Amadeus and Living Out Open Denver Center Season

News   Amadeus and Living Out Open Denver Center Season The Tony Award-honored Denver Center Theatre Company opens its 2006-07 season in September with productions of Lisa Loomer's Living Out and the Peter Shaffer classic Amadeus.

Wendy C. Goldberg will stage Living Out at DCTC's The Space Theatre Sept. 21-Oct. 28. Opening is Sept. 28.

Living Out is the respected play that looks at "two diverse couples striving to achieve very different versions of the American dream," according to DCTC. "Nanny Ana Hernandez cares for the infant son of liberal and driven Los Angeles lawyers Richard and Nancy Robin who are trying to balance career success and their time at home. Ana and her big-hearted carpenter husband Bobby are seeking green cards, a decent living, opportunity for their young son Santiago, and the chance to bring her older son to live with them in the United States."

Romi Dias (of last season's The Clean House) leads the cast as Ana Hernandez. She is joined by Denver Center newcomers Rey Lucas as Bobby Hernandez, Christopher Burns as Richard Robin, Makela Spielman as Nancy Robin, Lanie MacEwan as Wallace Breyer, Socorro Santiago as Zoila Tezo, and returning Denver Center actors Kathleen McCall as Linda Billings Farzam and Gabriella Cavallero as Sandra Zavala.

Director Wendy C. Goldberg, artistic director of the O'Neill National Playwrights Conference, returns to the Denver Center where she directed last season's critically acclaimed production of Sarah Ruhl's The Clean House. Her design team for Living Out includes set designer Lisa M. Orzolek, lighting designer Charles R. MacLeod and sound designer Matthew C. Swartz.

DCTC artistic director Kent Thompson helms the Mozart drama (in celebration of the 250th anniversary of the composer's birth) Sept. 28-Oct. 28 at The Stage Theatre. Opening is Oct. 5. "Set in the grandeur of 18th Century Vienna and underscored by glorious music performed by Europe's great orchestras, rival composer Antonio Salieri, envious of Mozart's greatness, secretly rejects God and plots to destroy Mozart's career," according to DCTC. The play was a sensation in London, on Broadway and was made into an Academy Award winning film.

Kent Thompson's designers, evoking the world of Vienna are, are scenic designer John Iacovelli, an Emmy Award winner for the A&E broadcast of Peter Pan starring Cathy Rigby; costume designer David Kay Mickelsen, lighting designer Rachel Budin and sound designer Craig Breitenbach.

Heading the cast are Brent Harris as Antonio Salieri and Douglas Harmsen as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, with Stephanie Cozart as Constanze Weber, David Ivers and Sam Gregory as the Venticelli, Bill Christ as Emperor Joseph II, Randy Moore as Count Johann Kilian von Strack, Philip Pleasants as Baron Gottfried Van Swieten, and Denver Center newcomer Michael Mandell as Count Franz Orsini-Rosenberg. Kathleen M. Brady, Bradford Shreve, Ivan Lopez, Thaddeus Valdez, Louis Schaefer, Anne Marie Nest, Moses Villarama, Susanna Florence, Eric Laurits, Maria-Christina Oliveras and Bria Walker round out the cast.

For more information, call (303) 893-4100 or visit www.denvercenter.org.

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