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Haunted Denver

TW: This article contains content that some may find distressing.   Denver has its share of haunted locations. From hotels to museums to parks, there’s a fright somewhere for everyone. Plus, the city is home to many nighttime walking tours that will teach you the history, legends, and lore of much of downtown Denver. You might […]

The two masks that define theatre, one crying on the left and one laughing on the right

The Tragicomedy of Shakespeare’s Tragic Comedy: Much Ado About Nothing

While the names Thalia and Melpomene might mean nothing to you, you would certainly recognize their faces. Also known as Sock and Buskin, the iconic representation of theatre features two masks with familiar laughing and crying faces. Thalia is one of the nine Muses in Greek mythology, the patron of Comedy, represented with the laughing […]

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Cocktails with a Twist: The Ramble Hotel Offers Neuro Bar Lab

When you order a drink or two, you accept that your inhibitions may be a bit altered. But what about your perceptions? That’s just the idea behind the neuroscience-inspired Neuro Bar Lab that The Ramble Hotel is serving up in partnership with DCPA Off-Center’s Theater of the Mind. “We were very intrigued by the concept […]

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Enjoy a “Cuppatea” in Denver

Whether you call it a “cuppa” like Eliza Doolittle or a proper cup of tea like Professor Henry Higgins, teatime is universally loved. Afternoon tea, also called cream tea, is a thoroughly British tradition started by wealthy families in the 1840s. A lovely pot of tea accompanied by small bites and treats was served around […]

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Black-Owned Restaurants Within 3 Miles of the Arts Complex

There is no shortage of restaurant roundups that feature Black-owned businesses, but this one is intended to get you to the show on time! These local establishments are all within three miles of the Arts Complex and are sure to serve up a tasty meal with plenty of time to spare. Mimosas 2752 Welton St. […]

The cast of Ain't Too Proud poses onstage

The Temptations’ Ain’t Too Proud Is a Soundtrack for Not Only Yesterday’s but Also Today’s Divided Times

Originally published in Rolling Stone. Reprinted by permission of Ain’t Too Proud — The Life and Times of The Temptations The Broadway musical is based on surviving member and founder Otis Williams’ 1988 memoir, The Temptations. Known for their many R&B love songs and pop crossover hits, like “I’m Gonna Make You Love Me,” “Just […]

Designing for a Villain: Don John in Much Ado About Nothing

If clothes make the man, does it stand to reason that costumes make the villain? That’s the question we posed to DCPA Costume Crafts Director Kevin Copenhaver, who has been tasked with designing 1930s-era costumes for Much Ado About Nothing. Not necessarily, was his answer. “I don’t think costumes make the hero or the villain. […]

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A Sicilian-Inspired, Hand Painted Vest in Much Ado About Nothing

Director Chris Coleman will set his version of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing in the Sicilian port town of Messina. A minor but integral character is Dogberry, the incompetent constable, who unwittingly (and comically) discovers a plot to thwart true love. When Costume Crafts Director Kevin Copenhaver took on the charge to design the show, […]

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A Shining Heart: The Legacy of First Hand Cathie Gagnon

It just doesn’t sound the same in the Denver Center’s costume shop these days. “It’s very quiet now,” Director of Costumes Jan MacLeod said as her team continues to process the July 19 passing of stitcher Cathie Gagnon, an open and outgoing fixture in the DCPA Theatre Company family for the past 30 seasons. They […]

The cast of The Chinese Lady performs on an opulent stage

First Look: The Chinese Lady

The year is 1834 and 14-year-old Afong Moy is the first Chinese woman mainland America has ever seen. Intriguing and powerful, The Chinese Lady is a play unlike anything you’ve seen before. Take a look at some of the production photos below.