THEATER COMPANIES, PRODUCTIONS & SHOWS
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(See each organization’s website for additional productions not listed below.)
Art as Action
Art as Action’s Artivist Process is a series of monthly brainstorming sessions and in-progress showings that bring artists together, encouraging collaboration. Learn more about it, and about upcoming sessions and performance dates, at www.artasaction.org, or call 720-938-6069.
The Arvada Center is one of the nation’s largest multidisciplinary arts centers, offering theater, music, galleries and educational opportunities all year long. 6901 Wadsworth Blvd. in Arvada. 720-898-7200; www.arvadacenter.org.
This theater has been a Denver favorite for more than 20 years, and it’s right downtown. 417 E. 17th Ave., Denver. 303-321-5925; www.avenuetheater.com.
BALLS! A Holiday Spectacular
Dec. 1-2: It’s a rollicking variety show with flashy guest stars, audience sock-puppet sing-alongs, spontaneous haikus and a white elephant. Proceeds benefit an area nonprofit. 7pm at Lannie’s Clocktower Cabaret, 1601 Arapahoe, Denver. www.ballsaholidayspectacular.com.
Nov. 30, Dec. 14, Jan. 11, Feb. 15, March 15, April 12, May 10: This unique monthly theatrical production features five original live performances (rated PG-13). The secret is that all the plays were completely written, produced and rehearsed in only the previous 24 hours. A talkback session and reception follow the performance. 7pm at the Nomad Theatre, 1410 Quince Ave. Beginning in February, the group is also presenting some “Bolder Acts Classics,” encores of previous performances; check online for schedule. www.bolderacts.com.
Boulder EnsembleTheatre Company
March 27-April 20: “And the Sun Stood Still” is a world premiere by Pulitzer FInalist and award-winning novelist Dava Sobel; it focuses on the life and work of Nicolas Copernicus. At the Dairy Center for the Arts, 2590 Walnut St. www.boulderensembletheatre.org.
Jan. 30-Feb. 16: Annapurna, by Sharr White (regional premiere)
May 1-18: This, by Melissa James Gibson (regional premiere)
Boulder’s Dinner Theatre
Since 1977, Boulder’s Dinner Theatre has been entertaining audiences with at least four Broadway-quality shows per year, and the actors serve you your dinner, too! BDT is at 5501 Arapahoe Ave. 303-449-6000 ext. 4; www.theatreinboulder.com.
Through March 1: Monty Python’s SPAMALOT
March 7-May 11: Sisters of Swing: The Story of the Andrews Sisters
Opens May 17: SHREK: The Musical
The Boulder Theater, at 2034 14th St., presents several theater and comedy performances each year, including the Rocky Mountain Revels (see separate listing) in December, and Second City Improv on Feb. 8. Tickets and details: www.bouldertheater.com.
Bovine Metropolis Theater
Improv and sketch comedy several nights per week. 1527 Champa St. 303-758-4722; www.bovinemetropolis.com.
The Broomfield Auditorium, at 3 Community Park Road in Broomfield, hosts theater, music, dance and other special events all year long. www.attheaudi.com.
Buntport Theater Company
717 Lipan St., Denver; www.buntport.com.
Byers-Evans HouseTheatre Company
1310 Bannock St., Denver. 303-620-4933; www.historycolorado.org.
Feb. 27-March 15: “There Is a Happiness That Morning Is,” by Mickle Maher, is a comedy in rhymed verse, told via two lectures and the poetry of William Blake. At the Dairy Center for the Arts, 2590 Walnut St. See www.thecatamounts.org or the group’s Facebook page.
CenterStage offers stage-performance opportunities for youth, including a program for those with special needs. Find more info at www.centerstagetheatrecompany.org.
Coal Creek Theater
Coal Creek Theater of Louisville, formerly Coal Creek Community Theater, celebrates its silver-anniversary season with three audience-pleasing plays and its annual festival of new plays. Play selections were not yet announced at press time, but the dates are listed below. At Louisville Center for the Arts, 801 Grant Ave. www.cctlouisville.org.
Feb. 21-March 8: Winter show, TBA
May 2-17: Spring show, TBA
Colorado Shakespeare Festival
June 28-Aug. 9: After a smash 2103 summer season, CSF is gearing up for a 2014 season that includes Shakepeare’s “The Tempest,” “The Merry Wives of Windsor,” “Henry IV: Part 1” and “Henry IV: Part 2,” plus Paul Rudnick’s “I Hate Hamlet,” a comedy about a rising Hollywood star who accepts the role of Hamlet in a small production and finds himself haunted by the ghost of John Barrymore. Special discounts are available on season-ticket packages. www.coloradoshakes.org.
CU Department of Theatre & Dance
The University of Colorado’s theater performances are usually held at either the Loft Theatre, the ATLAS Black Box Theatre or the University Theatre on the CU campus. Check www.colorado.edu.theatredance for more details about the productions listed.
Dec. 6-7: At Buffalo: The Musical
Jan 29-Feb. 2: Three Sisters
Feb. 14-23: Quilters: The Musical
April 2-6: The Rope
April 11-19: Metamorphoses
Curious Theatre Company
Season 16 carries on Curious’ tradition of bringing only the best new plays and regional premieres to Denver. 1080 Acoma St. in Denver. 303-623-0524; www.curioustheatre.org.
Dairy Center for the Arts
The Dairy’s two theater spaces are home to several local independent and resident groups, including 3rd Law Dance/Theater, One Big Yes Productions, Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company, The Upstart Crow, CenterStage Theatre Company, Helander Dance Theater, Imagination Makers Theater Company, The Parlando School for the Arts and Stories on Stage. Visit www.thedairy.org or see individual listings.
Denver Center Attractions & Denver Center Theatre Company
The DCPA, hosts more thantwo dozen productions every year—like touring Broadway musicals, adaptations, premieres and special events. A few highlights are listed below; check www.denvercenter.org for more. The center is at Speer and Arapahoe avenues in Denver. For tickets, call 303-893-4100, or go to TicketsWest outlets at all King Soopers.
Through Dec. 22: Jackie & Me
Jan. 15-26: Evita
Jan. 17-Feb. 16: Girls Only: The Secret Comedy of Women
Feb. 7-9: Colorado New Play Summit
March 18-23: Chicago
March 28-April 27: Shadowlands
Denver’s Dangerous Theatre
Denver’s Dangerous Theatre, at 262 W. Second Ave., serves complimentary refreshments, and audiences are welcome to bring beer or wine. www.dangeroustheatre.com.
The Edge Theatre Company
The Edge Theatre is in its fourth season at 1560 Teller St. in Lakewood. www.theeproject.org.
The Festival Playhouse
5665 Old Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada. 303-422-4090; www.festivalplayhouse.com.
Firehouse Theater Company
FTC stages its productions at the John Hand Theater, 7653 E. First Place in Denver. 303-562-3232; www.firehousetheatercompany.com.
Jesters Dinner Theatre & School for the Performing Arts
Jesters is Longmont‘s long-running dinner theater, and show-only tickets are also available. The Jesters School for the Performing Arts performs on Saturday afternoons year-round. Jesters is also home to Encore Restaurant, Piano Bar and Comedy Club, which presents standup comedy, improv and Drag Queen Bingo. See a complete schedule at www.jesterstheatre.com or call 303-682-9980. 224 Main St., Longmont.
Dec. 6-30: Scrooge: Bah Humbug!
Jan. 3-26: Jekyll & Hyde
Feb. 7-April 13: Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
Opens May 3: The Sound of Music
Lakewood Cultural Center
See the center’s full schedule of theater events online. 470 S. Allison Parkway. 303-987-7845; www.lakewood.org/culturalcenter.
Local Theater Company
March 14-16: LOCAL Lab is a festival of new plays, now in its third year, featuring professionally staged readings of three new works, plus discussions, social gathering and a master playwriting class. At eTown Hall, 1535 Spruce St. Check www.localtheatercompany.org for updates on this and other projects.
Longmont Theatre Company
Jan. 17-Feb. 1: LTC tackles the classic “Dial ‘M’ for Murder,” the story of a man who watches helplessly as the plot he arranged to murder his wife goes wrong. 513 Main St., Longmont. www.longmonttheatre.org.
Dec. 5-14: Annie Junior
Feb. 28-March 15: The Nerd
April 25-May 10: Sweeney Todd
Improvisational comedy suitable for all audiences. 10679 Westminster Blvd. 303-460-3854; www.madcapimprov.com.
Miners Alley Playhouse
Miners Alley, in downtown Golden (1224 Washington Ave.), is home to several theater companies, and hosts classes and workshops, music nights, a wine bar, and art gallery showings. 303-935-3044; www.minersalley.com.
Through Dec. 22: It’s a Wonderful Life! The Radio Play
Jan. 31-March 9: Parallel Lives
March 28-May 4: The Road to Mecca
Opens May 23: The Fantasticks
Dec. 6, Jan. 10, Jan. 31, Feb. 28, April 4, May 2: Based on a randomly selected audience suggestion for a play that’s never been written, ONE ACT creates a fully improvised one-act play without any planning or discussion. The professional ensemble includes a live musician. 8pm at Dairy Center for the Arts, 2590 Walnut St. www.oneactimprov.com.
At the Lincoln Center, 417 W. Magnolia St., Fort Collins. www.openstagetheatre.org.
Peanut Butter Players
Dec. 13-21: PBP presents “A Child’s Christmas in Wales,” the tale of a boy on Christmas Day and a heartwarming homage to family. See www.peanutbutterplayers.com for details about this and updates about other upcoming shows. At the Harlequin Center for the Performing Arts, 990 Public Road in Lafayette. 303-786-8727.
Phamaly Theatre Company
Phamaly Theatre Company, previously known as PHAMALY, offers extensive opportunities to performers with disabilities. www.phamaly.org.
Playback Theatre West
Dec. 7, Jan. 11, Feb. 1, March 1, April 5, May 3: After audience members share experiences from their lives, this improvisational troupe reenacts them on stage. The result is sometimes dramatic, sometimes funny. 8pm at Dairy Center for the Arts, 2590 Walnut St. See www.playbacktheatrewest.com for details.
Rialto Theater Center
Loveland’s historic Rialto Theater at 228 E. Fourth St. hosts a variety of theater productions each year; check www.ci.loveland.co.us for the schedule.
Rocky Mountain Revels
Dec. 15 & 21: “The Christmas Revels: Christmas Spirits & the Ghosts of Bartow-Pell” is set in a grand manor house in 1926 and tells the story of a family legacy and the mystery surrounding their home. Suitable for all ages. 2pm and 7-m at the Boulder Theater, 2034 14th St. Tickets: www.bouldertheater.com.
Rocky Mountain Theatre for Kids
RMTK offers performance classes and preprofessional conservatories for young actors, and the new Actors Academy for the Performing Arts takes them to the next level. Boulder performances (see schedule online) are at the Magic Playhouse, 5311 Western Ave., Suite D. 303-245-8150; www.theatreforkids.net.
The SOURCE Theatre Company
The Source performs at Su Teatro Cultural & Performing Arts Center in Denver. Check www.thesourcedenver.org or the group’s Facebook page.
Spotlight Theatre Company
Spotlight stages its productions at the John Hand Theater, 7653 E. First Place in Denver. Call 720-880-8727 or check www.thisisspotlight.com for a schedule.
Square Product Theatre
Jan. 2-18: Square Product Theatre presents the regional premiere of “Gidion’s Knot” by Johnna Adams, a heartwrenching work about how a grieving mother and teacher are coping with the suicide of a fifth grader named Gidion. At Dairy Center for the Arts, 2590 Walnut St. 303-442-0234; www.squareproducttheatre.org.
March, TBA: 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche
Opens May 30: Peggy Jo & The Desolate Nothing
Stories on Stage
Stories on Stage is a nonprofit performing-arts organization that showcases great actors reading great literature by exceptional authors. For each performance listed below, the first date is in Boulder at Dairy Center for the Arts, 2590 Walnut St.; the second is at a venue in Denver (check online). www.storiesonstage.org.
Dec. 14-15: Making Merry
April 5-6: Me, Myself and I
Theater Company of Lafayette
TCL’s productions are at historic Mary Miller Theater, 300 E. Simpson St. in Lafayette. Call or check online for info about the 2014 season, which begins in March. 720-209-2154; www.tclstage.org.
Theatre Esprit Asia
Colorado’s first Asian-American theater company stages its productions at Vintage Theatre, 1468 Dayton St., Aurora. www.theatre-esprit-asia.org.
Theatre O’s black-box theater space is at 5311 Western Ave., Suite O. Call or check online for updates. 720-545-2119; www.theatreo.org.
The Upstart Crow Theatre Company
Feb. 28-March 15: “Blood Wedding” is a tragedy written in 1932 by Spanish dramatist Federico García Lorca. It plays at Dairy Center for the Arts, 2590 Walnut St. 303-442-1415; www.theupstartcrow.org.
May 9-25: The Madwoman of Chaillot, by Jean Giraudoux
Vintage Theatre Company
Vintage Theatre schedules at least 10 shows per season on two stages in its new location, 1468 Dayton St. in Aurora. www.vintagetheatre.com.
Vox Feminista is a multimedia, multi-passionate performance tribe of radical feminists bent on social change through cultural revolution. Check www.voxfeminista.org for information about a new production coming in winter 2014.