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DCPA Theatre Company Announces Full Casts, Creative Teams For Upcoming World Premieres by Theresa Rebeck and Tanya Saracho
Wednesday, December 30, 2015
The Denver Center for the Performing Arts (DCPA) is proud to announce full casting and creative teams for the Theatre Company’s world premiere productions of Theresa Rebeck’s The Nest and Tanya Saracho’s FADE.

Both productions are Theatre Company commissions made possible by the Women’s Voices Fund and were developed at the 2015 Colorado New Play Summit.

The Women’s Voices Fund is a $1 million endowment that specifically supports new plays by women and the hiring of female directors. The fund has allowed the Theatre Company to produce 26 plays by women, commission 16 female playwrights and hire 20 female directors since 2006.

“We are honored to have two powerhouse female playwrights bringing world premieres to life at the same time,” said Kent Thompson, Producing Artistic Director for the Theatre Company. “Tanya Saracho is a funny, gifted, rising writer who is intensely aware of the layers and complexities in Hispanic culture. Theresa Rebeck is undeniably one of the most foremost female playwrights in the country and The Nest contains the best first scene of a play that I’ve read in years.”

The Nest, directed by Adrienne Campbell-Holt, will feature Kevin Bertnson as Ned, Brian D. Coats as Barry, Brian Dykstra as Patrick, Laura Latreille as Lila, Victoria Mack as Sam, David Mason as Nick, Carly Street as Margo, and Andrea Syglowski as Irene.

The Creative Team is made up of Lisa Orzolek (Scenic Designer), Angela Balogh Calin (Costume Designer), Grant W. S. Yeager (Lighting Designer), and Craig Breitenbach (Sound Designer).

The Nest
By Theresa Rebeck
Jan 22-Feb 21 (Opens Jan 29) | Space Theatre
When you have a seat at the bar called The Nest, no conversation is off-limits, whether you’re speaking or eavesdropping. That is, until a stranger walks in with a lucrative proposition. 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.

Saracho’s FADE, directed by Jerry Ruiz,will feature Mariana Fernández as Lucia and Eddie Martinez, who recently appeared in the Theatre Company’s production of As You Like It, as Abel.

The creative team includes Timothy R. Mackabee (Scenic Designer), Meghan Anderson Doyle (Costume Designer), Richard Devin (Lighting Designer), and Tyler Nelson (Sound Designer).

by Tanya Saracho
Feb 5-March 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, his stories start to blur with hers with unexpected consequences. FADE is a standout new play from Tanya Saracho, whose writing “lands in that sweet spot between comedy and drama” (Chicago Tribune).

Over the past decade, the Summit has introduced 40 new plays, over half of which returned to the stage as full Theatre Company productions. Recent Summit World Premieres include Samuel D. Hunter’s The Whale, Eric Schmidel’s adaptation of Kent Haruf’s Benediction, Marcus Gardley’s black odyssey, Karen Zacarias’s Just Like Us, and Dick Scanlan’s reimagined version of The Unsinkable Molly Brown.

The 2016 Colorado New Play Summit (Launch Weekend Feb 13-14 | Festival Weekend Feb 19-21) will mark the World Premiere of The Nest and FADE, along with the return of DCPA Playwriting Fellow Matthew Lopez, fresh off his successful Off-Broadway run of The Legend of Georgia McBride at MCC Theater.

Tickets for both productions can be purchased at or by calling the box office directly at 303.893.4100.

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.

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