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Perry-Mansfield New Works Festival Announces 2010 Summer Repertory 6/18 -6/20 in Colorado

Rick Miramontez/Philip Carrubba
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New York, NY (May 6, 2010) — The Perry-Mansfield New Works Festival (June Lindenmayer, Executive Director; Andrew Leynse, Artistic Director), with sponsorship from The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust, has announced the line-up for the 2010 summer season of theatre and dance at the venerable performing arts camp and school in Steamboat Springs, CO. The 13th Annual Perry-Mansfield New Works Festival is scheduled June 18 – 20 with staged readings of new plays and a special dance presentation choreographed for the festival. The New Works Festival continues Perry-Mansfield's founding principle of nurturing new talent with new work.

The Perry-Mansfield New Works Festival, co-chaired by James Steinberg and Karolynn Lestrud, brings performing arts professionals together in the Rocky Mountains to develop new pieces of drama, musical theater and dance, and to mentor new talent in each medium. The 2010 New Works Festival reunites the successful artistic partnership of New York’s Atlantic Theater Company, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Denver Center Theatre Company, and New York’s Primary Stages. The Festival will also showcase works by emerging chorographer Nicholas Villeneuve sponsored by Terry & Noel Hefty through The Messing Family Foundation.

Now in its 97th year, Perry-Mansfield, founded by Charlotte Perry and Portia Mansfield, is recognized as the oldest continuously operating performing arts school and camp in the nation.

New Works Festival Artistic Director Andrew Leynse said, “I am thrilled to announce our 13th season of new works and to continue our unique collaboration with so many colleagues. Each year we have had an unprecedented number of artists come to Perry-Mansfield from all over the country, and this year looks to be another unique achievement.”

Neil Pepe and Atlantic Theater Company open the festival with a new play entitled I Don’t Want To Talk About It by Kenny Finkle. Thirty-three-year-old Marcus gets more than he bargains for when he stops to pick up his mother, Rona, who has just run out on a marriage counseling session and is walking home along a busy highway. In this time-bending new comedy, Finkle tells the story of how a family goes off the tracks thanks to a seductive visit from a charismatic stranger, and how a son can reclaim his parents twenty years later. Directed by Christian Parker.

Andrew Leynse and Primary Stages bring theater veteran Willy Holtzman’s The Morini Strad, a new play about a craftsman hired to restore a priceless violin who finds himself more deeply involved when he makes a pact with the aging virtuosa who made it famous. Primary Stages Founder and Executive Producer, Casey Childs, directs.

Kent Thompson and the Denver Center Theatre Company will present Flooded by Julie Marie Myatt. A star TV meteorologist turns oracle when he abandons bland L.A. for the wilder weather of North Carolina. As natural disasters mount worldwide, William unknowingly channels an on-camera voice of doom that ties extreme climate events to the sins of mankind. Despite the show’s popularity, he finds to his sorrow that following his own path may cost him everything he holds dear. Playwright Myatt deftly plucks the dark threads of myth, folk tale, and religious prophecy in this unique and timely play. Jessica Thebus directs.

Marc Masterson and Actors Theatre of Louisville close out the festival with Maple and Vine by Jordan Harrison. Katha and Ryu have become allergic to their fast-paced modern lives. After they meet a charismatic man from a community of 1950’s re-enactors, they forsake cell phones and sushi for Jell-o molds and Tupperware parties. This witty and inventive new play explores the virtue of slowness and the joy of difficulty. Directed by Anne Kauffman and co-commissioned by Actors Theatre of Louisville and Berkeley Repertory Theatre.

Special guest choreographer Nicholas Villeneuve will present a dance presentation sponsored by Terry & Noel Hefty through The Messing Family Foundation. The New Works Festival will display a dynamic evening of diverse pieces ranging from the humorous to the narrative and abstract classicism. Villeneuve's work brims with visceral physicality and a clear athletic quality that is compelling. The New York Times has branded him as “dancing with a sunny charm.” The new work titled “Portal” will be based on the exploration between life and what lies beyond the next threshold. It will be presented in four movements and dedicated to the late Rosalia “Charo” Alonso. An alumnus of The Alvin Ailey School and The Juilliard School in New York City, Villeneuve has worked with Hans van Manen of Nederlands dans Theatre and has been privy to performing works by modern master choreographers such as Agnes de Mille, José Limon and Talley Beatty, among others.

Full casting will be announced shortly.

All rehearsals and performances will take place at Perry-Mansfield (40755 Routt County Road 36, Steamboat Springs, CO 80487). Free open rehearsals will take place June 16 – 20.

Performances are June 18-20. Single tickets for the staged readings are $15, the dance performance is $20. A special Festival Weekend Ticket Package is available for $60 and includes all staged play readings, the dance presentation and festival receptions. For tickets and information, please call 800-430-2787 or 970-879-7125, or visit the website at www.perry-mansfield.org.

2010 Perry-Mansfield New Works Festival schedule is as follows:

Friday, June 18, 2010 at 8:00 p.m., Main Studio
I Don’t Want To Talk About It
By Kenny Finkle
Directed by Christian Parker

Saturday, June 19, 2010 at 1:00 p.m., Julie Harris Theater
The Morini Strad
By Willy Holtzman
Directed by Casey Childs

Saturday, June 19, 2010 at 4:00 p.m., Julie Harris Theater
By Julie Marie Myatt
Directed by Jessica Thebus

Saturday, June 19, 2010 at 8:00 p.m., Main Studio
A new work choreographed by Nicholas Villeneuve
Dance Presentation

Sunday, June 20, 2010 at 2:00 p.m., Julie Harris Theater
Maple and Vine
By Jordan Harrison
Directed by Anne Kauffman
*Co-Commissioned by Actors Theater of Louisville and Berkley Repertory Theatre


Casey Childs (Director, The Morini Strad) founded Primary Stages in 1984 and has directed many productions for the company including works by Jack Heifner, Bob Kingdom, Bill Leavengood, Lee MacDougall, Keith Reddin, and Edwin Sanchez. He served as the Artistic Program Director for the New Dramatists from 1981 until 1985 and has directed other new plays Off-Broadway including Lanie Robertson’s Woman Before a Glass with Mercedes Ruehl at the Promenade Theatre (OBIE Awards for Performance and Design). Casey is the recipient of the Carnegie-Mellon Commitment to New Playwrights’ Award, as well as two Emmy Awards and many nominations for his extensive work in television. He is a past Vice President of the Directors’ Guild of America and a past trustee of The National Association of Television Arts and Sciences. He has taught at many universities including Columbia’s School of Film, New York University and Duke, and is currently an associate fellow at Calhoun College at Yale University. Casey has a BFA in acting and an MFA in directing from Carnegie-Mellon University.

Kenny Finkle (Playwright, I Don’t Want To Talk About It). His play Alive and Well premiered at Virginia Stage, where it was commissioned, and will next be seen in California at The Old Globe Theater. His play Indoor/Outdoor received its Off-Broadway premiere at the DR2 in Union Square (directed by Daniel Goldstein) in 2006. The play has also been produced at Trinity Repertory, the Colony Theatre, Virginia Stage Company, Portland Stage and the Hangar Theatre (world premiere, directed by Kevin Moriarty). Indoor/Outdoor was published by Broadway Play Publishing and featured in Smith and Krauss’ Best Plays of 2006. Other plays include: Bridezilla Strikes Back (co-written with Cynthia Silver, NY Fringe Festival, 2005), Transatlantica (Flea Theatre in Tribeca, 2002) and Josh Keenan Comes Out to the World (Philadelphia Gay and Lesbian Theatre Festival and Hangar Theatre School Tour, 2003/4). He is a recipient of a NYFA fellowship and was awarded University of Illinois' Inner Voices prize. He is currently writing a new play, Penelope in Ithaca,” for the Hangar Theatre in Ithaca, NY which they will produce this summer. Kenny is a graduate of Columbia University's MFA Playwriting program, a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and a member of the Dramatists Guild.

Jordon Harrison (Playwright, Maple and Vine) is a 2009-2010 Guggenheim Fellow and a 2009-2010 Hodder Fellow at Princeton University. His plays include Doris to Darlene (Playwrights Horizons), Act a Lady (2006 Humana Festival, Portland Center Stage), Finn in the Underworld (Berkeley Rep), Amazons and Their Men (Off-Broadway at Clubbed Thumb), Kid-Simple (2004 Humana Festival, SPF), The Museum Play (Washington Ensemble Theatre), and Futura (forthcoming at Portland Center Stage, National Asian American Theater Company, and Theater @ Boston Court). Jordan is the recipient of the Kesselring Fellowship, the Heideman Award, the Loewe Award for Musical Theater, a Theater Masters Innovative Playwright Award, Jerome and McKnight Fellowships from The Playwrights’ Center, and a NEA/TCG Playwright-in-Residence Grant. He is currently working on a musical for Ars Nova, a children’s play for the Arden Theatre Company, and plays for Actors Theatre of Louisville/Berkeley Rep and Playwrights Horizons. A graduate of the Brown MFA program, Jordan is a resident playwright at New Dramatists.

Willy Holtzman
(Playwright, The Morini Strad) Plays include: Something You Did (People’s Light and Theatre), Sabina (Primary Stages), Hearts (Barrymore Award, Arthur Miller Award, Smith and Kraus Best New Plays; People's Light and Theatre, Long Wharf Theatre, Northlight Theatre, Alliance Theatre, New Jewish Theatre of St. Louis), Bovver Boys (Primary Stages, Cleveland Play House, Berkshire Theatre Festival), The Closer (Davie Award; Working Theatre, GeVa Theatre), Inside Out (New Federal Theatre/Theatre for a New Audience, Portland Stage, Nebraska Rep) San Antonio Sunset (New York, Los Angeles, London, Dublin, Bombay; Best Short Plays). For film and television: Edge of America (Peabody Award, Humanitas Prize, Writers Guild Award, Sundance Film Festival Opening Night 2004), “Blood Brothers” (HBO, Cine Golden Eagle Award), Favors (starring Sissy Spacek and William H. Macy). Willy received the HBO Award at the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference. He taught as a visiting artist at Bronx Regional High School in the South Bronx, and was Resident Playwright at Juilliard from 1990-92. He has worked with the 52d Street Project in New York’s Hell’s Kitchen and on the Navajo Reservation. He is a proud board member of New Dramatists.

Anne Kauffman (Director, Maple and Vine) OBIE Award for The Thugs by Adam Bock at Soho Rep, Big Easy award for Children's Hour in New Orleans, Six Degrees Of Separation with Williamstown Theater Festival, This Wide Night by Chloe Moss with Naked Angels, Dot by Kate E. Ryan with Clubbed Thumb, Becky Shaw with the Wilma Theater, Stunning by David Adjmi at LCT3, Sixty Miles To Silverlake by Dan LeFranc at Soho Rep, God’s Ear by Jenny Schwartz at the Vineyard and New Georges, The Winter's Tale with Chautauqua Theater Company, Communist Dracula Pageant by Anne Washburn at American Repertory Theater, Have You Seen Steve Steven by Ann Marie Healy with 13P, developed at Sundance Theater Institute , Expecting Isabel by Lisa Loomer and Doubt at Asolo Repertory Theater. Act A Lady by Jordan Harrison at the Humana Festival of New Plays, Typographer’s Dream by Adam Bock at Encore Theater and Shotgun Players, The Loyal Opposition by Jorge Ignacio Cortiñas at New York Theater Workshop, The Ladies by Anne Washburn with The Civilians at Dixon Place and Cherry Lane Theater. Drama League, Founding Associate Artist of The Civilians, NYTW Usual Suspect, New Georges Kitchen Cabinet, Artistic Council Soho Rep Theater and LCT3.

Julie Marie Myatt (Playwright, Flooded) Her play The Happy Ones recently premiered at South Coast Repertory, and won the LA Drama Critic Circle’s Ted Schmitt Award for Outstanding New Play. Other plays include Someday, which premiered as part of Cornerstone Theatre Company’s Justice Cycle; Welcome Home, Jenny Sutter premiered at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and a tour of that production went to the Kennedy Center as part of the Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays; My Wandering Boy premiered at South Coast Repertory in the 2007 as part of Pacific Playwrights Festival and was also produced in New York as part of the 2007 Summer Play Festival; Boats On A River premiered at the Guthrie Theater, a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, was recorded for the LA Theatre works radio play series, “The Play’s The Thing;” her ten-minute play, Mr. and Mrs. premiered at the 2007 Humana Festival; The Sex Habits of American Women was produced by the Guthrie Theater, Signature Theatre in Arlington, VA, among others, and premiered at the Magic Theatre in San Francisco. Her work has been developed or seen at Actors Theatre of Louisville, Seattle Rep, Cherry Lane, A.S.K. Theatre Projects, LAByrinth Theater Company, Denver Center Theatre Company. She received a Walt Disney Studios Screenwriting Fellowship, a Jerome Fellowship at the Playwrights’ Center, and a McKnight Advancement Grant. Julie is currently working on commissions for ACT Seattle, Roundabout Theatre, and Yale Repertory. She is a resident member of New Dramatists, and an Ensemble member of Cornerstone Theatre Company.

Christian Parker (Director, I Don’t Want To Talk About It) is the Associate Artistic Director at the Atlantic Theater Company, where he has worked since the fall of 2001. Most recently at Atlantic, he directed the world premiere of Leslie Ayvazian’s Make Me and the New York premiere of Tina Howe’s play Birth and After Birth. In 2006, he produced, directed, and acted in 10X20, a festival of newly commissioned ten minute plays by writers previously produced at Atlantic, to inaugurate their new Stage 2 and celebrate the 20th anniversary of the company. For that festival, he directed plays by Tina Howe, Keith Reddin and Rolin Jones, and acted in Kevin Heelan's The Compassioneer. Also at Atlantic, he directed Ken Weitzman’s Arrangements and Jeff Whitty’s The Hiding Place. Prior to his tenure at the Atlantic, he spent several seasons as the Literary Manager at Manhattan Theatre Club. Christian has also dramaturged over fifty premieres of new American and British plays on, off and off-off Broadway. Christian is fluent in Russian and is part of the national artistic advisory board for the CITD New Russian Plays initiative. He is assistant professor of theatre at Columbia University, where he is the head of the MFA program in Dramaturgy, He holds a BA from Middlebury College and an MFA from Columbia.

Jessica Thebus (Director, Flooded) is an Associate Artist with Steppenwolf Theatre Company. At Steppenwolf, she has directed Intimate Apparel, Dead Man’s Cell Phone, No Place Like Home, When the Messenger is Hot (also at 59E59 Theaters in NYC) and Sonia Flew. Jessica has worked with The Huntington Theater, The Goodman Theater, The Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The Kennedy Center, Lookingglass Theater Company, Northlight Theater, Victory Gardens Theater, Remy Bumppo, Writer's Theater, Redmoon Theater and The Piven Theater Workshop. Favorite projects include Welcome Home Jenny Sutter, at The Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Pulp at About Face Theatre (Jeff nomination- Best Director, After Dark Award—Best Production); Winesburg, Ohio also at About Face (Jeff nomination—Best Director, After Dark Award—Best Director); Jessica holds a doctorate in Performance Studies from Northwestern University, and is an assistant professor in the MFA Directing Program.

Nicholas Villeneuve (Choreographer, Dance Presentation) A native from Montreal, was raised in Kingston, Jamaica. An alumnus of The Alvin Ailey School and The Juilliard School in New York City, Nicholas has worked with Hans van Manen of Nederlands dans Theatre and has been privy to performing works by modern master choreographers such as Agnes de Mille, Jose Limon and Talley Beatty among many others. His concert credits include Cortez and Company Contemporary Ballet under the direction of Hernando Cortez formerly of The Paul Taylor Company, The Company Dance Theatre- Kingston, Jamaica and has been featured on Broadway in the AIDS benefit A Few Good Men Dancin’ as well as the Toronto production of The Lion King, where he held the title of Dance Captain/ Swing for four years. He has performed with Patti Labelle, Pamela Anderson and Antonio Banderas and been featured on CBS and PBS. He has been on the faculty at Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp for six years in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, as the Assistant to the Artistic Director Linda Kent where he teaches Repertory, Contemporary Partnering and Modern Jazz. In 2004 he was added to the guest faculty of Cawthra Park Secondary School in Toronto, Canada where he creates a new work every year. Mr. Villeneuve is now proud to be in his fifth season with Ballet Hispanico of New York and occasionally guest teaches and choreographs for The Juilliard School.

Andrew Leynse (Artistic Director, Perry-Mansfield New Works Festival) is currently in his fifth season as the Artistic Director of Perry-Mansfield’s New Works Festival, where he directed The Cherry Sisters Revisited by Dan O’Brien, The Receptionist by Adam Bock, Spiced Vodka by Rinne Groff, and produced Mama Hated Diesels by Randall Myler and Dan Wheetman. Andrew has served as the Artistic Director of Primary Stages for the last nine seasons. He has produced, managed, and directed in the New York Theatre community for more than twenty years. Andrew began his career at Primary Stages after graduating from Carnegie Mellon’s Directing Program. At Castle Hill Productions he produced over twenty productions on and off Broadway. Upon returning to Primary Stages as Artistic Director in 1995 he oversaw the move to their new home at 59E59 Theaters. Primary Stages productions have received considerable critical acclaim, including Tony, Obie, AUDELCO, Outer Critics Circle, Drama League, Drama Desk (among others) awards and nominations. Recent productions include Dividing The Estate by Horton Foote, Happy Now? by Lucinda Coxon, Opus by Michael Hollinger, Shipwrecked! by Donald Margulies and Buffalo Gal by A.R. Gurney to name a few. Primary Stages received the Lucille Lortel Outstanding Body of Work Award in 2008. Andrew recently directed the world premiere production of The Cherry Sisters Revisited by Dan O’Brien with music by Michael Friedman at the Humana Festival at Actors Theater of Louisville.

New Works Festival brings performing arts professionals together in the Rocky Mountains to develop new pieces of drama, musical theater and dance, and to mentor new talent in each medium. Presented with artistic partnership from Primary Stages (under the artistic direction of Andrew Leynse), in collaboration with Actor’s Theater of Louisville, Atlantic Theater Company, and Denver Center Theater Company, with sponsorship from The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust, the New Works Festival continues Perry-Mansfield's founding principle of nurturing new talent with new work. Past festival works include What’s That Smell: The Music of Jacob Sterling with book and lyrics by David Pittu and music by Randy Redd (premiered last Season at Atlantic Theater Company, followed by an extended run at New World Stages); When Tang Met Laika by Rogelio Martinez (later presented at Denver Center’s Summit Festival and received its world premiere at Denver Center Theatre this winter); Mama Hated Diesels; The Songs and Stories of the American Truck Driver, by Randall Myler and Dan Wheetman; Lydia by Octavio Solis; Plainsong by Eric Schmiedl (received their world premieres at Denver Center Theatre Company); The Cherry Sister Revisited by Dan O’Brien, Wild Blessings: A Celebration of Wendell Barry, adapted for the stage by Marc Masterson and Adrien-Alice Hansel from the writing of Wendell Barry (both received their world premieres at the Humana Festival at Actors Theatre of Louisville); The Receptionist by Adam Boch (was world premiered at Manhattan Theater Club); The Blue Flower by Jim Bauer & Ruth Bauer (Prospect Theatre at the West End Theater); A Sleeping Country by Melanie Marnich (Cincinatti Playhouse in the Park) and The Unauthorized Autobiography of Samantha Brown with book & lyrics by Kait Kerrigan and music by Brian Lowdermilk, among others.

The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust was created by Harold Steinberg in 1986 in the names of himself and his late wife Miriam. The Trust's primary mission is to support and promote the American theater as a vital part of our culture by nurturing American playwrights, encouraging the development and production of new American plays, and providing significant support to theater companies across the country.

Since its inception, the Trust has given in excess of $40 million to more than one hundred not-for-profit theater organizations. These gifts have funded countless productions, as well as the commissioning of playwrights, playwriting programs and arts-in-education outreach programs for tens of thousands of children in an effort to create and educate new generations of theatergoers.

The Trust has also been instrumental in providing emergency assistance to numerous theater companies that have faced severe financial circumstances (including possible dissolution) because of cutbacks in traditional sources of funding or other factors, including the devastating impact of the events of September 11, 2001 on cultural institutions in New York City.

The Trust has also collaborated with the American Theatre Critics Association to create and fund the Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award. The award is presented annually during the Humana Festival of New American Plays at Actors Theatre of Louisville. Recent winners of this award include Craig Lucas, Lynn Nottage, Lee Blessing and Nilo Cruz.

Perry-Mansfield In 1913, Charlotte Perry and Portia Mansfield fulfilled their dreams of creating a theater and dance camp in the mountains. Now, over ninety-five years later, Perry-Mansfield is recognized as the oldest continuously operating performing arts school and camp in the nation. Throughout the years, a number of distinguished alumni, faculty, and guest artists have passed through the doors of Perry-Mansfield. The list includes Robert Battle, Sammy Bayes, Jessica Biel, Ruthanna Boris, Wally Cardona, John Cage, Martha Clarke, Merce Cunningham, Harriette Ann Gray, Julie Harris, Dustin Hoffman, Hanya Holm, Lee Horsley, Doris Humphrey, Jack Lee, José Limon, Agnes de Mille, Daniel Nagrin, Peter Pucci, Jason Raize, Lee Remick, Stephen Schwartz, Amala Shankar, Ton Simons, Francis Sternhagen, Helen Tamiris, Joan Van Ark, and Charles Weidman. Today, students from all over the world take classes from a select group of accomplished and internationally renowned faculty. The tradition of Perry-Mansfield remains unsurpassed as the camp continues to prepare emerging young artists for the stage. Recent alumni are performing with Ballet Hispanico, Battleworks Dance Company, Munich Ballet, the Paul Taylor Dance Company, Nederlands Dans Theater, and in film, on Broadway and television. Since 1992, Perry-Mansfield has been owned and operated by a 501(c)3 non-profit organization called Friends of Perry-Mansfield and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. We invite you to share in the magic of Perry-Mansfield.

Actors Theater of Louisville. Now in its 45th season, Actors Theatre of Louisville, the State Theatre of Kentucky, has emerged as one of America's most consistently innovative professional theatre companies. For over 30 years, it has been a major force in revitalizing American playwriting. Its annual Humana Festival of New American Plays is recognized as the premiere event of its kind and draws producers, journalists, critics, playwrights and theatre lovers from around the world for a marathon of new works. Over 350 plays from Actors Theatre have been published, making them available to producers and readers, and creating a significant addition to the nation’s dramatic literature. Actors Theatre’s programming includes a broad range of classical and contemporary work, presenting over 500 performances each season. The company performs annually to nearly 200,000 people and is the recipient of the most prestigious awards bestowed on a regional theatre: a special Tony Award for Distinguished Achievement, the James N. Vaughan Memorial Award for Exceptional Achievement and Contribution to the Development of Professional Theatre, and the Margo Jones Award for the Encouragement of New Plays. Actors Theatre's international appearances include performances in over 29 cities in 15 foreign countries. Currently, there are 40 books of plays and criticism from Actors Theatre in publication and circulation.

Atlantic Theater Company is the award winning Off-Broadway theater company dedicated to producing great plays simply and truthfully utilizing an artistic ensemble. Atlantic believes that the story of the play and the intent of the playwright are at the core of the creative process. Atlantic maintains an ensemble of acclaimed actors, writers and directors including Pulitzer Prize winning playwright and director David Mamet and Academy Award® nominated actor William H. Macy who founded Atlantic twenty five years ago in 1985.

Berkeley Repertory Theatre has grown from a storefront stage to a national leader in innovative theatre. Known for its core values of imagination and excellence, as well as its educated and adventurous audience, the nonprofit has provided a welcoming home for emerging and established artists since 1968. The Theatre welcomes an annual audience of 180,000, serves 20,000 students and hosts dozens of community groups, thanks to 1,000 volunteers and more than 400 artists, artisans and administrators. With two stages, a school and a Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre, Berkeley Rep is proud to premiere exhilarating new plays. In the last five years alone, the company has helped send five shows to Broadway: American Idiot, Bridge & Tunnel, In the Next Room (or the vibrator play), Passing Strange, and Wishful Drinking.

Denver Center Theater Company As the flagship theatre of the Rocky Mountain region, The Denver Center for the Performing Arts creates and presents exceptional theatre that engages, excites, provokes and inspires both artists and audiences. They embrace the classics while also striving to create new plays and musicals that advance the American theatre and are committed to making The Denver Center a center for lifelong learning and civic engagement.

Primary Stages has given life to more than 100 new plays, many of them world premieres, by writers such as Horton Foote, A.R. Gurney, Willy Holtzman, Julia Jordan, Romulus Linney, Donald Margulies, Melissa Manchester, Terrence McNally, John Henry Redwood, John Patrick Shanley, Mac Wellman, Lee Blessing and Michele Lowe. The company also continues to work with emerging playwrights through commissions and its artist development program, The Dorothy Strelsin New American Writers Group.

Over the years, the company has received considerable critical acclaim and numerous theater and literary awards and nominations, including TONY, Obie, AUDELCO, Outer Critics Circle, Lucille Lortel , Drama League and Drama Desk Awards. The Fourth Wall, All in the Timing, The Old Settler, Missing/Kissing, The Model Apartment, Scotland Road, You Should Be So Lucky, The Stendhal Syndrome, Sabina, Dividing the Estate and In The Continuum are among the many plays brought to national attention by Primary Stages.

Primary Stages is honored to be the Resident Theater Company of 59E59 Theaters since its inauguration in 2004. 59E59 Theaters is a state of the art theater center on Manhattan’s East side which provides a home to numerous visiting companies, theater festivals, and artists throughout the year. www.59e59.org.




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