Denver Center Will Stage Ruined, Donuts, House of the Spirits and Two Premieres in 2010

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Denver Center Theatre Company's 2010-11 season, announced on March 17, will boast two world premieres and a collection of familiar titles that are classic and contemporary.
Franca Barchiesi and Meghan Wolf in The House of the Spirits reading.
Franca Barchiesi and Meghan Wolf in The House of the Spirits reading. Photo by Kyle Malone

Michele Lowe's Map of Heaven and Ken Weitzman's baseball play The Catch are the two world premieres, both to be presented in early 2011. Both were read at DCTC's 2010 Colorado New Play Summit, as was The House of the Spirits by Caridad Svich, based on the novel by Isabel Allende, which will also get a full production in the coming season.

Titles to be read in the 2011 Summit will be announced at a later date.

In association with Denver Center Attractions, DCTC will present the French Canadian import Traces, a movement show about a group of young street performers, created by The 7 Fingers (Les 7 doigts de la main). It will play March 11–May 14, 2011, in The Stage Theatre within the Denver Center for the Performing Arts.

Here's the DCTC 2010-11 season at a glance:

Alfred Hitchcock's The 39 Steps
Adapted by Patrick Barlow
Original concept by Nobby Dimon and Simon Corble
Sept. 10–Nov. 14

The Ricketson Theatre
"Adaptor Patrick Barlow has dusted off Alfred Hitchcock's 1935 spy thriller and reinvented it for the 21st century. With four malleable actors playing more than 150 roles, the film noir gem has been retooled into a hilarious comedy that manages to be faithful to the movie. Whether or not they have seen the film, virtuoso performances and dazzling, inventive stagecraft promise to have audiences rolling in the aisles." The House of the Spirits by Caridad Svich
Based on the novel by Isabel Allende
Sept. 17–Oct. 23
The Space Theatre

"A haunting and lyrical adaptation of Isabel Allende's critically-acclaimed bestseller, The House of the Spirits looks at four generations of political, social and familial upheaval through the powerful lens of memory. In this vibrant family saga set in Latin America, unforgettable characters tell a story filled with music, romance and violence."

Dracula by Charles Morey
From the novel by Bram Stoker
Oct. 1-30
The Stage Theatre

"The towering horror classic comes to the Denver Center stage. Bram Stoker's terrifying psychodrama pits the demonic Count against two vulnerable young women, and the valiant men who risk everything to save their lives — and their souls."

Reckless by Craig Lucas
Nov. 12–Dec. 18
The Space Theatre

"It's a snowy Christmas Eve at the Fitsimmons house, when Rachel's husband Tom announces he's taken out a contract on her life. Rachel flees into a hilarious and surreal looking-glass adventure, confronting psychoanalysis, TV game shows, poisoned champagne, human organ trafficking and so much more."

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Adapted for the stage by Richard Hellesen
Music by David de Berry
Nov. 26–Dec. 24
The Stage Theatre

"The classic story of Ebenezer Scrooge confronting the ghosts of past, present and future and finally finding redemption. With original songs, enchanting sets and opulent costumes, this production…will help audiences discover anew the true meaning of Christmas."

Map of Heaven by Michele Lowe
Jan. 14–Feb. 26, 2011
The Ricketson Theatre

"Lena's painting career is on the rise — her beautiful maps of places real and imaginary are poised to take New York by storm. But when her husband makes a fateful decision, the couple's life is upended. A contemporary story, Map of Heaven explores the overwhelming consequences of a single lapse in judgment."

The Catch by Ken Weitzman
Jan. 21–Feb. 26, 2011
The Space Theatre

"America's national pastime meets America's financial meltdown. A failed dot-commer schemes to regain his lost fortune by catching a star slugger's record-breaking homerun ball — through willpower, planning and sheer determination. Playwright Ken Weitzman's baseball drama The Catch knocks the cover off the national obsession with sports, stardom, money — and positive thinking."

A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare
Jan. 28–Feb. 26, 2011
The Stage Theatre

"Young lovers, magical forests, love potions, mischievous fairies, and bumbling tradesmen with show-biz aspirations collide hilariously in Shakespeare's most popular comedy."

Ruined by Lynn Nottage
March 18–April 30, 2011
The Ricketson Theatre

"Mama Nadi is struggling to keep her business, a small bar and brothel, prospering in the midst of the civil war raging in the Congo. By catering to soldiers on both sides of the conflict, she manages to keep her girls safe and find time for a little romance herself. [The] 2009 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama explores with compassion, outrage and even humor what it means to survive in a terrible time of war."

Superior Donuts by Tracy Letts
April 1–May 7, 2011
The Space Theatre

"Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway playwright Tracy Letts (August: Osage County) tells the tough but tender story of a down-at-heels donut shop, its aging proprietor, his immigrant regulars, and a young black assistant eager for a new day. Superior Donuts affectionately explores our roots, the need to embrace change and the redemptive power of friendship."

Denver Center Theatre Company is the recipient of the Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre.

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Neal Huff, Carole Healey, Megan Byrne and Jessica Love in the reading of <i>Map of Heaven.</i>
Neal Huff, Carole Healey, Megan Byrne and Jessica Love in the reading of Map of Heaven. Photo by Kyle Malone
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