Photos: Opening night of Theatre Company's 'Tribes'

Here are our photos from opening night of the DCPA Theatre Company’s Tribes, by Nina Raine, from Friday, Oct. 16. Our gallery includes images of cast members warming up, crew members preparing the set and the post-show party.

Tribes is the the story of bickering British parents who have raised their deaf son as if he is not. To them, it is a choice not to relegate their son to a minority status. That means they have never learned American Sign Language, and their son has never learned to use it – or read – it.

From left: Stephen Paul Johnson, Kathleen McCall, Isabel Ellison, Kate Finch, Tad Cooley and Andrew Pastides. Photo by John Moore for the DCPA NewsCenter.

The play begins at home, where all three children, all in their 20s, are living with their parentd. Each are adrift in different ways, and seeking their own forms of communication and connection.

A cool Tad Cooley is ready for some opening-night action. Photo by John Moore. Billy’s life changes when he meets Sylvia, a young woman who is losing her hearing. When she introduces Billy to the deaf community, Billy realizes that there are other tribes to be discovered beyond our blood relatives. 

All photos by John Moore for the DCPA’s NewsCenter. To download any photo for free, in a variety of available sizes, click “View original Flickr image.” All photos by John Moore for the DCPA’s NewsCenter.

The cast consists of Tad Cooley, Isabel Ellison, Kate Finch, Stephen Paul Johnson, Kathleen McCall and Andrew Pastides. The director is Stephen Weitz.

(Photo above right: A cool Tad Cooley is ready for some opening-night action. Photo by John Moore.)

The DCPA is making 10 individual closed-captioning devices, each with small video screens about the size of a cell phone, available to any audience member who wishes to use it. Audiences are asked to request the device 48 hours before a performance so that a live captioning operator will be on hand to send the dialogue and descriptions of other stage actions to these screens in real time.

Andrew Pastides and Isabel Ellison conduct warmup exercises on The Ricketson Theatre stage about an hour before the opening performance of ‘Tribes.’ Photo by John Moore. 

Tribes: Ticket information
Performances  through Nov. 15
Ricketson Theatre
Performance schedule: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday performances at 6:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday performances at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday matinees at 1:30 p.m. (No Saturday matinees during preview performances)
ASL interpreted & Audio described performance: 1:30 p.m. Nov. 7
Call 303-893-4100 or
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

Please be advised that the Denver Center for the Performing Arts  – – is the only authorized online ticket provider for the DCPA”s presentation of  ‘Tribes.’

Previous NewsCenter coverage of Tribes:
Go to the official Tribes show page
Video: Your first look at Tribes
Video: A message from Director Stephen Weitz
Perspectives: 5 Things we learned about Tribes
Tribes and the art of projections in a play about hearing loss
Tribes and the tyranny of language and listening
Tribes: Anytime there is an ‘us,’ there is a ‘them’
Theatre Company giddily going down rabbit hole in 2015-16
Casting announced for Theatre Company’s fall shows
Theatre Company introduces bold new artwork for 2015-16 season

Tribes ‘Meet the Cast’ profiles (more to come):

Kate Finch, Sylvia in Tribes
Isabel Ellison, Ruth in Tribes
Andrew Pastides, Daniel in Tribes

Tribes production photos

Photos from the DCPA Theatre Company’s ‘Tribes,’ featuring Stephen Paul Johnson, Andrew Pastides, Isabel Ellison, Tad Cooley, Kate Finch and Kathleen McCall. Photo credit: Adams Visual Communications.

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