Denver Center Theatre Company's second Colorado New Play Summit will be held Feb. 9-10, with playgoers and theatre industry guests attending the world premiere production, 1001, and readings of four emerging works.
Jason Grote's critically acclaimed 1001, seen in a summer 2006 workshop directed by Denver Center artistic director Kent Thompson at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, is now a fully realized production at DCTC's Space Theatre (performances began Jan. 18 and continue to Feb. 24). Ethan McSweeny directs.
Nearly 150 theatre professionals, playwrights, dramaturgs, directors and actors are gathering in Denver this weekend, according to a spokesman for the Tony Award-honored resident theatre.
On Feb. 9-10, four readings of new plays will surround the world premiere of 1001. The plays being presenting in reading at the Summit are:
Plainsong by Eric Schmiedl, based upon the novel written by Kent Haruf. "Set on the high plains of eastern Colorado, Kent Haruf's novel 'Plainsong' was a finalist for the National Book Award. In this faithful adaptation, Haruf's compelling story comes vividly to life, exploring themes of grief, loneliness, kindness and benevolence. A high school teacher is left alone to care for two young sons while two elderly bachelor brothers who know little about life beyond their farm gate come forward to help a pregnant 17-year-old with no place to turn. As the characters' lives intersect, they come together to create a new sense of family in the community." An original DCTC commission. The 2007 Colorado New Play Summit will also include a panel discussing "Crossing Cultures in the Contemporary World" – the often controversial, often enlightening role playwrights play when writing "across the racial, gender, sexual and political boundaries" of contemporary society. Denver Center artistic director Kent Thompson will moderate the discussion with playwrights Thomas Gibbons, Jason Grote, Julie Marie Myatt, Evangeline Ordaz and Octavio Solis.
For more information visit www.denvercenter.org/summit or www.1001worldpremiere.com.
1001 "spins themes and variations from the classic 'A Thousand and One Arabian Nights' to explore the incarnations of love, sex, religion, cruelty and war from ancient Baghdad to the post-9/11 era," according to DCTC. "Playwright Jason Grote combines savage wit, political insight, Borgesian time-warping, and theatrical ingenuity in a dazzling tour de force that Sheherezade herself would envy."
Other playwrights currently working on Denver Center commissioned works and attending the Summit include Colorado native Steven Dietz, author of Pulitzer Prize and Steinberg New Play Award nominee Last of the Boys; Michele Lowe, author of Outer Critics Circle Award nominee String of Pearls; and winner of The Kennedy Center's Roger L. Stevens Award, Octavio Solis, author of Santos & Santos, Man of the Flesh and El Paso Blue.