Artistic director Donovan Marley announced the upcoming season Jan. 13, and surprised the community by announcing he would retire at the end of the 2004-05 season.
Notably absent so far in the 04-05 season is a world premiere. DCTC has been committed to new works for many years; one more play has yet to be announced in the new season.
Denver audiences will be in for a discovery with the staging of Tennessee Williams' A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur, a lesser-known work by the author of The Glass Menagerie and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. No director has been announced for it. Here's how DCTC describes the plot: "It is a warm June morning in St. Louis in the mid 1930s – a lovely Sunday for a picnic at Creve Coeur Lake. But the hopelessly romantic Dorothea is home waiting for a phone call from her sometime beau, the principal of the high school where she teaches. She lives with the gregarious Bodey, her German roommate who wants to pair Dotty with her beer-drinking twin brother. Upstairs is Miss Gluck, a distraught neighbor whom Bodey comforts with coffee and crullers. Helena, a fellow teacher, with the 'eyes of a predatory bird,' calls to 'rescue' Dotty from her vulgar, common surroundings. This wonderfully etched portrait of four women will touch audiences with its tenderness, delight with its comic vision and inspire with its dreams of a better life."
DCTC, operating in a handful of state-of-the-art spaces in the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, will present the following:
The Misanthrope, the Molière comedy, directed by Nagle Jackson at DCTC's The Stage Theatre Oct. 14-Nov. 13.
Dirty Story, John Patrick Shanley's blistering comedy-parable about the Middle East, directed by Anthony Powell at The Space Theatre, Oct. 21-Nov. 27.
Boston Marriage, David Mamet's play about the unique relationship between two women (the title is a euphemism for a lesbian relationship) and those who come between them, directed by David McClendon in The Jones Theatre, Oct. 28-Dec. 23.
A Christmas Carol, the annual Dickens adaptation by Dennis Powers & Laird Williamson, directed by Williamson, Nov. 26-Dec. 26.
A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur, by Tennessee Williams, in The Jones Theatre, Jan. 13, 2005 March 12, 2005.
Gem of the Ocean, one in the cycle of August Wilson plays about the black American experience in the 20th century (this one is set in 1904), directed by Israel Hicks in The Space Theatre, Jan. 20, 2005-Feb. 26, 2005.
Oedipus Rex, the classic tragedy by Sophocles, directed by Anthony Powell in The Stage Theatre, Jab. 27, 2005-Feb. 25, 2005.
The Madwoman of Chaillot, the lyric satire about romance and capitalism by Jean Giraudoux, directed by Israel Hicks in The Space Theatre, March 24, 2005 April 30, 2005. For information, call (303) 893-4100 or visit www.denvercenter.org.