Map of Heaven centers on Lena, an artist who is set for her first big New York gallery shoring, and her husband, a radiologist, who changes both of their lives when he makes on fatally bad choice. We recently had a chance to sit down with Angela Reed, who plays Rebecca (Lena’s agent) to ask her some questions regarding her return home to Denver, working on a world premiere, and her take on this moving new piece.
Angela Reed – New York Actress Comes Home to Denver
Some of you may have caught Reed in the National Tour of Spring Awakening where she played the adult women roles As it turns out, Angela is a native who grew up in Parker and went to CU Boulder before heading to grad school at UCSD and eventually onto New York. So what brings an actress from New York, who launched a hit national tour, back to Denver?
“I did a play here about 5 years ago, After Ashley, and so I love working here. The company is great, my family is only 40 minutes away, when I was a kid I didn’t come here that much, but I would come and see plays here. I do a lot of regional theatre, and so this is a no-brainer.”
World Premiere Offers Creative Opportunities to Performers
Part of Reed’s appreciation for working on this show seemed to stem from the collaborative nature infused into the project.
“I think the process is probably different in any theatre that works with original scripts. The idea that I’m getting here at the DCTC is when they work on the new plays this time of year that it’s very much a collaboration between the playwright and the director and the actors. Michelle was here a lot, she did go back and forth a bit, but she’s been here a lot, and there have been a lot of changes, but good, and I think everyone felt very free to say this isn’t work or she would say this isn’t working and then there would be a discussion about how to make it better or clearer.”
Michele Lowe’s Intricate Piece Explores How Choices Affect All
The Denver Center website describes the show as, “A contemporary story with devastating repercussions, Map of Heaven explores the overwhelming consequences of a single lapse in ethical judgment” but people connected to the show continuously elaborate on those ideas discussing the show’s exploration of how our choices always affect more than those in our immediate circle.
“Michelle talks a lot about power, the idea of power shifting within relationships, and every relationship in this play there is a major shift of power, sometimes within a scene. I mean every interaction.. and I think that’s very true in our lives, in relationships, friendships, and I think Lena and Rebecca have a very interesting friendship because there is a power structure.”
Map of Heaven Opens Tonight at the Ricketson Theatre
A world premiere is always a risky choice for any theatre company, for the biggest theatre in town. However, the Tony Award winning Denver Center Theatre Company once again shows their ongoing committment to the creation of new plays every year by holding the New Play Summit and subsequently putting their money on the line to mount full productions of world premiere shows. This year is no different and Denver audiences will have the pleasure of seeing yet another exciting world premiere of one of last year’s entries in the New Play Summit, Map of Heaven.
Map of Heaven runs through February 26th at the Ricketson Theatre at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. For tickets and more info, click the banner above.