Summit Spotlight Video: 'Zenith'

by John Moore | Feb 07, 2014

It seems hardly a day goes by when the media isn't calling our attention  to yet another unspeakable act done by someone onto someone else ... somewhere. Most often, such headline-grabbing crimes serve only to make us search in vain for an understanding of reprehensible human behavior. Kirsten Greenidge's Zenith humanizes one such shocking crime, and explores the complex reasons why we do what we do.

Greenidge, who wrote "Zenith" as a Denver Center commission, was drawn to the real-life story of a woman who drove nearly 2 miles down the wrong way of a highway, causing a head-on collision that killed eight people, including herself and her children. 

"I started to think abut piecing together that life, and what happened, and why someone would decide to do that," Greenidge said. "No one knows exactly what went wrong, but it seems like it was a conscious decision on some level."

She added, however: "This is not her story. I just borrowed from that and put my own Kirsten Greenidge spin on it."

Here's our inside look at the making of this gripping new work that debuts with readings at the 2014 Colorado New Play Summit Feb. 7-9, 2014. Featured are Greenidge and actors April Matthis, Gabra Zackman, Candy Brown, Jason Bowen, Tony Todd and Allison Watrous.

Favorite line: "Glug, glug. That's you drinking the Kool-Aid. That's you dying the slow death of the mini-van."

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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