Reality TV Gets Its Close-Up With Rebeck's Our House, Premiering in Denver

News   Reality TV Gets Its Close-Up With Rebeck's Our House, Premiering in Denver Playwright Theresa Rebeck takes a poke at the phenomenon of reality television with her new play, Our House, conceived with director Daniel Fish, getting its world premiere Jan. 17 by Denver Center Theatre Company.
Theresa Rebeck
Theresa Rebeck

Previews began Jan. 11 and performances continue to Feb. 16 in DCTC's The Space Theatre.

The "satiric skewering of reality television" is written by Rebeck, who made her Broadway debut this past fall with Mauritius. The playwright's Bad Dates is a regional theatre sensation, and her Omnium Gatherum, The Scene and The Water's Edge have been seen Off-Broadway. Omnium, co-written with Alexandra Gersten-Vassilaros, was a Pulitzer Prize finalist.

According to DCTC notes, with Our House, Rebeck tackles "network television's controversial blurring of news and entertainment in reality programming. The playwright's trademark biting wit and comic social satire are unleashed as she skewers the trend toward the presentation of television news as entertainment and ambitious news anchors becoming celebrity media stars."

This world premiere of a DCTC commission was first read at DCTC's 2007 Colorado New Play Summit.

The cast includes Danny Mastrogiorgio as Wes, Molly Ward as Jennifer, Rob Campbell as Merv, Kate Nowlin as Alice, Suzy Jane Hunt as Grigsby, Haynes Thigpen as Vincent, Jonathan Fried as Stu and Jennifer Le Blanc as the Assistant. The creative team includes scenic designer Andrew Lieberman, costume designer Kaye Voyce, lighting designer Scott Zielinski and sound designer Richard M. Scholwin.

Our House is one of three DCTC world premieres this winter, culminating in the 2008 Colorado New Play Summit.

Lydia by Octavio Solis starts Jan. 18 and opens Jan. 24, and Plainsong by Eric Schmiedl starts Jan. 25 and opens Jan. 31. The 2008 Colorado New Play Summit is Feb. 14-16. The Summit is a weekend of four new-play readings, a panel discussion, industry fellowship and a chance to attend the three new full productions.

For more information, visit www.denvercenter.org.

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At Denver Center Theatre Company, Kent Thompson is artistic director and Bruce K. Sevy is director of new play development.