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The DCPA Theatre Company pushed our commitment to new play development to the next level when we established the Colorado New Play Summit in 2006. Year after year, stories that got their start at the Summit are brought to life as full productions across the country. As we continue to see plays like American Mariachi, The Great Leap, The Book of Will, The Legend of Georgia McBride, The Whale, and FADE find new fans on our stages and beyond, we become even more excited to see what fresh ideas the next Summit will bring.

In our nearly 40 seasons, we’ve produced more than 135 world premieres, presented readings of 160 new works and commissioned 24 playwrights. By commissioning plays, we underwrite the important work required of playwrights, invest in the future of the American theatre and keep our finger on the pulse of contemporary writing.

Dozens of plays got their start as a Summit reading – discover the plays we have commissioned, premiered or otherwise developed here since the beginning of the Colorado New Play Summit.

Title in bold = Commissioned by the DCPA Theatre Company
WP = Became fully produced at the DCPA as a World Premiere production
D = Received other development with another theatre company
* = Subsequent productions outside the DCPA

2018 Summit

  • Mama Metallica by Sigrid Gilmer
  • The Couches by David Jacobi
  • Christa McAuliffe’s Eyes Were Blue by Kemp Powers
  • Celia, A Slave (D) by Barbara Seyda

2017 Summit

  • Last Night and the Night Before (WP 2019, D) by Donnetta Lavinia Grays
  • Blind Date* by Rogelio Martinez
  • Human Error (WP 2018) by Eric Pfeffinger
  • Hanussen by Robert Schenkkan
  • The Great Leap (WP 2018)* by Lauren Yee

2016 Summit

  • American Mariachi (WP 2018)* by Jose Cruz Gonzalez
  • The Book of Will (WP 2017)* by Lauren Gunderson
  • Two Degrees (WP 2017)* Tira Palmquist
  • Midwinter by Mat Smart

2015 Summit (10th Anniversary)

  • The There There by Jason Gray Platt
  • The Nest (WP 2016) by Theresa Rebeck
  • FADE (WP 2016)* by Tanya Saracho
  • Holy Laughter (D) by Catherine Trieschmann

2014 Summit

  • Benediction (WP 2015) by Eric Schmiedl, based on the novel by Kent Haruf
  • The Comparables by Laura Schellhardt
  • Appoggiatura (WP 2015)* by James Still
  • Zenith (D) by Kristen Greenidge
  • Victory Jones and the Incredible One Woman Band (D) by Idris Goodwin

2013 Summit

  • The Vast In-Between (D) by Laura Eason
  • The Legend of Georgia McBride (WP 2014)* by Matthew Lopez
  • The Most Deserving (WP 2013)* by Catherine Trieschman
  • black odyssey (WP 2014) by Marcus Gardley
  • Just Like Us (WP 2013)* by Karen Zacarias

2012 Summit

  • Ed, Downloaded (WP 2013)* by Michael Mitnick
  • Homefree (D) by Lisa Loomer
  • Grace, or the Art of Climbing (WP 2013) by Lauren Feldman
  • The Hand of God (D) by Richard Dresser
  • Sense and Sensibility The Musical (WP 2013), Book/Lyrics by - Jeffrey Haddow, Music by Neal Hampton

2011 Summit

  • Great Wall Story (WP 2012) by Lloyd Suh
  • Cecilia Marie (D)* by Octavio Solis
  • Two Things You Don't Talk About at Dinner (WP 2012) by Lisa Loomer
  • The Whale (WP 2012)* by Samuel D. Hunter
  • An Extraordinary Demonstration of Nikola Tesla's Most Recent Discoveries by Buntport Theatre

2010 Summit

  • The House of the Spirits (Produced 2009) by Caridad Svich
  • Map of Heaven (WP 2011) by Michele Lowe
  • The Catch (WP 2011) by Ken Weitzman
  • Civilization (All You Can Eat) (D)* by Jason Grote

2009 Summit

  • When Tang Met Laika (WP 2010) by Rogelio Martinez
  • Flooded (D) by Julie Marie Myatt
  • Eventide (WP 2010) by Eric Schmiedl, based on the novel by Kent Haruf
  • Take Me to the River (D) by Constance Congdon
  • The Unsinkable Molly Brown (WP 2014), Music and lyrics by Meredith Willson, book and additional lyrics by Dick Scanlan

2008 Summit

  • Inana (WP 2009)* by Michele Lowe
  • Shooting Star (D)* by Steven Dietz
  • Perilous Night (D) by Lee Blessing
  • Dusty and the Big Bad World (WP 2009)* by Cusi Cram

2007 Summit

  • Shadow of Himself (D) by Neal Bell
  • Visitors' Guide to Arivaca by Evangeline Ordaz
  • Plainsong (WP 2008) by Eric Schmiedl, based on the novel by Kent Haruf
  • Our House (WP 2008)* by Theresa Rebeck

2006 Summit

  • 1001 (WP 2007) by Jason Grote
  • Good on Paper (D) by Michele Lowe
  • Augusta (D) by Richard Dresser

In its 38 seasons, the Theatre Company has produced more than 137 World Premieres, read 165 new works and commissioned 39 playwrights. Learn more about how you can support our exciting commitment to new play development.