By John Moore
It seems hardly a day goes by when the media isn’t calling our attention to yet another unspeakable act done by someone onto someone else … somewhere. Most often, such headline-grabbing crimes serve only to make us search in vain for an understanding of reprehensible human behavior. Kirsten Greenidge’s Zenith humanizes one such shocking crime, and explores the complex reasons why we do what we do.
Greenidge, who wrote “Zenith” as a Denver Center commission, was drawn to the real-life story of a woman who drove nearly 2 miles down the wrong way of a highway, causing a head-on collision that killed eight people, including herself and her children.
"I started to think abut piecing together that life, and what happened, and why someone would decide to do that," Greenidge said. "No one knows exactly what went wrong, but it seems like it was a conscious decision on some level."
She added, however: “This is not her story. I just borrowed from that and put my own Kirsten Greenidge spin on it.”
Here’s our inside look at the making of this gripping new work that debuts with readings at the 2014 Colorado New Play Summit Feb. 7-9, 2014. Featured are Greenidge and actors April Matthis, Gabra Zackman, Candy Brown, Jason Bowen, Tony Todd and Allison Watrous.
Favorite line: “Glug, glug. That’s you drinking the Kool-Aid. That’s you dying the slow death of the mini-van.”
Video by John Moore.
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By John Moore
Sept. 30, 2013
"Just Like Us" author Helen Thorpe was honored Saturday, Sept. 28, at the first-ever Denver School of the Arts Friends Foundation gala at the school.
Thorpe was given the Community Arts Leadership Award for her role in inspiring youth through the arts. The presenter was Susan Daggett, an environmental attorney, DSA mom and wife of Colorado Senator Michael Bennet. (Their daughter made a video appearance in the Denver Center Theatre Company’s production of “The Giver” last season.)
"Just Like Us" won the Colorado Book Award and is being adapted for the stage by the Denver Center Theatre Company. It opens for previews Oct. 4.
Denver School of the Arts’ graduate, Nicole Seefried, received the inaugural Bobby G Award for Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role on Thursday, May 30, 2013 in the Seawell Grand Ballroom. As part of this honor, Nicole will travel to New York this summer to represent Colorado in the National High School Musical Theatre Awards at the Minskoff Theatre. We caught up with Nicole before she left for The Big Apple.
DCPA: Do you have a favorite role? Favorite musical?
NS: Kate was definitely my favorite role I have played, since she was such a challenge and got me into puppetry (which, being the dork I am, I fell in love with). Avenue Q is also probably my favorite musical I have done, other than Honk Jr. my 6th grade year at Graland [Country Day School], because who doesn’t love to be a duck?