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World Premiere

Two Degrees

By Tira Palmquist
Directed by Christy Montour-Larson
Feb 3 - Mar 12, 2017
Run Time: Approximately 1 hour 45 minutes with no intermission.
Ticket Price: Varies by date and availability. Come early and save! Tickets start at $30 for Feb 3 - 9
Age Recommendation: Recommended for mature audiences ages 17+
Advisory: Adult content and language used throughout.

Special Announcement: No late seating or re-entry. Due to the intimate nature of this production and space, we are unable to offer late seating for this performance. Patrons will not be permitted to re-enter the theatre once the performance has started. Please allow extra travel time.

The smallest changes can lead to the biggest impact, and no one knows that better than Emma, a scientist studying climate change in Greenland. Still grappling with the unexpected death of her husband, she is invited to the nation’s capital to share her findings at a Senate hearing that could define her career and her cause. But if she can’t overcome her tumultuous inner struggle, her dedication and sacrifices may not be enough to make the difference in the world that she’s always wanted.

Developed at the 2016 Colorado New Play Summit.

Producing Partners:  Martin and Jo Ann Semple and Two Degrees is the recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New Play Award

This production is also supported by the members of the Women's Voices Fund

'Two Degrees' heats up conversation on global warming
The provocative title of Tira Palmquist’s new play is meant to both set up her story … and sound an alarm. Read More
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Creative Team Perspectives
Creative Team Perspectives
Feb 3 | 6:00pm

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Cast Perspectives
Cast Perspectives
Feb 12 | 1:30pm
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Perspectives: Higher Education Advisory Council
Perspectives: Higher Education Advisory Council
Mar 5 | 1:30pm
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Accessible Matinee Performance
Accessible Matinee Performance
Mar 5 | 1:30pm

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Perspectives: Theatre & Theology
Perspectives: Theatre & Theology
Mar 7 | 6:30pm
Join Pastor Dan Bollman of the Rocky Mountain Evangelical Lutheran Synod to examine the show through a theological lens after the performance.
Two Degrees- 2016-17 Theatre Company Season

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'Two Degrees' in Denver - Opening night photos

'Two Degrees' in Denver
Jason Delane
Jason Delane, Clay Simpson
At the Theatre Company: One Night in Miami…, 2016 Colorado New Play Summit (Two Degrees). Recent NYC credits: Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet (Classical Theatre of Harlem). Recent LA theatre credits: One Night in Miami... (Malcolm X, Rogue Machine Theatre), Stick Fly (Matrix Theatre), Bulrusher (Skylight Theatre/Lower Depth Theatre Ensemble). Chicago credits: The Goodman, Victory Gardens, Lookingglass, Northlight and Court Theatres. Founding member of Los Angeles’ Lower Depth Theatre Ensemble and Life Member of Actors Studio. TV/ Film: “Criminal Minds,” “Make it or Break it,” “Secret Lives of the American Teenager.” Training: MFA, Ohio University.
Kathleen McCall
Kathleen McCall, Emma Phelps
At the Theatre Company: 12 seasons. Credits include: Broadway, Off-Broadway, National Tours and regional theatres throughout the country, as well as in television and film.  In 2004, Kathleen was part of the National Endowment for the Arts Shakespeare in America Series, traveling to 13 military bases in the United States performing Lady Macbeth. Her journals were published in American Theatre and Kathleen traveled to Washington DC to report to Dana Gioia and the NEA board of directors. Kathleen created her one woman show: Shakespeare’s Women: Lovers, Mothers, Queens and Courtesans which she has performed for several arts venues and to bring Shakespeare into classrooms. She is an inductee of Marquis Who’s Who of American Women in the Arts, Ten Chimneys Lunt/Fontanne Fellow. Training: LAMDA. Kathleen would like to dedicate this performance to Donald Seawell. www.kathleenmccall.net
Robert Montano
Robert Montano, Jeffrey/Eric/Malik
At the Theatre Company: 2016 Colorado New Play Summit (Two Degrees). Broadway: Kiss of the Spider Woman, On The Town, Cats, Chita + 2, Legs Diamond. Regional: Barcelona (World Premiere), Fallow (World Premiere), Cloud Tectonics (World Premiere), References to Salvador Dali Makes Me Hot (World Premiere), Diosa, One Shot One Kill (World Premiere), Marty (opposite John C. Reilly). TV/Film: “Shades of Blue,” “Elementary,” “Blue Bloods,” “Army Wives,” “Without a Trace,” “Sex in The City,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “Undefeated,” Shame, The Yards, Chicago, Center Stage, Hustling, The Strike, Passionada. www.robertmontano.com
Kim Staunton
Kim Staunton, Senator Louise Allen
At the Denver Center: black odyssey, Fences, To Kill A Mockingbird, Ruined, A Raisin in the Sun, Radio Golf, Doubt, Gem of the Ocean, A Selfish Sacrifice, The Madwoman, Streetcar Named Desire, King Hedley II, Pork Pie. Other Theatres: Indiana Rep, Milwaukee Rep, Arizona Theater Company, South Coast Rep, Seattle Rep, Lake Dillon Theatre, Syracuse Stage, Berkeley Rep, Colorado Shakespeare. TV/Film: First Sunday, Changing Lanes, Heat, Holy Man,“Army Wives,” “The Nine,” “Bones,” “Law and Order,” “New York Undercover.” Awards/Training: Denver Post Ovation, Henry Award, Westword’s Best of Denver, Ten Chimneys Lunt-Fontanne Fellow, Juilliard School.
Tira Palmquist
Tira Palmquist, Playwright
Plays include Overburden, Ten Mile Lake (Serenbe Playhouse), And Then They Fell (Brimmer Street) and Age of Bees (MadLab Theater, Tesseract). Two Degrees has been featured in numerous festivals, most recently the New American Voices festival in the UK. And Then They Fell (finalist for the Global Age Project) premiered in Los Angeles in 2016. Two Degrees was a Honorable Mention for the 2016 Kilroy’s List, and Ten Mile Lake was a finalist for the Primus Prize. Development: Seven Devils, Inkwell, EST-LA, Athena Theater Project. Publications: Age of Bees (Original Works Publishing). More info at www.tirapalmquist.com.
Christy Montour-Larson
Christy Montour-Larson, Director
At the Theatre Company: Well, The Giver, Shadowlands. Other Theatres: Curious Theatre Company (13 Seasons), Arvada Center, Creede Repertory, Theatreworks, Town Hall Arts Center, Phamaly, Boulder Ensemble, New American Theatre, Rochester Civic, Duluth Playhouse, Dark Horse and Seven Devils Playwright Conference, where she sits on the Board of Directors. Special/Awards/Training: Multiple Denver Post Ovation and Colorado Theatre Guild Henry awards and nominations. Top Director from Westword and 5280 Magazine. Affiliate Faculty Member at MSUD. MFA in Directing, Rutgers University.
Topher Blair
Topher Blair, Projection Designer
At the Theatre Company: Frankenstein, All the Way, As You Like It, Tribes, Appoggiatura, Lord of the Flies, black odyssey, Just Like Us. At Off-Center: How I Got Over, Lived Re-Lived, Drag Machine. Other Theatres: The Scarlet Letter (Opera Colorado).
Angela Balogh Calin
Angela Balogh Calin, Costume Design
At the Theatre Company: The Nest, Shadowlands, Great Wall Story, To Kill a Mockingbird, Absurd Person Singular, The Miracle Worker. Other Theatres: The Whale, Trip 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.
Jason Ducat
Jason Ducat, Sound Design
At the Theatre Company: (20+ productions/7 seasons) Lord of the Flies, Jackie & Me, Death of a Salesman, Other Desert Cities, When We Are Married, Fences, Heartbreak House, Two Things You Don’t Talk About At Dinner, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Superior Donuts, The House of the Spirits, and Grace, or The Art of Climbing. Other Theatres: The Brothers Size, 9 Circles, Astronomical Sunset (Curious Theatre); Macbeth, Richard II (Colorado Shakespeare Festival); Marat/Sade, The Winter’s Tale (Purdue); Lab Coats on Clouds (Prague Quadrennial); The Princess and the Pea, The Little Mermaid (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre); Sideways Story from Wayside School (Hope Sumer Repertory Theatre). Training: MFA in Sound Design, Purdue University.     
Heather Helinsky
Heather Helinsky, Dramaturg
At the Theatre Company: 2016 Colorado New Play Summit (Two Degrees). Other Theatres: Accessible Theatre, American Repertory Theatre, Apothetae, Athena Project, Borderlands, Great Plains Theatre Conference, The Kennedy Center, The Lark, MXAT’s American Studio, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Phoenix, Pittsburgh Irish and Classical, Pittsburgh Public, Plan-B, PlayPenn, Sundance Theatre Lab, Telluride Playwrights Festival, Unexpected Stage, Woolly Mammoth, and 6NewPlays. Training/Awards: MFA in Dramaturgy, the A.R.T./Moscow Art/Harvard (’07) and the O’Neill National Critics Institute (’16).
Charles R. Macleod
Charles R. Macleod, Lighting Design
At the Theatre Company: (300+ productions/34 seasons). As You Like It, One Night in Miami…, Appoggiatura, Shadowlands, black odyssey, Jackie & Me, Death of a Salesman, The 39 Steps, Reckless, When Tang Met Laika, The Diary of Anne Frank, Lydia, The Merry Wives of Windsor, 1001, Gem of the Ocean, All My Sons, A Christmas Carol, Lost Highway: The Music and Legend of Hank Williams, My Way, Forbidden Broadway, Always…Patsy Cline; Love, Janis and Girls Only, The Secret Comedy of Women.     
Robert Mark Morgan
Robert Mark Morgan, Scenic Designer
At the Theatre Company: All The Way, House of the Spirits, Diary of Anne Frank, Jesus Hates Me, Lobby Hero, Copenhagen, Bernice/Butterfly, Almost Heaven. Other Theatres: Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Asolo Repertory Theatre, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Studio Arena, Cleveland Play House, San Jose Repertory Theatre, Alliance Theatre (Atlanta), Barrington Stage, Marin Theatre Company, Magic Theatre, and American Conservatory Theatre (ACT) in San Francisco and ‘Avatar the Exhibition’ at EMP-Seattle. Design faculty at the Washington University, St Louis.     
Paul Fouquet
Paul Fouquet, CSA, Elissa Myers Casting
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.”
Philip Thompson
Philip Thompson, Dialect and Vocal Coach
At the Theatre Company: The Merry Wives of Windsor, Richard III. Other Theatres: South Coast Repertory, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Cornerstone Theatre Company, Pasadena Playhouse, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Opera Pacific, Madison Rep. Professor and Head of Voice at the University of California, Irvine. Master Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework. Co-Founder of Knight-Thompson Speechwork.     
Karen T. Federing
Karen T. Federing, Stage Manager
At the Theatre Company: Debut. Other Theatres: Director of Production, Central City Opera (since 2002); Production Manager, Gotham Chamber Opera (NY) (2009, 2013-2014); Stage Manager, Clinton Global Initiative Conferences 2014-2015; Stage Manager, 2008 Democratic National Convention (Denver); Stage Manager, Park Avenue Armory (NY); Tune-In Festival 2011-2012. From 1992 to 2004 Karen was a Stage Manager with New York City Opera for over 45 productions, including seven Live From Lincoln Center telecasts. Karen has stage-managed for many regional opera companies over her more than 20-year career, including Virginia, Chautauqua and Sarasota Opera.
D. Lynn Reiland
D. Lynn Reiland, Assistant Stage Manager
At the Theatre Company: (14 seasons) A Christmas Carol, The Nest, Tribes, Appoggiatura, Vanya and Sonya and Masha and Spike, The Legend of Georgia McBride, The Most Deserving. At Off-Center: Sweet & Lucky, Perception. Other Theatres: Curious Theatre Company, Phamaly Theatre Company, and Seven Devils Playwrights Conference.
Kent Thompson
Kent Thompson, Producing Artistic Director
Kent is in his 12th season leading 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.
Charles Varin
Charles Varin, Managing Director
Charles 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 (Director of Production) is in his fourth season at the DCPA and oversees every-thing 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.
Jeff Gifford
Jeff Gifford, Director of Production
Jeff is in his fourth season at the DCPA and oversees every-thing 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.
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