The Backstage Theatre is pleased to announce its 39th Season – a winning combination of new and classic shows, regional and world premieres – to inspire, enlighten and enthrall you.
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens adapted by Josh Hartwell [A World Premiere]
November 16 – December 29
Puppetry by Cory Gilstrap
Directed by Christopher Willard (A Christmas Story)
Award-winning Denver actor, Jim Hunt, stars as Ebenezer Scrooge. He is joined by four other actors who portray all of the other characters – using half-masks, puppets, and theatrical illusion – in this innovative new telling of the classic Dickens story. Featuring puppets designed by master puppeteer Cory Gilstrap, Denver Post Ovation Award-winner for his work on Backstage’s 2007 hit production of The Hobbit.
Love, Loss and What I Wore by Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron [Regional Premiere]
based on the book by Ilene Beckerman
January 4 – February 2
directed by Christopher Willard (The Vagina Monologues)
A sensational new play of monologues and ensemble pieces about women, clothes, and memory covering all the important subjects – mothers, prom dresses, mothers, buying bras, mothers, hating purses, and why we only wear black. Based on the bestselling book by Ilene Beckerman.
Adult language and mature situations.
Out of Order by Ray Cooney
February 8 – March 23
directed by Seth Caikowski (star of The Full Monty)
WINNER! Olivier Award Winner, Best Comedy
When Richard Willy, a government junior minister, plans to spend the evening with Jane, an administrator for the opposition, things go disastrously wrong – beginning with the discovery of a “body” trapped in the hotel’s only unreliable window. Desperately trying to get out of a potentially headline-making situation, Richard calls for his administrative assistant, George. However, with a conniving waiter, a suspicious hotel manager, an alert private detective, and angry wife, a furious husband, an unconscious nurse, and a dead body to deal with, this is not the romantic evening Richard had planned. Mature situations.
The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion [Limited Engagement] [Regional Premiere]
March 28 – April 13
Starring Patty Mintz-Figel (Paragon’s A Lie of the Mind)
Directed by Christopher Willard (The Syringa Tree)
In this dramatic adaptation of her award-winning, bestselling memoir (which The New York Times called “an indelible portrait of loss and grief…a haunting portrait of a four-decade-long marriage”), Joan Didion transforms the story of the sudden and unexpected loss of her husband and their only daughter into a stunning and powerful one-woman play. Performed by recent
Westword Best Actress winner, Patty Mintz-Figel. Adult language and mature situations.
The Drowsy Chaperone
Music and Lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison
Book by Bob Martin and Don McKellar
June 20 – July 14
Music Direction and Tracks by Donna Debreceni (The Wizard of Oz)
Choreography by Kelly Kates (Town Hall’s The Producers)
Directed by Christopher Willard (The Full Monty)
A rare combination of unprecedented originality and blinding talent, The Drowsy Chaperone boldly addresses a great unspoken desire in all of our hearts: to be entertained. If you’ve ever sat in a dark theatre and thought, “Dear Lord in heaven, please let it be good,” this is the show for you.
The Drowsy Chaperone tells the story of a modern day musical theater addicts known simply as “Man in Chair.” To chase his blues away, he drops the needle on his favorite LP – the 1928 musical comedy, The Drowsy Chaperone. From the crackle of his hi-fi, the musical magically bursts to life on-stage telling the tale of a pampered Broadway starlet who wants to give up show business to get married, her producer who sets out to sabotage the nuptials, her chaperone, the debonair groom, the dizzy chorine, the Latin lover, and a pair of gangsters who double as pastry chefs. Man in Chair’s love of The Drowsy Chaperone speaks to anyone who has ever been transported by the theater.
The Backstage Children’s Theatre presents Charlotte’s Web by Joseph Robinette
from the book by E. B. White
June 28 – July 14
Directed by Christopher Willard (Babe the Sheep-Pig)
The Children’s Literature Association named this “the best American children’s book of the past two hundred years,” and Joseph Robinette, working with the advice of E. B. White, has created a play that captures this work in a thrilling theatrical presentation. All the enchanting characters are here: Wilbur, the irresistible young pig who desperately wants to avoid the butcher; Fern, a girl who understands what animals say to each other; Templeton, the gluttonous rat who can occasionally be talked into a good deed; the Zuckerman family; the Arables; and, most of all, the extraordinary spider, Charlotte, who proves to be “a true friend and a good writer.” Determined to save Wilbur, Charlotte begins her campaign with the “miracle” of her web in which she writes, “Some Pig.” It’s the beginning of a victorious campaign which ultimately ends with the now-safe Wilbur doing what is most important to Charlotte. A beautiful, knowing play about the power of friendship.
Backstage Summer Chiller: Sleuth by Anthony Shaffer
July 25 – August 18
Featuring Jim Hunt and Josh Hartwell
Winner of the Tony and Drama Critics Circle awards as Best Play of the Season
The ultimate game of cat-and-mouse is played out in a cozy English country house owned by celebrated mystery writer, Andrew Wyke. Invited guest Milo Tindle, a young rival who shares not only Wyke’s love of the game but also his wife, has come to lay claim. Revenge is devised and murders plotted as the two plan the ultimate whodunnit. A grisly, delicious murder mystery.
Season 39 Subscription and Donor packages will be available to purchase beginning
June 21. For more information, contact The Backstage Theatre at 970.453.0199 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.