Going into its 9th consecutive year, the Colorado New Play Summit is scheduled for this upcoming February 7th-9th. Hosted at the Helen Bonfils Theatre Complex, the Summit invites anyone interested in theatre and its future to attend.
Four of the plays read at last year's summit—Just Like Us by Karen Zacarius, The Most Deserving by Catherine Trieschmann, Black Odyssey by Marcus Gardley, and The Legend of Georgia McBride by Matthew Lopez—were selected for full production, currently performing during this year's 2013/14 season.
Two summit weekend schedules are available, depending on ticket-buyers' preference:
The Industry pass is full-access to events, play readings, lunch breaks, and networking opportunities.
The Public pass enables attendees to select single readings and reading packages for the weekend.
Slated for this year's summit are five play readings:
Appoggiatura – by James Still – A charming, bogus tour guide joins a widow and a middle-aged man grieving over the same person. The play follows a family as they cherish the past and heal, all within the heart of Venice.
Victory Jones and the Incredible One-Woman Band – by Idris Goodwin – An African-American girl takes center stage on a challenging course to break beat/hip hop stardom. The play paints a view of American pop culture through her eyes as she goes about her musical journey.
Benediction – by Eric Schmiedl – Based on Kent Haruf's novel, the play focuses on three people's soul-search in the high plains of Colorado.
The Comparables – by Laura Schellhardt – A dark comedy about a woman-centric real estate agency and double standards. The play takes a twist on modern workplace gender roles, and ponders how it affects the office atmosphere.
Zenith – by Kirsten Greenidge – This play investigates the in-your-face approach of the media. It analyzes the results and complexities of a life suddenly-ended, and how that affects society and each other.
Tickets for the Colorado New Play Summit can be found here, along with tips for travel, accommodations, and planning the weekend.