Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Coming to TheatreWorks: Olympia Dukakis, and the 2015-2016 season

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Happy anniversary to TheatreWorks as it celebrates its 40th year in business. For the 2015-2016 season, viewers can look forward to a number of widely known productions, each accompanied by free Prologue Lectures on designated nights (held in partnership with UCCS' Department of Visual and Performing Arts, the College of Letters, Arts & Sciences and the Department of Humanities).

Here they are in chronological order:

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream, July 30 through Aug. 22

As with every season, TheatreWorks kicks off with a Shakespeare production at Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site. With the hilarious mix-up between unintentional lovers and the unforgettable fairy Puck, it’s no surprise that so many people love this play. Artistic director and Shakespeare scholar Tina Packer returns to the Springs to speak with Jon Jory Aug. 3.

Private Lives, Sept. 10-27

Written in 1930 by Noël Coward, Private Lives has come under much heated debate. Private Lives is about a divorced couple that each recently re-married. To their misfortune, while each goes away with a new spouse, they end up honeymooning at the same place, right next to each other, which results in many forced interactions. John Lahr of The New Yorker will be there to offer some of his thoughts Sept. 20.

Ghosts, Oct. 22 through Nov. 8

This play by Henrik Ibsen was considered scandalous in its day. The thriller, set amid Victorian society, tells the story of a young man with a dark history that could mean the end for him and his loved ones. He is to receive the fortune of his deceased father but things are not what they seem, and his mother bears secrets of her own. With Kevin Landis, UCCS theater professor speaking Oct. 25.

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  • Born Yesterday
Born Yesterday, Dec. 3-24

This comedy is a tale of what appears to be just another ditzy girl being dragged along by her boyfriend to a new place but there is far more at work here. Billie may start out by just getting in the way of her other half’s work due to her own obliviousness but a journalist helps her start to see Brock in a new way. Instead of a Prologue lecture, TW will hold a "Theatre of Politics" roundtable discussion about the "intersection of theatre and politics," Dec. 6.

Satchmo at the Waldorf, Feb. 18 through March 6, 2016

Louis Armstrong, one of the world’s most celebrated musicians, is immortalized by this work. And who better to keep his story alive than such a major-hit actor like John Douglas Thompson? It takes talent to portray talent. This production will feature Thompson both as a performer and a Prologue Lecture speaker as he discusses perspective on all things pertaining to “Satchmo” Feb. 21.

The Girl of the Golden West, April 28- May 15, 2016

A wild western story, unique in that it started out as a play and later became both an opera and a novel, The Girl of the Golden West has been around for over a century. As such it has received an array of both positive and negative reactions. Learn more about it with speakers soprano Martile Rowland of Opera Theatre of the Rockies and TW artistic director Murray Ross May 1.

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  • Satchmo at the Waldorf
Archangels Don’t Play Pinball, March 31 through April 10, 2016

This far-fetched adventure played out in two acts was written by Nobel Prize winner Dario Fo. After a marriage that is not what it seems, “Lofty," the protagonist, must jump through hoops so he can acquire his military benefits. The only problem? He must pretend to be a dog to get what he wants. After people bring him to a kennel, a circus owner purchases him. A UCCS student production. With Jim Jackson and Birgitta DePree of the Millibo Art Theatre speaking April 3.

Expect two bonus Prologue speakers coming this fall (dates TBA): Annie Baker, an actress and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright (The Flick) and movie star Olympia Dukakis. Winner of multiple awards, Dukakis will offer an opportunity to take a never-before-available master class, and will also tell people about her time spent in both theatre and film.

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