The Denver Center for the Performing Arts' production of The Last Night of Ballyhoo, set to start performances Oct. 21, will receive a visit from the play's author, Alfred Uhry.
Uhry will drop by the Center on Nov. 1 for a free public discourse. The event will take place at 2:30 PM in The Stage Theatre at Speer & Arapahoe in the Denver Performing Arts Complex.
The discussion is part of the Center's "Meet the Playwright" series. Past participating dramatists included August Wilson and Edward Albee. Tickets will be available at the box office on Nov. 1 at 1 PM and are on a first come, first-served basis.
Anthony Powell is directing Uhry's tale of Jewish life in 1939 Atlanta. The cast includes Kate Gleason, Robin Groves, Edward James Hyland, Cristine McMurdo-Wallis, Aaron Serotsky, Mara Stephens and Rick Wasserman. The production's run last through Nov. 28.
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Although the upcoming season at CO's Denver Center will feature such standard fare as A Christmas Carol, Shakespeare's The Tempest and Terrence McNally's Master Class, the company will also offer two world premieres, plus a version of Richard Brinsley Sheridan's The Rivals that features underscoring and songs with music by Peter Schickele.
Schickele has been a composer and arranger for three decades, but he's best known as the archivist for works by forgotten fictional composer P.D.Q. Bach, including "Concerto For Piano vs. Orchestra" and "Iphigenia In Brooklyn."
Here's the full 1998-99 season line-up:
Travels With My Aunt, Giles Havergal's adaptation of Graham Greene's whimsical novel, opened the season Oct. 8 for a run through Nov. 14. Nagle Jackson directs this tale of a boring man whose life is turned around when he begins spending time with his aunt Augusta.
Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Steve Martin's wild "what if" play, opened at the Stage Theatre space Oct. 15 and will play through Nov. 14. Randal Myler stages this comic piece that asks, what if Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso conversed in a small Parisian cafe?
Holiday time brings Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol back for the ninth consecutive season. Laird Williamson stages this version he co wrote with Dennis Powers, Nov. 27-Dec. 26.
Dream On Monkey Mountain fashions an African dance/theatre work out of a 1970 Derek Walcott piece. Cleo Parker Robinson choreographs; Israel Hicks directs this dreamlike exploration, co-produced with the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble. Jan. 14-Feb. 20, 1999.
The Rivals arrives Jan. 21-Feb. 20, 1999, directed and adapted by Elizabeth Huddle (of Portland Center Stage, where the work was first developed). Lyricist Louisa Rose is cowriting the songs with Schickele.
Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde comes in Jan. 27 March 6, 1999. Moises Kaufman's Off-Broadway hit continues to play at NY's Minetta Lane Theatre.
Gross Indecency follows "the arrest, judgment and sentencing of the most celebrated playwright of his time." The drama makes use of original transcripts and letters, as well as biographical material on Wilde. Laird Williamson directs.
The Importance Of Being Earnest may be a staple of theatres around the world, and an An Ideal Husband and Salome have both had recent, star-studded Broadway productions, but in his day, legendary wit Oscar Wilde wasn't quite so well accepted. He was sentenced to two years' hard labor in an English prison for "gross indecency with male persons" -- in other words, homosexuality. Upon his release, he moved to France and died of meningitis three years later.
The Tempest blows in March 11-Apr. 17, 1999, directed by Anthony Powell. Staged in the intimate Space Theatre, this Tempest will center on the relationship between master Prospero and slave Caliban.
Master Class, Terrence McNally's 1996 Tony winner, arrives Mar. 18-Apr. 17, 1999, directed by Bruce K. Sevy. The play mixes Maria Callas' recollections of her career and life with Ari with her critiques of various singers who audition for her.
Kingdom, a world premiere by Richard Hellesen, first read at the US West TheatreFest in June. Israel Hicks directs this satirical comedy about corporate intrigue at a theme park. The play runs at the Space Theatre Apr. 29-June 5, 1999, opening May 6, 1999.
The Denver Center season ends with the premiere of a new Nagle Jackson play, The Elevation of Thieves. Winner of the 1997 Onassis Foundation new play award, the dark comedy shows what happens when network television decides to broadcast a centuries-old religious pageant in a small European town. Other works by Jackson include The Quick Change Room and Taking Leave, which premiered this past season at DCTC.
Now in its 20th season, Denver Center, currently led by artistic director Donovan Marley, has staged more than 200 productions.
For tickets and information on shows at the Denver Center, call (303) 893-4100 or (800) 641-1222 outside Denver.