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Greetings and welcome to the 40th anniversary season of our very own DCPA Theatre Company! What a treat we have in store. First up are three sequential openings — Vietgone, a pop culture-infused dramedy about two Vietnamese refugees; The Constant Wife, a cheeky satire that is as relevant today as it was in the 1920s, and Oklahoma!, the DCPA directorial debut of our new Artistic Director, Chris Coleman, who boldly sets this beloved classic in an all-African-American town in the early days of the Oklahoma Territory. Just as our Theatre Company opens its season, DCPA Broadway welcomes the return of Beautiful — The Carole King Musical based on the inspiring true story of rock ’n’ roll’s very own “natural woman.” At the same time, our Education and Theatre Company departments are busy building, rehearsing and preparing for our second Theatre for Young Audiences production. Straight from the pages of the beloved children’s book, Corduroy will entertain more than 19,000 PreK through 3rd grade students this fall (Oct 5 – Dec 9). As you join us for these productions, you will see new names on some of our theatres. In June, the Denver Center for the Performing Arts launched its first ever Capital Campaign. Called “A Grander Opening,” this campaign will renovate the Stage and Ricketson theatres, backstage and support areas, and Bonfils lobby. Thanks to 100% participation by our Board of Trustees, you will begin to see signage that recognizes these substantial gifts. Marvin and Judi Wolf provided a lead gift to rename The Stage Theatre (The Marvin & Judi Wolf Theatre). Dean Singleton’s generous support will rename The Ricketson Theatre (The Singleton Theatre, see page 9). Robert and Judi Newman have made a significant gift to honor our late President, which will rename The Conservatory Theatre (The Randy Weeks Conservatory Theatre, see page 12). We are so grateful to these individuals for their commitment for providing world-class venues that match our world-class productions. For more information on our 40th anniversary season, donation opportunities and the many programs we offer at the DCPA, please visit our newly revamped website at denvercenter.org, which is chock full of stories, photos, videos and much more. We’ll see you at the theatre!

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Vietgone playwright Qui Nguyen has been called a weirdo, a nerd, a comic-book geek, a mamma’s boy and a vastly immature writer. And you should hear what he says about other people! “As a kid, I just wanted to write superhero stories,” said Nguyen. “But I always assumed that as I grew up, my writing would, too.” Instead, as Nguyen started an irreverent theatre company called Vampire Cowboys, and later landed a job as a screenwriter for Marvel Studios, it became pretty obvious that was just not going to happen. “I am never going to be that person,” he said with a laugh. “I am the artist that I am.” And who is that artist? “I am an introvert who likes to randomly throw kung-fu fights and ninjas and hip-hop into my plays — just because I think it’s fun,” he said. Nguyen also is a Vietnamese-American who was born, in of all places, a military outpost in Fort Chafee, Arkansas. Everything about his story — and his stories — challenge our present-day notion of the American identity. Even more so today than when Vietgone was premiered two years ago. Nguyen’s parents met in 1975 at that Arkansas military base, which was being used as a temporary refugee processing center during the fall of Saigon. Their love story becomes the loose basis of Vietgone, now being staged by the DCPA Theatre Company. “The catalyst for me wanting to be a writer in the first place was to tell my parents’ story,” Nguyen said. “I wanted people to know who they are and what they went through.”

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But he wanted to wait until that evasive serious writer emerged before he told it. This story deserved it. After all, his parents struggled mightily to come to America. An uncle’s family was killed trying to leave Vietnam, leaving a baby stranded in the Philippines. But Nguyen changed his mind. (He does that a lot. Blame the short attention span.) “I figured I could wait until my parents were dead and gone, or I could just write it now and celebrate them while they are alive,” he said. “So I said, ‘[bleep] it — I am going to do it now. I’ll just have to write the play the only way I know how to: In my style and in my voice.'” Which means, yes, ninja fights, rap, non-sequential storytelling, a motorcycle, hyper-surrealism and many unconventional narrative forms before settling into a surprisingly substantive finale. Despite his unconventional approach to the play, which the Los Angeles Times described as “a riotous theatrical cartoon,” and its inevitable political subtext, Nguyen says Vietgone is, at its heart, a completely new kind of American love story. “And we all love love stories, right?” he said. “Mine is just told in a way that is probably different from anything else the Denver Center has ever done before.” Writing that love story was not as easy as you might presume, given Nguyen’s proximity to its protagonists. “People who come from tumultuous situations generally don’t want to talk about it,” said Nguyen, who employed a highly unorthodox journalistic construct to get his parents talking: He got them drunk and made fun of them.

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COSTUME For nearly 20COLUMN years, media mogul and former owner of The Denver Post, William Dean Singleton, has volunteered as a Trustee of the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. In that time, he has served as Vice Chairman and Secretary/Treasurer, a position he continues to hold today. His long-standing commitment was just deepened with a generous gift to “A Grander Opening,” the DCPA’s Capital Campaign to renovate its Stage and Ricketson theatres. When Singleton joined the Board in 2001, his affiliation continued a decades-long relationship between the region’s largest newspaper and largest non-profit theatre organization. In 1895, Harry Tammen and Frederick Bonfils bought The Evening Post, one of a dozen tabloid-style newspapers in this rough and tumble town. Using sensational headlines and their own brand of yellow journalism, the duo rebranded the paper as The Denver Post, which, eventually, was owned by Bonfils’ daughter, Helen. Upon her death, the paper was sold and proceeds financed the creation of the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. In addition to owing its existence to past owners of The Post, the DCPA also has benefited from ongoing sponsorship support from the paper for nearly 30 years. In recognition of his years of service and support of “A Grander Opening,” the DCPA will renovate The Ricketson Theatre beginning in March 2020. Upon its reopening in the Fall of 2021, it will be renamed in his honor — The Singleton Theatre.

— QUI NGUYEN, playwright

“And oh boy, did that work!” he said with a belly laugh. “The one thing I know is that Asian parents really hate having dumb kids, so I just pretended to be real [bleeping] stupid just to watch my parents correct me. “I would say, ‘Vietnam? That was the war with China, right?’ And my dad would yell, ‘Oh, why are you so stupid?!?’ But once he got going, he couldn’t stop talking. And I must say — the alcohol helped.” But two can play that game. Nguyen’s savvy mother turned the tables when she realized that talking to her son about her sex life completely grossed him out. “And she was so tickled by that,” he said, “that it strangely motivated her to then gross me out continuously.” The things a writer will do to get the story. But by writing his stories in the way that feels right to him, Nguyen has essentially created his own genre of American playwriting. “I wish I could say that was a goal,” he said with a chuckle. “But the truth is, I just don’t know any other way to tell my stories. I have a little bit of artistic attention-deficit disorder, which means I get bored very quickly, and I will switch gears right when I am in the middle of something.” Nguyen also is an uncommonly prolific writer. He wrote the core of Vietgone on one cross-country plane ride. He wrote his other big hit, She Kills Monsters (about a woman who gets sucked into a game of Dungeons and Dragons to learn more about her dead sister) — in a single day. Deadlines, apparently, are Nguyen’s best friend. Vietgone was first introduced as a reading at the start of the most recent presidential campaign. It is a play Nguyen expected precisely no one would ever want to produce. Instead, it is becoming one of the most produced plays in America. And Nguyen admits the play unquestionably feels different since the election, and the subsequent refugee crisis that feels even more hostile to Nguyen’s family than the one in 1975. “My play is about being displaced from home and family,” he said. “It’s about the struggle to start a new life in a new place. And when I wrote it, yes, we were absolutely living in a very different America. So while I may think of Vietgone as nothing more than a fun play about my parents, it’s obviously more than that now. “I hope that Vietgone tells people that all of us are part of the American fabric. And that fabric isn’t one shade, one color or one story. What a lot of us are forgetting with all of this ‘MAGA’ [talk] is that we are a country that created itself. And everyone brings a little bit of their story into this giant quilt. I think Vietgone should remind us all that America can be better than what it is right now.”

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1. DCPA thanks the 2017/18 Denver Center Alliance Board members for all of their time, hard work and efforts throughout the season! These volunteer fundraisers donate countless hours of time, effort and energy to ensure our success each year. Bravo! 2. Terri Fisher accepts the Denver Center Alliance’s 2018 Volunteer of the Year Award at its spring membership luncheon. 3. Outgoing Alliance President Pam Sletten (l), pictured with President Elect Jennifer Dechtman, worked tirelessly this year to coordinate over a dozen phenomenal events during the past season. 4. Bayswater President & CEO Steve Struna, his wife Susan and their family and their family (center) recently chaired the DCPA’s record-breaking Saturday Night Alive. Bayswater and 5. SRC Energy were sponsors of the event, which raised $1.15 million to support DCPA arts and education programs.

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A Christmas Carol Nov 21 – Dec 24 The SantaLand Diaries Nov 23 – Dec 24 Irving Berlin’s White Christmas Dec 5 – 15 Cirque Eloize - Hotel Dec 19 – 23 A Bronx Tale Jan 8 – 20, 2019 Last Night and the Night Before Jan 18 – Feb 24, 2019 Rock of Ages Jan 25 – 27, 2019 Anna Karenina Jan 25 – Feb 24, 2019 Bat Out of Hell Feb 6 – 17, 2019 The Whistleblower Feb 8 – Mar 10, 2019 Powered by Off-Center Mar – Apr 2019 The Play That Goes Wrong Mar 5 – 17, 2019 Hello, Dolly! Mar 27 – Apr 7, 2019 Cats Apr 24 – 28, 2019

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Beautiful is subtitled The Carole King Musical and contains many unforgettable Carole King songs (“Will You still Love Me Tomorrow,” “Up on the Roof,” “A Natural Woman”). But this show is a jukebox musical that King had little to do with beyond agreeing – kicking and screaming – to let the producers base it on her life and songs. Crazy? The other players in this jaunty evening of musical comedy – a breezy mix of nostalgia, great songs, spirited dance and romance from the 1960s and 70s – are Cynthia Weil (words) and Barry Mann (music), good friends of King and King’s then-husband and collaborator, the late Gerry Goffin. The Manns’ own romance and marriage is prominently featured in it, often as comic relief. So are some of their compositions (“On Broadway,” “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’”), along with snippets by others and including that 1929 anthem, “Happy Days Are Here Again,” used by Franklin Roosevelt as his 1932 presidential campaign song, but offered here with reinvented Weil-d new lyrics. So, what gives…? Enter sunny producer Paul Blake, strongly suspected to be the mastermind behind this Beautiful gambit. “Yes…! No,” he said, quickly reversing himself. “The phone rang one day and it was the president of EMI music who said, ‘Paul, we own these songs and I think there’s a show in there.’ Why call me? ‘Well, you got the [Irving] Berlin sisters to give you the rights to ‘White Christmas.’ You’re the most persistent producer I know.” It was a comment Blake had to live up to. But when he approached Carole King, she demurred. A musical? About her? Too personal! Too private! Too invasive! He pleaded, she hemmed; he begged, she hawed; persisting, he made a commitment: “You say no,” he told King. “I say yes. And if you don’t like it, I’ll kill it.” It was reassurance enough to get King to relent, but when invited to a first reading, she walked out. What?! When Blake caught up with her, she said she had to leave; the musical, which prominently features her break-up with Goffin, was too emotional for her to watch. But, she added, she could see “people loved it, it was very well written and performed” and, while she didn’t want to get any closer to the production, she would allow it to go on… Time to exhale. It took another couple of years to pull it together. The book writer Blake wanted, Doug McGrath, also kept saying “no,” but Blake told him what he’d told King: “That’s the first no; we’ll eventually get to yes,” for which he smartly enlisted the help of McGrath’s wife. Bingo. “Once we really got going,” said the persistorin-chief, “it worked!” By then, Weil and Mann were on board and the messy collaboration was underway. McGrath wrote the book, made decisions and song choices, with the others – except King – chiming in, disagreeing or not. Interviewed at their Los Angeles home in June, Mann and Weil said the idea for this musical had started with Carole’s manager at the time.


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He pleaded, she hemmed; he begged, she hawed; persisting, he made a commitment: “You say no,” he told King, “I say yes. And if you don’t like it, I’ll kill it.” — PRODUCER PAUL BLAKE

“She thought it should be a story about all four of us,” offered Mann, “Cynthia, me, Carole and Gerry.” “Because we were best friends and also fierce competitors, we were to have equal weight,” Weil clarified. “Then Paul came in and we interviewed writers with him. When we settled on Doug [McGrath], the first version was about the four of us. But after that first reading, which ended with us getting married and Carole going off to California, everybody felt cheated that they hadn’t heard a single song from Tapestry, which was Carole’s big album.” We saw this was a problem,” Mann added. “Of the four of us, she was the famous one. It was her album. People wanted to hear that story.” King, meanwhile, continued to insist the show should be about the four of them, but by then everybody knew better. “We kept telling Doug that Carole and Gerry were Lucy and Desi and we were Fred and Ethel,” Mann deadpanned, “and it kind of worked out that way.” How difficult was this to sort out? “You can imagine,” said Weil, “four people, all with different ideas of what the show should be…” Less difficult, Mann insisted, because McGrath is “a great guy and real talent who was very sensitive to us.” Weil and Mann have seven songs in Beautiful to King’s 14, and while they would have loved to have more, “we had to go home with it. Carole is a terrific talent and she’s family,” said Mann. “If she was a lousy person, it might have been hard, but Carole is so wonderful, we took the realistic view.” “Carole is not someone who seeks to be the center of attention,” Weil affirmed. “The show is what it was meant to be. That Carole walked out of that first reading saying ‘I don’t want to relive that,’ tells you everything.” “The musical zips along,” Mann concurred, “and we did get to approve the actors who played us!” Beautiful had a pre-Broadway try-out in 2013 at San Francisco’s Curran Theatre selling out its run. It opened on Broadway in January 2014. Fearful of her emotions, King did not attend. When Beautiful was declared a hit, recouping its investment in a dizzying eight months, and when her friends told her how much they loved it, King again relented. “She sat in the audience in full disguise,” said producer Blake, chuckling at the memory. “No one knew she was there! She couldn’t stop crying. ‘I wasn’t ready for Cynthia and Barry getting married,’ she told me.” They got her out of her disguise, up on stage and eventually joining in song with the show’s star and King impersonator, Tony Award-winning Jessie Mueller. It was the joyous capper to an exhilarating evening. Some king of wonderful. Sylvie Drake was Director of Media Relations & Publications for the Denver Center for the Performing Arts 1994 – 2014. She is a former theatre critic and columnist for the Los Angeles Times and current contributor to culturalweekly.com.

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When Artistic Director Chris Coleman opens Oklahoma! for the DCPA Theatre Company, it is believed it will be just the second time a director has employed a primarily African-American cast in the 75-year history of the beloved American stage musical. The first was Chris Coleman, for Portland Center Stage in 2011. Coleman was initially seized by a little-known historical fact that never let him go: In 1906, the year before Oklahoma became a state and the same year the famous story is set, there were 50 all-black towns in the Oklahoma Territory and 137,000 African-Americans living there. Here appeared to be one speck of dust on the national map where blacks could be full participants in Manifest Destiny — that uniquely American belief that westward expansion was both justified and inevitable. “There was actually a movement to make Oklahoma an all-black state, and there was great fear among white residents of that happening,” Coleman said. “I had never heard any of that in my history classes. And I got curious about what it would mean if African-American artists got the chance to tell this story.” That story is the same hopelessly optimistic and yet psychologically dark yarn audiences have adored since Oklahoma! opened on Broadway back in World War II 1943: Ranch hands and rival suitors Curly and creepy Jed woo a farm girl named Laurey, with deadly consequences. But in the end, the farmers and the ranchers band together to celebrate the new state of Oklahoma.

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Only in Coleman’s production, there are no white people. Back in 2011, he had no idea the impact that would have on actors and audiences alike. “I vividly remember during one rehearsal looking over at the actors playing Curly and Ado Annie,” Coleman said. “They were sitting on the floor watching a scene and tears were just streaming down their faces — and it wasn’t a sad scene. So I asked them, ‘Why are you crying?’ And one of them said, ‘I just realized I have never sat through a play about black people that wasn’t about being oppressed by an outsider. This was about our community just living their lives, and falling in love, and trying to make something of their lives.’” Audiences responded, Coleman said, according to their own experience. “Some people came in and they just saw Oklahoma! — and they thought it was awesome. Some people said, ‘After 10 minutes, it just seemed like that is the story,’ and they went with it.” And some people said it was a revelatory staging. Coleman said Ted Chapin, President of the Rodgers & Hammerstein music publishing company, told him it was the most thrilling production he’d ever seen of Oklahoma!, because he had seen it through totally new eyes. But perhaps Coleman’s favorite comment was from a 15-year-old white kid seeing Oklahoma! for the first time. At intermission, he said to Coleman, “You know what? I can’t imagine this story with white people.” That’s just the way the story made sense to him. “So I think it completely depends on who you are,” Coleman said.

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Seven years later, Coleman wasn’t interested in launching his tenure as the DCPA Theatre Company’s new Artistic Director with a traditional take on Oklahoma! After all, he said, “White folks have had a chance to perform Oklahoma! for 75 years.” The main reason any theatre company revisits a classic, Coleman said, “is because there’s something in the bones of the piece that has resonated for humans over time. But we’re also always looking for the current resonance. What does it tell us about who we are today?” In 2018, Coleman is revisiting his casting concept in a much more racially charged America. And he looks forward to the conversations that spurs. “What I love most about doing this show now is the idea of hearing a group of African-American performers sing the lyrics, ‘We know we belong to the land, and the land we belong to is grand,’ because that is in such sharp contrast to the dialogue we’re hearing in the country about race right now,” Coleman said. He does offer one warning: If you are looking for the corn-fed 1955 film adaptation, skip this Oklahoma! Try Iowa instead.

COSTUME COLUMN “In our Oklahoma!, we have chosen to use color sparingly,” said Costume Designer Jeff Cone. “The tendency is to want to do bold technicolor for a musical. The fact is that these folks lived pretty hard lives and function was more important than pretty. We’d like the show to look more like a slice of life. A sepia-toned photograph, if you will.” Function also is an important factor when your hardworking cowboys need to dance their hearts out. Oklahoma! is the largest dance show that the Theatre Company has produced to date. Cone will work closely with choreographer Dominique Kelly (La La Land, Bring in ’da Noise, Bring in ’da Funk) to make sure all of the shoes worn by the dancers are ideal for movement and safety. The costume team also will do some creative cutting patterns on the women’s skirts so that the skirts swing outward, both creating a gorgeous visual effect that enhances the dance, but logistically also allows the ensemble to move freely. “You’ll mostly see the modest, high necklines of this time period,” said Cone. “With the notable exception of our darling Ado Annie, who is fully aware of her feminine charms and sees no reason to hide them.” See Cone's costumes on stage through October 14.

“There was actually a movement to make Oklahoma an all-black state, and there was great fear among white residents of that happening.… And I got curious about what it would mean if African-American artists got the chance to tell this story.”

“When people go back and watch that... movie, they think it’s corny because it is,” Coleman said. “But Rodgers and Hammerstein’s stories are so complex. They’re about racism and social tensions. Now don’t get me wrong — there are enormous doses of sunlight available in Oklahoma! But if you honor the story, there is also danger and sexual creepiness and a very twisted sense of Western justice.” There was a huge migration of African-Americans from the Deep South after Reconstruction, particularly to Oklahoma, because land opened up. “And I’m really interested in seeing if we can’t pull off the humility and the texture and the dignity of the real people from that period,” Coleman said. “These are people who’ve picked up their lives and families and come to an unknown place to build a life and a community. “What’s exciting to me now is getting to watch African-Americans figure out ‘What is our community? What are the tensions? What are the hopes and dreams we are moving toward? How do we build something together? How do we join the community of America at a certain moment in history? I think all of that is really interesting. “But even if you’re not interested in that — you still get Oklahoma!”

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(In Order of Appearance) Curly......................................................................................................................................................................ANTOINE L. SMITH* Aunt Eller........................................................................................................................................................SHERYL MCCALLUM* Laurey .....................................................................................................................................................................TA’NIKA GIBSON* Ike Skidmore.................................................................................................................................................. RASHAAN JAMES II* Slim................................................................................................................................................................. JASON DANIEL RATH* Will Parker.......................................................................................................................................... RENNI ANTHONY MAGEE* Fred............................................................................................................................................................CHRISTIAN MARK GIBBS Jud Fry................................................................................................................................................................. BARRINGTON LEE* Ado Annie Carnes...................................................................................................................................................BRE JACKSON* Ali Hakim...............................................................................................................................................................COOPER GRODIN* Gertie Cummings.....................................................................................................................................................IMAN BARNES* Ellen.............................................................................................................................................................................. SHEILA JONES* Kate...........................................................................................................................................................................MELISSA VICTOR* Vivian..................................................................................................................................................................................ERIN WILLIS* Virginia................................................................................................................................................................TAYLOR COLLETON Andrew Carnes....................................................................................................................................... MILTON CRAIG NEALY* Dream Laurey..................................................................................................................................... RAVEN MCRAE TRAORÉ* Dream Curly.....................................................................................................................................................BRANDON O’NEAL* Dream Jud..................................................................................................................................ALSHAFI SHERROD TATE, JR.* Cord Elam ...........................................................................................................................................................SHABAZZ GREEN* Ensemble ...................................................................................................................................................................IMAN BARNES*, TAYLOR COLLETON, CHRISTIAN MARK GIBBS, DAVID GINLET*, SHABAZZ GREEN*, MAURIO HINES, RASHAAN JAMES II*, SHEILA JONES*, ALIA MUNSCH, BRANDON O’NEAL*, JASON DANIEL RATH*, ALSHAFI SHERROD TATE, JR.*, RAVEN MCRAE TRAORÉ*, MELISSA VICTOR*, ERIN WILLIS*

UNDERSTUDIES Understudies never substitute for the listed players unless a specific announcement for the appearance is made at the time of the performance.

TAYLOR COLLETON (Ado Annie), DAVID GINLET* (Curly), SHABAZZ GREEN* (Jud Fry), MAURIO HINES (Cord Elam/Andrew Carnes), RASHAAN JAMES II* (Dream Curly/Dream Jud), SHEILA JONES* (Laurey), ALIA MUNSCH (Dream Laurey), JASON DANIEL RATH* (Ali Hakim/Will Parker), RAVEN MCRAE TRAORÉ* (Gertie), ERIN WILLIS* (Aunt Eller)

Dance Captain.................................................................................................................................................TAYLOR COLLETON Fight Captain......................................................................................................................................................SHABAZZ GREEN* Associate Music Director...............................................................................................................................ANGELA STEINER Wig Consultant............................................................................................................................................... DANNA ROSEDAHL Assistant Choreographer................................................................................................................................ ANTHEA YOUNG Assistant Scenic Designers.................................................................................................JOO KIM, ANTON VOLOVSEK Stage Manager...................................................................................................................................................... RACHEL DUCAT* Assistant Stage Managers............................................................................ D. LYNN REILAND*, KURT VAN RADEN* Stage Management Apprentices..................................................................................................................WAYNE BREYER

*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.


Time: Just after the turn of the century Place: Indian Territory (now Oklahoma) ACT ONE Scene 1: The Front of Laurey’s Farm House “Oh What a Beautiful Mornin’” .................................................................................................................................. Curly “The Surrey with the Fringe on Top” ................................................................................ Curly, Aunt Eller, Laurey “Kansas City” ............................................................................................................................ Will, Aunt Eller, The Boys “I Cain’t Say No” .................................................................................................................................................. Ado Annie “Many A New Day” ................................................................................................................................. Laurey, The Girls “People Will Say We’re in Love” ................................................................................................................Curly, Laurey Scene 2: The Smoke House “Pore Jud is Dead” ................................................................................................................................................Curly, Jud “Lonely Room” ................................................................................................................................................................... Jud Scene 3: A Grove on Laurey’s Farm “Out of My Dreams” ............................................................................................................................... Laurey, The Girls There will be one 15-minute intermission. ACT TWO Scene 1: The Skidmore Ranch “The Farmer and the Cowman” .....................................................................................Andrew Carnes, Aunt Eller, Curly, Will, Ado Annie, Ike, Ensemble “All ‘er Nothin’”.......................................................................................................................................... ..Ado Annie, Will “People Will Say We’re in Love (Reprise)”.............................................................................................Curly, Laurey “Oklahoma”.........................................................................................Curly, Laurey, Aunt Eller, Ike, Fred, Ensemble “Oh What a Beautiful Mornin’”..............................................................................................Curly, Laurey, Ensemble

THE ORCHESTRA Conductor/Keyboard 1....................................................................................................................................ANGELA STEINER Woodwind 1................................................................................................................................................................... ART BOUTON Bass..............................................................................................................................................................MICHAEL FITZMAURICE Drums/Percussion....................................................................................................................................................MARK FOSTER Guitar/Banjo.................................................................................................................................................. JUSTIN FRANCOEUR Keyboard 2.................................................................................................................................................................. DAN GRAEBER Tenor Trombone ..........................................................................................................................................................JAMES GRAY Trumpet...................................................................................................................................................................... DAWN KRAMER French Horn................................................................................................................................................ SUSAN MCCULLOUGH Woodwind 2..................................................................................................................................................................ANNA ROSEN Woodwind 3...........................................................................................................................................................MICHAEL ROSEN Violin/Viola.................................................................................................................................................................... NAOMI SMITH Cello........................................................................................................................................................................JEFFREY WATSON Music Contractor...........................................................................................................................................................JIM HARVEY

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WHO’S WHO ACTING COMPANY IMAN BARNES (Gertie Cummings/ Ensemble). Recent credits: Project Springboard’s The Night Falls (with NYCB choreographer Troy Schumacher), Warren Carlyle’s After Midnight on board the Norwegian Escape. Training: The Alvin Ailey School. Florida State University, BFA Dance. Iman is a New York native. @iman.ayana TAYLOR COLLETON (Virginia/Ensemble/ Understudy Ado Annie/Dance Captain). National tour NETworks’ Beauty and the Beast (Silly Girl). Regional: Totem Pole Playhouse’s The Drowsy Chaperone (Trix), NCL’s Rock of Ages (Justice/Mother), Midtown Arts Center’s Memphis (Felicia understudy) and Lead Singer for the Latin ballroom show Burn the Floor. Training: BFA, University of the Arts. @_misstea CHRISTIAN MARK GIBBS (Fred/ Ensemble). Recent Credits: Falstaff (Bardolfo, Opera Colorado), La Traviata (Alfredo – Boulder Symphony, Giuseppe – Aspen Music Festival and School), Motones vs. Jerseys (BDT Stage, Midtown Arts Center), A Little Night Music (Frederick), Die Fledermaus (Alfred), The Merry Widow (Count Danilovich), Pirates of Penzance (Frederic), A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Forum (Miles Gloriosus). Special Awards/ Training: 2016 District Winner and Regional Finalist, Met Opera National Council Vocal Competition; M.M. Vocal Performance Degree, CSU. www.ChristianMarkGibbs.com. Instagram @TenorCMG.

TA’NIKA GIBSON (Laurey Williams). New York City credits: Me And My Girl (NYC Center: Encores!). Regional credits include: Show Boat (Bucks County Playhouse), Dreamgirls (Lorell Robinson, TUTS Houston), The Wiz (Dorothy), The King and I (Lady Thiang), Mamma Mia! (Rosi, Weathervane Rep). Aida (Aida, The Strand Boston). TV/Film: “The Goldfinch” (2019), “Iron Fist” (Netflix). Training: BM, NYU. Instagram: @ tgibstar, Tanikagibson.com DAVID GINLET (Ensemble/ Understudy Curly). Off-Broadway: The Babies. Regional: Amadeus (Flat Rock Playhouse), Hairspray (Porthouse Theater), One-on-One (Ensemble Theater). Training: BFA, KSU. SHABAZZ GREEN (Cord Elam/ Ensemble/ Understudy Jud Fry). Regional Credits: Topdog/Underdog, Sister Act: The Musical (Lake Dillon Theatre Company); Philosophy for Gangsters (Beckett Theatre), To Kill a Mockingbird (Greenbrier Valley Theatre), Jamaica: The Musical (Freedom Theatre), Little Rock (Passage Theatre), Humbug (Premiere Stages), How I Became A Pirate (National Tour), Complete History of America…Abridged (Winnipesaukee Playhouse). TV/Film: Romance in the Digital Age. www.shabazzgreen.com @shabazzgreen COOPER GRODIN (Ali Hakim). Recent Credits: title role in The Phantom Of The Opera (national tour), Les Miserables (national tour), The Band’s Visit (lab directed by Hal Prince), Into The Woods (Shakespeare in the Park, music direction by Paul Gemignani), Rooster in Annie (Papermill Playouse),

Sunday In The Park With George (title role, Carbonell nomination for Best Actor), The Golden Land (Drama Desk nomination), Ragtime (concert at Ellis Island with Brian Stokes Mitchell). TV/ Film: ABC’s “Deception.” Cooper’s original album “It’s The Little Things” is available on ITunes. With The Price Group. @CooperGrodinOfficial MAURIO HINES (Ensemble/ Understudy Cord Elam/Andrew Carnes). New York credits include The Mikado (New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players); Lost in The Stars, Camelot, Aida, The Music Man (Glimmerglass Festival). Regional Credits: Man of La Mancha, Zorba (Clay and Wattles Theatre); Porgy and Bess (Lyric Opera of Chicago). Awards: Lotte Lenya Competition, Semi Finalist. Training: BA, Greensboro College. MM, East Carolina. Kimberly Vaughn Performance Studio, NYC. BRE JACKSON (Ado Annie Carnes). Broadway Credits: The Color Purple (2015 Revival, Celie u/s), The Book of Mormon. National tours: Dreamgirls (Effie White, Korean national tour), Priscilla Queen of the Desert (Diva 2). TV/Film: “Jesus Christ Superstar Live In Concert,” “The Good Fight (Season 2).” Bre has been seen as a featured soloist around NYC and a part of several readings and developments of new musicals. @bre.jackson RASHAAN JAMES II (Ike Skidmore/ Ensemble/ Understudy Dream Curly/Dream Jud). Favorite credits: Crazy for You (Junior, directed by Susan Stroman at Lincoln Center), Damn Yankees (ensemble, Sacramento Music Circus), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Naphtali, Dallas Theater Center), Dreamgirls with Jennifer Holliday (TruTone/5 Tuxes), Swing! (Sexy Couple), The Wiz (Featured Ensemble, MSMT),


SHEILA JONES (Ellen/Laurey Understudy). Sheila was part of the 2011 production of Oklahoma! at Portland Center Stage. Other Credits: Swing! (NCL), Dreamgirls (TUTS), Legally Blonde (NCL), Soul Doctor (Colony Theatre), and Hong Kong Disney’s Festival of the Lion King (Nala). Training: Florida State University, BFA. BARRINGTON LEE (Jud Fry). Regional: Alberich, Das Rheingold (Pittsburgh Festival Opera); Il Commendatore/ Masetto, Don Giovanni (Heartbeat Opera); Bass Soloist, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony (New Haven Symphony Orchestra); Amonasro, Aida (The International Verdi Society); Jake, Tawawa House (world premiere, Townsend Opera). International: Sam, G. Gershwin’s Blue Monday (L’Orchestre de Chambre de Genève); Un ridicule, L’amour des trois oranges (Deutsche Oper Berlin); Artist-In-Residence (Teatro Sodre); Soloist, (Mozarteum Argentino Festival). RENNI ANTHONY MAGEE (Will Parker). Theater credits: Tarzan (The Muny). Martha Graham’s Panorama (The Joyce Theater). TV/Film: “I Can Only Imagine”, “Konnect HQ”. Training: Boston Conservatory, Musical Theatre. SHERYL MCCALLUM (Aunt Eller). Broadway: Disney’s The Lion King, City Center Encores! European Tour: Blackbirds of Broadway. Sheryl was last seen as Mother in Passing Strange at the Aurora Fox Theatre. Other local credits include Delores in

Off-Center’s The Wild Party, Ruby Baxter in I’ll Be Home For Christmas, Soul Singer in Jesus Christ Superstar, (both at the Arvada Center) and Elegua, in Marcus: Or The Secret Of Sweet (Curious Theatre).Favorite Regional roles include: Lady Thiang (The King And I) and Woman #1 (The World Goes ‘Round). TV/Film: :Golden Boy,” “Law and Order.” Sheryl is the creator and host of the MONDAY! MONDAY! MONDAY! Cabaret at The Source Theatre. ALIA MUNSCH (Ensemble/ Understudy Dream Laurey). National tour: Motown the Musical (Claudette/ Teena Marie). New York Credits: Spandex the Musical (Off-Broadway), Dragon Slayer, Akhenaten the Musical. Education: BA Dance, Barnard College. MM Vocal Performance, NYU Steinhardt. @aliamunsch MILTON CRAIG NEALY (Andrew Carnes). Broadway: Pop Gordy (Motown: The Musical); Bus/ Dryer standby (Caroline or Change); John (Miss Saigon, also the London and Australian productions); Four-Eyed Moe (Five Guys Named Moe); Andre stand-by (Ain’t Misbehavin’ revival); Agwe (Once on This Island); (Dreamgirls, original and revival). National tours: Horse (The Full Monty, also the Australian production); Marty (Dreamgirls 2010 tour), Judas (Jesus Christ Superstar, the 20th Anniversary tour). TV/Film: The Blues Brothers, Person of Interest. BRANDON O’NEAL (Dream Curly/ Ensemble). Broadway: The Lion King, Wicked. TV/ Film “Grey’s Anatomy” (Season 14), “Scandal” (Season 7), “Lip Sync Battle” (Season 2 & 3), “Broad City,” “Dancing with the Stars,” “The Late Late with James Corden,” La La Land, Ted 2, Fame (remake). Commercial Credits: Ford (Super Bowl), Amazon Prime, Subway, Gap. He has worked with Misty Copeland, Paula Abdul, Stevie Wonder, Ne-yo, John Legend, Jordan Sparks, Miley Cyrus, Michael Rooney,

Rob Asford, Marguerite Derricks, Garth Fagon, Dresmond Richardson, and Mandy Moore. Brandon is a native of Knoxville, TN. IG@brandonwannabme JASON DANIEL RATH (Slim/ Ensemble/ Understudy Ali Hakim/Will Parker). Regional credits include: Anything Goes (Luke/ Ensemble, Westchester Broadway Theatre), West Side Story (Pepe) Chicago (Fred Casely/Ensemble, Ivoryton Playhouse) and Gypsy (Ensemble, Maltz Jupiter Theatre). For more on Jason visit www.jasondanielrath.com @jasondanielrath. ANTOINE L. SMITH (Curly). Broadway credits: The Color Purple (2016 Tony and Grammy Award Winning Revival), Memphis, Miss Saigon, and Carousel. National Tours: First national of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella and Cats. Notable regional credits: Les Miserables, Ragtime, Big River, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, RENT, Ain’t Misbehavin. Awards: Emmy Award Winner (Outstanding Musical Performance on a Daytime Program). @antoinelsmith32 ALSHAFI SHERROD TATE, JR. (Dream Jud/Ensemble) was born in Chicago, Illinois and moved to Atlanta, Georgia when he was 11 years old. Atlanta is where he started his versatile dance training and professional career, until Debbie Allen moved him to Los Angeles in 2015. Sherrod has been on “The Ellen Show,” “Raven’s Home,” “Marlon,” The Billboard Awards, The MTV Movie Awards, The BMI Awards. He has danced for Helene Fischer, J. Balvin, Stevie Wonder, Anderson .paak, Paula Abdul, Salt n Pepa, Chloe & Halle, Marren Morris, Becky G., Zedd, and Normani.

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RAVEN MCRAE TRAORÉ (Dream Laurey/Ensemble/ Understudy Gertie). Broadway: Motown the Musical, Cirque du Soleil’s first Broadway musical Paramour. Raven danced with Ballet Hispanic II, and performed in national and international and venues including the Joyce Theatre and Lincoln Center. She has worked on Broadway workshops/labs and preproductions with choreographers such as Camille Brown, Josh Prince, Sergio Trujillo, and Marcelo Gomez. Training: LaGuardia High school for the Performing Arts. Raven was featured in The New York Times article “Catching The Ferry to Broadway” honoring her as a native New Yorker in the cast of Paramour. MELISSA VICTOR (Kate/Ensemble). NYC Credits: For All My Girls; See All Her Faces...; Tours: Diary of a Worm, Spider and a Fly (Omaha Theatre Company); James and the Giant Peach (STONC). Regional: The Wiz, A Christmas Carol (Ford’s Theatre); Kiss Me Kate, Hairspray, The Little Mermaid (STONC); In The Heights (Roundhouse Theatre/ Olney Theatre), Sweeney Todd (Olney Theatre); Wig Out! (Studio Theatre); Jelly’s Last Jam (Signature Theatre); The Color Purple (Toby’s Dinner Theatre); For Colored Girls... (Artscentric). Training: The Catholic University of America, Bachelors of Music ‘12. IG:@melly_music ERIN WILLIS (Vivian/ Ensemble/ Understudy Aunt Eller). National tour: My Fair Lady (Cameron Mackintosh, first national). NY workshops: Amazing Grace, My Heart is the Drum. Regional: The Secret Garden, The Christians, Frankenstein, All the Way, The 12, A Christmas Carol (DCPA Theatre Company); The Wild Party (Off-Center); Celia, A Slave (Colorado New Play Summit); Tender Mercies (Colorado New Play Festival); Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare in the Parking Lot); Memphis (Arvada Center); Ain’t Misbehavin (Milwaukee

Repertory Theatre); Ragtime (Cohoes Music Hall); Dreamgirls (Asbury Park). TV: “Celebrity Ghost Stories”. Erin also provides vocals and keyboards for the Indie Rock Band Kenji Urada. Training: The Boston Conservatory. AUTHORS RICHARD RODGERS and OSCAR HAMMERSTEIN II (Book, Music and Lyrics ). After long and highly distinguished careers with other collaborators, Richard Rodgers (composer, 1902-79) and Oscar Hammerstein II (librettist/lyricist, 1895-1960) joined forces in 1943 to create the most consistently fruitful and successful partnership in the American musical theatre. Oklahoma!, the first Rodgers & Hammerstein musical, was also the first of a new genre, the musical play, blending Rodgers’ sophisticated style of musical comedy (which he had perfected in a twenty-five year partnership with lyricist Lorenz Hart) with Hammerstein’s innovations in operetta (conceived in collaboration with such composers as Sigmund Romberg, Vincent Youmans, Rudolf Friml and Jerome Kern.) Oklahoma! was followed by Carousel (1945), Allegro (1947), South Pacific (1949), The King And I (1951), Me And Juliet (1953), Pipe Dream (1955), Flower Drum Song (1958) and The Sound Of Music (1959). The team also wrote one movie musical, State Fair (1945; adapted to the stage, 1995), and one for television, Cinderella (1957). Collectively, their musicals have garnered dozens of awards including: Pulitzer Prizes; Tonys, Oscars, Emmys, and Grammys; and Drama Desk, Drama Critics’ Circle, Outer Critics’ Circle, Laurence Olivier, and Evening Standard Awards. DIRECTOR CHRIS COLEMAN is passionate about the connection between stories and community. He joined the DCPA Theatre Company as Artistic Director in November 2018. Chris spent the prior 18 years as Artistic Director for Portland Center Stage in Oregon. Under his leadership, PCS renovated the city’s historic Armory into a new home, saw annual attendance nearly double, workshopped 52 new plays that went onto productions at over 100 theatres around the U.S. and U.K., and became a national leader in how theatres engage with their

community. In 1988, Chris founded Actor’s Express in Atlanta, a company that continues to be a cultural force in the Southeast today. He has directed at major theatres across the country, including Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Alliance Theatre, Dallas Theater Center, Center Stage Baltimore, Actor’s Theatre of Louisville, ACT/Seattle, Asolo Rep, Pittsburgh Public, 59E59 and New York Theatre Workshop. He and his husband, actor/writer Rodney Hicks, live in Stapleton with their 100 lb. English blockhead yellow lab and their 18 lb. terrier mix. ARTISTIC TEAM PHILIP G. ALLEN (Sound Designer). Broadway: Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks. Select Credits: national tour of Jesus Christ Superstar (2002 to 2005), Annie, Mamma Mia, A Chorus Line, Spamalot, Hair, Chicago and The Producers at the Hollywood Bowl; Deaf West’s Spring Awakening, The Ten Commandments at the Dolby Theatre; Zoot Suit (Revival), Harps and Angels: The Music of Randy Newman, Pippin, The House of Blue Leaves, The Talking Cure, Like Jazz, Big River, and Flower Drum Song at the Mark Taper Forum; and the first 15 seasons of Reprise Theatre Company shows at UCLA. Mr. Allen created and oversees the BFA program in Sound Design at USC. HARRIET BASS, CSA (Casting). New YorK - Broadway’s Gem of the Ocean, Off Broadway’s Radio Golf, Jitney, Public Theatre’s New Work Now, Minetta Lane, Women’s Project, La Mama, Epic Theatre, Drama League, Jewish Repertory Theatre, Women in Film and televison. Regional: Hartford Stage, Mark Taper Forum, Arena Stage, Trinity Rep, Syracuse Stage, Huntington Theatre, Portland Center Stage, Dallas Theatre Co., Berkeley Rep, Playmaker’s Rep, Alliance Theatre, Virginia Stage, GeVa, CenterStage, Longwharf Theatre, Arizona Theatre Co. TV/Film: “Pushing Hands,” “Graves End,” “First We Take Manhattan.” Audition Coach at many of the nations top universities and actor training programs. WILSON CHIN (Scenic Designer). Previously at DCPA Theatre Company: The Secret Garden, The Great Leap. Designs for world premiere productions include Next Fall


KATE COLTUN (Production Manager). Prior to joining the Denver Center, Kate spent 14 years with Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles. Favorite credits at the DCPA, CTG and elsewhere: Native Gardens (dir. Lisa Portes), The Who’s Tommy (dir. Sam Buntrock), world premiere of Archduke by Rajiv Joseph (dir. Giovanna Sardelli), world premiere of Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (dir. Alex Timbers), Bent (dir. Moises Kaufman), Popol Vuh: Heart of Heaven with El Teatro Campesino, Finding Home (created by Welly Yang; Taipei, Taiwan). Training: BA, Theatre UCLA. MFA, California Institute for the Arts. JEFF CONE (Costume Designer). Since receiving his MFA in Costume Design from USC, Jeff has been a cutter/draper for the Alliance Theater (12 years) and the Seattle Opera (5 years). He then managed the Costume Shop at Portland Center Stage (12 years) and the Alliance Theater (5 years). During this time he has designed 60 plus productions at regional theaters across the country. Currently he is Costume Designer for Seasons 9 & 10 of the FX animated series “Archer.” DAWN-ELIN FRASER (Voice and Dialect Coach). Broadway: Once on this Island, Waitress, Finding Neverland. Off-Broadway: NYTW (House That Will Not Stand, An Ordinary Muslim, Sojourners, Her Portmanteau, Nat Turner in Jerusalem); The Public Theater (Barbeque); Signature Theater (Our Lady of Kibeho); Second Stage (Invisible Thread); BAM (Crossing: An American Opera). National Tours: Waitress, The Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, Finding Neverland. Site-specific: Ragtime on Ellis Island. Head of

Voice and Speech for New Studio on Broadway/NYU; Assistant Professor, Yale School of Drama. MFA from American Conservatory Theater. DARIUS FROWNER (Music Director). US and European credits include: Smokey Joe’s Café, Aint Misbehavin (Dallas Theater Center); Cape Playhouse. Concerts: Broadway’s Norm Lewis (Kennedy Center). Pianist at The Duplex Cabaret in Greenwich Village (Bistro Award). Coppa Italia television special in Rome. Music director/teacher at Mayo Performing Arts Center, Cathy Roy director of education. Performed in “Broadway at The White House,” hosted by Michelle Obama and Kristen Chenoweth. Benefit appearances with Stephen Schwartz, Andrew Lippa, Marvin Hamlisch, Joan Rivers. www.dariusfrowner.com DOMINIQUE KELLEY (Choreographer). Regional Theater: Singin’ in the Rain, Sophisticated Ladies, Priscilla: Queen of the Desert (ZACH); 5 Guys Named Moe (ERT); The Wiz (RMTC), Wild Women Blues (Germany). TV/Film: Emmywinning choreography team for “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” “Bar Rescue,” “LA Dance Squad,” “Dancing With The Stars,” “Dance Battle America,” “Lip Sync Battle,” Gone With The Bullets, The Smurfs Movie, Disney’s The Princess and the Frog. Recording Artists: Mariah Carey, Beyoncé, Taylor Swift, Frank Ocean, Coldplay, Cee-Lo Green, AR Rahman. Performance Credits: La La Land, The Oscars, The Emmys, Wicked, In The Heights, Noise/Funk, Fame 2009, Ted 2, “Peter Pan Live.” GEOFFREY KENT (Fight Director). 18 Seasons at the DCPA Theatre Company including 1001, King Lear, Lonesome West, Eventide, Richard III. Other Theatres: Colorado Shakespeare Festival (14 Seasons), Utah Shakespeare Festival, Orlando Shakespeare Theater, Curious Theatre Company, Arvada Center, Opera Colorado, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet. Henry Award for Outstanding Fight Direction. Instructor, University of Denver. HEIDI SCHMIDT, PHD (Dramaturg). Disgraced, The Christians, Tribes (DCPA Theatre Company).Other Theatres: Julius Caesar, Equivocation, Macbeth, Richard III, Twelfth Night, Taming of the Shrew (Colorado

Shakespeare Festival); The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide… (Curious Theatre Co); Faith (Local Theater Co). Directing: Athena Project, Dirtyfish Theatre, CU Boulder, CSF Education, readings for Curious New Voices, Athena Project, Paragon Theatre. Adjunct Faculty: University of Northern Colorado and University of Colorado Boulder. Upcoming: BiteSize: An Evening of Micro Theatre. GRADY SOAPES, CSA (Casting) is the Director of Casting and Associate Producer with DCPA Theatre Company. Casting credits include The Who’s Tommy, The Wild Party, This Is Modern Art and casting associate on many other Denver Center productions. Choreography credits include As You Like It, Drag Machine, Lord of the Butterflies, DragON (DCPA); Comedy of Errors (Colorado Shakespeare Festival); The Music Man (Perry-Mansfield). Grady is the producer of both the Colorado New Play Summit and Colorado New Play Festival and holds a BA from Colorado State University. DIANE FERRY WILLIAMS (Lighting Designer) is a freelance lighting designer who has lit well over 300 productions of theatre, dance, and opera in the US, Canada, Europe and Asia. Awards include a Jeff Award, a Pamta Award, an After Dark Award, a Carbonelle Award, six Drammy Awards, and six Jeff nominations. Diane has a BA from Ashland University in Ohio with a theatre major and a Master of Fine Arts in Theatrical Design from Northwestern University. STAGE MANAGEMENT RACHEL DUCAT (Stage Manager). American Mariachi, All The Way, Tribes, One Night in Miami…, Appoggiatura, Shadowlands, black odyssey, The Most Deserving, A Weekend with Pablo Picasso, The Giver, Heartbreak House, Two Things You Don’t Talk About At Dinner, The Liar, Superior Donuts, The Catch, The House of the Spirits and Grace, or the Art of Climbing (DCPA Theatre Company); An Act of God (DCPA Cabaret); The Snowy Day and Other Stories by Ezra Jack Keats (DCPA Theatre for Young Audiences); Twelfth Night, Treasure Island, Richard III (Colorado Shakespeare Festival); Curious Theatre Company; Beautiful: The Carole King Musical,

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(Broadway), The Thanksgiving Play (Playwrights Horizons), Wild Goose Dreams (Public Theater/La Jolla), Teenage Dick (Ma-Yi/Public Theater), Cost of Living (Manhattan Theatre Club/Williamstown, Pulitzer Prize winner), Pass Over (Lincoln Center/ Spike Lee film/Steppenwolf). Other credits: The Secret Garden (DCPA Theatre Company). Opera designs include Lucia di Lammermoor (Lyric Opera of Chicago) and Eine Florentinische Tragodie/Gianni Schicchi (Canadian Opera, Dora Award winner). www.wilsonchin.com @wilsonchindesign


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Jersey Boys, Wicked, Dirty Dancing (national tours); Chicago Shakespeare Theatre; Cleveland Play House, Hope Summer Repertory Theatre. Training; BA Theatre Production, University of Delaware.

about artistic innovation and firmly believes in DCPA’s long-standing commitment to new plays and new voices.

D. LYNN REILAND (Assistant Stage Manager). 15 seasons at the DCPA Theatre Company including Human Error, Macbeth, Two Degrees, A Christmas Carol, The Nest, Tribes, Appoggiatura, Vanya and Sonya and Masha and Spike, The Legend of Georgia McBride, The Most Deserving. Sweet & Lucky, Perception (Off-Center). Other Theatres: Curious Theatre Company, Phamaly Theatre Company, and Seven Devils Playwrights Conference.

In addition to DCPA staff, the following crew worked on this production: Erwin Banta, Zackary Barnes-Fagg, Bailee Booser, Julia Deutsch, Lisa Ehrle, Forest Fowler, Mallory Hart, Sherry Hern, Stephanie Jacques, Cindy Kauffman, Amoreena Knabb, Madylne Kuhl, Teresia Larsen Jeanne Legrand, Julie Lemieux, Maya Linke, William Loving, Joseph Lowery, Will Melendez, Sereena Ojakian, Louise Powers, Brent Rolfson, Corinne Serfass, Dimitri Soto, Camille Stillman, Beth Walker

KURT VAN RADEN (Assistant Stage Manager). 50+ productions at the DCPA Theatre Company including The Who’s Tommy, Zoey’s Perfect Wedding, Macbeth, The Secret Garden, The Book of Will, Frankenstein, Sweeney Todd, Lookingglass Alice, The Unsinkable Molly Brown, Animal Crackers, Hamlet, Just Like Us, Romeo & Juliet, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, The Three Musketeers, Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash, A Christmas Carol, Othello, A Raisin in the Sun, A Prayer for Owen Meany, Richard III, Noises Off, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Pride and Prejudice, Season’s Greetings, Living Out. At DCPA Cabaret: First national tour of Murder For Two. Other Theatres: Over 56 new plays at The O’Neill Theatre Center, The Great River Shakespeare Festival. THEATRE COMPANY LEADERSHIP TEAM CHRIS COLEMAN (Artistic Director). See bio under Director. CHARLES VARIN (Managing Director) and his team are responsible for the administrative, financial and business operations for Theatre Company and OffCenter productions and other artistic initiatives. Since joining the Theatre Company in 2006, he has played a major role in executing the artistic vision of the organization and facilitating the production of shows such as Sweet & Lucky, The Unsinkable Molly Brown, Sense & Sensibility The Musical, The 12, Sweeney Todd with DeVotchKa and many more. Charles is passionate

TAKING PHOTOS AT THE THEATRE Audience members may take photos in the theatre before and after the performance and during intermission. If you post photos on social media, please tag the DCPA and our designers with the handles/hashtags below. @denvercenter #DCPAToday #DCPAOklahoma Wilson Chin, Scenic Design @wilsonchindesign Jeff Cone, Costume Design Diane Ferry Williams, Lighting Design Philip G. Allen, Sound Design Please note: photos are strictly prohibited during the performance. Photos of the stage are not permitted if an actor is present. Video recording is not permitted at any time in the theatre.

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• LATECOMERS and those exiting the theatre are seated at predetermined breaks in designated areas. • CHILDREN 4+ are welcome in our theatres and must be ticketed. • DRINKS are allowed in provided containers. • ASSISTIVE LISTENING DEVICES, LARGE PRINT PROGRAMS & BOOSTER SEATS are available in most theatres. Ask an usher to direct you. • BRAILLE PROGRAMS are available with 2 weeks’ notice to ckrueger@dcpa.org or 303.893.4836. • PERSONAL CLOSED CAPTIONING devices are available for performances Sep 18 – Oct 14. Ask an usher to direct you.

The Director and Choreographer are members of the STAGE DIRECTORS AND CHOREOGRAPHERS SOCIETY, a national theatrical labor union. The actors and stage managers employed in this production are members of Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States. Backstage and Ticket Services Employees are represented by the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts of the United States and Canada. (or I.A.T.S.E.) The scenic, costume, lighting and sound designers in LORT Theatres are represented by United Scenic Artists, Local USA-829 of the IATSE.

The Theatre Company is grateful for the funds provided by the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District. Special thanks also to grants from the Helen G. Bonfils Foundation; and contributions from corporations, foundations and individuals. The Theatre Company is a division of the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, a not-forprofit organization serving the public through the performing arts. The Theatre Company operates under an agreement between the League of Resident Theatres (LORT) and Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States; and the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. The Theatre Company also operates under an agreement with Denver Theatrical Stage Employees Union, Local No. 7 of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts of the United States and Canada. The Theatre Company is constituent of Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for not-forprofit resident theatre companies. The costumes, wigs, lighting, props, furniture, scenic construction, scenic painting, sound and special effects used in connection with this production were constructed and coordinated by the Theatre Company’s Production Staff.


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THE “CONSTANT” QUEST FOR

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If anyone were to ask when feminism first began to assert itself, the answer is simple: in the Garden of Eden. And it’s been everywhere since, most visibly in dramatic literature, from Medea and Lysistrata, to the works of Shakespeare, Molière, George Bernard Shaw, and so many others. In day-to-day life, however, feminism has been on rockier ground, less so in the past decade thanks to the number of strong women who finally have chosen to “out” prominent men for their bad behavior. But in the early 1920s, when British playwright, novelist and screenwriter W. Somerset Maugham took on the subject of differing moral and behavioral standards for men and women in his play, The Constant Wife, feminism was not on everybody’s radar. World War I was over. It was permissible to laugh again; emancipation was in the air and comedy in demand. Shaw was the proselytizer-in-chief for women. His feminist comedies were sharp, brittle and biting, with a caustic edge of ridicule reserved for the men. (Think Pygmalion, Major Barbara and Mrs. Warren’s Profession.) Others, however, still used flippancy to blunt the seriousness of the battle of the sexes. Noël Coward’s Private Lives, for one, favored frivolity to deliver what was deemed strictly momentary fun. While riding the same giddy tidal wave of theatre-light that was prologue to the flapper era, Maugham was not sharp, giddy or light. He was subtle. His Constant Wife is an undercover comedy of manners, delivered with tact, precision, elegance — and a deadly sting. When we shared an email conversation about her production of The Constant Wife that you’re about to see, director Shelley Butler declared Maugham “a master at keeping audiences on their toes.” “I’m intrigued by his continued interest in exposing the double standards of his day,” she offered, “and his

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boldness in presenting the flaws and hypocrisies of upperclass society directly to that class of people, in the form of entertainment.” Maugham’s Constance Middleton, the “wife” of the title, is an unconventional heroine — a rebel inside a classy woman who married well but had not banked on being humiliated by a husband with a roving eye. When that happened, she found a highly original way to deal with it. Without a shred of militancy, this model of upper crust gentility completely upended the custom of her day. It is delicate, seductive playwriting, devilishly well done. Yet while Constance is a disarming maverick, is she believable for her time? “Her strength and resourcefulness make her compelling for any time,” insisted Butler. “Constance doesn’t feel like a tool, but like a character given agency; she assesses a volatile situation and takes her time before sorting how to respond; a savvy woman, written with keen wit, she was revelatory for her time and remains incredibly satisfying today. “The playwright is asking questions about society as much as he’s making a point, which makes the play intriguing as opposed to didactic. I love that he centered the play on a powerful woman who doesn’t respond with melodrama or make any clichéd or expected choices.” But not so fast. Yes, Constance Middleton’s uniqueness lies in her deliberate decisions, including the decision to earn her own money. But in the 1920s, wouldn’t her moves be seen as a quest for revenge rather than equality? “Her decisions underscore the intertwining of sexual independence with economic freedom,” said Butler, who suggested the audience should ponder the connection between the two “and how they apply differently to men and women, even today.” Still, many of the characters within Constance’s orbit — her old boyfriend, her girlfriend, her mother, her sister Martha, and even her husband and his paramour — are pleasant yet far less delineated individuals, seemingly created chiefly to service the plot.

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“Constance doesn’t feel like a tool, but like a character given agency… a savvy woman, written with keen wit, she was revelatory for her time and remains incredibly satisfying today.” — SHELLEY BUTLER, Director

COMING UP FROM THEATRE COMPANY:

A CHRISTMAS COSTUME COLUMN CAROL Nothing gets you in the holiday spirit quite like seeing the classic play, A Christmas Carol. Experience the story of Ebenezer Scrooge as he returns (Nov 21 – Dec 24) to The Stage Theatre. Here are five fast facts about the history of A Christmas Carol before you go. 1. A year after Charles Dickens published the novel in 1843, the first stage adaptations of A Christmas Carol were staged in London. 2. In the Theatre Company’s 40year history, A Christmas Carol has been presented 26 times.

Sylvie Drake is a former theatre critic and columnist for the Los Angeles Times, a translator, a contributor to culturalweekly.com and American Theatre magazine, and a former Director of Media Relations and Publications for The Denver Center for the Performing Arts.

THE CONSTANT WIFE SEP 21 – OCT 21 • SPACE THEATRE ASL interpreted, Audio-described performance: Oct 14, 1:30pm

3. Only two adaptations have been presented at the Theatre Company–Laird Williamson and Dennis Powers (1990-2004), Richard Hellesen and David de Berry (2005-present). 4. Out of 26 presentations at the Theatre Company, only three directors have directed the production–Laird Williamson (1990-2004), Bruce Sevy (20052015) and Melissa Rain Anderson (2016-present). 5. Since 1990, A Christmas Carol has been a longstanding seasonal tradition for many families and has brought in nearly 850,000 audience members.

The 2016 company of A Christmas Carol. Photo by AdamsVisCom.

Again, Butler countered. “While these characters aren’t central, there’s meat on their bones. Martha, for example, is feisty and well spoken and has a clear objective. I think there’s a great deal an actor can interpret as to why Martha feels the way she does about betrayal and marriage. And the dynamics of her difficult relationship with her mother are endlessly interesting. While the arc of these characters is not the central arc, they are truthfully drawn and a compelling cast will imbue them with enough humor and depth that they’ll all earn their place in the play.” Which explains why The Constant Wife has enjoyed many revivals, one in 1951 with Katharine Cornell, a London revival in 1973 with Ingrid Bergman of all people (it had its problems), and a particularly vibrant one in 2006 at the San Diego Old Globe. They tell us why this play continues to resonate. Its acclaimed opening was in New York in 1926, with Ethel Barrymore in the lead. But at the London opening the following year, a box office muddle sent VIPs to the stalls and lesser mortals to the best seats, creating total havoc. It took another ten years for it to find favor with London’s critics, the Times declaring that Maugham had a story to tell “both entertaining and, so far as it goes, true.” That “so far as it goes” makes an interesting point. Constance closes a door behind her, much as Nora does in Ibsen’s A Doll’s House, leaving us to wonder what her future holds. “The play remains incredibly fresh,” a confident Butler added, “and its humor, wit and playfulness retain the ability to capture a modern audience. I am always delighted by a play [that can] surprise and keep an audience guessing.”


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ANNIVERSARY Forty years ago on New Year’s Eve, the Denver Center for the Performing Arts’ Theatre Company opened. The star-studded, three-day extravaganza featured the back-to-back openings of The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Moby Dick Rehearsed and The Learned Ladies. One Tony Award, four Artistic Directors, 135 world premieres, more than 450 productions and 5.6 million patrons later, we are delighted to welcome you to the 40th anniversary season of our very own DCPA Theatre Company. A tremendous and heartfelt “thank you” to the hundreds of actors, artisans, administrators and crew who have given us four decades of incredible memories. And to our amazing audiences who laugh, cry, cheer and support us. Bravo!

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6. Lost Highway: The Music and Legend of Hank Williams (1986/87) Mark Harelik and Ron Taylor. 7. Veterans’ Day (1987/88) James Lawless and James Kiberd.

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8. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1988/89) Leslie Hendrix and Kay Doubleday. 9. Fences (1989/90) Edythe Davis, John Hancock and Omar Carter. 10. Miss Julie (1990/91) Harvey Blanks and Jaqueline Antaramian.

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11. A Christmas Carol (1992/93) Richard Risso. 12. Black Elk Speaks (1993/94) Ned Romero and Ensemble. 13. It Ain’t Nothin’ But the Blues (1994/95) Ron Taylor. 14. The Dresser (1995/96) Tony Church. 15. Three Tall Women (1996/97) Jennifer Schelter, Annette Helde and Jane Welch.

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16. Life is a Dream (1997/98) Robert Westenberg and Gloria Biegler. 17. Master Class (1998/99) Gordana Rashovich. 18. The Laramie Project (1999/2000) Andy Paris. 19. Tantalus (2000/01) Robert Petkoff. 20. The Lonesome West (2002/03) Bill Christ and Mark Rubald.

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26. The Miracle Worker (2008/09) Kate Hurster and Daria LeGrand. 27. Eventide (2009/10) Mike Hartman, Tonantzín Carmelo and Philip Pleasants. 28. The 39 Steps (2010/11) Victoria Mack, Sam Gregory, Rob Nagle and Larry Paulsen. 29. To Kill a Mockingbird (2011/12) John Hutton and Caroline Rosenblum.

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30. Sense & Sensibility The Musical (2012/13) Mary Michael Patterson and Stephanie Rothenberg. 31. The Legend of Georgia McBride (2013/14) Ben Huber and Jamie Ann Romero. 32. The Unsinkable Molly Brown (2014/15) Michael Halling, Beth Malone and Gregg Goodbrod. 33. Sweeney Todd (2015/16) Linda Mugleston and Robert Petkoff. 34. The Book of Will (2016/17) The company of The Book of Will. 35. American Mariachi (2017/18) Amanda Robles, Jennifer Paredes, Natalie Camunas, Crissy Guerrero and Heather Velazquez. Photos by Adams VisCom, T. Charles Erickson, Jennifer M Koskinen, Larry Laszlo, Dan McNeil, Pierce, Nicholas de Sciose, Terry Shapiro, p. Switzer, Ted Trainor


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Microsoft technology enables more than 300 DCPA employees to innovate and stay competitive in the industry, as they produce 16 plays, present 26 musicals and educate 106,000 students. Through its software donation, the DCPA now has the latest desktop and server operating systems to provide operational improvement and the flexibility to meet patron and user needs. A significant portion of the Microsoft funding is directed through ArtsFund, a federated giving program for local corporations, foundations and individuals. In addition to the arts, Microsoft is committed to serving Denver and other local communities in four key areas: empowering youth, empowering nonprofits, empowering employees, and humanitarian and disaster response. With these pillars in mind, Microsoft donated more than $15.5 million to Colorado charities in recent years. More than 400 state employees also have utilized 3,875 volunteer hours to increase their community impact in a way above and beyond dollars and cents. Learn more about Microsoft corporate giving at www.microsoft. com/about/corporatecitizenship. Microsoft stores host regular events ranging from free educational workshops to community events with local nonprofit partners. To find your local store visit: content. microsoftstore.com.


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Will Stowe........... Event Technology Specialist Dawn Williams................................Director, Event Janice Sinden..............................President & CEO Sales & Marketing Maggie Lamb........................Executive Assistant Juan Loya, Carmen Molina, Blanca to the CEO Primero, Judith Primero, Angeles Reyes Soto.................................................Custodians BROADWAY & CABARET MARKETING, SALES & PATRON John Ekeberg......................... Executive Director SERVICES Alicia Bruce................................. General Manager Ashley Brown...........................Business Manager Lisa Mallory........................................Vice President Abel Becerra.........Technical Director, Cabaret Heidi Bosk....................Associate Director, PR & Integrated Marketing Nathan Brunetti.....Email Marketing Manager DEVELOPMENT Casey Eickhoff, Shelley Thompson.........................Vice President Brenda Elliott...........Senior Graphic Designers Shawn Bayer..........................Director, Corporate Brianna Firestone.................Director, Customer Experience & Loyalty Partnerships Rebecca Clark.......................................Coordinator Hope Grandon................PR & Events Manager Megan Fevurly.......................Associate Director, Brittany Gutierrez.................... Communications Coordinator Individual Philanthropy Alicia Higginbotham...............Manager Special Donna Hendricks................Executive Assistant Events Jeff Hovorka......... Director, Sales & Marketing Breianna Miller..............Coordinator, Corporate Emily Kent................................Director, Marketing Partnerships David Lenk.......................................Video Producer Melissa Olson..............................................Associate Emily Lozow......Marketing & Digital Manager Marc Ravenhill....................Director, Individual & Adam Lundeen...........Marketing Technologist Institutional Philanthropy Kyle Malone.............................................Art Director Carolyn Michaels....................................Copywriter EDUCATION Cheyenne Michaels....Marketing Coordinator John Moore....................... Senior Arts Journalist Allison Watrous..................... Executive Director Adam Obendorf..................Senior Art Director Patrick Elkins-Zeglarski.....Associate Director, Joseph Schurwonn.................Financial Analyst Education and Curriculum Management Andrew Sanders........................Project Manager Stuart Barr..................................Technical Director Rob Silk......................Director, Creative Services Claudia Carson.....Teaching Artist & Program Austin Walker....................... Marketing Assistant Manager – Playwriting & Bobby G Suzanne Yoe...........Director, Communications & Cultural Affairs Leslie Channell..............................Senior Business Operations Manager Melissa Sumner............................................Registrar TICKETING & AUDIENCE SERVICES Linda Eller........................................................Librarian Jennifer Lopez...............................................Director Tim McCracken..............................Head of Acting Ticketing Services Andre Rodriguez.Teaching Artist & Program Kirk Petersen...........................Associate Director, Patron Relations Manager – Shakespeare David Saphier.......Teaching Artist & Program Micah White.............................Associate Director, Subscription Services Manager – In School Programming Elizabeth Schmit..........................Office Manager Billy Dutton.....Associate Director, Operations Rachel Taylor...............................Teaching Artist & Katie Clow.........................Subscription Manager Program Manager – Literacy Engagement Jessica Bergin, and Resiliency Programming Tristan Jungferman.......Box Office Managers Meagan Traver..........................Evening Registrar Amanda Gomez...........VIP Ticketing Manager Justin Walvoord........................Teaching Artist & Román Anaya, D.J. Dennis, Edmund Gurule, Program Manager – Teacher Hayley Solano.......................................Show Leads Professional Development Kirsten Anderson, Roger Haak, Rebecca Hibbert, Scott Lix, Chloe McLeod, Joelle Montoya, Maggy Stacy, Robyn Yamada.............Teaching Artists Gregory Swan.....................Subscription Agents Ally Beacom, Maliya Blanchard, Malcolm Brown, Rena Bugg, Adam Busch, Keenan FACILITIES & EVENT SERVICES Coke, Kelcee Covert, Jennifer Gray, Shari Clay Courter.......................................Vice President Hansen, Noah Jungferman, Alia Kempton, Dwight Barela, Zachary Brent, Daniel Lindsey, Gustavo Márquez, Frank John Buxton, Clint Flinchpaugh, Millington III, Clayton Nickell, Gunnar Reinig, Michael Kimbrough................................ Engineers Liz Sieroslawski, Brad Steinmeyer, Andrew Timothy Courson.....................Director, Facilities Sullivan, Tomas Waples, Emmalaine Wright, Management Cindy Yeast.........................................Ticket Agents Quentin Crump.......................Security Specialist Theatre Services Jane Deegan................................ Office Manager Carol Krueger............................................... Manager Tom Duffin...........Manager, Event Technology Ethan Aumann, Nora Caley, Samantha Egle, Jahnice Jones, Colin Dieck, Stori Heleen, Jaymes Kimbrough..............Event Technology LeiLani Lynch, Aaron McMullen, Specialist Margaret Ohlander, Dylan Phibbs, Dan Havens................................Security Manager Valerie Schaefer, Lauren Veselak, Clint King.................................Security Supervisor Mica Ward..................................Theatre Company House Managers Danielle Bell, Savanna Campbell, Matt Leaver.................................Events Managers Volunteer Ushers................................................305+ Brian McClain.....................Custodial Supervisor Group Sales Tara Miller...................................................Sr Manager Jonalyn Bradshaw.............................Coordinator, Education Sales Brook Nichols......Director, Event Technology Jeffrey Pluth............................... General Manager Julie Rada..............................Associate, Audience Venue Operations Development Maggi Quinn..............Director, Capital Projects

SHARED SERVICES Vicky Miles........................Chief Financial Officer Jennifer Jeffrey........................Director, Financial Planning & Analysis Julie Schumaker..................Executive Assistant to the CFO & Board Liaison ACCOUNTING Jennifer Siemers...........................................Director Michaele Davidson, Linda Erickson..................... Senior Accountants Kim Stewart................................Staff Accountant HUMAN RESOURCES Shaunda VanWert..........................Vice President Brian Carter.............................................Director, HR Jamie Hawkins..............................HR Coordinator Karen Jewell............................................Director, HR Paul Johnson...............................Payroll Specialist Monica Robles...................Mailroom Supervisor INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY Yovani Pina.........................................Vice President Rick Bennett, David Tschan.................Directors Eric Boone.............................Software Developer Vincent Bridgers.....Ticketing System Analyst Simone Gordon......................Program Manager Christopher Hoge...............................................VoIP/ System Administrator Paul Howell..................................................Help Desk Jacob Parker........................Software Developer John H. Voorheis..........Manager, Infrastructure THEATRE COMPANY ADMINISTRATION Charles Varin...........................Managing Director Ryan Meisheid.....Associate Managing Director Allison Taylor Brinkhoff.....Company Manager Katie Grayson....Assistant Company Manager ARTISTIC Chris Coleman.............................. Artistic Director Charlie Miller.........Associate Artistic Director/ Off-Center Curator Douglas Langworthy............Literary Director/ Director of New Play Development Melissa Cashion.........................Artistic Producer Grady Soapes.....................Associate Producer/ Director of Casting Lynde Rosario.............................Literary Manager PRODUCTION Jeff Gifford......................Director of Production Kate Coltun..........................Production Manager Matthew Campbell....... Associate Production Manager Julie Brou..............................Production & Artistic Office Manager Scenic Design Lisa M. Orzolek....... Director of Scenic Design Kevin Nelson, Nicholas Renaud.....Scenic Design Assistants Lighting Design Charles R. MacLeod..........Director of Lighting Lily Bradford............Lighting Design Assistant Reid Tennis+.....................Production Electrician Multimedia Gregory W. Towle..........Projection Supervisor Sound Design Craig Breitenbach..................Director of Sound Alex Billman+, Frank Haas+, Tyler Nelson+...........................Sound Technicians Stage Management Kurt Van Raden....Production Stage Manager Christoper C. Ewing....Senior Stage Manager

Rachel Ducat, Heidi Echtenkamp, Corin Ferris, Rick Mireles, Michael Morales, Kristen O’Connor, D. Lynn Reiland...........................Stage Managers Scene Shop Eric J. Moore..............................Technical Director Josh Prues, Robert L. Orzolek..........Associate Technical Directors Albert “Stub” Allison.........Assistant Technical Director Louis Fernandez III.................Master Carpenter Brian “Marco” Markiewicz.....Lead Technician Tyler Clark, Amy “Wynn” Pastor, Kyle Scoggins, Kyle Simpson, Mara Zimmerman................Scenic Technicians Prop Shop Robin Lu Payne....................Properties Director Eileen S. Garcia...................Assistant Properties Director Jamie Stewart Curl, Tobias Harding, Georgina Kayes, Tony Nguyen, Katie Webster..................................Props Artisans Paint Shop Jana L. Mitchell...................Charge Scenic Artist Melanie Rentschler...............Lead Scenic Artist Kristin Hamer MacFarlane............Scenic Artist Costume Shop Janet S. MacLeod.................Costume Director/ Costume Design Associate Meghan Anderson Doyle......................Costume Design Associate Carolyn Plemitscher, Jackie Scott..... Drapers Cathie Gagnon..........................................First Hand Sheila P. Morris..................................................... Tailor Costume Crafts Kevin Copenhaver.....Costume Crafts Director Chris Campbell.......Costume Crafts Assistant Wigs Diana Ben-Kiki........................................Wig Master House Crew Doug Taylor+.................Supervising Stagehand Jim Berman+, Jennifer Guethlein+, Stephen D. Mazzeno+, Miles Stasica+, Tyler Stauffer+, Matt Wagner+.....Stagehands
 Kyle Moore+.........................Assistant Stagehand Wardrobe Brenda Lawson............... Director of Wardrobe Taylor Malott^, Jessica A. Rayburn^....................Wig Assistants Robin Appleton^, Amber Donner^, Anthony Mattivi^, Tim Nelson^, Lisa Parsons Wagner^, Alan Richards^..............................................Dressers + Member, I.A.T.S.E. Local 7 ^Member, I.A.T.S.E. Local 719

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THANK YOU

The Denver Center for the Performing Arts gratefully acknowledges the generous support of the following donors of $250 or more for activities July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2018.

EXTRAORDINARY GIVING Citizens of the Scientific & Cultural Facilities District

CHAIRMAN’S CIRCLE PLATINUM ($100,000+) Bonneville Denver+ CBS4+ Epicurean Group+ Fidelity Investments Helen G. Bonfils Foundation+ Microsoft+ Robert & Judi Newman Family Foundation* The Shubert Foundation U.S. Bank+ UCHealth United Airlines+ The Wallace Foundation Marvin & Judi Wolf*

CHAIRMAN’S CIRCLE GOLD ($50,000 – $99,999) Ameristar Casino Resort Spa+ The Joan & Phil Berger Charitable Fund The Temple Hoyne Buell Foundation Colorado State Bank & Trust Colorado Public Radio+ Comcast+ Entercom Broadcasting+

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Genesee Mountain Foundation L. Roger & Meredith Hutson/HRM Resources, LLC+ Keith & Kathie Finger Margot & Allan Frank+* Noble Energy Daniel L. Ritchie SRC Energy The Salah Foundation Martin & Jo Ann Semple* Ken & Debra Tuchman/ Tuchman Family Foundation Westin Denver Downtown+

CHAIRMAN’S CIRCLE SILVER ($25,000 – $49,999) Alpine Bank Always Best Care Senior Services Anadarko Petroleum Corporation Jim & Kristin Bender Dr. & Mrs. Barry Berlin* BMW of Denver Downtown Ms. Marilyn Brown CIBC Private Wealth Management Constellation Wines+ Mr. & Mrs. Tom Corley/ The Corley Legacy Foundation CRG Denver Post Community+ Edgerton Foundation EKS&H

Event Rents+ FirstBank Mr. & Mrs. Alan F. Fox* HealthONE Integer Group KUSA/Channel 9 News+ Larimer Square+ Leede Operating Company National Endowment for the Arts PCL Construction Services Inc. PDC Energy Polsinelli Reicon Charitable Foundation Ms. Ellen Scott Mark Sexton Mr. William Dean Singleton/ Singleton Family Foundation* Mr. Steve Talley The Lewis E. Myers Jr. Scholarship Fund Ms. June Travis* Trice Jewelers+ University of Denver WilmerHale Xcel Energy Foundation

CHAIRMAN’S CIRCLE BRONZE ($15,000 – $24,999) Bayswater Exploration & Production LLP+ Blue Lion Enterprises Bow River Capital Pat & Paula Broe CCIG

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Centerplate+ Steven & Robin Chotin/ The Chotin Foundation Isabelle Clark* Robert & Kathleen Clark CoBiz Financial ColoradoBiz Magazine+ Commerce Bank Alex & Cathy Cranberg/ Aspect Energy LLC Mr. Jack Fitzgibbons & Mrs. Adrienne Ruston Fitzgibbons* Mrs. Jennifer HavercroftMiller & Mr. Greg Miller Holmes Murphy Michael & Patty Imhoff+ Mr. & Mrs. Nicholas Kemp Leo & Susan Kiely* Mike & Diana Kinsey* Ms. Jean Kutner Peter Mannetti & Ruth Krebs Mr. Pat Spieles & Ms. Carol McMurry Merrill Lynch Mr. & Mrs. Ralph Nagel Palm Restaurant+ Mr. & Mrs. Federico Pena The Piton Foundation The Ponzio Family range Restaurant Riverfront Park Community Foundation Rick & Shelly Sapkin/ Edgemark LLC Mr. & Mrs. Rick Schopp Jr. Kerri & Steven Siegel Bob & Carole Slosky* Paul & Wendy Spencer Sprint Press Denver+


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Mr. & Mrs. Roger Stansbury+ Stonebridge Companies+ John Strohm & Mary Pat Link Subaru of America, Inc Thomas & Beatrice Taplin Fund* TeleTech Theatre Forward Transamerica Turner Construction Company Turner Morris, Inc. Vectra Bank Whole Foods Market

SPOTLIGHT VISIONARY ($10,000 – $14,999) Anonymous (1) Mr. & Mrs. Lee Archer/ New Wave Enviro Products Inc+* The Belay Fund Ms. Arleen Brown Bill & Betty Buchanan Ralph L. & Florence R. Burgess Charitable Trust Martin & Patricia Buys Larry & Margaret Byrne Chestnutt Wines+ Citi Private Bank | Citibank N.A. Denver Life Magazine+ Mr. & Mrs. John Dunn Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck Ms. Peggy Finley Larry & Joanne Fisher Ms. Julia Franklin

Mr. & Mrs. John Fuller* Mr. Daniel Riehl & Ms. Barbee Futrell-Riehl iHeart Media (KBCO, KHOW)+ Mr. John Ikard Ms. Barbara Kelley Kevin Taylor Restaurant Group+ Lori & Bill Kurtz Land Title Guarantee Company Mr. Scott Lynes Ms. Donna Lynne Macy’s Mrs. Jennifer Montoya Gayle & Steve Mooney Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Management Ann & Keith Pollack PwC Hansen & Bonnie Rada Reisch Law Firm Republic National Distributing Company+ Miriam C. Robins Satterly Portraiture+ Semple Brown Design, P.C. Sewald Hanfling Public Affairs Shames Construction Sherman & Howard, LLC James & Alison Shetter* Megghan & Jared St. Aubyn STK Denver+ Stephen & Susan Struna+ Mr. & Mrs. Jerry Tepper Vap Construction Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Vinnik Virginia W. Hill Foundation

Mr. & Mrs. Joe Vrablik Walter S. Rosenberry, III Charitable Trust* Ms. Janet Ward Barth & Maureen Whitham

THEATER BUILDER ($5,000 – $9,999) 5280 Contract Flooring Jill & Ryan Ahrens Darrell Anderson+ Anonymous (2) John Atencio/Designer Fine Jewlery+ Lynn & Lori Belcher Doug & Catherine Benson Brian & Linley Biffle Black Creek Capital BlackRock Breakthru Beverage Group+ Joy S. Burns* Camp out for Kids John Carlen & Jean Gleason Denver Center Alliance Denver7/KMGH+ Mr. Stanley Di Cicco+ Ms. Grace Eberl El Pomar Foundation Fine Arts Foundation Fineline Graphics+ First Trust Advisors Mr. Richard Frommer Mr. Brock Herzberg Ms. Amy Gaines & Mr. Ron Litvak Gränd Salon+ Mr. & Mrs. Rich Gunlikson

Hard Rock Cafe Jerry & Patty Hauptman Mr. Kevin Heringer Jeanne Land Foundation Ms. Judy Johnston Mr. & Mrs. Dan Kelly Mr. & Mrs. Kevin Kilstrom KONE Denver Mr. William La Bahn Michael & Gianna LaRouche Le Méridien Denver Downtown+ Liberty Global, Inc. Ms. Maude Lofton Luxury Outerwear+ Diane MacRossie Marie Maltz Monarch Casino Resort & Spa Mr. James Newcomb John & Sherri Nitta Northwestern Mutual Ms. Ronna N. Phelps Mr. & Mrs. Gary Ray+ Rialto Café The Ross Foundation+ Eric & Trina Scholz Jeremy & Susan Shamos Pac/West Communications Dr. Sean Shaw Ms. Janice Sinden Stout Street Social Topher Straus+ The Sturm Family Foundation Superoofs Terry & Michelle Taggart Alan & Gayle Talesnick Jack & Penny TerHar Mr. Ted Tow & Ms. Cathy Traugott


THANK YOU TO OUR DONORS Mr. James Turpen Mrs. Sandra Walling+ Tina Walls* Dr. Kenneth Weiner and Mrs. Anita Hailey William Crow Jewelry+ Williams Jewelers WisdomTree Lynne & Michael Wozniak Mr. Randy Yeager Sylvia & David Young

ARTISTIC DREAMER ($2,500 – $4,999) A Design Resource+ Ms. Rose Andom Anonymous (2) Willis Ashby & Karen Burch Judith Babcock+ Bank of America Merrill Lynch Baroness Wine Distributors+ Ray & Denise Bellucci Ron & Martha Berge Murri & Andy Bishop The Blanche & Irving Laurie Foundation Ms. Jane Buckley Kay Drees Burke Family Trust Dr. Jennifer Caskey Mr. Robert Clark Fran Clay Mr. Montgomery Cleworth Jerry Conover & Jacquelyn Wonder Coors Distributing Company+ Mr. Leslie Crispelle & Mr. Glenn Tiedt Mr. & Mrs. Jordan Dechtman Michael Dowling+ Mr. Ken Elliott+ Ms. Kathleen Ferry Al & Terri Fisher+ Sally & Alan Gass* H. Robert & Lois Gill Mr. Jim Goh

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Hallie Todd Withrow in memory of Ann Guilbert Laurel Haberstroh+ Drs. Olinga and John Hargreaves Keith Henson Ms. Kathy Huwaldt Jay’s Valet Mr. & Mrs. C. Howard Johnson Frank & Marti Judson Jules Art & Design+ Rick & Molly Klau Mr. & Mrs. Stuart Kritzer M2 Lending Solutions Mr. Gerald Makela Mr. Kyle Malone+ Mariel* Ms. Sandi Mays/ The Zayo Group Ms. Amy McClenathan Steve McCormack Alan & Carol Meny Ms. Arlene MohlerJohnson+ Suzanne Neuman Mrs. Gayle Novak Mr. & Mrs. Paul Oberman* Ted & Susan Pinkowitz Pam & Don Piro Mark & Maxine Rossman Dr. Michael & Mrs. Lyn Schaffer Mr. Danny Showers+ Mr. Randy Fitch & Mr. Terry Siek Dodie Simmons Marlis Smith Stanley Marketplace+ Ms. Susan Stiff+ Target Mark & DonnaDale Turner University of Colorado Mr. Scott Vasina+ Molly Visser Mr. & Mrs. Paul Vorndran Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Wood

SCENE MAKER ($1,200 – $2,499) Mr. Richard Akeroyd Anheuser-Busch, Inc+ Anonymous (1) Dr. Patricia Baca/The Colorado Trust Directed Contributions Program Mr. Don Bain+ Barry J. Goldstein Philanthropic Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation Mr. & Mrs. Mike Bearup Ms. Katie Behnke Tom & Doris Blyth Bolder Laser & Imaging+ Mrs. Kelly Bolen Bonacquisti Wine Company+ Ms. Sandra Booth Linda & Aaron Bradford Ms. Karen Brown Mr. Justin Burns Mrs. Paula Cardona+ Mr. Mark Carleton Mr. Yousef Chihab Mr. & Mrs. Mark Cohen Colorado Ballet+ Community First Foundation Ms. Ellen Connor Cook Street Consulting The Sam & Beth Coyle Family Fund Ms. Colleen Curran The Honorable & Mrs. Wiley Daniel Mr. & Mrs. Jay Davidson Paul & J’ne Day-Lucore Evan & Jennifer Dechtman Denver Athletic Club+ Denver Film Society+ Mrs. Miriam B. deOlloquiTurner* Mr. Kevin Durban Mr. Stephen Edmonds & Mr. Daniel Kopnisky John Ekeberg & Jen Schwem Mr. & Mrs. Christopher Elliott

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Ms. Linda Embree Mr. & Mrs. Howard L. Farkas Lois Felt* Mr. David Flake Mrs. Diane Foster Mr. & Mrs. Phillip Foster Ms. Ginny Gelbach Mr. & Mrs. Ted Gelt Great Divide Brewing Co+ Cindi Hart Ms. Heather Hartley Tom & Suzanne Hefty Stori Heleen+ Henry E. Wurst Family Foundation Mr. Jon Seay & Ms. Robin Heppler+ Ms. Cathey Herren Mr. Randall Hertel Kristin Hinds HPE Mr. & Mrs. Paul Jeffery Paul R. Jeselnick & Andy W. Strickland Mrs. June Johnson Darryl & April Jones* Dr. & Mrs. Brian Joondeph+ Ms. Deborah Kelly Joe Kelso Dr. Jan Kennaugh & Mr. Chip Horne Key Bank Colorado+ Mr. & Mrs. David Kiefer Mr. & Mrs. Chad Kilpatrick Bob & Nancy Koontz Ms. Debbie LaBrantHartung+ Todd Larabee Ms. Stephanie Levert Mr. Ferdinand Liotta Dr. Lianne Marks Ms. Julia Matrose Mr. Jeremy May Ms. Leslie McKay Mr. & Mrs. Rami Merheb Mr. Christopher Merrell Ms. Victoria Miles* Mondo Vino+ Mrs. Mariette Moore & Mr. Nicholas Sciubba Ms. Rayanne Mori


Mrs. Lynnette Morrison Mr. Kal Murib Mr. James Neely Janet Nessinger Mr. & Mrs. Gordon W. Netzorg+ Newman Center for the Performing Arts+ Ms. Stacy Ohlsson Mr. & Mrs. Gordon Parker Ms. Dena Pastorini Mr. Daniel & Mrs. Emi Peterson Mrs. Kathleen Potter Ms. Jane Prancan* RedShift Framing+ Mrs. Ginley Regencia John & Nancy Riede Salati Restaurant Group+ Ms. Stephanie Schultz Mr. & Mrs. Stan Sena Ms. Lana Cordier Shelton Mr. Andrew Sirotnak & Mr. Jamie White Edward Skiba Ms. Pamela Sletten Southern Wine & Spirits of Colorado+ Ms. Merriam Spurgeon+ Mr. & Mrs. Daryl Stewart Mr. Al Stutson Mrs. Jennifer Taylor Ms. Kirstin Teall The Little Nell+ Thiry-O’Leary Foundation Ross & Sue Thompson Mrs. Mary Tindle Uncorked Kitchen+ V.I.P. Tours of New York+ Ms. Patricia Villegas Mr. & Mrs. Lester Ward* Welborn Sullivan Meck & Tooley, P.C+ Mrs. Teri Whelan Mr. & Mrs. Donald Williams Dr. & Mrs. Ronald Yaros*

BACKSTAGE ENTHUSIAST ($500 – $1,199) Ms. Jeannette Albertson Aubrey Ardema & Lucky Vidmar Mr. & Mrs. Timothy Arnold Ascent Private Capital Management Mr. Hartman Axley Mr. Paul Aylmer Mr. Tom Balachowski Don Barbula Ms. Abbey Barker Ms. Sybil Barnes Barolo Grill+ Mr. & Mrs. Thomas J. Barrett, Jr. Mrs. Dianne Bartlett in memory of Randy Wren Karen Beauvais Donald & Martha Bender Senator Michael Bennet & Mrs. Susan Dagget Mr. Joshua Benninghof Mr. Weston Beranek Bessemer Trust Dr. Mary Bessesen Dr. Angela Betker & Dr. Anthony Simon Ms. Nara Bhusiri Mrs. Kim Bimestefer Ms. Beverly Black+ Mr. Robert Blauvelt & Mr. Michael Corrigan BLDG Management/BMC Investments Libby Bortz Betsy Brachfeld Mr. & Mrs. Cole Brannick Mr. & Mrs. Don Brown Mr. Willard Brown Mr. & Mrs. Dennis Brown The Brown Palace Hotel+ The Bungalow Craft+ Mr. Rudolph Butler Mrs. Carmela Capraro Dan & Robin Catlin Ms. Shelly Catterson Ms. Peaches Cederholm Ms. Keri Christiansen

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Enjoy five original short plays from Colorado-based artists, along with breaks to grab tapas and drinks in between. There’s no better way to see a variety of local playwrights and performers in one offbeat night out.

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Planet that stirs Carole King

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W. Somerset Maugham was perhaps best known for writing “Of Human _________”

13 Beautiful song lyric: “It Might as Well Rain Until _______” 15 Creepy farmhand _________lives in the smokehouse on Laurey’s property 16 The Drifters sang Carole King’s “Some Kind of ________” 17 Carole King’s breakout album sold 25 million copies 18 Quote from The Constant Wife: “There is only one freedom that is really important, and that is _________ freedom”

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