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World Premiere

The Nest

By Theresa Rebeck
Directed by Adrienne Campbell-Holt
Jan 22 - Feb 21, 2016
The Space Theatre (View Map & Seating Chart)
• COMEDY • DRAMA • DENVER DEBUT
Run Time: Approx. 1 hour, 50 minutes plus one 15-minute intermission.
Ticket Price: Starts at: $41
Age Recommendation: 16+
Advisory: Considerable strong language, themes, and content.

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. 

A Theatre Company Commission

The Nest was developed at the 2015 Colorado New Play Summit.

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Sponsored by: Women's Voices Fund

Special thanks to the Harold & Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust for its continued support of new play development at The Denver Center for the Performing Arts

Producing Partners: Jim & Lori Steinberg, John & Jeannie Fuller and Mike & Diana Kinsey

The Nest: Five things we know about that bar
The model for the bar in the play is My Brother’s Bar, the landmark Denver watering hole located at 15th and Platte streets. Read More
Insider Perspectives
Insider Perspectives
Jan 22 | 6:00pm
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Get an exclusive insider's perspective of The Nest when you join us for a professionally-moderated discussion with our Theatre Company's creative team.
Theatre & Theology Talkback
Theatre & Theology Talkback
Jan 26 | 9:00pm
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Jan 31 | 3:30pm
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The Nest
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Kevin Berntson
Kevin Berntson, Ned
At the Theatre Company: 2015 Colorado New Play Summit. Other Theatres: world premiere of Reunion directed by Adrienne Campbell-Holt,  Sideways Stories (South Coast Rep); School for Wives and Boy (La Jolla Playhouse); PRAIRIE-OKE in Los Angeles. Partial TV credits include “Inside Amy Schumer,” “Modern Family,” “Kickin’ It,” “Private Practice,” “Reno 911.” Training: Tom Irwin (Steppenwolf West). MFA, UC San Diego. Kevin is an instructor and performer at the Groundlings Theater in LA, where he’s an alum of the Sunday Company.

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Brian D. Coats
Brian D. Coats, Barry
At the Theatre Company: 2015 Colorado New Play Summit. NY credits include On the Levee (Lincoln Center/LCT3); The Merry Wives of Windsor, Two Gentlemen of Verona (Public/Shakespeare in the Park); Puddn’head Wilson (The Acting Company). Other Theatres: Seven Guitars (Two River Theater); Invisible Man (Huntington Theatre Company/Studio Theater, DC); Fences, A Raisin in the Sun (Geva Theatre Center). TV credits include: “Law & Order,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “JAG,” “Blue Bloods,” “The Sopranos,” “Boardwalk Empire” (recurring) and an upcoming Marvel series on Netflix. Awards/Training: Graduate of UNCSA. Helen Hayes Award for Invisible Man.

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Brian Dykstra
Brian Dykstra, Patrick
At the Theatre Company: Debut. Broadway: Lucky Guy. Regionally: Most recently played LBJ in All The Way at St. Louis Rep, Jerusalem (Rooster Byron), Red (Mark Rothko), Copenhagen (Heisenberg), A View From The Bridge (Eddie Carbone), Seminar (Leonard), Poor Behavior (directorial debut, Theresa Rebeck), etc. As playwright: Clean Alternatives, Hiding Behind Comets, A Play On Words, STRANGERHORSE, Spill The Wine, Forsaking All Others. Four solo shows including HO! (A Xmas Show For Adults). Film/TV: Poor Behavior (written and directed by Theresa Rebeck), Brian Dykstra: The Jesus Factor (DVD), HBO Def Poet. Freedomland, Knight And Day, “The Affair,” “Third Watch,” etc. Training: MFA, Rutgers. Core Artist, The Lark. Currently writing two plays and two musicals.

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Laura Latreille
Laura Latreille, Lila
At the Theatre Company: Debut. Other theatres: Off-Broadway and New York credits include Love Song (59E59), The Elephant Play (Playwrights’ Collective). Boston credits include world premieres of Mauritius and Ryan Landry’s “M” (Huntington Theatre); The Understudy, Dear Elizabeth, Time Stands Still (Lyric Stage Company); God Of Carnage, Four Places (Merrimack Repertory Theatre);
The Apple Family Plays (Stoneham/Gloucester Stage Companies);
The Trials of Gertrude Moody, Utility Monster (W.H.A.T.); The Glider,
The Sussman Variations (Boston Playwrights Theatre). Special
Awards/Training: MFA, Brandeis.
Elliot Norton Outstanding Actress Award, Improper Bostonian Best Female Performance 2012.
Victoria Mack
Victoria Mack, Sam
At the Theatre Company: 2015 Colorado New Play Summit, The 39 Steps. Broadway: Venus In Fur. Off-Broadway: Hard Love, Natural Affection (with John Pankow and Kathryn Erbe), Happy Birthday at TACT, The Silver Cord at Peccadillo Theatre Co, five shows at the Mint Theater, Flight (with Brian D’Arcy James). TV/Film: We’ve Forgotten More Than We Ever Knew (with Aaron Stanford), “Boardwalk Empire,” “Members Only” (pilot), “Doubt” (pilot), “Black Box,” “The Good Wife” (recurring), “Unforgettable,” “Law and Order,” The Letter (with James Franco and Winona Ryder), others. Extensive regional experience. Training: MFA, NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Recently took her self-produced
show, Love Stories, to Santiago, Chile. Proud member of TACT.

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David Mason
David Mason, Nick
At the Theatre Company: Debut. Other regional credits include: Cape Playhouse, Geva Theatre Center, Syracuse Stage, TheatreSquared, Portland Stage, New Century Theatre, The Public Theater, Shadowland Theatre, Foothills Theatre, Summer Theatre at Mt. Holyoke, Majestic Theater, Judson Theatre Co. NYC credits include: Ensemble Studio Theatre, Civilian Studios, Primary Stages, Present Company Theatorium, NativeAliens, Impact Theatre Festival, Red Fern Theatre, Circle East, Chip Deffaa Invitational. TV: “The Leftovers” (HBO), “House of Cards” (Netflix), “Law & Order: SVU,” “All My Children.”
Carly Street
Carly Street, Margo
At the Theatre Company:  2015 Colorado New Play Summit. Carly has appeared in over 60 film, television, and theatre productions across the U.S. and Canada. Broadway: Brief Encounter, Clybourne Park, Old Times. Recently: Vanda in Venus In Fur (Canadian Premiere. Dora Award and Theatre Critics Award), Amy in Company (directed by Gary Griffin). Selected Theatres: Cincinnati Playhouse, Geva Theatre Center, The Canadian Stage Company, The Stratford Festival, Atlantic Theatre Festival, Mirvish Productions (world premiere of The Lord of the Rings, dir. Matthew Warchus). TV/Film: “The Good Wife,” “Warehouse 13,” “Backstage,” “Eternal Kiss,” and “Bitten” (recurring). Training: The National Theatre School of Canada.

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Andrea Syglowski
Andrea Syglowski, Irene
At the Theatre Company: Debut. Other Theatres: Of Good Stock (South Coast Reperatory); Venus in Fur (The Huntington); Loves Labour’s Lost, Carve, Three Sisters (Chautauqua Theatre Company); A Flea in Her Ear (Williamstown Theatre Festival); Much Ado About Nothing, Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare at the Manor); Asking for Trouble (Ensemble Studio Theatre); The Walk Through (Slate Theatre). New Play Development: The Roundabout, The Lark, Page 73, Labyrinth, Ma-Yi, and more. TV: “The Good Wife,” “Elementary,” “How To Get Away With Murder.” Awards/Training: USC and Juilliard (Robin Williams Scholar), Winner of 2015 IRNE award, 2014 Elliot Norton Award (Best Actress for Venus in Fur).
Kathryn G. Maes, Ph.D
Kathryn G. Maes, Ph.D, Voice and Dialect Coach
At the Theatre Company: FADE, The Nest, Tribes, Benediction, Appoggiatura, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Lord of the Flies, The Unsinkable Molly Brown, Animal Crackers, Shadowlands, Hamlet, black odyssey, A Christmas Carol, Jackie & Me, The Most Deserving, Just Like Us, Death of a Salesman, When We Are Married, Fences, The Three Musketeers, Heartbreak House, Great Wall Story. Other Theatres: Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal National Theatre (Arthur Miller’s American Clock). Special/Training: Voice and Dialect Coach for numerous professional theatre companies in the United States, Head of Voice at DCPA Theatre Company. Ph.D. in Theatre Arts, University of Pittsburgh; Advanced Diploma in Voice Studies, Central School of Speech and Drama, London, England.
Theresa Rebeck
Theresa Rebeck, Playwright
Theresa’s New York productions include: Poor Behavior, Dead Accounts, Seminar, The Understudy, Mauritius, The Scene, The Water’s Edge, Bad Dates, The Butterfly Collection, Spike Heels, Loose Knit, The Family of Mann, View of the Dome and Omnium Gatherum (co-written, Pulitzer finalist). Publications: Collected Plays Volumes I, II and III, Free Fire Zone (all with Smith & Kraus) and two novels, Three Girls and Their Brother and Twelve Rooms With a View (with Random House/Shaye Areheart Books). Film: Harriet the Spy, Gossip, and the independent features Sunday on the Rocks and Seducing Charlie Barker (adapted from her play The Scene). Awards include the Writer’s Guild of America Award for Episodic Drama and a Peabody Award for her work on “NYPD Blue,” the National Theatre Conference Award, the William Inge New Voices Playwriting Award, the PEN/Laura Pels Foundation Award, the Athena Film Festival Award, an Alex Award, a Lilly Award and in 2011 she was named one of the 150 Fearless Women in the World by Newsweek. She is the creator of the NBC drama, “Smash.” Her new novel I’m Glad About You (Putnam) comes out February 23.
Adrienne Campbell-Holt
Adrienne Campbell-Holt, Director
Founding Artistic Director of Colt Coeur, a Brooklyn-based theatre company. Upcoming world premieres: The Surgeon and her Daughters by Chris Nuñez (Cherry Lane, NYC), Cal in Camo (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater/Colt Coeur) and Gold, Cash, Diamonds by Sarah Burgess (Pipeline Festival workshop, WP Theater). Recent: world premiere of How to Live on Earth by MJ Kaufman (Colt Coeur), Dental Society Midwinter Meeting by Laura Jacqmin (Williamstown Theater Festival), world premiere of Dry Land by Ruby Rae Spiegel (Colt Coeur), Red starring Tim Daly (Dorset Theater Festival), and world premiere of Greg Moss’ Reunion at South Coast Rep. #MakeItFair
Elissa Myers Casting
Elissa Myers Casting, Paul Foquet, CSA
Three Emmy nominations and one win, and one Peabody Award for Outstanding Contribution to Television. Over 15 films for PBS. Theatre includes seven Broadway shows and 26 Off- Broadway shows. Current regional casting includes Denver Center, Geva Theatre, Cleveland Play House, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Magic Theatre, Arena Stage, and Arizona Theatre Company. The office has so far received 16 nominations and has won three Artios Awards for “Outstanding Achievement in Casting.”
Craig Breitenbach
Craig Breitenbach, Sound Designer
At the Theatre Company: Tribes, The Unsinkable Molly Brown, Just Like UsSense & Sensibility The Musical, Irving Berlin’s White ChristmasRing of Fire: The Music of Johnny CashA Christmas CarolTo Kill a MockingbirdA Midsummer Night’s DreamMama Hated DieselsEventideA Raisin in the SunQuiltersA Prayer for Owen Meany, Noises OffThirdA Funny Thing…ForumKing LearAmadeusCrownsThe Clean HouseMeasure for MeasureA Flea in Her EarFire on the MountainThe MisanthropeThe Three SistersLove’s Labor’s LostThe Skin of Our TeethBetrayalSpinning Into ButterDinner With FriendsGross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar WildeThe Laramie ProjectThe Little Foxes. Awards: 2008 Henry Award for Plainsong.
Angela Balogh Calin
Angela Balogh Calin, Costume Designer
At the Theatre Company: Shadowlands, Great Wall StoryTo Kill a Mockingbird, Absurd Person Singular, The Miracle Worker. Other Theatres: The WhaleTrip to Bountiful, Crimes Of The Heart (South Coast Repertory); Sense And Sensibility (Milwaukee Rep); Comedy Of Errors (Chautauqua Theatre Co.); Pericles, The Bungler, Cymbeline (A Noise Within Theatre); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (The Hollywood Bowl); The Winter’s Tale, Christmas On Mars (The Old Globe); The Importance Of Being Earnest (Georgia Shakespeare); The Constant Wife (Pasadena Playhouse). Special/Awards/Training: LADCC, Garland, Drama–Logue Awards for costume and/or set design, 16 feature films; resident artist–A Noise Within Theatre. MFA in set and costume design, Academy Of Arts, Bucharest Romania.
Grant W. S. Yeager
Grant W. S. Yeager , Lighting Designer
NY: How to Live on Earth (Colt Coeur); Now. Here. This. (Vineyard); Chimichangas and Zoloft (Atlantic); Long Story Short (Prospect); NY Musical Theatre Festival designer 2009-2012; Designer for The NY Pops Orchestra 2012-present; 50+ concerts at Carnegie Hall. Regional: SHIDA (ART); Joseph... (Dallas Theater Center); ...Judas Iscariot (University Theatre at Yale); Soul Doctor (Parker Playhouse); Backwards in High Heels (Cleveland Playhouse); Vices (Theatre Aspen). International work in Venezuela, South Korea, Mexico, and Bermuda. Founding member of Colt Coeur. Thanks Adrienne! www.grantyeagerdesign.com
Lisa Orzolek
Lisa Orzolek, Set Designer
At the Theatre Company: (200+ productions/23 seasons) Tribes, One Night in Miami…, Benediction, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Shadowlands, Jackie & Me, Death of a Salesman, Great Wall Story, The Liar, Superior Donuts, Othello, Well, The Voysey Inheritance, The Trip to Bountiful, Gee’s Bend, Third, The Pillowman, Living Out, After Ashley, A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur, Boston Marriage, Visiting Mr. Green, Blue/Orange. Other Theatres: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Macbeth, Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged), Richard II (Colorado Shakespeare Festival); Love...Perfect...Change, Five Course Love, Girls Only, The Taffetas, My Way (DCPA Cabaret); Twelfth Night, God’s Country (National Theatre Conservatory). Training: BFA in Scenic Design, Boston University.
Kent Thompson
Kent Thompson, Producing Artistic Director

Kent is in his 12th season as Producing Artistic Director of the Theatre Company. In Denver he directed productions of Sweeney Todd, Hamlet, Just Like Us, Other Desert Cities, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, The Taming of the Shrew, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Plainsong, Eventide, Benediction, Amadeus, The Liar and Measure for Measure, among others.

Three of Kent’s major accomplishments since coming to Denver have been the creation of Off-Center (innovative theatrical experiences aimed at millennial audiences), the Colorado New Play Summit (a premier national festival for new American plays), and the Women’s Voices Fund (an endowment that supports the commissioning and development of new plays by women).

Prior to moving to Denver he was Producing Artistic Director of the Alabama Shakespeare Festival for 16 seasons. Kent created the Southern Writers’ Project, which commissioned and produced 16 world premieres during his tenure. He served eight years on the Board of Directors for Theatre Communications Group (TCG) and as president for three years. He has served on peer review panels for the NEA (also chair), TCG, The Pew Charitable Trusts, The Fulbright Scholars Program, The Wallace Funds, The Doris Duke Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, among others.

Lyle Raper
Lyle Raper, Stage Manager
At the Theatre Company: 27 seasons as Production Stage Manager until 2010. Other Theatres: PCPA/Solvang Theatrefest, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Milwaukee Rep, Berkeley Rep, Lizard Head Theatre, Shakespeare in Santa Fe,  Lost Highway and The Explorer’s Club at the Lone Tree Arts Center. She currently serves on the advisory board of the Georgetown Festival of the Arts in Texas.
Charles Varin
Charles Varin, Managing Director
Charles Varin and his team are responsible for administrative, financial and business operations related to producing the Theatre Company’s season of productions and other artistic and educational initiatives. Prior to DCPA, Charles was General Manager for Geva Theatre Center in Rochester, NY and also has worked at Glimmerglass Opera, Asolo Repertory Theatre and Florida Studio Theatre.
Jeff Gifford
Jeff Gifford, Director of Production

Jeff is in his fourth season at the DCPA and oversees everything you see on stage except the actors. Guiding world premieres to their first opening night is especially gratifying and Jeff has worked on more than 35 of them. Among his favorites are Dinner with Friends, The Violet Hour, The Beard of Avon, Mr. Marmalade, and the new musical FLY. Jeff holds an MFA from California Institute of the Arts.

Bruce K. Sevy
Bruce K. Sevy, Associate Artistic Director and Director of New Play Development

Bruce K. Sevy has directed such memorable Theatre Company productions as Animal Crackers, When We Are Married, Heartbreak House, Mariela in the Desert, The Voysey Inheritance, A Prayer for Owen Meany, Doubt, All My Sons, Master Class, Mrs. Warren’s Profession, A Christmas Carol, Cat On a Hot Tin Roof, The Little Foxes, Molly Sweeney, Amy’s View, Valley Song, Pierre, Dinner With Friends and The Cripple of Inishmaan.

As Director of New Play Development, he oversees both the artistic and practical components of the Theatre Company’s successful Colorado New Play Summit, including commissions from outstanding American playwrights.

He has directed for Arizona Theatre Company, Cleveland Play House, Lark Play Development Center, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Virginia Stage Company, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Northlight Theatre, San Jose Repertory Theatre, Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, Pioneer Theatre Company, A Contemporary Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Empty Space and Intiman Theatre in Seattle, the Kimo Theatre in Albuquerque, and Utah Shakespearean Festival. His popular production of 2 Pianos, 4 Hands has been seen at more than 20 theatres nationally, including the Theatre Company’s successful 2003 production.

Matthew Lopez
Matthew Lopez, Denver Center Playwriting Fellow

Matthew is the author of The Legend of Georgia McBride, which premiered at the Denver Center before a successful Off-Broadway run at the MCC Theater, and The Whipping Man, seen at Curious Theatre Company. Since its debut at Luna Stage Company and its New York premiere at Manhattan Theatre Club, The Whipping Man has become one of the most widely produced new American plays of the last several years, with productions in over 50 US cities and abroad. His play Somewhere premiered at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego and recently completed a successful run at Hartford Stage where his newest work, Reverberation premiered in the winter of 2015. Other plays include Zoey’s Perfect Wedding and The Sentinels, which premiered in London. Matthew currently holds new play commissions from Hartford Stage, Manhattan Theatre Company, Roundabout Theatre Company, and South Coast Rep. He was a staff writer on the HBO series “The Newsroom” and is currently adapting Javier Marias’ “Your Face Tomorrow” trilogy for Brad Pitt’s Plan B film company.

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