Wild Fire will feature real Colorado stories and songs written by Colorado bands
DENVER, CO – The DCPA Theatre Company is excited to announce the theatrical concert premiere Wild Fire, performing at three Colorado venues statewide in August.
Wild Fire is a one-of-a-kind theatrical event created by Colorado playwright Jessica Kahkoska celebrating the resilience and generosity of the Colorado community, inspired by real-life stories from the October 2020 East Troublesome Fire in Grand County, CO. Wild Fire will follow the lives of eight people in Grand County as they face the threat of a wildfire, accompanied by a folk score performed by the Wild Fire cast and written by Colorado artists: Cary Morin, Chimney Choir, Daniel Rodriguez, Elephant Revival, Gregory Alan Isakov and SHEL.
“Wild Fire is a deeply moving Colorado story that demonstrates the strength of a community that came together to support and overcome a tragedy,” stated Chris Coleman, Director of Wild Fire. “I am elated that the Theatre Company will return to the stage this summer to celebrate our community and share this powerful story written by a talented Colorado playwright.”
In addition to the three performances, DCPA is partnering with History Colorado to host two memory workshops on June 19 and June 29 as part of History Colorado’s Museum of Memory Initiative. Previous memory workshops captured the oral histories used in the creation of Wild Fire. Participants in forthcoming workshops are invited to contribute their lived experiences with wildfires to Colorado’s official historic record, and hear the stories of others. History Colorado also invites all community members to submit their personal stories of living with wildfire through an online form.
Wild Fire performances will take place at Levitt Pavilion Denver (Aug. 16 at 7pm), Dillon Amphitheater (Aug. 18 at 7pm), and Rendezvous Event Center at Hideaway Park in Winter Park (Aug. 20 at 7pm). Tickets will be on sale June 23, and a portion of ticket sales will benefit the Grand Foundation’s Grand County Wildfire Emergency Fund, providing wildfire relief aid to Grand County. In addition, DCPA is offering over 1,000 free tickets to firefighters across the three performances, which will be distributed via lottery.
Tickets will go on sale on June 23. For more information on Wild Fire, visit denvercenter.org/wildfire.
DCPA Theatre Company
Written by Jessica Kahkoska
Directed by Chris Coleman
Music Direction by Mark G. Meadows
With songs written by (in alphabetical order): Cary Morin, Chimney Choir, Daniel Rodriguez, Elephant Revival, Gregory Alan Isakov, and SHEL
Commissioned by DCPA Theatre Company
August 16 – 20, 2021
Tickets start at $30
A portion of ticket sales to benefit the Grand County Wildfire Emergency Fund
Wild Fire follows the lives of 8 people in Grand County over the course of one momentous week as they face the threat of an unprecedented wildfire. A local fire marshal, a park ranger, a reporter, a rancher, and other evacuated residents…these are a few of the lives that are crossed, changed, and ultimately interwoven forever.
Featuring a folk score written by Colorado musicians, crafted by a Colorado playwright, and inspired by real testimony from more than 30 oral history interviews, Wild Fire honors real stories from our neighbors and friends — with urgent relevance to events happening across the country.
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