“One of my favorite nights ever at Curious in the last 15 years was last year when we gave away an entire performance of Clybourne Park,” says Producer in Residence Christy Montour-Larson. “The excitement and joy in the room that night was palpable. I am so thrilled we are doing it again with Time Stands Still. Free Night provides us with a unique opportunity to open our doors to new theatergoers and introduce that audience to the joys of live theatre.”
Free Night of Theater is a national program by Theatre Communications Group in order to help audience development and as a way back for theatres to give back to the community, showing what the arts are capable of. Free Night of Theater started in 2005 with over 150 companies in Austin, Philadelphia, and San Francisco. That first year, almost 8,000 attendees participated, viewing over 120 performances. Curious Theatre Company was a participant starting in 2011 and remains only theatre in the state of Colorado. They gave away 179 seats in 30 minutes.
The goal of the program is to introduce new theatre-goers to Curious Theatre Company. Geared towards people who attend theatre infrequently, this year will be a lottery-style system where potential new patrons can enter to win tickets from October 19 to November 2, 2012 for Time Stands Still. To enter to win tickets for the Free Night of Theater, you would go to the Free Night website www.freenight-curioustheatre.org during that window and create a free profile.
Everyone who enters will receive an e-mail telling them whether or not they’ve won. Winners will have a link to confirm whether they are interested in the tickets they won, and a second e-mail will be sent 48 hours before the performance.
TIME STANDS STILL
The cast includes Curious Artistic Company Members Michael Morgan* (James) and David Russell (Richard), as well as Tara Falk* (Sarah) and Devon James (Mandy).
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 Jamesʼ efforts to keep her home, Sarah never feels completely comfortable staying in one place. An intimate, character-focused drama about a couple at a crossroads, Marguliesʼ play was a hit at Manhattan Theatre Club before transferring to Broadway, garnering two Tony Nominations, one for Best New Play.
The creative team includes Curious Artistic Company members Markas Henry** (Costume Designer) and Jason Ducat (Sound Designer), as well as Caitlin Ayer (Scenic Designer), Jacob Welch (Lighting Designer), Becky Toma (Properties Designer).
Christy Montour-Larson (Director and Producer in Residence) has been a proud member of the Curious Artistic Company since 2002 and a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. Her recent Curious credits include Red, 9 Circles, A Number, Rabbit Hole and many projects for Curious New Voices. Locally, her directing credits also include The Giver, Well, (Denver Center Theatre Company), Cabaret, All Shook Up (Arvada Center), The Diviners (PHAMALY), Church and I Am My Own Wife (Theatreworks). Nationally, she has directed at New American Theatre, Rochester Civic Theatre, The Duluth Playhouse, Dark Horse Theatre and Seven Devils Playwright Conference, where she sits on the Board of Directors. Her work has been honored with Colorado Theatre Guild Henry Awards, Denver Post Ovation Awards and Marlowe Awards. She is an Affiliate Faculty Member at Metropolitan State University of Denver. She earned her BFA in Theatre from University of Minnesota, Duluth and her MFA in Directing from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University.