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“Arguably local theater’s premiere event” – The Denver Post
Our stories start with you… Watching a play spring to life on stage might make you believe in magic. But before a story can sweep you off into another world, it takes a whole lot of humanity to make it possible. After coaxing an idea into a script, playwrights can rely on the expertise of dramaturgs, directors, and other writers to guide them through the editing process. But nothing compares to presenting a piece to a live audience, where the real-time reactions of a crowd elevate words into something more.
At the Colorado New Play Summit, it’s your time to shine as you meet some of theatre’s most promising writers while helping them fine-tune their work. Listen to play readings by fabulous actors, give your feedback on where you think the story should go, and enjoy two fully produced Theatre Company productions: the world premieres of Cebollas and Rubicon, both of which were featured readings at the 2022 Summit.
The inspiration doesn’t stop with the plays. Get to know the featured playwrights, directors, actors, and other creatives over delicious meals and at special events like the Summit Wrap Party. It’s your chance to meet the brightest minds in the craft and play an integral role in the future of Colorado theatre.
Robert & Carole Slosky
Watch spotlights from the 2023 Summit
Purchase your package before 11:59pm on December 31, 2023 for Early Bird prices, listed below. Packages grant you access to all of the readings and plays featured in the Summit, plus two luncheons, the Summit Dinner, the Summit Party, and the Playwright’s Slam. If you’d prefer to only participate in one or a handful of readings, you can also purchase $15 A La Carte tickets for each.
|General Admission, DCPA Subscribers||$184|
|General Admission, Students||$186.70|
|General Admission, Ages 35 & Under||$205.50|
2024 SUMMIT LINEUP
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 24
11am: Registration in the Helen Bonfils Theatre Complex Lobby
11:30am: Lunch in the Seawell Ballroom
12:30pm: First new play readings
- Orange Track: Reading B in the Jones Theatre
- Blue Track: Reading A in the Singleton Theatre
3:30pm: Second new play readings
- Orange Track: Reading D in the Singleton Theatre
- Blue Track: Reading C in the Jones Theatre
6:30-7:45pm: Summit Dinner in the Seawell Ballroom
8pm: Full Production – Cebollas in the Singleton Theatre
9:30pm: Playwrights’ Slam in the Jones Theatre
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 25
9:30am: High School Playwriting Competition in the Randy Weeks Conservatory Theatre
11:30am: Lunch in the Seawell Ballroom
12:30pm: Third new play readings
- Orange Track: Reading A in the Singleton Theatre
- Blue Track: Reading B in the Jones Theatre
3:30pm: Fourth new play readings
- Orange Track: Reading C in the Jones Theatre
- Blue Track: Reading D in the Singleton Theatre
Dinner on your own
7pm: Full Production – Rubicon in the Kilstrom Theatre
9:30pm: Summit Wrap Party in the Seawell Ballroom
What is a reading?
New play readings are how we showcase the essence of a story without production elements like scenery, staging, lights and costumes. Think of it like watching a live radio program being recorded. Our actors stand on stage, scripts handy, and perform the lines with all of the passion of a final production. The audience gets all of the emotion of a fully-produced performance, just stripped down. This allows the playwright, director and audience to focus entirely on the language and story.
Who are the industry attendees?
Every year the Colorado New Play Summit attracts theatre industry leaders and artists from over 20 states. This includes playwrights, directors, actors, dramaturgs, artistic directors, literary managers, casting directors, managers, agents and other representatives from theatre companies throughout the country. Please check back at a later date for the 2024 industry attendee list.
Do I get to choose a seat?
Readings, meals and events are general admission, so you will get to choose your seat when you arrive. Our theatres are intimate enough that every seat will give you a great view of the action, but if you’d like to find somewhere to sit with a group, we recommend arriving at the reading at least 15 minutes early. The world premieres will have assigned seats; all of the tickets in your order will be seated together.
What are the Orange and Blue Tracks? Which should I choose?
Summit Weekend offers two tracks — orange and blue — which are simply the order in which you’ll see the readings. Both tracks include all readings and events, but due to the sizes of our theatres, we have to split the size of our audience into two groups that see different plays concurrently. If you’re attending the Summit with a group, make sure you buy tickets to the same track.
Will I get physical tickets or is there Will Call?
A La Carte Summit Weekend buyers may opt-in to receive a name badge, but will still receive individual tickets for their events.
Those with all-inclusive passes may pick up their badges and world premiere tickets at registration upon arrival. Please wear your badge to gain entry to all events. Registration will be located inside the Helen Bonfils Theatre Complex. If you are arriving late for Summit Weekend or have any questions during the Summit, please see a box office agent. The main ticket counter is located inside the Helen Bonfils Theatre Complex, and we also have a counter in The Jones Theatre.
How do I get to the Summit?
All of our events will be located in the Denver Performing Arts Complex in downtown Denver. The intersection of 14th and Curtis streets is a good pick-up and drop-off location for all venues. Most Summit events take place in the Helen Bonfils Theatre Complex.
Using a map app? Our exact address is 1400 Curtis Street, Denver, CO 80204.
Where should I stay for the Summit?
As a Summit attendee, you get exclusive Summit discount rates at nearby partner hotels. Check back here in the months leading up to the Summit for partner rates.
How can I get around Denver?
Avoid the cost and hassle of parking downtown with these options:
Ride-sharing Services: Both Lyft and Uber operate in Denver.
Taxis: A taxi stand is available just across 14th Street at The Curtis Hotel. Or, our staff is happy to call a cab from the Helen Bonfils Theatre Complex.
Bus: RTD offers more than 15 bus routes that pick up and drop off within one block of the Denver Performing Arts Complex. When planning your route to the Complex, put in “Speer Boulevard and Arapahoe Street” as your cross streets to get the best results. Light Rail: RTD Light Rail lines D, F and H all make stops at 14th & Champa, beneath the Colorado Convention Center. When planning your route to the Complex, put in “Speer Boulevard and Arapahoe Street” as your cross streets to get the best results. Airport Train: If you’re traveling to Denver and arrive at Denver International Airport, you can take RTD’s A Line Train straight to Union Station in downtown Denver, which is within walking distance of the Arts Complex and many area hotels.
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Summit Successes Keep Coming
Over more than 40 years, our Theatre Company season has produced over 400 plays from scratch, including many that got their start as a reading. By commissioning new plays and presenting the Colorado New Play Summit, we underwrite the important work required of playwrights, invest in the future of the American Theatre and keep our finger on the pulse of contemporary writing.
Have a question about the Summit that’s not answered here? First-timer and not sure where to start? We’re here to help. Let us know what’s on your mind and we will get back to you soon.