The Denver Center Theatre Company announced a 10-play season including four exhilarating world premieres selected from the 2013 Colorado New Play Summit. Karen Zacarías’ adaptation of Helen Thorpe’s book Just Like Us, Catherine Trieschmann’s comedy The Most Deserving, Matthew Lopez’s heartfelt The Legend of Georgia McBride and Marcus Gardley’s adaptation of Homer’s epic poem, black odyssey, will all take to the stage to dazzle Denver audiences. Also selected for the season is a Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, an adaptation of a Marx Brother’s script, Shakespeare’s tragic masterpiece, a powerful and poignant love story and the return of a Christmas classic. “We had such compelling and imaginative writing at this year’s Colorado New Play Summit that could not be overlooked,” said Producing Artistic Director Kent Thompson. “Our selections this year are wide-ranging and diverse and I think will bring excitement to our patrons’ experience at the theatre.”
Death of a Salesman
by Arthur Miller
Sept 20-Oct 20 (Opens Sept 26) | Space Theatre
Arthur Miller’s Pulitzer- and Tony-winning drama Death of a Salesman tells the story of Willy Loman, a downsized salesman whose dreams of greatness for himself and his sons go unrealized. An authentic and heartbreaking portrayal of the American dream lost, this play is woven into the fabric of our country’s consciousness.
Just Like Us
by Karen Zacarías, based on the book by Helen Thorpe
Oct 4-Nov 3 (Opens Oct 10) | Stage Theatre
Based on Helen Thorpe’s bestselling book, this documentary-style play follows four Latina girls in Denver — two of whom are documented and two who are not — through young adulthood. Their close-knit friendships begin to unravel when immigration status dictates the girls’ opportunities, or lack thereof. When a political firestorm arises, each girl’s legal status becomes increasingly desperate. Just Like Us poses difficult, yet essential questions such as what makes an American?
A Denver Center commission
The Most Deserving
by Catherine Trieschmann
Oct 11-Nov 17 (Opens Oct 17) | Ricketson Theatre
Tasked with awarding $20,000 to a deserving and needy local artist who “demonstrates an under-represented American voice,” a small town arts council in Ellis County, Kansas, comically erupts into chaos. Should the award go to a high school teacher/painter of modest talent or to the self-taught African-American artist who creates controversial religious figures out of trash? The Most Deserving is a satirical, insightful look at how the arts collide with politics, self-interest, taste, relationships, egos and gossip.
Jackie & Me*
by Stephen Dietz
Based on the book by Dan Gutman
Nov 15-Dec 22 (Opens Nov 21) | Space Theatre
A rare baseball card is young Joey Stoshack’s ticket back in time, where he meets Jackie Robinson on the very day he is signed by the Brooklyn Dodgers. Thrust into a racial pressure-cooker, Joey learns about courage and grace from one of America’s legends. Exciting and emotional, Jackie & Me, based on the popular youth novel, will warm hearts of all ages and emphasizes the importance of role models for adolescents.
A Christmas Carol*
by Charles Dickens
Adapted by Richard Hellesen
Music by David de Berry
Nov 29-Dec 29 (Opens Dec 5) | Stage Theatre
Denver’s beloved holiday tradition returns! Based on Charles Dickens’ classic novel, this joyous and opulent musical adaptation traces Ebenezer Scrooge’s triumphant journey to redemption. A Christmas Carol illuminates the meaning of the holiday season and is a beloved tradition for many families.
The Legend of Georgia McBride
by Matthew Lopez
Jan10-Feb 23 (Opens Jan 16) | Ricketson Theatre
When a struggling Florida dive-bar changes its image, Casey, the headlining Elvis impersonator, finds himself unemployed, broke and with a baby on the way. When the bar owner brings in a B-level drag show to replace his act, Casey finds that he has a lot to learn about show business — and himself. From one of the most-produced playwrights of the year, The Legend of Georgia McBride is a joyous and bawdy comedy with a great big heart and music to spare.
by Marcus Gardley
Jan 17-Feb 16 (Opens Jan 23) | Space Theatre
Playwright Marcus Gardley magically re-casts Homer’s Odysseus as a black soldier returning home from a harrowing tour in the Gulf War. The great Greek archetypes reverberate with new world African-American culture as Gardley fuses modern reality with ancient myth in this gripping new play.
A Denver Center commission
by William Shakespeare
Jan 24-Feb 23 (Opens Jan 30) | Stage Theatre
Hamlet descends into mental unrest as the desire to avenge his father’s suspicious death causes him to contemplate action, inaction and the meaning of life itself. Proclaimed the “greatest play in the English language,” William Shakespeare’s Hamlet is a symphony of revenge, deceit and moral corruption.
by William Nicholson
March 28-April 27 (Opens April 3) | Space Theatre
Professor and writer C.S. Lewis led a life of bachelorhood into middle age. It is only when he starts an unlikely friendship with American fan Joy Davidman that his life becomes enriched by romance. When she is diagnosed cancer, Lewis experiences a crisis of faith that betrays his life’s dedication to Christian thought and theology. Shadowlands is a reminder to us all that great loss cannot exist without great love.
by George S. Kaufman and Morrie Ryskind
Music and Lyrics by Bert Kalmar & Harry Ruby
Adapted by Henry Wishcamper
April 4-May 11 (Opens April 10) | Stage Theatre
This boisterous and knockabout comedy begins when a valuable painting goes missing at a society dinner party and chaos ensues. A Marx Brothers stage classic, Animal Crackers is stocked with physical comedy and one-liners sure to have audiences rolling in the aisles.
*Added attraction, not part of the subscription season.
The DCTC’s performance schedule for the 2013/14 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
New and renewing subscribers may reserve season tickets starting March 18 online at denvercenter.org/subs or by calling 303.893.6030 or 303.893.4100. Single ticket on-sale dates will be announced at a later time. Subscribers enjoy free ticket exchanges, payment plans, priority offers to Broadway and student shows, discounted extra tickets, a dedicated VIP hotline, free events including talkbacks and receptions, and the best seats at the best prices, guaranteed.
Note: Plans for the new season are subject to change.
The Denver Center Theatre Company 2013/14 season is generously supported by Larimer Square, SCFD, The Steinberg Charitable Trust and Wells Fargo Advisors. 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 at www.denvercenter.org.