• Ugly Lies the Bone: The transformation of Missy Moore

    by John Moore | Mar 09, 2018



    Albert Einstein said: "Beauty is skin deep, ugly lies the bone. Beauty dies and fades away, but ugly holds its own."

    The Lake Dillon Theatre Company is currently presenting Lindsey Ferrentino's play 
    Ugly Lies the Bone
    . When a newly discharged veteran returns to her native Florida hometown after a disabling third tour in Afghanistan, she discovers that readjusting can be painful and disorienting. Through virtual reality video-game therapy, the play examines the possible restoration of one soldier’s life, relationships and self.

    In the time-lapse video above, Moore shows how she takes on the persona of a soldier who has been burned over more than half her body. The prosthetic makeup design is by Todd Debreceni. The process to apply the makeup takes about two hours a day, Moore said.

    Ugly Lies the Bone plays through March 18 at the Silverthorne Performing Arts Center, 460 Blue River Parkway, Silverthorne. Information: 970-513-9386 or lakedillontheatre.org

    Cast:

    • Jess: Missy Moore
    • Kacie: Samantha Rosentrater
    • Stevie: Joel Oramas
    • Kelvin: Joel Rainwater
    • Voice/Mom: Jennifer Condreay

    Creatives:

    • Director: Joshua Blanchard
    • Scenic Design: Jared Grohs
    • Lighting Design: Vance McKenzie
    • Costume Design: Molly Walz
    • Sound Design: Matthew Eckstein
    • Stage Manager: Amber Julian
    • Assistant Stage Manager: Andy Bakehouse
  • 2018-19 Broadway season: 'Dear Evan Hansen,' Betty Buckley as Dolly and more

    by John Moore | Feb 26, 2018

    Play the video above to learn more about the Denver Center's 2018-19 Broadway season announcement.

     

    Highly anticipated 2017 Best Musical opens September 25; legendary Buckley to find empty lap in Denver as Dolly Levi


    Hello, Betty!

    We now know that the previously announced national tour launch of the 2017 Tony and Grammy Award-winning Best Musical Dear Evan Hansen will launch the Denver Center for the Performing Arts' 2018-19 Broadway season from Sept. 25 through Oct. 13 in the Buell Theatre, it was announced this morning.

    Joining Dear Evan Hansen will be the 2017 Tony Award-winning Best Musical Revival Hello, Dolly! starring Broadway legend Betty Buckley and the first national tours of Come From Away, A Bronx Tale, The Play That Goes Wrong, Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Anastasia. Also as part of the season, DCPA Cabaret will produce Xanadu in the Garner Galleria Theatre.

    Reservations for the limited number of new subscriptions are available at 10 a.m. starting today (Monday, Feb. 26), at 10 a.m. at denvercenter.org. Renewing subscribers, followed by members of the wait list, will receive priority seating. Some restrictions apply. A public on-sale will be announced at a later date.

    The DCPA also announced several non-subscription shows, in order of their Denver arrivals: Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man, The Improvised Shakespeare Company, Love Never Dies, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, Cirque Eloize – Hotel, Rock of Ages, Bat Out of Hell, Cats, Wicked and ­Fiddler on the Roof.

    Dear Evan Hansen Creative Team. Photo by Chad Kraus

    Dear Evan Hansen creative team members, from left: Benj Pasek, Steven Levenson, Alex Lacamoire, Justin Paul and Michael Greif. Photo by Chad Kraus. 


    2018-19 BROADWAY SUBSCRIPTION SEASON AT A GLANCE
    :

    • Dear Evan Hansen tour launch, Buell Theatre, Sept. 25-Oct. 13, 2018
    • Xanadu, Garner Galleria Theatre, Nov. 3, 2018-April 28, 2019
    • Come From Away, Buell Theatre, Nov. 13-25, 2018
    • A Bronx Tale, Buell Theatre, Jan. 8-20, 2019
    • The Play That Goes Wrong, Buell Theatre, March 5-17, 2019
    • Hello, Dolly! Buell Theatre, March 27-April 7, 2019
    • Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Buell Theatre, July9-28, 2019
    • Anastasia, Buell Theatre, Aug. 7-18, 2019

    ADDITIONAL NON-SUBSCRIPTION OFFERINGS:

    • Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man, Garner Galleria Theatre, July 12-Aug. 5, 2018
    • The Improvised Shakespeare Company, Garner Galleria Theatre, Sept. 13-30, 2018
    • Love Never Dies, Buell Theatre, Oct. 23-28, 2018
    • Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, Buell Theatre, Dec. 5-15, 2018
    • Cirque Eloize – Hotel, Buell Theatre, Dec. 19-23, 2018
    • Rock of Ages, Buell Theatre, Jan. 25-27, 2019
    • Bat Out of Hell, Buell Theatre, Feb. 6-17, 2019
    • Cats, Buell Theatre, April 24-28, 2019
    • Wicked, Buell Theatre, May 8-June 9, 2019
    • ­Fiddler on the Roof, Buell Theatre, June 11-16, 2019

    Please be advised that the Denver Center for the Performing Arts – denvercenter.org – is the ONLY authorized ticket provider for these productions in Denver. Ticket buyers who purchase tickets from a ticket broker, or any third party, run the risk of overpaying or potentially buying illegitimate tickets. If they do, they should be aware that the DCPA is unable to reprint or replace lost or stolen tickets and are unable to contact patrons with information regarding time changes or other pertinent updates regarding the performance. Patrons found in violation of the DCPA Ticket Purchase and Sale Terms and Policies may have ALL of their tickets canceled.

    Read more: DCPA NewsCenter interview with Michael Greif


    ABOUT THE SHOWS:
    (In alphabetical order; descriptions provided by DCPA)

      [3475]_NicoleScimecaMaryBethPeilinANASTASIAonBroadwayPhotobyMatthewMurphy2017ANASTASIA

      • Aug 7-18, 2019
      • Buell Theatre

      Inspired by the beloved films, the romantic and adventure-filled new musical Anastasia is on a journey to Denver at last. From the Tony Award-winning creators of the Broadway classic Ragtime, this dazzling show transports us from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s, as a brave young woman sets out to discover the mystery of her past. Pursued by a ruthless Soviet officer determined to silence her, Anya enlists the aid of a dashing conman and a lovable ex-aristocrat. Together, they embark on an epic adventure to help her find home, love and family. Anastasia features a book by celebrated playwright Terrence McNally, a lush new score by Stephen Flaherty (music) and Lynn Ahrens (lyrics) with direction by Tony Award-winner Darko Tresnjak. (Photo by Matthew Murphy.)


      Andrew Polec as Strat & Christina Bennington as Raven in BAT OUT OF HELL THE MUSICAL (7). Photo Credit - SpecularBAT OUT OF HELL

      • Feb 6-17, 2019
      • Buell Theatre

      The romance of rock ‘n’ roll comes alive on stage in Jim Steinman’s “Jaw-Dropping Spectacle” (London Evening Standard) Bat Out of Hell The Musical. The streets are heating up as Strat, the forever young leader of rebellious gang The Lost, falls in love with Raven, the beautiful daughter of the tyrannical ruler of post-apocalyptic Obsidian in a love story that has “changed the way musicals are staged forever” (North West End). Winner of Best Musical at the London Evening Standard Theatre Awards, this “dazzling tale of star crossed lovers” (Toronto Sun) plays The Buell February 2019. Forget everything you know about musicals and get lost in this critically-acclaimed, smash-hit theatrical spectacle. (Photo by Specular.)


      A Bronx Tale. Photo by Joan Marcus. A BRONX TALE

      • Jan 8-20, 2019
      • Buell Theatre

      Broadway’s hit crowd-pleaser takes you to the stoops of the Bronx in the 1960s — where a young man is caught between the father he loves and the mob boss he’d love to be. Bursting with high-energy dance numbers and original doo-wop tunes from the songwriter of Beauty and the Beast — Alan Menken — A Bronx Tale is an unforgettable story of loyalty and family. Academy Award winner Robert De Niro and Tony® winner Jerry Zaks direct this streetwise musical based on Academy Award nominee Chazz Palminteri’s story that The New York Times hails as “A Critics’ Pick. The kind of tale that makes you laugh and cry.” “A combination of Jersey Boys and West Side Story” (amNewYork).


      Mamie Parris as Grizabella in CATS (Photo by Matthew Murphy)CATS

      • April 24-28, 2019
      • Buell Theatre

      Cats, the record-breaking musical spectacular by Andrew Lloyd Webber that has captivated audiences in more than 30 countries and 15 languages, is now on tour across North America. Audiences and critics alike are rediscovering this beloved musical with breathtaking music, including one of the most treasured songs in musical theater—“Memory”. Winner of seven Tony Awards including Best Musical, Cats tells the story of one magical night when an extraordinary tribe of cats gathers for its annual ball to rejoice and decide which cat will be reborn. The original score by Andrew Lloyd Webber (Phantom, School of Rock, Sunset Boulevard), original scenic and costume design by John Napier (Les Misérables), all-new lighting design by Natasha Katz (Aladdin), all-new sound design by Mick Potter, new choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler (Hamilton) based on the original choreography by Gillian Lynne (Phantom) and direction by Trevor Nunn (Les Misérables) make this production a new Cats for a new generation. (Photo by Matthew Murphy.)


      6_RyanFoustinROALDDAHLSCHARLIEANDTHECHOCOLATEFACTORYPhotosbyJoanMarcus2017ROALD DAHL’S CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY

      • July 9-28, 2019
      • Buell Theatre

      Roald Dahl’s amazing tale is now Denver’s golden ticket. It’s the perfect recipe for a delectable treat: songs from the original film, including “Pure Imagination,” “The Candy Man,” and “I’ve Got a Golden Ticket,” alongside a toe-tapping and ear-tickling new score from the songwriters of Hairspray. Willy Wonka is opening his marvelous and mysterious chocolate factory...to a lucky few. That includes Charlie Bucket, whose bland life is about to burst with color and confection beyond his wildest dreams. He and four other golden ticket winners will embark on a mesmerizing joyride through a world of pure imagination. Now’s your chance to experience the wonders of Wonka like never before – get ready for Oompa-Loompas, incredible inventions, the great glass elevator and more, more, more at this everlasting showstopper. (Photo by Joan Marcus.)


      Cirque-Eloize-Hotel-200x200CIRQUE ELOIZE - HOTEL

      • Dec 19-23, 2018
      • Buell Theatre

      For its 25th anniversary, Cirque Éloize once again presents a touching, poetic, one-of-a-kind creation. Hotel is the story of a place and the travelers who come passing through it. A stopover where lives intersect, collide and juxtapose for a brief time to generate tales and memories. Acrobatics, theatre, dance and live music will draw spectators into a colorful, timeless world. Avant-garde stage design, inspired by the elegance of the great hotels, will carry the narrative. All that remains is to enter through the lobby door and get swept away by the grandeur and poetry of Hotel.


      [2]_ThecastofCOMEFROMAWAYPhotobyMatthewMurphy2016COME FROM AWAY

      • Nov 13-25, 2018
      • Buell Theatre

      The true story of the small town that welcomed the world. Broadway’s Come From Away has won Best Musical all across North America. The New York Times Critics’ Pick takes you into the heart of the remarkable true story of 7,000 stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed them. Cultures clashed and nerves ran high, but uneasiness turned into trust, music soared into the night, and gratitude grew into enduring friendships. Don’t miss this breathtaking new musical written by Tony nominees Irene Sankoff and David Hein and helmed by this year’s Tony-winning Best Director, Christopher Ashley. Newsweek cheers, “It takes you to a place you never want to leave.” On 9/11, the world stopped. On 9/12, their stories moved us all. (Photo by Matthew Murphy.)


      Dear-Evan-Hansen-200x200DEAR EVAN HANSEN
      North American tour launch of the Tony and Grammy-winning Best Musical

      • Sept. 25-Oct. 13, 2018
      • Buell Theatre

      Winner of Six 2017 Tony Awards Including Best Musical and the 2018 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album. A letter that was never meant to be seen, a lie that was never meant to be told, a life he never dreamed he could have. Evan Hansen is about to get the one thing he’s always wanted: a chance to finally fit in. Dear Evan Hansen is the deeply personal and profoundly contemporary musical about life and the way we live it. “One of the most remarkable shows in musical theater history,” says The Washington Post. Rolling Stone calls Dear Evan Hansen  “a game-changer that hits you like a shot in the heart” and NBC News says the musical is “an inspiring anthem resonating on Broadway and beyond.” Dear Evan Hansen features a book by Tony Award winner Steven Levenson, a score by Grammy, Tony and Academy Award winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (La La Land, The Greatest Showman) and direction by four-time Tony Award nominee Michael Greif (Rent, Next to Normal). Casting will be announced at a later date.


      Fiddler-on-the-Roof-200x200FIDDLER ON THE ROOF

      • Jun 11-16, 2019
      • Buell Theatre

      Audiences across North America are toasting a new production of Fiddler on the Roof. Rich with musical hits you know and love, including “Tradition,” “Sunrise, Sunset,” “If I Were A Rich Man,” “Matchmaker, Matchmaker” and "To Life (L'Chaim),” Fiddler on the Roof is the heartwarming story of fathers and daughters, husbands and wives, and life, love and laughter. Tony-winning director Bartlett Sher and the team behind South Pacific, The King and I and 2017 Tony-winning Best Play Oslo, bring a fresh and authentic vision to this beloved theatrical masterpiece from Tony winner Joseph Stein and Pulitzer Prize winners Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick. Featuring a talented cast, lavish orchestra and stunning movement and dance from Israeli choreographer Hofesh Shechter, based on the original staging by Jerome Robbins, Fiddler on the Roof will introduce a new generation to the uplifting celebration that raises its cup to joy.


      HelloDolly_Performance4_033117-398HELLO, DOLLY!

      • March 27-April 7, 2019
      • Buell Theatre

      Tony Award-winning Broadway legend Betty Buckley stars in Hello, Dolly! – the universally acclaimed smash that NPR calls “the best show of the year!” Winner of four Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival, director Jerry Zaks’ “gorgeous” new production (Vogue) is “making people crazy happy!” (The Washington Post). Breaking box office records week after week and receiving thunderous raves on Broadway, this Hello, Dolly! pays tribute to the original work of legendary director/choreographer Gower Champion – hailed both then and now as one of the greatest stagings in musical theater history. Rolling Stone calls it “a must-see event. A musical comedy dream. If you’re lucky enough to score a ticket, you’ll be seeing something historic."


      The-Improvised-Shakespeare-Company-200x200THE IMPROVISED SHAKESPEARE COMPANY

      • Sept 13-30, 2018
      • Garner Galleria Theatre

      Based on one audience suggestion (a title for a play that has yet to be written) The Improvised Shakespeare Co. creates a fully improvised Shakespearean masterpiece right before your very eyes! Each of the players has brushed up on his “thee’s” and “thou’s” to bring you an evening of off-the-cuff comedy using the language and themes of William Shakespeare. Nothing has been planned out, rehearsed, or written.  All of the dialogue is said for the first time, the characters are created as you watch, and if every you're wondering where the story is going ... so are they. The night could reveal a tragedy, comedy, or history. Each play is completely improvised, so each play is entirely new.


      LoveNeverDies-5LOVE NEVER DIES

      • Oct 23-28, 2018
      • Buell Theatre

      This story of boundless love, full of passion and drama, follows Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera, one of the most successful musicals of all time, which has now been seen by more than 130 million people worldwide and is the winner of more than 50 international awards. The ultimate love story continues in Love Never Dies, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s spellbinding sequel to The Phantom of the Opera. Love Never Dies is a dazzling new production, which takes audiences on a thrilling rollercoaster ride of intrigue, obsession and romance. Be seduced by the beautiful, sometimes magical and poetic, sometimes joyful, and occasionally melancholic score. Don’t miss this magnificent continuation of one of the world’s greatest love stories as it makes its Denver premiere.


      The Play That Goes WrongTHE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG

      • March 5-17, 2019
      • Buell Theatre

      What would happen if Sherlock Holmes and Monty Python had an illegitimate Broadway baby? You’d get The Play That Goes Wrong, Broadway and London’s award-winning smash comedy. Called “a gut-busting hit” (The New York Times) and “the funniest play Broadway has ever seen” (Huffington Post), this classic murder mystery is chockfull of mishaps and madcap mania delivering “a riotous explosion of comedy” (Daily Beast). Welcome to opening night of The Murder at Haversham Manor where things are quickly going from bad to utterly disastrous. With an unconscious leading lady, a corpse that can’t play dead and actors who trip over everything (including their lines), it’s “tons of fun for all ages” (Huffington Post) and “comic gold” (Variety).



      Rock-of-Ages-200x200ROCK OF AGES

      • Jan 25-27, 2019
      • Buell Theatre

      It’s 1987 on Hollywood’s Sunset Strip when a small-town girl meets a big city rocker.  As they fall in love in L.A.’s most famous rock club, Rock of Ages allows fans to rock out once again to their favorite ‘80s hits. Featuring the music of iconic bands such as Styx, Poison, Twisted Sister and Whitesnake among many others, this 10th Anniversary production features a dynamic new cast revisiting the larger than life characters and exhilarating story that turned Rock of Ages into a global phenomenon.


      IMG_3494_Kiss-CroppedSEX TIPS FOR STRAIGHT WOMEN FROM A GAY MAN

      • July 12-Aug. 5, 2018
      • Garner Galleria Theatre

      This romantic comedy takes the audience on a hilarious and wild ride where no topic is taboo and the insider ‘tips’ come straight from the source: a gay man.  The play is set at a local university auditorium where the English department holds its monthly meet the author’s event.  Robyn is the shy and studious moderator of the event and this month’s featured author is Dan Anderson of Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man. With the help of a hunky staged assistant named Stefan, Dan aims to turn this meet the author’s event upside down with a highly theatrical, audience interactive sex tip seminar.  Will Stefan’s muscles be used for more than moving more than heavy scenery?  Will the power of Dan’s tips prove too titillating for even Robyn to resist? As with everything at this event ... that is for Dan to know, and you to find out.



      8_IBWCIRVING BERLIN’S WHITE CHRISTMAS

      • Dec. 5-15, 2018
      • Buell Theatre

      Start this holiday season with a timeless tale of joy and good will, fill it with classic Irving Berlin songs, top it off with glorious dancing and lots of snow and head on over to The Buell Theatre to see Irving Berlin’s White Christmas. It tells the story of a song-and-dance team putting on a show in a magical Vermont inn and falling for a stunning sister act in the process. Full of dancing, laughter and some of the greatest songs ever written. Give everyone the gift they’re dreaming of with this merry and bright holiday musical.


      GinnaClaireMasonMaryKateMorrisseyinWICKED.PhotobyJoanMarcusWICKED

      • Sept. 25-Oct. 13
      • Buell Theatre

      Wicked, the Broadway sensation, looks at what happened in the Land of Oz…but from a different angle.  Long before Dorothy arrives, there is another young woman, born with emerald-green skin — smart, fiery, misunderstood and possessing an extraordinary talent. When she meets a bubbly blonde who is exceptionally popular, their initial rivalry turns into the unlikeliest of friendships…until the world decides to call one “good,” and the other one “wicked.” From the first electrifying note to the final breathtaking moment, Wicked — the untold true story of the Witches of Oz—transfixes audiences with its wildly inventive story that USA Today cheers is “a complete triumph. An original musical that will make you laugh, cry and think.” (Photo by Joan Marcus.)



      xanadu-200x200XANADU

      • Nov. 3, 2018-April 28, 2019
      • Garner Galleria Theatre

      Xanadu follows the journey of a magical and beautiful Greek muse, Kira, who descends from the heavens of Mount Olympus to Venice Beach, California in 1980 on a quest to inspire a struggling artist, Sonny, to achieve the greatest artistic creation of all time – the first roller disco. (Hey, it's 1980.) But, when Kira falls into forbidden love with the mortal Sonny, her jealous sisters take advantage of the situation, and chaos abounds. This Tony Award-nominated, hilarious, roller skating, musical adventure about following your dreams despite the limitations others set for you, rolls along to the original hit score composed by pop-rock legends, Jeff Lynne and John Farrar. Based on the Universal Pictures cult classic movie of the same title, which starred Olivia Newton-John and Gene Kelly,  Xanadu is hilarity on wheels for anyone who has ever wanted to feel inspired. Produced by DCPA Cabaret, local Xanadu auditions will be posted at a later date at denvercenter.org/about-us/careers.


      ABOUT THE DENVER CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

      The Denver Center for the Performing Arts is the largest non-profit theatre organization in the nation, presenting Broadway tours and producing theatre, cabaret, musicals, and innovative, multimedia plays. Last season the DCPA engaged with more than 1.1 million visitors, generating a $115 million economic impact in ticket sales alone.

      Follow the DCPA on social media @DenverCenter and through the Denver Center for the Performing Arts News Center.

      Save the date for the 2018/19 Denver Center for the Performing Arts Theatre Company & Off-Center announcement in early April.

      More Colorado theatre coverage on the DCPA NewsCenter

    • Study: There's a lot of Denver in Denver Center casts this fall

      by John Moore | Dec 13, 2017

      Fall Casting 800 Photos by Adams Viscom

      Survey of DCPA cast lists shows 56 percent of all available jobs this fall have gone to actors who live in Denver area 

      By John Moore
      Senior Arts Journalist

      There has been a lot of Denver at the Denver Center this fall. An analysis of cast lists for the eight shows presented since the start of September shows that 56 percent of all actors who have taken to a DCPA stage also call Denver home.

      That doesn’t even include the eight child actors who currently populate the Theatre Company’s A Christmas Carol. And when you add in all the actors who grew up in Colorado but are now based elsewhere, the number of actors with local connections jumps to 67 percent.  

      “The Colorado acting community is such a multi-talented group, and that is evident in all the amazing work featured across the entire state and on every one of our stages at the DCPA this fall,” said DCPA Director of Casting Grady Soapes.

      The survey includes all homegrown programming offered by the DCPA, totaling 73 adult actor slots. Much of the local infusion this year can be traced to Off-Center’s immersive musical The Wild Party at the Stanley Marketplace, as well as DCPA Cabaret’s newly launched musical First Date at the Galleria Theatre, both of which cast entirely local actors.

      First Date Fall Casting Photo by Emily LozowFirst Date director Ray Roderick, who is based out of New York, is responsible for the longest-running musical in Colorado Theatre history, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, also at the Galleria, as well as The Taffetas, Five Course Love and many others. And while he is always empowered to cast actors based anywhere around the country, he almost always fills his Denver cast lists with Denver actors. Why? Because he can, he says.

      (Pictured above and right: Local actors Seth Dhonau and Adriane Leigh Robinson will be taking their 'First Date' through April 22. Photo by Emily Lozow.)

      “There is no question that there is a wealth of talent here in Denver,” Roderick said. “When I work at other regional theatre centers and I choose my cast, I’m often told, 'Well what have they done on Broadway?’ I never get that here at the Denver Center. The fact is, when you are casting a show, what matters is the story, period. And we have beautiful storytellers in Denver. That they happen to live in Denver has nothing to do with their level of talent.”

      It was the Denver Center’s Jeff Hovorka who convinced then-DCPA President Randy Weeks that the first staging of the Galleria Theatre’s Always…Patsy Cline back in 1997 could be effectively cast with local actors. Melissa Swift-Sawyer and Beth Flynn made Denver musical-theatre history when their show ran for three and a half years, only to be surpassed by I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, another all-local show that opened in 2000 and became Denver’s longest-running musical by 2004.

      “The three biggest successes in the Galleria Theatre history, including Girls Only: The Secret Comedy of Women, all have had local casts,” said Hovorka, now the DCPA’s Director of Sales and Marketing for Broadway and Cabaret. “Denver always has had an incredibly strong talent base, and we are always proud to celebrate the homegrown talent we have in this city.”

      Check out the all-local cast of DCPA's First Date

      The Wild Party Director Amada Berg Wilson, also the founder of a Boulder theatre company called The Catamounts, put 15 local actors to work on Off-Center’s risky plunge into immersive musical theatre, which was attended each night by 200 live party guests.

      “Having an all-local cast is evidence that we really do have the talent right here to pull off a show like this,” said Wilson. “And I think it is great that as the Denver Center continues to experiment with immersive theatre, we are developing a base of talent right here who have the tools and the vocabulary to make this specific kind of work. We are discovering that audiences are really hungry for more of it, and now we have the people here to do it.”

      michael-fitzpatrick-leslie-ocarroll-photo-credit-adamsviscom_24874516748_oThe list of local actors working for the Denver Center this fall spans beloved veterans such as Leslie O’Carroll, who is again playing Mrs. Fezziwig in the Theatre Company’s A Christmas Carol, to first-timers such as longtime BDT Stage favorite Wayne Kennedy and Adriane Leigh Robinson, who just played Sally Bowles for the Miners Alley Playhouse’s Cabaret.

      (Leslie O'Carroll, right with 'A Christmas Carol' castmate Michael Fitzpatrick, is now the longest-tenured actor in the DCPA Theatre Company.)

      Longtime Galleria Theatre favorites Jordan Leigh and Lauren Shealy, now appearing in First Date, have built sustainable acting careers around steady work at the DCPA, including occasional crossover roles in Theatre Company productions. Shealy, headlined the Lone Tree Arts Center’s summer production of Evita that was nominated for Outstanding Musical by the Colorado Theatre Guild’s Henry Awards.

      Colorado theatre favorite Steven J. Burge, who joined the Denver Center earlier this year to play none other than God in the long-running Galleria Theatre hit An Act of God, is back in First Date, which runs through April 22. This is a job, Burge says, “that I would not quit even if I won the lottery, because I love it so much.”

      Each May, the Denver Center holds three days of “general auditions” that are open to local actors to sign up for. This year a record 100 union and 275 non-union actors participated, directly resulting in many of the fall hirings.

      Many of the Denver Center’s current crop of actors have tentacles that reach throughout the Colorado theatre community from Creede Repertory Theatre (Diana Dresser and Emily Van Fleet) to Phamaly Theatre Company (Leonard E. Barrett), which exists to create performance opportunities for actors with disabilities.

      Michael Bouchard and Luke Sorge, the two actors playing David in Off-Center’s The SantaLand Diaries, are both company members with the Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company, which was co-founded by occasional DCPA Theatre Company actor and Director Stephen Weitz.  

      The Theatre Company’s season-opening production of Macbeth included local playwright Steven Cole Hughes, also a longtime Teaching artist for DCPA Education and graduate of the Denver Center’s National Theatre Conservatory. Robert O’Hara’s cast was a Denver Center reunion of sorts that also brought home Colorado natives Gareth Saxe, Erik Kochenberger and Skyler Gallun.

      Skyler GallunSaxe, a graduate of Colorado College and Denver East High School, played Scar for two years on Broadway in Disney’s The Lion King, but his DCPA Theatre Company roots go back to Cyrano de Bergerac in 2001. Kochenberger also graduated from East High School — but his was in Pueblo. Gallun, who previously appeared in Lord of the Flies, led a talkback with students from his alma mater, George Washington High School, after one Macbeth matinee (pictured at right by John Moore).

      DCPA Education head of acting Timothy McCracken, who has recently performed with both BETC (Outside Mullingar) and Local Theatre company (The Firestorm), landed this fall in both the Theatre Company’s Smart People and A Christmas Carol. His Smart People co-star Jason Veasey graduated from Coronado High School in Colorado Springs and the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley. His many past local credits include playing Jesus in Town Hall Arts Center’s Godspell.

      More Colorado theatre coverage on the DCPA NewsCenter

      This fall also has brought the launch of DCPA Education’s new Theatre for Young Audiences program. The three-person cast of The Snowy Day who performed Ezra Jack Keats’ beloved story for 19,000 pre-kindergarten through third-graders included longtime DCPA Teaching Artist Rachel Kae Taylor (also an NTC grad with three Theatre Company credits) and Robert Lee Hardy, who was recently seen in Vintage Theatre’s A Time to Kill In Aurora.  

      finalpdheadshots0005-web“This has been an exciting year not only for the local actors but for myself and the DCPA,” Soapes (pictured right) said of his local casting. “The dedication this organization has made to further highlighting the talent we have here in Denver has also deepened our appreciation for the artists who are working hard every day to entertain our audiences —  my hat goes off to them,” he said.

      Soapes said his top priority always will be to cast the best person for every role, regardless of ZIP code.

      “We here at the DCPA are excited to continue to tap further into the local talent pool, open our doors wider and show the entire industry why Denver is a destination for quality theatre,” Soapes said.

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

      Grady Soapes Quote


      Denver Center Fall 2017 Casting:

      Macbeth: 17 actor jobs
      Actors living in Colorado:

      • Steven Cole Hughes as Doctor of the Psychic/Ensemble)

      Actors from Colorado:

      • Skyler Gallun as Donalbain/Ensemble
      • Erik Kochenberger as Hecate Two/Ensemble
      • Gareth Saxe as Duncan/Ensemble)


      'A Snowy Day. Rachel Kae Taylor, Robert Lee Hardy. Zak Reynolds. Photo by Adams Viscom.The Snowy Day:
      Three actor jobs

      Actors living in Colorado:

      • Rachel Kae Taylor as Archie, Amy, Mom and others
      • Robert Lee Hardy as Peter

      Smart People: Four actor jobs
      Actors living in Colorado:

      • Timothy McCracken
      Actors from Colorado:
      • Jason Veasey

      The Wild Party: 15 actor jobs
      Actors living in Colorado:

      • Brett Ambler as Gold
      • Leonard Barrett Jr. as Oscar D’Armano
      • Allison Caw as Sally
      • Laurence Curry as Black
      • Diana Dresser as Miss Madelaine True
      • Katie Drinkard as Mae
      • Trent Hines as Phil D’Armano
      • Drew Horwitz as Burrs
      • Wayne Kennedy as Goldberg
      • Sheryl McCallum as Dolores
      • Jenna Moll Reyes as Nadine
      • Marco Robinson as Eddie Mackrel
      • Emily Van Fleet as Queenie
      • Aaron Vega as Jackie
      • Erin Willis as Kate

      Girls Only: The Secret Comedy of Women: Three actor jobs
      Actors living in Colorado:

      • Barbara Gehring
      • Linda Klein
      • Amie MacKenzie

      A Christmas Carol (through Dec. 24): 21 adult actor jobs; eight youth jobs
      Actors living in Colorado:

      • Sam Gregory as Ebenezer Scrooge
      • Chas Lederer as Swing
      • Kyra Lindsay as Martha Cratchit/Ensemble
      • Chloe McLeod as Swing
      • Timothy McCracken as Ebenezer Scrooge understudy
      • Leslie O’Carroll as Mrs. Fezziwig/Ensemble
      • Jeffrey Roark as Jacob Marley/Ensemble
      • Shannan Steele as Ensemble
      • Marco Robinson as Ensemble

      A Michael Bouchard 800The SantaLand Diaries (through Dec. 24): Two actor jobs
      Actors living in Colorado:

      • Michael Bouchard as David
      • Luke Sorge as David understudy
      First Date (through April 22): Eight actor jobs

      Actors living in Colorado:

      • Adriane Leigh Robinson as Casey
      • Seth Dhonau as Aaron
      • Steven J. Burge as Man 1
      • Aaron Vega as Man 2 (Nov. 11-Dec. 3)
      • Jordan Leigh as Man 2 (Dec. 5-April 22)
      • Lauren Shealy as Woman 1
      • Barret Harper as Male Understudy
      • Cashelle Butler as Female Understudy
    • 2017 True West Award: Emily Van Fleet

      by John Moore | Dec 08, 2017
      Emily Van Fleet True West Award 2017

      2017 TRUE WEST AWARDS  

      Day 8: Emily Van Fleet

      Arvada Center
      Creede Repertory Theatre
      DCPA's Off-Center

      By John Moore
      Senior Arts Journalist

      Denver actor Emily Van Fleet was a shape-shifter in 2017. She played a hillbilly wannabe starlet stranded in a snowstorm. She played a soaking wet corpse in a bathtub. She played a Hungarian lonely heart. She played a coy minister’s daughter. She was an improv comedian. Her stories spanned the globe from 1912 to 1956. Apparently she can play anyone, anywhere, in any time period.

      But once in a great, lucky while, you get to witness an actor killing it so hard in a particular role, you just know they will never be looked at the same way again.

      A Emily Van Fleet The Wild Party Adams Viscom 400 That was watching Van Fleet play a self-destructive showgirl in Off-Center’s very wild The Wild Party, a debauched musical drama based on a 1928 narrative poem by Joseph Moncure March and staged under The Hanger at Stanley Marketplace with a cast of 15, a live band and 200 audience members doubling as in-your-lap party guests.

      (Photo at right of Emily Van Fleet in 'The Wild Party' by Adams Viscom.)

      Van Fleet played the hostess Queenie, and she was regal. It was an absorbing and undeniably seductive performance that demanded Van Fleet’s complete immersion into a role that, on paper, director Amanda Berg Wilson said, frankly didn’t give the actor all that much to work with.

      “That character is actually a trope,” Wilson said, “and yet Emily somehow managed to make a not-terribly developed character fully dimensional, heartbreaking, vulnerable and sexy. And to do that in such an intimate space is a really tricky thing to pull off.”

      Van Fleet is a Boulder native who graduated from Fairview High School and the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley. She has been a company member with the Creede Repertory Theatre for five summers. Last year, she was chosen to be among the inaugural class of actors in the Arvada Center’s new repertory company. So, she’s actually been killing it for quite some time.

      Last winter, in fact, she killed it as a woman who already had been killed in the Arvada Center’s exquisite staging of The Drowning Girls, which posed an entirely different kind of acting challenge.  

      A Emily Van Fleet She Loves Me Creede. Photo by John Gary BrownThe Drowning Girls tells how three wives of serial killer George Joseph Smith met their watery demise between 1912 and 1914. The stories are told by three actors who must play the wives (and every other relevant character) with great narrative and physical precision, and Van Fleet, Kate Gleason and Jessica Robblee executed the challenge with complete (sorry) fluidity. It’s not easy to act while sopping wet but, as Westword’s Juliet Wittman put it, the three actors committed to it with gusto.

      “The trick for all three of them was to be both choral and incredibly specific and unique in their performances, and I think Emily was brilliant in both regards,” Director Lynne Collins said. “She played a hunchbacked old landlady so precisely, you could almost feel the curvature of her spine and the arthritis in her hands. And two seconds later, she was back to being lovely young Alice. To be that specific and clear in all your characters is incredibly difficult to do.”

      (Photo at right of Emily Van Fleet in Creede Repertory Theatre's 'Arsenic and Old Lace' by John Gary Brown.)

      Just as impressive, one might say, was her performance in Bus Stop as Cherie, the doe-eyed role made famous by Marilyn Monroe in the 1956 film. Van Fleet’s take on the profoundly innocent woman was virtually unrecognizable from Monroe’s take in the famous film.

      More Colorado theatre coverage on the DCPA NewsCenter

      Van Fleet glides easily from light musicals to romantic comedies to dramas with uncommon ease. But there was something fundamentally “next level” about her star-making turn in The Wild Party. Van Fleet stripped everything from her inhibitions to her clothes while hosting a corker of a party fueled by cocaine, bathtub gin and uninhibited sex.   

      “Queenie is a sexually ambitious, morally dubious, low-rent vaudeville performer who is promiscuous and probably an alcoholic,” Wilson said. “And through the course of the play she falls in love and consummates that love right then and there — with a man who is not her husband. Emily somehow kept that up for two hours in very close proximity to the audience — and that requires a level of being present that not every actor has. That’s what I think made it such an amazing performance.”

      A Emily Van Fleet I Mackers Creede Repertory Theatre Photo by John Moore 800Off-stage, Van Fleet and her husband, Nathan Jones, wrote an ingenious modern adaptation of Macbeth that was performed by and for teens last summer in Creede, located 250 miles southwest of Denver in Mineral County I, Mac(kers) uses spoken word and cell phones to tell the story of an aspiring but morally compromised high-school thespian who succumbs to the temptation of social media, technology and cyberbullying to fuel his ambition by spreading rumors and manipulating his fellow students.

      (Photo at right: Audiences greet the teen cast of Creede Repertory Theatre’s youth production of 'I, Mac(kers)' after a performance. Photo by John Moore.)

      “Emily Van Fleet is a magical unicorn,” said Creede Rep Artistic Director Jessica Jackson. “Yes, she’s an incredible actor and musician, but Creede audiences also get to experience her as this passionate community member and leader in our company as well. And in some unquantifiable way, that makes what she does on stage even more compelling.”

      And she’s finishing the busiest year of her life by performing in the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra's Yuletide Celebration.

      There’s a simple reason Van Fleet is enjoying the level of success she attained in 2017, said Collins. She’s earned it.

      “She hit her stride in every area of her work this year," Collins said, “and she works harder than any other actor I know.”

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


      A Emily Van Fleet The Drowning Girls M. Gale Photography 800

      From left: Emily Van Fleet, Kate Gleason and Jessica Robblee in the Arvada Center's 'The Drowning Girls.' M. Gale Photography 

      Emily Van Fleet 2017

      • Cherie, Arvada Center’s Bus Stop
      • Alice, Arvada Center’s The Drowning Girls
      • Amalia, Creede Repertory Theatre’s She Loves Me
      • Elaine, Creede Repertory Theatre’s Arsenic and Old Lace
      • Performer, Creede Repertory Theatre’s Boomtown
      • Director and Playwright, Creede Repertory Theatre’s youth production of I, Mac(kers)
      • Queenie, Off-Center’s The Wild Party

      ABOUT THE TRUE WEST AWARDS: '30 DAYS, 30 BOUQUETS'
      The True West Awards, now in their 17th year, began as the Denver Post Ovation Awards in 2001. DCPA Senior Arts Journalist John Moore — along with additional voices from around the state — celebrate the entire local theatre community by recognizing 30 achievements from 2017 over 30 days, without categories or nominations. Moore was named one of the 12 most influential theater critics in the U.S by American Theatre Magazine in 2011. He has since taken a groundbreaking position as the Denver Center's Senior Arts Journalist. His daily coverage of the DCPA and the Colorado theatre community can be found at MyDenverCenter.Org

      A look back at the history of the True West Awards

      The 2017 True West Awards

      Video bonus: Emily Van Fleet talks The Wild Party

    • November promises to be a 'Disaster' on at least one area stage

      by John Moore | Nov 01, 2017

      From left: Peter Henry Bussian, Adeline Mann and Erik Fellenstein in Local Theater Company's 'The Rape of the Sabine Women,' playing through Nov. 19 in Boulder. Photo by George Lange.

      Curious goes to war over a photograph, monthly cabaret at the Aurora Fox, and The Edge makes a final Resolution

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


      By John Moore
      Senior Arts Journalist

      Five intriguing titles for November:

      NUMBER 1November Disaster Disaster! The Musical! This silly new Broadway musical farce has adventurous fun at the expense of disaster films such as Earthquake, Jaws and The Poseidon Adventure. It's 1979, and New York's A-listers are lining up for the opening of a floating casino and discotheque. B-listers include a fading disco star, a nightclub singer with 11-year-old twins, a pair of wild and crazy guys and a nun with a gambling addiction.The score includes familiar pop tunes of the era including "Knock on Wood," "Hooked on a Feeling" and "I Am Woman." Written by Seth Rudetsky and Jack Plotnick. The evening grows more giddily ridiculous with every scene. Presented Nov. 10-Dec. 2 by Equinox Theatre Company at the Bug Theatre, 3654 Navajo St., 720-984-0781 or equinox’s home page

      NUMBER 2Body of an American. Dan O'Brien's provocative new play, presented by Curious Theatre Company, speaks to a moment in recent history when the single, stark photograph of the body of an American being dragged from the wreck of a Blackhawk through the streets of Mogadishu reshaped the course of global events. O’Brien explores the ethical and personal consequences of this lone image and how it shines a light on deeply personal issues that are relevant to our time and culture. Nov. 4-Dec. 9: at 1080 Acoma St., 303-623-0524 or curioustheatre.org

      NUMBER 3Flowers in the Desert. And Toto Too, the only Colorado company dedicated exclusively to presenting new works by female playwrights, next presents Donna Hoke's story of a married couple who call it quits after 14 years. Cheater Joe is surprised when, three years later, Britt asks him to try again. But he goes along — until he realizes his ex-wife has a very specific agenda. Starring Libby Arnold and Michael Kennedy. Produced in partnership with the Denver Center at  The Commons on Champa, 1245 Champa St, 720-583-3975 or andtototoo.org.

      NUMBER 4Denver DollsAurora Fox monthly cabaret series. The Aurora Fox's continuing series of monthly cabaret offerings in its smaller studio theatre continues with The Denver Dolls presenting their USO/Andrews Sisters tribute, performed in the style of The Manhattan Transfer. The Dolls are led by frequent DCPA performer Heather Lacy. Nov. 17-18 at 9900 E. Colfax Ave., Aurora, 303-739-1970 or aurora fox.org

      NUMBER 5Resolutions. It's the end of an era for The Edge Theatre Company, which is going into a period of hibernation after the presentation of this world-premiere holiday play by Denver playwright Josh Hartwell, described as  "unique, hilarious, edgy, and terrifying." For the past eight years, three middle-aged couples have gathered, post-Christmas, at a plush, cozy Vail cabin. They exchange white-elephant gifts, make resolutions for the upcoming year and. of course, down a few cocktails.  But this year, something has changed.  Relationships have evolved, and an unexpected guest is an all-too familiar face. Resolutions plays Dec. 1-31 at 1560 Teller St., Lakewood, 303-232-0363 or theedgetheater.com. Benchmark Theatre will continue to present programming in The Edge's boutique theatre starting in 2018.

      Breakin Convention

      THIS MONTH'S THEATRE OPENINGS IN COLORADO:

      (Submit your listings to jmoore@dcpa.org)

      Cline and WynetteNov. 2-18: And Toto Too 's Flowers in the Desert
      At The Commons on Champa, 1245 Champa St, 720-583-3975 or andtototoo.org

      Nov. 3-Dec. 17: Vintage Theatre Productions' Honeymoon In Vegas
      1468 Dayton St., Aurora, 303-839-1361 or vintagetheatre.com

      Nov. 3-18: Cline and Wynette: One More For the Road featuring Chris Whyde and Darren Bell
      At Gladys: The Nosy Neighbor, 500 Santa Fe Drive, 303-893-6112 (tickets available at the door only)

      Nov 4-5: DCPA Broadway’s Breakin’ Convention 2017
      Buell Theatre, 14th and Curtis streets, 303-893-4100 or denvercenter.org READ MORE



      Nov. 4-Dec. 9: Curious Theatre's Body of an American (see video above)
      1080 Acoma St., 303-623-0524 or curioustheatre.org 

      Nov. 9-Dec. 10: Cherry Creek Theatre's Beau Jest
      At the Mizel Arts and Culture Center, 350 S. Dahlia St., Denver, 303-800-6578 or cherry creek theatre’s home page

      November DCPA. RentNov. 9-19: Lone Tree Arts Center's Love Letters starring Candy Brown and Mark Rubald
      10075 Commons St., just west of Interstate 25 and Lincoln Avenue, 720-509-1000, lone tree’s home page

      Nov. 9-26: Millibo Art Theatre's The Accidental Death of an Anarchist
      1626 S. Tejon St., Colorado Springs, 719-465-6321 or themat.org

      Nov. 10-Dec. 2: Equinox Theatre Company's Disaster!
      At the Bug Theatre, 3654 Navajo St., 720-984-0781 or equinox’s home page

      Nov. 10-19: Longmont Theatre Comany's Becky’s New Car
      513 Main St., Longmont, 303-772-5200 or longmonttheatre.org

      Nov. 10-Dec. 30: Town Hall Arts Center's Seussical
      2450 W. Main St., Littleton, 303-794-2787 or townhallartscenter.com

      Nov. 11, 2017-April 22, 2018: DCPA Cabaret’s First Date
      Garner Galleria Theatre, 14th and Curtis streets, 303-893-4100 or denvercenter.org READ MORE

      Nov. 14-19: National touring production of Rent 20th Anniversary Tour
      Buell Theatre, 14th and Curtis streets, 303-893-4100 or denvercenter.org

      Nov. 14-19: Fivers Inc.'s Dinner at Five
      PACE Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Ave., Parker, 303-805-6800 or parkerarts.org

      Candlelight Beauty Best Nov. 16-Feb. 14: Candlelight Dinner Playhouse's Beauty and the Beast
      4747 Marketplace Drive, Johnstown, 970-744-3747 or coloradocandlelight.com

      Nov. 17-Dec. 23: Arvada Center's Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
      6901 Wadsworth Blvd., 720-898-7200 or arvadacenter.org

      Nov. 17-Dec. 31: Midtown Arts Center's A Christmas Story
      3750 S. Mason St, Fort Collins, 970-225-2555 or midtownartscenter.com

      Nov. 18-Dec.17: Bas Bleu Theatre's Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
      401 Pine St., Fort Collins, 970-498-8949 or basbleu.org

      Nov. 18-Feb. 24: BDT Stage's Annie
      5501 Arapahoe Ave., 303-449-6000 or bdtstage.com

      Nov. 24-Dec. 24: Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company and DCPA Off-Center's The SantaLand Diaries
      Jones Theatre, 14th and Curtis streets, 303-893-4100 or denvercenter.org

      Nov. 24-Dec. 24: DCPA Theatre Company's A Christmas Carol
      Stage Theatre, 14th and Curtis streets, 303-893-4100 or denvercenter.org




      Nov. 24-Dec. 23: Aurora Fox's Hi-Hat Hattie (see video above)
      9900 E. Colfax Ave., Aurora, 303-739-1970 or aurorafox.org READ MORE

      Nov. 24-Dec. 24: The Avenue Theater's Santa’s Big Red Sack
      417 E. 17th Ave., 303-321-5925 or avenuetheater.com

      Nov. 24-Dec. 23: Miners Alley Playhouse's A Christmas Carol
      1224 Washington St., Golden, 303-935-3044 or minersalley.com

      Nov. 24-Dec. 17: Lake Dillon Theatre Company's Murder for Two
      Silverthorne Performing Arts Center, 460 Blue River Pkwy, 970-513-9386 or lakedillontheatre.org

      Nov. 24-Dec. 30: Thin Air Theatre Company's Angel of the Christmas Mine
      Butte Theatre, 139 E. Bennett Ave., Cripple Creek, 719-689-3247 or thinairtheatre.com

      Nov. 25-Dec. 23: Miners Alley Playhouse's The Story of the Nutcracker (children’s)
      1224 Washington St., Golden, 303-935-3044 or minersalley.com

      Nov. 25, 2017-Jan. 14, 2018: Vintage Theatre Productions' Red
      1468 Dayton St., Aurora, 303-839-1361 or vintagetheatre.com

      Nov. 25-Dec. 23, 2017: Firehouse Theater Company’s The Miracle Worker
      John Hand Theatre, 7653 E. 1st Place, 303-562-3232 or firehousetheatercompany.com 

      Nov. 28-Dec. 3: National touring production of Chicago
      Buell Theatre, 14th and Curtis streets, 303-893-4100 or denvercenter.org

      Nov. 30-Dec. 23: TheatreWorks' The SantaLand Diaries
      At the Bon Vivant Theatre, 3955 Regent Circle, Colorado Springs, 719-255-3232 or theatreworkscs.org

      Dec. 1-31: Edge Theatre Company's Resolutions
      1560 Teller St., Lakewood, 303-232-0363 or theedgetheater.com

      Dec. 1-9: StageDoor Theatre's Cinderella
      27357 Conifer Road, Conifer, 303-886-2819 or stagedoortheatre.org

      Dec. 1-30: Jesters Dinner Theatre's Scrooge, Bah Humbug!
      224 Main St., Longmont, 303-682-9980 or jesterstheatre.com

      CONTINUING CURRENT PRODUCTIONS:

      Through Nov. 4: Coal Creek Theatre's Shining City
      At the Louisville Center for the Arts, 801 Grant St., 303-665-0955 or cctlouisville.org

      Through Nov. 4: Phamaly Theatre Company's Vox Phamilia
      At Community College of Aurora, Fine Arts Building, 16000 E. CentreTech Parkway, Aurora, 303-340-7529 or brownpapertickets.com

      Through Nov. 4: Iron Springs Chateau's Rocky Horror Picture Show
      444 Ruxton Ave., Manitou Springs, 719-685-5104 or ironspringschateau.com


      Through Nov. 5: The Edge Theater Company's A Delicate Balance (see video above)
      1560 Teller St., Lakewood, 303-232-0363 or theedgetheater.com READ MORE

      Through Nov. 5: TheatreWorks' Wild Honey
      At the Bon Vivant Theatre, 3955 Regent Circle, Colorado Springs, 719-255-3232 or theatreworkscs.org

      Through Nov. 5: Candlelight Dinner Playhouse's The Music Man
      4747 Marketplace Drive, Johnstown, 970-744-3747 or coloradocandlelight.com

      Through Nov. 10: Denver's Dangerous Theatre's The Vagrant 2011 REVIEW
      2620 W. 2nd Ave, No. 1, Denver, 720-989-1764 or dangeroustheatre.com




      John Hauser. SpotlightThrough Nov. 11: BDT Stage's Rock of Ages (see video above)
      5501 Arapahoe Ave., 303-449-6000 or bdtstage.com READ MORE

      Through Nov. 11: Lowry's Spotlight Theatre and Theatre Or's Buyer & Cellar

      At the John Hand Theatre, 7653 E. First Place, 720-880-8727 or thisisspotlight.com

      Through Nov. 11: Denver's Dangerous Theatre's Medea
      2620 W. 2nd Ave, No. 1, Denver, 720-989-1764 or dangeroustheatre.com


       

      Through Nov. 11: Midtown Arts Center's Once
      3750 S. Mason St, Fort Collins, 970-225-2555 or midtownartscenter.com READ MORE

      Through Nov. 12: Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company's Birds of North America
      Dairy Center for the Arts, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder, 303-440-7826 or boulderensembletheatre.org READ MORE

      Through Nov. 12: Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College's Bunnicula  (children's)
      30 W. Dale St., Colorado Springs, 719-634-5581 or csfineartscenter.org

      Explorers ClubThrough Nov. 12: Evergreen Players' The Explorers Club
      At Center/Stage, 27608 Fireweed Drive, 303-674-4934 or evergreenplayers.org

      Through Nov. 18: Arvada Center's The Foreigner (black-box theatre)
      6901 Wadsworth Blvd., 720-898-7200 or arvadacenter.org

      Through Nov 18: DCPA Educaton and Theatre Company's The Snowy Day (children's) Conservatory Theatre, 14th and Curtis streets, 303-893-4100 or denvercenter.org READ MORE

      Through Nov. 18: Buntport Theater's Edgar Allan Poe Is Dead and So Is My Cat
      717 Lipan St., 720-946-1388 or buntport.com

      Through Nov. 18: Theater Company of Lafayette’s Return to the Twilight Zone, a Parody
      At the Mary Miller Theater, 300 E. Simpson, 720-209-2154 or tclstage.org




      Through Nov. 19: Local Theater Company's The Rape of the Sabine Women, by Grace B. Matthias
      At The Dairy Center, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder, 720-379-4470 or localtheatercompany.org READ MORE

      Through Nov. 19: DCPA Theatre Company's Smart People
      Ricketson Theatre, 14th and Curtis streets, 303-893-4100 or denvercenter.org READ MORE

      Through Nov. 25: OpenStage's Monty Python's Spamalot
      Lincoln Center, 417 W. Magnolia St., Fort Collins, 970-484-5237 or openstagetheatre.org

      Through Nov. 26: Jesters Dinner Theatre's Legally Blonde, The Musical
      224 Main St., Longmont, 303-682-9980 or jesterstheatre.com

      Through Dec. 17: Anansi: The Itsy BiTSY Spider Stories
      1137 S. Huron St., 720-328-5294 or bitsystage.com

      Through Dec. 29: Arvada Center's A Year With Frog and Toad (children’s) 
      6901 Wadsworth Blvd., 720-898-7200 or arvadacenter.org

      Through Dec. 31: Avenue Theater's Comedy Sportz (late nights through December)
      417 E. 17th Ave., 303-321-5925 or avenuetheater.com READ MORE

      Through May 2018: Buntport Theater's Siren Song (ongoing children's series, second Saturdays of every month)
      717 Lipan St., 720-946-1388 or buntport.com

      Edgar Allan Poe. Buntport
      Photo courtesy Buntport Theater.

      ONGOING, MONTHLY or ONE-TIME PROGRAMMING:

      ADAMS MYSTERY PLAYHOUSE

      AURORA FOX ARTS CENTER

      • Nov. 17-18: The Denver Dolls’ USO/Andrews Sisters tribute

      Studio Theatre, 9900 E. Colfax Ave., Aurora, 303-739-1970 or aurora fox.org

      BRECKENRIDGE BACKSTAGE THEATRE

      • Nov. 24 and 25: Wine and Song: A Broadway Cabaret

      Breckenridge, 970-453-0199 or backstagetheatre.org

      BUNTPORT THEATRE
      • Wednesday, Nov. 15: The Narrators (a monthly live storytelling show and podcast)
      • Tuesday, Nov. 21: The Great Debate (monthly)
      CHERRY CREEK THEATRE
      • Nov 17: O, Beautiful, with the Denver Philharmonic Orchestra
      At the Central Presbyterian Church, 1660 Sherman St., 303-800-6578 or cherry creek theatre’s home page

      COLORADO SPRINGS FINE ARTS CENTER AT COLORADO COLLEGE
      • Nov. 3: An Evening with Tom Papa
      30 W. Dale St., Colorado Springs, 719-634-5581 or csfineartscenter.org

      DENVER ACTORS FUND
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      • Sunday, Nov. 19: Screening of the film Gone With the Wind, with live pre-screening entertainment from Anna Maria High, star of the Aurora Fox's upcoming  upcoming stage production of the stage musical Hi-Hat Hattie. Entertainment 5:30 p.m.; film at 6.
      At Alamo Drafthouse Sloans Lake. drafthouse.com

      LAKE DILLON THEATRE COMPANY

      • Nov. 10-11: Cabaret Series: Broadway Now and Then
        Featuring Kelly Renoux, Belen Moyano, Andrew Tebo and Jeffery Hyman. Musical Director: Drew Nichols
      Silverthorne Performing Arts Center, 460 Blue River Pkwy, 970-513-9386 or lakedillontheatre.org
         
      THE SOURCE THEATRE COMPANY
      • Every third Monday: Monday! Monday! Monday! Cabaret
      At Su Teatro Performing Arts Center, 721 Santa Fe Drive, 720-238-1323 or thesourcedenver.org 

      STORIES ON STAGE
      • Saturday, Nov. 11: On the Couch (1:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. at Su Teatro, 721 Santa Fe Drive, 303-494-0523 or storiesonstage.org)
      Stories on Stage has renowned actors bring stories to life by combining literature with theater. This month, Betty Hart reads from The Whole Truth, by Stephen McCauley; Jim Hunt reads from Steve Almond's Donkey Greedy, Donkey Gets Punched; Emily Paton Davies reads from Amy Bloom's Psychoanalysis.
    • Video: Adam Poss on a man playing Lady Macbeth

      by John Moore | Sep 17, 2017

      'I think a lot of women (who play Lady Macbeth) have to bring this masculine energy to it. But because I am a man with that masculine energy (my job is) to find what that feminine energy is," Adam Poss says of his role as Lady M  for the DCPA Theatre Company. Video by John Moore and David Lenk for the DCPA NewsCenter.


      'When you see someone like me playing Macbeth, already you are getting a different energy, look and feel.'


      By John Moore
      Senior Arts Journalist

      In one way, Director Robert O’Hara is telling the tale of Macbeth just as Shakespeare did — with an all-male cast. Not that anyone will mistake O’Hara’s staging with anything resembling Shakespeare as it was presented in Jacobean times.

      O'Hara is telling the tale for the DCPA Theatre Company from the point of view of a coven of shamanic warlocks. In his world, these warlocks are getting together years after the actual story and are now performing Macbeth as a kind of passion play. So the storytellers are all necessarily male.

      Adam Poss. Macbeth. But Adam Poss, the acclaimed Chicago actor playing Lady Macbeth, believes the female voice will come through loud and clear through this unusual telling, which he says is at once both historic and futuristic. "It's a great combination of old and new, and we're going to freak people out a little bit," he said with a laugh. 

      The strongest women of the time were polar opposites and deadly rivals, Poss said: "You have Queen Elizabeth and Mary Queen of Scots and they both represented very different ideas of who women were. Queen Elizabeth was the virgin and Mary Queen of Scots was  bloodthirsty." Lady Macbeth was more of the latter, clawing her way to a place of power in the only way a woman could: Through her husband. "She could not be out there fighting, and taking on a kinship on her own," Poss said, "But she can make  things happen in her own way behind the scenes."

      More Colorado theatre coverage on the DCPA NewsCenter

      Poss said it will be both useful and relevant for a contemporary audience to see the story with women and witches who have facial hair. 

      "I think as we move forward, things are less binary in terms of what it means to be a man and a woman," he said. "Just because this is a company of men does not mean that there cannot be intimacy between men.

      "At its heart, yes, Macbeth  is a play about ambition and being bloodthirsty and taking people on to achieve what you want. But it’s also about a marriage, and a husband and wife doesn’t necessarily have to be a man and a woman. There can be partnerships between men that have love and care and tenderness but also violence and aggression and manipulation. That’s just human."  

      Adam Poss. Macbeth. Photo by John Moore.
      Adam Poss with his castmates at the first rehearsal for 'Macbeth.' Photo by John Moore for the DCPA NewsCenter


      Adam Poss: At a glance

      At the Denver Center: Debut. Other regional credits: Macbeth (Actor’s Theatre of Louisville), 2666, Teddy Ferrara, A Christmas Carol, The Magic Play, The Solid Sand Below (Goodman Theatre), Lot’s Wife (Kansas City Rep), The North Pool, The Lake Effect (TheatreWorks, Palo Alto) Other credits: 1984, Animals Out of Paper (Steppenwolf Theatre), The History Boys (Studio Theatre, D.C.). Oedipus el Rey, Queen (Victory Gardens Theater); The Lake Effect, Scorched (Silk Road Rising); The Beats (16th Street Theater). Television: Shameless, Empire, Chicago Med, Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, Crisis, The Chicago Code, The Mob Doctor. Film: The Middle Distance, The Drunk, The King of URLS, Speed Dating.

      Macbeth: Ticket information
      Macbeth_seasonlineup_200x200At a glance: Forget what you know about Shakespeare’s brutal tragedy. Director Robert O’Hara breathes new life (and death) into this raw reimagining for the grand reopening of The Space Theatre. To get what he wants, Macbeth will let nothing stand in his way – not the lives of others or his own well-being. As his obsession takes command of his humanity and his sanity, the death toll rises and his suspicions mount. This ambitious reinvention reminds us that no matter what fate is foretold, the man that chooses to kill must suffer the consequences.

      • Presented by the DCPA Theatre Company
      • First performance Sept. 15, through Oct. 29
      • Space 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
      Macbeth: Previous DCPA NewsCenter coverage
      Video: Ariel Shafir on the young new warrior face of Macbeth
      The masculinity of Macbeth
      Macbeth
      at a time when everything is shifting Cast announced for Robert O’Hara’s reimagined Macbeth
      Video, photos: Our coverage of the Space Theatre opening

      Making of Macbeth: Full photo gallery:

      Making of 'Macbeth'

      Photos from the making of Robert O'Hara's 'Macbeth' for the DCPA Theatre Company. To see more, hover your cursor over the image above and click the forward arrow that appears. Photos by John Moore for the DCPA NewsCenter.
    • Video: Ariel Shafir on the new warrior face of 'Macbeth'

      by John Moore | Sep 12, 2017

      'We're getting a taste of where theatre has evolved, and Robert O'Hara is at the finger's edge of all this," Ariel Shafir says of his 'Macbeth' director. Video by John Moore and David Lenk for the DCPA NewsCenter.


      'When you see someone like me playing Macbeth, already you are getting a different energy, look and feel.'


      By John Moore
      Senior Arts Journalist

      Actor Ariel Shafir is well aware that when most people imagine the face of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, they likely conjure a face like, say, Patrick Stewart’s or Kelsey Grammer’s as the great killer Scot. “It’s usually some 60-year-old, very WASPy looking guy,” Shafir said with a laugh.

      Ariel ShafirBut nevertheless, the decidedly younger Shafir is preparing to play the iconic embodiment of bloodthirsty ambition for the DCPA Theatre Company. And he thinks he’s just right for the role.

      “Macbeth is not one of these old generals in some back room,” Shafir said. “He’s on the battlefield. He’s the greatest warrior they have. So when you see someone like me playing Macbeth, you can see how far we are veering from the typical playbook. Already you are getting a different energy, a different look, a different feel for Macbeth.”

      Director Robert O’Hara is telling the tale of Macbeth from the point of view of a coven of shamanic warlocks. In his world, these warlocks are getting together years later and performing the story of Macbeth as a kind of passion play.

      There are purists who believe Shakespeare should not be tinkered with, even in concept. Shafir challenges that notion. “It is important to note that this is going to be the exact text Shakespeare wrote,” Shafir said. “But instead of relying on the template of productions past, I think Robert is actually probing deeper into the script and striking much closer to the heart of Shakespeare’s actual play.

       “We are delving into some of the darkest shadows of human psychology, and I think I directors sometimes tiptoe that line. But not Robert. There are so many things in our production that many others don’t ever deal with. There are just so many things about our own shadow selves that we need to embrace, and I think we do.”

      Ariel Shafir. Photo by John MooreThere’s a reason Macbeth remains a popular story after 400 years. Shafir says it’s the same reason we love Halloween and horror movies.

      “What is this darkness in ourselves that we need to embrace in the nighttime so that we can go out and be productive in the daylight hours?” he said.

      “This play is reaching forward in time and, at the same time, reaching back. There will be an interesting tension between the classic Jacobean style, while also having this completely futuristic feel as well. There are so many parts of this play that I think will be illuminated for the first time for people.”

      More Colorado theatre coverage on the DCPA NewsCenter

      Ariel Shafir: At a glance
      At the Denver Center: Debut. Other regional credits: John Proctor in The Crucible (Playmakers Rep), Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet (Chicago Shakespeare), Axel Fersen in Marie Antoinette (Steppenwolf), Uzi in Captors (Huntington), John in A Life in the Theater (Alliance), among many others including most recently Isaac in the China Tour of Disgraced. TV/Film: "Orange is the New Black," "30 Rock," "Army Wives," I Love You ... but I Lied," "M'Larky," "What Happens in Vegas" "Bride Wars" "Don Peyote," "What Happens Next," "Hysterical Psycho." Winner of a Suzi Bass Award, Jeff Award and Barrymore Award.

      Macbeth: Ticket information

      Macbeth_seasonlineup_200x200At a glance: Forget what you know about Shakespeare’s brutal tragedy. Director Robert O’Hara breathes new life (and death) into this raw reimagining for the grand reopening of The Space Theatre. To get what he wants, Macbeth will let nothing stand in his way – not the lives of others or his own well-being. As his obsession takes command of his humanity and his sanity, the death toll rises and his suspicions mount. This ambitious reinvention reminds us that no matter what fate is foretold, the man that chooses to kill must suffer the consequences.
      • Presented by the DCPA Theatre Company
      • First performance Sept. 15, through Oct. 29
      • Space 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
      Macbeth: Previous DCPA NewsCenter coverage
      The masculinity of Macbeth
      Macbeth
      at a time when everything is shifting Cast announced for Robert O’Hara’s reimagined Macbeth
      Video, photos: Our coverage of the Space Theatre opening

      Making of Macbeth: Full photo gallery:

      Making of 'Macbeth'

      Photos from the making of Robert O'Hara's 'Macbeth' for the DCPA Theatre Company. To see more, hover your cursor over the image above and click the forward arrow that appears. Photos by John Moore for the DCPA NewsCenter.
    • Fall theatre in Colorado: Time to confront issue of racism

      by John Moore | Sep 10, 2017

      Video playlist: Check out our "10 Most Intriguing Plays and Musicals" for fall 2017, in the words of featured actors from each production.


      The most divisive social issue of the summer has unified the local theatre community going into the fall.

      By John Moore
      Senior Arts Journalist

      If nothing else, the white supremacists in Virginia last month moved the conversation about the festering racial divide in America from the margins to the mainstream. And this fall, Colorado theatres are moving it from the margins to the mainstage.

      Curious Theatre. Appropriate. Sean Scrutchins. Photo by Michael Ensminger. It seems the most polarizing social issue of the summer has unified the local theatre community. Area companies are confronting the issue this fall the only way they can: By telling stories that will instigate the kind of conversations that hopefully lead to new understanding.

      Jamil Jude, director of Curious Theatre's Appropriate - the story of a contemporary Arkansas family that discovers racist artifacts in their patriarch's possessions - said he hopes the play "can push audiences, especially white audiences, into difficult conversations.

      "We name systemic injustice and white privilege as institutions that have profited many and disenfranchised many more. We hope white allies will empower themselves to speak to their families to work to eradicate these systems and further advance equity." (Read our full interview)

      More Colorado theatre coverage on the DCPA NewsCenter

      As about 55 Colorado theatre companies prepare to open their 2017-18 seasons, at least 12 this fall will be tackling issues relating to racial, gender, economic or social inequities in America, past or present. That's about one in every five companies. Here's a sample, with links to more information:

      Below, we offer the upcoming theatre schedules for every company in the state. But first, here's a rundown (with links) to our choices for the 10 most intriguing plays and musicals of the upcoming fall season. Each includes a selfie video provided by a featured actor from each production: 

      Our 10 Most Intriguing Plays and Musicals for Fall 2017:

      Day 1: Curious Theatre's Appropriate and BDT Stage's Rock of Ages
      Day 2: The Catamounts’ You on the Moors Now and Rocky Mountain Rep’s Almost Heaven: Songs of John Denver
      Day 3: Creede Repertory Theatre's General Store and Town Hall Arts Center's In the Heights
      Day 4: Avenue Theater’s My Brilliant Divorce and the Arvada Center’s A Chorus Line
      Day 5: Bas Bleu’s Elephant’s Graveyard and Evergreen Chorale’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame
      Day 6: Firehouse Theatre’s The Mystery of Love and Sex and the Aurora Fox’s Company
      Day 7: Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company’s The Revolutionists and Off-Center’s The Wild Party
      Day 8: Lake Dillon Theatre Company's Pretty Fire and the Aurora Fox's Hi-Hat Hattie
      Day 9: Edge Theatre Company’s A Delicate Balance and Midtown Arts Center’s Once
      Day 10:  Local Theater Company’s The Rape of the Sabine Women, by Grace B. Matthias and Thin Air Theatre Company’s The Toxic Avenger Musical

      2017-18 COLORADO THEATRE SCHEDULES

      (All rights reserved. Send updates or additions to jmoore@dcpa.org.)

      5th WALL PRODUCTIONS
      Mostly at The Bakery, 2132 Market St., ticketleap.com
      January 2018: Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson
      September 2018: The Last Five Years

      ADAMS MYSTERY PLAYHOUSE

      Presented by Marne Interactive Productions, 2406 Federal Blvd., 303-455-1848 or adams’ home page
      Ongoing events and rotating shows

      AND TOTO TOO
      At The Commons on Champa in the Studio @ 1245 Champa St., 720-583-3975 or andtototoo.org
      Nov. 2-18: Flowers in the Desert

      ARVADA CENTER
      6901 Wadsworth Blvd., 720-898-7200 or arvadacenter.org
      Sept. 12-Oct. 1: A Chorus Line READ MORE
      Oct. 13-Nov. 18: The Foreigner
      Nov. 17-Dec. 23: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
      Jan. 26-May 6, 2018: Sense and Sensibility
      Feb. 9-May 4, 2018: The Electric Baby
      March 2-May 3, 2018: All My Sons
      April 17- May 6, 2018: Sunday in the Park with George

      AURORA FOX ARTS CENTER
      9900 E. Colfax Ave., Aurora, 303-739-1970 or aurorafox.org
      Sept. 22-Oct. 22: Company READ MORE
      Nov. 24-Dec. 23: Hi-Hat Hattie READ MORE
      Jan. 19-Feb. 10, 2018: Hedwig and the Angry Inch
      Feb. 23-March 18, 2018: Real Women Have Curves
      April 13-May 13, 2018: Passing Strange

      THE AVENUE THEATER
      417 E. 17th Ave., 303-321-5925 or the avenue’s home page
      Sept. 8-Oct. 15: My Brilliant Divorce READ MORE
      Opening Oct. 20: Comedy Sportz
      Nov. 24-Dec. 24: Santa’s Big Red Sack

      BAS BLEU THEATRE

      401 Pine St., Fort Collins, 970-498-8949 or basbleu.org
      Through Oct. 8: Elephant’s Graveyard READ MORE
      Nov. 18-Dec.17: Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
      Feb. 3-March 4, 2018: Waiting for the Parade
      April 7-May 6, 2018: Dirt! A Terra Nova Expedition
      June 2-July 1, 2018: Equus

      BENCHMARK THEATRE
      At 1560 Teller St., Lakewood, benchmarktheatre.com
      Feb. 16-March 25, 2018: A Kid Like Jake
      June 22-July 21, 2018: The Arsonists
      Sept. 14-Oct. 14, 2018: Uncanny Valley
      Oct. 19-28, 2018: Fever Dream Festival
      TBA: What You Will

      BOULDER ENSEMBLE THEATRE COMPANY
      Dairy Center for the Arts, 2590 Walnut St., 303-440-7826 or betc’s home page
      Sept. 14-Oct. 8: The Revolutionists READ MORE
      Oct. 19-Nov. 12: Birds of North America
      Nov. 24-Dec. 24: The SantaLand Diaries, at the Jones Theatre (Denver Center)
      Dec. 7-24: Every Christmas Story Ever Told (and then some!)
      Jan. 25-Feb. 18, 2018: Guards at the Taj
      April 12-May 6, 2018: Going to a Place Where You Already Are

      BDT STAGE
      5501 Arapahoe Ave., 303-449-6000 or bdt’s home page
      Aug. 25-Nov. 11: Rock of Ages READ MORE
      Nov. 18-Feb. 24: Annie
      Dec. 10, 2017-Jan. 23, 2018: Motones vs. Jerseys
      March 3-May 26, 2018: Always … Patsy Cline
      March 5-6, 2018: The Glenn Miller Orchestra
      June 2-Sept. 8, 2018: The Little Mermaid

      BRECKENRIDGE BACKSTAGE THEATRE
      121 S. Ridge St., 970-453-0199 or backstagetheatre.org
      No shows scheduled

      BUG THEATRE
      3654 Navajo St., 303-477-9984 or www.bugtheatre.info
      Sept. 16: The Bug’s Best (highlights from the past 20 years)

      BUNTPORT THEATER

      717 Lipan St., 720-946-1388 or buntport.com
      Third Tuesdays: The Great Debate
      Third Wednesdays: The Narrators
      Opening Oct. 14: Siren Song (young audiences; second Saturdays through May 2018)

      CANDLELIGHT DINNER PLAYHOUSE
      4747 Marketplace Drive, Johnstown, 970) 744-3747 or coloradocandlelight.com
      Sept. 7-Nov. 5: The Music Man
      Nov. 16, 2017-Feb. 14, 2018: Beauty and the Beast
      Feb. 23-April 15, 2018: Kiss Me Kate
      April 26-June 17, 2018: Man of La Mancha
      June 28-Aug. 26, 2018: Newsies

      THE CATAMOUNTS
      At the Dairy Center for the Arts, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder, 303-440-7826 or thecatamounts.org
      Sept. 8-30: You On the Moors Now READ MORE
      Oct. 27-28: FEED: Los Muertos (Longmont)
      Feb. 9-11, 2018: FEED: Love (TBD)
      May 25-June 17, 2018: Rausch (with Control Group Productions, TBD)

      CHERRY CREEK THEATRE
      At the Mizel Arts and Culture Center, 350 S. Dahlia St., Denver, 303-800-6578 or cherrycreektheater.org
      Nov. 9-Dec. 10: Beau Jest
      Feb. 1-25, 2018: Respect: A Musical Journey of Women
      April 5-29, 2018: A Picasso
      Oct. 18-Nov. 11, 2018: My Name is Asher Lev

      COAL CREEK THEATRE OF LOUISVILLE
      Louisville Center for the Arts, 801 Grant St., 303-665-0955 or cctlouisville.org
      Oct. 20-Nov. 4: Shining City

      COLORADO SPRINGS FINE ARTS CENTER
      30 W. Dale St., Colorado Springs, 719-634-5581 or www.csfineartscenter.org
      Through Oct. 1: Parallel Lives
      Sept. 16: An Evening with Jim Breuer
      Oct. 5-Oct. 29: Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery
      Oct. 13-Nov. 12: Bunnicula
      Dec. 7, 2017-Jan. 7, 2018: Annie                              
      Feb. 8-Feb. 25, 2018: Intimate Apparel
      March 20-April 1, 2018: Androcles and the Lion
      March 29-April 22, 2018: Fun Home
      April 27-May 20, 2018: Fully Committed
      May 24-June 17, 2018: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
      June 29-July 21, 2018: Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind

      CREEDE REPERTORY THEATRE
      124 Main St., 719-658-2540 or creederep.org
      Through Sept. 15: Talley’s Folley
      Through Sept. 14: General Store

      CURIOUS THEATRE
      1080 Acoma St., 303-623-0524 or curious’ home page 
      Through Oct. 14: Appropriate READ MORE
      Nov. 4-Dec. 9: Body of an American
      Jan. 13-Feb. 24, 2018: Detroit 67
      March 17-April 14, 2018: The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism & Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures
      May 5-June 16, 2018: Your Best One

      DENVER ACTORS FUND
      Various locations, denveractordfund@gmail.com or denveractorsfund.org
      Sept. 25: Miscast 2017, at Littleton Town Hall Arts Center
      Oct. 8: 13 The Musical, at the Mizel Center
      Oct 15: Denver Actors Fund Presents: Monty Python and the Holy Grail (at the Sloans’ Lake Alamo Drafthouse, with live entertainment from OpenStage’s Spamalot)

      DENVER CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS THEATRE COMPANY
      Denver Performing Arts Complex, 14th and Curtis streets, 303-893-4100 or the denver center’s home page
      Fall Theatre Preview. MacbethSept. 22-Oct. 29: Macbeth, Space Theatre READ MORE
      Oct. 20-Nov. 19: Smart People, Ricketson Theatre
      Dec. 1-24: A Christmas Carol, Stage Theatre
      Jan. 26-Feb. 25, 2018: Zoey’s Perfect Wedding, Space Theatre
      Feb. 2-25, 2018: American Mariachi, Stage Theatre
      Feb. 9-March 11, 2018: The Great Leap, Ricketson Theatre
      April 13-May 6, 2018: Native Gardens, Space Theatre
      April 27-May 27, 2018: The Who's Tommy, Stage Theatre
      May 25-June 24, 2018: Human Error, Garner Galleria Theatre

      Our video interview with 'Frozen' stars Caissie Levy (Elsa) and Patti Murin (Anna).


      DENVER CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS BROADWAY

      Denver Performing Arts Complex, 14th and Curtis streets, 303-893-4100 or the denver center’s home page
      Through Oct. 1: Frozen, Ellie Caulkins Opera House READ MORE
      Sept. 21-Oct. 22: Girls Only - The Secret Comedy of Women, Garner Galleria
      Oct. 17-29: Something Rotten!, Buell Theatre
      Nov 4-5: Breakin’ Convention, Buell Theatre
      Nov. 11, 2017-April 22, 2018: First Date, Garner Galleria
      Nov. 14-19: Rent 20th Anniversary Tour, Buell Theatre
      Nov. 28-Dec. 3: Chicago, Buell Theatre
      Dec. 9-10: Mannheim Steamroller Christmas, Buell Theatre
      Dec. 13-17: Elf The Musical, Buell Theatre
      Dec. 19-31: Waitress, Buell Theatre
      Jan. 2-14, 2018: Rodgers & Hammerstein's The King and I, Buell Theatre
      Feb. 13-18, 2018: Stomp, Buell Theatre
      Feb. 27-Apr 1, 2018: Hamilton, Buell Theatre
      April 6-28, 2018: Disney’s Aladdin, Buell Theatre
      May 29-June 10, 2018: School of Rock, Buell Theatre
      June 13-July 1, 2018: The Book of Mormon, The Ellie Caulkins Opera House
      July 25-Aug 5, 2018: Les Misérables, Buell Theatre
      Aug. 8-19, 2018: On Your Feet! Buell Theatre


      Cast of The Wild Party. Photo by Adams VisCom
      From left: 'The Wild Party' castmates Emily Van Fleet, Laurence Curry, Sheryl McCallum and Drew Horwitz. Photos by Adams VisCom.


      DENVER CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS OFF-CENTER

      Various locations, 303-893-4100 or the denver center’s home page
      Oct. 12-31: The Wild Party, at The Hangar at Stanley Marketplace READ MORE
      Nov. 24-Dec. 24: The SantaLand Diaries, with Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company, Jones Theatre
      March 22-April 15, 2018: This Is Modern Art, Jones Theatre
      Spring/Summer 2018: Remote Denver, on the streets of Denver

      THE EDGE THEATER
      1560 Teller St., Lakewood, 303-232-0363 or theedgetheater.com
      Aug. 25-Sept. 17: Dinner
      Oct. 6-Nov. 5: A Delicate Balance
      Dec. 1-31: Resolutions

      EQUINOX THEATRE COMPANY
      At the Bug Theatre, 3654 Navajo St., 720-984-0781 or equinoxtheatredenver.com
      Nov. 10-Dec. 2: Disaster!

      EVERGREEN CHORALE

      At Center/Stage, 27608 Fireweed Drive, 303-674-4002 or evergreenchorale.org
      Sept. 15-Oct. 8: Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame READ MORE

      EVERGREEN PLAYERS
      At Center/Stage, 27608 Fireweed Drive, 303-674-4934 or evergreenplayers.org
      Oct. 20-Nov. 1: The Explorers Club

      FIREHOUSE THEATER COMPANY
      At the John Hand Theatre, 7653 E. 1st Place, 303-562-3232 or firehousetheatercompany.com 
      Through Oct. 7: The Mystery of Love and Sex READ MORE
      Feb. 17-March 17, 2018: Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde

      FUNKY LITTLE THEATER COMPANY
      2109 Templeton Gap Road, Colorado Springs, 719-425-9509 or funkylittletheater.org
      Sept. 15-30: Maid to Order

      GERMINAL STAGE-DENVER
      At Westminster High School, 69th Avenue and Raleigh Street
      303-455-7108 or germinalstage.com
      Sept. 22-Oct.15: Absurdio

      INSPIRE CREATIVE
      At the PACE Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Avenue, Parker, 303-805-6800 or Inspirecreative.org
      Sept. 29-Oct. 15: South Pacific
      Jan. 19-Feb 11, 2018: The Little Mermaid
      March 16-25, 2018: Laughter on the 23rd Floor
      July 13-Aug. 5, 2018: The Full Monty

      JESTERS DINNER THEATRE

      224 Main St., Longmont, 303-682-9980 or jesterstheatre.com
      Through Oct. 1: Anything Goes

      LAKE DILLON THEATRE COMPANY
      At the Silverthorne Performing Arts Center, 460 Blue River Parkway, Silverthorne, 970-513-9386 or lakedillontheatre.org
      Through Sept. 17: Noises Off
      Sept. 15-24: Pretty Fire READ MORE
      Nov. 24-Dec. 17: Murder for Two

      Rape of the Sabine Women. Local Theater Company. Photo by George Lange.
      Erik Fellenstein in Local Theater Company's 'The Rape of the Sabine Women, by Grace B. Matthias.' Photo by George Lange. 

      LOCAL THEATER COMPANY

      Carsen Theater at The Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder, 720-379-4470 or localtheatercompany.org
      Oct. 27-Nov. 19: The Rape of the Sabine Women, by Grace B. Matthias READ MORE
      Feb. 28-March 26, 2018: Wisdom From Everything
      March 16-18, 2018: Local Lab 2018: New Play Festival

      LONE TREE ARTS CENTER
      10075 Commons St., just west of Interstate 25 and Lincoln Avenue, 720-509-1000, lonetreeartscenter.org
      Nov. 9-19: Love Letters

      LONGMONT THEATRE COMPANY
      513 Main St., Longmont, 303-772-5200 or longmont’s home page
      Sept. 15-24: The Outgoing Tide
      Oct. 13-28: The Rocky Horror Show
      Nov. 10-19: Becky’s New Car
      Dec. 8-17: Harry Connick Jr’s The Happy Elf
      Feb. 2-18, 2018: Steel Magnolias
      March 16-25, 2018: Leaving Iowa
      May 4-20, 2018: Gypsy

      LOWRY SPOTLIGHT THEATER COMPANY
      John Hand Theatre, 7653 E. First Place, 720-880-8727 or thisisspotlight.com
      Oct. 14-Nov. 11: Buyer & Cellar (co-production with Theatre Or)
      Jan. 6-Feb. 3, 2018: Rumors
      Feb. 9-March 18, 2018: Sleuth (co-production at Vintage Theatre at 1468 Dayton St., Aurora)
      March 31-April 28, 2018: The Diary of Anne Frank
      June 23-July 22, 2018: The Complete Works of Shakespeare Abridged

      MIDTOWN ARTS CENTER
      3750 S. Mason St, Fort Collins, (970) 225-2555 or midtownartscenter.com
      Through Sept. 1-Nov. 11: Once READ MORE
      Nov. 17-Dec. 31: A Christmas Story
      Jan. 5-March 25, 2018: Always Patsy Cline
      Jan. 18-March 17, 2018: Fun Home
      March 23-May 26, 2018: Ragtime
      June 1-Aug. 25, 2018: Grease

      Curtiss Johns and Lisa DeCaro. Miners Alley Playhouse.
      Curtiss Johns and Lisa DeCaro in Miners Alley Playhouse's 'Les Liasons Dangereuses.'


      MINERS ALLEY PLAYHOUSE

      1224 Washington St., Golden, 303-935-3044 or map’s home page
      Through Oct. 15: Les Liasons Dangereuses
      Sept. 16-Oct. 28: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (children’s)
      Nov. 24-Dec. 23: A Christmas Carol
      Jan. 26-March 4, 2018: Fun Home
      March 23-April 29, 2018: Alfred Hitchcock's The 39 Steps
      May 18-June 24, 2018: District Merchants
      July 13-Aug. 19, 2018: Lend Me a Tenor
      Sept. 7-Oct. 14, 2018: Lungs
      Nov. 24-Dec. 23, 2018: A Christmas Carol

      OPENSTAGE & COMPANY
      Lincoln Center, 417 W. Magnolia St., Fort Collins, 970-484-5237 or openstagetheatre.org        
      Sept. 21-Oct. 14: Ideation (At ArtLab, 239 Linden St., Fort Collins)
      Oct. 28-Nov. 25: Monty Python's Spamalot
      Dec. 1-23: Christmas Chaos: Ralphie Gets Scrooged (at ArtLab, 239 Linden St.) 
      Jan. 20-Feb. 17, 2018: The Crucible
      March 31-April 28, 2018: And Then There Were None
      June 2-30, 2018: The Comedy of Errors (at The Park at Columbine Health Systems)

      PERFORMANCE NOW
      Lakewood Cultural Center, 470 S. Allison Parkway, 303-987-7845 or performancenow.org
      Through Sept. 24: The Marvelous Wonderettes
      Jan. 5-21, 2018: Into the Woods
      March 23-April 8, 2018: The Producers
      June 15-July 1, 2018: The Secret Garden

      PHAMALY THEATRE COMPANY
      At various locations, 303-575-0005 or phamaly,org
      Oct. 28-Nov. 4: Vox Phamilia: Under Construction, at Community College of Aurora, 16000 E, Centretech Parkway

      PLATTE VALLEY PLAYERS
      At The Armory at the Brighton Cultural Center, 300 Strong St., Brighton, 303-227-3053 or plattevalleyplayers.org
      Oct. 13-21 2017: To Kill a Mockingbird

      PROGRESSIVE THEATRE
      Sept. 16-17: Belleville, at John Hand Theatre (benefiting Lowry’s Spotlight Theatre and Firehouse Theatre)

      ROCKY MOUNTAIN REPERTORY THEATRE

      800 Grand Ave, Grand Lake, 970-627-3421 or rockymountainrep.com
      Through Sept. 30: Almost Heaven: Songs of John Denver READ MORE

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

      SPRINGS ENSEMBLE THEATRE
      1903 E. Cache La Poudre St., Colorado Springs, 719-357-3080 or springsensembletheatre.org
      Oct. 12-29: Afterlife: A Ghost Story

      STAGEDOOR THEATRE
      27357 Conifer Road, Conifer, 303-886-2819, 800-838-3006 or stagedoor’s home page
      Sept. 15-Oct. 1: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
      Oct. 6-22: The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged
      Dec. 1-9: Cinderella
      Jan 26-Feb 11, 2018: Alfred Hitchcock's The 39 Steps
      April 13-28, 2018: Fame
      May 11-20, 2018: Once Upon a Mattress
      July 13-29, 2018: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

      STORIES ON STAGE
      At the Su Teatro Performing Arts Center, 721 Santa Fe Drive, or
      At Dairy Center for the Arts, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder
      303-494-0523 or storiesonstage.org
      Sept. 17: A Little Help from My Friends (at Su Teatro)
      Oct. 7: The Year of Magical Thinking(at Dairy Arts Center, Boulder)
      Oct. 15: The Year of Magical Thinking (at Su Teatro)
      Nov. 11: On the Couch (at Su Teatro)
      Dec. 16: Making Merry (at Dairy Arts Center, Boulder)
      Dec. 17: Making Merry (at the King Center, Auraria campus)
      Jan. 13, 2018: The Penny Savers: A Buntport Collaboration (at Su Teatro)
      Feb. 11, 2018: Love & Marriage (Su Teatro)
      March 18, 2018: Wild Women (at Su Teatro)
      March 24, 2018: Wild Women (at Dairy Arts Center, Boulder)
      April 14, 2018: Course Correction (at Su Teatro)
      May 6, 2018: Thrilling Tales (at Su Teatro)

      SU TEATRO
      At the Su Teatro Performing Arts Center, 721 Santa Fe Drive, 303-296-0219 or suteatro.org
      Oct. 12-28: La Carpa Aztlan presents: I Don’t Speak English Only
      Dec. 7-23: The Miracle at Tepeyac

      THEATRE ASPEN
      The Hurst Theatre  470 Rio Grande Place, 844-706-7387 or theatreaspen.org
      Sept. 12-16: The Mad Show (at the Wheeler Opera House, 320 E. Hyman Ave.)

      THEATRE COMPANY OF LAFAYETTE
      Mary Miller Theater, 300 E. Simpson, 720-209-2154 or tclstage.org
      No productions scheduled

      THEATRE ESPRIT ASIA
      At ACAD Gallery, 1400 Dallas St., Aurora, 720-492-9479, or teatheatre.org
      Oct. 7-29: Hearts of Palm

      THEATREWORKS
      3955 Regent Circle, Colorado Springs, 719-255-3232 or theatreworkscs.org
      Sept. 7-24: Heisenberg, at the Bon Vivant Theatre
      Oct. 19-Nov. 5: Wild Honey at the Bon Vivant Theatre
      Nov. 30-Dec. 23: The Santaland Diaries, at the Bon Vivant Theatre
      Feb. 15-March 11, 2018: Oklahoma!, at the Ent Center for the Arts
      April 26-May 13, 2018: Amadeus, at the Ent Center for the Arts
      Feb. 22-March 4, 2018: Trouble in Tahiti, at the Ent Center for the Arts

      THIN AIR THEATRE COMPANY
      Butte Theatre, 139 E. Bennett Ave., Cripple Creek, 719-689-3247 or thinairtheatre.com
      Sept. 1-23: The Nerd
      Sept. 29-Oct. 28: The Toxic Avenger Musical READ MORE
      Nov. 24-Dec. 30: Angel of the Christmas Mine

      THUNDER RIVER
      67 Promenade, Carbondale, 970-963-8200 or thunderrivertheatre.com
      Sept. 28-Oct. 14: Dead Man's Cell Phone
      Dec. 7-17: Constellations
      Feb. 22-March 10, 2018: The Price
      June 14-30, 2018: Bat Boy: The Musical

      In the Heights. Town Hall Arts Center. Photo by Becky Toma. TOWN HALL ARTS CENTER
      2450 W. Main St., Littleton, 303-794-2787 or town hall’s home page
      Sept. 8-Oct. 8: In the Heights READ MORE
      Nov. 10-Dec. 30: Seussical
      Jan. 12-Feb. 4, 2018: Peter and the Starcatcher
      Feb. 23-March 25, 2018: Something’s Afoot
      April 6-May 6, 2018: Sisters of Swing
      May 17-June 18, 2018: Aint Misbehavin’

      THE UPSTART CROW
      Nomad Playhouse, 1410 Quince Ave., Boulder, 303-442-1415 or theupstartcrow.org
      Oct. 12-22: Richard III
      Dec. 7-17: Dear Brutus
      March 29-April 8, 2018: Playboy of the Western World
      May 24 - June 3, 2018: Under Milk Wood

      VINTAGE THEATRE
      1468 Dayton St., Aurora, 303-839-1361 or vintagetheatre.com
      Sept. 1-Oct. 15: August: Osage County READ MORE
      Sept. 8-22: The Little Dog Laughed
      Nov. 3-Dec. 17: Honeymoon In Vegas
      Dec. 22-Dec. 31: I’ll Eat You Last: A Conversation with Sue Mengers
      Nov. 25-Jan. 14, 2018: Red
      Jan. 26-March 4, 2018: Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill
      Feb. 9-March 25, 2018: Sleuth (co-production with Lowry Spotlight)
      Feb. 14, 2018: Same Time, Next Year (reading)
      March 30-May 13, 2018: The Audience
      April 13-May 27, 2018: Bullets Over Broadway
      June 1-July 8, 2018: Agnes of God
      June 22-Aug. 5, 2018: The Bridges of Madison County
      Aug. 3-Sept. 9, 2018: The Sunshine Boys
      Sept. 7-Oct. 21, 2018: The Kentucky Cycle, Parts 1 and 2
      Oct. 5-Nov. 11, 2018: Boston Marriage
      Nov. 23-Jan. 6, 2018: Mary Poppins
      Nov. 30-Dec. 31, 2018: A Christmas Carol: The Radio Show

    • 2017 Colorado Fall Theatre Preview: 'The Rape of the Sabine Women' and 'The Toxic Avenger Musical'

      by John Moore | Sep 09, 2017
      For 10 days, the DCPA NewsCenter has offered not just 10 intriguing titles to watch on theatre stages throughout Colorado. This year we expanded our preview by featuring 10 musicals AND 10 plays. Today is Day 10.

      PLAY OF THE DAY: Local Theater Company's The Rape of the Sabine Women, by Grace B. Matthias


      Featured actor in the video above: Mare Trevathan, who says of 'The Rape of the Sabine Women, by Grace B. Matthias': 'The play explores consent and campus assault and rape culture, particularly as it relates to football. And yet it is very funny – until it’s not.’


      • Oct. 27-Nov. 19
      • Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder
      • Rape of the Sabine Women Mare Trevathan303-440-7826, or go to localtheaterco.org
      • Playwright: Michael Yates Crowley
      • Director: Christy Montour-Larson

      The story: Jeff and Bobby are stars of the gridiron, ready to lead the Springfield High Romans to Homecoming victory. But standing in front of the end zone is Grace B. Matthias, who has accused the two football heroes of rape. A story about truth and deception using the myths of the Roman Empire to explore what it means to love — and turn your back on — someone.

      But what is it about? This fast-paced comedy (until it isn’t) examines rape culture and sexual assault in America. Perhaps there is no better time to address these issues in Boulder, particularly with new allegations that a former assistant football coach at the University of Colorado abused a woman, and his boss did nothing about it. Theater is an opportunity to address of-the-moment issues and can be a catalyst for action, and for change. (Provided by Local Theater Company.)

      Note: As part of this production, Local Theater Company will be hosting a series of conversations with community experts around rape culture and sexual assault.

      Cast list:

      • Peter Henry Bussian
      • Erik Fellenstein
      • Cajardo Lindsey
      • Rodney Lizcano
      • Adeline Mann
      • Matt Schneck
      • Mare Trevathan
      • Brynn Tucker

      Rape of the Sabine Women Clockwise from lower left: Adeline Mann (twice), Erik Fellenstein and Cajardo Lindsey. Photos by George Lange.    


      MUSICAL OF THE DAY: Thin Air Theatre Company’s The Toxic Avenger Musical


      Featured actor in the video above: Kevin Pierce. Will you like 'The Toxic Avenger Musical’? Pierce says to ask yourself: ‘Do you like love stories? Do you like scrawny superheroes? Do you like stories about toxic waste?’


      • Sept. 29-Oct. 28
      • Butte Theatre, 139 E. Bennett Ave., Cripple Creek
      Toxic Avenger Kevin PierceCall 719-689-3247 or go to thinairtheatre.com
      Written by Joe DiPietro (I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change) and David Bryan (keyboardist for Bon Jovi)
      • Director: Chris Armbrister
      • Music Director: James Mablin

      • The story:
      The Toxic Avenger Musical takes place in the recent past in Tromaville, N.J., a toxic-waste dump just off the Jersey Turnpike. When a well-meaning geek named Melvin Ferd III is dropped into a barrel of toxic waste by the town bullies, he vows to get his revenge  - and the girl - by cleaning up the town. Melvin is out to save N.J., end global warming and woo the prettiest blind librarian in town. Five actors play a multitude of characters in this PG-13 rock-musical comedy based on the 1985 cult classic film. (Provided by the Thin Air Theatre Company.)

      • What's the big deal? The Toxic Avenger became the talk of the 2017 Colorado Theatre Guild Henry Awards when a production by the Breckenridge Backstage Theatre pulled a coup by winning both the Outstanding Actress (Colby Dunn) and Supporting Actress (Megan Van De Hey) awards. While this is a completely independent staging, the summer accolades left a lot of Henry Award wondering what all the mountain buzz was about. Thin Air Theatre Company's upcoming production provides audiences another opportunity to see the musical for themselves.  

      Cast list:
      Melvin Ferd III: Kevin Pierce
      Mayor" Sarah Brittany Ambler
      Babs Belgoody and Ma Ferd: Kelly Hackett
      White Dude: Nick Madson
      Black Dude: Vincent Hooper

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      2017 Colorado Fall Theatre Preview:

      Day 1: Curious Theatre's Appropriate and BDT Stage's Rock of Ages
      Day 2: The Catamounts’ You on the Moors Now and Rocky Mountain Rep’s Almost Heaven: Songs of John Denver
      Day 3: Creede Repertory Theatre's General Store and Town Hall Arts Center's In the Heights
      Day 4: Avenue Theater’s My Brilliant Divorce and the Arvada Center’s A Chorus Line
      Day 5: Bas Bleu’s Elephant’s Graveyard and Evergreen Chorale’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame
      Day 6: Firehouse Theatre’s The Mystery of Love and Sex and the Aurora Fox’s ‘Company’
      Day 7: Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company’s The Revolutionists and Off-Center’s The Wild Party
      Day 8: Lake Dillon Theatre Company's Pretty Fire and the Aurora Fox's Hi-Hat Hattie
      Day 9: Edge Theatre Company’s A Delicate Balance and Midtown Arts Center’s Once.

      This 2017 Colorado fall preview was compiled by Denver Center for the Performing Arts Senior Arts Journalist John Moore as a service to the Colorado theatre community. Moore was named one of the 12 most influential theater critics in the U.S by American Theatre Magazine in 2011 and is the founder of The Denver Actors Fund.
    • 2017 Colorado Fall Theatre Preview: 'A Delicate Balance' and 'Once'

      by John Moore | Sep 08, 2017
      For 10 days, the DCPA NewsCenter is offering not just 10 intriguing titles to watch on theatre stages throughout Colorado. This year we are expanding our preview by featuring 10 musicals AND 10 plays. Today is Day 9.

      PLAY OF THE DAY: The Edge Theater Company’s A Delicate Balance


      Featured actor in the video above: The inimitable Martha Harmon Pardee introduces Edward Albee in a way only she can. "It's just another little peek at a highly functional, loving American family," she says. 

      • Oct. 6-Nov. 5
      • 1560 Teller St., Lakewood
      Martha Harmon Pardee. A Delicate Balance. Edge Theatre303-232-0363 or go to theedgetheater.com
      • Playwright: Edward Albee
      • Director: Warren Sherrill

      The story: Set in the mid-1960s, Agnes and Tobias, a wealthy, middle-aged couple, are visited by their good friends and neighbors who bring an unclear threat with them to the already precarious household. Emotions are painfully stifled because the agenda is to keep up appearances to ward off the madness.

      But what is it about? In the current socio-political atmosphere, it is more important than ever to not be stale or mediocre. A Delicate Balance explores what happens when we choose to live a life of suppressed emotion and false happiness. A cosmetic wall of politeness can hide the terror of nothingness behind it. (Provided by The Edge Theater Company.)

      Cast list:

      • Agnes Martha Harmon Pardee
      • Tobias: Kevin Hart
      • Claire: Emma Messenger
      • Julia: Maggy Stacy
      • Edna: Abby Apple Boes
      • Harry: Steve Emily


      MUSICAL OF THE DAY: Midtown Arts Center's Once


      Featured in the video above: Actor, musician and co-Musical Director Barry DeBois. It's different from other musicals because all of the actors on the stage are playing instruments. They are the orchestra."

      • Through  Nov. 11
      • 3750 S. Mason St, Fort Collins
      Barry DeBoisCall 970-225-2555 or go to midtownartscenter.com
      Written by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová (music and lyrics); Enda Walsh (book)
      • Director: Kurt Terrio
      • Music Director: Barry DeBois and Kurt Terrio

      • The story:
      Once features an impressive ensemble of actor/musicians who play their own instruments onstage, telling the moving tale of a contemporary Dublin street musician who is about to give up on his dream when a beautiful young Czech woman takes a sudden interest in his haunting love songs.

      • But what is it about? Once is a celebration of life and love. It is a romance centering around two individuals who, while culturally different, find that love can blossom in different ways for each of them. It speaks to the power of music to bring divergent world views together. (Provided by the Midtown Arts Center.)

      Cast list:
      Barry DeBois: Guy
      Elena Juliano: Girl
      John Jankow: Da
      John Seaberry: Bank Manager
      Charity Haskins: Reza
      Rebecca Monk: Baruska
      Carl Pariso: Eamon
      Dan Middleditch: Andrej
      Cody Craven: Svec
      Zoe Manloas: Ex-Girlfriend
      Nick Stokes: Billy
      Stella Seaman and Cassidy Terrio: Ivonka

      More creatives:
      Stage Manager: Kyle Dill
      Choreographer: Michael Lasris
      Production Manager and Scenic Design: Mickey Burdick
      Lighting Design: Nicole Kramer
      Sound Design: Corey Hatch
      Costume design: Anthony Mattevi

      Barry DeBois Once Midtown
      The actor/musicians who make up the cast of Midtown Arts Center's Colorado premiere staging of the Broadway musical 'Once.'

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      Our complete 2017 Colorado Fall Theatre Preview:
      Day 1: Curious Theatre's Appropriate and BDT Stage's Rock of Ages
      Day 2: The Catamounts’ You on the Moors Now and Rocky Mountain Rep’s Almost Heaven: Songs of John Denver
      Day 3: Creede Repertory Theatre's General Store and Town Hall Arts Center's In the Heights
      Day 4: Avenue Theater’s My Brilliant Divorce and the Arvada Center’s A Chorus Line
      Day 5: Bas Bleu’s Elephant’s Graveyard and Evergreen Chorale’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame
      Day 6: Firehouse Theatre’s The Mystery of Love and Sex and the Aurora Fox’s ‘Company’
      Day 7: Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company’s The Revolutionists and Off-Center’s The Wild Party
      Day 8: Lake Dillon Theatre Company's Pretty Fire and the Aurora Fox's Hi-Hat Hattie
      Day 9: Edge Theatre Company’s A Delicate Balance and Midtown Arts Center’s Once.
      Day 10:  Local Theater Company’s The Rape of the Sabine Women, by Grace B. Matthias and Thin Air Theatre Company’s The Toxic Avenger Musical

      This 2017 Colorado fall preview is compiled by Denver Center for the Performing Arts Senior Arts Journalist John Moore as a service to the Colorado theatre community. Moore was named one of the 12 most influential theater critics in the U.S by American Theatre Magazine in 2011 and is the founder of The Denver Actors Fund.
    • 2017 Colorado Fall Theatre Preview: 'Pretty Fire' and 'Hi-Hat Hattie'

      by John Moore | Sep 07, 2017
      For 10 days, the DCPA NewsCenter is offering not just 10 intriguing titles to watch on theatre stages throughout Colorado. This year we are expanding our preview by featuring 10 musicals AND 10 plays. Today is Day 8.

      PLAY OF THE DAY: Lake Dillon Theatre Company’s Pretty Fire


      Featured actor in the video above: Nina Waters

      • Sept. 15-24
      • At the Silverthorne Performing Arts Center
      A Nina Waters Pretty Fire 400970-513-9386 or go to lakedillontheatre.org
      • Playwright: Charlayne Woodard
      • Director: Joshua Blanchard

      The story: Two young sisters navigate life in the 1950s shifting between the dual landscapes of New York and Rosignol Hill, Ga. More than a dozen memorable characters weave together one family’s story forever informed by soulful jazz melodies, integrated classrooms, sizzling smoked sausages and the flickering flames of one burning cross.

      But what is it about? Pretty Fire explores African-American life in the mid-20th century, touching on issues that remain topical in today’s America: Class inequity, individual and institutional racism, and violence against women. Pretty Fire is also an uplifting tale of courage, family and faith that delivers a positive message for anyone struggling with today’s pervading social unrest. (Provided by Lake Dillon Theatre Company.)

      Note: Pretty Fire is part of Lake Dillon's Lab Solo Series and will be performed in its most intimate setting, with a capacity of about 30. Click here to read our coverage of the Silverthorne Performing Arts Center's recent opening.)

      Cast list:

      • Nina Waters as all characters

      Nina Waters Pretty Fire. Lake Dillon.Nina Waters in rehearsal for Lake Dillon Theatre Company's 'Pretty Fire.'


      MUSICAL OF THE DAY: Aurora Fox's Hi-Hat Hattie


      Featured actor in the video above: Anna Maria High. 'She was a trailblazer for black women in the arts, and in life,’ High says. ‘She overcame gender, racial and appearance discrimination, and left behind an epic legacy that will inspire many for generations to come.'


      • Nov. 24-Dec. 23
      • Aurora Fox, 9900 E. Colfax Ave.
      Anna Maria High. Hi-Hat Hattie. Aurora Fox. Call 303-739-1970 or go to aurorafoxartscenter.org
      Written by Larry Parr
      • Director: To be announced
      • Music Director: Jodel Charles

      • The story:
      Hi-Hat Hattie is the thought-provoking, one-woman musical biography of the first African-American to win an Academy Award. Of her iconic and controversial role as a maid in Gone with the Wind, Hattie McDaniel famously said, “Hell, I’d rather play a maid that be one.” The story traces McDaniel’s transformation from a stunned young woman twice widowed into the graceful and forceful artist who never buckled under the restraints of appearance, gender or race.

      • But what is it about? Family, love, loss, race and prejudice are all in the spotlight in this moving portrayal of an entertainment legend. (Provided by the Aurora Fox.)

      Cast list:
      Anna Maria High as Hattie McDaniel

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      Our complete 2017 Colorado Fall Theatre Preview:
      Day 1: Curious Theatre's Appropriate and BDT Stage's Rock of Ages
      Day 2: The Catamounts’ You on the Moors Now and Rocky Mountain Rep’s Almost Heaven: Songs of John Denver
      Day 3: Creede Repertory Theatre's General Store and Town Hall Arts Center's In the Heights
      Day 4: Avenue Theater’s My Brilliant Divorce and the Arvada Center’s A Chorus Line
      Day 5: Bas Bleu’s Elephant’s Graveyard and Evergreen Chorale’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame
      Day 6: Firehouse Theatre’s The Mystery of Love and Sex and the Aurora Fox’s ‘Company’
      Day 7: Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company’s The Revolutionists and Off-Center’s The Wild Party
      Day 8: Lake Dillon Theatre Company's Pretty Fire and the Aurora Fox's Hi-Hat Hattie
      Day 9: Edge Theatre Company’s A Delicate Balance and Midtown Arts Center’s Once.
      Day 10:  Local Theater Company’s The Rape of the Sabine Women, by Grace B. Matthias and Thin Air Theatre Company’s The Toxic Avenger Musical

      This 2017 Colorado fall preview is compiled by Denver Center for the Performing Arts Senior Arts Journalist John Moore as a service to the Colorado theatre community. Moore was named one of the 12 most influential theater critics in the U.S by American Theatre Magazine in 2011 and is the founder of The Denver Actors Fund.
    • 2017 Colorado Fall Theatre Preview: 'General Store' and 'In the Heights'

      by John Moore | Aug 31, 2017
      For 10 days, the DCPA NewsCenter is offering not just 10 intriguing titles to watch on theatre stages throughout Colorado. This year we are expanding our preview by featuring 10 musicals AND 10 plays. Today is Day 3.

      PLAY OF THE DAY: Creede Repertory Theatre's’ General Store

      Featured actor in the video above: Logan Ernstthal

      • Now through Sept. 16
      • 124 Main St., Creede, located 250 miles southwest of Denver
      • 719-658-2540 or go to creederep.org
      • Playwright: Brian Watkins
      • Director: Christy Montour-Larson

      A Creede Repertory Theatre 400The story: General Store, first presented at Creede Rep's 2016 Headwaters New Play Festival, is set in rural Colorado. Mike is determined to keep his faltering general store up and running, and he’ll let nothing get in the way: Not his two wily daughters, the trucker who thinks he’s dead, the rancher who thinks he’s dying or even the blizzard outside. But something mysterious is under the floorboards. And it’s getting louder and hungrier. Can Mike save his American Dream from the ravenous creature beneath his store? Or should he just save himself instead? Part Sam Shepard, part Stephen King, Watkins is an innovative playwright with an American voice all its own. This one of the most technically challenging plays Creede Rep has ever brought to its stages, and it will grip you until the final blackout.

      But what is it about? General Store is about what happens when your way of life is being devoured by forces you can’t control. Mike’s American dream is literally and figuratively crashing down around him. (Provided by Creede Repertory Theatre.)

      • Of special note to travelers: Creede Repertory Theatre has worked out some special lodging deals for September to make it easier for visitors from around the state to see General Store as well as Lanford Wilson's Talley's Folly. If you mention the Colorado Theatre Guild when orderering, you get the senior ticket price. (Call 719-658-2540.) And the following hotels are offering discounts of 10-15 percent on lodging: Antlers Rio Grande Lodge, Finding Gems and Aspen Inn, Blessings Inn, Blue Creek Lodge, Cascada (weekdays only), Club at the Cliffs, Creede Snowshoe Lodge, Dragonfly Flats, Big Country Fun Outdoor Adventures, The House on Old Mill Road, Windsock Acres, Windsor Hotel and The Soprano Suite.

      Cast list:
      • Logan Ernstthal: Mike
      • Ben Newman: Jim
      • Stuart Rider: Rick
      • Caitlin Wise: Nikki
      • Bethany Eilean Talley: Greta

      More creatives:
      Scenic Design: Robert Mark Morgan
      Costume Design: Clare Henkel
      Lighting Design: Jacob Welch
      Sound Design: Jason Ducat
      Production Stage Manager: Devon Muko

      A Creede Repertory Theatre 610 2
      Of 'General Store,' Logan Ernstthal (left) says, 'It’s as if Sam Shepard, the Coen Brothers and Stephen King had a love child. And it’s got a huge metaphor hiding under the floorboards.' Photo by John Gary Brown.


      MUSICAL OF THE DAY: Town Hall Arts Center’s In the Heights


      Featured actor in the video above: Jose David Reynoza

      • Sept. 8-Oct. 8
      • 2450 W. Main St., Littleton
      Town Hall In the Heights303-794-2787 or townhallartscenter.org
      • Director: Nick Sugar
      • Music director: Donna Kolpan Debreceni

      • The story: In the Heights is set in New York’s Washington Heights neighborhood – a community on the brink of change, full of hopes, dreams and pressures, where the biggest struggles can be deciding which traditions to take with you, and which to leave behind. This music was written by Lin-Manuel Miranda, who just won the Pulitzer Prize for Hamilton.

      • Why should I see it? The live music: In the Heights blends rap, hip-hop, merengue and salsa. The humor: If you want to laugh out loud, witty lines abound. The story: In the Heights is a fantastic piece of musical theatre, but also a beautiful story that leaves you feeling happy and uplifted. Three more words: Lin-Manuel Miranda. (Provided by Town Hall Arts Center.)

      Cast list:
      Usnavi de la Vega: Jose David Reynoza
      Vanessa: Sarah Harmon
      Nina Rosario : Rose Van Dyne
      Benny: Randy Chalmers
      Sonny de la Vega: Chris Castaneda
      Daniela: Chelley Canales
      “Abuela” Claudia: Margie Lamb
      Kevin Rosario: Anthony Rivera
      Camila Rosario: Nancy Begley
      The Piragua Guy (Piragüero): George Zamarripa
      Carla: Destiny Walsh
      Graffiti Pete: Joseph Lamar Williams
      Ensemble: Andy Nuanhngam, Cassie Lujan, Gabriel Morales, Jenny Weiss Mather, Jordan Duran and Tashara May

      The band:
      Donna Kolpan Debreceni: Keyboards
      Austin Hein: Bass
      Scott Smith: Guitars
      Larry Ziehl: Drums and Percussion
      Dustin Arndt: Percussion
      Rob Reynolds: Trumpet and Flugelhorn

      More creatives:
      Scenic Designer: Tim Barbiaux
      Costume Designer: Linda Morken
      Lighting Designer: Seth Alison
      Sound Designer: Curt Behm
      Props Designer: Becky Toma
      Production Stage Manager: Steven Neale
      Technical Director: Mike Haas
      Assistant Choreographer: Jenny Weiss Mather
      Dialect/Cultural Awareness Coach: Olga Lopez

      Town Hall Arts Center In the Heights Jose David Reynoza says 'In the Heights’ represents a culture that isn't often seen on stage. It really is an honor to be a part of a story that portrays a large part of who I am here in the United States,’ says Reynoza, himself an immigrant. From left: Jenny Weiss Mather, Andy Nuanhngam, Anthony Rivera, Reynoza and Nancy Begley. Photo by Becky Toma. 

      More Colorado theatre coverage on the DCPA NewsCenter


      Our complete 2017 Colorado Fall Theatre Preview:

      Day 1: Curious Theatre's Appropriate and BDT Stage's Rock of Ages
      Day 2: The Catamounts’ You on the Moors Now and Rocky Mountain Rep’s Almost Heaven: Songs of John Denver
      Day 3: Creede Repertory Theatre's General Store and Town Hall Arts Center's In the Heights
      Day 4: Avenue Theater’s My Brilliant Divorce and the Arvada Center’s A Chorus Line
      Day 5: Bas Bleu’s Elephant’s Graveyard and Evergreen Chorale’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame
      Day 6: Firehouse Theatre’s The Mystery of Love and Sex and the Aurora Fox’s ‘Company’
      Day 7: Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company’s The Revolutionists and Off-Center’s The Wild Party
      Day 8: Lake Dillon Theatre Company's Pretty Fire and the Aurora Fox's Hi-Hat Hattie
      Day 9: Edge Theatre Company’s A Delicate Balance and Midtown Arts Center’s Once.
      Day 10:  Local Theater Company’s The Rape of the Sabine Women, by Grace B. Matthias and Thin Air Theatre Company’s The Toxic Avenger Musical

      This 2017 Colorado fall preview is compiled by Denver Center for the Performing Arts Senior Arts Journalist John Moore as a service to the Colorado theatre community. Moore was named one of the 12 most influential theater critics in the U.S by American Theatre Magazine in 2011 and is the founder of The Denver Actors Fund.
    • Video, photos: At 40, BDT celebrates its just desserts

      by John Moore | Aug 13, 2017
      Video by John Moore for the DCPA NewsCenter.

      The venerable Boulder dinner theatre will soon mark 150 productions after Technicolor bookends of Joseph

      By John Moore
      Senior Arts Journalist

      BDT Stage celebrated its past and looked forward to its future on Monday when the enduring dinner theatre marked its 40th anniversary with a special performance of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

      Generations of past and present BDT cast, crew and staff were invited back, along with friends and original investors. Fitting that the title was Joseph: The aerobic Andrew Lloyd Webber dance musical christened the then-named Boulder’s Dinner Theatre back in the Jimmy Carter administration.

      BDT Stage. Joseph. 1977 castWhen Joseph closes Sunday (Aug. 19), it will be followed by Rock of Ages, an homage to 1980s big-hair bands. That will mark BDT’s 150th production at 55th and Arapahoe streets in Boulder. Producing Artistic Director Michael J. Duran estimates the company has given 13,000 performances in that time.

      (Pictured right: Eleven members of BDT Stage's first production, 'Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,' in 1977, returned Monday. Photo by John Moore for the DCPA NewsCenter.)

      BDT has defied all the industry odds by surviving for four decades while all but one other metro-area dinner theatre (the Adams Mystery Playhouse) has fallen by the wayside. Back in 1977, the cast and creatives weren’t sure BDT would survive its first night.

      “It was a disaster,” said Dee Height, one of eight original investor families who put up $17,000 each to buy the land and start the business up in 1977. That’s a total of about $136,0000 in startup money. Crews were still laying down the carpet when it was time to open the doors for opening-night patrons. That first performance did not begin until 10 p.m. as the kitchen struggled to feed the crowd.

      The opening cast included Duran in the title role and two others who would go on to become longstanding professional BDT performers: Barb Reeves and John Scott Clough. Although the ensemble, 11 of whom returned for Monday’s party in Boulder, isn’t so sure just how professional that first show was back in the footloose and fancy-free 1970s.

      “For one thing, none of us could dance,” said Duran, who would nonetheless go on to a 23-year career as a theatre performer in New York before returning to run BDT in 2003. Duran was a late addition to that first Joseph cast. “He joined us two weeks before opening, and he saved our butts,” said castmate Jim Robb.

      So was that first show any good? “It’s all relative,” Duran said with a smile. “It was a small production, but for the very first show at a brand-new dinner theatre in Boulder? It was fantastic.”

      BDT Stage. John Moore

      The theatre used prerecorded music in its early days, and original investor (and current co-owner) Gene Bolles remembers being rallied to record a small trumpet part for that first show. “Our sound booth was the bathroom,” Bolles said. “So I sat on the toilet with the microphone in front of me, and we did about a hundred takes.”

      That first cast ranged in age from 17 to 25. Clough was the youngest.

      “We tried our best, but I was 17, and I was doing what 17-year-olds do, which is get into trouble,” said Clough. Two years after Joseph, Duran played Jesus in BDT’s production of Jesus Christ Superstar. “On the final night, we put peanut butter on Mike’s crucifix, and he had to sit in it,” Clough said. Duran said he will never forget the night Jesus died with peanut butter in his crotch.

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      The founder and mastermind of BDT Stage was Ross Haley, who was not at Monday's party in person but was very much present in the thoughts of those gathered. Haley was the theatre director at nearby Boulder High School in 1976, and his production of Jesus Christ Superstar there was so well-received, parents and others encouraged him to found Boulder’s first professional dinner theatre.

      “Ross always encouraged us to take it very seriously,” said Reeves. Duran said Haley’s “vision and tenacity really helped keep this thing moving through the years.” Clough, likewise, said Haley “took great pride in this building. This was his baby.

      "And we … didn’t as much.”

      Clough mentioned a gigantic backstage fake-blood fight that left the men’s dressing room covered in corn syrup and red food coloring. “Ross was not happy,” Clough said with a smile.  

      BDT Stage. RagtimeBDT has now presented Joseph three times in its history, and all three Josephs were present Monday: Duran (1977), Scott Beyette (2004) and Jack Barton (2017). Beyette, who has been regularly performing with BDT for nearly 28 years, is now playing Joe’s ageless oldest brother, Reuben. He’s been at BDT so long that Barton remembers seeing him in BDT’s celebrated co-production of Ragtime with the late African-American Shadow Theatre Company (pictured above). He was 13. Barton, not Beyette.

      “In fact, I made my parents take me here to see Ragtime for my 13th birthday,” said Barton. “I have wanted to perform here since I was a little kid. That’s why I just feel super lucky to have been a part of this tonight.”

      Beyette is one of about a dozen local actors who have essentially performed at BDT for their entire careers. And the ties are multi-generational. The cast of Joseph includes four children whose parents have worked for BDT Stage onstage and off through the years. One of them is Beyette’s daughter Olyvia, who will star in the upcoming production of Rock of Ages.

      In the Spotlife: Meet Jack Barton of Joseph

      “I truly have been blessed to be able to do what I love to do, and live in this beautiful state, and raise a family,” said Beyette. “It’s been fantastic. Not a single day here has ever felt like work.”

      As he addressed the crowd on Monday, Duran acknowledged that many talented BDT performers have gone on to have successful careers in New York and Los Angeles, including Oscar winner Amy Adams, Tony winner Annaleigh Ashford and Tony nominee Beth Malone. “A lot of other people have come to work here and stayed, and we are ever so grateful to them as well,” Duran said.

      BDT Stage. Jack Barton. John Moore. The closest BDT ever came to closing was in 2003, when Haley was in ill health and the future of the theatre was uncertain. That’s when Bolles and his wife, Judy, bought the theatre and hired Duran to come home and run it. The Bolleses are the unlikeliest of theatre owners. Gene Bolles is a now-retired military neurosurgeon who worked on soldiers injured in Iraq. He has dedicated more than two decades to providing medical care in dozens of impoverished countries.

      Joseph is about dreaming, and I think we’ve all been dreamers, because being in the arts is a dream,” said Judy Bolles.  

      Forty years in, Duran said the reason BDT is still here is because “dinner theatre or not, we present some of the best theatre in the area. Our production values are high. The level of our talent is very high. People like working here and want to work here, and our food has gotten so much better.”

      Reeves says the impact BDT has had on audiences and the local theatre community is huge. “I can’t tell you the number of people this place has touched,” she said.   

      Duran also announced the release of a new book covering the history of the theatre, Remember the Magic, by Brandon Palmer. It is available through the theatre by calling 303-449-6000.

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

      BDT Stage's Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat: Ticket information
      Written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice
      • Directed by Matthew D. Peters
      • Through Aug. 19
      • 5501 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder < MAP IT
      • Tickets $35-$55
      • For tickets, call 303-449-6000 or go to bdtstage.com


      Performance schedule:
      • 7 p.m. Wednesdays, 7:45 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays; 1:45 and 7:45 p.m. Sundays (dinner service 90 minutes before).

      Photo gallery from Monday's 40th anniversary celebration:

      BDT Stage's 40th anniversary

      To see more photos, click the forward arrow on the image above. All photos may be downloaded and shared with photo credit. Photos by John Moore for the DCPA NewsCenter.
    • August theatre in Colorado: Run, 'Rabbit,' run!

      by John Moore | Aug 09, 2017

      White Rabbit Red Rabbit


      Denver, Colorado Springs companies launching month-long runs of a daring play where the actor hasn't read the script.

      By John Moore
      Senior Arts Journalist

      August is the month of the rabbit. And, of course, Frozen.

      You know by now that Disney is presenting the stage adaptation of its Broadway-bound musical adaptation of the highest-grossing animated film in history. Performances of Frozen begin at the Buell Theatre on Aug. 17 and continue through Oct. 1.

      On the other end of the temperature scale, one of the hottest theatre topics this month is White Rabbit, Red Rabbit, by Iranian playwright Nassim Soleimanpour. We'd tell you what his story is about, but there's the trick: No one knows. Or rather, those who do know are asked not to tell.

      August Adrian Egolf 300With no rehearsal, no director and a different actor each night, White Rabbit, Red Rabbit is an audacious theatrical experiment and a potent reminder of the power of spontaneous theatre. Because all that awaits each intentionally unprepared sole actor on the stage is a script in a sealed envelope.

      And ... go!

      Two Colorado companies are undertaking this newly popular social experiment, both beginning this Friday night (Aug. 11): The Star Bar Players in Colorado Springs, and the new Pipedream Productions, an upstart crew from the University of Denver. 

      Soleimanpour could not get a passport out of Iran in 2010 because he refused to do national service. So, at age 29, he devised a play that could travel the world without him. He didn't even see it performed himself until 2013.

      White Rabbit. Red Rabbit has been performed by more than a thousand actors around the globe, including Whoopi Goldberg, Nathan Lane, Alan Cumming, Martin Short, F. Murray Abraham, Cynthia Nixon, Stephen Rea and John Hurt. The work, says the official website, “has been called a play. But it’s a lively, global sensation that no one is allowed to talk about. Since Soleimanpour cannot leave Iran, he travels the world through this remarkable work."

      The Denver run starts with a guinea pig, er, rabbit, named Adrian Egolf, who has been seen in DCPA Theatre Company productions of Benediction and Death of a Salesman.

      All proceeds will go to one of three charities, each to be chosen by that performance's given actor: The Colorado Humane SocietyColorado Immigrant Rights Coalition and PEN Center USA. That's animal rights, immigrant rights and free speech. And that may offer a clue about the play's content.

      The Denver lineup: 

      • Friday, Aug. 11, 7:30 p.m.: Adrian Egolf
      • Saturday, Aug. 12, 7:30 p.m.: Meridith C. Grundei
      • Sunday, Aug. 13, 2 p.m.: Luke Sorge
      • August John HauserThursday, Aug. 17, 7:30 p.m.: Anthony Adu
      • Friday, Aug. 18, 7:30 p.m.: Emma Messenger
      • Saturday, Aug. 19, 2 p.m.: Ilasiea Gray
      • Saturday, Aug. 19, 7:30 p.m.: Ben Hilzer
      • Sunday, Aug. 20, 2 p.m.: Andrew Uhlenhopp
      • Thursday, Aug. 24, 7:30 p.m.: Erik Fellenstein
      • Friday, Aug. 25, 7:30 p.m.: Jihad Milhem
      • Saturday, Aug. 26, 2 p.m.: Julie Wolf
      • Saturday, Aug. 26, 7:30 p.m.: John Hauser (pictured at right in DCPA Education's A Midsummer Night's Dream)
      • Sunday, Aug. 27, 2 p.m.: Kelly Uhlenhopp
      • Monday, Aug. 28, 7:30 p.m.: Sean Michael Cummings
      • Thursday, Sept. 7, 7:30 p.m.: Anne Penner
      • Friday, Sept. 8: 7:30 p.m.: Chloe McLeod
      • Saturday, Sept. 9, 2 p.m.: Jonathan Edward Brown
      • Saturday, Sept. 9, 7:30 p.m.: Jeff Jesmer
      • Sunday, Sept. 10, 7:30 p.m.: Mare Trevathan
      • Monday, Sept. 11, 7:30 p.m.: Susannah McLeod

      The Colorado Springs lineup:

      • Friday, Aug. 11, 7:30 p.m.:  Rev. Nori June Rost
      • Saturday, Aug. 12, 7:30 p.m.: Hossein Forouzandeh
      • Thursday, Aug. 17, 7:30 p.m.: Phil Ginsburg
      • Friday, Aug. 18, 7:30 p.m.: Lynne Hastings
      • Saturday, Aug. 19, 7:30 p.m.: Stoney Bertz 
      • Sunday, Aug. 20, 4 p.m.: John Hazlehurst
      • Thursday, Aug. 24, 7:30 p.m.: Bob Morsch
      • Friday, Aug. 25, 7:30 p.m.: Omid D Harrison
      • Saturday, Aug. 26, 7:30 p.m.: Jodi Papproth
      • Sunday, Aug. 27, 4 p.m.: Michael Lee

      Click here for more on the Denver run, and here for more on Colorado Springs.

      Here are five more intriguing titles opening in the next few weeks. But be sure to also peruse the list of currently running shows that are about to close: More than 40 will finish by the end of the month.  

      (To update or correct your company’s schedule, email jmoore@dcpa.org).

      August DCPA 800


      NUMBER 1Creede Repertory Theatre. There's a lot going on at Creede Rep this month, starting with two benefit performances of award-winning actor Rhonda Brown's one-woman Molly Ivins tribute Red Hot Patriot on Aug. 15-16. The acclaimed theatre 250 miles southwest of Denver then premieres a promising new play called General Store, written by Colorado native Brian Watkins and directed by Christy-Montour Larson (DCPA’s Two Degrees) from Aug. 18-Sept. 16. It's about the owner of a small-town store who is determined not to let anything stop him from holding onto his small piece of the America Dream. That opening leads into Creede Rep's Headwaters New Play Festival on Aug. 25-26, which will feature readings of the new plays The Mess of Us, by Moss Kaplan and Greg Ungar; Caliban’s Island, by Diana Burbano; and Visible From Four States, by Barbara Hammond (and directed by former DCPA Theatre Company Artistic Director Kent Thompson). 124 Main St., 719-658-2540 or creederep.org

      NUMBER 2August BELLEVILLEBelleville. Progressive Theatre, the invention of Candace Joice, is a local company that exists to support other local theatres. For three successive weeks, Progressive will present its latest offering, Belleville, by Amy Herzog (Curious Theatre's After the Revolution), at three host theatres that will then keep the proceeds: Vintage Theatre (Aug. 25-26), Buntport Theater (Sept. 8-9), and Lowry’s Spotlight Theatre and Firehouse Theatre (at the John Hand Theatre Sept. 16-17). It's about two young Americans living a perfect ex-pat life in Paris that's about to become less perfect.

      NUMBER 3 Boulder Fringe. The Boulder International Fringe Festival is a 12-day freakout that provides a platform for artists to showcase their work in often non-traditional spaces throughout Boulder. The Fringe celebrates theatre, dance and music that is independent, accessible and affordable. The event brings together local, national and international acts.

      NUMBER 4Appropriate. Curious Theatre Company is about to embark on a 20th season that harkens to its hottest, hot-button roots. It starts Sept. 2 with Appropriate, by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, an incendiary play on race, family, and if it’s possible for history to ever stay in the past. When the Lafayettes descend on a crumbling Arkansan plantation to liquidate their dead patriarch’s estate, his three adult children collide over clutter, debt and a contentious family history. Directed by Jamil Jude. Sept. 2-Oct. 14, 1080 Acoma St., 303-623-0524 or curioustheatre.org 

      NUMBER 5

      Patsy Cline. Today, Tomorrow, & Forever: A Celebration of Patsy Cline. Always…Patsy Cline made musical theatre history in Denver in the late 1990s when it ran for 3 1/2 years at the Denver Center's Galleria Theatre. That production starred Melissa Swift-Sawyer reliving the brilliant but brief career of the fated country singer. Swift-Sawyer has portrayed Cline almost 3,000 times around the country since, and she will be channeling the star's enduring popularity and unique vocal style in an intimate reflection for the Longmont Theatre Company. Aug. 18-26. 513 Main St., 303-772-5200 or longmont’s home page

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


      THIS MONTH'S THEATRE OPENINGS IN COLORADO:

      (Send updates or additions to jmoore@dcpa.org.)

      Aug. 11-20: Lake Dillon Theatre Company's Grounded
      At the Silverthorne Performing Arts Center, 460 Blue River Pkwy, Silverthorne, 970-513-9386 or lakedillontheatre.org READ MORE

      Aug. 11-Sept. 11: Pipedream Productions' White Rabbit Red Rabbit
      At the University of Denver's JMAC Studios, 1903 E. Iliff Ave., whiterabbitredrabbitdenver.bpt

      Aug. 11-25: Star Bar Players' White Rabbit Red Rabbit
      The Cottonwood Center for the Arts, 427 E. Colorado, Colorado Springs, starbarplayers.org

      Aug. 11-12: Star-Crossed Theatre's Green Day's American Idiot
      At Bas Bleu Theatre, 401 Pine St., Fort Collins, 970-498-8949 or basbleu.org

      Aug. 15-16: Creede Repertory Theatre's Red Hot Patriot
      124 Main St., Creede, 719-658-2540 or CreedeRep.Org

      Aug. 17-Oct. 1: DCPA Broadway's Frozen
      Buell Theatre, Denver Performing Arts Complex, 14th and Curtis streets, 303-893-4100 or denvercenter.org

      Aug. 17-Sept. 2: The Sisters, SweetwaterAt Su Teatro Performing Arts Center, 721 Santa Fe Drive, 720-238-1323 or thesourcedenver.org

      Aug. 18-27: Boulder International Fringe Festival
      At venues around Boulder, boulderfringe.com

      Aug. 18-Sept. 14: Creede Repertory Theatre's General Store
      124 Main St., Creede, 719-658-2540 or CreedeRep.Org

      Aug. 18-26: Longmont Theatre Company's Today, Tomorrow, & Forever: A Celebration of Patsy Cline
      513 Main St., Longmont, 303-772-5200 or longmont’s home page

      Aug. 25-26: Creede Repertory Theatre's Headwaters New Play Festival
      124 Main St., Creede, 719-658-2540 or CreedeRep.Org

      Aug. 25-Nov. 11: BDT Stage's Rock of Ages
      5501 Arapahoe Ave., 303-449-6000 or bdtstage.com

      Aug. 25-Sept. 4: Breckenridge Backstage Theatre's Billy Elliot
      121 S. Ridge St. 970-453-0199 or backstagetheatre.org

      More Colorado theatre coverage on the DCPA NewsCenter

      Aug. 25-Sept. 17: Edge Theatre's Dinner
      1560 Teller St., Lakewood, 303-232-0363 or theedgetheatre.com

      Aug. 25-26: Progressive Theatre's Belleville
      At Vintage Theatre, 1468 Dayton St., Aurora, 303-839-1361 or vintage’s home page

      Aug. 25-26: Evergreen Players' EPiC summer (quarterly improv comedy)
      At Center/Stage, 27608 Fireweed Drive, 303-674-4934 or evergreenplayers.org

      Sept. 1-Oct. 15: Vintage Theatre's August: Osage County
      1468 Dayton St., Aurora, 303-839-1361 or vintage’s home page

      Sept. 1-17: Lake Dillon Theatre Company's Noises Off
      At the Silverthorne Performing Arts Center, 460 Blue River Pkwy, Silverthorne, 970-513-9386 or lakedillontheatre.org READ MORE

      Sept. 1-30: Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre's Almost Heaven: Songs of John Denver
      800 Grand Ave, Grand Lake, 970-627-3421 or rockymountainrep.com READ MORE

      Sept. 1-23: Thin Air Theatre Company's The Nerd
      Butte Theatre, 139 E. Bennett Ave., Cripple Creek, 719-689-3247 or thinairtheatre.com

      Sept. 2-Oct. 14: Curious Theatre's Appropriate
      1080 Acoma St., 303-623-0524 or curioustheatre.org 

       

      CONTINUING CURRENT PRODUCTIONS

      Through Aug. 9: Creede Repertory Theatre's Arsenic and Old Lace
      124 Main St., Creede, 719-658-2540 or CreedeRep.Org

      Through Aug. 10: Creede Repertory Theatre's She Loves Me
      124 Main St., Creede, 719-658-2540 or CreedeRep.Org

      Through Aug. 11: Creede Repertory Theatre's Pants on Fire
      124 Main St., Creede, 719-658-2540 or CreedeRep.Org

      Through Aug. 12: Theatre Aspen's Sex With Strangers
      Hurst Theatre  470 Rio Grande Place, 844-706-7387 or theatreaspen.org

      Through Aug. 12: Breckenridge Backstage Theatre's Buyer and Cellar
      121 S. Ridge St. 970-453-0199 or backstagetheatre.org

      Through Aug. 12: Colorado Shakespeare Festival's Julius Caesar
      At the Mary Rippon Amphitheatre, CU-Boulder campus, 303-492-0554 or cupresents.org

      A Alexis Cooley 800 2Through Aug. 12: square product theatre's House of Gold (pictured right)
      At the ATLAS Black Box Theater on the University of Colorado Boulder campus, 1125 18th St., Boulder READ MORE

      Through Aug. 13: Colorado Shakespeare Festival's The Taming of the Shrew
      At the Mary Rippon Amphitheatre, CU-Boulder campus, 303-492-0554 or cupresents.org

      Through Aug. 13: Colorado Shakespeare Festival's Hamlet
      At the University Mainstage, CU-Boulder campus, 303-492-0554 or cupresents.org READ MORE

      Through Aug. 13: Colorado Shakespeare Festival's Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
      At the University Mainstage, CU-Boulder campus, 303-492-0554 or cupresents.org

      Through Aug. 13: Lake Dillon Theatre Company's Sister Act
      At the Silverthorne Performing Arts Center, 460 Blue River Pkwy, Silverthorne, 970-513-9386 or lakedillontheatre.org READ MORE

      Through Aug. 15: Theatre Aspen's The World According to Snoopy
      Hurst Theatre  470 Rio Grande Place, 844-706-7387 or theatreaspen.org

      Through Aug. 18: Southern Colorado Repertory Theatre's The Murder Room
      At the Famous Performing Arts Center, 131 W Main St., Trinidad, 719-846-4765 or scrtheatre.com

      Through Aug. 19: BDT Stage's Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
      5501 Arapahoe Ave., 303-449-6000 or bdtstage.com READ MORE

      Through Aug. 19: TheatreWorks' Much Ado About Nothing
      At Rock Ledge Ranch, Colorado Springs, 719-255-3232 or theatreworkscs.org READ MORE

      Through Aug. 19: Equinox Theatre's Thrill Me: The Leopold and Loeb Story
      At the Bug Theatre, 3654 Navajo St., 720-984-0781 or equinox’s home page

      Through Aug. 19: Theatre Aspen's Hairspray
      Hurst Theatre  470 Rio Grande Place, 844-706-7387 or theatreaspen.org

      Through Aug. 20: Germinal Stage-Denver's Seascape
      At Westminster High School, 69th Avenue and Raleigh Street, 303-455-7108 or germinalstage.com

      August BROADWAY BOUNDThrough Aug. 20: Miners Alley Playhouse's Broadway Bound
      1224 Washington St., Golden, 303-935-3044 or minersalley.com

      Through Aug. 20: Lakewood Cultural Center's My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish & I’m in Therapy!
      470 S. Allison Parkway, 303-987-7845 or Lakewood.org/LCCPresents

      Through Aug. 23: Off-Center's Mixed Taste
      Wednesdays at the Seawell Ballroom, Denver Performing Arts Complex, 14th and Curtis streets, 303-893-4100 or denvercenter.org

      Through Aug. 24: Lake Dillon Theatre Company's Ghost
      At the Silverthorne Performing Arts Center, 460 Blue River Pkwy, Silverthorne, 970-513-9386 or lakedillontheatre.org READ MORE

      MIXED TASTE 400Through Aug. 24: Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre's Newsies
      800 Grand Ave, Grand Lake, 970-627-3421 or rockymountainrep.com

      Through Aug. 24: Thin Air Theatre Company's After Dark
      Butte Theatre, 139 E. Bennett Ave., Cripple Creek, 719-689-3247 or thinairtheatre.com

      Through Aug. 25: Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre's West Side Story
      800 Grand Ave, Grand Lake, 970-627-3421 or rockymountainrep.com

      Through Aug. 25: Thingamajig Theatre Company's Aida
      At the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts, 2313 Eagle Drive, 970-731-7469 or pagosacenter.org

      Through Aug. 26: Thingamajig Theatre Company's Hairspray
      At the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts, 2313 Eagle Drive, 970-731-7469 or pagosacenter.org

      Through Aug. 26: Thingamajig Theatre Company's Sister Act
      At the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts, 2313 Eagle Drive, 970-731-7469 or pagosacenter.org

      Through Aug. 26: Lowry Spotlight Theatre's On Golden Pond
      John Hand Theatre, 7653 E. First Place, 720-880-8727 or thisisspotlight.com

      Through Aug. 26: Creede Repertory Theatre's The Syringa Tree
      124 Main St., Creede, 719-658-2540 or CreedeRep.Org

      Through Aug. 26: Midtown Arts Center's Hair
      3750 S. Mason St, Fort Collins, 970-225-2555 or midtownartscenter.com

      Through Aug. 26: Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre's Mamma Mia
      800 Grand Ave, Grand Lake, 970-627-3421 or rockymountainrep.com

      Through Aug. 26: Thin Air Theatre Company's Annie Get Your Gun
      Butte Theatre, 139 E. Bennett Ave., Cripple Creek, 719-689-3247 or thinairtheatre.com

      Through Aug. 26: Millibo Arts Theatre's Circus of the Night
      1626 S. Tejon St. Colorado Springs, 719-465-6321, www.themat.org

      Through Aug. 27: Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus Live!
      Garner Galleria Theatre, Denver Performing Arts Complex, 14th and Curtis streets, 303-893-4100 or denvercenter.org

      Through Aug. 27: Candlelight Dinner Playhouse's The Slipper and the Rose
      4747 Marketplace Drive, Johnstown, 970-744-3747 or coloradocandlelight.com

      Through Aug. 27: Thingamajig Theatre Company's Big River
      At the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts, 2313 Eagle Drive, 970-731-7469 or pagosacenter.org

      Through Sept. 1: [title of show]
      At the Famous Performing Arts Center, 131 W Main St., Trinidad, 719-846-4765 or scrtheatre.com

      Through Sept. 2: Dames at Sea
      At the Famous Performing Arts Center, 131 W Main St., Trinidad, 719-846-4765 or scrtheatre.com

      Through Sept. 9: Creede Repertory Theatre's Boomtown
      124 Main St., Creede, 719-658-2540 or CreedeRep.Org

      Through Sept. 15: Creede Repertory Theatre's Talley’s Folley
      124 Main St., Creede, 719-658-2540 or CreedeRep.Org

      Through Oct. 1: Jesters Dinner Theatre's Anything Goes
      224 Main St., Longmont, 303-682-9980 or jesterstheatre.com

    • Photo coverage: 2017 Henry Awards

      by John Moore | Jul 26, 2017
      2017 Henry Awards

      Our complete photo gallery from the Colorado Theatre Guild’s 2017 Henry Awards ceremony held July 17 at the PACE Center in Parker. To see more, click the forward arrow on the image above. All photos may be instantly downloaded and shared with proper photo credit. All photos by Brian Landis Folkins and John Moore for the DCPA NewsCenter.

      The Henry Awards honor outstanding achievements by member companies. To read our full report, click here. The photo above shows hosts Steven J. Burge and GerRee Hinshaw at the PACE Center in Parker.

      Read our full report: Henry Awards spreads love across state

      More Colorado theatre coverage on the DCPA NewsCenter

      2017 HENRY AWARDS. Stephen Day
      Stephen Day, who won Outstanding Actor in a musical, performs from the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center's 'The Ma of La Mancha' at the Henry Awards. Photo by John Moore for the DCPA NewsCenter.


      Our 2017 Henry Awards memorial video:


      Video by John Moore. More video coverage from the event to come, including performances and acceptance speeches.

    • Rocky Mountain Rep: Having a Grand Old Time at 50

      by John Moore | Jun 22, 2017

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      Grand Lake's mainstay, Main Street mountain theatre draws nearly 20,000 theatregoers every summer.


      By Avery Anderson
      For the DCPA NewsCenter

      It might be easy to overlook Grand Lake on a map - if not for the largest natural body of water in Colorado that sits alongside it.

      Grand Lake is a tiny mountain village located 105 miles northwest of Denver at the western gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park. Many might not know that movie star John Wayne once owned a vacation home here, or that for five decades the town has been home to a professional summer-stock theatre company that produces big Broadway musicals from June through September.

      Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre is, in fact, one of only six Colorado theatre companies that are now 50 years or older. Rocky Mountain Rep, is it more affectionately called, opened its Golden Anniversary season on June 9 with Mamma Mia, soon to be followed by Newsies, West Side Story and Almost Heaven; Songs of John Denver, which began as a Denver Center world premiere in 2002.

       Judy Goodman _Little Mary Sunshine 1970Theatre in the mountains is just different than it is in the city. In Denver, the curtain might be delayed for heavy traffic. In Grand Lake, the curtain might be delayed by a heavy Rocky Mountain Elk blocking the entrance to the theatre.

      But make no mistake: Rocky Mountain Rep has grown from a mom-and-pop operation in 1967 into a premiere company that drew about 19,000 theatregoers last season despite a year-round population of just 466. About 43 percent of its audiences come from all over the state, while 33 percent come from around the country and beyond. The company’s estimated economic impact on Grand County and the surrounding area is $6.7 million per year.

      (Pictured right: 'Little Mary Sunshine' in 1970.)

      Although named the Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre, the original idea for it came to life in Yellowstone National Park. That’s where founders David and Audrey Thompson met and first dreamed of their future life running a mountain theatre ... somewhere. In 1965, now living in Chicago, the Thompsons heard that the town of Grand Lake was forming an arts council. The couple loaded up their family and headed for Colorado. They created the Troupe of American College Players in 1967 as a place for young actors and students to practice and build their craft.

      More Colorado theatre coverage on the DCPA NewsCenter

      The company performed its first season with a cast of college students, lights made out of large tin cans and an eagerness to show the town their first production, The Sound of Music, in the town's Pine Cone Lodge. Forty-four years later, in 2011, the company  opened the doors to a $5.5 million, 300-seat state-of-the-art new facility on Main Street.

      “It’s sorta like: Boy theatre, we’ve grown up,” current executive director Michael Querio said.

      Michael Querio quote 3“We could only fit 170 people In our old theatre, we sold out most of our performances and had waiting lists.”

      It was time to think bigger. Or, more appropriately for this company: Grander.

      “We got a generous lead donation of the property, raised $5.5 million and opened the theatre with no debt,” Querio said.

      For most of the company’s history, the actors have been primarily summering college students from Denver and around the country. Although Querio hires both students and professional performers today, he boasts that all of his performers “are young, strong, and going to be big names in the future.”

      Some notable alums have included future Baywatch star David Hasselhoff, Tony Award nominee Peter Freedman (Ragtime) and multiple Henry Award-winning director and choreographer Nick Sugar.

      This season’s up-and-coming actors include Josh Kellman, who is returning for his sixth season after starting his own traveling company called Empirical Theatre.

      The young actors who arrived in Grand Lake that first summer in 1967 were greeted by a major culture shock. The Thompsons had cast out of Chicago, and when the students arrived by train they had to be taken to their summer homes in a cattle car. Grand Lake was very different from the world the Chicagoans were used to, but when the townspeople came out to the station and greeted the newcomers with signs that said, “Grand Lake Welcomes the Troupe," they knew they were starting something special.

      Mamma Mia Men 2017“I remember clearly how excited everyone was when the show was over that first night,” said David Thompson Jr., son of the founding couple (who goes by the first name Tom). “Not just the actors but the audience. And they didn’t leave the theatre until everyone came from backstage. It was clear something special had happened.”

      In those early years, a naughty young Thompson and his five siblings could be spotted in the rafters throwing candy wrappers on the actors as they rehearsed. But those years set him on a path to a career as a playwright that led to a Drama Desk Award and Tony Award nominations for writing the books to John Kander and Fred Ebb's Steel Pier and The Scottsboro Boys.

      “My love of the theatre and my understanding of what’s important about a life in the arts is a gift from my parents,” Thompson said. “They taught all of us the importance of pursuing a passion.”

      (Photo above: The men of 'Mamma Mia,' 2017. Story continues after the video)


      Video bonus: John Moore at the 2010 opening of the new theatre in Grand Lake:


      The company has performed in many different Grand Lake venues over the years after the Pine Cone Lodge burned down. They performed in a tent while the theatre was rebuilt. The Pine Cone is now a local Mexican restaurant called El Pacifico.

      In the 1980s, Denver’s esteemed Loretto Heights performing-arts college took over the theatre and shared the Pine Cone with the Little Bear Bar. Longtime actor, director and producer Paul Dwyer, a student at the time, says that at 9:30 p.m. every night the bar’s band would start playing and thundering through the building - whether the show was done or not.

      1974 Pine Cone Theatre“There were times that intermission went long and we would be like, ‘Speak faster, skip lines,’ ” Dwyer said with a laugh. “It was like playing Russian Roulette with theatre. It was crazy fun.”

      In 1989, the Town of Grand Lake asked the Thompson family to come home and run the theatre full-time. Performances moved around between the local school, the town hall and a cabin theatre at the center of Main Street. The Thompson family continued to run the theatre until 1993, when founder David Thompson died. Company members Judith and Skelly Warren then ran the company for a decade.  

      (Pictured right: 'West Side Story' in 1974.)

      Even though the theatre has modernized and changed its mission over the years, it is still the quirky, beloved mountain theatre it always was. Why, just the other day, Querio said, a bear came up to the window during rehearsals.

      “Grand Lake is a small town, with a small-town feel,” he said. “They take care of their own. It’s a wonderful relationship.”

      ABOUT THE AUTHOR
      Avery-Anderson Avery Anderson is interning with the DCPA NewsCenter for the summer. He is the General Manager and producer of Met TV at Metropolitan State University of Denver. He was won two Heartland Student Emmy Awards for his work on The Met Report. He has a passion for local arts and culture and enjoys covering theatres across the Denver area and the state. Follow him on Twitter and @a_anderson64.

      ROCKY MOUNTAIN REPERTORY THEATRE
      800 Grand Ave, Grand Lake, 970-627-3421 or rockymountainrep.com
      Through Aug. 26: Mamma Mia
      June 16-Aug. 24: Newsies
      June 30-Aug. 25: West Side Story
      Sept. 1: Almost Heaven: Songs of John Denver

      1973 Man of La ManchaMan of La Mancha in 1973.
    • Photos: Phamaly gala, campaign raise $200K, ‘save the company’

      by John Moore | Jun 12, 2017
      Phamaly 2017 gala
      Photos from Phamaly Theatre Company's annual gala on June 3 hosted by Kyle Dyer of Channel 9 and former Denver Bronco Reggie Rivers (pictured below and right with Phamaly's Regan Linton). To see more photos, hover your cursor over the image above and click the forward arrow. Photos by John Moore for the DCPA NewCenter.

      Phamaly's mission to transform the public perception of disability will continue with Annie at the Denver Center

      By John Moore
      Senior Arts Journalist

      Phamaly Theatre Company's emergency "Sunny Tomorrow" fundraising campaign has reached its $100,000 goal, and the company's subsequent annual company gala at the Wings Over the Rockies Museum on June 3 raised a record $101,000 in addition, company officials announced. 

      "We are still blown away by the overwhelming energy that we felt in the room," said Phamaly Development and Marketing Manager Tamara Arrenado. "Phamaly has so much momentum and enthusiasm moving forward."

      Annie gala PhamalyPhamaly, a rare and internationally acclaimed theatre company that exclusively provides performance opportunities for actors with disabilities, faced the real prospect of bankruptcy before the fundraising initiatives were launched by Acting Executive Director Regan Linton. The company had undergone unprecedented recent expansion, "and this level of operation has unpredictably strained our organization," Linton wrote in an open letter to Phamaly supporters.

      At the gala, a moment was taken to thank Linton for her efforts. "You saved the company," Production Manager Paul Behrhorst said bluntly. 

      For 27 years, Phamaly's mission has been to produce professional plays and musicals that empower its performers and transforms the public's perception of disability.

      Phamaly's annual summer Broadway musical presentation will be Annie, opening July 15 at the Denver Center's Stage Theatre. Members of the cast performed at the gala. See the photos above.

      Annie: Ticket information
      annieAt a glance: You may know the story of Annie, but Phamaly's approach to this familiar story will be more raw and humanistic. "These are hardened orphans who have faced a lot of adversity in their lives, just like the actual young actors in our cast who are going to be playing these roles,” said co-director co-Director Regan Linton.

      Presented by Phamaly Theatre Company
      July 15-Aug. 6
      Stage Theatre, Denver Performing Arts Complex
      Directed by Regan Linton and Steve Wilson
      Call 303-575-0005 or go to the Denver Center's web page

      Phamaly, Denver Actors Fund benefit screening of Annie film
      Glance: The Denver Actors Fund hosts a monthly film series at Alamo Drafthouse Denver showing a movie both inspired by a Broadway musical and is also currently  being presented by a local theatre company somewhere in the area. This month:  Get a sneak peek at Phamaly's upcoming production of Annie with a live performance by members of the cast before the classic 1982 Carol Burnett film is shown in TWO Alamo theatres simultaneously. All tickets $10. 

      Presented at Alamo Drafthouse Sloans Lake
      4255 W. Colfax Ave.
      6:30 p.m. live entertainment, 7 p.m. film
      Choose your preferred seating here.

      Note: Choose 6:30 start time to be in a fully accessible Theatre 4: The Phamaly performance will be interpreted, and the movie will be captioned on screen. This performance is also designated as public singalong. Choose the 6:35 p.m. screening if you want listen to the movie in quiet adulation in Theater 5. You won't miss the live performance by Phamaly. We will livestream the performance next door right onto the screen in Theater 5. This will be the screen with NO captions.

      Selected recent NewsCenter coverage of Phamaly:
      Phamaly launches emergency $100,000 fundraising campaign
      Regan Linton accepts Spirit of Craig Award
      Regan Linton returns to lead Phamaly in landmark appointment
    • Summertime in Colorado: A time for play ... and plays

      by John Moore | May 31, 2017

      Summer theatre
      Creede is one of Colorado's many hidden mountain gems that offers both recreational activities and some of the best live theatre in the region. Photo courtesy Creede Repertory Theatre.


      By Avery Anderson
      For the DCPA NewsCenter

      Colorado offers a plethora of summer activities such as hiking, camping, white-water rafting and iconic nights at landmarks such as Red Rocks or Coors Field. But there are also a surprising number of live theatregoing opportunities across the state.

      Summer is when summer repertory companies open from GraBenjamin Cowhick 2 nd Lake to Dillon to Creede to Breckenridge to Boulder to Greeley to Pagosa Springs and beyond. The statewide lineup holds an array of offerings from BDT Stage's re-envisioning of Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat to lesser-known contemporary musicals such as [title of show] in Trinidad. But the most popular title of the summer is the musical S ister Act, which is being staged in Greeley, Dillon and Pagosa Springs.

      A busy upcoming summer at the Denver Center includes a new weekly collaboration with the Museum of Contemporary Art called Mixed Taste; the original drag-meets-Comic Con party DragOn; and, of course, the pre-Broadway run of Frozen

      But here we focus on 10 intriguing titles for summer from throughout the state, in order of opening, followed by every Colorado theatre company’s current schedule. (To update or correct your company’s schedule, email jmoore@dcpa.org).

      As you travel the state this summer, remember to combine theatre with your tourism experience.

      (EDITOR'S NOTE: As the summer progresses, we're deleting our featured choices below that have already closed.)

      NUMBER 2Colorado Shakespeare Festival
      Boulder
      Through Aug. 13

      Summer theatre 800 5The Colorado Shakespeare Festival is celebrating its 60th season with The Taming of the Shrew, Julius Caesar, Hamlet and Henry VI Part 3. The nation's second-oldest Shakespeare festival will continue its recent deep-dive into gender fluidity by casting a female Hamlet, and she's an actor familiar to DCPA Theatre Company audiences. Lenne Kingaman, who played Juliet in Romeo and Juliet and two roles in Appoggiatura, will be mulling the meaning of her existence on the University of Colorado's intimate indoor stage. (Read our full interview.) 
      At the Mary Rippon Amphitheatre and University Mainstage, CU-Boulder campus, 303-492-0554 or colorado shakes’ home page

      NUMBER 4Disney’s Newsies
      Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre

      Through Aug. 24

      The venerable Rocky Mountain Rep celebrates its 50th anniversary season in Grand Lake with Disney’s hit stage production that follows the 1899 Newsboy Strike from the eyes of fictional paperboy Jack Kelly. Based on the 1992 movie, this musical stage adaptation features music by Alan Menken (The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast) and a book by Harvey Fierstein. The original production was nominated for eight Tony Awards, and won two.
      800 Grand Ave, Grand Lake, 970-627-3421 or rockymountainrep.com

      NUMBER 5Ring of Fire
      Vintage Theatre

      Through Aug. 6

      What’s better than country music on a summer day? How about an entire musical filled with country music? Ring of Fire features the music of Johnny Cash, including such as “Folsom Prison Blues,” “I Walk the Line” This tribute to “The Man in Black” is directed by Kelly Van Oosbree.
      1468 Dayton St., Aurora, 303-839-1361 or vintage’s home page

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      NUMBER 6Ghost
      Lake Dillon Theatre Company

      July 1- Aug. 24

      Lake Dillon Theatre Company moves into its new $9 million, 16,000 square-foot Silverthorne Performing Arts Center with the musical stage adaptation of the popular '90s movie. Just as in the movie, a woman struggling to accept the death of her lover enlist the help of  a psychic to help the two communicate. SPAC will include multiple theaters and an arts education lab. READ OUR COVERAGE OF THE OPENING
      460 Blue River Pkwy, Silverthorne,  970-513-9386 or lakedillontheatre.org

      NUMBER 7Sex With Strangers
      Theatre Aspen

      July 6-Aug. 12

      Robblee, JessicaIn this provocative contemporary romance written by Cherry Creek High School alumna Laura Eason, two people are forced together in a secluded B&B with no TV or Internet. Denver actor Jessica Robblee (DCPA Theatre Company’s Frankenstein) stars alongside New York actor Patrick Ball. The Director is Christy-Montour Larson (DCPA’s Two Degrees).
      The Hurst Theatre  470 Rio Grande Place, 844-706-7387 or theatreaspen.org

      NUMBER 8Annie
      Phamaly Theatre Company

      July 15-Aug. 3

      You may know the story of Annie, but you have not seen America’s favorite orphan through the lens of Phamaly, Denver’s acclaimed theatre company that makes performance opportunities available to actors with disabilities. Phamaly’s approach to this well-worn story will be more raw and humanistic, says Phamaly Artistic Director Regan Linton. “These are hardened orphans who have faced a lot of adversity in their lives, just like the actual young actors in our cast who are going to be playing these roles,” Linton said. READ MORE
      At the Stage Theatre, Denver Performing Arts Complex, 303-575-0005 or phamaly’s home page

      NUMBER 9Much Ado About Nothing
      July 27-Aug. 19

      Colorado Springs TheatreWorks
      At Rock Ledge Ranch

      Summer theatreThe Colorado Shakespeare Festival is not the only company tackling the Bard this summer. Audiences can once again experience the Bard at the stunning outdoor Rock Ledge Ranch at the base of the Garden of the Gods with a new staging of Much Ado About Nothing. This Colorado Springs tradition was started by Colorado Springs TheatreWorks founder Murray Ross, who died in January. The company has dedicated the upcoming season to him.
      3105 Gateway Road, Colorado Springs, 719-255-3232 or theatreworkscs.org

      NUMBER 10General Store
      Creede Repertory Theatre

      Aug. 18-Sept. 16

      In this world premiere, the owner of the local general store is determined not to let anything stop him from holding onto his small piece of the America Dream. This big-buzz new play, which actually kicks off the fall sesaon, is written by Colorado native Brian Watkins and will star Logan Ernstthal (Miners Alley Playhouse’s A Skull in Connemara) and be directed by Christy Montour-Larson. Summer titles include She Loves Me, The Syringa Tree and Arsenic and Old Lace.
      124 Main St., 719-658-2540 or creederep.org


      COLORADO SUMMER THEATRE SCHEDULES

      (The following listings are through September 2017. Send updates or additions to jmoore@dcpa.org.)

      5th WALL PRODUCTIONS
      At The Bakery 2132 Market St., ticketleap.com
      July 13-28: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

      ADAMS MYSTERY PLAYHOUSE

      Presented by Marne Interactive Productions, 2406 Federal Blvd., 303-455-1848 or adams’ home page
      Ongoing events and rotating shows

      AND TOTO TOO
      44th and Tennyson Street, 720-583-3975 or andtototoo.org
      No summer events scheduled

      ARVADA CENTER
      6901 Wadsworth Blvd., 720-898-7200 or arvadacenter.org
      Sept. 12-Oct. 1: A Chorus Line

      AURORA FOX ARTS CENTER
      9900 E. Colfax Ave., Aurora, 303-739-1970 or aurorafox.org
      Season 33 to be announced July 10

      THE AVENUE THEATER
      417 E. 17th Ave., 303-321-5925 or the avenue’s home page
      No summer events scheduled

      BAS BLEU THEATRE
      401 Pine St., Fort Collins, 970-498-8949 or basbleu.org
      July 27-30: Theatre Esprit Asia’s Coming to America: Boat Person & Antecedent

      BENCHMARK THEATRE
      benchmarktheatre.com
      No summer events scheduled

      BiTSY STAGE
      720-328-5294 bitsystage.com
      No summer events scheduled

      BOULDER ENSEMBLE THEATRE COMPANY
      Dairy Center for the Arts, 2590 Walnut St., 303-440-7826 or betc’s home page
      Sept. 14-Oct. 8: The Revolutionists

      Jack BartonBDT STAGE
      5501 Arapahoe Ave., 303-449-6000 or bdt’s home page
      Through Aug. 19: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat READ MORE
      Aug. 25-Nov. 11: Rock of Ages

      BOULDER INTERNATIONAL FRINGE FESTIVAL
      boulderfringe.com
      Aug. 18-27 at venues around Boulder

      BRECKENRIDGE BACKSTAGE THEATRE
      121 S. Ridge St., 970-453-0199 or backstagetheatre.org
      Through Aug. 6: The Producers
      July 7-Aug. 12: Buyer and Cella
      Aug. 25-Sept. 4: Billy Elliot (at the Riverwalk Amphitheatre)

      BUNTPORT THEATER
      717 Lipan St., 720-946-1388 or buntport’s home page Buntport.com
      No new productions scheduled - check web site for monthly offerings

      CANDLELIGHT DINNER PLAYHOUSE
      4747 Marketplace Drive, Johnstown, 970) 744-3747 or coloradocandlelight.com
      Through Aug. 27: The Slipper and the Rose
      Sept. 7-Nov. 5: The Music Man

      THE CATAMOUNTS
      At the Dairy Center for the Arts, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder, 303-440-7826 or thecatamounts.org
      Sept. 8-30: You On the Moors Now

      CENTERSTAGE THEATER COMPANY

      Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder, or tickets.thedairy.org
      Louisville Center for the Arts, 801 Grant St., Louisville (see below)

      July 15-24, 2017: In the Heights (Youth performers) (At Dairy Center, Boulder)
      303-444-7328 or thedairy.org

      July 27-Aug. 6, 2017: Godspell (Youth performers) (At Louisville Center for the Arts) ticket info

      CENTRAL CITY OPERA
      124 Eureka St., 303-292-6700 or centralcityopera.org
      July 8-Aug. 6: Carmen
      July 15-Aug. 6: Così fan tutte
      July 26-Aug. 6: The Burning Fiery Furnace
      July 26-Aug. 6: Cabildo
      July 26 through Aug. 6: Gallantry

      COAL CREEK THEATRE OF LOUISVILLE
      Louisville Center for the Arts, 801 Grant St., 303-665-0955 or cctlouisville.org
      No summer events scheduled

      COLORADO SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL
      At the Mary Rippon Amphitheatre and University Mainstage, CU-Boulder campus, 303-492-0554 or colorado shakes’ home page
      Through Aug. 13: The Taming of the Shrew, outdoors
      Through Aug. 13: Hamlet, indoors
      July 7-Aug. 12: Julius Caesar, outdoors
      July 21-Aug. 13: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, indoors
      Aug. 6-8: Henry VI, Part 3 (Original Practices), outdoors

      COLORADO SPRINGS FINE ARTS CENTER
      30 W. Dale St., Colorado Springs, 719-634-5581 or www.csfineartscenter.org
      Sept. 8-Oct. 1: Parallel Lives
      Sept. 16: An Evening with Jim Breuer

      CREEDE REPERTORY THEATRE
      124 Main St., 719-658-2540 or creederep.org
      Through Aug. 11: Pants on Fire
      Through Aug. 10: She Loves Me
      Through Aug. 26: The Syringa Tree
      Through Sept. 9: Boomtown
      June 30-Aug 9: Arsenic and Old Lace
      July 14-Sept. 15: Talley’s Folley
      Aug. 18-Sept. 14: General Store

      CURIOUS THEATRE
      1080 Acoma St., 303-623-0524 or curious’ home page 
      Sept. 2-Oct. 14: Appropriate

      DAIRY ARTS CENTER

      Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder, 303-444-7328 or tickets.thedairy.org
      June 3-July 23: Tommy Koenig’s Baby Boomer Baby

      Dixie Longate Photo by Bradford RogneDENVER CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS
      Denver Performing Arts Complex, 14th and Curtis streets, 303-893-4100 or the denver center’s home page
      July 5-Aug 23: Mixed Taste, Seawell Ballroom
      July 15-Aug. 6: Phamaly Theatre Company’s Annie, Stage Theatre
      July 19-Aug. 6: Dixie's Tupperware Party, Garner Galleria (Photo at right)
      Aug. 9-27: Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus Live!, Garner Galleria Theatre
      Aug, 17-Oct. 1: Frozen, Ellie Caulkins Opera House
      Sept. 21-Oct. 22: Girls Only - The Secret Comedy of Women, Garner Galleria

      THE EDGE THEATER
      1560 Teller St., Lakewood, 303-232-0363 or the edge’s home page
      Through July 2: Mud Blue Sky
      July 14-Aug. 6: Bad Jews
      Aug. 25-Sept. 17: Dinner

      EQUINOX THEATRE COMPANY
      At the Bug Theatre, 3654 Navajo St., 720-984-0781 or equinox’s home page
      Through July 1: The Rocky Horror Show
      July 28-Aug. 19, 2017: Thrill Me: The Leopold and Loeb Story

      EVERGREEN PLAYERS
      At Center/Stage, 27608 Fireweed Drive, 303-674-4934 or evergreen players’ home page
      July 15-Aug. 6: Monty Python's Spamalot
      Aug. 25-26: EPiC summer improv

      FIREHOUSE THEATER COMPANY
      At the John Hand Theatre, 7653 E. 1st Place, 303-562-3232 or firehouse’s home page  Through July 15: Rock of Aging

      FUNKY LITTLE THEATER COMPANY
      2109 Templeton Gap Road, Colorado Springs, 719-425-9509 or funkylittletheater.org
      No summer events scheduled

      GERMINAL STAGE-DENVER
      At Westminster High School, 69th Avenue and Raleigh Street
      303-455-7108 or www.germinalstage.com
      July 28-Aug. 20: Seascape
      Sept. 22-Oct.15: The Master Builder

      INSPIRE CREATIVE
      At the PACE Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Avenue, Parker, parkerarts.org
      July 14-Aug. 6: Hairspray (with Parker Arts)

      JESTERS DINNER THEATRE

      224 Main St., Longmont, 303-682-9980 or jesterstheatre.com
      Through July 2: Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

      LAKE DILLON THEATRE COMPANY
      At the Silverthorne Performing Arts Center, 460 Blue River Parkway, Silverthorne, 970-513-9386 or lakedillontheatre.org
      Through Aug. 13, 2017: Sister Act
      June 30-July 9: Buyer and Cellar
      July 1-Aug. 24: Ghost
      Aug. 11-20: Grounded
      Sept. 1-17: Noises Off
      Sept. 15-24: Pretty Fire
      Nov. 24-Dec. 17: Murder for Two

      LITTLE THEATRE OF THE ROCKIES
      University of Northern Colorado campus, 970-351-4849 or littletheatrerockies.com
      Through July 16: Baby
      Through July 23: Simply Simone
      June 29-July 21: Proof
      July 27-July 30: Sister Act

      LONE TREE ARTS CENTER
      10075 Commons St., 720-509-1000, lone tree’s home page
      June 10: An evening with Betty Buckley

      LONGMONT THEATRE COMPANY
      513 Main St., Longmont, 303-772-5200 or longmont’s home page
      July 15-Aug. 6: As You Like It (multiple locations)  

      LOWRY SPOTLIGHT THEATER COMPANY
      John Hand Theatre, 7653 E. First Place, 720-880-8727 or thisisspotlight.com
      Through July 30: It's Only a Play (At Vintage Theatre)
      July 29-Aug. 26: On Golden Pond

      MIDTOWN ARTS CENTER
      3750 S. Mason St, Fort Collins, (970) 225-2555 or midtownartscenter.com
      Through Aug. 26: Hair

      MILLIBO ART THEATRE
      1626 S. Tejon St. Colorado Springs, 719-465-6321, themat.org
      July 21-Aug. 26, 2017: Circus of the Night

      MINERS ALLEY PLAYHOUSE
      1224 Washington St., Golden, 303-935-3044 or map’s home page
      July 14-Aug. 20: Broadway Bound
      Sept. 8-Oct. 15: Les Liasons Dangereuses

      OPENSTAGE & COMPANY
      Lincoln Center, 417 W. Magnolia St., Fort Collins, 970-484-5237 or openstagetheatre.org
      Through July 1: The Three Musketeers              
      Sept. 21-Oct. 14, 2017: Ideation (At ArtLab, 239 Linden St., Fort Collins)

      PACE CENTER
      20000 Pikes Peak Avenue, Parker, parkerarts.org
      July 14-Aug. 6: Hairspray (with Inspire Creative)

      PERFORMANCE NOW
      Lakewood Cultural Center, 470 S. Allison Parkway, 303-987-7845 or performancenow.org

      PHAMALY THEATRE COMPANY
      At the Stage Theatre, Denver Performing Arts Complex, 303-575-0005 or phamaly’s home page
      July 13-Aug. 6: Annie 

      ROCKY MOUNTAIN REPERTORY THEATRE
      800 Grand Ave, Grand Lake, 970-627-3421 or rockymountainrep.com
      Through Aug. 26: Mamma Mia
      Through Aug. 24: Newsies
      June 30-Aug. 25: West Side Story
      Sept. 1: Almost Heaven: Songs of John Denver

      SENIOR HOUSING OPTIONS
      The Barth Hotel, 1514 17th St. seniorhousingoptions.org
      Stella and Lou (presented by Vintage Theatre)

      SOUTHERN COLORADO REPERTORY THEATRE
      At the Famous Performing Arts Center, 131 W Main St., Trinidad, 719-846-4765 or scrtheatre.com
      Through Sept. 1: [title of show]
      July 1-Sept. 2: Dames at Sea
      July 21-Aug. 18: The Murder Room

      SPRINGS ENSEMBLE THEATRE
      1903 E. Cache La Poudre St., Colorado Springs, 719-357-3080 or springsensembletheatre.org
      July 20-Aug. 6: Gidion’s Knot

      SQUARE PRODUCT THEATER
      At the ATLAS Black Box Theater on the University of Colorado Boulder campus, 1125 18th St., Boulder, squareproducttheatre.org
      July 29-Aug. 12: House of Gold

      STAGEDOOR THEATRE
      27357 Conifer Road, Conifer, 303-886-2819, 800-838-3006 or stagedoor’s home page
      No summer events scheduled

      STAR BAR PLAYERS
      The Cottonwood Center for the Arts, 427 E. Colorado, Colorado Springs or starbarplayers.org
      No summer events scheduled

      STEAMPLANT THEATRE
      220 W. Sackett Ave., Salida, 719-530-0933 or salidasteamplant.com
      No summer events scheduled

      SU TEATRO
      At the Su Teatro Performing Arts Center, 721 Santa Fe Drive, 303-296-0219 or su teatro’s home page
      No summer events scheduled

      THEATRE ASPEN
      The Hurst Theatre  470 Rio Grande Place, 844-706-7387 or theatreaspen.org
      Through Aug. 19: Hairspray
      July 6-Aug. 12: Sex With Strangers
      July 13-Aug. 15: The World According to Snoopy

      THEATRE COMPANY OF LAFAYETTE
      Mary Miller Theater, 300 E. Simpson, 720-209-2154 or tclstage.org
      July 15-Aug. 6: As You Like It (Various locations)

      THEATRE ESPRIT ASIA
      teatheatre.org
      July 27-30: Coming to America: Boat Person and Antecedent (at Bas Bleu Theatre, Fort Collins)

      THEATREWORKS
      3955 Regent Circle, Colorado Springs, 719-255-3232 or theatreworkscs.org
      July 27-Aug. 19: Much Ado About Nothing, at Rock Ledge Ranch (3105 Gateway Road)
      Sept. 7-24: Heisenberg, at the Bon Vivant Theatre

      THIN AIR THEATRE COMPANY
      Butte Theatre, 139 E. Bennett Ave., Cripple Creek, 719-689-3247 or thinairtheatre.com
      June 2-July 28: A Cripple Creek Ragtime Revue
      June 23-Aug. 24: After Dark
      June 30-Aug. 26: Annie, Get Your Gun
      Sept. 1-23: The Nerd

      THINGAMAJIG THEATRE COMPANY
      At the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts, 2313 Eagle Drive, 970-731-7469 or pagosacenter.org
      Through Aug. 25: Aida
      Through Aug. 26: Hairspray
      July 8-Aug. 27: Big River
      July 15-Aug. 26: Sister Act

      THUNDER RIVER
      67 Promenade, Carbondale, 970-963-8200 or thunderrivertheatre.com
      Through July 1: The Memory of Water

      TOWN HALL ARTS CENTER
      2450 W. Main St., Littleton, 303-794-2787 or town hall’s home page
      Sept. 8-Oct. 8: In the Heights

      THE UPSTART CROW
      Nomad Playhouse, 1410 Quince Ave., Boulder, 303-442-1415 or upstart’s home page
      No summer events scheduled

      VINTAGE THEATRE
      1468 Dayton St., Aurora, 303-839-1361 or vintage’s home page
      Through July 23: It's Only a Play (with Spotlight Theatre)
      Through Aug. 6: Ring of Fire
      July 13-23: Stella and Lou (with Senior Housing Options at the Barth Hotel)

      ABOUT THE AUTHOR
      Avery-Anderson Avery Anderson is interning with the DCPA NewsCenter for the summer. He is the General Manager and producer of Met TV at Metropolitan State University of Denver. He was won two Heartland Student Emmy Awards for his work on The Met Report. He has a passion for local arts and culture and enjoys covering theatres across the Denver area and the state. Follow him on Twitter and @a_anderson64.
    • For Colorado's Gene Gillette, it is morning in America

      by John Moore | May 15, 2017

      Gene Gillette, left, returns to Denver next week with Adam Langdon in 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.' Photo by Joan Marcus.


      He lost his mother at 5, beat cancer at 40, and now returns home in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

      By John Moore
      Senior Arts Journalist

      It was the culminating day of his acting career. It was last August, and Denver actor Gene Gillette was sitting at a table in New York reading The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time at the opening rehearsal for the first national touring production of the National Theatre of Britain’s acclaimed, Tony Award-winning play. And as the actors came to the end of the story … Gillette broke into tears.

      “Something about this troubled kid who has lost his mother,” Gillette said, his voice trailing off. “I just started bawling.”

      Probably because he can so easily relate.

      Gillette plays Ed, the father of a 15-year-old boy named Christopher who lost his mother two years earlier. Gillette’s mother died of breast cancer when he was 5.

      “When you lose your mother, you have no emotional anchor in your life,” Gillette said in advance of his return to Denver in The Curious Incident, which opens May 30 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House. “My father always tried to be there for me. But a father is just a different kind of anchor than a mother.”

      In the stage story, Christopher is an exceptionally intelligent boy, but his overactive mind is ill-equipped to interpret everyday life normally. Gillette can palpably understand a boy who is exploding to get out of his own head.

      To say an adolescent Gillette was a bit of a trouble-maker is grossly inadequate. To say he had trouble in school, to say he had run-ins with the law, to say was a bit of a hothead – it’s all grossly inadequate. A young Gene Gillette could have ended up dead or in jail, several times over. But somehow he made it through, he said, largely through the interjection of protectors ranging from teachers to his father to his future wife. That and the safe haven he found in Denver theatre community.

      But it has been a very long road from Denver’s Curious Theatre to the national touring production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. One that recently included three weeks in a life-threatening coma.

      An incomprehensible loss

      Gillette was born in Evergreen in 1974 and moved with his father and sister to Franktown after his mother died. His father, then a paper salesman, struggled with how to help his children cope. In eighth grade, Gene was sent to a school for kids with special problems. There were stints in both rehab and a mental hospital. Doctors believe it was all a natural response to the boy losing his mother.

      Gene GilletteGillette attended three area high schools, but never fit in at any of them. “I actually did really well in school,” he said, “but there were a myriad of ways I found to get into trouble back then.” At Denver Academy, at just 15, he was jumped by three older students on the football team at prom. He dropped out of Douglas County High School during his junior year but, after several years adrift, he earned his high-school G.E.D.

      His life started to turn around when he made his way to Denver to explore the local theatre community. “There were times I didn’t have an address, but I always had a roof over my head,” he said, “usually crashing on people’s couches.”

      People say that theatre saves lives ... and sometimes they are being overdramatic when they say it. Gillette is not.

      “I absolutely believe that theatre saved my life,” he said. “It's so stupid and cliché to say it, but the way I was going, I didn't think there was any way I would make it to 30.”

      Theatre was his lifeline, starting back in the fourth grade when he playeGene Gillette Raind the troll in Billy Goat's Gruff. Later, as his life was imploding at Ponderosa High School, Gillette remembers a teacher named Mrs. Smith showing him the movie version of A Streetcar Named Desire, starring Marlon Brando. “That’s when I really, really got into theatre,” he said. “Everything about that guy, man: Stanley Kowalski. On the Waterfront. The Godfather. Apocalypse Now. Those are monumental transformations. That’s the kind of acting I dream about doing – the stuff that touches your soul.”

      Fitting, because critics have observed a young Brando quality to Gillette’s work from the start – the good, the sexy, and the scorching. One of his first roles in Denver was in Separate Tables at the South Suburban Theatre in Littleton. “I was actually surprised to learn that he was under 21, because his height and carriage at his audition were so mature and elegant,” said his director, Jeremy Cole. That was followed by a production of Macbeth, again directed by Cole. “Gene had multiple roles,” Cole said, “including – notably – a murderer.”

      (Photo at right: A young Gene Gillette with Kathryn Gray in Curious Theatre's 'Praying for Rain' in Denver in 2000.)

      Like Brando, a young Gillette was wild, untrained and had a short fuse. During intermission of the final performance, Cole went backstage and criticized him for the way he was grabbing the woman playing Banquo. After the show, there was a confrontation, “and I had to be dragged off of him,” Gillette said.

      “Gene and I both learned lessons from that, I think,” said Cole, who remains friends with Gillette and will be seeing The Curious Incident in Denver.

      But the raw performance was riveting. Future Curious Theatre founder Chip Walton, then a PhD student at the University of Colorado, saw Macbeth and quickly cast Gillette in his first leading role, in Saved at the LIDA Project warehouse. Walton then convinced theatre professor Sean Kelley to help Gillette enroll at CU-Boulder to study theatre.

      Gene Gillette. Coyote on a Fence. Gillette then headed for New York, but a violent confrontation during a holiday trip home changed the course of his life. Gillette was ordered to return to Colorado to serve a house arrest. Here, he was cast as the lead in Hamlet at the Denver Civic Theatre (now Su Teatro), followed by the play that landed him on the Denver theatre map – Curious Theatre’s Coyote on a Fence (pictured at right). Gillette chillingly portrayed Bobby Reyburn, an uneducated hick awaiting the death penalty for killing three African-American girls in a church fire. The play opened three days after the 9/11 attacks. Gillette won the Denver Post Ovation Award for Best Actor.

      “That was a life-changing event for me,” Gillette said. “That play was all about revenge. An eye for an eye: Is that the path that you want to take in life, either as a community or as an individual? Those are subjects we were dealing with a lot back then – and we still are now.”

      Gene Gillette wifeGillette credits two people for turning his life around: One is his wife, Laura Tesman, a theatre professor at Brooklyn College who has been by Gillette’s side for 19 years. “She's a huge rock in my life,” Gillette said. “She knows who I am and where I come from. She's everything to me, man.”

      The other is Walton, who most recently cast Gillette at Curious in The Lieutenant of Inishmore in 2008. Westword’s Juliet Wittman called that black Irish comedy “a crazed, cathartic bloodbath of a play dominated by scenes of torture, murder and dismemberment.” She called Gillette’s performance as a psychopathic soldier “mesmerizing, steely and scary.”  

      “Curious is my home,” Gillette said. “Chip's like my older brother. He's my mentor. He's the guy I look up to most of all.”

      Gillette went on to seminal roles in Denver and around the country, notably as John Proctor in the Arvada Center’s The Crucible. His life, through the benevolence of passing time, has normalized. He was happily married in 2014 when he was asked to join the national touring production of War Horse, the National Theatre’s epic story of another 15-year-old boy whose horse is sold into the military by his father (Gillette) to aid in Britain’s World War I effort.

      “Knowing that a place like the National Theatre of Great Britain believed in me enough to cast me in a play like that, in a principal role, just really validated my life choices,” Gillette said. “It told me, ‘You didn't totally screw up.’ ”

      Cancer calls a cold timeout

      But his biggest battle was just around the corner. The War Horse tour was on a brief break before a scheduled closing visit to Japan in the summer of 2015. But Gillette wasn’t feeling right. After three weeks, he visited a doctor who diagnosed him with an aggressive form of testicular cancer.

      “My mother died of cancer when she was 35 so, yeah, it's just terrifying, man. Just terrifying,” said Gillette. “I found out I had cancer, turned 40 and lost the best job I ever had – all within two weeks.”

      (Story continues below the photo gallery.)

      Photo gallery: Gene Gillette through the years:

      Gene Gillette: A look back

      To see more photos, click the forward arrow on the image above.

      Rather than go to Japan, Gillette had surgery to remove the tumor and his lymph nodes. In true Gillette fashion, he said, “I guess that I was kind of fighting people when I came out of surgery – so they put me back under.” Doctors put him on the drug propofol, which slows brain activity and the nervous system. But while he was under sedation, Gillette developed pneumonia and slipped into a coma. A pulmonary embolism formed in his lung, and blood clots in his legs. He credits his wife for saving his life – again – when she demanded that doctors take him off the propofol.

      Gene GilletteAfter three weeks in the coma, he came to. By then he had lost 45 pounds and was down to a rail-thin 137. When he woke up, the first person he called was his father.

      “I think I've heard my dad cry maybe two times in my life, and one of them was when I called him after waking up from three weeks in a coma,” Gillette said.

      He said his curious, near-death incident had a profound effect on his outlook, his demeanor, and his relationship with loved ones.

      “I just don't let stuff get to me as much as I used to,” Gillette said, before backtracking. “OK, I still let things get to me – because I am still me. But I just don't take things for granted. I really like the life I have. I love my wife. I love the career that I have. I don't want to die anytime soon, man. I really want to live life as much as possible.”  

      Gillette does not think it is a coincidence that every audition he has gone after since the coma has resulted in either a callback – or a job. “This whole thing was a call to action,” he said. “I'm done (bleeping) around. This is what I want to do with my life.”

      One of the jobs he went after – and landed – was in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. As Gillette was recovering from his cancer scare, he found out the play, written by Simon Stephens and adapted from Mark Haddon’s best-selling 2003 novel, was forming a national tour.

      The story begins with young Christopher falling under suspicion for killing his neighbor’s dog. The boy then sets out to identify the true culprit, which leads to an earth-shattering discovery. Gillette auditioned for the role of the father, Ed, in New York City – and got it. Gillette says if Ed were a real person, the two would probably be good friends.

      (Pictured at right: Gene Gillette with his father at the tour opening of 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time' at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.)

      “Ed is a guy you would want to watch a football game with,” Gillette said. “He’s a good dude. He runs his own company. He has a son with an extraordinary skill set and some special needs. He’s got a lot of weight on his shoulders, but he’s doing the best he can.”

      One of the hardest parts about playing Christopher’s father, he said, is the fact that the boy doesn't like to be touched. “That is very difficult for a parent, not being able to touch your own son,” he said. “Christopher doesn't have any friends at school. He talks a lot about enjoying being alone and how amazing it would be to be an astronaut and see the Milky Way. He just has a very bittersweet outlook on life.”

      Gene Gillette QuoteAnd while Christopher’s story and Gillette’s own are very different, he recognizes commonalities: A difficulty conforming, living on the fringes, not behaving the way that society deems normal. But to play the role of Ed, Gillette looked more to his own father for inspiration.

      “When I look at what my dad had to deal with from me as his son – it was a lot,” Gillette said. “I think Ed loves his son as much as my dad loves me. I think they both were dealt a really hard hand with the mother dying so young, and his son having the special needs that he has.”

      You may recall Gillette saying he has only heard his dad cry twice. He thinks the third time might happen on May 30, when Gene takes the stage at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House in Denver.

      “Our relationship is great now,” he said. “I realize now how hard my dad had to work after my mom died, and I know that he did the best that he could to take care of us. I think it's going to mean a lot to him to be there on opening night in Denver.”

      He knows what it will mean to him.

      “It’s going to be a dream realized,” he said. "I have never worked at the Denver Center. That’s the crown jewel in my head. That's THE spot. It's going to be huge for me. I cannot wait.”

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


      Video: Your first look at The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time



      The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time:
      Ticket Information

      The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-TimeMay 30-June 18
      • The Ellie Caulkins Opera House
      • Tickets: 303-893-4100 or BUY ONLINE
      • Groups: Call 303-446-4829
      • ASL, Audio-Described and Open-Captioned performance 2 p.m. June 11


      Previous coverage of
      The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time:
      A deep dive into a 'Curious' mind and mystery
      Gene Gillette will return to Denver in Curious Incident
      2016-17 season: Nine shows, two world premieres, return to classics


      Video bonus: Our 2011 interview with Laura Tesman and Gene Gillette:

      Gillette and Tesman discuss 'Bound,' an adaptation of the Prometheus and Pandora myths (and more) which they co-wrote. He starred; she directed.
    • May: Here's what's coming in Colorado theatre this month

      by John Moore | May 04, 2017
      A 800 ENCHANTED APRIL

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

      Five intriguing titles for May:

      NUMBER 1The Crud. The newest creation from the all-original Buntport Theater Company ensemble is this absurd fairy tale about both the crud on your floor and in your head. Follow the repetitive days of Dear Deer, Barely Bear and Broken Baby Doll Detective as they try to navigate their boredom. Nothing is important and everything is of the utmost importance. This is the final full-length production of Buntport's 16th Season and its creation was based on the contents of an abandoned storage locker Buntport purchased at an auction. Buntport debuts several full-length world premieres each season along with a slew of on-going programming.

      NUMBER 2Last Five Years Kantor WolfeThe Last Five Years in Concert. Broadway stars Adam Kantor (Fiddler of the Roof, RENT, Next to Normal) and Betsy Wolfe (Falsettos, Bullets Over Broadway and The Mystery of Edwin Drood) are coming to Denver for a one-night concert performance of Jason Robert Brown’s most popular work, a two-person story that chronicles a  five-year relationship between two New Yorkers, with a twist. The musical  tells the tale from both points of view – but one begins at the first meeting, while the other relates the story in reverse. So the story only aligns chronologically briefly in the middle. May 22 in the Seawell Grand Ballroom. 303-893-4100 or denvercenter.org. READ MORE

      NUMBER 3Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Forty years ago, Boulder’s Dinner Theatre opened its doors with Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Now, 10,000 performances later, the recently renamed BDT Stage is bringing back the show that started it all. Joseph, The first collaboration between composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyricist Tim Rice, is the family-friendly look back at the trials and triumphs of Israel’s favorite son. This production features Jack Barton as Joseph and Tracy Warren as the Narrator. Director Matthew D. Peters is promising a fresh staging concept unlike any Joseph you have seen before. May 13-Aug. 19 at 5501 Arapahoe Ave., 303-449-6000 or bdtstage.com.

      NUMBER 4THE SINGING HOUSE____________, an Opera. Let's face it: Any opera named ____________ is inherently intriguing. Award-winning actor Ethelyn Friend, an Associate Professor at Boulder's Naropa University, has penned an experimental opera with a fully memorized script, but the music by frequent DCPA composer Gary Grundei and his ensemble is improvised each night, and in multiple musical styles. ____________ will be staged in a new performance venue: a Victorian house in old-town Lafayette called The Singing House. Plays May 25-June 10 at 507 W. Baseline Road in Lafayette. TICKETS

      NUMBER 5Spamalot. By now, it's hardly notable that a local company is staging this well-known stage adaptation of Monty Python and the Holy Grail. But the Longmont Theatre Company's upcoming production is notable for marking the return of Director Patrick Sawyer, who recently underwent emergency triple-bypass heart surgery. If laughter is the best medicine, Spamalot, with its killer rabbits and farting Frenchmen, should be just what Sawyer - and his audiences - need this month. Plays May 5-20 at 513 Main St., 303-772-5200 or longmont’s home page


      THIS MONTH'S THEATRE OPENINGS IN COLORADO:

      (Submit your listings to jmoore@dcpa.org)

      DCPA May theatre May 5-20: Longmont Theatre Company's Spamalot
      513 Main St., 303-772-5200 or longmont’s home page

      May 5-20: Coal Creek Community Theatre's Enchanted April

      At the Louisville Center for the Arts, 801 Grant St., 303-665-0955 or cctlouisville.org

      May 5-June 11: The BiTSY Stage’s The Silent Princess: A Turkish Tale
      1137 S. Huron St., 720-328-5294 or bitsystage.com

      May 5-May 20: Aurora Fox's The Myth of Happy Endings (studio theatre)
      9900 E. Colfax Ave., Aurora, 303-739-1970 or aurorafox.org

      May 6-June 16: Curious Theatre's The Luckiest People
      1080 Acoma St., 303-623-0524 or curioustheatre.org

       

      May 6-June 3, 2017: Lowry's Spotlight Theatre's Scotland Road
      At the John Hand Theatre, 7653 E. First Place, 720-880-8727 or thisisspotlight.com

      May 11-27: OpenStage and Company's H2O
      At ArtLab, 239 Linden St., Fort Collins, 970-484-5237 or openstagetheatre.org

      May 11-13: Curtain Playhouse's Quilters
      6990 W. 38th Ave., Wheat Ridge, 720-887-0122 or thecurtainplayhouse.com

      May 12-June 4: Thingamajig Theatre Company's God of Carnage
      Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts, 2313 Eagle Drive, 970-731-7469 or pagosacenter.org

      May 13-Aug. 19: BDT Stage's Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
      5501 Arapahoe Ave., 303-449-6000 or bdtstage.com

      May 18-June 4: Springs Ensemble Theatre’s Rapture, Blister, Burn
      1903 E. Cache La Poudre St., Colorado Springs, 80909, 719-357-3080 or springsensembletheatre.org

      May 18-28: Funky Little Theatre's Extremities
      2109 Templeton Gap Road, Colorado Springs, 719-425-9509 or funkylittletheater.org

      May 19-21: National touring production of The Illusionists
      Buell Theatre, 14th and Curtis streets, 303-893-4100 or denvercenter.org

      May 19-June 10: Buntport Theater's The Crud
      717 Lipan St., 720-946-1388 or buntport.com

      May 19-June 18: Town Hall Arts Center's Hairspray
      2450 W. Main St., Littleton, 303-794-2787 or town hallartscenter.org

      May 19-June 25: Miners Alley Playhouse’s Cabaret
      1224 Washington St., Golden, 303-935-3044 or map’s home page

      May 25-June 25: Bas Bleu's Boeing Boeing
      401 Pine St., Fort Collins, 970-498-8949or basbleu.org

      May 25-June 10: The Singing House's "____________, an Opera"
      507 West Baseline Road, Lafayette TICKETS

      May 26-June 18: Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center's Man of La Mancha
      30 W. Dale St., 719-634-5581 or csfineartscenter.org

      May 26-July 1: Equinox Theatre Company’s The Rocky Horror Show
      At the Bug Theatre, 3654 Navajo St., 720-984-0781 or equinoxtheatredenver.com

      May 30-June 18: National touring production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
      Ellie Caulkins Opera House, 14th and Curtis streets, 303-893-4100 or denvercenter.org
      READ MORE

      CONTINUING CURRENT PRODUCTIONS:

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

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

      Through May 7: TheatreWorks' Pride and Prejudice
      3955 Regent Circle, Colorado Springs, 719-255-3232 or theatreworkscs.org

      Through May 7: Upstart Crow's Dark of the Moon
      At the Nomad Playhouse, 1410 Quince Ave., Boulder, 303-442-1415 or theupstartcrow.org

      horses square productThrough May 13: square product’s She Rode Horses Like the Stock Exchange
      At The Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder, 303-440-7826 or the dairy.org READ MORE

      Through May 13: Dairy Arts Center's The Testament of Mary
      2590 Walnut St., Boulder, 303-440-7826 or tickets.thedairy.org READ MORE

      Through May 13: Lost & Found Productions’ Much Ado about Nothing
      At The Bug Theatre, 3654 Navajo St.,lostandfoundproductions.net

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

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

      Through May 20: Arvada Center's Waiting for Godot
      6901 Wadsworth Blvd., 720-898-7200 or arvadacenter.org READ MORE

      More Colorado theatre coverage on the DCPA NewsCenter

      Through May 21: Off-Center's Travelers of the Lost Dimension, with A.C.E.
      At the Stanley Marketplace, 2501 Dallas St., Aurora, 303-893-4100 or denvercenter.org READ MORE

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

      Through May 21: Vintage Theatre’s The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow
      1468 Dayton St., Aurora, 303-839-1361 or vintagetheatre.com

      Through May 21Vintage Theatre’s A Time to Kill
      1468 Dayton St., Aurora, 303-839-1361 or vintage’s home page

       

      EDGE MISERYThrough May 21: The Edge Theatre's Misery
      1560 Teller St., Lakewood, 303-232-0363 or theedgetheatre.com

      Through May 21: Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center's Souvenir: A Fantasia on the Life of Florence Foster Jenkins (Second Stage)
      30 W. Dale St., Colorado Springs, 719-634-5581 or csfineartscenter.org

      Through May 21: The Avenue Theater's The Golden Years
      417 E. 17th Ave., 303-321-5925 or avenuetheater.com

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

      Through May 28: DCPA Theare Company's The Secret Garden
      Stage Theatre, Denver Performing Arts Complex, 14th and Curtis streets, 303-893-4100 or denvercenter.org READ MORE

      Through May 28: Aurora Fox's Priscilla Queen of the Desert
      9900 E. Colfax Ave., Aurora, 303-739-1970 or aurorafox.org READ MORE

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

      Through July 2: Jesters Dinner Theatre's Disney’s Beauty and the Beast
      224 Main St., Longmont, 303-682-9980 or jesterstheatre.com



      BIRDS BOULDER ENSEMBLE

      ONGOING, MONTHLY or ONE-TIME PROGRAMMING:

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

      BOULDER ENSEMBLE THEATRE COMPANY
      7 p.m., Thursday, June 8: Free reading of Anna Moench's Birds of North America
      Featuring Chris Kendall and Lindsey Pierce.
      At the Canyon Theater at the Boulder Public Library.

      BUNTPORT THEATRE
      • Saturday, May 13: Season finale of Siren Song: A Pirate Odyssey (Monthly theatre for young audiences at 1 and 3 p.m.)
      • Tuesday, May 16: The Great Debate (monthly)
      • Wednesday, May 17: The Narrators (a monthly live storytelling show and podcast)
      • Wednesday, May 24: Debbie Scheer Presents: T.R.A.C.K.S.U.I.T. (a night of stories from the heart about parenting, adoption, love, loss, GLBTQ and mental health.) TICKETS
      • Friday, May 26: Untitled (in the freight elevator at the Denver Art Museum, monthly)

      717 Lipan St., 720-946-1388 or buntport.com

      COLORADO SPRINGS FINE ARTS CENTER

      • May 4: Kathleen Madigan: Bothering Jesus Tour


      30 W. Dale St., Colorado Springs, 719-634-5581 or csfineartscenter.org

      DENVER ACTORS FUND
      • The-Wedding-SingerSunday, May 21: Screening of the film The Wedding Singer, with live pre-screening entertainment for the cast of Performance Now's upcoming stage production of the stage musical. Entertainment 6:30 p.m.; film at 7.


      Alamo Drafthouse Littleton, 7301 S Santa Fe Drive, drafthouse.com

      DENVER CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

      • Friday, May 12: Cult Following's SCRIPTprov™, Jones Theatre INFO
      • Saturday, May 13: Cult Following: Rated G, Jones Theatre INFO
      • Monday, May 22: The Last Five Years in Concert, Seawell Ballroom READ MORE

      Denver Performing Arts Complex, 14th and Curtis streets, 303-893-4100 or denvercenter.org


      LOCAL THEATRE COMPANY

      • Noon, Sunday, May 21: Pain Management, a devised theatre piece


      311 Mapleton Ave., Boulder. Free, but RSVP required here

      PHAMALY THEATRE COMPANY
      • May 6-7: A Midsummer Night's Dream, a staged reading

      1:30 p.m. Saturday; 1:30 and 7 p.m. Saturday
      At the Lone Tree Arts Center, 10075 Commons St., just west of Interstate 25 and Lincoln Avenue, 720-509-1000 or TICKETS

      THE SOURCE THEATRE COMPANY

      • Every third Monday: Monday! Monday! Monday! Cabaret

      At Su Teatro Performing Arts Center, 721 Santa Fe Drive, 720-238-1323 or thesourcedenver.org

      STORIES ON STAGE
      • Sunday, April 7: Motherhood Out Loud

      Stories on Stage has renowned actors bring stories to life by combining literature with theater. This month's performers are Kate Gleason, Meridith Grundei, John Jurcheck and Randy Moore reading:
      • On the U.S.S. Fortitude, by Ron Carlson
      • Frog, by Matthew Taylor
      • At Least Your Hair Looks Gorgeous, by Ellen Nordberg

      1:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. at Su Teatro, 721 Santa Fe Drive, 303-494-0523 or storiesonstage.org
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