Dramaturg of New York’s Public Theater, Oskar Eustis and Lyricist of the Broadway Musical Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Michael Friedman team up to present a lecture on the development of the Broadway Musical as part of THEATREWORKS’ popular Prologue Series.

In the following podcast, UCCS Theater Professor, Kevin Landis speaks with Eustis and [...]

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It’s opera time in Colorado Springs again.  For the past 15 years, Opera Theatre of the Rockies has steadfastly kindled the fire of haute culture here in the shadow of America’s Mountain.  In a marked departure from last year’s tragedy, Verde’s La Traviata (click HERE to view last year’s segment), the Opera Theatre presents [...]

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I recently visited a rehearsal of THEATREWORKS’ production of Red, a Tony award winning play by John Logan, opening this Thursday, January 31st. The play is centered upon the preeminent 20th century painter, Mark Rothko, in the midst of the creation of the Seagram Murals. I spoke with director Joseph Discher and actors Thom Christopher [...]

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We took a little trip to the Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theater for a behind-the-scenes look at the THEATREWORKS production of You Can’t Take it With You. We spoke with actors Missy Moore and Logan Ernstthal as well as the director of the play, Geoffrey Kent.

You Can’t Take it With You runs through [...]

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THEATREWORKS and Curious Theatre Company (Denver, CO) have teamed up to present The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity, a 2010 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama by Kristoffer Diaz. The play is staged in the world of professional wrestling, but leave your preconceptions at the door. We spoke with director Chip Walton [...]

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We visited a dress rehearsal of THEATREWORKS’ production of Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie and spoke with director Anna Brenner about the play.

For a little more background on the director of The Glass Menagerie you can listen to UCCS Theatre Professor Kevin Landis talking shop with Anna Brenner in the interview below:

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THEATREWORKS returns to the bucolic and enchanted Rock Ledge Ranch for its annual Shakespeare offering. This year, it’s Love’s Labor’s Lost, which director Murray Ross describes as a comedy with a really sad ending. We spoke with Ross and actors Kevin Landis and Amy Brooks about the play.

Love’s Labor’s Lost runs through August [...]

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Opera Theatre of the Rockies presents Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music. We spoke with the founder and artistic director of Opera Theatre of the Rockies, Martile Rowland, about the production which will be her final stage appearance as she portrays Mme. Armfeldt.

Opera Theatre of the Rockies’ production of A Little [...]

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We decided to take in some culture and wound up visiting with the fine folks over at THEATREWORKS as they were putting the finishing touches on their production of Friedrich Schiller’s Mary Stuart, a play that THEATREWORKS artistic director Murray Ross describes as an Elizabethan version of West Wing.

Mary Stuart runs through [...]

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Death of a Courtesan

On February 28, 2012 By

This weekend marks Opera Theatre of the Rockies’ 14th season with their production of Giuseppe Verdi’s La Traviata. We recently attended a rehearsal of the opera and spoke with Soprano Annamarie Zmolek and Producer Martile Rowland.

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Colorado College Drama professor, Clinton Turner Davis directs the second play of August Wilson’s 20th century cycle of plays. Wilson, not only one of 20th century’s most prolific playwrights, he is regarded by many as America’s greatest. We spoke with Davis about the genius of August Wilson and specifically about Joe Turner’s Come and [...]

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We recently went behind the scenes at THEATREWORKS’ production of The Lost Boys, a unique adaptation of J.M. Barrie’s classic, Peter Pan. We spoke with director Murray Ross and actors Sally Hybl, Khris Lewin and Mallory Hybl.

The THEATREWORKS production of The Lost Boys runs through December 23rd, you can find out more [...]

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We recently stopped by the Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theatre and spoke with the director and two cast members of Church, a play by avant-garde playwright Young Jean Lee. Lee will present a lecture on her life in art as part of the THEATREWORKS Prologue series this Sunday, October 30th at 2:30pm.
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THEATREWORKS presents their stage adaptation of Alfred Hitchcock’s film The 39 Steps. We speak with director Geoffrey Kent about the play.

For tickets and times, you can visit THEATREWORKS’ website by clicking HERE.

[FULL DISCLOSURE: THEATREWORKS is an underwriter of KRCC's The Big Something]

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This summer marks the second year that THEATREWORKS has returned to presenting Shakespeare in an outdoor setting. What’s more is that it’s not just any outdoor setting, it’s in the wonderfully sylvan setting of Rock Ledge Ranch. We took a little trip out to the tent on the grounds of the ranch during a recent [...]

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During the last several weeks, you’ve doubtless heard of the Arab Spring, but have you acquainted yourself with the more local and far less bloody Russian Spring that THEATREWORKS has offered us? The centerpiece of the Russian immersion and the final production of the season, is Anton Chekhov’s venerable play, The Seagull. We visited [...]

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We recently met with Austrian artist Hermann Nitsch at the exhibit of his work, Bloodlines: Paintings by Hermann Nitsch, at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver. In addition to painting, Nitsch’s artistic practice includes a sort of theatre of reality which bears a passing resemblance to the mystery plays of Europe in the [...]

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Colorado Springs native and Colorado College alumnus Thaddeus Phillips returns to the Springs to premiere his new play, 17 Border Crossings, at the Manitou Art Theatre.

17 Border Crossings opens tonight and runs through Sunday.
For more information, you can visit the Manitou Art Theatre’s website HERE.

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(This slide show contains images from the time of the opening on the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center and images of art and articles from The Fine Art Center School’s heyday in the 1930s and 40s under Boardman Robinson. Thanks to Blake Wilson for the Life magazines and all those noted in the [...]

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Kathryn Eastburn did this interview with Springs native Jim Lewis last summer when he was nominated for a Tony for the book for the hit Broadway musical “Fela!”. You can now see the production live in HD Feb. 1 (tonight), 2, 8 and 9 at Theatreworks as part of the National Theater Live broadcast. Click [...]

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In Memoriam, 2010

On December 21, 2010 By

As the year comes to a close, we remember some of the many luminous individuals no longer with us who made our community a better place to live.

Dr. Ted Eastburn, former City Council member, open Space advocate, and affordable healthcare advocate:

Click HERE to read Kathryn Eastburn’s rememberance.

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A Cowboy Christmas Carol

On December 14, 2010 By

Not content with presenting the same holiday classics in the same holiday way, THEATREWORKS has combined Charles Dickens’ venerable Victorian yuletide staple, A Christmas Carol, with the heritage of the American West. Internationally renowned Cowboy Poet, Waddie Mitchell, retells the familiar tale of Scrooge, Tiny Tim, et al. in his own words. In [...]

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Remembering Joni Sheram

On November 15, 2010 By

Last week, playwright and actor, Joni Sheram passed away aged 62. In southern Colorado, Sheram is most well-known for her long teaching career at Widefield High School and for Cups, a one-woman show she wrote and performed at the Manitou Art Theatre and that is where I had the good fortune of meeting her, while she was in preparations for the premier of the show. Here, you can watch my interview with Joni and some snippets from her performance of Cups.

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