Zoey’s Perfect Wedding! 0

Denver Center Theatre Company audiences have developed a special relationship with playwright Matthew Lopez. He is after all the first DCPA Playwriting Fellow.  He is the author of one of the most widely produced new American plays of the last decade, The Whipping Man, which had an award winning production at The Curious Theatre Company. Lopez also created one of the most successful shows to come from the Colorado New Play Summit, The Legend of Georgia McBride. 

This week a new comedy by the versatile writer debuted at the newly renovated Space Theater, Zoey’s Perfect Wedding!

The DCPA describes the show this way/

The blushing bride. The touching toast. The celebration of true love. These are the dreams of Zoey’s big day…and the opposite of what it’s turning out to be. Disaster after disaster follow her down the aisle, from brutally honest boozy speeches to a totally incompetent wedding planner. Even worse, her friends are too preoccupied with their own relationship woes to help with the wreckage around them. Like a car crash you can’t look away from, watch in awe as this wildly funny fiasco destroys her expectations with the realities of commitment, fidelity and growing up.

Mallory Portnoy, Nija Okoro, Grayson DeJesus. Photo by AdamsVisCom.

Mallory Portnoy, Nija Okoro, Grayson DeJesus. Photo by AdamsVisCom.

The entire evening was clever and fun. The characters are flawed, but lovable. Each actor captured the humor and heart with equal skill.

The fast-paced script is peppered with quotable moments, and Zoey, the bride delivered one that resonates with me still. It was the moment when she realizes that she should adjust her dreams to match her blessings.

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Zoey’s Perfect Wedding!

Jan. 19-Feb. 25

For Tickets Call 303-893-4100 or visit denvercenter.org

 

A Look Back: My First Interview With Matthew Lopez.

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American Mariachi Comes to Life at DCPA 1

Each year at the Colorado New Play Summit I make my picks for full productions by the Denver Center Theatre Company, and I had a perfect record, until 2016.  The year included American Mariachi by José Cruz González. The reading was wonderful, but It wasn’t chosen for production that year.  But now a full production has finally arrived! The world premiere is produced in association with The Old Globe. (the production continues in tact at the Old Globe March 23 – April 29)

This production directed by James Vásquez lets this talented company play our heartstrings as much as the fantastic Mariachi music in the story. Now it’s not a musical as much as it is a highly stylized story of memory, family, love, hope, and music.


When American Mariachi wasn’t produced right away I hoped there would be another chance to see it come to life in a full production.  It was certainly worth the wait. This is a funny, and heartwarming story deftly told.  Beautiful performances and production values capitalize on the magic unique to live theater.

The company of American Mariachi. Photo by AdamsVisCom.

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AMERICAN MARIACHI

By José Cruz González
Directed by James Vásquez
Produced in association with The Old Globe
Jan 26 – Feb 25, 2018
Stage Theatre
This is the best opportunity to hear your play with great artists, in a great location and in a great environment. This is a place where audiences really come to experience something new.”
– José Cruz González, Playwright of American Mariachi, Part of the 2016 Colorado New Play Summit

RESPECT:  A Musical Journey of Women 0

Cherry Creek Theatre Company launches their second season as a resident company at the Mizel Arts and Culture Center with a regional premiere RESPECT:  A Musical Journey of Women. The show is a musical review written by Dr. Dorothy Marcic based on her book, RESPECT: Women and Popular Music. For the Cherry Creek Theatre production director Shannan Steele and the company draw an original image of the show and create a gathering of friends celebrating one of the women’s book release. I asked Steele about how the concept developed.

Director Shannan Steele
Director Shannan Steele

EL: RESPECT is often produced as a revue and your production really creates a setting and Character/storyline. How did this approach develop?

SS: After reading the script, I felt there were personal elements for each of the characters that could easily get lost in the traditional review formula where the show is more presentational in nature. I wanted to see if the piece could land in a structure where women felt strong and connected enough to share their stories of struggle with each other, along with discovering the joys of how certain songs helped describe those pains…and then how other songs helped release those pains to allow real JOY to surface.

SS: For a show about the journey of women, I wanted the audience to observe 5 strong women (the show is actually written for 4…I built in the presence of the piano player as a true addition to the room, a fellow woman/friend/support) share their vulnerabilities, inside and out of the context of the music AS WELL as within the actual text. I wanted our journey over the last century not only to be shared through the songs of the time, the political and social achievements, but also through the triumphs available to all of us TODAY. The personal, emotional, perspective enhancing TRIUMPHS we all can find with each other.

Traci Kern and Sharon Kay White

 

SS: This concept required an intimate setting…a place welcoming enough to facilitate the kind of safe space where true sharing can occur. Hence the living room set design.

SS: The piece had windows for this concept to work, and I trusted my cast and crew to dive into the challenge with me. All those WOMEN rose to the challenge and I couldn’t be more proud.

 

Cherry Creek Theatre description of the show:

From “Someone to Watch Over Me” to “I Will Survive,” from the codependence of “I Will Follow Him” to the anger of “These Boots are Made for Walking,” to the cynicism of “What’s Love Got to Do with It,” and finally to the strength of “Hero,” RESPECT: A Musical Journey of Women” is told through Top-40 music in this timely off-Broadway new musical production.  Combining excerpts of 60 songs with women’s own stories about finding dreams, lost love, relationship issues, entering the workforce, gaining independence and more.

The company proudly highlights this is an all female company:

cast Sharon Kay White* (Janet), Rachel Turner (Samantha), Sarah Rex* (Eden) and Anna High (Rosa).

Along with producer Susie Snodgrass and directors Shannan Steele and Traci Kern, the all female crew includes Kortney Hanson (Stage Manager), Tina Anderson (Scenic Designer), Star Pytel (Lighting Designer), Steffani Day (Costume Designer), Morgan McCauley (Sound Designer), Beki Pineda (Prop Mistress) and Gloria Shanstrom (Publicist).

The audience on opening night, including the male identified attendees, seemed to enjoy the show in equal measure. While the evening unfolded I found myself responding to the music of course, after all they include so many great songs, and I also realized I wanted to know these women.  It would be great fun to be part of this group of friends, and join in for one of these gatherings, and in a way, for this night, we all were.

Cherry Creek Theatre Company presents the Regional Premiere of

RESPECT:  A Musical Journey of Women

Written by Dr. Dorothy Marcic

Directed by Henry Award Nominee Shannan Steele

Musical Direction by Traci Kern

February 1 – February 25, 2018

performances are:Thursdays and Sunday, February 18 & 25 at 7:00 p.m.; Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.; Sundays at 2:00 p.m.

Single tickets are $35; $30 for seniors/students online at 303-800-6578 or online at www.cherrycreektheatre.org.

Interviews with  creator of RESPECT:  A Musical Journey of Women Dorothy Marcic


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