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2013 Colorado New Play Summit Post #1

Laura EasonThe Denver Center Theatre Company’s eighth annual Colorado New Play Summit opened this afternoon with the reading of Laura Eason’s The Vast In-Between.

A commission of the Denver Center Theatre Company, this play focuses on a woman at a crossroads in her life. Interestingly — and setting the scene for Cate’s own indiscretion — she becomes obsessed with her neighbor, who is exposed for having maintained two families in two different cities for years.

Cate is the mother of 12-year-old Maddie and wife to David, who has been unemployed for more than a year, unable (some might say unwilling) to find a job equal to his years of experience. That creates tension in their marriage.

Despite having recently relocated from Seattle to Chicago, Cate frequently must return to the northwest for her work in the computer gaming industry. When visiting, she meets Eddie, the proprietor of a new flower store, with whom she has an instant spark.

Cate assesses how to navigate “the vast in-between” — that state between being married and single, between commitment and transgression, between selfishness and responsibility. At one point this central character asks whether anyone should marry anymore when “the thing that binds us together tears us apart.”

This timely and candid look at relationships and marriage in today’s troubled economy, asks audiences, “Where would you draw the line?”

The 2013 Colorado New Play Summit runs February 8-10, 2013 in Denver, Colorado. To view an interview with the playwright, visit:


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