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Stories on Stage: Dear Elizabeth

You know I sometimes wonder why some performances whether it be a play, or musical only last for such a short amount of time compared to others. Some productions can be so close to pure perfection but last only for a one to two night run. 

Then again, this can also keep a piece fresh and unique while allowing many more stories that sometimes don't always make it to the stage to be told. Maybe that is one trait I love so much about Colorado theatre. There are so many innovative minds working hard to ensure that some voices of a story are told. 

This is where Stories on Stage comes in. Now I have heard of their productions over the past three years of living here in Denver, however I sadly have not been able to make my way over to view their work. Thankfully though that is about to change. 

On Saturday, October 13th, Stories on Stage will be bringing to life a work known as, "Dear Elizabeth," at the Nomad Playhouse in Boulder. Which I thankfully will be attending. 

The play is interesting to say the least, the story focuses on the corresponding letters between poets Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell, and their lives in between. 

Staring Emily Paton Davies and Sam Gregory, I truly believe this is going to an experience and performance that I will be able to talk about for a long time and am looking for to do so. 

  We see Dear Elizabeth at The Nomad Playhouse this Saturday at 7:30 pm 

Educating Rita

The Black Box Season at the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities became such a big part of my theatre going experience last year. With plays that were so thought provoking they crafted a certain depth that shifted with each production. So much so that it comes as to no surprise when the talented cast received a Henry Award for their production of Sense and Sensibility. 

Now it is that time of year again, the theatre season breaks ground, so does the beginning of the Black Box, which begins with the play Educating Rita

Now this is a play I don’t know much about but from what I have read it seems rather interesting. The plot surrounding a young woman named Rita, who signs up for an open course in English literature, taught by a professor named Frank. Now…being the lover of literature that I am the play already has my attention. 

But with that aside I am also intrigued when it comes to a small cast taking the stage. Especially when that cast consists of only two people. 

  It creates a bond, a bond that must be strong and command the stage in a way that requires audience members to not only focus on what the two actors are saying and doing but to also be mindfully aware of what is taking place around them. Their personal situations can sometimes be that defining feature that builds the bridge between the two characters and allows the audience to see the bond; despite the current situation that is taking place. 

I honestly could rant and rant about why I love this aspect of theatre and what could possibly take place in this anticipated play, but I would much rather say more once the story is said and done. It will undoubtedly be an interesting night of theatre. 

  We see Educating Rita at the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities on Friday, October 5th at 7:30pm. 

The Catamounts: Men on Boats!

Not knowing your history can sometimes cause you to overlook a lot of important but smaller details of our countries exploration. Overtime I have come to realize just how relevant these little pieces of time can be. It is even more important to note the air of excellence that is created when these little events or stories are put to stage.

The theatre world of course is starting to take advantage of this with musicals like The Ballad of Little Jo beginning to appear. But the old west and it's explorations aren't put up as much as one could want. So when a production with this atmosphere is produced and put together. It's very hard to ignore.

Which is why Samantha and I will be heading to The Dairy Arts Center, on Saturday to witness the hilarious and ambitious play, Men on Boats! Presented by The Catamounts this witty play follows the tru(ish) story of of John Wesley Powell's 1869 expedition to chart the Colorado River. Now what I find extremely interesting about this comedy is the fact this cast features no…well men. Creating a gender bent story that is sure to keep the audience laughing. With talents such as Jessica Austgen, Edith Weiss and Missy Moore among the cast who knows what great night of theatre is in store!

We will see, The Catamounts: Men On Boats on Saturday, September 22nd at the Dairy Arts Center.