgraced
    : Ticket information
    DisgracedIn this raw new play, Amir has built the perfect life. But as a high-profile case and his wife’s art show reveal how little his culture is understood, their misconceptions become too much to bear.

    Through May 7
    Ricketson Theatre
    ASL and audio-described performance: 1:30 p.m. April 30

    Tickets: 303-893-4100 or BUY ONLINE

    Previous NewsCenter coverage of Disgraced:
    Perspectives: Disgraced is about starting, not finishing, conversations
    Video, photos: Your first look at Theatre Company's Disgraced
    Video: A talk with Disgraced Costume Designer Lex Liang
    Disgraced
    has been known to leave audiences gasping
    Disgraced Director promises to push your (empathy) button
    TED Talk: On the danger of a 'single story'

    More 2016-17 'Meet the Cast' profiles:
    Steven J. Burge, An Act of God
    Liam Craig, The Book of Will
    Aubrey Deeker, The Glass Menagerie
    Thaddeus Fitzpatrick, Frankenstein
    Meridith C. Grundei, Frankenstein
    Steven Cole Hughes, An Act of God
    Sullivan Jones, Frankenstein
    Mark Junek, Frankenstein
    Dorien Makhloghi, Disgraced
    Charlie Korman, Frankenstein
    Jennifer Le Blanc, The Book of Will
    Cajardo Lindsey, The Christians
    Rodney Lizcano, The Book of Will
    Wesley Mann, The Book of Will
    Robert Montano, Two Degrees
    Amelia Pedlow, The Glass Menagerie
    Jessica Robblee, Frankenstein
    Erik Sandvold, An Act of God
    John Skelley, The Glass Menagerie
    Kim Staunton, Two Degrees

     

    More Colorado theatre coverage on the DCPA NewsCenter

  • Meet the cast: Dorien Makhloghi of 'Disgraced'

    by John Moore | Apr 10, 2017
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    Dorien Makhloghi plays Amir Kapoor, a brilliant, successful Muslim-American attorney who has turned his back on his faith and is now thriving in post-9/11 Manhattan in 'Disgraced,' playing through May 7. Photo by Adams VisCom.


    MEET DORIEN MAKHLOGHI
    Amir in Disgraced

    Makhloghi-DorienAt the Theatre Company: Debut. He previously played Amir in Asolo Repertory Theatre's production of Disgraced last year in Sarasota, Fla. On and Off-Broadway, he has appeared in The Merchant of Venice, Twelfth Night (Public Theater/NYSF), The Oedipus Cycle, Nathan the Wise (Pearl Theatre), and Around the World in 80 Days (New Theater on 45th). Regional theater credits include Scorched (Syracuse Stage), The Tempest, Much Ado About Nothing (Saratoga Shakespeare) and world premieres of Love/Stories, The Great Recession (Flea Theater) and Another Life (Theater Three Collaborative). Film: I, Origins and Starving.

    • Disgraced. Dorien Makhloghi. Adams VisComHometown:  Putney, Vermont
    • Training: Bachelor of science from Skidmore College in Sarasota Springs, N.Y.
    • What was the role that changed your life? In my case, it was not a role that I played but rather on that I saw: Jeff Goldblum in Jurassic Park. I knew then what I wanted to be: A cool and hilarious scientist.
    • Why are you an actor? It's more fun than a real job. 
    • What would you be doing if you weren't an actor: I'd be a gardener ... because we'd all better learn those skills, and soon. It's the way of the future.
    • Ideal scene partner: Joseph Gordon Levitt ... because I would walk all over him.
    • Why does Disgraced matter? Because it asks pertinent questions and offers no easy solutions to a complex socio-political issue that is still playing out today.  
    • What do you hope the audience gets out of this play? A reason to reflect.
    • Finish this sentence: "All I want is ..."
      "... a compound in the mountains with my herbs and my pets and my guns. Also, enlightenment."

    dorien-makhloghi-photo-credit-adamsviscom'Disgraced' actors Olivia Gilliatt and Dorien Makhloghi. Photo by Adams VisCom for the DCPA NewsCenter.


    Disgraced
    : Ticket information
    DisgracedIn this raw new play, Amir has built the perfect life. But as a high-profile case and his wife’s art show reveal how little his culture is understood, their misconceptions become too much to bear.

    Through May 7
    Ricketson Theatre
    ASL and audio-described performance: 1:30 p.m. April 30

    Tickets: 303-893-4100 or BUY ONLINE

    Previous NewsCenter coverage of Disgraced:
    Perspectives: Disgraced is about starting, not finishing, conversations
    Video, photos: Your first look at Theatre Company's Disgraced
    Video: A talk with Disgraced Costume Designer Lex Liang
    Disgraced
    has been known to leave audiences gasping
    Disgraced Director promises to push your (empathy) button
    TED Talk: On the danger of a 'single story'

    More 2016-17 'Meet the Cast' profiles:
    Steven J. Burge, An Act of God
    Liam Craig, The Book of Will
    Aubrey Deeker, The Glass Menagerie
    Thaddeus Fitzpatrick, Frankenstein
    Meridith C. Grundei, Frankenstein
    Steven Cole Hughes, An Act of God
    Sullivan Jones, Frankenstein
    Mark Junek, Frankenstein
    Charlie Korman, Frankenstein
    Jennifer Le Blanc, The Book of Will
    Cajardo Lindsey, The Christians
    Rodney Lizcano, The Book of Will
    Wesley Mann, The Book of Will
    Robert Montano, Two Degrees
    Amelia Pedlow, The Glass Menagerie
    Jessica Robblee, Frankenstein
    Erik Sandvold, An Act of God
    John Skelley, The Glass Menagerie
    Kim Staunton, Two Degrees

     

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  • Meet Robert Montano of 'Two Degrees'

    by John Moore | Mar 10, 2017
    Robert Montano Adams VisCom

    Kathleen McCall and Robert Montano in the world premiere of Tira Palmquist's 'Two Degrees,' playing through March 12. Photo by Adams VisCom.


    MEET ROBERT MONTANO

    Jeffrey, Eric and Malik in Two Degrees

    At the Theatre Company: Debut. Broadway: Kiss of the Spiderwoman, On The Town, Cats, Chita + 2, Legs Diamond. Regional: Barcelona, Fallow, Cloud Tectonics, References to Salvador Dali Makes Me Hot, One Shot One Kill  (all world premieres), Diosa, Marty (opposite John C. Reilly). Television: Shades of Blue, Elementary, Blue Bloods, Army Wives, Without a Trace, Sex in The City, Law & Order: SVU, Undefeated. Film: Shame, The Yards, Chicago, Center Stage, Hustling, The Strike, Passionada.

    • Robert Montano. Photo by Jimmy ReedHometown: Bayside, Queens
    • Web site: RobertMontano.Com
    • What was the role that changed your life? It was a play written by Richard Vetere called One Shot, One Kill." I played Sgt. Nick Harris, a Marine sniper at the top of his class. This was May of 2002, not long after 9/11 when I was glued for days watching CNN and wondering what our next step was going to be after the attack. I spent weeks in my apartment watching the news, not eating, losing weight and feeling sick and nervous. I thought to myself, "I have to get up and do something ... something meaningful." So I went to the recruiting station in Times Square to sign up for the Marines. When the recruiting officer told me I was too old to be recruited, I nearly fell over. I felt helpless. So in January of 2002, I was offered the role of the sniper. I read up on all these sniper gods within the Marine Corps. But that wasn't enough for me. I needed to know what the brotherhood was all about. I asked my director, Joe Brancato, if he could set up a trip to Quantico for me to train with Marine snipers. It was there I learned the realities of what our selfless men and women do for our country - the discipline, the honor, the brotherhood and willing sacrifice. I wanted to get it right, and bring that into my work. This play, this story and this character changed my life.
    • Why are you an actor? I like wearing other people's shoes.
    • What would you be doing if you weren't an actor: I would go back to being a professional racehorse jockey in a minute. Plain and simple, I love horses. I love the competition. I love the adrenaline rush. It's just unfortunate that I became too physically big to continue on. While some men want to be tall, dark and handsome, I just wanted to be small.
    • Robert MontanoIdeal scene partner: Sean Penn, hands down. He's unpredictable, diverse and constantly surprises you by his choices. He is a creative force to be reckon with. One of the greatest actors of our time.
    • Why does Two Degrees matter? I was given the Two Degrees script in January 2016 for the Colorado New Play Summit. Before I got halfway through, I called my manager and told him this was an important script, a story that has to be told - and that I wanted in. I watch a lot of news and political shows and whenever I'd hear them talking about climate change, I'd go, "A-huh." But I was never really invested because of the climatological jargon. I didn't really know how fossil fuel impacted climate change. When having read this play I saw clearly how important climate change mattered, especially through the eyes and struggle of our leading character, Dr. Emma Phelps. I saw how imperative it is for us to have scientists, advocates and the politically powerful fighting for this serious cause. Two Degrees makes it plain why we must combat the deniers, and the clowns who are only out to protect their own interests. We need to put a stop to it, because this is real. And this is now.  
    • What do you hope the audience gets out of this play? I can only hope the subject matter will stir up a conversation about how serious climate change really is. And more important, I hope audiences read up on it, act on it and help in any small way to prevent further destruction.
    • Finish this sentence: "All I want is ..."
      "... calm and understanding." It's not a lot in the grand scheme of things.

    Robert Montano. Photo by John Moore.'Two Degrees' actor Robert Montano performed an excerpt from his one-man play 'Small,' which recounts his growing up as a jockey at the famed Belmont race track in New York, at the 2017 Colorado New Play Summit. Photo by John Moore for the DCPA NewsCenter.

    Ticket information: Two Degrees
    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.
    • Through March 12
    • Jones Theatre
    • 303-893-4100 or BUY ONLINE

    Previous NewsCenter coverage of Two Degrees:
    Video: How do they make that ice, ice, baby?
    Photos, video: Your first look at Two Degrees
    Two Degrees: A telling exchange at public forum
    Tira Palmquist on Two Degrees: Grief for a husband, and a planet
    Two Degrees
    cast digs deep into Boulder ice-core research
    Meet the cast: Kim Staunton
    Two Degrees
    heats up conversation on global warming
    Opening night photo coverage
    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

    More 2016-17 'Meet the Cast' profiles:
    Steven J. Burge, An Act of God
    Liam Craig, The Book of Will
    Aubrey Deeker, The Glass Menagerie
    Thaddeus Fitzpatrick, Frankenstein
    Meridith C. Grundei, Frankenstein
    Steven Cole Hughes, An Act of God
    Sullivan Jones, Frankenstein
    Mark Junek, Frankenstein
    Charlie Korman, Frankenstein
    Jennifer Le Blanc, The Book of Will
    Cajardo Lindsey, The Christians
    Rodney Lizcano, The Book of Will
    Wesley Mann, The Book of Will
    Amelia Pedlow, The Glass Menagerie
    Jessica Robblee, Frankenstein
    Erik Sandvold, An Act of God
    John Skelley, The Glass Menagerie
    Kim Staunton, Two Degrees

     

  • Meet Sara Esty of 'An American in Paris'

    by John Moore | Mar 08, 2017
    Sara Esty. Photo by Matthew Murphy.

    MEET SARA ESTY

    Lise Dassin in An American in Paris

    Broadway: An American in Paris (OBC ensemble, Lise alternate). Théâtre du Châtelet: An American in Paris (Lise standby). Former soloist with the Miami City Ballet. Training: Maine State Ballet, School of American Ballet, and Miami City Ballet School. Sara received a Princess Grace Fellowship Award for excellence in dance, and has performed various works by Balanchine, Robbins, Tharp, Taylor, Scarlett, Ratmansky, Wheeldon, and Peck. Special thanks to the ever growing AAIP team and family, and BRS/Gage. For M, D, L, my family, and the man I love. Vive la France! @sesty5

    • Sara EstyHometown: Gorham, Maine
    • Training: Former soloist with the Miami City Ballet
    • Your Twitter-sized bio: Sara is thrilled to be exploring the country with the national tour of An American in Paris! She is looking forward to seeing it all, making memories ... and finding the best spas across the nation.
    • What was the role that changed your life? This would be it. The role of Lise Dassin not only demands a high level of ballet technique, which I love tackling, but it provides so many new and exciting elements. Using my voice to express who she is has been life-changing.
    • Why are you a dancer? It's not really something I've consciously chosen to do. It's always been a part of who I am. I absolutely cannot imagine my life without dancing.
    • What would you be doing if you weren't a dancer?: I would for sure still be active. I've always loved skiing and being outdoors, or even a physical therapist or massage therapist. Who knows?
    • Ideal scene partner: I love the work of Tom Hanks. I'm such a movie buff, and he never disappoints. So many layers. Would love to have that to bounce off of.
    • Tell us about the particular challenge of playing Lise in An American in Paris. From start to finish, she is on the go nonstop. At the end of a show, you are mentally and physically drained. So two-show days definitely require a nap, a good meal and a hot shower!
    • What's one thing not many people know about you? I played the French horn for five years. It was bigger than me - but was fun.
    • What do you hope the audience gets out of this musical? I hope they leave holding hands, with a smile. Love trumps all, and I hope they feel that. We all go through hardships, but with a little love, anything is possible.
    • What's one thing you want to get off your chest? Why are women still fighting for equality? For that matter ... why is any human, in this day and age, still fighting to be seen? And also ... why do people in scary movies always go down the dark hallway? Common sense, people.
    • Finish this sentence: "All I want is ..."
      (I'm not sure my answer is appropriate for this forum. LOL.)
    • Twitter and Instagram handle: @estygrl

    Garen Scribner and Sara Esty. Photo by Matthew Murphy. Garen Scribner and Sara Esty in 'An American in Paris,' playing in Denver through March 19. Photo by Matthew Murphy.

    More Colorado theatre coverage on the DCPA NewsCenter


    An American in Paris
    : Ticket information
    An American In ParisAn American in Paris brings the magic and romance of Paris into harmony with unforgettable works from George and Ira Gershwin. This new hit musical about an American soldier, a mysterious French girl and an indomitable European city, each yearning for a new beginning in the aftermath of war, earned more awards than any other musical in the 2014-15 Broadway season.
    Through March 19
    Buell Theatre
    ASL, audio-described and open-captioned performance 2 p.m. March 19
    303-893-4100 or BUY ONLINE



    Previous NewsCenter coverage of An American in Paris
    An American Paris dances from beginning to end

  • Meet the cast: Cajardo Lindsey of 'The Christians'

    by John Moore | Feb 16, 2017
    Cajardo Lindsey

    Cajardo Lindsey of 'The Christians.' He is pictured below right on the first day of rehearsal for the 2017 Colorado New Play Summit on Tuesday.


    MEET CAJARDO LINDSEY

    Understudy to Associate Pastor Joshua in The Christians, Reggie in Last Night and the Night Before (2017 Colorado New Play Summit)

    Cajardo Lindsey. 2017 Colorado New Play Summit. At the Theatre Company: All the Way, A Raisin in the Sun, Just Like Us. Other Theatres: A Raisin in the Sun, Wait Until Dark, To Kill a Mockingbird (Arvada Center) The Whipping Man, The Brothers Size, In the Red and Brown Water, Marcus: or The Secret of Sweet, Fences (Curious Theatre). TV/Film: "Medium," "Crash," "In Plain Sight," "Easy Money," Silver City, MacGruber, Force of Execution, Assassins' Code, Independence Day: Resurgence (2016), Shot Caller (2016), Somnio (2016)."

    • Hometown: Cincinnati.
    • Training: BA from Miami University and a JD (law degree) from Indiana University. (I was home-schooled in the arts.)
    • What was the role that changed your life? Playing Walter Lee Younger in A Raisin in the Sun at the Arvada Center. My life was changed in the arts because of the look and embrace I received from my mentor after the show.
    • Why are you an actor? Acting called ... and I answered.
    • What would you be doing if you weren't an actor: I presently enjoy two careers,  one as an actor and the other as an attorney. I am unaware of what I would be doing for a career if I were not an actor and an attorney. Maybe a poet, a writer or a coach … I do all of these things in some capacity.
    • Cajardo Lindsey Jeffrey NickelsonIdeal scene partner: My mentor, Jeffrey Nickelson. He was the founder of Denver's Shadow Theatre Company. If he were still alive, it would be great to show him that I was listening.
    • Why does The Christians matter? Because if we, as an audience, can see ourselves in a play and begin to do self-inquiry, I believe the byproduct will be growth and evolution.
    • What do you hope the audience gets out of this play? Love and compassion.
    • Finish this sentence: "All I want is ..."
      "... for the people in this world to love one another."

    Cajardo Lindsey in Curious Theatre's 'The Brothers Size.' Photo by Michael EnsmingerCajardo Lindsey in Curious Theatre's 2013 production of 'The Brothers Size.' Photo by Michael Ensminger.


    The Christians
    : Ticket information
    270x270-the-christians-art-ttA new play about the mystery of faith and what happens when a doctrinal controversy shakes the foundation of a large community church.

    Plays through Feb. 26
    Stage Theatre
    ASL and Audio-Described matinee at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12
    303-893-4100 or BUY ONLINE

    Selected previous NewsCenter coverage of The Christians:
    Playwright: The Christians is 'a pathway to empathy
    The Christians: How do you know Kevin Kilner?
    Behind the scenes video: Making stained glass for The Christians
    Video, photos: Your first look at The Christians
    Video: What audiences are saying about The Christians
    Composer Gary Grundei on music to move the masses
    Five things we learned at first rehearsal 
     
    Meet the cast: Krystel Lucas
    Meet the cast: Robert Manning Jr.
    Meet the cast: Caitlin Wise
    2016-17 season: Nine shows, two world premieres, return to classics

    More 2016-17 'Meet the Cast' profiles:
    Steven J. Burge, An Act of God
    Liam Craig, The Book of Will
    Aubrey Deeker, The Glass Menagerie
    Thaddeus Fitzpatrick, Frankenstein
    Meridith C. Grundei, Frankenstein
    Steven Cole Hughes, An Act of God
    Sullivan Jones, Frankenstein
    Mark Junek, Frankenstein
    Charlie Korman, Frankenstein
    Jennifer Le Blanc, The Book of Will
    Rodney Lizcano, The Book of Will
    Wesley Mann, The Book of Will
    Amelia Pedlow, The Glass Menagerie
    Jessica Robblee, Frankenstein
    Erik Sandvold, An Act of God
    John Skelley, The Glass Menagerie
    Kim Staunton, Two Degrees

     

  • Meet the Cast: Krystel Lucas, 'The Christians'

    by John Moore | Feb 11, 2017
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    Krystel Lucas in The Christians. Photo by Adams VisCom.


    MEET KRYSTEL LUCAS

    Elizabeth, the wife of Pastor Paul, in The Christians

    At the Theatre Company: Debut. New York credits include Couriers and Contrabands (The Barrow Group) and Love’s Labor’s Lost (Shakespeare in the Parking Lot). Regional: Disgraced (Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park), Twelfth Night (Chicago Shakespeare Theater), Good People (Alley Theatre and Dorset Theatre Festival), The Merchant of Venice, A Midsummer Night's Dream (The Old Globe), In the Next Room, Or The Vibrator Play (Syracuse Stage and Repertory Theatre of St. Louis), Postcards from Earth (The Guthrie), Death and the King's Horseman, Macbeth (Oregon Shakespeare Festival). TV/Film: "Jessica Jones" and "The Blacklist."

    • Krystel LucasHometown: Spring Lake, N.C.
    • Training: BA from UNC-Asheville; MFA from New York University
    • What was the role that changed your life? Playing Rosaline in Love's Labour's Lost profoundly changed my life. It was my first full production and significant role in a Shakespeare play. I learned so much about the craft of acting, the power of language and the beauty of storytelling. It was a revelation for me because it taught me the value of ensemble work and also emboldened me to pick up more classical texts.
    • Why are you an actor? Who are we? Why are we here? What is our purpose? What is our responsibility to the rest of humanity? What stories do we want to tell and need to tell? There are so many questions we ask of ourselves and each other in our daily lives. I love that as artists we have an opportunity to examine a life, a story, an experience that may be very different from our own ... yet, so richly connects us to each other. For me, acting is about seeking truth - in building your character, dissecting the choices we make and shining a light on another person’s journey in this world. At its best, the work can be exciting, humorous, fascinating, scary, fun, playful, tragic and, hopefully, deeply human. Oh, I love it.
    • What would you be doing if you weren't an actor: My background is journalism, so I would probably work in that field. I think it is a profession that has played an important role in our nation’s social, economic and political landscape. Ideally, investigative journalists also seek truth with integrity, ingenuity and care for the greater good of society.
    • carol-burnettIdeal scene partner: I grew up watching "The Carol Burnett Show". She was just fearless, smart, spontaneous, bold and full of joy. It was so much fun to see her living in the moment, evoking genuine laughter and daring audiences to come along for the ride. I can only imagine how wonderful it would be to work on a scene with such a comedic genius.
    • Why does The Christians matter? This is a beautiful play that challenges us to look inward and examine our own beliefs, biases and world views. In a time when listening to each other and working to understand different perspectives seems so difficult in our country, this play takes an intimate look at one of our most precious, private and potent sources of conflict … our faith.
    • What do you hope the audience gets out of this play? I hope they leave asking questions of themselves and their fellow theatergoers. I hope they leave feeling like they’ve been to church and experienced a sermon like no other. I hope they leave and feel they’ve experienced a moving story that reminds them that we are, all of us, human beings.
    • Finish this sentence: "All I want is ..."
      "... a world where we can all keep our heads up, our hearts open and our feet firmly planted on the ground."
    Kevin Kilner and Krystel Lucas of The Christians. Photo by Adams VisCom. Kevin Kilner and Krystel Lucas play a married couple in 'The Christians.' Photo by Adams VisCom.

    The Christians: Ticket information
    270x270-the-christians-art-ttA new play about the mystery of faith and what happens when a doctrinal controversy shakes the foundation of a large community church.
    Plays through Feb. 26
    Stage Theatre
    ASL and Audio-Described matinee at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12
    303-893-4100 or BUY ONLINE

    Selected previous NewsCenter coverage of The Christians:
    Behind the scenes video: Making stained glass for The Christians
    Video, photos: Your first look at The Christians
    Composer Gary Grundei on music to move the masses
    Five things we learned at first rehearsal 
    The Christians
    is 'a pathway to empathy
    2016-17 season: Nine shows, two world premieres, return to classics

    More 2016-17 'Meet the Cast' profiles:
    Steven J. Burge, An Act of God
    Liam Craig, The Book of Will
    Aubrey Deeker, The Glass Menagerie
    Thaddeus Fitzpatrick, Frankenstein
    Meridith C. Grundei, Frankenstein
    Steven Cole Hughes, An Act of God
    Sullivan Jones, Frankenstein
    Mark Junek, Frankenstein
    Charlie Korman, Frankenstein
    Jennifer Le Blanc, The Book of Will
    Rodney Lizcano, The Book of Will
    Wesley Mann, The Book of Will
    Robert Manning Jr., The Christians
    Amelia Pedlow, The Glass Menagerie
    Jessica Robblee, Frankenstein
    Erik Sandvold, An Act of God
    John Skelley, The Glass Menagerie
    Kim Staunton, Two Degrees
    Caitlin Wise, The Christians

     

  • Meet the cast: Kim Staunton of 'Two Degrees'

    by John Moore | Feb 10, 2017
    Kim Staunton Quote. Two Degrees


    MEET KIM STAUNTON

    Senator Louise Allen in Two Degrees

    At the Theatre Company: black odyssey, Fences, To Kill A Mockingbird, Ruined, A Raisin in the Sun, Radio Golf, Doubt, Gem of the Ocean, A Selfish Sacrifice, The Madwoman, Streetcar Named Desire, King Hedley II, Pork Pie, many more. Other theatres: Indiana Rep, Milwaukee Rep, Arizona Theater Company, South Coast Rep, Seattle Rep, Lake Dillon Theatre, Syracuse Stage, Berkeley Rep, Colorado Shakespeare. TV/Film: First Sunday, Changing Lanes, Heat, Holy Man, “Army Wives,Kim Staunton Ruined. ” “The Nine,” “Bones,” “Law and Order,” “New York Undercover.” Awards include Denver Post Ovation Awards, Colorado Theatre Guild Henry Award, Westword’s Best of Denver.

    • Hometown: Washington, DC
    • Home now: Encino, Calif.
    • Training: The Juilliard School Also trained as a Ten Chimneys Lunt-Fontanne Fellow
    • What was the role that changed your life? Playing Mama Nadi in Ruined, by Lynn Nottage, for the DCPA Theatre Company in 2011. (Photo at right. Click here to read the Denver Post review.) It was a tour-de-force, modern-day Mother Courage role that allowed me to be a conduit for important and profound storytelling. I got to tap into a character's passion, toughness, rage, vulnerability and tenderness.
    • Why are you an actor? I love the opportunity to be part of an ensemble and experience that allows me to communicate ideas and emotions through characters and imaginary circumstances that hopefully have an impact and make a difference to an audience. I also appreciate that I am able to use the theater, film and television as powerful mediums for great storytelling.
    • What would you be doing if you weren't an actor: I would be a grMeryl Streepade-school teacher. It was my dream for all my life up until ninth grade. I had to choose an elective, which ended up being drama.
    • Ideal scene partner: Meryl Streep. Besides being one of the greatest actresses on the planet, I appreciate her versatility, detail and transformation as an actress in her work.
    • Kim Staunton Quote. Two Degrees. Photo by Adams VisComWhy does Two Degrees matter? Because it's a timely story about science, grief, love, relationships, humanity, sexuality ... and women over 45! I'm fortunate to have the opportunity to contribute to this great storytelling that has such a big and important voice.
    • What do you hope the audience gets out of this play? I hope they will be provoked to think, feel and hopefully be interested and open to learning more about climate science and climate change. This is a very serious issue that is important to our world, our lives and the future of our planet.
    • Finish this sentence: "All I want is ..."
      "... a kind, inclusive, loving world."
    (Photo above and right: Kathleen McCall and Kim Staunton in 'Two Degrees.' Photo by Adams VisCom.)

    Video Bonus: Our 2014 profile of Kim Staunton


    Ticket information: Two Degrees

    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.
    Through 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:
    Photos, video: Your first look at Two Degrees
    Two Degrees: A telling exchange at public forum
    Tira Palmquist on Two Degrees: Grief for a husband, and a planet
    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

    More 2016-17 'Meet the Cast' profiles:
    Steven J. Burge, An Act of God
    Liam Craig, The Book of Will
    Aubrey Deeker, The Glass Menagerie
    Thaddeus Fitzpatrick, Frankenstein
    Meridith C. Grundei, Frankenstein
    Steven Cole Hughes, An Act of God
    Sullivan Jones, Frankenstein
    Mark Junek, Frankenstein
    Charlie Korman, Frankenstein
    Jennifer Le Blanc, The Book of Will
    Rodney Lizcano, The Book of Will
    Wesley Mann, The Book of Will
    Robert Manning Jr., The Christians

    Amelia Pedlow, The Glass Menagerie
    Jessica Robblee, Frankenstein
    Erik Sandvold, An Act of God
    John Skelley, The Glass Menagerie
    Caitlin Wise, The Christians

     

  • Meet the cast: Liam Craig of 'The Book of Will'

    by John Moore | Feb 06, 2017
    Liam Craig and Nance Williamson in The Book of Will. Photo by Adams VisCom. Liam Craig as John Hemmings and Nance Williamson as his wife in 'The Book of Will.' Photo by Adams VisCom.


    MEET LIAM CRAIG

    John Hemmings in The Book of Will. Hemmings was an actor who also served as the financial manager for the King's Men, William Shakespeare's acting company. He is celebrated in The Book of Will as one of the editors of Shakespeare's 1623 First Folio.

    At the Theatre Company: Debut. Broadway: Boeing Boeing. Off-Broadway: A Servant of Two Masters, The Killer (Theatre For A New Audience), The Internationalist (Vineyard Theater), Aunt Dan and Lemon (The New Group), Two Noble Kinsmen (The Public). Regional: The Tempest, Government Inspector, The Servant of Two Masters A Liam Craig Quote 3(Shakespeare Theatre Company), Accidental Death of an Anarchist, A Doctor in Spite of Himself (Berkeley Rep), Accidental Death of an Anarchist, The Servant of Two Masters (Yale Rep), The Scene (Alley Theater, Hartford Stage). Film/TV: "The Royal Tenenbaums," "Mozart in the Jungle," "Law and Order," "Law and Order SVU."

    • Hometown: North Falmouth, Mass.
    • Training: B.A. from Yale in English and Theater Studies; MFA from NYU's Tisch School of The Arts Graduate Acting Program
    • What was the role that changed your life? I played Algernon in The Importance of Being Earnest when I was a junior in high school. My relationship with theater changed at that time.
    • Why are you an actor? I like the discipline it requires.
    • What would you be doing if you weren't an actor: I would be teaching Latin somewhere.
    • Ideal scene partner: Emily Young. She was in the original Broadway cast of  Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson and is a member of Fiasco Theater. I am a fan.
    • More Colorado theatre coverage on the DCPA NewsCenter

    • Why does The Book of Will matter? Because it examines theater and grief in surprising ways. This is such a special play, and I am so proud to be a part of it.
    • Finish this sentence: "All I want is ..."
      "... Turner Classic Movies."

    The Book of Will: Ticket information
    The Book of WillWithout William Shakespeare, we wouldn’t have masterpieces like Romeo and Juliet. But without two of his friends, we would have lost Shakespeare’s plays forever. A comic and heartfelt story of the characters behind the stories we know so well.

  • Plays through Feb. 26
  • Ricketson Theatre
  • ASL and Audio-Described Matinee 1:30 p.m. Feb. 4
  • 303-893-4100 or BUY ONLINE

  • Selected previous NewsCenter coverage of The Book of Will:
    Video: Your first look at The Book of Will
    Perspectives: Why is there a bobble-head on that set?
    Guest columnist Lauren Gunderson: How one word can change a play
    Five things we learned at 'The Book of Will' opening rehearsal
    'The Year of Gunderson' has begun in Colorado
    Shakespeare in a season with no Shakespeare
    First Folio: The world's second-most important book heads to Boulder
    Video: Our look back at the 2016 Colorado New Play Summit
    Summit Spotlight: Playwright Lauren Gunderson
    Lauren Gunderson wins Lanford Wilson Award from Dramatists Guild of America
    Just who were all the king's men, anyway?
    2016-17 season: Nine shows, two world premieres, return to classics

    More 2016-17 'Meet the Cast' profiles:
    Steven J. Burge, An Act of God
    Aubrey Deeker, The Glass Menagerie
    Thaddeus Fitzpatrick, Frankenstein
    Meridith C. Grundei, Frankenstein
    Steven Cole Hughes, An Act of God
    Sullivan Jones, Frankenstein
    Mark Junek, Frankenstein
    Charlie Korman, Frankenstein
    Jennifer Le Blanc, The Book of Will
    Rodney Lizcano, The Book of Will
    Wesley Mann, The Book of Will
    Robert Manning Jr., The Christians

    Amelia Pedlow, The Glass Menagerie
    Jessica Robblee, Frankenstein
    Erik Sandvold, An Act of God
    John Skelley, The Glass Menagerie
    Caitlin Wise, The Christians

     

  • Meet the cast: Jamie Grayson of 'An Act of God'

    by John Moore | Jan 29, 2017
    Jamie Grayson. An Act of God


    MEET JAMIE GRAYSON

    Understudying the roles of God and Michael in An Act of God

    At the Denver Center: Debut. New York: Man in Chair in The Drowsy Chaperone and Narrator/Mysterious Man in Into the Woods at The MacHaydn Theatre. Tours and regional: Cats, Hairspray, A Chorus Line and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. He is also an internationally recognized baby-gear expert who has been seen on “The Martha Stewart Show,” “The Today Show,” and speaks at events for new and expectant parents.

    • Twitter-sized bio: Sometimes actor/full-time baby-gear expert and "guncle." New to Denver and loving every minute. Fred Armisen *might* have played me in a movie.
    • Hometown: Little Rock, Ark.
    • Home now: I moved to Denver in July
    • Jamie Grayson. Baby Guy Website: babyguygearguide.com
    • Social media:  @TheBabyGuyNYC on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
    • Training: BFA in Acting from the University of Mississippi
    • What was the role that changed your life? My first professional gig was in Shenandoah at The MacHaydn Theatre in Chatham, N.Y. I worked there every summer throughout college and a few years after. Summer stock taught me to be a quick study, taught me work ethic, and taught me the "play" in performing. There are not many theatres like this still around, and it's truly the best training a young actor can have. That place feels like home.
    • Why are you an actor? At its best, theatre is communion with an audience. There are not many true places of communion now. So to be in a room with strangers and tell them a story and get immediate engagement and energy back is just the absolute best feeling - so it translates well into my actual career.
    • What would you be doing if you weren't an actor: My "real" job is a baby gear expert/speaker/social media "personality" - LOL. I was on tour for years and grew weary of suitcase life, so I took a survival gig at a store and it ended up turning into an insane career that I love. I knew once I stopped acting I would go into education, so my current job combines my desire to educate and entertain. It's kind of perfect, and I feel very fortunate that I've found ways to begin bridging my two lives.
    • A Jamie Grayson Jodie FosterIdeal scene partner: Jodie Foster. I just love her. Always have. Always will. But also Meryl Streep, because ... duh.
    • Why does An Act of God matter? I was shocked at how intelligent the script is. It's not just some off-the-wall, slap-your-leg, laugh-until-you-hurt piece. It's quieter than that, but very funny and forces you to listen. On top of that, there are references to current events and sections that really make you question your "why" in "why I believe."
    • What do you hope the audience gets out of seeing it? Theatre is a time to shut your phones off, sit with people in the dark, and have an experience. I cannot tell you what your experience will be. I can only hope you have one.
    • Finish this sentence: "All I want is ..."
      "...  to get better every day." Stagnation is a horrible thing.
    An Act of God: Ticket information
    • The story: God takes human form in this critically acclaimed new comedy direct from Broadway. He's finally arrived to set the record straight.
    • Through April 8
    • Garner-Galleria Theatre
    • Tickets: 303-893-4100 or BUY ONLINE
    • Groups: Call 303-446-4829

    Selected Previous NewsCenter coverage:
    An Act of God extends through April 8
    Steven J. Burge is following in God's footsteps
    Meet the cast: Steven J. Burge
    Meet the cast: Erik Sandvold
    Meet the cast: Steven Cole Hughes
    Video, photos: DCPA, Macy's help 'Make-A-Wish' come true
    Casting announced for An Act of God
    A day in the busy life of Director Geoffrey Kent
    Interview: Geoffrey Kent on a laugh-a-minute God
    Geoffrey Kent's 2015 True West Award

    More 2016-17 DCPA Theatre Company 'Meet the Cast' profiles:
    Aubrey Deeker, The Glass Menagerie
    Thaddeus Fitzpatrick, Frankenstein
    Meridith C. Grindei, Frankenstein
    Sullivan Jones, Frankenstein
    Mark Junek, Frankenstein
    Charlie Korman, Frankenstein
    Jennifer Le Blanc, The Book of Will
    Rodney Lizcano, The Book of Will
    Wesley Mann, The Book of Will
    Robert Manning Jr., The Christians

    Amelia Pedlow, The Glass Menagerie
    Jessica Robblee, Frankenstein
    John Skelley, The Glass Menagerie
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