“We’re bringing the work of Kristoffer Diaz, Tyrell McCraney and Jordan Harris, three of the most exciting young playwrights in American theatre, for the first time to the Rocky Mountain region,” says Producing Artistic Director Chip Walton.
In announcing their 15th season of producing acclaimed new work, regional and world premieres in the Denver area, Curious Theatre Company has filled their five show season with no fewer than five regional premieres including the highly anticipated arrival of God of Carnage at the end of their 2012/2013 block. Before they conclude with the recent Tony Award winning piece, Season 15 features five regional premieres, including live wrestling, a love story, a sweeping Southern story, and a parallel universe between the present and the 1950’s.
THE ELABORATE ENTRANCE OF CHAD DEITY
By Kristoffer Diaz
Directed by Producing Artistic Director Chip Walton
September 1 – October 13, 2012
A Puerto Rican professional wrestler is frustrated with his lot in life—which is being the guy who loses to cocky megastar Chad Deity. But when he and his Indian-‐American partner reinvent their wrestling personas as Muslim fundamentalist enemies to America, his career suddenly becomes very interesting indeed. Diaz creates a unique theatrical experience (including live wrestling!) that forces the audience to question the disturbingly persuasive power of ethnic stereotypes in our entertainment. This physically ambitious and energetic comedy has been produced across the country, placing as a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. The play also won the 2011 The New York Times Play Prize, an OBIE Award for the Best New American Play, and a Lucille Lortel Award for Best New Play.
TIME STANDS STILL
By Donald Margulies
November 3 – December 15, 2012
Sarah, a photojournalist recently injured while on assignment in Iraq, returns home to Manhattan, where her partner James anxiously tries to nurse her back to health. But despite James’s efforts to keep her home (bolstered by their newly-‐married friend Richard, who’s also interested in keeping her stateside), Sarah never feels completely comfortable staying in one place. An intimate, character-‐focused drama about a couple at a crossroads, Margulies’ play was a hit at Manhattan Theatre Club before transferring to Broadway, including two Tony Nominations, including for Best New Play.
MAPLE AND VINE
By Jordan Harrison
January 12 – February 23, 2013
Katha and Ryu, a modern-‐day couple stuck in a modern-‐day rut, see a way out of the troubles they’ve been having— moving to a planned community perpetually located in 1955. Will going back to this not-‐so-‐simpler time be the answer to all their problems? Harrison’s audacious premise takes the audience into a parallel universe that is hilarious in its attention to detail, and surprisingly seductive in its artifice. Have we made progress as a society? Is it possible to forego the values of the present for the mores of the past? Do we even want to? Recently produced at Playwrights Horizons, this play debuted at the Humana Festival of New American Plays.
By Tarell McCraney March 9 – April 13, 2013
Two brothers, the Louisiana bayou, and West African mythology swirl together in this unforgettable theatrical event that will leave you breathless. Even though Oshooshi Size is out of jail, he’s hardly free. In this taut, rhythmic and playful drama, two brothers walk the line between law and liberty, locked in a fierce tug-‐of-‐war for their own souls. “The greatest piece of writing by an American playwright under 30 in a generation or more” (Chicago Tribune), THE BROTHERS SIZE is a hot-‐blooded, music-‐filled drama from one of the country’s most exciting new voices.
GOD OF CARNAGE
By Yasmina Reza
April 27 – June 8, 2013
A playground scrap between two boys brings together their parents—Alan and Annette, Michael and Veronica. These couples meet to iron out the details of the peace accord, but the adults’ differences soon come to mirror the conflict of their children. Reza, who won Tony Awards for both this play and the 1998 hit ART, once again displays her considerable gifts for wringing big laughs out of the entitlement and narcissism of her upper-‐class characters. Anyone who has gritted their teeth through a polite conflict will see themselves in this contemporary comedy of manners. GOD OF CARNAGE won the Tony and Olivier Awards for Best New Play, as well as five additional Tony Nominations, and stands as the third longest-‐running Broadway.
Subscriptions are on sale for the 2012/13 Season at curioustheatre.org. Prices range from $65 -‐ $200. Performances will be held at Curious Theatre Company, at 1080 Acoma Street, Denver. Single tickets for THE ELABORATE ENTRANCE OF CHAD DEITY will go on sale July 10, 2012.