THEATREWORKS

At THEATREWORKS you aren't just watching wonderful theatre, you are immersed in it.

You are right there! This season you'll meet extraordinary lovers, liars and lunatics down in a mine, up on a hill, riding the waves, grilling in a backyard, and courting lovely women in France. We'll lead you through sunny days and wild nights during all four seasons. This is the stuff dreams are made on; the stuff of life itself.

This is THEATREWORKS making great theatre with professional artists and sharing it with the best of company in intimate and welcoming spaces. Please join us!

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JULY 31 – AUGUST 23

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As You Like It by William Shakespeare

directed by Joseph Discher

All performances take place at Rock Ledge Ranch.

Take a break from summer in the city, and come to our tent in beautiful Rock Ledge Ranch. You’ll follow the fortunes of two women and a clown fleeing a corrupt court to seek new life in the great outdoors. Shakespeare’s great romantic comedy is a feast of language, song, and freedom featuring the fabulous Rosalind, the girl dressed like a boy who teaches the boy how to get the girl. No one does it better!

 

PLANNING YOUR VISIT
6 pm Bring a picnic or enjoy a hot dog from Margo's Vienna Station and explore the Ranch.

7 pm House opens

 

7:30 pm The show starts!

SHOW DATES & TIMES | July 31 - August 23, 2014

Tuesdays - Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.

 

TICKETS | Reservations are strongly advised

Reserved: $35

Children under 16: $15

UCCS Students: FREE

Groups of 10 or more: $25

No children under 5 years old

 

LOCATION | Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site

Visit the Rock Ledge Ranch website for detailed driving instructions.

 

EVERY NIGHT

Bring your family, picnics and lawn games and enjoy the Ranch before the show. If you haven't been to Rock Ledge before, it is a true treat and a magical oasis.

PROLOGUE

Auditioning Roundtable

Saturday, August 2 at 6:00 pm | Rock Ledge Ranch

Our artistic team will host a workshop and demonstration on what to do and what not to do in a Shakespeare audition.

 

FIRST FRIDAY TALKBACK

Friday, August 1

The director and actors will come back out on stage after the performance to talk about the production and answer YOUR questions!

 

 

 

LOCATION

As You Like It is presented in our festival tent at Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site near Garden of the Gods.

 

PARKING

General Parking is accessed from Gateway Road (the entrance to Garden of the Gods from 30th Street) and parking for persons with a disability is located in the roundabout at the end of Chambers Drive (a right from Chambers Way into the park).

 

Please click HERE for a detailed site map.

 

WEATHER

Summer in Colorado offers any number of possible weather combinations, so please come prepared with comfortable shoes, light jackets and sunglasses.

 

If a performance is canceled due to weather, patrons are welcome to see the show on another day. We cannot offer any refunds if the show is not canceled - refunds are only offered if there are no available seats at any of the remaining performances.

CAST & DESIGN TEAM

Director: Joseph Discher

Set Designer: Scott Aronow

Costume Designer: Hugh G. Hanson

Light and Sound Designer: Alex Ruhlin

Stage Manager: Tim Muldrew

 

Rosalind: Mandy Olsen

Orlando: Shannon Michael Wamser

Jaques: Patrick Toon

Touchstone: Andy Sturt

Duke Sr: Tom Paradise

Adam/Corin/Hymen: Michael Augenstein

Celia: Rebekah Fernandez

Pheobe: Mackenzie Paulsen

Amiens: Kris Barbier

Audrey: Jessica Parnello

Charles/William: Ryan McCarthy

Oliver deBoys: Jason Lythgoe

LeBeau/Silvius: Dastan Harrison

Oliver Martext/Jaques deBoys: Zach Bailey

Dennis: Parker Fowler

 

Denver Post REVIEW

 

Colorado Springs Independent REVIEW

 

BroadwayWorld.com REVIEW

 

Gazette ARTICLE

SEPTEMBER 11 - 28

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About The LIDA Project

The LIDA Project | Ludlow, 1914

 

It was shocking, momentous and then largely forgotten. Two dozen people were killed, including 2 women and 11 children. The Ludlow Massacre of 1914 was the most violent episode in the Colorado coal wars, which in turn was part of the deadliest strike in the history of the United States.  On the hundredth anniversary of the massacre, The LIDA Project to created a new play about the miners and their strike that THEATREWORKS is presenting.

Murray Ross says, “It’s a project that speaks directly to our mission to educate and to ground ourselves in our own territory. The issues Ludlow raised—inequality of wealth, exploitation of natural resources, the divisions between labor and capital, are all just as relevant today. And, of course, it’s one hell of a story.”

Brian Freeland and Denver’s The LIDA Project to create the new production. “LIDA has a long history of making fascinating new work,” Ross said, “and we thought they would be the ideal creators of this new adventure.” The result promises to be a whirlwind of theatrical invention, as history, tragedy, vaudeville, and modern technology converge in the theater’s flexible space.

 

SHOW DATES & TIMES | September 11 - 28, 2014

Thursdays - Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday matinees (September 20 & 27) at 2:00 p.m

Sundays at 4:00 p.m.

 

 

TICKETS | Reservations are strongly advised

Reserved: $35

Children under 18: $15

UCCS Students: FREE

Groups of 10 or more: $25

No children under 5 years old

 

LOCATION | Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theater

3955 Regent Circle

Colorado Springs, CO 80918

 

PROLOGUE LECTURE

Thomas Andrews

Sunday September 14 at 2:30 pm

The esteemed CU Boulder historian will talk about Ludlow and the Colorado coal wars.

 

FIRST FRIDAY TALKBACK

Friday, September 12

The director and actors will come back out on stage after the performance to talk about the production and answer YOUR questions!

 

FIRST SATURDAY GALA

Saturday, September 13

Free drinks and snacks for EVERYONE to celebrate opening weekend!

 

CAST & DESIGN TEAM

Brian Freeland: Director

Murray Ross: Dramaturge

Jeannene Bragg: Collaborator

Elise Jenkins: Production Stage Manager

Steve Deidel: Production Scenographer

Alex Polzin: Co-Scenic Design

Betty Ross: Costume Design

Stevie Caldarola: Co-Lighting Design

Ryan Gaddis: Co-Projection Design /  Content Creator

Heidi Larson: Scenic Charge

Roy Ballard: Props Manager

Alex Ruhlin: Master Electrician

Alex Polzin: Co-Scenic Designer
G. Austin Allen: Show Control Programmer
Aileen Semira Jocson: Pixel Twister/Cinematographer

Sarah Hyland Johnston: Illustrator

Kevin Zegan: Incandescence Artisian

Beaner Sheridan: Anti-Gravity Consultant

Shaun Sites: Ghost Light Metalsmith

Kenrick Fischer: Production Electrician

Max Peterson: QLAB Support

MEN

Erik Brevik

Mark Cannon

Bruce Carter

Travis Duncan

David Hastings

Tom Paradise

Jeremiah Walter

Terry Burnsed

WOMEN

Rachel Baker

Beth Clements

Jane Fromme

Margaret Kasahara

 

 

CHILDREN

Jack English

Sanaa Ford

Evan Slavens

Katelyn Sturt

Galen Westmoreland

Micah Wilborn

 

 

The LIDA Project

Founded in 1995, The LIDA Project is a meta-media art collective dedicated to experimental live performance. Since the company’s founding, LIDA has maintained a vigorous and strong commitment to the growth of the avant garde in the American Theatre. Working as a permanent company of artists and technicians, The LIDA Project builds new works for the theatre based on a unique long-form collaborative process for devising new work. Some of LIDA’s past works include: Dress Her Like a Cowboy, The Merchant of Auschwitz, Bingo Boyz: Columbine, The Anonymous Mr. W., MANSON | family valUes, Roller Skating With My Cousin, HOT + WAX: On Being Too Big To Fail (a piece in 8 bits), Justin Bieber Meets Al Qaeda, & R.U.R. / lol. The LIDA Project has been recognized as one of the preeminent experimental theatre companies in the region and regularly tours nationally and internationally. The LIDA Project also runs work | space its artistic home and development lab in the RiNo Arts District in Denver. In October, LIDA will premiere its next original work Happiness is a Warm Gun centering around stories of gun culture in America. This salon work is performed for limited audiences in private residences. Upcoming in 2015, LIDA will be continuing the development and performance of Ludlow, 1914 in Denver and regionally. 2015 will also see the remounting of its award winning one-man bi-lingual production of The Hairy Ape in New York City.

OCTOBER 23 - NOVEMBER 9

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Psycho Beach Party

by Charles Busch

directed by Kevin Landis

 

There’s some spooky stuff afoot on the sands. People are getting knocked out and waking up to find their bodies have been shaved—entirely shaved. Who is the demon barber of Malibu? Could it be one of the hunky surfer guys shooting the curl? Yo-Yo, Star Cat or Provoloney? What about the great Kanaka, who once rode the giant wave at Bali in handcuffs? Could it be that stuck up girl who snares all the boys, or the glamorous B movie star who’s new to the beach? Or might it be the nerdy bookworm always quoting Sartre and existential philosophy? Surely it couldn’t be little Chicklet, the pint sized tomboy who thinks about nothing except learning to surf? Yet there is something odd about that girl. For one thing she seems to have some pretty weird multiple personalities, and for another she’s being played by a boy.

 

The answers to this tantalizing mystery and many others will be revealed during the wild luau that concludes Psycho Beach Party.

The play by Charles Busch is a hilarious and charming mash up of 1960’s slasher and beach movies. It’s all high camp and good Halloween fun, pretty much guaranteed to leave you smiling all the way home.

 

Psycho Beach Party contains adult language and mature content and is not recommended for children under 16.

SHOW DATES & TIMES | October 23 - November 9, 2014

Wednesdays - Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday matinees (November 1 & 8) at 2:00 p.m

Sundays at 4:00 p.m.

 

TICKETS | Reservations are strongly advised

Reserved: $35

Children under 18: $15

UCCS Students: FREE

Groups of 10 or more: $25

No children under 5 years old

Not recommended for children under 16.

 

LOCATION | Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theater

3955 Regent Circle

Colorado Springs, CO 80918

 

Click HERE for directions. THEATREWORKS is located on the University of Colorado Colorado Springs Campus in University Hall (near the intersection of Union and Austin Bluffs).

PROLOGUE LECTURE

Charles Busch

October 26 at 2:30 pm

Busch is one of the great stars in the history of drag and will talk to us about the art of cross-dressing and the influence of his plays.

 

FRIDAY TALKBACKS

Every Friday during the run, the director ans/or actors will come back out on stage after the performance to talk about the production and answer YOUR questions!

 

FIRST SATURDAY CHAMPAGNE TOAST

Saturday, October 25

Complimentary champagne toast and snacks for EVERYONE to celebrate opening weekend!

Film Screening: Die Mommie Die
presented in partnership with  UCCS Film Studies

Sunday, October 26th at 7:30 pm
Centennial Auditorium

FREE


CHARLES BUSCH: HIT THE LIGHTS

Monday, October 27 and Tuesday, October 28

Tickets: $15 - $35
The grand dame of New York and Hollywood drag comes to Colorado Springs to play the greatest character of his career... himself! On the occasion of our production of his play come film Psycho Beach Party, Charles Busch will present his cabaret, full of classic lounge songs and plenty of saucy dish.

Charles Busch Cabaret
HIT THE LIGHTS


TWO PERFORMANCES ONLY: October 27 & 28 at 7:30 pm

Tickets: $35 | $25 for Subscribers | free for UCCS Students

 

 

On the occasion of our production of his play come film Psycho Beach Party, Charles Busch will present his cabaret, full of classic lounge songs and plenty of saucy dish.

Join Busch and Broadway pianist, Tom Judson, for a performance that has, over the years, received consistent raves from the the New York Times and other prominent critics:  "What distinguishes Mr. Busch’s impersonation from similar caricatures is the same quality that infuses his plays and character comedy: its kindness. Instead of sneering, it winks... When he forsakes his female alter egos to sing without affectation, he is an expressive interpreter with a pronounced vocal resemblance to Gene Kelly."

 

It'll be smashing, darling!  It's the event of the fall.  An insight into the nuanced art of drag and, lets face it, a really good time.

Not convinced? Check him out on YouTube. He's fab.

JANUARY 22 – FEBRUARY 8

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Detroit

by Lisa D'Amour

 

Steaks are sizzling in a backyard as a couple gets together with their neighbors, and soon it’s not just the grill that’s blazing. we’re excited to present this terrific new play, a Pulitzer Prize finalist, which begins like a sitcom and spirals into a suburban bacchanal. It’s a funny, disturbing and indelible portrait of life in an economic downturn. You will recognize these people; they may be living next door. Make sure your fire extinguishers are charged.

 

Detroit contains adult language and is not recommended for children under 16.

SHOW DATES & TIMES | January 22 - February 8, 2015

Thursdays - Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday matinees (January 31 & February 7) at 2:00 p.m

Sundays at 4:00 p.m.
Detroit is 1h 45 min with no intermission

 

TICKETS | Reservations are strongly advised

Reserved: $35

Children under 18: $15 *

UCCS Students: FREE

Groups of 10 or more: $25

No children under 5 years old

 

LOCATION | Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theater

3955 Regent Circle

Colorado Springs, CO 80918

 

Click HERE for directions. THEATREWORKS is located on the University of Colorado Colorado Springs Campus in University Hall (near the intersection of Union and Austin Bluffs).

 

 

*Detroit contains adult language and is not recommended for children under 16.

PROLOGUE LECTURE

Lisa D'Amour

January 25 at 2:30 pm

As part of our series on women playwrights, D'Amour will talk about her award-winning play Detroit and discuss her life in the theatre.

 

FIRST FRIDAY TALKBACK

Friday, January 23

The director and actors will come back out on stage after the performance to talk about the production and answer YOUR questions!

 

FIRST SATURDAY CHAMPAGNE TOAST

Saturday, January 24

Complimentary champagne toast and snacks for EVERYONE to celebrate opening weekend!

 

Subscribers click HERE to make your reservations online!

CAST

Kenny: Todd D'Amour

Sharon: Carley Cornelius

Mary: Shannon Haragan

Ben: Greg Wise

Frank: Michael Demaree

DESIGN TEAM / CREW

Director: Shana Gold

Stage Manager: Tim Muldrew

Scenic Designer: Jonathan Wentz

Sound Designer: Alex Ruhlin

Lighting Designer: Vance McKenzie

Costumer Designer: Amy Haines

Props Manager: Tammy Williams

Assistant Stage Manager: Elise Jenkins

 

MARCH 5 - 15

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UCCS STUDENT PRODUCTION: The Shadow

by Evgeny Shvarts

directed by Kevin Landis

 

Once upon a time, in a land far away, a young scholar falls hopelessly in love with a beautiful princess. Yes, this rollicking and rarely performed play is a fairy tale, but a with twist. A corrupt government plots against the poor scholar and enlists his shadow to do dastardly things. Will it all end happily ever after?

 

 

Co-produced with the Department of Visual and Performing Arts.

SHOW DATES & TIMES | March 5 - 15, 2015

Thursdays - Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday matinee (March 14) at 2:00 p.m

Sundays at 4:00 p.m.

 

TICKETS | Reservations are strongly advised

Reserved: $15

Children under 16: $15

UCCS Students: FREE

 

LOCATION | Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theater

3955 Regent Circle

Colorado Springs, CO 80918

 

Click HERE for directions. THEATREWORKS is located on the University of Colorado Colorado Springs Campus in University Hall (near the intersection of Union and Austin Bluffs).

PROLOGUE LECTURE

Suzanne MacAulay

March 8 at 2:30 pm

Folklore scholar Suzanne MacAulay discusses the ins and outs of fairy tales -- their history and psychology.

 

FIRST FRIDAY TALKBACK

Friday, March 6

The director and actors will come back out on stage after the performance to talk about the production and answer YOUR questions!

 

FIRST SATURDAY GALA

Saturday, March 7

Free drinks for EVERYONE to celebrate opening weekend!

MARCH 21 - APRIL 5

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Happy Days

by Samuel Beckett

directed by Murray Ross

 

Somewhere in Colorado Springs our most celebrated artist, Floyd Tunson, is creating a small mountain from found materials. half buried on top is winnie, and she has a lot to tell you, thanks to the incomparable genius of Samuel Beckett. Prepare yourself for an experience like no other—a devastating masterpiece that leaves you walking on air.

 

She’s sitting half buried in a small mound of earth.  She’s going nowhere but down. Yet she wakes up every morning and remains quite cheerful, even gay.  She brushes her teeth, combs her hair, says her prayers, fondles her revolver, and encourages her husband.  Meet Winnie, the heroine of Samuel Beckett’s masterpiece, and one of the greatest dramatic roles ever written for an actress, a cross between Lucille Ball and King Lear.  THEATREWORKS will present Beckett’s Happy Days, March 19-April 5, featuring Lynne Hastings and her real life husband David as the ordinary couple who are making do in extraordinary circumstances.  Do not expect The Fonz to make an appearance.  Do expect 90 minutes of haunting and memorable theater.

 

 

Run time: 1:45 with one 15 minute intermission

 

SHOW DATES & TIMES | March 21 - April 5, 2015

Wednesdays - Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday matinees (March 21, March 28 and April 4) at 2:00 p.m.

Sundays at 4:00 p.m.

 

TICKETS | Reservations are strongly advised

Reserved: $35

Children under 18: $15

UCCS Students: FREE

Groups of 10 or more: $25

No children under 5 years old

 

LOCATION | Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theater

3955 Regent Circle

Colorado Springs, CO 80918

 

Click HERE for directions. THEATREWORKS is located on the University of Colorado Colorado Springs Campus in University Hall (near the intersection of Union and Austin Bluffs).

 

PROLOGUE LECTURE

Murray Ross and Kevin Landis

March 22 at 2:30 pm

Murray and Kevin will guide you through a discussion of the absurd twists and turns of Beckett's genius.

 

PRE-SHOW TALKS

Saturday, April 4 at 1:15 pm

Sunday, April 5 at 3:15 pm

Artistic Director Murray Ross will give you insight into the play BEFORE you see it. The perfect way to equip yourself for viewing a classic play by Beckett.

APRIL 23 - MAY 10

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The Liar

by David Ives

adapted from Pierre Corneille

directed by Murray Ross

 

A charming young man comes to Paris and immediately falls in love. he’s a moral zero with an unmatched gift for stretching the truth. In no time he’s spinning amazing yarns and sending his love play into outer space. This zesty new adaptation of a French classic is like springtime in Paris—full of wit, elegant dresses, fancy lace, a twisting plot, lies of genius and true love at last.

 

Check out this NPR interview with David Ives about the adaptation.

SHOW DATES & TIMES | April 23 - May 10, 2015

Wednesdays - Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday matinees (May 2 & 9) at 2:00 p.m

Sundays at 4:00 p.m.

 

RUNNING TIME: 2:30 with one 15 minute intermission

 

TICKETS | Reservations are strongly advised

Reserved: $35

Children under 16: $15

UCCS Students: FREE

Groups of 10 or more: $25

No children under 5 years old

 

LOCATION | Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theater

3955 Regent Circle

Colorado Springs, CO 80918

 

Click HERE for directions. THEATREWORKS is located on the University of Colorado Colorado Springs Campus in University Hall (near the intersection of Union and Austin Bluffs).

PROLOGUE LECTURE

Bil Lepp

April 26 at 2:30 pm

The five-time winner of the West Virginia Lying Contest leads a demonstration and workshop on how to tell a whopper.

 

FIRST TALKBACKS

Every Friday during the run of the show the director and actors will come back out on stage after the performance to talk about the production and answer YOUR questions!

 

 

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