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The cast of The Chinese Lady performs on an opulent stage

First Look: The Chinese Lady

The year is 1834 and 14-year-old Afong Moy is the first Chinese woman mainland America has ever seen. Intriguing and powerful, The Chinese Lady is a play unlike anything you’ve seen before. Take a look at some of the production photos below.

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“Eagle-eye” Robin Payne Retires After 17 Years with the DCPA Theatre Company

If you have seen any DCPA Theatre Company production over the past 17 years, you have seen the work of retiring Properties Director Robin Lu Payne. The candy-dispensing skull in You Can’t Take it With You. The hilarious plaster casting of actor Kathleen M. Brady as Domina in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way […]

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First Look: Theater of the Mind

IT’S ALL INSIDE YOUR HEAD. BUT IS ANY OF IT REAL? Co-created by Academy, Grammy, and Tony Award-winning artist David Byrne and writer Mala Gaonkar, Theater of the Mind is a new theatrical experience you’ll see, feel, taste and hear. Inspired by both historical and current neuroscience research, the show takes you on an immersive […]

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Embracing Second Chances: A disabled artist’s journey

It feels weird to call myself a professional actor because the title isn’t one I would claim. I grew up doing children’s theater with a troupe called Missoula Children’s Theatre (MCT). MCT is the nation’s largest touring children’s theatre and has been touring extensively for nearly 50 years. Each week, a team arrives in a […]

Some of the creative team for Off-Center's 'Theater of the Mind,' created by David Byrne and Mala Gaonkar. Photo by Adams VisCom.

Theater of the Mind Asks: If you are made of your memories, and those memories are malleable, then who are you?

This is the question that multi-media artist, David Byrne (American Utopia, Talking Heads, Reasons to Be Cheerful, A History of the World in Dingbats) posed to me. Byrne has been asking this question for decades. In his early 20s he found himself fascinated with the work of neurophysiologist Warren McCulloch and thus began a journey […]

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DCPA’s Newest Arrival, the Sustainable Catering Company Serendipity

If you have attended an event in the Denver Center for the Performing Arts since January 2022, chances are you sampled cuisine by one of our five our new culinary partners, Serendipity Catering. But it’s not just good meals owner Laura Zaspel is dishing out. It’s a dedication to making the food world a better, […]

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Summer Classes Photo Recap

Every summer, the Denver Center for the Performing Arts (DCPA) welcomes children and teens of all ages for a wide variety of Education classes including workshops in playwriting, musical development, improvisation, and more! Take a look at some photos from the final performances which were held on August 5. Although the summer session has come […]

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The Legacy of Denver’s Forgotten Chinatown

On Saturday, April 16, 2022, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock gave an official apology — for something that happened in 1880. He apologized for the anti-Chinese race riot of October 31, 1880 known as The Chinatown Riot. The event destroyed much of what had been a thriving Chinatown district in what is today the thriving entertainment […]

The artwork for the four featured shows

DCPA Theatre Company and Education Announce Cast and Creative Teams for Fall Productions

The Denver Center for the Performing Arts (DCPA) Theatre Company and Education departments are proud to announce the full casting and creative teams for the 2022/23 fall productions of The Chinese Lady, Much Ado About Nothing, LITTLE RED, and A Christmas Carol. “The DCPA is bustling with excitement this fall! From the world premiere immersive […]

A sketch of Afong Moy in a curtained room

A Conversation with Seema Sueko, director of The Chinese Lady

The story of immigrants to the United States is often hazy in history. We learn about Columbus and later, the pilgrims, but not so much about other arrivals to our shores (or the African slaves, or the indigenous peoples who were already here). Immigration from China to America began in earnest in 1849, when gold […]