Video: Talking 'Appoggiatura' with James Still and Risa Brainin

by John Moore | Oct 19, 2014

Appoggiatura_Video_Interview_800The world premiere of the play Appoggiatura will be performed Jan. 16 through Feb. 22 in the Ricketson Theatre. It's a sun-drenched romance about love, loss, and a broken family re-living the past and healing their hearts in Venice. Followed by a violin-playing Vivaldi, a charming but bogus Italian tour guide accompanies a widow and a bereaved middle-aged man who both mourn for the same person while a granddaughter questions her future.

Appoggiatura is a Denver Center commission by three-time Pulitzer Prize finalist James Still, who In this video talks with director Risa Brainin about the play, and staging it in Denver. When it debuted as a reading at the  2014 Colorado New Play Summit, the word that came up most in response to it was "sweet." 

"And I think it takes enormous courage right now to approach a new play with that kind of deeply sweet quality," says Still, "because it is risky."

The plays that have been selected to be read at the 2015 Summit will be announced Monday, Oct. 20.

"I can't imagine any writer not wanting to have a play premiere at the DCPA," says Still. "That's just an incredible honor."

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  1. Paloma and Bruce | Feb 16, 2015

    Loved it. Made you think,  laugh, sing, cry and feel.  Great ensemble and well thought out and creative staging. Thank you.

  2. Jacquelyn Wonder | Jan 28, 2015

    We are a out to walk to the DCPA right now to see th]is play!;

    This made us both SO So Excited to see this Play!

    I'll write More later,after the play.  Thanks for doing these films



    They are a real treat!! Thank you, Jacquelyn Wonder and Jerry Conover

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

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