The Denver Center Theatre Company announced a 10-play season including four exhilarating world premieres selected from the 2013 Colorado New Play Summit. Karen Zacarías' adaptation of Helen Thorpe's book Just Like Us, Catherine Trieschmann's comedy The Most Deserving, Matthew Lopez's heartfelt The Legend of Georgia McBride and Marcus Gardley's adaptation of Homer's epic poem, black odyssey, will all take to the stage to dazzle Denver audiences. Also selected for the season is a Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, an adaptation of a Marx Brother's script, Shakespeare's tragic masterpiece, a powerful and poignant love story and the return of a Christmas classic. "We had such compelling and imaginative writing at this year's Colorado New Play Summit that could not be overlooked," said Producing Artistic Director Kent Thompson. "Our selections this year are wide-ranging and diverse and I think will bring excitement to our patrons' experience at the theatre."
Death of a Salesman
by Arthur Miller
Sept 20-Oct 20 (Opens Sept 26) | Space Theatre
Arthur Miller's Pulitzer- and Tony-winning drama Death of a Salesman tells the story of Willy Loman, a downsized salesman whose dreams of greatness for himself and his sons go unrealized. An authentic and heartbreaking portrayal of the American dream lost, this play is woven into the fabric of our country's consciousness.
Just Like Us
by Karen Zacarías, based on the book by Helen Thorpe
Oct 4-Nov 3 (Opens Oct 10) | Stage Theatre
Based on Helen Thorpe'sbestselling book, this documentary-style play follows four Latina girls in Denver - two of whom are documented and two who are not - through young adulthood. Their close-knit friendships begin to unravel when immigration status dictates the girls' opportunities, or lack thereof. When a political firestorm arises, each girl's legal status becomes increasingly desperate. Just Like Us poses difficult, yet essential questions such as what makes an American?
A Denver Center commission
The Most Deserving
by Catherine Trieschmann
Oct 11-Nov 17 (Opens Oct 17) | Ricketson Theatre
Tasked with awarding $20,000 to a deserving and needy local artist who "demonstrates an under-represented American voice," a small town Arts Council in Ellis County, Kansas, comically erupts into chaos. Should the award go to a high school teacher/painter of modest talent or to the self-taught African-American artist who creates controversial religious figures out of trash? The Most Deserving is a satirical, insightful look at how the arts collide with politics, self-interest, taste, relationships, egos and gossip.