2015 Summit Spotlight video: Jason Gray Platt's 'The There There'

Jason Gray Platt’s new play The There There looks at one couple’s relationship over 60 years, with two sets of actors playing the lovers as young and old. The twist of staging it as a featured reading at the 2015 Colorado New Play Summit is that the play features two overlapping casts. On the first weekend of the Summit, the couple was played as two men (Nick Mills, Vin Kridakorn, Nasser Faris and Lenny Von Dohlen). The second weekend of the Summit, the couple was played as a man and a woman (Mills, Von Dohlen, Melissa Recalde and Lise Bruneau). So audiences who saw both readings saw one set of male actors play the same script opposite men, and then women.

But at its essence, Platt says, gender is irrelevant to telling a story that strives to be about “how technology informs the loss of loved ones, and how our increasing connection with one another is complicating our ability to grieve fully for people.” The reading’s director was Courtney Sale, and the reader was Heather Hughes.

Video by John Moore and David Lenk.

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Part 1: The Nest, by Theresa Rebeck
Part 2: The There There, by Jason Gray Platt
Part 3: Holy Laughter, by Catherine Trieschmann
Part 4: Fade, by Tanya Saracho (coming next)

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'The There There.' Photos by John Moore. One iteration of the ‘young couple’: Nick Mills and Melissa Recalde, left) and one iteration of the ‘older couple’: Nasser Faris and Lenny Von Dohlen. Photos by John Moore.