Plays by Svich, Lowe, Weitzman and Grote Heard in Denver's New Play Summit, Starting Feb. 11

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The Tony Award-winning Denver Center Theatre Company welcomes more than 300 theatre professionals Feb. 11-13 for the Fifth Colorado New Play Summit, featuring readings of four new plays.
When Tang Met Laika star Richard Thieriot
When Tang Met Laika star Richard Thieriot Photo by Terry Shapiro

The Summit also purposely coincides with DCTC's world-premiere full productions of Rogelio Martinez's When Tang Met Laika and Eric Schmiedl's Eventide, based on the novel by Kent Haruf, which will also be seen by visitors (and Denver playgoers) during the special Summit days. Both plays are Denver Center commissions and were first tested by the company in last year's Summit readings.

As previously reported, the four playwrights hearing two readings of their new works in development at the 2010 Summit are:

  • Caridad Svich, whose The House of the Spirits is based on Isabel Allende's novel that looks at "four generations of political and social upheavals through the powerful lens of memory."
  • Michele Lowe, whose Map of Heaven, "a contemporary drama with tragic undertones, explores the devastating consequences of a single lapse in judgment."


  • Ken Weitzman, whose The Catch focuses on "a failed dot-commer who plots to regain his fortune by catching a star slugger's record-breaking home run ball."
  • Jason Grote, whose Civilization (All You Can Eat) "interweaves a giant pig on the rampage, mass choreography, Washington and Jefferson selling snacks to the inner city and the search for love and meaning." Some of the readings are open to the public.

    The fifth annual Summit is also the mid-winter meeting of the American Theatre Critics Association, attended by theatre reporters from Chicago Public Radio, Salt Lake Tribune, Miami Herald, Albuquerque Journal, South Florida Sun Sentinel, Chicago Tribune, Pittsfield Gazette, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and more.

    National theatre philanthropist Jim Steinberg of the Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust will moderate a discussion of "New Works and the Critics" with four ATCA members — Christine Dolen from The Miami Herald; Jeffrey Eric Jenkins, editor of Best Plays Theatrical Yearbook; Chris Jones from The Chicago Tribune; and Christopher Rawson from The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

    Theatre professionals scheduled to participate in the Summit include artistic directors, literary managers, agents, actors, dramaturgs and directors. They represent Utah Shakespearean Festival; New York's Lark Play Development Center, Primary Stages, Chautaqua Theatre Company and Clubbed Thumb; California's Cornerstone Theatre, TheatreWorks, Center Theatre Group and Native Voices at the Autry; Philadelphia's Arden Theatre Company; Chicago Dramatists; and Denver's Paragon Theatre and Buntport Theatre.

    The Summit is billed as "the nation's youngest major new play festival" and "has premiered nine full productions, read 20 new plays, and presented panel discussions on the subjects of new voices for women, crossing cultures, writing for the stage and television, and what's next in new play development."

    New plays commissioned by the Denver Center Theatre Company for the Summit have been produced Off-Broadway and at major regional theatres from Yale Repertory Theatre to the Center Theatre Group's Mark Taper Forum, and have been among the finalists for new play awards.

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