TBC 575

As we hope you already know, the musical “This Beautiful City” by New York City-based theater company The Civilians returns to Colorado Springs this Friday in special concert version, Saturday and Sunday for its three final performances.

The even better news is that TICKETS ARE FREE, but seating is limited. (more info below)

If you don’t already know, “This Beautiful City” was first produced here in Colorado Springs in 2006 under the working title “Save This City.” The Civilians speat many weeks here doing “investigations” into the local life and culture. That meant dozens of interviews with locals exploring their relationships (both pro and con) with the booming evangelical culture. (For more information on how The Civilians conduct their interviews and use them to produce the play (click HERE for more information about how The Civilians research and produce their plays).

As fate would have it, The Civilians arrived just before the Ted Haggard scandal broke in November of that year. As a result, the production deals heavily with the conflict that many in the community were feeling at that time.

Perhaps one of the most interesting aspects of the play is how completely honest and fair it is. While many different voices from different viewpoints are heard, none rise above the others. The result is truly innovative and compelling piece of theater. But don’t take our word for it, here’s what the had to say:

You might assume that members of a hip New York theater company would descend on the country’s epicenter of evangelism like a swarm of junior Michael Moores, wielding tape recorders like rapiers, backpacks stuffed full of snark. But the Civilians, known for the long-running revue “Gone Missing” and other documentary shows, have generally used humor to illuminate our follies rather than to sneer at our frailties. And that is certainly the case in “This Beautiful City,” which presents its collage of human experience without commentary, with a loose focus on the clash between religious orthodoxy and freedom of sexual expression.

To hear songs, watch a video clip and see pictures from other productions of this show, you can click HERE.

Complete performance information is available HERE.

Because tickets are limited, we offering a special service for Big Something readers and subscribers: We will reserve up to 8 tickets for you in a envelope with your name on them that you can pick up at KRCC at 912 N. Weber between today and Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please leave your name and how many tickets you want in the comments section below.

Thanks!

(“This Beautiful City” is sponsored by The Colorado College Cultural Attractions Fund, KRCC, The Gazette, Emmanuel Missionary Baptist Church and The Pikes Peak Gay and Lesbian Center).

 

28 Responses to "This Beautiful City" Returns!

  1. Truman Turnipseed says:

    4 tickets please – fri or sat

    thank you

    Truman Turnipseed

  2. Marcella Aud says:

    Would you please hold 4 tickets for the Friday evening performance for me, please?

    Thanks much!

    Marcella Aud

  3. Chris Loveless says:

    2 tickets for Friday evening, please.

  4. Conor Bourgal says:

    Could you hold 4 for Sunday?

    thanks.

    -Conor Bourgal

  5. Joyce Cheney says:

    Two for Friday.
    Thanks!
    Joyce Cheney

  6. joan ferguson says:

    4 tickets for Sunday.
    Thanks!
    Joan Ferguson

  7. amber labandt says:

    Please hold 7 for Sunday.

  8. amber labandt says:

    I’m so sorry. I actually need 3 for Sunday and 2 for Friday. Please excuse the last posting.

  9. MO says:

    4 tickets for Friday, please. Thanks very much!
    Marielle Oetjen

  10. michelle says:

    sounds very cool. 3 tickets for friday night please.

  11. Andrea says:

    Two tickets for Sunday, please!
    Andrea Pacheco

  12. Brian Mann says:

    Can I reserve two seats for Friday, please? Thanks!
    Brian Mann

  13. I would like two tickets for Saturday night and two tickets for Sunday afternoon. Thank you! Mark

  14. Randy Lindsey & Jacquie Ostrom says:

    2 tickets for Friday night please. Thanks!

  15. Mark Jakusovszky says:

    Please reserve 4 tickets for Sunday for me.

    Thanks!
    Mark J.

  16. Tom O'Bryan says:

    Please hold 2 tickets for Tom for the Saturday, December 5th at 7pm. Thank you. T & M

  17. Larilou Shaw says:

    2 tickets for Larilou for FRIDAY evening please.

  18. Terry Conley says:

    Please hold 2 tickets for Saturday December 5th. Thank you!

  19. Meghan says:

    I would like 3 tickets for Saturday please. Thanks!

  20. barbara schneider says:

    greatly appreciate 2 tickets for sunday 2:00 performance…joyous holidays

  21. Diane Williams says:

    I would like one ticket for Sunday: thanks!

    Diane

  22. Arlene Burgos says:

    2 tickets for Saturday; please and thanks!

  23. Kecia S. says:

    2 tickets please! Thank you much!

  24. Kecia S. says:

    Sorry–forgot the day! 2 tickets for Sunday please!

  25. Cheyene G. says:

    I would like 4 tickets for Sunday please.
    Thanks!

  26. Mike Lynch says:

    I would two (2) tickets for Friday. Are they still available?

    Thank you!

  27. B. Casados says:

    Wow! Impressive show–a musical, no less! Good songs, talented performers, amazing story, told in the words of our friends and neighbors. Thank you, Civiliams, for these performances, and thank you, CC, for supporting this and putting on the performance in the fine new IDEA Space theater. Much irony, but no sarcasm, and the only agenda was to tell some of our stories. Everybody, please open your minds and hearts when you go to this show.

  28. [...] Bill T. Jones. He also received two Drama Desk nominations for “Best Book” for both FELA! and This Beautiful City (w/ The Civilians). “Fela!” tells the story of Nigerian [...]

News

July 28, 2014 | NPR · Recent polls show more than 8 in 10 Jewish Israelis support the military operation, even as the death tolls climb. And Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s ratings are soaring.
 

July 28, 2014 | NPR · Even though Spain’s economy is out of recession, youth unemployment has hit 57.7 percent — more than double the continent’s average. Economists say it could be years before jobs return. By then, many Spanish 20-somethings — dubbed the “lost generation” — will have missed a decade or more of work.
 

Maria Fabrizio for NPR
July 28, 2014 | NPR · Do you feel like you wander aimlessly through life, or is there a reason you’re here? Psychologists say people with a sense of purpose may stress out less. Or they may lead healthier lives.
 

Arts & Life

AP
July 27, 2014 | NPR · In the Land of Love and Drowning, the islands are a magical setting for three generations of one family living through the modern history of the territory as it passes from Danish to American hands.
 

Courtesy of Silverstone Auction
July 27, 2014 | NPR · The Harrier Jump Jet is known for vertical take-offs and landings. It also has an accident-prone track record, but that didn’t dissuade one pilot from buying his dream plane.
 

July 27, 2014 | NPR · An experiment at a new production of Carmen has many wondering how technology will affect operagoers’ experience. NPR’s Arun Rath talks to Kim Witman, director of the Wolf Trap Opera.
 

Music

July 28, 2014 | NPR · Brothers Kenny and Curt Thompkins were inspired to record an album in a racquetball court after hearing the acoustics there last year. The result appears in their new album, out this week.
 

Bettmann/CORBIS
July 28, 2014 | NPR · One hundred years after the start of World War I, hear a range of pop and classical music from artists of the era. Some music reflects the war’s violence, some gives solace.
 

Courtesy of the artist
July 27, 2014 | NPR · Inspired by the birth of a child and a new career, Austin Lunn’s triumphant, ebullient new album as Panopticon steps outside his curveball mixture of metal and American folk.
 

Get the KRCC iPhone App

The Writer's Almanac

Radiolab