TANTALUS: Behind the Mask Watch Party

TANTALUS: Behind the Mask to be streamed Dec 16 at 6:30pm MT

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of TANTALUS, DCPA invites audiences to a free viewing party of the documentary that recounts the determination, drama, and artistry that led to this highly acclaimed and unforgettable theatrical experience.

A Homemade Christmas Carol

Making something new this holiday season with A Homemade Christmas Carol

Does thinking about the holidays this year make you feel a bit like a Scrooge? We understand the feeling. It can be hard to stay merry when there’s so much going on in the world. For the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, the inability to produce our annual tradition of A Christmas Carol this year came as a disappointment. The Wolf Theatre renovations are nearly complete, but with current CDC and city guidelines in place for slowing the spread of COVID-19, it simply wasn’t possible to make it happen this year. We found ourselves saying, “Bah, humbug,” more times than we care to admit.

Dael Orlandersmith in the Rattlestick Playwrights Theater production of Until the Flood. Photo by Robert Altman.

Thoughts on a Shooting: Until the Flood

Our two major political parties, once frenemies, appear locked down in irremediable differences. Disputation has poisoned our daily life, coarsening relationships and affecting too many aspects of daily existence. Anger, incivility, prevarication and racism have plunged us into social paralysis.

To say nothing of shootings.

TANTALUS

TANTALUS 20th anniversary

Twenty years ago, the Denver Center Theatre Company made history. In a co-production with the Royal Shakespeare Company, TANTALUS— the largest play ever to have been attempted… maybe to this day—received its world premiere. 2,500 years in the making. 17 years to write. Six months of rehearsal. Ten plays to recount the story of the Trojan War. A lifetime in theatrical history.

Alyssa Bresnahan as Thetis in the 2000 Denver Center Theatre Company production of Tantalus. Photo by p. switzer

Tantalizing Tidbits About TANTALUS

Twenty years ago, the Denver Center Theatre Company made history. In a co-production with the Royal Shakespeare Company, TANTALUS— the largest play ever to have been attempted… maybe to this day—received its world premiere. 2,500 hundred years in the making. 15 years to writing. Six month of rehearsal. Ten plays to recount the story of the Trojan War. A lifetime in theatrical history.

Original artwork from the 2001/02 world premiere of DCPA Theatre Company’s production of Almost Heaven: Songs and Stories of John Denver

Original DCPA Theatre Company world premiere returns to a Colorado Stage

When I was a little bitty boy…

Scratch that. I was actually a little bitty girl when I got jumped into “Grandma’s Feather Bed” and all of John Denver’s other songs.

The Company of Anna Karenina. Photo by AdamsVisCom

Photo Gallery: Books Adapted for the Stage

National Read a Book Day is September 6 and we’re celebrating by looking back at our storied history (pun intended) of producing and presenting books that have been adapted for the stage. How many of these productions from the past ten years have you seen? Do you have any favorites we didn’t include? Let us know on social media!

Melody Butiu, Glenn Morizio, Brian Lee Huynh in Vietgone. Photo by AdamsVisCom.

Looking back on Theatre Company season openers through the years

This week would have marked the launch of the DCPA Theatre Company’s 2020/21 Season. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, plans have changed but we’re still feeling all the nostalgia for the excitement that comes with launching a new season. So enjoy this small taste of our 40 years of season openers.

Neyla Pekarek in 'Rattlesnale Kate.' Photo by Adams Viscom.

VIDEO: Artist Spotlight on Neyla Pekarek, composer of Rattlesnake Kate

A highlight of our 2019 Colorado New Play Summit was a sneak peek at the DCPA Theatre Company’s first musical commission, Rattlesnake Kate. Conceived of by former Lumineers band member and Colorado native, Neyla Pekarek, the musical was bound for a full production in our 2020/21 season.

Anastasia Davidson and Marianna McClellan in A DOLL'S HOUSE_Photo by Adams VisCom

A Doll’s House from page to stage, a Henry Award winner

This year, DCPA Theatre Company’s Costume Design Associate, Meghan Anderson Doyle won the 2019/20 Henry Award for Outstanding Costume Design for her work on A Doll’s House.