All four works by these playwrights were seen in reading form in February at DCTC's 2013 Colorado New Play Summit. They now graduate to full productions. (There will also be a 2014 Colorado New Play Summit of readings yet to be announced.)
The new plays are Just Like Us, Zacarías' adaptation of Helen Thorpe's book; Catherine Trieschmann's comedy The Most Deserving; Matthew Lopez's The Legend of Georgia McBride; and Marcus Gardley's black odyssey, an adaptation of Homer's epic poem.
The slate also includes Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman (opening the season, starting Sept. 20); the musical Animal Crackers (closing the season, starting April 4, 2014); Shakespeare's Hamlet; and William Nicholson's tale of author C.S. Lewis' love and loss, Shadowlands. Two non-subscription titles were also announced on March 6: Steven Dietz's play about baseball's Jackie Robinson, Jackie and Me, and the return of Richard Hellesen's adaptation of A Christmas Carol.
Here's a look at DCTC's four world-premiere titles for 2013-14:
Just Like Us
By Karen Zacarías, based on the book by Helen Thorpe
Oct. 4-Nov. 3 (Opens Oct. 10)
"Based on Helen Thorpe's bestselling book, this documentary-style play follows four Latina girls in Denver — two of whom are documented and two who are not — through young adulthood. Their close-knit friendships begin to unravel when immigration status dictates the girls' opportunities, or lack thereof. When a political firestorm arises, each girl's legal status becomes increasingly desperate. Just Like Us poses difficult, yet essential questions such as what makes an American? A Denver Center commission."
The Most Deserving
By Catherine Trieschmann
Oct. 11-Nov. 17 (Opens Oct. 17)
"Tasked with awarding $20,000 to a deserving and needy local artist who 'demonstrates an under-represented American voice,' a small town arts council in Ellis County, Kansas, comically erupts into chaos. Should the award go to a high school teacher/painter of modest talent or to the self-taught African-American artist who creates controversial religious figures out of trash? The Most Deserving is a satirical, insightful look at how the arts collide with politics, self-interest, taste, relationships, egos and gossip."
The Legend of Georgia McBride
by Matthew Lopez
Jan. 10-Feb. 23, 2014
Opens Jan 16
"When a struggling Florida dive-bar changes its image, Casey, the headlining Elvis impersonator, finds himself unemployed, broke and with a baby on the way. When the bar owner brings in a B-level drag show to replace his act, Casey finds that he has a lot to learn about show business — and himself. From one of the most-produced playwrights of the year, The Legend of Georgia McBride is a joyous and bawdy comedy with a great big heart and music to spare."
By Marcus Gardley
Jan. 17-Feb. 16, 2014 (Opens Jan 23)
"Playwright Marcus Gardley magically re-casts Homer's Odysseus as a black soldier returning home from a harrowing tour in the Gulf War. The great Greek archetypes reverberate with new world African-American culture as Gardley fuses modern reality with ancient myth in this gripping new play. A Denver Center commission."
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