Hotter Than Egypt Playwright Explores the Pathos and Comedy Inherent in Every Day Life

In Hotter Than Egypt, playwright Yussef El Guindi explores the tragic-funny misunderstandings of a culture clash rich in existential, social, political baggage. While on holiday in Egypt, middle-aged Americans Paul and Jean find their marriage unraveling in the company of a young couple, Seif and Maha, who serve as their guides and conscience. Cut off […]

A musical instrument installation at Meow Wolf Convergence Station

One Person’s Trash is Another’s Masterpiece: Creating art out of garbage

Before throwing away that paper towel tube or foam packaging, think about what it could become with a little imagination. After all, one person’s trash can be another’s treasure, and the vehicle to make music, create art and even revamp into clothes. The idea of using found objects, aka trash, and turning them into something […]

A high school playwright takes notes from a DCPA teaching artist

Finalists and Winners Announced for the 2023 Student Playwriting Competition

The Denver Center for the Performing Arts (DCPA) is proud to announce the winning plays as part of its tenth annual Middle School & High School Playwriting Competition, which has impacted more than 25,000 students since its inception in 2013. This year, the DCPA received 179 total submissions from 22 counties across Colorado. After careful […]

A DCPA education student reads from a piece of paper onstage

Unleash Your Inner Playwright

Imagine two characters meeting on the street. One sincerely believes they know each other, while the other insists they have never met. How would their interaction go? If this prompt got your creative engine running, consider taking a playwriting class from the Denver Center for the Performing Arts (DCPA) Education Department. Since 2012, DCPA Education […]

A woman stands onstage in front of Revolutionary War artwork in 1776

1776: Redefining a Moment in History

Acclaimed director Diane Paulus’ personal mantra as an artist is to always expand the boundaries of theater – or why even bother? She did that when she reimagined the classic Broadway musicals Hair, Porgy & Bess and Pippin; the films Finding Neverland and Waitress, and even Alanis Morissette’s platinum-selling album Jagged Little Pill. And she’s done […]

Meet DCPA Charge Scenic Artist Jana Mitchell. Photo by John Moore.

Behind-the-Scenes Tours Return to the DCPA

There is more than meets the eye in the art of theatre. There’s plenty of behind-the-scenes magic at the Denver Center that brings each play to life. The DCPA Theatre Company features an in-house production team, including costume designers, set builders, propmakers, technical specialists, and more. A behind-the-scenes tour program was introduced to offer the […]

Chava, Tzeitel, and Hodel sit on the floor together in Fiddler on the Roof

The Director’s Approach: Bartlett Sher on directing the Broadway revival of Fiddler in 2015

Reprinted with permission of Fiddler on the Roof What are the differences between working on this show and some of your other past projects? Bartlett Sher: Talking about Fiddler on the Roof is actually a pretty great challenge when it comes to being a director, because the show is deeply beloved and it has a […]

Linda Klein and Barbara Gehring pose onstage in The Secret Comedy of Women

The History of The Secret Comedy of Women®

The Secret Comedy of Women is a show that finds its roots in a dense body of work created by the Denver-based immersive comedy troupe A.C.E., made up of Linda Klein (an American), Barbara Gehring (a Canadian) and Matthew Taylor (an Englishman).  It is one of the 50-plus shows A.C.E. created over its 25-year history. […]

Plates of Cuban food served at Cuba Cuba

Latin Loves: Savor the flavors of Latin cuisine at these local restaurants

¡Qué rico! How delicious is this food? While Colorado — once a part of Mexico — is awash in many restaurants that serve the recipes of our neighbor to the south, other Latin offerings are less well-represented. And though we will never, ever, ever say ‘no’ to an al pastor taco or a breakfast burrito […]