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World Premiere


By Tanya Saracho
Directed by Jerry Ruiz
Feb 5 - Mar 13, 2016
The Ricketson Theatre (View Map & Seating Chart)
Run Time: Approximately 90 minutes; performed without an intermission
Ticket Price: Starts at: $41
Age Recommendation: 16+
Advisory: Considerable strong language and content.

In this sharp, true-to-life new comedy, Mexican- American Lucia is hired to write for a Latina TV character in a cutthroat Hollywood TV studio. She soon discovers that the Latino studio custodian, Abel, has a windfall of plot ideas. As their friendship grows, his stories start to blur with hers with unexpected consequences. FADE is a standout new play from Tanya Saracho, whose writing “lands in that sweet spot between comedy and drama” (Chicago Tribune).

A Theatre Company Commission. FADE was developed at the 2015 Colorado New Play Summit.

Presented by The Joan and Phill Berger Charitable Fund.

Sponsored by the 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.

FADE is the recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New Play Award

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“There is no playwright in the American theatre scene that is doing what Tanya is doing. I think she is an incredibly unique and important voice in the American theatre.” Read More
Insider Perspectives
Insider Perspectives
Feb 5 | 6:00pm
Free • The Jones at Speer & Arapahoe
Get an exclusive insider's perspective of FADE when you join us for a professionally-moderated discussion with our Theatre Company's creative team.
Talkback with the Cast
Talkback with the Cast
Feb 28 | 3:30pm

Free | The Space Theatre

Join a fun and engaging discussion with the actors from FADE after the show.

Accessible Performance
Accessible Performance
Mar 6 | 1:30pm

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Talkback with Higher Education Advisory Council
Talkback with Higher Education Advisory Council
Mar 6 | 3:30pm
Participate in a topical discussion of FADE led by members of our academic community.
Theatre & Theology Talkback
Theatre & Theology Talkback
Mar 8 | 9:00pm
Join Pastor Dan Bollman of the Rocky Mountain Evangelical Lutheran Synod to examine FADE through a theological lens.

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2015 Summit Spotlight: Tanya Saracho's FADE

Mariana Fernández
Mariana Fernández, Lucía
At the Theatre Company: Debut. New York credits include Disjointed Love Shorts (Ticket2Eternity). Regional: Reasons to be Pretty (Phoenix Theatre Indianapolis), As Bees in Honey Drown (StageWest Fort Worth), Jason and Claire (San Diego Old Globe). Training: BFA, Texas Christian University. MFA, Purdue Actor Training Program.
Eddie Martinez
Eddie Martinez, Abel
At the Theatre Company: As You Like It. Chicago theatre credits include: Big Lake Big City, Cascabel (Lookingglass Theatre); Our Lady of 121st Street (Steppenwolf Theatre Company); The Sins of Sor Juana (Teatro Vista); Stylin’ and Racial Profilin’ (The Second City). TV/Film: “Sense8,” “Sirens,” The Dilemma, The Break Up, The Weatherman, Nothing Like the Holidays, Let’s Go to Prison and Elsewhere.
Tanya Saracho
Tanya Saracho, Playwright
Born in Sinaloa, Mexico, a playwright, actor, theatre director, and TV writer for “How To Get Away With Murder” (currently co-producing), HBO’s “Girls,” “Looking” and “Devious Maids.” Her work has been produced by Second Stage (NYC), Steppenwolf Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The Goodman Theatre, Teatro Vista, Teatro Luna, Fountain Theatre, Clubbed Thumb, NEXT Theatre and 16th Street Theatre. Saracho is currently developing an adaptation of her play “Mala Hierba” for HBO.
Jerry Ruiz
Jerry Ruiz, Director
Jerry recently directed Mala Hierba by Tanya Saracho at Second Stage, Basilica by Mando Alvarado for Rattlestick Playwright’s Theater and Philip Goes Forth for the Mint Theater Company. Prior NYC credits include: Enfrascada by Tanya Saracho (Clubbed Thumb), Love Goes to Press (Mint), Mariela in the Desert (Repertorio Espanol), A King of Infinite Space (Summer Stage/HERE), The King is Dead by Caroline V. McGraw, and Rattlers by Johnna Adams. Regional: In the Heights (UT-Austin); 26 Miles (Arizona State University); Waiting for the Hearse (Mixed Blood); Twelfth Night (Chalk Rep). 2009-2011 NEA/TCG Career Development grant. Member of SDC.
Richard Devin
Richard Devin, Lighting Designer
At the Theatre Company: Debut. Richard is an Artistic Company Member at Curious Theatre Company where he has designed lighting for 15 contemporary plays over the past 10 years. Dick also worked with the Colorado Shakespeare Festival for 17 years as Producing Artistic Director and 26 years as lighting designer. He has designed more than 250 productions at 36 of America’s regional theatres, as well as Off-Broadway and in Hong Kong, Tokyo and Cairo. He was Managing Director and Lighting Designer with the Williamstown Theatre Festival and is past president of the U.S. Institute for Theatre Technology.
Timothy R. Mackabee
Timothy R. Mackabee, Scenic Designer
At the Theatre Company: Debut. Broadway: The Elephant Man (starring Bradley Cooper), Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth (dir. Spike Lee). West End: The Elephant Man. Off-Broadway: Lincoln Center Theatre, Manhattan Theatre Club, Atlantic Theatre Company, The Public. Regional: Center Stage, Cleveland Play House, Dallas Theatre Center, Syracuse Stage, Yale Repertory Theatre, Philadelphia Theater Company, Williamstown, Ford’s Theatre, The Old Globe. TV/Film: “Amy Schumer: Live at the Apollo,” “Gotham,” “Smash,” “The Today Show.” Training: North Carolina School of the Arts, Yale School of Drama. timothymackabeedesign.com
Meghan Anderson Doyle
Meghan Anderson Doyle, Costume Designer
At the Theatre Company: FADE, Tribes, One Night in Miami…, Appoggiatura, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Jackie & Me, The Giver, Superior Donuts, Well and Ed, Downloaded. Other Theatres: At Off-Center (Sweet & Lucky, CULT FOLLOWING seasons 1-5, Lord of the Butterflies), DCPA Cabaret (I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change! and Five Course Love). Other Theatres: Curious Theatre Company (Marcus or the Secret of Sweet, In The Red and Brown Water, Good People, The Brothers Size, A Number, Up, tempOdyssey), The Aurora Fox (Metamorphoses), National Theatre Conservatory Rep (2005-2012). Special/Training: DCPA Theatre Company Costume Design Associate 2006-present. BA in Theatre, University of Denver; MFA in Costume Design, University of Florida.
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.
Stephanie Ybarra
Stephanie Ybarra, Dramaturg
Stephanie Ybarra serves as the Director of Special Artistic Projects at The Public Theater in New York, where she leads the Mobile Shakespeare Unit and Public Forum programs. During her time as an independent artistic producer, Producing Artistic Director of Cherry Lane’s OBIE Award-Winning Mentor Project and Producing Director of The Playwrights Realm, Stephanie developed and produced new work with Tarell Alvin McCraney, Tanya Saracho, Anna Ziegler, Jen Silverman, Jiehae Park, Gregory Steven Moss and more. She holds an MFA from Yale School of Drama.
Randall K. Lum
Randall K. Lum, Stage Manager
At the Theatre Company: Debut. Other Theatres: Oregon Shakespeare Festival (World Premieres: Equivocation, American Night: The Ballad of Juan Jose, and WillFul), Center Theatre Group (World Premiere: The Royale), Pasadena Playhouse, South Coast Repertory (18 Seasons over 90 productions. Some World Premieres: The Further Adventures of Hedda Gabbler, Wit, Intimate Apparel, Blue Door, Safe In Hell, Three Days of Rain, Kimberly Akimbo, and The Birds), The Old Globe, La Jolla Playhouse, Laguna Playhouse, American Conservatory Theatre, Berkeley Rep, California Shakespeare Theatre, Arena Stage, Seattle Rep, and TheatreWorks Silicon Valley (Resident Stage Manager).
Tyler Nelson
Tyler Nelson, Sound Designer
At the Theatre Company: FADE, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, The Most Deserving, The Giver, and Ed, Downloaded. Off-Center: DATE*, Square of Ice, CULT FOLLOWING season 1, The L&J&J Project, Hip-Hop Jambalaya, Wii: The Ultimate Baseball Game. Other Theatres: Applebox Theatre Company (Buried Child, Summertree). Training: Bachelor’s Degree in Sound Engineering, University of Colorado Denver.
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.

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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