Plays by Lloyd Suh, Octavio Solis, Lisa Loomer, Samuel Hunter Will Reach Denver's New Play Summit | Playbill

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News Plays by Lloyd Suh, Octavio Solis, Lisa Loomer, Samuel Hunter Will Reach Denver's New Play Summit Plays and playwrights participating in Denver Center Theatre Company's 2011 New Play Summit have been announced by the Tony Award-winning regional theatre. Full productions of Michele Lowe's Map of Heven and Ken Weitzman's The Catch are also on the schedule.

Octavio Solis
Octavio Solis Photo by Anne Haversky

The sixth annual Summit will feature readings of four new works, a workshop staging of a commission with Buntport Theatre, as well as Map of Heaven and The Catch, which received readings at the Summit in 2010. The 2011 Summit, as is tradition, coincides with the runs of the full productions on DCTC stages in the Denver Center for the Performing Arts.

The weekend Summit runs Feb. 10-12, 2011, in Denver, CO.

DCTC artistic director Kent Thompson, director of new play development Bruce Sevy and literary manager Douglas Langworthy selected the following new works to present to artistic directors, literary managers, dramaturgs, directors, press representatives and critics who will travel to Denver:


Great Wall Story
By Lloyd Suh

"On a slow news day in 1899, three Denver reporters decide to dream up a hoax. Their story: the Great Wall of China is being torn down. Based on actual events, Lloyd Suh's fast-paced, high-spirited play shows once again what a tangled web we weave." Cecelia Marie
By Octavio Solis
A Denver Center Theatre Company commission

"A man and woman waken from a drugged-out night to find their baby missing. The pair decide to relive their history to try to set things right. From the playwright of Lydia, this haunted, poetic journey moves from darkness to a glimmer of light."

The Whale
By Samuel Hunter

"Charlie hasn't seen his ex-wife or daughter in 17 years and has grown dangerously obese since his partner's death. In failing health, Charlie fends off family, friends and church as he doggedly tries to connect with his estranged daughter."

Two Things You Shouldn't Talk About at Dinner
By Lisa Loomer

"Myriam's annual Passover Seder, a multicultural mix of family and friends, threatens to explode as politics and religion hijack the conversation severely testing the ties that bind. Is peace possible — even at the dinner table?"


Unordinary Standards: A Demonstration of Nikola Tesla's Most Recent Discoveries
By Buntport Theatre
A Denver Center Theatre Company commission

"Nicola Tesla, the Yugoslav inventor whose AC beat out DC, died leaving his long rumored Death Ray under wraps. Two FBI agents and two Slavic boxers frantically search for it while Tesla whispers to the audience from beyond the grave."

The 2010 Colorado New Play Summit also will include a panel of theatre professionals and discussing "Theatre in HD: Playwriting in a Digital Age," a conversation about "the increasing use of video and media in theatre and how it is changing the way playwrights develop and write new plays."

The Summit will again feature a "Playwright's Slam" on Friday evening, where audience members can hear excerpts from new works on which DCTC commissioned playwrights are currently working.

For more information and Summit registration visit

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