The Denver Center Theatre Company announced its lineup of productions for the 2012/13 season that promises to be a journey of romance, relevance and redemption. Artistic Director Kent Thompson continues the company’s tradition of presenting new work with two world premieres that were read as part of the 2012 Colorado New Play Summit as well as a family production. From an Alexandre Dumas classic to an August Wilson favorite and from an explosive Broadway hit to a one-man show, our 2012/13 season is sure to invigorate Denver audiences. Says Kent Thompson, “Although I don’t pick seasons based upon a theme, 2012/13 is clearly about love and marriage – the thwarted love of Romeo and Juliet, the comic upset of discovering you’ve not been legally married for the past 25 years (!), the discovery that your dead husband may have loved another woman, and the hard-fought but lost love of D’Artagnan.”
by August Wilson
Sept 14-Oct 14 (Opens Sept 20) | Space Theatre
Troy Maxson, a star baseball player whose career was blunted by the racism prevalent in pre-Jackie Robinson America, now supports his family as a sanitation worker. Feeling his world rapidly changing, Troy builds a fence to protect what is familiar and hold off what threatens. Both muscular and lyrical, this August Wilson blockbuster, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and two Tony Awards, shows what can happen when a strong man is robbed of his dreams.
The Three Musketeers
Adapted by Linda Alper, Douglas Langworthy, and Penny Metropulos
From the book by Alexandre Dumas
Sept 21-Oct 21 (Opens Sept 27) | Stage Theatre
In this swashbuckling adventure, young D’Artagnan comes to Paris with one goal in mind: to join the King’s Musketeers. Befriended by three legendary swordsmen, he is immediately put to the test, and along the way finds love, faces temptation and thwarts evil. Loaded with dazzling sword-play, intrigue and comedy, this adaptation of Dumas’ novel considers the cost of one hero’s journey.
Dramatized by Eric Coble
Sept 28-Nov 18 (Opens Oct 4) | Ricketson Theatre
When young Jonas is chosen by the Elders to be Receiver of Memories, he begins to discover the disturbing truth about his utopian world. Lois Lowry’s powerful Newbery Medal novel makes for a fantastic theatrical event.
When We Are Married
by J.B. Priestley
Nov 16-Dec 16 (Opens Friday, Nov 23) | Stage Theatre
What would you do if you discovered on your 25th wedding anniversary that you weren’t legally married? Playwright J.B. Priestley cranks up the tension by multiplying the idea times three as six spouses — all prominent citizens in a small English town — struggle to figure out how to protect their reputations and resolve their newly unmarried status.
Based upon the Paramount Pictures Film
Written for the screen by Norman Krasna, Norman Panama and Melvin Frank
Music and Lyrics by Irving Berlin
Book by David Ives and Paul Blake
Nov 23-Dec 24 (Opens Wednesday, Nov 28) | Stage Theatre
With a lyrical score by Irving Berlin, this stage adaptation of the beloved film musical with Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye delivers gorgeous songs with a touch of nostalgia. Two World War II vets are determined to rescue their beloved commanding officer whose country inn is imperiled by lack of snow. With the help of their girlfriends (a pair of singing sisters) they hatch an ingenious plan to save Christmas.
by Michael Mitnick
Jan 11-Feb 17 (Opens Jan 17) | Ricketson Theatre
Equal parts live action and feature film, this intriguing comic drama tells the story of Ed, who is dying. Given a chance to be immortal, Ed selects the boutique procedure of having his brain downloaded. He’s allowed ten memories to accompany him into eternity. But when his wife discovers what they are, she decides to intervene. A Denver Center Theatre Company commission.
Grace, or The Art of Climbing
by Lauren Feldman
Jan18-Feb 17 (Opens Jan 24) | Space Theatre
A captivating tale of a reluctant young athlete for whom rock climbing is both metaphor and action. Emm struggles with doubt, depression and her own demons, as she trains mind, body and spirit for a world climbing competition
Romeo & Juliet
by William Shakespeare
Jan 25-Feb 24 (Opens Jan 31) | Stage Theatre
When Romeo meets Juliet at a masked ball, a love sparks and grows, swept along by flights of poetry and ecstatic romance. But these young lovers can’t withstand the buffeting of their feuding families for long. Exuberant and tragic, this timeless love story still packs a huge emotional wallop.
A Weekend with Pablo Picasso
by Herbert Siguenza
March 22-April 28 (Opens March 28) | Ricketson Theatre
Drawing on the writings of art colossus Pablo Picasso, playwright/performer Herbert Siguenza of LA’s Culture Clash creates a spirited and entertaining celebration of the prolific artist’s life, featuring a sparkling portrayal of the iconic artist and live, onstage painting!
Other Desert Cities
by Jon Robin Baitz
March 29-April 28 (Opens April 4) | Space Theatre
In this explosive Broadway hit, a young writer returns to Palm Springs for a Christmas family gathering. The about-to-be-published manuscript she brings with her forces her film-industry parents and family to grapple with a painful issue they’d rather not discuss. As the day unfolds, secrets and lies unravel, revealing characters far more complex — and more human — than we had imagined.
The DCTC 2012/13 season also will feature an 11th production, to be announced at a later date. That show will run April 5 – May 26 in The Stage Theatre, with an April 11 opening night.
*Added attraction, not part of the subscription season.
The DCTC’s performance schedule for the 2012/13 season is as follows:
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday performances at 6:30pm
Friday and Saturday performances at 7:30pm
Saturday and Sunday matinees at 1:30pm
No children under four admitted.
Tickets and Subscriptions
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The Denver Center Theatre Company 2012/13 season is generously supported by the Steinberg Charitable Trust, Wells Fargo Advisors, Ashford University, Larimer Square and SCFD. Media sponsorship for DCTC is provided by The Denver Post and CBS4. The Denver Center for the Performing Arts is supported in part by the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District. Please visit our website atwww.denvercenter.org.
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