From singing to haikus

From singing to haikus

This is Eavesdrop, a series of conversations between artists, playwrights and audience members. Below, we listen in on a conversation between Associate Artists Mare Trevathan and Eryc Eyl as they prepare to pump the audience up before each Local Lab reading through Co-Lab.

Join us for one, two or all three shows this weekend at Dairy Arts Center. Tickets are $5 for students, $10 for Under 30, and $20 for adults. Limited seats remain.

On art and social justice

On art and social justice

This is Eavesdrop, a series of conversations between artists, playwrights and audience members. Below, we listen in on a conversation between Director Pesha Rudnick and Local Associate Artist Jada Suzanne Dixon as they talk about joining forces for the Local Lab presentation of Emily Zemba's political play s***storm that is Clockwork.

Local Theater Company is proud to present
Clockwork on Friday, April 20 at 7pm at Dairy Arts Center. Tickets are $5 for students, $10 for Under 30, and $20 for adults. Limited seats remain. 

On the emotional toll of war, and the heart of a play

On the emotional toll of war, and the heart of a play

This is Eavesdrop, a series of conversations between artists, playwrights and audience members. Below, we listen in on a conversation between Playwright Andrew Rosendorf and Director Rachel Fowler as they talk about the emotional toll of war, and the heart of Andrew's new play.

Local Theater Company is proud to present the staged reading of Andrew's play,
Paper Cut, on Sunday, April 22 at 1pm at Dairy Arts Center. Tickets are $5 for students, $10 for Under 30, and $20 for adults. Limited seats remain. 

Diversity and inclusion in Colorado theater

Diversity and inclusion in Colorado theater

On the first day of third grade, I begged my sister to French braid my hair. I wanted so badly to impress Robin Wright, my closest friend, who always arrived at school perfectly coiffed. She was black and had beautiful hair. I was one of four white girls in my class. I loathed my unruly ash-blonde locks. Loathed them.

 

I went to school in Los Angeles. Diversity was taken for granted there. It wasn’t until my freshman seminar at University of California-Berkeley that I understood what public schools looked like outside of a major city.

What we've learned

As we enter the final week of the world premiere of Mia McCullough's "breathtaking" Wisdom From Everything, we asked our cast to share with us what they've learned during the run of this show while, oceans away, Syrian refugees every single day are asking themselves what they would sacrifice to escape their current circumstance. Scroll through the photos to read what they had to say. 

Special thanks to Photographer George Lange for capturing these stunning portraits of our cast. 

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I’ve taken from this play the perspective that war always contradicts our notions of how far we’ve come.
— Yusef Lambert
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Doing or seeing this play is just the tip of the iceberg. If you feel something when watching, please use that emotional energy towards aiding organizations that devote their time to helping people in refugee camps.
— Naseem Etemad
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Too often we are given exploitative and horrific images of Syrian refugees in order for the West to humanize them. This play  gives a voice to stories of Syrians, but I have learned that we should not have to use a work of fiction to uncover the complexities of refugees. We should already be supporting their real narratives.
— Ayla Sullivan
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I’ve learned about the transformative power of standing your ground, and the heartbreaking reality of our American privilege.
— Mehry Eslaminia
I’ve been questioning the nature of a choice. What proxy wisdom am I operating under?
— Kunal Prasad
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Za’atari Refugee Camp
Population: 83,000
Area: 2 square miles
Density: 62,710 people per square mile

Boulder, CO
Population: 108,000
Area: 25 square miles
Density: 4,352 people per square mile
— Amy J. Carle

First look at rehearsals for "Wisdom From Everything"

Performances for Wisdom From Everything, a stirring and beautiful world premiere play by Mia McCullough, begin March 1 at Dairy Arts Center. Click on the images to see photos from rehearsals for the production, and then nab your tickets now. Limited $15 seats remain for the first week of performances. 

Photos by George Lange, Lange Studio.

Introducing LocalREADS

Introducing LocalREADS

Local Theater Company, in partnership with Boulder Book Store, is thrilled to launch LocalREADS: A Community Read of “The Newcomers” and Public Conversation with Author Helen Thorpe.

LocalREADS is a new initiative at Local Theater Company that encourages a community-wide reading of a book with complementary themes to Local’s current production.

Helen Thorpe’s “The Newcomers” was chosen as the inaugural LocalREADS companion to Local Theater Company’s world premiere production of Wisdom From Everything, which will be presented at the Dairy Arts Center March 1-25, 2018.

Join actor John Lithgow in supporting Local

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After moving through our recent production The Rape of the Sabine Women, by Grace B. Matthias, and seeing the power of pairing of-the-moment stories with community conversations that address real issues, we are confident that theater can be a catalyst for the type of change we want to see in our community.

We're honored that Emmy® and Tony® Award-winning actor John Lithgow--a long-time Local supporter— is joining us to make Colorado Gives Day on Tuesday, December 5th a success. We produced his one-man show Stories By Heart in 2011, which moves to Broadway in early 2018. 

Few know that John is also a painter. He’s generously offered to paint a pet portrait of one lucky donor who schedules a gift of $500 or more before--or on--Colorado Gives Day. Check out the portrait he gave Jimmy Fallon of Jimmy's dog Gary Frick on "The Tonight Show!"

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And, the first 50 donors to give $50 or more will get one of our awesome Local trucker hats. 

Here's how it works: 

  1. Make a gift to Local Theater Company on the Colorado Gives Day website between November 20 and December 5, 2017 at 11:59pm here.
  2. The first 50 people to make a gift of $50 or more will receive a Local Theater Company trucker hat (just like the one John is wearing!).
  3. All donors making a gift of $500 or more will be entered in a random drawing to receive a custom portrait of their pet by Local Theater Company supporter and Emmy® and Tony® Award-winning actor John Lithgow. 
    • One (1) donor will be selected at random to receive the custom portrait. This offer is limited to one (1) entry per household.
    • The donor selected at random to receive the custom pet portrait will send a photo of their pet to Local Theater Company, who will arrange to have the painting created by John Lithgow and shipped to the recipient to their address in the United States.

Thank you for your support of Local Theater Company! Every gift matters as we continue to bring vital stories to the stage and community conversations that work toward positive change.

First Look at ...SABINE WOMEN

The Rape of the Sabine Women, by Grace B. Matthias, a comedy (until it's not) by Michael Yates Crowley and directed by Christy Montour-Larson, begins preview performances Friday, October 27 at 7pm, with opening night slated for Sunday, October 29 at 4pm at Dairy Arts Center. Seating for this weekend is limited. Buy online here

Take a look at rehearsals for the show below. All photos by George Lange.

Hard Talks: Local Theater Company's Conversation Series

As part of Local Theater Company’s commitment to engaging theatergoers—and new-to-theater audiences—in productions and conversations that spark camaraderie, learning, and contemplation, Hard Talks has been developed by Artistic Director Pesha Rudnick and Outreach Coordinator Steve San Luis to talk, openly and safely, about issues of rape culture and sexual assault in our community. The talks are being presented simultaneously with our fall production of The Rape of the Sabine Women, by Grace B. Matthias.

All of the events are offered free of charge thanks to support from the Boulder Arts Commission. RSVPs are strongly encouraged. 


Saturday, October 28, 2017 | 5pm
Dairy Arts Center, Carsen Theatre

Rape Culture in Boulder: The Change Makers

In Colorado, one in four women are sexually assaulted. The same is true of one in 17 men. How does sexual assault impact our community? How can we change the statistics? And perhaps most importantly, how can we change culture? Meet the individuals taking a stand against sexual violence in Colorado in a panel discussion with …Sabine Women playwright Michael Yates Crowley.

Panelists

  • Michael Yates Crowley, Playwright, …Sabine Women
  • Sarah Dobson, Prevention Coordinator, Moving to End Sexual Assault (MESA)
  • Candace Joice, Education Director, iEmpathize
  • Tanya Kearns, Licensed Professional Counselor, Office of Victim Assistance, University of Colorado Boulder

Moderator

  • Betty Hart, Actor, Artist and Facilitator

Saturday, November 4, 2017 | 4-6pm
Dairy Arts Center, Carsen Theatre

Interpreting: An Art Gallery Pop-Up and Lecture

Art is inspiring art is inspiring art. Metropolitan State University Art Historians, Deanne Pytlinski, PhD and Jessica Weiss, PhD, will give a lecture on “The Intervention of the Sabine Women” by Jacques-Louis David, the painting that inspired Michael Yates Crowley’s The Rape of the Sabine Women, by Grace B. Matthias. The lecture will be presented in tandem with an art gallery pop-up of new, original works by local artists inspired by David’s painting and our play.

Lecturers

  • Deanne Pytlinski, PhD, Associate Professor, Metropolitan State University of Denver
  • Jessica Weiss, PhD, Assistant Professor, Metropolitan State University of Denver

Monday, November 6, 2017 | 6-8pm
Butcher Auditorium in the Jennie Smoly Biotechnology Building
University of Colorado Boulder

A Local Town Hall: Rolling Back Title IX

Here’s the truth: Boulder has a complicated history with Title IX, which guarantees no person in the United States can, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance. Now, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has recommended rolling back Title IX regulation. Is it good for students and educators? Experts in the field will discuss their response to the Department of Education and will answer questions about creating and maintaining a culture of safety in Boulder.

Panelists

  • John Clune, Attorney
  • Chris Ford, Attorney
  • Linda Shoemaker, University of Colorado Regent
  • Valerie Simons, University of Colorado Title IX Coordinator

Moderator

  • Helayne Jones, Former President, Boulder Valley Board of Education

Sunday, November 12, 2017 | 1:30pm
Dairy Arts Center, Carsen Theatre

True Man: A Former NFL Player Talks Gender-based Violence

Created in partnership with the Denver Broncos, NFL football player Derek McCoy’s “True Man” Program is designed to challenge boys and men to become allies in the prevention of gender-based violence through a team framework. McCoy steps into the theater to discuss—and challenge—our notions of power and privilege, and the dangerous rigidity of masculinity.

Speaker

  • Derek McCoy, Former NFL and University of Colorado Player

Saturday, November 18, 2017 | 5pm
Dairy Arts Center, Carsen Theatre

Survivors Speak: The Voices Influencing the Justice System

Hear their stories. In Michael Yates Crowley’s …Sabine Women, the central character—Grace B. Matthias—is raped. Who would she have become had Crowley written a third act of the play? In this conversation, listen to the empowering stories of survivors of domestic violence and how their truth shapes our culture today.

Panelists

  • Nanette Chezum, Domestic Abuse Survivor, Advocate & Educator and Founder of The Courage Corner
  • Tracy Malone, Domestic Abuse Survivor, Stand Up Colorado and Safehouse Denver
  • Tracey Tatro Swindle, Sexual Assault Nurse

Moderator

  • Steve San Luis, Outreach Coordinator, Local Theater Company

 

 

Photos from our 2017/18 Season Kickoff Party

Subscribers and Patrons of Local Theater Company gathered earlier this month to kickoff our fierce 2017/18 season with a Kickoff Party hosted by Todd Reed Gallery in downtown Boulder. It was a wonderful celebration of the growth we've experienced in the past year to bring new plays to Boulder, and to talk about the big plans we have for our new season (which begins October 27 with our production of The Rape of the Sabine Women, by Grace B. Matthias). 

Click below to check out photos from the party. Subscriptions are still available online here, and tickets are now on-sale through Dairy Arts Center here for our fall production. 

Managing pain

Managing pain

This is Eavesdrop, a series of conversations between artists, playwrights and audience members. Today we listen in on a chat between Associate Artistic Director Mare Trevathan, who lead the creation of this Sunday’s immersive theater event, “Pain Management,” and Emily K. Harrison, one of the performers in the presentation. "Pain Management" will be presented this Sunday, May 21 at 12noon and 1pm at the old hospital on Mapleton Avenue. The 12noon show is sold out, and limited seats remain for the 1pm show. Get one here

The sights! The sounds! The pageantry of Local Lab 2017

The sights! The sounds! The pageantry of Local Lab 2017

Local Theater Company presented the 6th Annual Local Lab New Play Festival March 17-19, 2017, at Dairy Arts Center. The festival--for the first time completely sold out--featured three new works: Wisdom From Everything by Mia McCullough; Shostakovich, or Silence by Jason Grote; and a modern verse translation of The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare, translated by Elise Thoron.

In addition, festival passholders also participated in Pain Management, a 3-part devised theater workshop that will culminate into a public presentation this spring.

Check out photos from the weekend! Did our camera catch you in action?