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2011-12 SEASON NOTES FROM MURRAY ROSS

 

As past or present family members, we believe you deserve to be first in line for some especially great theater in 2011-12.

 

This is the most exciting season in our history—see for yourselves. We are now officially acknowledged as an Equity theater—the only one in the Pikes Peak region, and one of only five in Colorado. This means we’ll be bringing even more great talent to our stage in thrilling productions we think you’ll love.

 

We’ll return to beautiful Rock Ledge Ranch for The Merchant of Venice  this summer; we’ll take you on a hilarious spy chase; and we’ll re-acquaint you with Shakespeare’s  greatest women. You’ll be reborn in Church, you’ll fly to Never Never Land, you’ll sit down for breakfast  with new Americans on the move to freedom. We’ll dance the dance of the seven veils, and we’ll witness  two great queens going head to head.

 

Murray Ross, Artistic Director

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For over 300 years The Merchant of Venice was one of Shakespeare’s best known and best liked plays. It has a gripping hate plot where good triumphs over evil at the very last minute. It has a romantic love plot, in which the hand of a beautiful princess is won by the young suitor who solves the famous riddle of the three caskets. But in a post holocaust century, the play has become more complicated, because the plays comic villain is, emphatically, a Jew. Shylock is the embodiment of many of the strongest anti-Semitic stereotypes, and he is also, clearly, a target of such stereotyping. He is both Jewish villain and Jewish victim.

 

The Merchant of Venice has become one of Shakespeare’s most problematic plays—a romantic comedy, a courtroom thriller, a dissection of a wealthy society not unlike our own, and an exploration of racial prejudice. What does this all add up to? One of the most exciting nights of theater you could hope for, and played out in our festival tent at Rock Ledge Ranch it promises to be the most entertaining and absorbing evening of the summer.

 

- Murray Ross, artistic director

 

CAST

ANTONIO, the merchant . . . . . Tom Paradise

SALARINO, a gentleman  . . . . . Dana Kjeldsen

SALANIO, a gentleman . . . . Dastán Harrison

BASSANIO, a lord . . . . . Christian O’Shaughnessy

GRATIANO, a gentleman . . . . . Brandon Kruhm

LORENZO, a gentleman . . . . . Stephen Siebert

SALERIO, a gentleman . . . . . Karl Brevik

DUKE OF VENICE and PRINCE OF ARRAGON . . . . . Steve Wallace

SHYLOCK, the Jew . . . . . Christopher Lowell

JESSICA, his daughter . . . . . Carmen Vreeman

LAUNCELOT GOBBO, his servant . . . . .  Jordan Mathews

OLD GOBBO, Launcelot’s father . . . . . Michael Preston

PRINCE OF MOROCCO and JAILER . . . . . Hossein Forouzandeh

PORTIA, a rich heiress . . . . . Jane Noseworthy*

NERISSA, her maid  . . . . . Misha Johnson*

BALTHAZAR, her servant . . . . . Karl Brevik

STEPHANO, her servant and TUBAL, a Jew . . . . . David Hastings

CASKET BEARERS . . . . . . C. C. Wells, Elizabeth Mackiewics, Aubrey Bishop

 

*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and

Stage Manager in the United States.

CREW & STAFF

 

Artistic Director . . . . . Murray Ross

Executive Director . . . . . Drew Martorella

Development Director . . . . . Randy Dipner

Producing Director . . . . . Ryan Neely

Technical Director . . . . . Roy Ballard

Assistant Director . . . . . Jeff Flygare

Props Master . . . . . Amanda Ewers

Osborne Theater Manager . . . . . Katie Ryn Girton

Assistant Stage Manager . . . . . Irene Hessner

Costume Shop First Hand . . . . . Kristin Hinds

Master Electrician . . . . . Brad Helzer

Box Office Assistants . . . . . Elizabeth Eubank, Jeffrey Tejada & Sarah Werling

Production Assistants . . Lauren Eastlack, Amanda Ewers & Nathaneal Mooberry

Interns . . . . . Alex Samuels, Lauren Eastlack & Aubrey Bishop

PROLOGUE LECTURE

Judaism on Stage

Wednesday, August 24 at 6:00 pm, Rock Ledge Ranch

 

Murray Ross leads a roundtable discussions with members of the Colorado Springs Jewish community. On the lawn at Rock Ledge Ranch.

 

 

 

 

The Merchant of Venice

August 4 - 27

The 39 Steps

August 4 - 27

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A mysterious woman collapses on a man sitting in an armchair, a map in her hand, a knife in her back. Her dying words refer to 39 Steps and an obscure site in Scotland--Alt na Shellach. Richard Hannay, the man in the armchair, is now a man on the run, and his subsequent adventures propel him at high speeds in police cars, under trains and across the rugged moors, handcuffed to a woman (another lovely, mysterious creature), in search of a sinister villain with a missing little finger. This is the stuff of mystery, romance, thrills and high comedy.

 

The 39 Steps, adapted from the movie by Philip Barlow, is more of less faithful to the classic 1935 Hitchcock movie, which is somewhat faithful to John Buchan’s classic spy novel of 1915. The great difference is that the stage version is performed entirely by four actors, moving at dizzying speeds to re-create the swiftly plotted suspenseful tale. The result is not only thrills, chills, and spills, but some of the most hilarious comedy of recent times.

 

- Murray Ross, artistic director

 

CAST

Hannay . . . . .  Josh Robinson*

Pamela, Annabella, and Margaret  . . . . . Lindsay Rae Taylor*

Clown 1 . . . . . Justin Walvoord*

Clown 2 . . . . . Sammie Joe Kinnett

*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and

Stage Manager in the United States.

 

CREW & STAFF

Artistic Director . . . . . Murray Ross

Executive Director . . . . . Drew Martorella

Development Director . . . . . Caitlin Green

Producing Director . . . . . Ryan Neely

Technical Director . . . . . Roy Ballard

Director . . . . . Geoffrey Kent

Set Design . . . . . Roy Ballard

Costume Design . . . . . Jan Avramov

Lighting Design . . . . . Jane Spencer

Sound Design . . . . . Breton Parks Christopherson

Production Stage Manager . . . . . Paul Behrhorst

Dialect Coach . . . . . Leah Chandler-Mills

Fight Director . . . . . Benaiah Anderson

Assistant Stage Manager . . . . . Amanda Eno

Props Master . . . . . Cory Mooseman

Costume Shop First Hand . . . . . Kristin Hinds

Master Electrician . . . . . Sean Campbell

PROLOGUE LECTURE

Robert von Dassanowsky

Sunday, September 25 at 2:30 pm

 

Join the head of the UCCS film program for a discussion on The 39 Steps and the films of Alfred Hitchcock.  A prolific and nationally regarded scholar, Dr. Dassanowsky is one of the great stars of UCCS.

 

 

SATURDAY GALA

August 6 | after the show

FREE food for all!

 

CHURCH by Young Jean Lee

October 27 - November 6, 2011

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Theatre was twice born in our western civilization, once in Greece, and thousands of years later in the Middle Ages.  And on both occasions the mother of theatre was religion. Since then theatre has grown up and gone its own way, and these days theatre and religion don’t go out together much anymore.   All that changes in Church, which is not only a play but also a religious service conducted by four young ministers who have quite a lot to celebrate.

 

The author is Young Jean Lee, perhaps the most original and provocative playwright in America.  The New Yorker calls her plays personal, probing and “utterly demented.”  She grew up going to church with her Korean parents, and she hated it.  She would sit there and look around at the people and think how awful they were.  She went to college and declared herself an atheist. And then she wrote this play.

 

It is not what you think.  You will find yourself very surprised and possibly something more when you come to Church and worship in the house of Young Jean Lee.

CAST

Rev. Jose . . . . . .  Kevin Landis

Rev. Mare . . . . . . Mare Trevathan

Rev. Lija . . . . . . Lija Fishier

Rev. Shannan . . . . . Shannan Steele

 

 

CREW/STAFF

Artistic Director . . . . . Murray Ross

Executive Director . . . . . Drew Martorella

Development Director . . . . . Caitlin Green

Producing Director . . . . . Ryan Neely

Technical Director . . . . . Roy Ballard

Directed by . . . . . Christy Montour-Larson

Costumes by . . . . Sara Shaver

Lighting by . . . . . . Tonya Moake Neely

Set Design . . . . . . Roy Ballard

 

PROLOGUE LECTURE

Young Jean Lee

October 30 | 2 pm | Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theater

FREE | no reservations required

Ms. Lee will talk about Church, her process, her beliefs and her work.

 

SATURDAY GALA

October 29 | after the show

FREE food for all!

SHOW DATES & TIMES | October 27 - November 6

Thursdays at 7:30 p.m.

Fridays at 7:30 p.m.

Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.

Sundays at 4:00 p.m.

Saturday matinees: Oct. 29 and Nov. 5 at 2:00 p.m.

 

TICKETS | Reservations are strongly advised

Reserved: $30

Children under 16: $15

UCCS Students: FREE

Groups of 10 or more: $20

 

LOCATION | Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theater

2955 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).

WOMEN OF WILL

November 9 - 15, 2011

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Tina Packer claims there here are 177 female characters in Shakespeare.  Nothing compared to the 770 men.  But Juliet, Cleopatra, Rosalind, Lady Macbeth, Desdemona and Kate the Shrew are quite a handful.

 

You’ll meet them and several more in this extraordinary performance, which The New York Times calls “a lively and illuminating tour” of the women of Will.

 

Ms. Packer is the founding artistic director of Shakespeare & Company, and there is no one more qualified to lead us into the unusually rich world of Shakespeare’s heroines, queens, warriors, saints and murderers.  She doesn’t merely show, she also tells-- explaining as she explores the many variations of the feminine Shakespeare created over his long dramatic career.

 

There’s a man in the room too, Nigel Gore, her performing partner who fully assists as husband, lover, friend and foe.

CAST

Women . . . . . Tina Packer

Men . . . . . Nigel Gore

 

CREW

Artistic Director . . . . . Murray Ross

Executive Director . . . . . Drew Martorella

Development Director . . . . . Caitlin Green

Producing Director . . . . . Ryan Neely

Technical Director . . . . . Roy Ballard

Stage Manager . . . . Ryan Neely

Lighting by . . . . . . Tonya Moake Neely

 

 

PROLOGUE WORKSHOP

Tina Packer

November 13 | 2 pm | Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theater

FREE | no reservations required

 

For this lecture you may either participate or observe. If you want to participate, please RSVP online (space is limited). If you plan on observing the workshop and listening to Ms. Packer, no reservations are required, just show up on the 13th!

 

Ms. Packer is the founder and artistic director of the world-renowned Shakespeare and Co.  In addition to her perfromances, whe will lead workshops with our students and a discussion with our patrons.

 

SATURDAY GALA

November 12 | after the show

FREE food for all!

THE LOST BOYS

December 1 - 23

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We love this story, and so does everybody else, and we are going to retell the whole thing on our stage all over again, and very faithfully too. The only difference, and we think you’ll agree it is a minor one, is that our story will not begin in a London townhouse but in a senior assisted living center  near here. We believe that is it not just young boys who never grow up, or middle aged boys who develop a syndrome, but old boys too, who are just as lost, just as young at heart, and even more likely to live in Never Land.

 

I know this from looking at many of the old boys around me, and also from looking in the mirror. We are also fearless, foolish, ardent in the pursuit of justice, and even more certain, as Peter is, that dying will be “an awfully big adventure.”  We’d like the chance to play with mermaids, Indians, fairies and we are still ready to take on the pirates. I’m very certain you will relish the chance to fly out the window with Peter, Wendy and a bunch of very lost boys.

 

The Lost Boys is a retelling of Peter Pan, by James M. Barrie--the script is an edited version of Barrie's famous novel, but the play is set in a veteran's assisted living center--so all the lost boys in Neverland are rather old. This production, like Barrie's novel, is intended for adults and children who are at least five years old.

 

- Murray Ross, artistic director

CAST

Peter Pan . . . . . Khris Lewin

The Narrator . . . . . Susan Dawn Carson

Mrs. Darling, Tiger Lily, Old Wendy . . . . . Sally Lewis Hybl

Wendy Darling, Jane . . . . . Mallory Hybl

Mr. Darling, Hook . . . . . Robert Rais

John Darling . . . . . Tom Paradise

Michael Darling . . . . . Jim Campbell

Nana, Crocodile . . . . . Kathy Paradise

Tootles, Noodler . . . . . Danny Bristol

Nibs, Starkey . . . . . Steve Wallace

Curly, Cecco . . . . . Bruce Carter

Slightly, Smee . . . . . John Parra

Twin 1, Mulins . . . . . Melvin Grier

Twin 2, Jukes . . . . . Joseph Forbeck

 

 

CREW

Directed by . . . . . Murray Ross

Costumes by . . . . . Sarah Shaver

Set Design . . . . . Roy Ballard

Lighting Design . . . . . Lloyd Sobel

Sound . . . . . Alex Ruhlin

Props Master . . . . . Andrea Spraycar

STAFF

Artistic Director . . . . . Murray Ross

Executive Director . . . . . Drew Martorella

Development Director . . . . . Caitlin Green

Producing Director . . . . . Ryan Neely

Technical Director . . . . . Roy Ballard

SHOW DATES & TIMES | December 1 - 23

December 1-3, 8-10, 15-17, 20-23 -- 7:30 pm

Saturday matinees on Dec. 10 and 17 – 2 pm

Sunday matinees on Dec. 4, 11, and 18 – 4 pm

 

TICKETS | Reservations are strongly advised

Reserved: $30

Children under 16: $15

UCCS Students: FREE

Groups of 10 or more: $20

 

LOCATION | Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theater

2955 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

December 11 | 2:30 pm | Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theater

FREE | no reservations required

 

THEATREWORKS Artistic Director, Murray Ross will be on hand to discuss the creation of the original adaptation of Peter Pan.  Eggnog and discussion with Murray before our holiday show.

 

 

SATURDAY GALA

December 3 | after the show

FREE food for all!

 

JOE TURNER'S COME AND GONE

January 26 - February 19

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August Wilson’s ten play cycle chronicling a century’s experience of black Americans is one of our nation’s great theatrical accomplishments. THEATREWORKS has produced two of these plays:  Fences, set in the 1950’s, and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, set in the 1920’s. We think Joe Turner may be the greatest play of this great series.

 

It’s set (as usual) in Pittsburgh, this time in 1911, in a boarding house which serves a refuge for people on the move, making the great migration north to a new world, a new age of industrialization, and a new identity. The play has an astonishing range, moving forward into the future but also back to a spiritual past, culminating in the juba, a dance which conjures the holy spirit in an ecstatic frenzy.

 

At the heart of the play is Harold Loomis, who arrives with his young daughter in search of his missing wife.  His journey is to recover his strength, to stand up, shine and t find “his song.” It is a rare thing to produce a play in Colorado Springs with a large cast of African Americans, and it is rarer still to stage a play of this depth, richness and musicality.

 

Joe Turner is perhaps the most ambitious production of our ambitious season, and it’s worth its weight in gold. It is gold.

CAST

Bynum Walker . . . . . Timothy C. Johnson

Seth Holly . . . . . Cris Davenport

Herald Loomis . . . . . Calvin Thompson

Molly Cunningham . . . . . Adeye Sahran

Martha Pentecost . . . . . Takiah Coleman

Bertha Holly . . . . . Lynne Hastings

Rutherford Selig . . . . . Michael Augenstein

Jeremy Furlow . . . . . John Paul Pimentel

Zonia Loomis . . . . . Sanaa Ford

Mattie Campbell . . . . . Cortney Wright

Ruben Mercer . . . . . Anthony Gonsalves

 

 

CREW

Directed by . . . . . Clinton Turner Davis

Costumes by . . . . . Clare Henkel

Set Design . . . . . Matthew Myhrum

Lighting Design . . . . . Tonya Moake Neely

Sound . . . . . Alex Ruhlin

Stage Manager . . . . . Lara Maerz

Props Master . . . . . Andrea Spraycar

STAFF

Artistic Director . . . . . Murray Ross

Executive Director . . . . . Drew Martorella

Development Director . . . . . Caitlin Green

Producing Director . . . . . Ryan Neely

Technical Director . . . . . Roy Ballard

SHOW DATES & TIMES | January 26 - February 19

Thursdays at 7:30 p.m.

Fridays at 7:30 p.m.

Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.

Sundays at 4:00 p.m.

Saturday matinees: Feb 4, 11 & 18 at 2:00 p.m.

 

TICKETS | Reservations are strongly advised

Reserved: $30

Children under 16: $15

UCCS Students: FREE

Groups of 10 or more: $20

 

LOCATION | Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theater

2955 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

Clinton Turner Davis

February 12 | 2:30 pm | Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theater

FREE | no reservations required

 

Mr. Davis is prominent theatre scholar, professor at Colorado College, and the director of Joe Turner's Come and Gone. He will speak to us about food in the writing of August Wilson. Delectable food will be served.

 

SATURDAY GALA

February 28 | after the show

FREE food for all!

SALOME

UCCS Student Production

March 15 - 25

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Our student theater is always doing something bold and surprising, and here comes the play celebrated as the quintessence of “decadence.”

 

Salome was controversial from the beginning-- when word of its lurid quality got around London, rehearsals were halted in 1892 on the grounds it was illegal to depict biblical characters on the stage.  Its first production was in France (wouldn’t you know it) four years later, by which time Wilde was already in prison.

 

Audiences a century later might be slightly less shocked, but the story of the girl who asks her step dad for a saint’s head on a platter as a reward for her lap dance still seems very--well--modern. Oscar Wilde’s version is an elegant invitation to spectacle and we are confident our young and gifted students will deliver every shimmer of every tantalizing veil.

 

- Murray Ross, artistic director

 

Salome is intended for mature audiences (violence and graphic sexuality).

Salome is intended for mature audiences (violence and graphic sexuality). This a joint production by THEATREWORKS and the Department of Visual and Performing Arts and features student actors and musicians.

 

SHOW DATES & TIMES | March 15 - 25

Thursdays at 7:30 p.m.

Fridays at 7:30 p.m.

Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.

Sundays at 4:00 p.m.

Saturday matinees at 2:00 p.m.

 

TICKETS | Reservations are strongly advised

Reserved: $12

UCCS Students: FREE

 

LOCATION | Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theater

2955 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).

CAST

Salome . . . . . Jessica Parnello

Herod . . . . . Benjamin Bonenfant

Herodias . . . . . Erica Erickson

Iokanaan . . . . . Ómid Dastán Harrison

Cappadocian, Jew 1 . . . . . Steven Schubin

Nubian, Slave, Jew 2,

     Executioner . . . . . Dana Kjeldsen

Slave, Tigellinus . . . . . Erik Brevik

Page, Nazarene . . . . . Emily Christensen

Young Syrian . . . . . Bryan Dufaud

First Soldier . . . . . Amy Schlachterman

Second Soldier . . . . . . Alex Williams

 

CREW

Director . . . . . Kevin Landis

Set Design . . . . . Roy Ballard

Costume Design . . . . . Sarah Shaver

Lighting Design . . . . . Tonya Moake Neely

Music Director . . . . . Glen Whitehead

Stage Manager . . . . . Katie Ryn Girton

Choreographer . . . . . Tiffany Tinsley-Weeks

MUSICIANS

Bass . . . . . Jay Baker

Percussion . . . . . Britt Ciampa

Piano . . . . . Elizabeth Erickson

Electric Guitar . . . . . Taylor Weimer

Electronics . . . . . Brent Wollman

Guitar . . . . . Mark Young

STAFF

Artistic Director . . . . . Murray Ross

Executive Director . . . . . Drew Martorella

Development Director . . . . . Caitlin Green

Producing Director . . . . . Ryan Neely

Technical Director . . . . . Roy Ballard

PROLOGUE LECTURES

Eric Hill

Sunday, March 18 | 2:30 pm | Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theater

FREE | no reservations required

 

Eric Hill, former member of the famed Suzuki Company of Toga, Japan, will be on hand to discuss and demonstrate the fascinating training method that will be employed in Salome.

 

Mr. Hill is offering a Suzuki workshop BEFORE his Prologue Lecture at 12:30 pm on March 18. Space is limited and reservations are required, click HERE to make a reservation.

 

Curtis Smith on Strauss

Sunday, March 25 | 2:30 pm | University Hall (same building as THEATREWORKS)

FREE | no reservations required

 

Music professor Curtis Smith will discuss the music from the famous Strauss opera in this special addition to the Prologue series. Smith will also play selections from the opera. Listen to this fascinating lecture before the final performance of Salome.

An excerpt from: What is “Wildean”? by Leah Jenkins

 

Decadence was a rash, short-lived tempest that face-lifted the literary world in the late 19th century. Both a movement and an aesthetic, one could essentialize the movement as a “celebration of perversity in life and art.” Artists like Wilde, a fundamental purveyor of this trend, exhibited a markedly radical lifestyle: the perception of morally bankrupt behavior, public flamboyance, and frequent opiate use. Wilde had an eternal retinue of young male flesh for the plucking, and spent the better half of a decade traipsing around London attired in finery; a dandy on parade. The Decadents sought to deflect the ills of human depravity by overcompensating with ornamentation. Under the visage of gaudiness and finery, effeminacy and sensuality, lay the morbid reality of inescapable human shortcomings. Needless to say, both polarities are present in the art of this movement—the mask of gaiety gives way to a grotesque sense of loss and isolation, a paradox obviously laden in this text. The Decadents illuminated the perversion of humanity in such a way that the viewer could not escape its presence—every aspect sensually magnified. This manifested in caricatured buffoonery and artifice of mind, body, and soul.

 

This production, as Wilde intended, is a sensual feast. The text is riddled with tensions, relationships lingering in extremes. It is garish and conservative, volleying between elation and despair. Salome is the most fitting Wildean drama to be counted among the gems of this legacy, which is the aesthetic most revealing of his prepossessions as man and playwright.

 

Click HERE to download the entire essay.

An excerpt from: SALOME Director's Notes by Kevin Landis

 

While many of you may know the work of Oscar Wilde, I am willing to bet that this production will be a bit of a surprise to you. It’s not that we are doing something particularly unusual with it, it’s just that in the Wilde canon this is something of an outlier.

 

Salome, from its very conception in the 1890s, was meant to shock and upend views on Wilde as a theatre artist. The author of so many famous society comedies wanted to try something else. In fact, he said of the exercise of writing the play, “I have one instrument that I know I can command, and that is the English language. There was another instrument to which I had listened all my life, and I wanted once to touch this new instrument to see whether I could make any beautiful thing out of it.” He was referring to the French language and a new form of artistic expression called symbolism. When Wilde wrote this work, the Belgian playwright Maurice Maeterlinck was enjoying success as the foremost symbolist dramatist of the day and Wilde wanted to try his hand at this new fad.

 

In an effort to create a foreign-looking and sounding play, Wilde wrote Salome in French and created a play that feels like a dreamscape, with peacock dresses, mysterious visions, and one gruesome and unforgettable death. Everything that you hear and see can be assessed and reread and reevaluated because everything that Wilde has given us lives in this odd world of symbolism. Welcome to Judea.  We hope you enjoy the reverie.

 

Click HERE to download the entire essay.

Below are links to files and articles about Salome.

 

Murray's Blog: Sex & Salome

 

Kevin Landis' Director's Notes

 

Leah Jenkins' Dramaturgy Essay

MARY STUART by Friedrich Schiller

in a new version by Peter Oswald

April 19 - May 6

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Mary Stuart

by Friedrich Schiller in a new version by Peter Oswald

 

Two Queens, one kingdom, and one thrilling play.  Freidrich Schiller wrote Mary Stuart in 1800; it’s classic romantic drama.  But it’s also strikingly modern, a heady rush of passion and power in a political world that looks a lot like our own.

 

Queen Elizabeth has imprisoned Mary, and she would quite like the Queen of Scotland out of the way.  But it’s not that easy; in fact it’s an extremely awkward situation. There all these men in suits hanging around--some loyal, some devious, some spineless.  Spin matters. It’s a very rough business. Eventually a lovely head will roll, but not before a suicide, a failed rescue plot, and an extraordinary heart to heart, face to face collision in the rain.

 

Mary Stuart is a dream come true for two of the best actresses in the land, and for theater goers who are ready for what theater used to be: rousing, beautiful, and heroic. It’s a great bubble bath of blank verse with just a little bit of the best soap in the world thrown in.  Well, more than a little bit: it’s hot, wet, rich, and oh so refreshing!

 

Mary Stuart is sponsored in honor of Bob Johnson.

CAST

 

Mary . . . . . Claire Warden*

Elizabeth . . . . . Jane Fromme

Paulet . . . . . Steve Emily

Dudley . . . . . Steven Cole Hughes*

Burleigh . . . . . John FitzGibbon*

Talbot . . . . . Steve Wallace

Mortimer . . . . . Calvin Thompson*

Davison . . . . . Jason Lythgoe

O’Kelly . . . . . Karl Brevik

Kennedy . . . . . Leah Chandler Mills

Aubespine/Melvil . . . . . Tom Paradise

Drury/Officer/Sheriff/Kent . . . . . Phillip Gallegos

 

 

 

*Member, Actors Equity Association

CREW

 

Director/Artistic Director . . . . . Murray Ross

Executive Director . . . . . Drew Martorella

Producing Director/Stage Manager . . . . . Ryan Neely

Technical Director . . . . . Roy Ballard

Set Designer . . . . . Russell Parkman

Lighting Designer . . . . . Lloyd Sobel

Sound Designer/Master Electrician . . . . . Alex Ruhlin

Costume Designer . . . . . Betty Ross

Props Master . . . . . Andrea Spraycar

Costume Shop First Hand . . . . .Leah Zhoge-Dixon

Costume Shop Manager . . . . . Lauren Duggin

Assistant Stage Manager . . . . . Jennifer Jones

Assistant Stage Manager . . . . . Emilie Green

SHOW DATES & TIMES | April 19 - May 6

Thursdays - Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.

Wednesdays (April 25 and May 2) - 7:30 p.m.

Sundays at 4:00 p.m.

Saturday matinees (April 28 and May 5) at 2:00 p.m.

 

TICKETS | Reservations are strongly advised

Reserved: $30

Children 16 and under: $15

Groups of 10 or more: $20

UCCS Students: FREE

 

LOCATION | Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theater

2955 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

Kevin Landis

April 29 | 2:30 pm | Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theater

FREE | no reservations required

Professor Landis, the director of the theater program at UCCS, will give a lecture on Romanticism and Schiller.

 

FRIDAY TALKBACK

April 20 | after the show

The director and actors will come back out on stage to talk about the play and the production.

 

SATURDAY GALA

April 21 | after the show

FREE food for all!

 

WEDNESDAY TALKBACKS

At BOTH Wednesday performances (April 25 and May 2) there will be talkbacks with the cast in the theater directly after the show.

Colorado Springs Independent Article

 

Mary Stuart Addenda

(oodles of information about the play, the Tudors and Schiller)

 

THEATREWORKS Propaganda (April 2012)

 

 

2013-14 SEASON NOTES FROM MURRAY ROSS

NEW, OLD, BRAVE AND BOLD!

 

Our championship season is a mixture of timeless classics, new plays, and unique adventures. We’ll take you out to Rock Ledge Ranch, up to a great artist’s studio, and down to a rowdy saloon. You’ll have a once in a lifetime ride on a city bus and a ringside seat in a pro-wrestling arena. You’ll sit down to dinner with triumphant winners and beautiful losers in St. Louis, New York, and Norway. And everywhere we go, you’ll find passion and laughter, love and magic, the pulse of life itself.

AUGUST 2 - 26, 2012 at ROCK LEDGE RANCH

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LOVE'S LABOR'S LOST

by William Shakespeare

directed by Murray Ross

 

A young king and his pals get serious, vowing to diet, study and see no women. When a Princess and her ladies show up . . . well, you can guess. Tons of love, a Russian dance, and a boy Hercules strangling a snake on a summer night. You can’t beat that.

 

O these are barren tasks, too hard to keep--

Not to see ladies, study, fast, not sleep!

 

 

Helpful Links:

- Newsletter Article

- Murray's Blog

- Review from the Indy

- Preview Video

- Gazette Review

SHOW DATES & TIMES | August 2 - 26, 2012

Tuesdays - Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, August 26 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.

 

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

Stephen Booth

August 4th at 6:00 pm | Rock Ledge Ranch

We have asked the esteemed UC Berkeley professor to visit us in August to help uncover the hidden gems in Love's Labor’s Lost.

 

 

 

 

Cast listed in order of appearance

 

King Ferdinand of Navarre . . . . . Kevin Landis*

Longaville, gentleman of Navarre . . . . . Christian O’Shaughnessy

Dumaine, gentleman of Navarre . . . . . Jason Lythgoe

Berowne, gentleman of Navarre . . . . . Sammie Joe Kinnett

Anthony Dull, a constable . . . . . Melvin Grier

Costard, a clown . . . . . Jordan Mathews

Don Adriano de Armado, a Spaniard . . . . . Tom Paradise

Moth, his page . . . . . Scott Autry

Jaquenetta, a dairymaid . . . . . Takiah Coleman

Boyet, lord of the princess . . . . . Benjamin Bonenfant

Princess of France . . . . . Amy Brooks

Maria, attending the princess  . . . . . Kristina Magnuson

Katherine . . . . . Carmen Vreeman

Rosaline . . . . . Tracy Hazas*

Holofernes , a schoolmaster . . . . . Michael Demaree

Nathaniel, a curate . . . . . Robert Rais*

Forester . . . . . Steve Wallace

Marcadé, a messenger . . . . . Steve Wallace

 

* Member of the Actors’ Equity Association

Artistic Staff & Crew

 

Director . . . . . Murray Ross

Assistant Director . . . . . Jeff Flygare

Set Design . . . . . Murray Ross

Lighting Design . . . . . Jane Spencer

Master Electrician . . . . . Amanda Eno

Costume Design . . . . . Ashley R. Gamba

Cutter Draper . . . . . Kristin Hinds

Hats . . . . . Harvy Santos

Props Master . . . . . Roy Ballard

Stage Manager . . . . . Kevin Kreczko

Assistant Stage Manager . . . . . Lauren Eastlack

Interns . . . . . Alex Samuels, Michelle Sharpe

Scenic painter . . . . . June Scott-Barfield

Scene shop and run crew volunteer . . . . . Terry Harrison

 

 

From Ashley R. Gamba, costume director

The overall look of the costumes is "vintage-chic". Our men have a classic 1920's/30's look dressed in light suits, while our women in are in classic floral dresses that reflect the 1950's. Ideally, the costumes will reflect the light, playful dialog. Our setting for Navarre is influenced by the Surrealists, so we're trying to incorporate some interesting surreal details into the costumes as well.

From Murray Ross, director

WHEN THE PLAY BEGINS . . .

We are in the garden in the court of Navarre, a kingdom in the north of Spain. The King and his three companions, Berowne, Dumaine and Longaville, are about to sign an oath which pledges them all to three years of serious study. During this time they have agreed to read, diet, cut down on their sleep and see no women. Their heroic and disciplined scholarship will make their court known throughout the world. After some skeptical comments by Berowne, the oath is signed. Then comes news that the Princess of France, with three attending ladies, has arrived on a diplomatic mission demanding the return of Aquitaine, a territory currently held by Navarre . . .

 

ABOUT THE PLAY

Love’s Labor’s Lost was probably written around 1595, and it belongs to a group of plays also written about this time: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo and Juliet, and Richard II. All four plays share a high degree of lyrical verse, and much of it is rhymed.  The play was quite well known in its time, but after the Puritans closed the theaters in 1642, it was not staged again for nearly 200 years. In the 20th century, Love’s Labor’s Lost was rediscovered, and it is now performed with some regularity throughout the world. Its language is extravagant and highly patterned, spoken by gifted and eccentric characters who are in love with words. It is also a play about some smart silly boys who fall in love, just after promising they wouldn’t, and some lively ladies who are the recipients of poor hospitality and ardent wooing. Navarre is indeed a little wonder of the world, full of merriment, love and the sweet smoke of rhetoric.

 

 

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The Glass Menagerie

by Tennessee Williams

 

 

Desperate mom schemes to get her shy girl married while frustrated son flees the scene. Reality TV? Not exactly. It’s America’s most beautiful dream play, made by a magician from music and memory, smiles and heartbreak.

 

I’m leading a double life, a simple honest warehouse worker by day, by nIght, a dynamic czar of the underworld  . . . I wear a patch over one eye and a false moustache, sometimes I put on green whiskers.  On these occasions they call me . . . El Diablo!

 

 

 

 

The Glass Menagerie is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC. on behalf of the University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee.

SHOW DATES & TIMES | September 13 - 30, 2012

Wednesdays - Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday matinees at 2:00 p.m

Sundays at 4:00 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 | 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).

OPENING NIGHT RECEPTION

Thursday, September 13

Free food for all after the show!

 

FIRST FRIDAY TALKBACK

Friday, September 14

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 15

Free drinks and snacks for EVERYONE to celebrate opening weekend!

 

PROLOGUE LECTURE

Tennessee Williams Round Table

Sunday, September 16 at 2:30 pm | Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theater

Enhance your appreciation of one of America’s greatest playwrights with our panel of Williams experts.

Cast
Amanda . . . . . Jane Fromme
Laura . . . . . Melissa Brown

Tom . . . . . Ryan Reilly

Gentleman Caller . . . . . Philip Guerette

 

Artistic Staff and Crew
Director . . . . .  Anna Brenner

Set Design . . . . . Julia Przedmojska

Lighting Design . . . . . Yi Zhao
Sound Composer . . . . . Elizabeth Atkinson

Costume Design . . . . . Asta Hostetter

Costume Shop FIrst Hand . . . . . Kristin Hinds

Props Master . . . . . Roy Ballard

Stage Manager . . . . . Warren Friedman

Assistant Stage Managers . . . . . Emily Christensen and Jen Jones

 

Thomas (Tennessee) Lanier Williams was born in 1911 in Columbus, Mississippi.  When he was twelve, his family moved to St. Louis. Tom and his sister Rose were now outsiders and teased, they found adjusting to this new city difficult—in the South they “lived as well as anyone else,” in St. Louis he discovered there that “there were two kinds of people, the rich and the poor, and that we belong more to the latter.” He lived in ever-smaller homes and worse neighborhoods. He said, “If I had been born into this situation I might not have resented it deeply…I am glad that I received this bitter education for I don’t think any writer has much purpose unless he feels bitterly the inequities of the society he lives in.”

His first experience of success occurred when he was 28 years old and won $100 from the Group Theatre for his one-act plays, American Blues. This inspired confidence in him, and he wrote in his journal, what we could consider a manifesto for his writing to come: “My next play will be simple, direct and terrible—a picture of my own heart.  There will be no artifice in it. I will speak the truth as I see it—distort as I see distortion—be wild as I am wild—tender as I am tender—mad as I am mad—passionate as I am passionate. It will be myself without concealment or evasion and with a fearless unashamed frontal assault upon life that will leave no room for trepidation…a passionate denial of sham and a cry for beauty.”

The Glass Menagerie was written five years later, a play with clear parallels to Tennessee Williams’ own family and story. It is a classic of the American theatre, in part, because it tells a story about the love and guilt inherent in all families. It is familiar to all who are hopeful in the midst of depression and struggle. As an ensemble, we have found that the play is quite close to our own stories. We are attempting to tell it truthfully, across time, through the revision of memory. If you happen to find yourself in it, I hope that you also find compassion.

Meet Anna Brenner. Anna is a terrific director in from NYC to direct The Glass Menagerie. Read this quick interview to learn more about her process and her approach to the play!

What interested you about The Glass Menagerie? 
It's a really special, rare play, one that I knew would be very meaningful to work on.  It's almost perfectly constructed and that it sets a high bar for me, cast and crew, to bring it to life--and I love that challenge.  The characters are so human, really vulnerable and flawed, and I have a lot of empathy for their struggles.  I think so many of us can relate to how the characters' memories and obsessions make it difficult for them to live presently in reality and communicate with those they love.  And, vice versa... the present reality is such a struggle they can only thrive inside their delusions.  We all can get stuck there, and this play has the potential to wake us up.

Do you approach classic plays differently than you would new plays?
Each project is a bit different, but my intention is almost always the same regardless of if it is a classic or a new play.  I want to get to the essence of the play and understand its themes and characters so that I can tell its story as clearly as possible.  With a classic you always have to think about what has come before, what expectations the audience might have about the play, and how can the production find itself anew, without referencing the past.  When I first started working on classics I realized that I could destroy something beautiful if over-interpreted it, or put my ego before the play.  I like finding a balance, finding my own way in and discovering what is there and how to make it feel still very alive and vital.

What questions does this play ask?
How should we live?  Can we escape our past?  Should we follow our individual desires?  How can we live in reality when we're suffering?  How can parents best support their children?  Can we trust our memory? ....

 

Does it answer any of them?
By not directly answering them I hope the play will allow the audience to come up with their own answers.  I think the play allows us to feel moments of empathy for each character so that the questions aren't answered with judgment, but they remind us how complicated family life is.

 

What should audiences expect from this production?
They should expect to have an intimate, powerful and entertaining night at the theater.  I hope they find beauty in it, and that it awakens them in some way.

 

 

 

SEPTEMBER 13 - 30, 2012

 

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THE ELABORATE ENTRANCE OF CHAD DEITY

by Kristoffer Diaz

directed by Chip Walton (Co-produced with Curious Theatre Company)

This production contains strong language and may not be suitable for children or those offended by powerbombs or f-bombs.

 

Showboating, powerbombs, and drop kicks light up this media spectacle, both a pro wrestling match and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Really! This main event is unprecedented in theatre history, thrilling from first slam to final fall! Production sponsored by Nosh and Anheuser-Busch.

 

You might see a match where a wrestler gets shoved off the top rope, through a table, down to the concrete floor, directly on his head--and he still gets up to fight. Now that same wrestler, same match, he gets hit with a superkick--dude could be laid out for the rest of the night.  In the physics of professional wrestling, as in life, the shot that knocks you out is the one you never see coming.

 

The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

This production contains strong language and may not be suitable for children or those offended by powerbombs or f-bombs.

 

SHOW DATES & TIMES | October 19 - November 11, 2012

Wednesdays - Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday matinees at 2:00 p.m

Sundays at 4:00 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 | 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).

FIRST FRIDAY TALKBACK

Friday, October 19

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, October 20

Free drinks and snacks for EVERYONE to celebrate opening weekend!

 

PROLOGUE LECTURE

Ed Ferrara and Vince Russo

Sunday, October 28 at 2:30 pm | Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theater

Ed Ferrara and Vince Russo - Learn all about the world of pro wrestling with our super star guests. Former WWF/WCW/TNA writers Ferrara and Russo were the minds behind some of the biggest (and most infamous) moments in the history of the business. In the controversial world of pro wrestling, this is the Holy Grail.

ADDITIONAL TALKBACK DATES
Sunday, October 21
Wednesday, October 24
Saturday, November 3

 

Cast
Mace . . . . . Michael Lopez*
Chad Deity . . . . .
Patrick Byas

VP . . . . . Akshay Kapoor*

EKO . . . . . William Hahn*
The Bad Guy . . . . . Bruce Rogers

Wrestler . . . . . Ronin

Wrestler . . . . . Brian K. Nelson

 

Artistic Staff and Crew
Director . . . . .  Chip Walton

Set Design . . . . . Charlie Packard

Costume Design . . . . . Ann Piano
Lighting Design . . . . . Shannon McKinney

Sound & Video Program Designer . . . . . Brian Freeland

Props Design . . . . . Chris Guarino

Video Content Design . . . . . Mitch Dickman

Stage Manager . . . . . Katie Preissner*

 

Do not expect theatre as you normally know it at THEATREWORKS. Instead, brace yourselves for The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity. Yes it’s a play, and a very good one —a 2010 Pulitzer Prize Finalist. But Chad Deity is more than an invigorating drama—it’s a knock down, one of a kind, blood-pumping spectacle set in and around a professional wrestling ring. It’s also a smart body-slamming satire about American values perfectly designed for our election season.

 

For all its flash, its profanity (yes, there is plenty of this too), its good humor and wild spirits, Chad Deity has the additional bonus of being a thought provoking and engaging experience. Playwright Kristoffer Diaz uses the larger than life world of professional wrestling as a metaphor for the larger than life world of marketplace America. The play invites us to consider how values and culture are shaped by stereotypes created for our consumption, and how we rely on myths and images we know are phony, but which we perpetuate anyway.

The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity is not just your average night out in the theater. It’s a total immersion in free wheeling America. It’s a hand-clapping crowd-whooping good night out. And it’s a moving, thoughtful and entirely unique story of our immigrant experience. It’s all about us.

 

OCTOBER 19 - NOVEMBER 11, 2012

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You Can't Take It With You

by Moss Hart & George S. Kaufman
Directed by Geoffrey Kent

 

Welcome to the home of the Sycamores, a lively family of very free spirits. Enter the daughter’s fiancé and his strait-laced parents, turning up for dinner on the wrong night. Happy mayhem and lots of fireworks in this beloved classic comedy for the holidays.

 

Well, I have a lot of fun.Time enough for everything. Read, talk, visit the zoo every now and then, practice my darts, even have time to notice when spring comes around. Don’t see anybody I don’t want to, don’t have six hours a day of things I have to do every day before I get one hour to do what I like in--and I haven’t taken a bicarbonate of soda in thirty five years. What’s the matter with that?

 

 

 

This production is generously sponsored by Craig and Judy Carnick.

SHOW DATES & TIMES | December 6 - 23, 2012

Wednesdays - Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday matinees at 2:00 p.m

Sundays at 4:00 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 | 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).

 

You Can't Take It With You is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

OPENING NIGHT RECEPTION

Thursday, December 6

Free food for all after the show!

 

FIRST FRIDAY TALKBACK

Friday, December 7

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, December 8

Free drinks and snacks for EVERYONE to celebrate opening weekend!

 

PROLOGUE LECTURE

Robert Rais

Sunday, December 9 at 2 pm | Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theater

Our Colorado Springs funnyman will guide you through an improvisational theatre workshop and a discussion on the science of what makes things funny.

Every performance (except December 8) quartets from the Velvet Hills Chorus will perform in the theater beginning at 7 pm! Don't miss it.

 

Velvet Hills Chorus of Sweet Adelines International is proud to provide performers for the production of You Can't Take It With You!  Velvet Hills Chorus is the current Rocky Mountain Regional Champions and will represent Region 8 in November 2013 at the International Competition in Honolulu, Hawaii.

 

The two quartets performing are nVision (Deb Kirkendall, Suzi Johnsen, Laura Schafer and Andrea Hass - with Robin Petrovich and Lynn Cameron as understudies) and Very Light Opera Company (Pat Walz, Marjean DeBruin, Bobbie Hoover and Judy McGovern). Both quartets entertain our Rocky Mountain region and are looking forward to sharing the stage with the amazing actors in this production!

Learn more about the Velvet Hills Chorus by clicking HERE.

by Geoffrey Kent

What can I say about the Sycamore home? There are no clocks, dozens of hobbies abound and the only conflict seems to surround what kind of milk you need with your dinner sized cornflakes.Tell people you are directing You Can’tTake ItWithYou,and you are most often met with a wistful smile and a memory of a past production either attended or performed. People love this play.

And so do I.What is not to love? It easily swings from Marx Brothers style comedy and Keystone Cops foolery to downright subversive observations from Grandpa on the role of Government, taxes and the rest.The home is filled with people either madly in love or madly falling in love and it’s easy to suspect that even our antagonists have forgotten passions somewhere.

So I welcome you to the Sycamore brownstone. Put up your feet and stay for awhile. But careful, you may end up playing with erector sets, making things go boom and penning the worlds greatest novel on the back of aVanity Fair.

Penelope Sycamore . . . . . Gabriella Cavallero*
Essie . . . . . Missy Moore Rheba . . . . . Carmen Vreeman

Paul Sycamore . . . . . Tom Paradise
Mr. De Pinna . . . . . Kevin McGuire
Ed . . . . . Sammie Joe Kinnett
Donald . . . . . Adam Blancas
Grandpa . . . . . Ken Street

Alice . . . . . Jamie Ann Romero
Henderson . . . . David Corder
Tony Kirby . . . . . Sean Scrutchins
Boris Kolenkhov . . . . . Logan Ernstthal*
Gay Wellington . . . . . Ashley Crockett
Mr. Kirby . . . . . Bruce Carter
Mrs. Kirby . . . . . Barbara Summerville
G Men . . . . . Hossein Forouzndeh, Phillip Gallegos, Bernie Kluszwski
Grand Duchess Olga Katrina . . . . . Jane Fromme

 

 

DECEMBER 6 - 23, 2012

 

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Red

by John Logan

directed by Joseph Discher

 

Mark Rothko is an egomaniac and a bully; he’s also brilliant, heroic, and convinced he will change the world. Here’s the great artist in his studio, aided and challenged by a new young assistant, taking us straight into the molten heart of creation.

 

“Pretty.' 'Beautiful.' 'Nice.' 'Fine.' That's our life now! Everything's 'fine'. We put on the funny nose and glasses and slip on the banana peel and the TV makes everything happy and everyone's laughing all the time, it's all so goddamn funny, it's our constitutional right to be amused all the time, isn't it? We're a smirking nation, living under the tyranny of 'fine.' ...HOW ARE YOU?!... HOW WAS YOUR DAY?!... HOW ARE YOU FEELING? Conflicted. Nuanced. Troubled. Diseased. Doomed. I am not fine. We are not fine. We are anything but fine.

This production is generously sponsored by the Bob Johnson Memorial Fund.

 

SHOW DATES & TIMES | January 31 - February 17, 2013

Wednesdays - Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday matinees at 2:00 p.m

Sundays at 4:00 p.m.

 

This show is 90 minutes long with no 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
Teenagers would enjoy the production, but we would not recommend bringing children under 12.

 

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).

OPENING NIGHT RECEPTION

Thursday, January 31

Free food for all after the show!

 

FIRST FRIDAY TALKBACK

Friday, February 1

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, February 2

Free drinks and snacks for EVERYONE to celebrate opening weekend!

TALKBACKS
After opening weekend, the actors will come out on stage after the performance for FREE talkbacks with the audience led by various artists and special guests from the Pikes Peak Region.

 

PROLOGUE LECTURE

Modern Art Round Table

Sunday, February 3 at 2:30 pm | Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theater

Head of art history at UCCS, Elissa Authur is gathering some of her best friends in the Colorado art world to join us for a discussion on abstract expressionism.

CAST
Rothko . . . . . Joel Leffert
Ken . . . . . Jordan Coughtry

ARTISTIC STAFF 
Director . . . . . Joseph Discher

Set Design . . . . . Jonathan Wentz
Costume Design . . . . . Jan Avramov
Lighting Design . . . . . Matthew
Props Design . . . . . Lara Maerz/
Sound Design . . . . . Joseph Discher
Master Electrician . . . . .Alex Ruhlin
Sound Engineer . . . . . Alex Ruhlin
Stage Manager . . . . . Denise Cardarelli
Assistant Stage Manager . . . . . Lauren Eastlack

We have many talkbacks scheduled during RED. Below is the list of dates and guest moderators:

Feb. 1 - Joe Discher (Director)

Feb. 6 - TBD

Feb. 7 - Warren Epstein (Theatre enthusiast and former critic)

Feb. 8 - Rhonda Arrington (THEATREWORKS supporter)

Feb. 10 - Mark Arnest (Musician, critic)

Feb. 13 - Tracy Mobley Martinez (The Gazette)
Feb. 14 - Blake Milteer (Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center)

Feb. 15 - Edie Adelstein ( Colorado Springs Independent)

 Feb. 17 - John Moore (culturewest.com)

Talkbacks are FREE and begin immediately after the performance and usually last about 30 minutes. Please bring your questions and observations!

 

JANUARY 31 - FEBRUARY 17, 2013

 

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Everyman

by Anonymous

directed by Murray Ross

 

Get on board an actual bus with God, Death, and Everyman for the most amazing ride we all will take. You know where it ends. Our new version of the most famous play of the Middle Ages is the last great adventure of a lifetime.

 

. . . Thou must take a long journey.

Therefore thy book of accounts with thee bring

For turn again thou canst not by any way.

SHOW DATES & TIMES | February 21 - March 17, 2013

Wednesdays - Saturdays at 6 & 8 pm

Sundays at 5 & 7 pm

 

TICKETS | Reservations are strongly advised

Reserved: $45, Children under 16: $15

No children under 5 years old

We will sell return tickets the night of the performance 10 minutes prior the bus's departure. You can add your name to the list for returns beginning 30 minutes prior to departure in the lobby of the Mining Exchange Hotel. You must be there in person, we can't take names over the phone.

 

LOCATION | Mining Exchange: A Wyndham Grand Hotel (8 S. Nevada)

• “Riders” can pick up their tickets in the lobby 30 minutes prior to departure.

• The bus leaves on-time and does not return to the hotel until the end of the performance, so there will be no late seating for this performance.

• The Mining Exchange is generously offering happy hour pricing on all drinks and snacks in the lobby for Everyman ticket holders all night long.

• Everyman ticket holders will also receive 10% at Springs Orleans – so make reservations now for dinner before the show!

 

PARKING

• The Mining Exchange offers valet parking for $6

• Street parking (please remember to pay the meter)

• City of Colorado Springs parking garages

PROLOGUE LECTURE

Ann Dobyns

Sunday, February 24 at 2:30 pm | Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theater

The University of Denver professor of medieval literature will decode and de-mystify the text of this famous morality play.  You may even hear her own interpretation in Olde English.


Click
HERE to listen to our podcast with Ann!

 

We're exctied to be working with the Mining Exhange Hotel to offer you a few excellent perks:

 

PERK! The Mining Exchange is a beautiful hotel, with a great lobby. That’s where we’ll meet – but if you come early you can enjoy a drink at happy hour prices all night long!

 

DOUBLE PERK! We are pleased to offer you 10% off Springs Orleans, the restaurant next door to the hotel. Just let your server know you are seeing Everyman, and you’ll be able to receive the discount. Reservations are stronly recommended, just call 719-520-0123.

 

TRIPLE PERK! The Mining Exchange is offering you, our subscriber, a stay-cation price of just $109 if you’d like to spend the night in the hotel (any one night between Feb 21 – March 17). Just call the hotel (719-323-2000), let them know you’re seeing Everyman and the reservations assistant will apply the discount or click HERE.

FEBRUARY 21 - MARCH 17, 2013

 

UCCS Student Production

March 13 - 24, 2013

 

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Bloody Bloody  Andrew Jackson

book by Alex Timbers, music and lyrics by Michael Friedman

directed by Kevin Landis
musical direction by Solveig Olsen

 

Old Hickory, our greatest rock star president, promises America the best sex we’ve ever had. Our all-student musical, a New York sensation, is a smart and intoxicating embrace of populism on a roll.

 

But it's the early 19th century

And we're gonna take this country back

Populism, Yea Yea!

 

I gotta be that guy,

It's time to be that guy,

I'm gonna take this country back.

This is rock-n-roll, baby - it includes loud music, foul mouths and is not recommended for children under 16.

SHOW DATES & TIMES | March 13 - 24, 2013

Wednesdays - Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday matinees at 2:00 p.m

Sundays at 4:00 p.m.

 

TICKETS | Reservations are strongly advised

Reserved: $15

UCCS Students: FREE

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).

This performance includes loud music, foul mouths and is not recommended for children under 16.

FIRST FRIDAY TALKBACK

Friday, March 15

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 16

Free drinks and snacks for EVERYONE to celebrate opening weekend!

 

PROLOGUE LECTURE

Bloody Bloody on Broadway

Sunday, March 17 at 2:30 pm | Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theater

Our friend Oskar Eustis at the Public Theater will be here with Michael Friedman to talk about making a Broadway musical. You will be amazed.

CAST (UCCS Theatre Program)
Omíd Dastán Harrison . . . . . Andrew Jackson

Robbie Armstrong . . . . . The Bandleader / Ensemble

Doug Wolfe . . . . . John Calhoun / Black Fox / Ensemble

Zach Bailey . . . . . Henry Clay / Ensemble

Alex Williams . . . . . John Quincy Adams / Ensemble

Erik Brevik . . . . . Martin Van Buren / Ensemble

Jeff Mills . . . . . James Monroe / Ensemble

Dana Kjeldsen . . . . . Male Soloist / Ensemble

Jessica Parnello . . . . . Rachel  / Ensemble

Chloe Kiskiras . . . . . Female Soloist / Ensemble

Jen Cortes . . . . . Ten Little Indians Soloist / Ensemble

Erin Enck . . . . . Lyncoya / Ensemble

Lynne Hastings . . . . . The Storyteller

 

BAND (UCCS Music Program)

Britt Ciampa . . . . . Assistant Music Director, Drum-set

Daniel Kiser . . . . . Upright Bass

Jeff Connelly . . . . . Rehearsal Pianist / Keyboard

David Musante . . . . . Guitar

PRODUCTION TEAM

Director . . . . . Kevin Landis

Music Director . . . . . Soprano Solveig Olsen

Choreographer . . . . . Tiffany Tinsley Weeks

Costume Design . . . . . Sarah S. Shaver

Scenic Design . . . . . Roy Ballard

Sound Design . . . . . Jeff Cloutier

Props Master . . . . . Charles Redding

Lighting Design . . . . . Vance McKenzie

Stage Manager . . . . . Emilie Green

Assistant Stage Manager . . . . . Meagan French

Assistant Music Director . . . . . Britt Ciampa

Sound and Lighting Supervisor . . . . . Alex Ruhlin

Master Electrician . . . . . Lauren Eastlack

 

 

 

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The Wild Duck

by David Eldridge
from the original by Henrik Ibsen

directed by Murray Ross

 

“Tell the truth and shame the devil”--but what if the truth is told by a devil? You’ll be on the edge of your seats when the cold clear light of day threatens a happy home. A classic of suspense from Norway’s greatest playwright.

 

Wild ducks always do that.  They dive down to the bottom--as deep as they can get--and they bite down on all the weeds and wrack and all the garbage down there.  And they never come up again.



Learn more by:

  •  listening to Murray's podcast
  •  reading his blog

  •  checking out our latest newsletter

 

 

The Wild Duck is generously sponsored by Ed and Mary Osborne.

SHOW DATES & TIMES | April 25 - May 12, 2013

Wednesdays - Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday matinees at 2:00 p.m

Sundays at 4:00 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 | 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).

OPENING NIGHT RECEPTION

Thursday, April 25

Free food for all after the show!

 

FIRST FRIDAY TALKBACK

Friday, April 26

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, April 27

Free drinks and snacks for EVERYONE to celebrate opening weekend!

 

PROLOGUE LECTURE

Murray Ross & Kevin Landis

Sunday, April 28 at 2:30 pm | Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theater

The director of the theatre program and the director of The Wild Duck will discuss Ibsen and the Nordic artistic legends.


SMALL TALK WITH MURRAY

Sunday, May 5 and 12 at 3 pm | FREE!
Join Artistic Director Murray Ross for an information conversation about The Wild Duck before (or after) you see the play. He won't give away too much, if you haven't seen it, but he will give you some vital information that may enhance your experience with Ibsen.

What are audiences saying about The Wild Duck?

 

Here are a few quotes from the patron surveys we sent out after opening weekend:

The entire production was magnificent!.The acting was especially good. Ibsen gave them a wonderful play to display their talent.


Mesmerizing.

It's no Sunday walk in the park, that's for sure. But it's Ibsen after all. The staging, set and acting were all excellent.

The play was spellbinding, absorbing & riveting. The relationships among the characters were "real" even now in the 21st century. The acting was outstanding, so much so that I was totally unaware of how quickly the time passed.

 

If you love theatre, you'll love this one.

Its a play that makes you think about relationships and families, and whether its better to keep secrets or share the truth when you know it will cause pain.

The set was gorgeous. The acting was wonderful. I was enthralled.

 

 

APRIL 25 - MAY 12, 2013

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