Artistic director Kent Thompson's new season will also include a Jon Jory adaptation of Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice," plus John Patrick Shanley's Doubt, Wendy Wasserstein's Third, Wendy Kesselman's version of Goodrich and Hackett's The Diary of Anne Frank, Kaufman and Hart's You Can't Take It With You, Shakespeare's The Merry Wives of Windsor, Irving Berlin's White Christmas (in association with Denver Center Attractions, at the Buell Theatre) and Elyzabeth Gregory Wilder's Gee's Bend, a play about Alabama quilters. A musical for the end of the season will be announced.
The three world premieres are:
Plainsong by Eric Schmiedl, based upon the novel written by Kent Haruf. Jan. 25-Feb. 23, 2008, Stage Theatre. Opening Jan. 31, 2008. "Set on the high plains of eastern Colorado, this adaptation of the New York Times best-selling novel unflinchingly portrays love and loss in a small ranching community. A school teacher is left alone to care for his vulnerable sons, while two gruff bachelor brothers — knowing little about life beyond the ranch — awkwardly offer a home to a pregnant teenage girl. As their lives intertwine, they survive harshness and cruelty to recreate family and community. Warm, stark, unsentimental, yet poetic — this story taps a deep well of human emotion." In response to its patrons' requests, the Denver Center Theatre Company curtains will go up earlier on three nights next season. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday performances are at 6:30 PM, Thursday performance time changes from 8 PM to 6:30 PM and Friday and Saturday evening performances change from 8 PM to 7:30 PM. Saturday matinees at 1:30 PM.
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