Summit Spotlight Video: 'Appoggiatura'

by John Moore | Feb 07, 2014

James Still's Appoggiatura is a romantic fantasy in which an atypical American family travels to Venice and comes face-to-face with their pasts ... and futures. It's the story of three Americans with broken hearts who go Venice to get lost ... and found.

Each is coping with loss. An older man and woman grieve the man they both loved; a granddaughter contemplates a wedding she no longer wants. They become lost in Venice, where, unbounded by time and with the help of a bumbling but sweet travel guide and a violin-playing Vivaldi, they discover how to heal.

Appoggiatura is a musical term. We are told it means to "lean in" - that note that happens right before a note resolves. "The feel of the play is that we are on the verge of resolving," says Director Risa Brainin. Playwright James Still is a three-time Pulitzer Prize nominee.

Here's our inside look at the making of this compelling new work that debuts with readings at the 2014 Colorado New Play Summit Feb. 7-9, 2014. Featured are director Brainin with actors Judith-Marie Bergen, Irwin Appel, Lenne Klingaman, Nick Mills, Julian Remulla,  Mehry Eslaminina and Randy Moore.

Favorite line:

"You knew Jack?"

"Yes, he was your son."

"And my moon ... and my stars ... and my lilacs."

Video by John Moore.

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

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