LOCAL Theater Company's LOCAL Lab: New Play Festival 2013

LOCAL Theater Company, in conjunction with Boulder's historic Chautauqua Association, will host its second annual LOCAL Lab New Play Festival 2013, March 15-17. The festivities include three staged readings, a playwrighting workshop, and a reception.

(Left to right) Joy Pak, Pesha Rudnick, Megan Mathews, Mare Trevethan, Sylvia Gregory, and Rachel Fowler
(L to R) Joy Pak, Pesha Rudnick,
Megan Mathews, Mare Trevethan,
Sylvia Gregory, and Rachel Fowler
Once again, the talented LOCAL artistic team attracted submissions from a number of rising stars, all of whom have received multiple awards and acclaim, including Kate Tarker (Yale School of Drama), Deborah Zoe Laufer (Juillard School), and Joshua Rollins (School at Steppenwolf).

The three featured plays are:

Friday, March 15 at 7 pm
Kate Tarker
Kate Tarker
Kate Tarker's An Almanac for Farmers and Lovers in Mexico: A young American woman named Flora is days away from marrying her Mexican fiancé in San Cristobal de las Casas. Unfortunately, her fiance has turned into a bird. Three of her close friends arrive in anticipation of the wedding and try to offer support, but find themselves undergoing unexpected transformations of their own. An Ovidian fairy tale about liberal politics, love, and the pursuit of happiness. LOCAL Artistic Director Pesha Rudnick directs Anthony Bianco, Meridith Crosley Grundei, Lorenzo Gonzalez, Belita Moreno, Laura Norman, Jamie Ann Romero, and Jake Walker, with stage directions read by Gabriella Cavallero. A discussion led by Daily Camera theater writer Liza Williams follows the reading.

Saturday, March 16 at 7 pm
Deborah Zoe Laufer
Deborah Zoe Laufer
Deborah Zoe Laufer's Informed Consent is based on the complaint of the Havasupai Indians that Arizona State University was running DNA tests on tribal members without fully disclosing how the DNA would be used. The play leads us into the complex debate about the rights of individual's regarding their genetic code. How much should we or others know about our future? Our past? The reading is directed by LOCAL Artistic Associate Mare Trevathan. The cast includes Pun Bandhu, LOCAL Artistic Associate Rachel Fowler, Lorenzo Gonzalez, George A. Keller, and Belita Moreno, with stage directions read by Meridith Crosley Grundei. The reading is followed by a discussion facilitated by CultureWest writer and former Denver Post theater reviewer, John Moore. Following the reading and discussion, the audience is invited to a reception with the artists.

Sunday, March 17 at 2 pm
Joshua Rollins
Joshua Rollins
Joshua Rollins's Concealed Carry is inspired by the real-life Colorado Supreme Court decision to prevent CU from banning concealed weapons on campus. In the play, after seven students die in a shooting, a college in Colorado becomes ground zero for the concealed carry debate. As attention turns to a young graduate professor grappling with his actions on that harrowing day, the line between good and bad, heroic and demonic blurs. Gun control continues to be one of the most polarizing issues in America. The reading is directed by Christy Montour-Larson, whose productions of Red and 9 Circles at Curious Theatre Company received multiple awards in 2012. The cast includes Pun Bandhu, Anthony Bianco, George A. Keller, Laura Norman, Jamie Ann Romero, Mare Trevathan, and Jake Walker, with stage directions read by LOCAL Artistic Associate Rachel Fowler. The reading will be followed by a discussion facilitated by Lisa Kennedy, theater and film reviewer for the Denver Post.

The playwriting master class, "Just Write It," with Deborah Zoe Laufer, is designed to help you get an idea out of your head and onto the page. Writers of any level of experience are welcome and are requested to bring a story idea. The class is scheduled for Sunday, March 17th, 10 am—1 pm.

Three-day festival passes, or tickets to individual events, as well as two and three night festival lodging packages are available.

Tickets to all events are available at the Colorado Chautauqua online box office or 303-440-7666.

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