Cast lists: Theatre Company's 'The Nest,' 'FADE'

Theresa Rebeck quoteBy Hope Grandon
For The DCPA NewsCenter

The DCPA Theatre Company has announced full casting and creative teams for the upcoming world-premiere productions of Theresa Rebeck’s The Nest and Tanya Saracho’s FADE. (Photo at right: Theresa Rebeck).

Both productions are Theatre Company commissions made possible by the Women’s Voices Fund and were developed at the 2015 Colorado New Play Summit.

The Women’s Voices Fund is a $1 million endowment that specifically supports new plays by women and the hiring of female directors. The fund has allowed the Theatre Company to produce 26 plays by women, commission 16 female playwrights and hire 20 female directors since 2006.

“We are honored to have two powerhouse female playwrights bringing world premieres to life at the same time,” said Producing Artistic Director Kent Thompson. “Tanya Saracho is a funny, gifted, rising writer who is intensely aware of the layers and complexities in Hispanic culture. Theresa Rebeck is undeniably one of the most foremost female playwrights in the country and The Nest contains the best first scene of a play that I’ve read in years.”

The Nest, directed by Adrienne Campbell-Holt, will feature Kevin Berntson as Ned, Brian D. Coats as Barry, Brian Dykstra as Patrick, Laura Latreille as Lila, Victoria Mack as Sam, David Mason as Nick, Carly Street as Margo and Andrea Syglowski as Irene.

The creative team is made up of Lisa Orzolek (Scenic Designer), Angela Balogh Calin (Costume Designer), Grant W. S. Yeager (Lighting Designer), and Craig Breitenbach (Sound Designer).

Saracho’s FADE, directed by Jerry Ruiz, will feature Mariana Fernández as Lucia and Eddie Martinez, who recently appeared in the Theatre Company’s production of As You Like It, as Abel.

The creative team includes Timothy R. Mackabee (Scenic Designer), Meghan Anderson Doyle (Costume Designer), Richard Devin (Lighting Designer) and Tyler Nelson (Sound Designer).

Over the past decade, the Colorado Summit has introduced 40 new plays, more than half of which returned to the stage as full DCPA Theatre Company productions. Recent Summit world premieres include Samuel D. Hunter’s The Whale, Eric Schmidel’s adaptation of Kent Haruf’s Benediction, Marcus Gardley’s black odyssey, Karen Zacarias’s Just Like Us and Dick Scanlan’s reimagined version of The Unsinkable Molly Brown.

The Nest

  • By Theresa Rebeck
  • Jan. 22-Feb. 21
  • Space Theatre
  • When you have a seat at the bar called The Nest, no conversation is off-limits, whether you’re speaking or eavesdropping. That is, until a stranger walks in with a lucrative proposition. Pulitzer Prize finalist Theresa Rebeck’s plays “may make you laugh or shudder (or both)” according to American Theatre, and with its feisty humor and scorching dialogue, this explosive new comedy holds a cracked mirror up to friendships, romantic relationships and families.
  • Tickets: 303-893-4100 or BUY ONLINE
  • FADE 

  • By Tanya Saracho
  • Feb. 5-March 13
  • Ricketson Theatre
  • In this sharp, true-to-life new comedy, Mexican-American Lucia is hired to write for a Latina TV character in a cutthroat Hollywood TV studio. She soon discovers that the Latino studio custodian, Abel, has a windfall of plot ideas. As their friendship grows, his stories start to blur with hers with unexpected consequences. FADE is a standout new play from Tanya Saracho, whose writing “lands in that sweet spot between comedy and drama” (Chicago Tribune).
  • Tickets: 303-893-4100 or BUY ONLINE
  • Additional ticket information:

  • TTY: 303-893-9582
  • Groups of 15 or more: 303-446-4829
  • Also: Purchase in person at The Denver Center Ticket Office, located at the Helen Bonfils Theatre Complex lobby. Buy and print online at DenverCenter.Org.
  • 2016 Colorado New Play Summit

  • Launch Weekend Feb. 13-14
  • Festival Weekend Feb. 19-21
  • Tickets: 303-893-4100 or go to the Summit home page
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