February theatregoing is all about Anne, Annas … and Rembrandts


Margot (Annie Barbour), Anne (Darrow Klein), Edith (Emily Paton Davies) and Otto (Larry Cahn) in the Arvada Center’s ‘The Diary of Anne Frank.’ Matt Gale Photography

Start of Arvada Center’s new rep season and 14th Colorado New Play Summit are among this month’s biggest theatre events

February in Colorado theatregoing is the month for Annes (The Diary of Anne Frank) and Annas (Anna Karenina and Anna in the Tropics); not to mention Rembrandt (The Rembrandt and The Rembrandt Room). The Arvada Center launches its third season of repertory plays and the DCPA Theatre Company enters its busiest month of the year with two world-premiere plays, a huge Russian epic and the Colorado New Play Summit. Here are just a few of your intriguing options this month, followed by a complete list of all February openings in Colorado:

  1. Anna Karenina. Photo by Cheyenne Michaels.

    Photo by Cheyenne Michaels.

    The Arvada Center’s The Diary of Anne Frank and The Moors. The Arvada Center begins its third season of repertory plays with the ever-timely historical drama The Diary of Anne Frank (February 1-May 17) and The Moors (February 22-May 18). Thirteen-year-old Anne Frank created one of the most powerful and enduring stories of the 20th century when she chronicled the horrors of being Jewish and trapped in Nazi-occupied Amsterdam. Starring Darrow Klein and directed by Christy Montour-Larson, The Moors is a dark comedy by playwright Jen Silverman, who turns the world of the Bronte sisters on its head in a subversive story about love and desperation. The 2019 acting company also includes Larry Cahn, Emily Paton Davies, Annie Barbour, Regina Fernandez, Daniel Crumrine, Lance Rasmussen, Emma Messenger, Abner Genece, Zachary Andrews, Emily Van Fleet and Jessica Robblee. Sin Street Social Club  joins the mix March 15-May 19. And, for the kids: Ella Enchanted will be staged February 1-May 22. 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., 720-898-7200 or

  2. DCPA Theatre Company’s Colorado New Play Summit. The Denver Center’s first Colorado New Summit under the leadership of Artistic Director Chris Coleman will bring both familiar and new names to the Rocky Mountain region’s largest new-play festival over two weekends February 16-17 and 22-24. The 14th annual gathering will feature readings of new plays by Beaufield Berry, Isaac Gomez, Bonnie Metzgar and Tony Meneses; and a new musical by Neyla Pekarek and Karen Hartman. Festival visitors also will attend previously announced, fully staged word-premiere productions by Donnetta Lavinia Grays (Last Night and the Night Before) and Itamar Moses (The Whistleblower). At venues around the Denver Performing Arts Complex, 14th and Curtis streets, 303-893-4100 or
  3. The Catamounts’ United Flight 232. This unusual regional premiere recounts the true story of a DC-10 that left Denver’s Stapleton Airport on July 19, 1989, bound for Chicago O’Hare and crash-landed at Sioux City, Iowa, after suffering catastrophic engine failure. Of the 296 passengers and crew on board, 111 died. Told simply with chairs, movement and a cast of nine actors, United Flight 232 examines how ordinary people take care of one another in extraordinary times. Adapted by Vanessa Stalling from Laurence Gonzales’ book “Flight 232.” February 15-March 10: At the Dairy Center for the Arts, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder, 303-440-7826 or
  4. Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College’s Anna in the Tropics. This Pulitzer Prize-winner inspired by Anna Karenina (more on the DCPA Theatre company’s lavish production here) is set in 1929 Florida, where a tutor is hired to read to the family of a Cuban-American owner of a cigar factory. When he starts reading from the Russian classic, the scandalous lives of Tolstoy’s characters start to intertwine with the lives of his listeners. Soon the hot, humid Florida summer starts to resemble the cold Russian winter of the story. Infidelity, money problems and violence spring to the surface as the family members grapple with their newfound understanding of life and relationships. The family is met with tragedy in the end, just as in the story of Anna Karenina. February 7-24 at 30 W. Dale St., Colorado Springs, 719-634-5581 or
  5. Vintage Theatre’s A Gentleman’s Guide to Love And Murder. This underdog Broadway smash, based on the 1907 novel “Israel Rank: The Autobiography of a Criminal,” is the hilarious story of Monty Navarro, an heir to a family fortune who jumps the line of succession by eliminating the eight pesky relatives who stand in his way. All this killing will surely be worth it if he can slay his way to his inheritance … and be done in time for tea. Starring Andy Sercause as Monty and Brandon Bill as the entire D’Ysquith Family. Directed by Bernie Cardell and Lee Ann Scherlong. Feb. 8-March 24 at 1468 Dayton St., Aurora, 303-839-1361 or
  6. Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company’s The Rembrandt. We begin inside a modern-day museum, where two security guards and a painter find themselves compelled to touch a masterpiece. Soon we are skipping through time, watching Rembrandt at work and listening to Homer philosophize on art. Playwright Jessica Dickey asks us to consider the longevity of art and the brevity of life. Directed by Stephen Weitz. Featuring Erik Sandvold, Spencer Althoff, Adrian Egolf, Jihad Milhem and Jim Hunt. February 7-March 3: Dairy Center for the Arts, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder, 303-440-7826 or
  7. February The Rembrandt Room BuntportBuntport Theater’s The Rembrandt Room and Magnets on the Fridge. Two returning favorites: The Rembrandt Room is a dark comedy featuring one woman (Erin Rollman) standing next to one museum masterpiece for who knows how long. Buntport’s first ever one-person show is a mash-up of historical fact, Greek myth and Buntport fiction. February 15-March 9. Also this month: Magnets on the Fridge. Last year, Buntport brought back its phenomenally popular recurring sitcom about five friends in a book club, which originally ended in 2006 after five years and 65 episodes. The series, which poked fun at “Friends” while also embarking on some pretty wild, book-based theatrical adventures, is back for five monthly episodes that follow the gang of now 40-something friends navigating the new normal. Whatever that is. You don’t have to have attended any previous episodes to fully enjoy this silly nonsense. February 6-June 5 every first Wednesday of the month at 717 Lipan St., 720-946-1388 or
  8. The Aurora Fox’s Life Sucks. In Aaron Posner’s hilariously titled variation on Chekhov Uncle Vanya, a group of old friends, ex-lovers, estranged in-laws and lifelong enemies grapple with life’s thorniest philosophical questions and stumble their way toward the inevitable conclusion that, yeah, life pretty much sucks. “It’s one of my favorite things I’ve ever written, and maybe one of the closest to me,” Posner told the DCPA NewsCenter, “because while [his play] Stupid F***ing Bird is a young person’s play in its core sensibilities, Life Sucks is more of a middle-aged play, which is where I sit in life right now.” 9900 E. Colfax Ave., Aurora, 303-739-1970 or
  9. square product theatre’s Celebration, Florida. Boulder’s intentionally lower-cased theatre company continues its innovative ongoing theatregoing experiment: Each night features two rotating performers who have never even met. And they will not have seen or read the script before they take to the stage. London-based Greg Wohead’s performance work is described as “a quietly surreal show for anyone who has ever missed anyone or anything. Veering between reality and simulation, the piece orbits around ideas of surrogacy; a stand-in to replace a person you miss; a re-creation of an experience you can’t stop thinking about; nostalgia for a place that perhaps never existed.” To make things even freakier, the playwright himself speaks to the audience through the evening’s two guinea pigs, er, actors, using pre-recorded audio and headphones. One final weekend at Denver’s Buntport Theater (February 1-2) before the fun moves north to the Carsen Theater in the Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut St. in Boulder, from February 6-9. Call 800-838-3006 or go to
  10. Lake Dillon Theatre Company’s 25th Anniversary Cabaret. Celebrating 25 years of producing theatre in cabins, storefronts and now the posh Silverthorne Performing Arts Center, the Lake Dillon Theatre Company presents a musical retrospective of its most beloved past productions. Featuring a cast of returning actors. January 31-February 3 at 460 Blue River Pkwy,  970-513-9386 or

Read our 2018 NewsCenter interview with Aaron Posner

NOTE: At the start of each month, the DCPA NewsCenter offers an updated list of upcoming theatre openings, spotlighting work being presented on stages statewide. Companies are encouraged to submit listings and production photos at least two weeks in advance to the DCPA NewsCenter at

John Moore was named one of the 12 most influential theater critics in the U.S by American Theatre Magazine in 2011. He has since taken a groundbreaking position as the Denver Center’s Senior Arts Journalist.

2018 Colorado New Play Summit

Photo from the 2018 Colorado New Play Summit.



The Bas Bleu Theatre Company rehearses their production of The Waverly Gallery, January 23, 2019.January 31-February 24: Bas Bleu Theatre Company’s The Waverly Gallery
401 Pine St., Fort Collins, 970-498-8949 or

January 31-February 3: Lake Dillon Theatre Company’s 25th Anniversary Cabaret
At the Silverthorne Performing Arts Center, 460 Blue River Pkwy,  970-513-9386 or

February 1-24: DCPA Theatre Company’s Anna Karenina
Stage Theatre at the Denver Performing Arts Complex, 14th and Curtis streets, 303-893-4100 or

February 1-May 17: Arvada Center’s The Diary of Anne Frank
6901 Wadsworth Blvd., 720-898-7200 or

February 1-17: StageDoor Theatre’s Sylvia
27357 Conifer Road, Conifer, 303-886-2819, 800-838-3006 or

February 1-18: Longmont Theatre Company’s Young Frankenstein
513 Main St., Longmont, 303-772-5200 or

February 1-May 22: Arvada Center’s Ella Enchanted (for children)
6901 Wadsworth Blvd., 720-898-7200 or

February 4: DCPA Theatre Company’s First Mondays cold-reading series
Local playwrights bring in 10 minutes of a working script to be read. 7-10 p.m. Free.
Newman Center for Theatre Education, 1101 13th St. Info: 303-446-4892

February 4: And Toto Too’s Polished Pieces (reading) by Laurie Scalf Scoggins
At Black Buzzard, 1624 Market St., 720-583-3975 or

February 6-June 5: Buntport Theater’s Magnets on the Fridge (Wednesdays)
717 Lipan St., 720-946-1388 or

Arvada Center Ella (Lindsay Weidig) with Ogres 1, 2 and 3 (Stephen Turner, Brekken Baker, Morgan Patterson) Matt Gale Photography 2019

Stephen Turner, Lindsay Weidig and Brekken Baker in the Arvada Center’s ‘Ella Enchanted.’ Matt Gale Photography

February 6-9: square product theatre’s Celebration, Florida
At the Dairy Center for the Arts, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder, 800-838-3006 or

February 7-24: Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College’s Anna in the Tropics
30 W. Dale St., Colorado Springs, 719-634-5581 or

February 7-March 3: Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company’s The Rembrandt
Dairy Center for the Arts, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder, 303-440-7826 or

February 7-23: Millibo Art Theatre’s Murder of the Heart
1626 S. Tejon St. Colorado Springs, 719-465-6321 or

February 8-March 10: DCPA Theatre Company’s The Whistleblower
Space Theatre at the Denver Performing Arts Complex, 14th and Curtis streets, 303-893-4100 or

Feb. 8-March 24: A Gentleman’s Guide to Love And Murder
1468 Dayton St., Aurora, 303-839-1361 or

February 8-9: Aurora Fox’s Robert Michael Sanders: Time Stood Still (cabaret)
9900 E. Colfax Ave., Aurora, 303-739-1970 or

February 8-16: Dog Star Theatre’s Five Lesbians Eating a Quiche
1376 Miner’s Drive, Lafayette,

February 8-9: Evergreen Players’ Epic Comedy (improv)
At Center/Stage, 27608 Fireweed Drive, 303-674-4934 or

February 10: Su Teatro’s Intro to Ethics 101
1:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. at the Su Teatro Performing Arts Center, 721 Santa Fe Drive, or 303-494-0523 or stories on stage’s home page

Bert Barricune (Chad Siebert) and Jim Mosten (Kevin Jones) confronting Liberty Valance (Jude Bishop)

Photo by Emory John Collinson

February 14-March 3: Springs Ensemble Theatre’s The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
1903 E. Cache La Poudre St., Colorado Springs, 80909, 719-357-3080 or

February 14-August 1: Iron Springs Chateau’s One Bad Apple…or…As the Worm Turns
444 Ruxton Ave., Manitou Springs, 719-685-5104 or

February 15-March 2: Buntport Theater’s The Rembrandt Room 
717 Lipan St., 720-946-1388

February 15-March 10: The Catamounts’ United Flight 232
At the Dairy Center for the Arts, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder, 303-440-7826, 720-468-0487 or

February 16-24: DCPA Theatre Company’s Colorado New Play Summit
Denver Performing Arts Complex, 14th and Curtis streets, 303-893-4100 or

February 16-March 16: Firehouse Theatre Company’s Rock of Aging Revival
John Hand Theatre, 7653 E. 1st Place, 303-562-3232 or

February 17: Lakewood Cultural Center’s Amber Brown Is Not A Crayon
470 S. Allison Parkway, 303-987-7845 or

February 21-March 16: 5th Wall Productions’ Inherit the Wind
At the The Bakery Arts Warehouse, 2132 Market St., 720-771-8826 or

February 21-March 9: Thunder River Theatre Company​’s Of Mice and Men
67 Promenade, Carbondale, 970-963-8200 or

Feb. 22-March 17: Aurora Fox’s Life Sucks
9900 E. Colfax Ave., Aurora, 303-739-1970 or

February 22-May 18: Arvada Center’s The Moors
6901 Wadsworth Blvd., 720-898-7200 or

February 22 through March 10: Ovation West Musical Theatre’s Nunsense
At Center/Stage, 27608 Fireweed Drive, Evergreen, 303-674-4002 or

Blessed Assurance

Photo by Lynn Fleming

February 22-March 9: Coal Creek Theater of Louisville’s Blessed Assurance
Louisville Center for the Arts, 801 Grant St., 303-665-0955 or

February 28-March 2: Circo de Nada’s Idiopathic (A new work of abstract clown and movement by Nick Trotter)
At the People’s Building, 9995 E. Colfax Ave, Aurora; info:

February 28-March 9: The Lulubird Project’s The Mrs. Wheatland Pageant (by Lisa Wagner Erickson)
At Theater 29, 5138 W. 29th Ave.,

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