2017 Colorado Fall Theatre Preview: 'Pretty Fire' and 'Hi-Hat Hattie'

For 10 days, the DCPA NewsCenter is offering not just 10 intriguing titles to watch on theatre stages throughout Colorado. This year we are expanding our preview by featuring 10 musicals AND 10 plays. Today is Day 8.

PLAY OF THE DAY: Lake Dillon Theatre Company’s Pretty Fire

Featured actor in the video above: Nina Waters

• Sept. 15-24
• At the Silverthorne Performing Arts Center
A Nina Waters Pretty Fire 400970-513-9386 or go to lakedillontheatre.org

Playwright: Charlayne Woodard
• Director: Joshua Blanchard

The story: Two young sisters navigate life in the 1950s shifting between the dual landscapes of New York and Rosignol Hill, Ga. More than a dozen memorable characters weave together one family’s story forever informed by soulful jazz melodies, integrated classrooms, sizzling smoked sausages and the flickering flames of one burning cross.

But what is it about? Pretty Fire explores African-American life in the mid-20th century, touching on issues that remain topical in today’s America: Class inequity, individual and institutional racism, and violence against women. Pretty Fire is also an uplifting tale of courage, family and faith that delivers a positive message for anyone struggling with today’s pervading social unrest. (Provided by Lake Dillon Theatre Company.)

Note: Pretty Fire is part of Lake Dillon’s Lab Solo Series and will be performed in its most intimate setting, with a capacity of about 30. Click here to read our coverage of the Silverthorne Performing Arts Center‘s recent opening.)

Cast list:

• Nina Waters as all characters

Nina Waters Pretty Fire. Lake Dillon.Nina Waters in rehearsal for Lake Dillon Theatre Company’s ‘Pretty Fire.’

MUSICAL OF THE DAY: Aurora Fox’s Hi-Hat Hattie

Featured actor in the video above: Anna Maria High. ‘She was a trailblazer for black women in the arts, and in life,’ High says. ‘She overcame gender, racial and appearance discrimination, and left behind an epic legacy that will inspire many for generations to come.’

• Nov. 24-Dec. 23
• Aurora Fox, 9900 E. Colfax Ave.
Anna Maria High. Hi-Hat Hattie. Aurora Fox. Call 303-739-1970 or go to aurorafoxartscenter.org
Written by Larry Parr
• Director: To be announced
• Music Director: Jodel Charles

• The story: Hi-Hat Hattie is the thought-provoking, one-woman musical biography of the first African-American to win an Academy Award. Of her iconic and controversial role as a maid in Gone with the Wind, Hattie McDaniel famously said, “Hell, I’d rather play a maid that be one.” The story traces McDaniel’s transformation from a stunned young woman twice widowed into the graceful and forceful artist who never buckled under the restraints of appearance, gender or race.

• But what is it about? Family, love, loss, race and prejudice are all in the spotlight in this moving portrayal of an entertainment legend. (Provided by the Aurora Fox.)

Cast list:
Anna Maria High as Hattie McDaniel

More Colorado theatre coverage on the DCPA NewsCenter

Our complete 2017 Colorado Fall Theatre Preview:
Day 1: Curious Theatre’s Appropriate and BDT Stage’s Rock of Ages
Day 2: The Catamounts’ You on the Moors Now and Rocky Mountain Rep’s Almost Heaven: Songs of John Denver
Day 3: Creede Repertory Theatre’s General Store and Town Hall Arts Center’s In the Heights
Day 4: Avenue Theater’s My Brilliant Divorce and the Arvada Center’s A Chorus Line
Day 5: Bas Bleu’s Elephant’s Graveyard and Evergreen Chorale’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Day 6: Firehouse Theatre’s The Mystery of Love and Sex and the Aurora Fox’s ‘Company’
Day 7: Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company’s The Revolutionists and Off-Center’s The Wild Party
Day 8: Lake Dillon Theatre Company’s Pretty Fire and the Aurora Fox’s Hi-Hat Hattie
Day 9: Edge Theatre Company’s A Delicate Balance and Midtown Arts Center’s Once.
Day 10:  Local Theater Company’s The Rape of the Sabine Women, by Grace B. Matthias and Thin Air Theatre Company’s The Toxic Avenger Musical

This 2017 Colorado fall preview is compiled by Denver Center for the Performing Arts Senior Arts Journalist John Moore as a service to the Colorado theatre community. Moore was named one of the 12 most influential theater critics in the U.S by American Theatre Magazine in 2011 and is the founder of The Denver Actors Fund.

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