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DCPA Theatre Company Announces 2016-17 Season of Classics and World Premieres
Wednesday, March 09, 2016

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 38th season, which includes two World Premiere productions by female playwrights fresh off the 2016 Colorado New Play Summit, the U.S. premiere of a new version of Frankenstein, and two critically-acclaimed contemporary dramas. The new season kicks off September 9, running through June 18 and will feature eight main stage productions plus the Broadway tour of the 2015 Tony Award-winning play, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.  

“We are excited to dive deep into the Theatre Company’s 38th season,” said Producing Artistic Director Kent Thompson. “This season is full of powerful stories that range from American classics to new works that all get to the heart of the human condition. Whether you’re a scientist trying to convince the Senate that climate change is real, a band of brothers risking financial ruin to save the legacy of your friend William Shakespeare, or a young girl finding solace in a hidden garden, something remarkable happens when people are pushed to their breaking point.”

Theatre Company 2016-17 Season

The Glass Menagerie
By Tennessee Williams
Sep 9 – Oct 16
Ricketson Theatre

The Wingfield family is trapped in a cage of nostalgia in their drab 1930s apartment. They dream of lives they wished they had but never pursued, of opportunities drifting away with the passing of time. But when a long-awaited gentleman caller joins them for dinner, fantasy and reality collide as expectations shatter like glass. See the DCPA’s first-ever production of Tennessee Williams’ autobiographical masterpiece of American theatre.

By Nick Dear
Sep 30 – Oct 30
Stage Theatre
Given life by a man with a troubled heart, a creature assembled from corpses sets out into the unforgiving world to discover his humanity. As he uncovers both kindness and cruelty, he seeks out the doctor who created him to demand answers about his tormented existence. Frankenstein features two lead actors alternating performances in the roles as Victor Frankenstein and his creature, allowing man and monster to intersect with every chilling performance of this U.S. premiere.

A Christmas Carol*
By Charles Dickens
Adapted by Richard Hellesen
Music by David de Berry
Nov 25 - Dec 24 | 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.

The Book of Will
By Lauren Gunderson
A DCPA Theatre Company Commission
Jan 13 – Feb 26, 2017
Ricketson Theatre

Without William Shakespeare, we wouldn’t have literary masterpieces like Romeo and Juliet. But without Henry Condell and John Heminges, we would have lost half of Shakespeare’s plays forever! After the death of their friend and mentor, the two actors are determined to compile the first Folio and preserve the words that shaped their lives. They’ll just have to borrow, beg and band together to get it done. Shakespeare lover Lauren Gunderson weaves a hilarious and heartfelt story of the characters behind the collected stories we know so well.

The Christians
By Lucas Hnath
Jan 27 – Feb 26, 2017
Stage Theatre

Pastor Paul inspires faith in the members of his growing congregation through his preaching. But when he brings up unexpected questions during a sermon, his changing perspective may ask too much of his followers. Featuring a full choir at every performance, The Christians is an intimate look at the moments that define who we are and what we believe. This New York Times Critics’ Pickhas beencalled “Deeply affecting… Emotionally devastating” (The New York Post).

Two Degrees
By Tira Palmquist
Feb 3 – Mar 12, 2017
Jones Theatre

The smallest changes can lead to the biggest impact, and no one knows that better than Emma, a scientist studying climate change in Greenland. Still grappling with the unexpected death of her husband, she is invited to the nation’s capital to share her findings at a Senate hearing that could define her career and her cause. But if she can’t overcome her tumultuous inner struggle, her dedication and sacrifices may not be enough to make the difference in the world that she’s always wanted.

By Ayad Akhtar
Mar 31 – May 7, 2017
Ricketson Theatre

Amir has spent his adult life downplaying his upbringing to build the perfect life. But a high-profile court case and his wife’s Islamic-inspired art show reveal just how little his culture is understood by the people around him. The expectation to be true to yourself and to fit into mainstream society collide in this 2013 Pulitzer Prize-winning play. The New York Times calls it “terrific and turbulent, with fresh currents of dramatic electricity” and the Associated Pressraves, “[It’s] breathtaking, raw and blistering.”

The Secret Garden
Book and Lyrics by Marsha Norman
Music by Lucy Simon
Based on the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Apr 21 – May 28, 2017
Stage Theatre

The beloved classic The Secret Garden blossoms anew in this enchanting musical full of beautiful melodies. When young Mary is sent to live with her uncle after the death of her parents, she finds herself surrounded by distant relatives who are overcome by grief and fear. But when she uncovers the key to her late aunt’s long-lost garden, she becomes determined to revive the beauty that once flourished. Surrounded by spirits of the past, she uses the magic of hope to help the world around her grow once again.

First National Tour
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
By Simon Stephens
Based On the Novel by Mark Haddon
May 30 – June 18, 2017
The Ellie Caulkins Opera House

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, winner of five 2015 Tony Awards including Best Play, is coming to Denver. Hailed as “One of the most fully immersive works ever to wallop Broadway” by The New York Times, this “dazzling” (Associated Press) adaptation is the Tony Award-winning new play by Simon Stephens, adapted from Mark Haddon’s best-selling novel and directed by Tony winner Marianne Elliott. Fifteen-year-old Christopher has an extraordinary brain; he is exceptionally intelligent but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. When he falls under suspicion for killing his neighbor’s dog, he sets out to identify the true culprit, which leads to an earth-shattering discovery and a journey that will change his life forever.

Performance Schedule
The Theatre Company’s performance schedule for the 2016/17 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
The performance schedule for The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is as follows:
Tuesday through Saturday performances at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:00 p.m.

Tickets and Subscriptions
New and renewing subscribers have the first opportunity to reserve tickets. Tickets are available to subscribers online at 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 ticket on-sale date will be announced at a later time.
 Note:  Plans for the new season are subject to change.

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