Playwrights named for inaugural Local Playwrights Slam

by John Moore | Feb 03, 2015
Colorado New Play Summit Local Playwrights Slam

A group of Colorado writers known as the Rough Draught Playwrights, who have been selected to curate the inaugural Local Playwrights’ Slam during the opening weekend of the DCPA's 2015 Colorado New Play Summit, have announced its lineup of readers. The group includes a mix of writers, directors and actors from the local theatre community. They are:

  • William Missouri Downs: University of Wyoming professor and writer of more than two dozen plays including Miners Alley Playhouse's Dead White Males, Bas Bleu's Kosher Lutherans and Vintage Theatre's Books on Tape.
  • Megan Fevurly: Business Manager for the DCPA's Development Department recently was named a semifinalist in the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival for her 10-minute play, Trapped.
  • Ellen K. Graham: Wrote Edge Theatre's recent holiday offering The Familiars; before that created a company called Feral Assembly to produce her original drama The Night Season.
  • Josh Hartwell: Wrote world premiere of Miners Alley Playhouse's recent Dylan Went Electric; director of Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company's recent award-winning drama Grounded, and the Edge Theatre's current comedy, The Motherf***er with the Hat.
  • Cajardo Rameer Lindsey: Appeared in the DCPA Theatre Company's world premiere Just Like Us; soon will star in Curious Theatre Company's presentation of Tarell Alvin McCraney's Bother/Sister Trilogy (In the Red and Brown Water, The Brothers Size and Marcus; Or the Secret of Sweet).
  • Erin Rollman and Hannah Duggan: Founding members of the Buntport Theatre, which won a DCTC Theatre Company commission to write an innovative multimedia new play about inventor Nikola Tesla for the 2010 Colorado New Play Summit. Currently staging and appearing in Tommy Lee Jones Goes to Opera Alone at Buntport.

The Slam has been a popular feature for all 10 years of the Colorado New Play Summit.  It's sort of like a poetry reading for playwrights.

"This award-winning group of playwrights represents a wide diversity of style and voice," said Leslie C. Lewis of Rough Draft Playwrights. "You will experience comedic, dramatic, absurdist and biographical performances from writers with acting, spoken word, performance art, screenwriting and traditional playwriting backgrounds. We want to introduce you to the breadth and excitement of the Colorado writing scene.
The Rough Draught Playwrights' Slam will take place in The Jones Theatre at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 14. It is free with the purchase of any $10 Summit reading ticket. Read more about it here.

For information and tickets to the 2015 Colorado New Play Summit, click here.

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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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