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Do you consider yourself a revolutionary? Probably not. Most of us aren’t and those who are might not see themselves that way. We’re all just people — until some of us manage to change the world. In our world premiere Theatre Company production of The 12, the followers of Jesus Christ wrestle with their roles as revolutionaries without a leader. Developed by Tony-winning playwright and lyricist Robert Schenkkan (All The Way) and award-winning composer Neil Berg, The 12 combines the music of revolution (rock and roll) with universal questions of identity and responsibility. Whatever your beliefs, you’ll see some of yourself in this never-been-told story of people trying to find their places in a radically new world. Join us for this dramatic end to our Theatre Company season. You can also keep the rock flame alive with the creative and percussive hit STOMP or meet a revolutionary humorist in Mark Twain Tonight! Speaking of revolution, our Theatre Company’s production of One Night in Miami…. imagines the night Cassius Clay spent with activist Malcolm X, singer Sam Cooke

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STOMP is Baaaaaaack! Hooooooold on to your hubcaps! It’s been a while since you heard those clomping, clanging racket makers — racketeers? — right here in your own back yard. Yes, STOMP is back in Denver in all its explosive, syncopated glory with those incredible percussionists who treasure the old adage about one man’s trash… The troupe still doesn’t look at everyday objects the way the rest of the world does. In their hands, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters (we’re not sure about Grouchos and Harpos) and the general detritus of the 21st century takes on a life of its own. STOMP, created and directed by Luke Cresswell and Steve McNicholas, is an exploration of the outer limits of rhythmic invention. It’s a Pipe (read drain pipe) and Drum (read anything) Corps for our age. And speaking of age, it has not withered STOMP’s clatter — or fun. STOMP, that concatenation of sound and skill, is back with its rhythms and drumbeats intact. The same goes for its nonstop movement of bodies, objects, sound — even abstract ideas. There’s no dialogue, speech or plot. But music? Absolutely. Uncommon music, created in nontraditional ways — with every day objects ranging from matchbooks to every household item you can imagine. You’re bombarded by a caterwauling noise that under any

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other circumstances you would choose to shut out. But not here. Here all is syncopated and choreographed with the precision of an army bugle corps (minus the bugles) and by the fertile imagination of buskers or street performers from the streets of Brighton — the spot where STOMP’s creators hail from and where they dream up versions of this utterly inventive, unexpected, whackedout show. So sit back, relax, tap your feet, clap your hands. There’s only fun to be had here — no political statements, no dialogue to misconstrue, nothing beyond the sheer, surprising sights and sounds of the moment, from the ringing of hollow pipes to clashing metal weaving its spell, and industrial strength dance routines involving a lot of supremely well coordinated bodies. Yep, better hold on fast to those hubcaps as you zip yourself downtown to swing along with STOMP!

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Motown the Musical (playing The Buell March 31 - April 19) tells the remarkable true story of Motown founder Berry Gordy, who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson and many more. With the Vietnam War looming and the country at a cultural turning point, Gordy pushed on toward something bigger than he ever dreamed of, changing the world forever. Motown tells the thrilling tale
of the man who broke barriers and fought against the odds to define the sound of a generation — complete with the ups and downs of the personal relationships, the professional struggles, and — of course — the music that made history. This exhilarating show captures the essence of the visionary Founder and the artists who joined the label and who fought against prejudice and racism to bring America together — breaking barriers, making us stronger, and keeping us moving to the same beat. Featuring songs such as “My Girl,” “Stop! In The Name Of Love” and “I Want You Back,” experience the story behind the music in the record-breaking smash hit Motown the Musical.

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They are perhaps the three most impactful days in the history of man, and remarkably little is known about them: the 72 hours between Jesus’ crucifixion and what Christians believe was his resurrection. It was the birth of what is now the world’s largest religion, with about 2.1 billion followers worldwide. The DCPA Theatre Company’s new rock musical The 12 imagines what those three days must have been like for his closest followers in the immediate, dangerous aftermath of the death of Jesus. “It’s useful to remember how young these people were,” Pulitzer Prizewinning writer Robert Schenkkan said of the disciples. “These are very bluecollar, gritty, uneducated men. Yet their passion and their ultimate commitment to this individual — and the ideas that he embodied — are so fierce that they all will ultimately give their lives for him. That’s a very powerful idea, and we take that responsibility very seriously.” But The 12 is not a narrative play. Set against the backdrop of composer and co-lyricist Neil Berg’s classic rock ’n’ roll score, it is a big, loud, crank-it-up-to-10 musical. “The culmination of this event in history was, of course, a world-changing revolution of the most potent kind,” said Berg. “Rock ’n’ roll is the anthem of revolution, so that entirely supports this kind of passionate musical expression in our show.” What The 12 is not, both men said, is a treatise on religion. It is not a polemic. It does not take a stand on the certainty of the resurrection — although, Berg teases, “Everyone will have their own very clear idea of what happens at the end.” The 12 is instead an imagined, human story, Berg said, based on a real historical event. It is set to original music inspired by Berg’s love of classic rock bands like Led Zeppelin and The Who. In addition to being a trained writer of musical theatre, Berg has a long history as a touring musician with groups like the still-active Joe D’Urso & Stone Caravan. He has opened for Bruce Springsteen and The Doors, and has played at Red Rocks and McNichols Sports Arena. The score he has produced for The 12, he said, is a perfect match for the angst, the tension and the drive of Schenkkan’s story. “It is going to be authentic rock ’n’ roll, I can tell you that,” Berg said. The 12 has been described as picking up where Jesus Christ Superstar leaves off, and chronologically speaking, Berg said, that is accurate. However, Berg goes on to say that his original musical score “is really an open love letter to classic rock ’n’ roll.”


“The culmination of this event in history was, of course, a world-changing revolution of the most potent kind. Rock ’n’ roll is the anthem of revolution, so that entirely supports this kind of passionate musical expression in our show.” — NEIL BERG The 12 will now join a genre of popular Biblical rock musicals of widely different tones, including Superstar, Godspell, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (coming to The Buell Theatre April 22 – 26) and Children of Eden. “I think The 12 is a different, great addition to that group,” Berg said. “Because the characters are all trapped in one room this story is intense from the beginning. You’re in it. And the music reflects that.” Schenkkan, who also wrote the 2014 Tony-winning best play All the Way, loves Superstar and Godspell, but those musicals are far more stylized than The 12, he said. “This is a more natural and thoughtful approach to the material,” he said. “Our approach is much less sensational. And, I think, more powerful because of it.” It was Schenkkan’s decision not to use Jesus’ name in The 12, and he did it for two reasons. First, like so many details in the Jesus story, we can’t be sure about this but it is unlikely in Jewish society at that time that his followers would have addressed him using his name as that would have been considered disrespectful. More likely he would have been called an honorific like, “teacher” or “Rabbi.” Second, it was done to remove a possible barrier between the story and its potential audience. “The phrase ‘Jesus the Lord’ is so loaded in terms of what it will later come to mean,” Schenkkan said. “By taking the name out of the equation, it puts the focus back on the immediacy of this very human story. “The tendency of the audience will be to look at this event with the weight of 2,000 years of bitterly contested doctrine, and everything that comes with that. We are trying to strip all of that away and say, ‘Wait a minute: What if you were one of these fishermen on the sea of Galilee, and this guy you might have heard something about comes up to you and says, ‘Follow me.’ And for reasons that are not clear even to you in that

moment, you do, because there is something about him that compels you. What does that mean? It is kind of unfathomable.” Berg adds, “When the head of this revolutionary group is suddenly killed, what makes these followers continue on?” Still, Schenkkan understands why potential audiences may feel some trepidation about what is for now a theatrical unknown. “Oftentimes, unfortunately, when writers have dealt with issues of faith, it’s hard not to feel that there is some condescension there. Some smugness. Some superiority,” Schenkkan said. “That’s unacceptable, quite honestly. I think it’s prejudice. “We have tried very seriously to get at this fundamental question of belief and commitment to something which cannot ultimately be proved in rational, scientific terms. And to me, that is a very exciting, dramatic proposition: How does one get there? We have all experienced a dark night of the soul. A time where everything we have believed in whether it is a religious expression or an idea or a cause has failed us. And we have to find a way to go forward. To recover our faith and our belief. That’s at the heart of what we are trying to do here. And it’s why I believe that all of our audience — including members of all various faith-based communities — will find this a story that is not only accessible and respectful, but also very compelling.” Read John Moore’s expanded interviews with Neil Berg and Robert Schenkkan on our DCPA NewsCenter at denvercenter.org/news-center.

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Ace Young as Joseph and Diana DeGarmo as Narrator in “Jacob & Sons” in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Photo by Daniel A. Swalec.

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JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT Described as one of the most enduring musicals of all time, Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (playing The Buell Theatre April 22 - 26) has gotten a facelift. The history of the show dates back to the first Broadway performance in 1982. The success of the show spurred the Broadway revival in 1993 and made its way into the homes and hearts of viewers with the movie version of Joseph starring Donny Osmond in 1999. The revamped show starring newlyweds and “American Idol” veterans Ace Young (Grease, Hair) and Diana DeGarmo (Hairspray, Hair) features the same upbeat, feel-good vibe Joseph fans know and love, but with a modern twist. Director, choreographer and Tony-winner Andy Blankenbuehler paces the story with high-energy choreography and highflying footwork with a hip-hop feel sure to have the audience dancing along. So put on your dance shoes and join us for one of musical theatre’s most enduring hits.


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On December 9, residents in Colorado joined together to support local nonprofits on Colorado Gives Day. Thanks to the generosity of these patrons and a matching gift from DaVita, the Denver Center for the Performing Arts (DCPA) received $61,000 in one day. As a not-for-profit organization, the DCPA relies on this financial support to produce and present plays on its stages, develop new work for the theatre and reach more than 68,000 students each year. We couldn’t do it without you. “Those donations help us provide matinee performances for students,” said Tiffany Grady, Associate Director of Development. “We recently had nearly 7,000 students attend our production of Lord of the Flies. Many of them were attending a live performance for the first time. “We are so proud to be able to make such a significant impact on our local community,” continued Grady. “We couldn’t do it without our generous donors.”

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The morning after Cassius Clay shocked Sonny Liston — and the world — to win the world heavyweight boxing title in 1964, the brash 22-yearold announced he was changing his name to Muhammad Ali and pledging his allegiance to the Nation of Islam. To understand the resulting shock in today’s terms: Just imagine if LeBron James, the most popular basketball player in the world, announced he was going off to fight for Al-Qaeda. “It was that mind-bending, upending and sensational,” said Carl Cofield, director of the DCPA Theatre Company’s highly anticipated staging of Kemp Powers’ One Night in Miami…. The Nation of Islam was never a terrorist organization, but this was more a matter of public perception. The Nation was thought to be a hate group. FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover had declared it Public Enemy No. 1. The very name terrified Americans then, Cofield said, the way ISIS terrifies them today. “I think it is an apt comparison,” added Powers, the playwright. “The Nation of Islam never burned crosses or murdered anyone like the Ku Klux Klan. But it was in Hoover’s best interest to get the perception out there that these were the kind of people who would come for your kids.” Several weeks before the fight, which Sports Illustrated later named the fourth-greatest sports moment

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of the 20th century, the Miami Herald published an article quoting Cassius Clay Sr. saying his son had joined the Black Muslims four years earlier, back when he was 18. “Muslims tell my boys to hate white people; to hate women; to hate their mother,” Clay’s father told the newspaper. The ensuing uproar was so intense, fight promoters threatened to cancel the bout unless Clay publicly disavowed the Nation of Islam. He refused. The fight went on only after Malcolm X, Clay’s friend and incendiary spokesman, agreed to leave town (although he returned the night of the fight). Immediately after Clay dispatched Liston in a mere seven rounds, the new champ bypassed the post-fight celebration and instead retreated to a Miami hotel room with Malcolm X, Jim Brown and Sam Cooke. All that’s known of what happened next between four of the most iconic figures of the 1960s is that they only had vanilla ice cream to eat. “What we definitely know is that the next morning, Cassius Clay changed his name to Muhammad Ali,” said Cofield, the play’s director. Powers, a longtime journalist and first-time playwright, wrote One Night in Miami… two years ago to imagine what might have transpired in that room — a fictional flight of fancy with a very real historical context. While One Night in Miami… is set five

decades ago to many African Americans, Powers said, “It feels a lot like 1964 right now. “One of the things that inspired me to write the play is that some of the issues the characters are dealing with are, sadly, still very much contemporary issues,” Powers said. “As I was writing it, I realized that all of the characters have modern contemporaries. So I do want people to see the modern parallel.” But Powers was not expecting One Night in Miami…, which had its premiere in Los Angeles last year, to become this timely: Trayvon Martin. Ferguson. Eric Garner. Retaliatory cop shootings. At the cineplex, Selma graphically laid bare the atrocities that surrounded the conspiracy to deny African Americans the right to vote in 1964. “The second week after the play opened in LA, the Trayvon MartinGeorge Zimmerman thing happened,” said Powers. When the play opened a few months ago in Baltimore, he added, “People assumed I wrote it in response to Ferguson. “I hate to say it, but as far as race in America goes, it seems as if there has been a bit of a regression. I just think there are harder lines between different groups right now.” One of the primary, and still red-hot issues in the play, he added, is the social responsibility of the black artist.


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FOUR FIGHTERS What do cultural icons Muhammad Ali, Jim Brown, Sam Cooke and Malcolm X have in common? “All four are very much fighters, in their ways, but they have different styles,” said playwright Kemp Powers:

Muhammad Ali

The Dancer Quick on his feet, he often wore down opponents rather than just knock them out.

Jim Brown

The Pugilist He punished opponents with straight-on power, often requiring multiple defenders to bring him down.

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The Bruiser He dazzles you with rhetoric before delivering the blindsiding knockout you never saw coming.

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Stuart Sanks’ alter persona, Shirley Delta Blow, is no stranger to the Denver drag scene, and her colorful, big and over-the-top costumes are just as unforgettable. Shirley will be featured in our upcoming cabaret production Drag Machine from March 12 – 29 in the Garner Galleria Theatre. “I have this gorgeous prom dress — a strapless gown with a leopard print in the colors of the rainbow,” said Shirley. “It’s such a fun dress. I usually top it off with a gigantic pink foam wig and my favorite heels. Colorful sparkly accessories like a peacock bracelet and big crystal necklace complete this look.” Shirley wore the same dress while performing in Club Denver as part of last year’s The Legend of Georgia McBride post-show experience. “I had to duck to fit through the doors,” she said. “Remember in drag, more is more!” Stuart’s friend and Theatre Company Costume Design Associate Meghan AndersonDoyle makes most of Shirley’s outfits. When the duo goes out looking for fashion accessories and fabrics, they keep their intentions to themselves. “When asked about what we were making, we respond, ‘Pillows.’ The ladies at Jo-Ann think I have lots and lots of pillows!” To read the complete interview with Shirly Delta Blow, visit denvercenter.org/news-center.

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“Malcolm X thought Sam Cooke could have pushed the envelope to get people more fired up and agitated,” Powers said. “Malcolm X’s oratorical style was very much in-your-face and it propelled you to action; Sam’s style was more to let you discover the meaning of a song on your own, like an art piece.” Just as Powers finished One Night in Miami…, singer Harry Belafonte instigated a public sparring match with the rapper Jay-Z. Belafonte claimed current pop superstars “have turned their back on social responsibility.” He said that simply being a rich black man in the world is not enough. “When I saw that, I was like, ‘Oh my God, that is quite literally the whole question of social versus business responsibility, and which one determines black success,’ ” Powers said. “I knew this play was going to be contemporary. But I had no idea it was going to be this nail-on-the-head contemporary.”


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COSTUME DESIGN BY Meghan Anderson Doyle

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Sam Cooke........................................................................................................................................................................ NIK WALKER Jamaal............................................................................................................................................................................YORK WALKER Kareem................................................................................................................................................ WILLIAM OLIVER WATKINS Malcolm X................................................................................................................................................................... JASON DELANE Cassius Clay....................................................................................................................................................................COLBY LEWIS Jim Brown..............................................................................................................................................................MOROCCO OMARI

PLACE Miami, Florida TIME February 25, 1964

Fight Coordinator...................................................................................................................................... BENAIAH ANDERSON

Stage Manager......................................................................................................................................................... RACHEL DUCAT Assistant Stage Manager...............................................................................................................................A. PHOEBE SACKS Production Intern......................................................................................................................................NATALIE KRATOCHVIL

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.


ACTING COMPANY JASON DELANE (Malcolm X). At the Theatre Company: Debut. Recent NYC credits: Romeo and Juliet (Classical Theatre of Harlem). Recent LA theatre credits include One Night in Miami... (Malcolm X, Rogue Machine Theatre), Stick Fly (Matrix Theatre), Bulrusher (Skylight Theatre/Lower Depth Theatre Ensemble). Chicago credits include: The Goodman, Victory Gardens, Lookingglass, Northlight and Court Theatres. Founding member of Los Angeles’ Lower Depth Theatre Ensemble and Life Member of Actors Studio. TV/ Film: “Criminal Minds,” “Make it or Break it,” “Secret Lives of the American Teenager.” Training: MFA, Ohio University. COLBY LEWIS (Cassius Clay). At the Theatre Company: Debut. Broadway: Gotta Dance (NYC reading with Jerry Mitchell). Off-Broadway: A Chaste Maid in Cheapside (NYC reading/Red Bull Theater). Regional: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare and Company); Legally Blonde: The Musical, Much Ado About Nothing, Hairspray, His Girl Friday, Intimate Apparel, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, The Winter’s Tale (Connecticut Rep); To Kill A Mockingbird, Titus Andronicus, Mary Stuart (Utah Shakespeare Festival). TV/Film: “One Tree Hill,” The Screw, Cut Boys. Training: MFA, University of Connecticut. MOROCCO OMARI (Jim Brown). At the Theatre Company: Debut. Broadway: A Time To Kill, A Streetcar Named Desire. OffBroadway: Sticks and Bones. Regional: Space, Intimate Apparel (Steppenwolf Theatre); Blues for An Alabama Sky, The Ballad of Emmett Till (Goodman Theatre); Blues for An

Alabama Sky (Alabama Shakespeare Festival); Trust, Fedra: The Queen of Haiti (Lookingglass Theatre); Elmina’s Kitchen (Congo Square); Race (St. Louis Rep); Take Me Out (Geffen Playhouse); Radio Golf (Pittsburgh Public and Virginia Stage Company). Film/TV: Recurring roles on “Chicago Fire,” “N.C.I.S.” as well as roles on “The Good Wife” and “Person of Interest.” NIK WALKER (Sam Cooke). At the Theatre Company: Debut. Broadway: Motown the Musical. Off-Broadway: Peter and the Starcatcher. Regional: The Last Goodbye (The Old Globe); Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots (La Jolla Playhouse). TV/ Film: “Law & Order SVU.” A playwright as well, Nik’s rock fable Whiskeyland! is currently being produced by Last Call Theatricals, LLC. Training: BFA, NYU. YORK WALKER (Jamaal). At The Theatre Company: Debut. Regional: Napoli, A Christmas Carol (American Conservatory Theater); A Raisin In The Sun (California Shakespeare Theater); Let Bygones Be, Heist! (34th Annual Humana Festival); Dracula, A Christmas Carol, Important People (Actors Theatre of Louisville); As You Like It, Everything Is Ours (Chautauqua Theater Company); Hairspray (Gateway Playhouse). International: The House Of Bernarda Alba (Moscow Art Theatre). Training: MFA, American Conservatory Theater. WILLIAM OLIVER WATKINS (Kareem). At the Theatre Company: Jackie & Me, Ruined. New York credits include: The Underside of Jackfruit & Papaya, McRib (Working Theater/Abingdon); BIOLIFE (NY Madness); Snakeskin Suit, Nodding Off (Ensemble Studio Theater); Camp Logan (National Black Theater

of Harlem). Regional: Lombardi (Cleveland Play House/Arizona Theatre Company), A Raisin in the Sun (Studio Arena), To Kill A Mockingbird (Great Plains Theater), Blues for an Alabama Sky (St. Louis Black Rep). TV/Film: “Nurse Jackie,” “NYC 22,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “Rescue Me,” “Canterbury’s Law,” Nasty Baby, My Soul To Take, Airborne. Training: BFA, Webster University, Wynn Handman, Margie Haber, Bob Krakower. PLAYWRIGHT

KEMP POWERS is a playwright, screenwriter and author. An awardwinning journalist for 20 years, he has written features in the pages of magazines and newspapers ranging from Esquire and GQ to Forbes and Reuters. Kemp is a resident playwright at Los Angeles’ multi award-winning Rogue Machine Theatre company, where the 2013 world premiere of his play, One Night in Miami… received four NAACP Theatre Awards (Best Play, Best Playwright, Best Ensemble, Best Director) and three LA Drama Critics Circle awards, including the Ted Schmitt Award for Outstanding Writing of a World Premiere Play. The play also won an LA Weekly Theatre Award (Best Playwright), and was nominated for four Ovation Awards (Best Playwright, Best Play, Best Ensemble, Best Costumes). One Night In Miami… recently enjoyed a critically-acclaimed regional production at Baltimore’s Center Stage under the direction of Kwame Kwei-Armah. He is currently developing a new play for production, The Two Reds, and is developing an original comedy series he co-created for the FX cable network. Kemp also is a regular storyteller at the Peabody Awardwinning series “The Moth.” He was one of the 50 storytellers selected (including Sebastian Junger, Damien Echols, Adam Gopnik, Malcolm Gladwell, Richard Price and others) for publication in its first-ever book, The Moth: 50 True Stories, published in 2013 by Hyperion Press. DIRECTOR

CARL COFIELD is a New York-based director and actor. He directed the

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award winning world premiere of One Night in Miami… (Huffington Post best of LA 2013, NAACP, LA Drama Critics Circle and others) for Rogue Machine Theater, for which, he received the Los Angeles NAACP award for Best Director. NYC directing credits include: the 50th anniversary of Dutchman for the Classical Theatre of Harlem/National Black Theatre (Audello Nomination), Macbeth for Classical Theatre of Harlem/Dinoma Theatre, Better Than Yellow for 48 Hours In Harlem, The Seven by Will Power at the Connelly Theatre, The Tuskegee Airman Project for CUNY York College. He assisted Molly Smith in the world premiere of Camp David by Laurence Wright at Arena Stage. He also assisted Kent Gash on Langston In Harlem at Urban Stages. As an actor, his work has been seen at The Manhattan Theater Club (Ruined), Berkeley Rep, Alliance, Arena Stage, The Shakespeare Theater, Intiman, Actors Theater of Louisville, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Milwaukee Rep, Alabama Shakespeare, The McCarter, The Acting Company, The Studio Theatre and many others. Education: MFA Columbia. www.carlcofield.com ARTISTIC STAFF

MEGHAN ANDERSON DOYLE (Costume Designer). At the Theatre Company: Appoggiatura, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Jackie & Me, The Giver, Superior Donuts, Well and Ed, Downloaded. Other Theatres: Off-Center (CULT FOLLOWING seasons 1-4), DCPA Cabaret (I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change! and Five Course Love), Curious Theatre Company (Good People, The Brothers Size, A Number, Up, tempOdyssey), The Aurora Fox (Metamorphoses), National Theatre Conservatory Rep (16 productions). SpecialAwards/ Training: Theatre Company Costume Design Associate 2006-present; BA in Theatre, University of Denver; MFA in Costume Design, University of Florida. KATHRYN G. MAES Ph.D (Voice and Dialect Coach). At the Theatre Company: Benediction, Appoggiatura, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Lord of the Flies, The Unsinkable Molly Brown, Animal Crackers, Shadowlands, Hamlet, black odyssey, A Christmas Carol,

Jackie & Me, The Most Deserving, Just Like Us, Death of a Salesman, When We Are Married, Fences, The Three Musketeers, Heartbreak House, Great Wall Story. Other Theatres: Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal National Theatre (Arthur Miller’s American Clock). Special/Training: Voice and Dialect Coach for numerous professional theatre companies in the United States, Head of Voice at DCPA Theatre Company and the National Theatre Conservatory 1989 to 1992. Ph.D. in Theatre Arts, University of Pittsburgh; Advanced Diploma in Voice Studies, Central School of Speech and Drama, London, England. CHARLES R. MACLEOD (Lighting Designer). At the Theatre Company: (300+ productions/32 seasons). Appoggiatura, Shadowlands, black odyssey, Jackie & Me, Death of a Salesman, The 39 Steps, Reckless, When Tang Met Laika, The Diary of Anne Frank, Lydia, The Merry Wives of Windsor, 1001, Gem of the Ocean, All My Sons, A Christmas Carol, Lost Highway: The Music and Legend of Hank Williams, My Way, Forbidden Broadway, Always…Patsy Cline; Love, Janis and Girls Only, The Secret Comedy of Women. TYLER NELSON (Sound Designer). At the Theatre Company: Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, The Most Deserving, The Giver and Ed, Downloaded. Off Center: DATE*, Square of Ice, CULT FOLLOWING Season 1, The L&J&J Project, HipHop Jambalaya, Wii: The Ultimate Baseball Game. Other Theatres: Applebox Theatre Company (Buried Child, Summertree). Training: Bachelor’s Degree in Sound Engineering, University of Colorado Denver. LISA ORZOLEK (Set Designer). At the Theatre Company: (200+ productions/22 seasons) Benediction, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Shadowlands, Jackie & Me, Death of a Salesman, Great Wall Story, The Liar, Superior Donuts, Othello, Well, The Voysey Inheritance, The Trip to Bountiful, Gee’s Bend, Third, The Pillowman, Living Out, After Ashley, A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur, Boston Marriage, Visiting Mr. Green, Blue/Orange. Other Theatres: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Macbeth,

Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged), Richard II (Colorado Shakespeare Festival); Love... Perfect...Change, Five Course Love, Girls Only, The Taffetas, My Way (DCPA Cabaret); Twelfth Night, God’s Country (National Theatre Conservatory). Training: BFA in Scenic Design, Boston University. ELISSA MYERS CASTING, Paul Foquet, CSA (Casting). For PBS “Poisoner’s Handbook,” “Becoming Helen Keller” and the mini-series Mystery of Matter. Other PBS projects include “The Abolitionists,” “Dolly Madison,” “Alexander Hamilton,” “John and Abigail Adams,” “Benjamin Franklin” (Emmy Award), “Liberty” (Peabody Award), “God in America,” “People vs. Leo Frank,” “Louisa May Alcott,” as well as PBS “Great Performances” (Artois Award for Outstanding Achievement in Casting). Additionally three “Movies of the Week,” as well as five pilots. Feature films include Hank and Asha (Audience Award at Slamdance 2013) and The Union. Theatre includes seven Broadway shows, including Tony-nominated Having Our Say, as well as 25 OffBroadway shows. Regional casting in the past few years includes the Theatre Company, Geva Theatre, Cleveland Play House, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Magic Theatre, Arena Stage, Alley Theatre, George Street Playhouse, and Arizona Theatre Company. The office has so far received 16 nominations and has won three Artois awards for Outstanding Achievement in Casting. STAGE MANAGEMENT

RACHEL DUCAT (Stage Manager). At the Theatre Company: 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. Other Theatres: Twelfth Night, Treasure Island, Richard III (Colorado Shakespeare Festival); Curious Theatre Company; Jersey Boys, Wicked, Dirty Dancing (Broadway in Chicago); Chicago Shakespeare Theatre; Cleveland Play House, Hope Summer Repertory Theatre. Training; BA Theatre Production, University of Delaware.


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KENT THOMPSON (Producing Artistic Director) is in his tenth season as Producing Artistic Director of the Theatre Company. In Denver he directed productions of Hamlet, Just Like Us, Other Desert Cities, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, The Taming of the Shrew, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Plainsong, Eventide, Amadeus, The Liar and Measure for Measure, among others. Two of Kent’s major accomplishments since moving to Denver have been the establishment of the Colorado New Play Summit, a premier national festival for new American plays, and the Women’s Voices Fund, an endowment that supports the development of new plays by women. Prior to moving to Denver he was Producing Artistic Director of the Alabama Shakespeare Festival for 16 years. In 1991 Kent created the Southern Writers’ Project (SWP), designed to commission and develop new plays that presented 16 world premieres during his tenure. He served for eight years on the Board of Directors for Theatre Communications Group (TCG) and as its president for three years. He has served on peer review panels for the NEA (also chair), TCG, The Pew Charitable Trusts, The Fulbright Scholars Program, The Wallace Funds, The Doris Duke Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, among others. CHARLES VARIN (Managing Director) and his team are responsible for administrative, financial and business operations related to producing the Theatre Company’s season of productions and other artistic and educational initiatives. Prior to DCPA, Charles was General Manager for Geva Theatre Center in Rochester, NY and also has worked at Glimmerglass Opera, Asolo Repertory Theatre and Florida

Studio Theatre. Charles serves on the board of the Mile High Freedom Band and plays tuba with the organization. BRUCE K. SEVY (Associate Artistic Director and Director of New Play Development) has directed such memorable Theatre Company productions as Animal Crackers, When We Are Married, Heartbreak House, Mariela in the Desert, The Voysey Inheritance, A Prayer for Owen Meany, Doubt, All My Sons, Master Class, Mrs. Warren’s Profession, A Christmas Carol, Cat On a Hot Tin Roof, The Little Foxes, Molly Sweeney, Amy’s View, Valley Song, Pierre, Dinner With Friends and The Cripple of Inishmaan. As Director of New Play Development, he oversees both the artistic and practical components of the Theatre Company’s successful Colorado New Play Summit, including commissions from outstanding American playwrights. He has directed for Arizona Theatre Company, Cleveland Play House, Lark Play Development Center, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Virginia Stage Company, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Northlight Theatre, San Jose Repertory Theatre, Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, Pioneer Theatre Company, A Contemporary Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Empty Space and Intiman Theatre in Seattle, the Kimo Theatre in Albuquerque, and Utah Shakespearean Festival. His popular production of 2 Pianos, 4 Hands has been seen at more than 20 theatres nationally, including the Theatre Company’s successful 2003 production. JEFF GIFFORD (Director of Production) is in his second season at the DCPA and oversees every­ thing you see on stage except the actors. Guiding world premieres to their first opening night is especially gratifying and Jeff has worked on more than 35 of them. Among his favorites are Dinner with Friends, The Violet Hour, The Beard of Avon, Mr. Marmalade, and the new musical FLY. Jeff holds an MFA from California Institute of the Arts. MATTHEW LOPEZ (Denver Center Playwriting Fellow) is the author of The Legend of Georgia McBride,

which premiered last season at the Denver Center and The Whipping Man, also seen last season at Curious Theatre Company. Since its debut at Luna Stage Company and its New York premiere at Manhattan Theatre Club, The Whipping Man has become one of the most widely produced new American plays of the last several years, with productions in over 50 US cities and abroad. The Legend of Georgia McBride is set to have its Off-Broadway premiere in August at the MCC Theater. His play Somewhere premiered at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego and recently completed a successful run at Hartford Stage. His newest work, Reverberation premiered at Hartford Stage in March. Other plays include Zoey’s Perfect Wedding and The Sentinels, which premiered in London. Matthew currently holds new play commissions from Hartford Stage, Manhattan Theatre Company, Roundabout Theatre Company, and South Coast Rep. He was a staff writer on the HBO series “The Newsroom” and is currently adapting Javier Marias’ “Your Face Tomorrow” trilogy for Brad Pitt’s Plan B film company.

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A. PHOEBE SACKS (Assistant Stage Manager). At the Theatre Company: 13 seasons, over 30 productions, including most recently: Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Shadowlands, The Legend of Georgia McBride, Death of a Salesman. Training: BA in Technical Theatre, University of Northern Colorado.


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“If I’d learned just to play myself I might have become some kind of movie star, but I thwarted that by taking on roles that allowed me to get at the heart of a character.” — HAL HOLBROOK

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In a career that spans more than 70 years and ranges from regional theatre to TV and film, the world inevitably thinks of Hal Holbrook primarily as Mark Twain. This recognition is all thanks to his irrepressible solo performance in Mark Twain Tonight!. To hear Holbrook tell it, this was all an accident. Born in Cleveland in 1925 where his first role in the theatre was in The Man Who Came to Dinner at Cleveland’s Cain Park Theatre, he grew up in Massachusetts and later graduated from Ohio’s Denison University. By the time Holbrook left Denison, he was married and he and his first wife, Ruby Johnson, had developed a two-person show consisting of characters from Shakespeare to (yes) Mark Twain. They took it on the road, touring the 8am school assembly circuit in a freezing Southwest, doing 307 shows in 30 weeks, and racking up 30,000 miles on their station wagon, with costumes that often had to be defrosted before they could be worn. The Twain characterization might have perished right there, but Holbrook was cast in a soap opera in New York and became sufficiently bored with it that he began to ex-

pand his repertoire of Twain material in sheer self-defense. When TV’s Ed Sullivan saw the polished one-man piece in a small New York theatre and offered Holbrook national exposure on his hugely popular variety show, there was no turning back. The down side of that success was that young Hal was being offered mostly old-man roles. The up side, though he didn’t know it at the time, was that Mark Twain Tonight! would become the singular, solo creation that he’s played all over the country (including Broadway, where it earned him a 1966 Tony® Award). This turn of events threatened, but was not allowed to impede a much richer and fuller career. On stage he tackled everything — from comedy to drama, musicals to Chekhov, Miller to Shakespeare, careening from Hotspur and Shylock to the vaulting King Lear, without flinching at the sheer magnitude and range of his undertakings. “I was introduced to acting that way, playing everything,” he told this writer in 1996, when he came through Denver in the title role of Death of a Salesman. “I dove into the theatre to get behind disguises,” he confessed.


“As a kid, I’d scare the neighborhood as the Hunchback of Notre Dame. If I’d learned just to play myself I might have become some kind of movie star, but I thwarted that by taking on roles that allowed me to get at the heart of a character.” Yet the most amazing of those characters remains his portrayal of the pugnacious, cigar-chomping Mark Twain, a wit and writer Holbrook deeply admires and with whom he is on very intimate terms after 60 years of being him on stage. Not only does he find Twain’s perceptions brilliant, but also extremely modern. When we met on a wintry Los Angeles afternoon in his home library, Holbrook was fired up. On cue, eyes, energy and indignation blazing, he expounded not only on the astonishing career he has made out of playing one of America’s greatest citizen-philosophers (a journey chronicled in his 2011 autobiography, Harold, the Boy Who Became Mark Twain), but also on his boundless admiration for what he sees as Twain’s prophetic vision of this country’s often rogue and difficult trajectory and uncertain future. “He was the first tremendously successful author in this country,” he said. “In the 1870s, after the Civil War, his career took off, he came east, and the country took off. The Industrial Revolution began, fed by Mr. Lincoln saying go ahead, put down the transcontinental railroad. Mark Twain, still in his thirties, became the confidant of Andrew Carnegie, of Mr. Vanderbilt — he sailed on his yacht — of young John Rockefeller: [Jay] Gould, J.P. Morgan. “In those days they all belonged to clubs — the Players Club, the Lotus Club. They all knew each other, had lunches, made fun of each other, had fun with each other. Twain watched them, looked at them, went home and wrote about them. He saw the great turn that had happened in this country, from an agrarian to an industrialized nation, which became, in a

period of 30 or 40 years, an industrial giant.” Yet Twain saw an America that lost its way. To quote from the show, “It’s a civilization that has destroyed the simplicity and repose of life, its poetry, its soft romantic dreams and visions, and replaced them with a money fever, shorted ideals, vulgar ambitions and a sleep that does not refresh.” No wonder Holbrook stands in awe. “You could start the American Dream with Abraham Lincoln as the epitome of the Great American Story,” he said. “You go from Lincoln to Twain and the disintegration that he began to write about in The Gilded Age and other late works, and you know he was beginning to see the erosion of the purity of our values. “If you think that Mark Twain was just becoming a road exercise for me, think again,” he added. “I can get out there and say something that means something to me and, I believe, to the American public that may not even understand the magnitude of what is going on. It’s become my sword. We all need to think a little bit about what we are doing to ourselves, to our children and especially to our country.” The words will be Twain’s. The passion? All Holbrook. Sylvie Drake most recently served as Director of Publications for the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. She is a former theatre critic and columnist for the Los Angeles Times and a regular contributor to culturalweekly.com.

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