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SEPTEMBER 18 – 21, 2019


New York, NY (September 16, 2019) – Theatre Aspen (Jed Bernstein, Producing Director) announced today the addition of a special panel series to the organization’s inaugural one-person show festival Solo Flights which takes off this week in Aspen, CO, September 18 through 21.

The one-time-only panels will take place alongside already announced festival shows and talk-backs on Thursday, September 19 and Friday, September 20 and will feature Beau Bridges (Coach: An Evening with John Wooden), Jed Bernstein, Tracy Brigden (What We Leave Behind), Joe Calarco (Coach…), Kent Nicholson (When It’s You), and Lisa Peterson (Dr. Glas). Admission for these special panels is free, but seating is limited. Reservations can be made at TheatreAspen.org.


Beau Bridges: A Career from Film to Stage
Thursday, September 19 @ 5:45pm
Pitkin Country Library Community Room | Aspen, CO

A special one-on-one conversation with three-time Emmy, two-time Golden Globe, and Grammy Award-winning actor Beau Bridges and Theatre Aspen’s Producing Director Jed Bernstein for a creative conversation about his life on the screen and on the stage.

Piloting A Solo Flight: The Role of the Director
Friday, September 20 @ 5:45pm
Pitkin Country Library Community Room | Aspen, CO

From Sea Wall / A Life, currently running on Broadway, to stand-up comedians and theatre artists, solo performance is an artform that has its roots as far back as the 19th century but has been steadily gaining popularity in mainstream culture in recent years. Join a special discussion, led by Festival Dramaturg Jerry Patch, with the directors of Theatre Aspen’s Solo Flights Festival to discuss the unique challenges – and joys – of one-person shows and where they think the genre is headed next. Director Panelists include Tracy Brigden (What We Leave Behind), Joe Calarco (Coach), Kent Nicholson (When It’s You), and Lisa Peterson (Dr. Glas).

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Solo Flights is an annual festival of one-person shows presented in the beginning stages of their development. In addition to the performances, Solo Flights will feature signature events including talkbacks, creative discussions, and special receptions. This year’s inaugural Solo Flights festival will be held September 18 – 21, 2019 at Theatre Aspen’s Hurst Theatre.

The casts and creative teams for the first-ever Solo Flights festival include two-time Tony Award, three-time Drama Desk Award, two-time Outer Critics Circle Award, and Lucille Lortel Award nominee Kate Baldwin who will play Jenny in Jenny Giering and Sean Barry’s one-woman musical What We Leave Behind, directed by Tracy Brigden, alongside music director, Drama Desk Award nominee, Lynne Shankel. Television star Joy Nash will play Ginnifer in Courtney Baron’s When It’s You, directed by Kent Nicholson. Lucille Lortel Award, two-time Barrymore Award, and four-time Helen Hayes Award winner Joe Calarco will direct three-time Emmy Award, two-time Golden Globe Award, and Grammy Award winner, Beau Bridges in Coach: An Evening with John Wooden by Emmy and Golden Globe nominee John Wilder. Additionally, Daniel Gerroll will star in Jeffrey Hatcher’s Dr. Glas, directed by Lisa Peterson.

Festival ticket packages are now on sale. Frequent Flyer Packages, which include one ticket to each show, are priced at $180 and Take Flight Sampler Packages, which include four tickets to any combination of shows, are $220. A limited number of $350 Premiere Class Packages, which include premium seating, festival opening and closing parties, and special Solo Flights inaugural merchandise, are also available. Festival ticket packages can be purchased online at TheatreAspen.org or by calling 970.300.4474.

The 2019 Theatre Aspen Solo Flights Festival is presented in part by Bloomberg Philanthropies and Rick & Rachel Klausner. Additional support is provided by David Bonderman, Karen Brooks, Susie & Jon Diamond and Lynda & Stewart Resnick. With Special Thanks to Rita & Jeff Adler and Sandy & Kenny Tate.


FESTIVAL TAKE-OFF PARTY | Wednesday, September 18 @ 5 PM

COACH: AN EVENING WITH JOHN WOODEN | Wednesday, September 18 @ 7 PM and Saturday, September 21 @ 4 PM

When legendary basketball coach John Wooden (Beau Bridges) gets a call asking about naming a court in his honor, he says his wife Nell’s name must come first. From humble beginnings to the pinnacle of success, the coach reflects on the only girl he ever loved and the journey they took together from a small town in the middle of the country to Los Angeles, California. John Wooden understood the American Dream, lived it, coached it, and inspired millions of others to pursue it. Coach: An Evening with John Wooden will be directed by Joe Calarco.

GLAS | Thursday, September 19 @ 4 PM (followed by a talk-back); Friday, September 20 @ 7 PM (followed by a creative discussion); Saturday, September 21 @ 10 AM

Dr. Glas, a new one-person play by Jeffrey Hatcher, based on the classic Scandinavian mystery novel “Doktor Glas” by Hjalmer Söderberg and translated from Swedish by David Barrett, is the chilling, yet witty, love story of a 19th-century physician grappling with the decision of a lifetime. As told in first person account, the Doctor (Daniel Gerroll) finds himself madly in love with an unhappily married patient, who presses to see him regularly about her miserable state—pitting his passion against his morality. Ultimately, Dr. Glas is seduced into helping her in any way he can, even if it means murder. Dr. Glas will be directed by Lisa Peterson.

WHAT WE LEAVE BEHIND | Thursday, September 19 @ 7 PM (followed by a talk-back); Friday, September 20 @ 12 PM (followed by a creative discussion); Saturday, September 21 @ 1 PM

What We Leave Behind, with book, music, and lyrics by Jenny Giering and Sean Barry, is a courageous one-woman musical exploring what it means to live a life reshaped by illness. This story in two lives, follows a woman (Kate Baldwin) from her diagnosis of breast cancer, through treatment, and the onset of a mysterious new condition that robs her of her ability to function fully as a wife, mother and artist. Her journey is juxtaposed with the time before her struggles began, when life was full of daring and passion—when she and her husband together embarked on a relationship with another woman. The musical, with abundant heart and humor, acknowledges the loss that comes from serious illness, while declaring that one’s existence can still be alive with wonder and hope—if we are brave enough to embrace it. What We Leave Behind will be directed by Tracy Brigden, with musical direction by Lynne Shankel.

WHEN IT’S YOU | Thursday, September 19 @ 12 PM (followed by a talk-back); Friday, September 20 @ 4 PM (followed by a creative discussion); Saturday, September 21 @ 7 PM

In Courtney Baron’s When It’s You, Ginnifer Riggan (Joy Nash) has a fine life, but that’s it, just fine. Unlucky in love and recently returned to her hometown after the death of her mother, an act of violence committed by an old boyfriend forces Ginnifer to ask: How are we all connected? Who are we responsible for? and How is it possible to move forward? This extremely personal, deeply moving, and often humorous story, is about the nature of loneliness, who we become in shifting times, and the courage of the human spirit to go on. When It’s You will be directed by Kent Nicholson.

FESTIVAL LANDING PARTY | Saturday, September 21 @ 8:30 PM


Since 1983, Theatre Aspen has been rekindling a sense of discovery in audiences who live in and visit the Roaring Fork Valley by producing big theatre in a small space with intimate storytelling. Each season at Theatre Aspen promises to bring world-class theatre dramatically closer, with innovative and imaginative productions of both plays and musicals, complemented by an assortment of community events including late-night cabarets, educational programs and performances, collaborations with other Aspen arts organizations, and new works presentations. Theatre Aspen also boasts an impressive Apprentice Program, one of the largest in the country, devoted to training the next generation of theatrical artists and administrators. To learn more about Theatre Aspen visit TheatreAspen.org or call 970 925 9313.

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