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DCPA Theatre Company Announces 2015-16 Season
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
The Tony Award-winning Theatre Company at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts and Producing Artistic Director Kent Thompson are proud to announce the full lineup for their 37th season, which includes the return of Shakespeare and partnerships with Chicago’s Lookingglass Theatre and Denver’s own DeVotchKa. The new season kicks off September 11 running through May 15 and will feature eight main stage productions.

“This coming season, we will challenge the boundaries in our theatrical spaces like never before to create incredible experiences for our patrons,” said Producing Artistic Director Kent Thompson. “It will be a creative, emotionally charged, and exhilarating eight months.” The Theatre Company will continue its commitment to produce new work by female playwrights in the 15-16 season with two world premieres, both of which received readings during the 2015 Colorado New Play Summit.

Theatre Company 2015-16 Season
Lookingglass Theatre Company’s
Lookingglass Alice

Adapted and Directed by David Catlin from the works of Lewis Carroll
Produced in association with The Actors Gymnasium
Sept 11-Oct 11 (Opens Sept 18) | Stage Theatre
Imagination soars and laughter and awe abound in Lookingglass Alice, Chicago’s gravity-defying hit inspired by Lewis Carroll’s beloved stories. Called “Spectacular” and “Pure, unadulterated magic” by the Chicago Sun-Times, Lookingglass Alice is a marvel for all ages, transporting audiences down the rabbit hole to a circus-infused playground. With breathtaking theatricality and wildly inventive acrobatics, this wonderland adventure is one you won’t want to miss.

Kent Thompson: “We are extremely excited to kick off our season by bringing the unique magic of Chicago’s Lookingglass Theatre to Denver. This is a captivating production that allows audiences of all ages to join Alice as she literally tumbles down the rabbit hole.”
 
William Shakespeare’s
As You Like It

Sept 25-Nov 1 (Opens Oct 2) | Space Theatre
Shakespeare returns! After falling head over heels under each other’s spell, the lovers Orlando and Rosalind are separately banished and become entangled in a beguiling game of mistaken identity when Rosalind disguises herself as a young man. Merry mischief, curiosity, and surprise flourish in one of Shakespeare’s richest and most popular comedies, helmed by Producing Artistic Director Kent Thompson.

Kent Thompson: “I’m thrilled to confirm that we are bringing Shakespeare back to the Theatre Company with one of the Bard’s most famous comedies, As You Like It. This is a piece I’ve had the pleasure of directing several times and that I’m continuously drawn back to. Rosalind is hands down one of the most intelligent and appealing female roles in all of Shakespeare.”
 
Tribes
By Nina Raine
Oct 9-Nov 15 (Opens Oct 16) | Ricketson Theatre
In this scintillating drama, called “The best-written, deepest, most daring – and funniest – new play in recent years” by The Wall Street Journal, the members of Billy’s fiercely intelligent and proudly politically incorrect family share private languages, inside jokes and fiery arguments. But meeting Sylvia causes Billy, deaf since birth, to question what it means to be understood. Dissecting the possibilities of belonging, family, and language, Tribes is as witty as it is heartrending.

Kent Thompson: “I was very drawn to Nina Raine’s writing. Her central character of Billy, who has been deaf since birth, allows us to examine how we communicate, and how we don’t. I know that our Multimedia team is ready to dive right in to the challenging production elements of this piece.”
 
A Christmas Carol*
By Charles Dickens

Adapted by Richard Hellesen
Music by David de Berry
Nov 27-Dec 27 (Opens Dec 4) | Stage Theatre
Essential to the holiday season in Denver, A Christmas Carol promises to “warm your heart and renew your holiday spirit” according to the Examiner. Based on Charles Dickens’ classic novel, this joyous and opulent musical adaptation traces money-hoarding skinflint Ebenezer Scrooge’s triumphant overnight journey to redemption. A Christmas Carol illuminates the meaning of the holiday season in a way that has resonated for generations.
*Added attraction, not part of the subscription season.

Kent Thompson: “Richard Hellesen and David de Barry’s version of A Christmas Carol has everything. It’s full of humor, scariness, drama, spectacle, and music. Most importantly, this version allows us to follow the full transformation of Ebenezer Scrooge and perhaps see a little of the change that happens in our own hearts.”
 
World Premiere
The Nest
By Theresa Rebeck

Jan 22-Feb 21 (Opens Jan 29) | Space Theatre
For the regulars at a struggling bar called The Nest, no conversation is off-limits, whether you’re speaking or eavesdropping…until a woman walks in and offers a large sum for the beautiful antique bar. Pulitzer Prize finalist Theresa Rebeck’s plays “may make you laugh or shudder (or both)” according to American Theatre, and with its feisty humor and scorching dialogue, this explosive new comedy holds a cracked mirror up to friendships, romantic relationships and families.
Kent Thompson: “With The Nest, Theresa Rebeck has created a comedy that is both hilarious and acerbic. I can honestly say The Nest contains the best first scene of a play that I’ve read in 20 years. Theresa Rebeck is undeniably one of the more foremost female playwrights in the country and we are excited to bring this commission to a full staged premiere.”
 
All The Way
By Robert Schenkkan

Jan 29-Feb 28 (Opens Feb 5) | Stage Theatre
All the Way, a “jaw-dropping political drama” (Variety), vividly portrays of one of the most controversial, ambitious and ruthless figures of the 20th century – President Lyndon Baines Johnson. Set in the pivotal year between JFK’s assassination and Johnson’s reelection, LBJ hurls himself at the Civil Rights Act, determined to rebuild the country into The Great Society by any means necessary. Written by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Robert Schenkkan (The 12, The Kentucky Cycle), All the Way bowled over Broadway last year garnering the 2014 Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics’ Circle Awards for Best Play.

Kent Thompson: “Robert Schenkkan has created a larger-than-life character in All The Way’s LBJ. The story is centered in an incredible period of tragedy and change in American history that is still relevant today. We are excited to again feature Robert’s incredible work and are honored to count him among our Denver Center commissioned playwrights.”
 
World Premiere
FADE
By Tanya Saracho

Feb 5-Mar 13 (Opens Feb 12) | Ricketson Theatre
In this sharp, true-to-life new comedy, Mexican-American Lucia is hired to write for a Latina TV character in a cutthroat Hollywood TV studio. She soon discovers that the Latino studio custodian, Abel, has a windfall of plot ideas. As their friendship grows, Lucia begins incorporating Abel’s ideas into her scripts, fast-tracking her to success at work — and to complication in her personal life. FADE is a standout new play from Tanya Saracho, whose writing “lands in that sweet spot between comedy and drama” (Chicago Tribune).

Kent Thompson: “Tanya Saracho is a funny, gifted, rising writer who is intensely aware of the layers and complexities in Hispanic culture. FADE, which is also a Denver Center commission, uses humor and some of Tanya’s own life experience as a writer in Hollywood, to examine our assumptions about each other.”
 
Sweeney Todd
By Stephen Sondheim

Based on an adaptation by Christopher Bond
Musical Adaptations by DeVotchKa
April 8-May 15 (Opens April 15) | Stage Theatre
DeVotchKa, the Grammy-nominated, Denver hometown music heroes, take on the legendary demon barber of Fleet Street, serving up a delicious reinvention of Sondheim’s magnificent musical thriller. Hell-bent on revenge, Sweeney Todd takes up with his enterprising neighbor in a devilish plot to slice their way through London’s upper crust. Justice will be served—along with audacious humor, bloody good thrills, and DeVotchKa’s lush brand of gypsy punk.

Kent Thompson: “Sweeney Todd is one of the great musical theatre pieces of all time. With Sondheim’s blessing, we’re thrilled to partner with Denver favorite, DeVotchKa to create a new orchestral backdrop for this epic villain.”
 
Performance Schedule
The Theatre Company’s performance schedule for the 2015/16 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
Children 4+ are welcome in our theatres.
 
Tickets and Subscriptions
New and renewing subscribers have the first opportunity to reserve tickets. Tickets are available to subscribers beginning Monday, March 16 online at denvercenter.org/subs or by calling 303.893.6030 or 303.893.4100. 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. Single tickets will go on sale to the general public on August 10.

Note:  Plans for the new season are subject to change.

The Denver Center Theatre Company 2015/16 season is generously supported by Daniel L. Ritchie, Larimer Square, Steinberg Charitable Trust and Wells Fargo.  Media sponsorship for the DCPA Theatre Company 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.


  
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