On April 28th, attendees of Adapt will experience a unique amalgamation of talent at Novo Coffee’s roastery (3008 Larimer St., Denver). Buntport Theater is best known for their incredibly creative theater productions, but will branch out beyond their usual warehouse space for this special fundraising event—and they have recruited artists, writers and musicians to help ensure the night is as remarkable as one of their original plays.
Buntport company member Samantha Schmitz explains, “Events like this allow for us to engage other artists and share ideas. Fundraisers are necessary for us because our ticket prices are so low that a majority of our funding has to come from donations, grants, and special events. Great theater doesn't have to be expensive, but the cost of offering affordable ticket prices has to be subsidized.”
Artists including Melissa Rick, Maureen Hearty and Scott Bennett have created and donated works inspired by the concept of altered books, to be auctioned off during the event. Buntport company member Erin Rollman (who crafted the detailed face of Tommy Lee Jones for their most recent show) has also made a piece that attendees can bid on.
Author Laird Hunt, who wrote Indiana, Indiana (the novel that Buntport adapted for the stage in 2009) is scheduled to do a reading, as is 2012 Mastermind award winner Andrew Orvedahl.
Land Lines, the distinctive three piece band that features Martina Grbac (cello, vocals), Anna Mascorella (cello, vocals), and Ross Harada (drums) will be playing a set during the evening. Schmitz says, “I’m looking forward to seeing Land Lines in such an intimate setting. I think it will be a really fun night.”
Tickets ($20) for Adapt are available online.