The Denver Center Theatre Company (DCTC) today announced of the lineup of playwrights and directors for its Seventh Annual Colorado New Play Summit. Over three days, February 10 -12, 2012 in downtown Denver, DCTC will present multiple showings of four play readings, a multimedia workshop and two fully-produced main stage plays, including new works by Pulitzer nominee Lisa Loomer, 2011 Obie winner Samuel D. Hunter, and direction by Broadway veterans Marcia Milgrom Dodge (Ragtime) and Sam Buntrock (Sunday in the Park with George).
The Summit also includes the Playwrights’ Slam, a late night gathering where invited playwrights read excerpts from their latest in-progress works. Members of the public are invited to join with artistic directors, literary managers, dramaturges, directors, and press representatives who travel from across the country to view the latest works by both well-established and exciting new voices in American theatre. Full Summit passes, which include guaranteed seating at all readings, admission to the two world premieres, plus meals, receptions, and discounts to nearby downtown Denver hotels, are now available.
For more information and Summit registration, patrons can visit www.denvercenter.org/summit or call 303.893.6030.
Artistic Director Kent Thompson, Director of New Play Development Bruce Sevy and Literary Manager Douglas Langworthy have selected the following new works to present in 2012:
SENSE & SENSIBILITY THE MUSICAL
Based on the novel by Jane Austen
Book and Lyrics by Jeffrey Haddow Music by Neal Hampton
Directed by Marcia Milgrom Dodge
Director/Choreographer Marcia Milgrom Dodge, whose recent Broadway revival of Ragtime received critical accolades and seven Tony Award nominations, including Best Direction of a Musical, will helm this stunning new adaptation of Jane Austen’s novel. Jeffrey Haddow (book/lyrics) is a winner of the BMI Harrington Award for Creative Achievement. His other works include the musical revue, Scrambled Feet, which ran two years Off-Broadway and was produced as a Showtime TV special starring Madeline Kahn. Neal Hampton (music) is a composer and conductor, whose works for stage include music and lyrics for Charles Dickens’ The Chimes,incidental music for Lanford Wilson’s Book of Days, and additional music and lyrics for The Little Matchgirl at Gloucester Stage. His arrangement of The Splendor of Creation can be heard in the Columbia Pictures release,Mona Lisa Smile. In this sparkling new musical full of passion and wit, sisters Elinor and Marianne Dashwood, opposites in temperament, struggle to find love and happiness in one of Jane Austen’s most beloved romances. When half-brother John inherits their father’s estate, the sisters, now virtually penniless, move to a rural cottage to make do as best they can … but not even desperate financial circumstances can keep love at bay.