We are just a few days away from Local Lab 2017, and this morning we are excited to introduce you to our totally fabulous facilitator for the three audience conversations after our play readings. Meet Lue Morgan Douthit, director of Play On! at Oregon Shakespeare Festival.
This morning, we are thrilled (thrilled, we say!) to announce initial casting for Local Lab 2017: New Play Festival, which will be presented March 17-19, 2017 at Dairy Arts Center. The company of actors include Drama Desk Award winners, performers who have appeared with some of our country's most respected theater companies (The Goodman, Steppenwolf, and The Public as just a few examples), and some of our Boulder/Denver-areas favorite artists.
This is Eavesdrop, a series of conversations between artists, playwrights and audience members. Today we listen in on a chat between Local Theater Company co-founders Pesha Rudnick and Megan Mathews about preparations for the launch of Literature Live!, featuring a performance of An Adaptation for Students of Sandra Cisneros's "The House on Mango Street". The program will be presented this February 2017 at the Boulder Public Library.
When the attack happened on a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, this past summer, playwright Caridad Svich reached out to Local Theater Company to participate in a staging of After Orlando, an international “theater action” curated by our friend Caridad and her colleagues.
We love Caridad. Her belief in the power of theater to offer a platform for dialogue. Her ability to bring good people together to do something important. Her tremendous talent. It was an honor to be asked. We were eager to do something in solidarity with Orlando. We were also neck-deep in preparation for our production of The Firestorm.
What a huge gift it was when Denver’s Benchmark Theatre decided to move forward with producing After Orlando--which will benefit the Human Rights Campaign--on Monday, November 14 and Tuesday, November 15. Benchmark’s founder, and Local associate artist, Kate Folkins invited us to participate. My first call was to actor Jim Walker, a man I find to be uncommonly intelligent and thoughtful.
This is Eavesdrop, a series of conversations between artists, playwrights and audience members. Today we listen into a dialogue between Timothy McCracken and Maduka Steady about their experience performing in The Firestorm, which ends a celebrated run at Dairy Arts Center on Sunday, Nov 13. We asked them to reflect on their time in The Firestorm.