LOCAL Theatre Company announces Festival of New American Plays

LOCAL Theatre Company, in conjunction with Boulder's historic Chautauqua Association, will host its inaugural Festival of New American Plays, March 23-25. The festivities include three staged readings, a playwrighting workshop, and a reception.

The new works come from a trio of up and coming American playwrights, including: Lila Rose Kaplan (Entangled, We All Fall Down, Wildflower, Bureau of Missing Persons, Tink, Catching Flight, and Biography of a Constellation); Michael Mitnick (Fly By Night, Sex Lives of Our Parents, and Babs the Dodo); and David Myers (Muzungu, Babyhead, 1800 Acres, Body Parts, and The Arvesto Parasite).

The three featured plays are:

Friday, March 23 at 7 pm
Lila Rose Kaplan
Lila Rose Kaplan
Lila Rose Kaplan's 100 Planes is a quirky and surprising play about a female lieutenant's ascent in the skies. Directed by Amanda Berg Wilson (Artistic Director of The Catamounts), the cast features Tony-nominee Jeanne Paulsen, Jessica Robblee, Mare Trevathan (Curious Theatre Company), and Matthew Blood-Smyth, with stage directions read by Kate Roselle. The reading will be followed by a discussion with the author and audience, facilitated by Denver Post Film Critic Lisa Kennedy.

Saturday, March 24 at 6 pm
Michael Mitnick
Michael Mitnick
Michael Mitnick's Elijah: An Adventure, is the epic romp of a broke student from Brooklyn who becomes an accidental Don Juan in Paris of the 1920's. Directed by LOCAL Theater Company Artistic Director Pesha Rudnick, the cast includes two-time Emmy winner (and Boulder local) Bill Mooney, Jamie Ann Romero, Jessica Robblee, Diana Dresser, Lorenzo Gonzalez (formerly of [Tim Robbins'] Actors' Gang in LA and recently relocated to join the faculty of Naropa), Matthew Blood-Smyth, Brian Wiles, Leah Watson, Shana Dowdeswell (from the movie The Winning Season), and Mare Trevathan. The reading is followed by a discussion facilitated by Stories on Stage Artistic Director Anthony Powell.

Sunday, March 25 at 2 pm
David Myers
David Myers
David Myers' Small Prophecies is an incisive portrait of growing up in the 21st century that asks "How do you stop your child from becoming something terrifying?" Directed by LOCAL Theater Company co-founder Megan Mathews, the cast includes Lorenzo Gonzalez, Brian Wiles, Diana Dresser, Leah Watson, Ben Morrow, and Shana Dowdeswell, with stage directions read by Jamie Ann Romero. The reading will be followed by a discussion facilitated by Philip C. Sneed, Artistic Director of the Colorado Shakespeare Festival.

The playwriting master class, "Exploring the Craft and the Mysteries of Playwriting," with Lila Rose Kaplan, will be offered on Sunday, March 25th, from 10 am—1 pm. No prior experience in playwrightign is required to register.

The reception will follow the reading on Saturday night. Two and three night festival lodging packages are available.

Tickets to all events are available at the Colorado Chautauqua online box office or 303-442-3282.

Bob Bows


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