playwright from Denver selected for Colorado New Play Summit | Artistic news | Culture & Leisure

Denverite Jake Brasch’s life as a playwright is currently fueled by supersonic ink. Brasch, who is in his first year of his master’s program at the Juilliard School, is set to become the fifth writer from Colorado whose work will be featured at the DCPA Theater Company’s annual Colorado New Play Summit. It’s the Denver Center’s signature, a 17-year-old new plays festival that since 2006 has introduced and encouraged 64 new plays, about half of which were eventually fully produced during the company’s main season.

Brasch, 31, cut his teeth writing as a teenager on Curious Theater’s nationally recognized Curious New Voices program. He graduated in 2010 from the Denver School of the Arts and more recently from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. His new play, “The Reservoir”, is one of five works that will benefit from a week of intense professional development, followed by a weekend of public readings on February 25 and 26.

“I can’t tell you how much it means to me to have the chance to develop ‘The Reservoir’ at the Denver Center,” Brasch said. “It’s surreal and empowering to bring my writing to a festival that meant so much to me as a young writer.”

Brasch’s comedy is about an NYU student who has returned to Denver on sick leave but can’t seem to stay sober until he finds unlikely recovery allies among his four grandparents.

“The piece is a love letter to my family, to Denver itself, and to the community that has supported me through the good, the bad, and the ugly,” he said. “I can’t think of a better place to share this story. My heart is full.

Brasch will direct Denver Center veteran Shelly Butler (“The Constant Wife,” “Human Error”). Other Summit playwrights will be Vincent Terrell Durham (“Polar Bears, Black Boys & Prairie Fringed Orchids,” directed by Jamil Jude); Christina Pumariega (“Joan Dark”, directed by Zoë Golub-Sass); Sandy Rustin (“The Suffragette’s Murder”, director TBA); and Alexis Scheer (“Laughs in Spanish”, directed by Lisa Portes).

The latest Summit success story is Yussef El Guin’s “Hotter Than Egypt”, which was developed during the 2020 Summit and will have its world premiere in January. In 2011, The Summit presented Samuel L. Hunter’s “The Whale,” which opens Dec. 9 as a major Oscar-winning movie starring Brendan Fraser.

Colorado New Play Summit Discount

About this summit: The Denver Center is cutting the Colorado New Play Summit from two full weeks of development and public readings to one. The Denver Center extended the Summit to two weeks in 2015.







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Town Hall Arts Center presents Disney’s “Newsies” until December 30.




Littleton voters approve $1 million increase for the arts

Littleton voters have passed a new 5% tenant tax expected to raise up to $975,000 annually to promote and support arts, culture and tourism, with specific beneficiaries including the Bemis Library, the Littleton Museum, City Hall Arts Center and Hudson Gardens. The measure fell from 63% to 37.

Town Hall Arts Center chief executive Robert Michael Sanders said voting “is a really big deal” for Town Hall, and that “it’s very important that people vote for arts and culture “.

Sanders said City Hall could receive up to $125,000 a year from the tax, which will be applied to upgrading productions, increasing actor pay and creating additional educational touring programs. for schools.

“Our goal is to use these revenues to improve our overall quality across the board,” Sanders said. The levy will be collected beginning Jan. 1, but Sanders understands local arts groups won’t begin receiving the additional funds until 2024.

A strip of Aspen Grove will be bulldozed

The Town Hall Arts Center has been a mainstay on Littleton’s Main Street since the mid-1980s. And for the past two years it has also maintained a rehearsal space in the nearby Aspen Grove Mall on South Santa Fe Drive (the one anchored by the Alamo Drafthouse). But the southern Aspen Grove shopping strip, home to nine businesses including Panera, Kirkland’s and the town hall annex, will be bulldozed in April to make way for luxury apartments. (Neighbors had circulated a petition to try to stop the apartment redevelopment plan.) No other businesses in Aspen Grove will be affected.

Sanders said City Hall is currently looking for a new, remote location to hold rehearsals, staged readings and other events.







Colorado Springs Amphitheater Sunset

Artist’s impression of the Sunset Amphitheater project in Colorado Springs.


Concert amphitheater for Colorado Springs?

Colorado Springs is set to have its own 8,000-seat concert amphitheater on the north side of town. The proposed Sunset Amphitheater would sit on 18 acres just west of I-25 across from the Air Force Academy. It’s about 60 miles south of downtown Denver.

The Colorado Springs City Planning Commission approved the project, and the city council now has the final say, though nearby residents have threatened to sue to shut it down. Developer JW Roth believes the Fiddler’s Green-style venue would provide an ideal location for around 60 national music and entertainment shows from May through September.

denver frosh in london

Denver School of the Arts graduates Hattie Hodes and Colin Covert are among a group of freshmen from the University of Minnesota who are spending their first semesters at university studying at Shakespeare’s Globe Theater in London – an experience which is life-changing and includes an intensive internship at the Royal Shakespeare. Company. This week, the young Golden Gophers perform Shakespeare’s “A Winter’s Tale” on the Globe Stage (Hodes plays King Polixenes.) Hodes’ mother is Curious Theater co-founder Dee Covington, who helmed the current offering of Curious , “Franklinland”. a comedy about Ben Franklin and his son, William, until December 10.

David Byrne recently released a short piece of original music based on his recently extended ‘Theatre of the Mind’ until January 22 at York Street Yards.




Keep up to date with the news…

Audience response to the Denver Center’s “Theatre of the Mind” has been so strong that the intimate yet massive immersive storytelling experience born from the mind of Talking Heads frontman David Byrne has been extended through the 22 January, at York Street Yards, 3887 Steele St. Byrne recently released a short piece of original music inspired by the experience…

We told you that Summit County native Mandy Moore (and four-time Emmy Award winner) was nominated for a 2022 World Choreography Award — and she won. Moore and Luther Brown won in the Episodic Television category for their work on “Zoey’s Extraordinary Christmas.” The awards, billed as “The Oscars of Dance,” also honored “West Side Story” for best feature choreography.







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Drew Horwitz and Dayna Geiger will star in “The Last Five Years” on Saturday.


And finally …

UpstART Theater of Ouray brings its recent hit production of Jason Robert Brown’s popular couples musical “The Last Five Years” to Aurora for one night only – 7:30 p.m. Saturday, November 26 – at the People’s Building, 9995 E. Colfax Ave. Drew Horwitz and Dayna Geiger will narrate the arc of the couple’s romance – one in chronological order and the other upside down – accompanied by violinist Erik Fellenstein and pianist Hank Troy. The director is Jessica Robblee. Tickets are $20.

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