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Summit Spotlight: ‘Victory Jones and the Incredible One Woman Band’

By John Moore

Set in the percussive world of break beat music, Colorado Springs playwright Idris Goodwin tells the story of a talented young woman who aims for stardom, so she tracks down her long-lost father, a one-hit wonder in the 1980s. This is the second of Goodwin’s planned trilogy of break-beat plays with an “ear-to-the streets” portrait of American pop culture.

Hip-hop turns 40 years old this year (Can you believe it?) and “Victory Jones” makes plain its cultural impact across several American generations. But it is, at its heart, a universal story of a daughter reconnecting with her estranged father. 

Here’s our inside look at the making of this innovate new work that incorporates live and recorded looping technology to infuse the Colorado New Play Summit with a refreshing new form of theatrical storytelling. (The sound is by Craig Breitenbach.)

Featured in this video are Goodwin, Goldberg and actors Curtis McClarin, chandra thomas, Amy Luna, Brian Quijada, Jessica Austgen, Ben Morrow and Janet Noble.

Favorite line: “Don’t talk about it. Be about it.”

Video by John Moore.

Please enjoy our other 2014 Summit Spotlight videos:

The Comparables

Appoggiatura

Zenith

Photos: 2014 Colorado New Play Summit, Day 1 

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"Victory Jones" Director Wendy C. Goldberg and actor Ben Morrow

By John Moore

The 2014 Colorado New Play Summit opens Friday, but the work began in earnest today as the casts and creative teams for all five new readings gathered, met … and got to work.

Now in its ninth year, the Colorado New Play Summit has become one of the most important new-play festivals in America. Last year, four Summit readings earned their way onto the 2013-14 season.

Summit Soliloquies, Day 4: Idris Goodwin

By John Moore

Today, we continue “Summit Soliloquies,” a week-long video series leading up to the 2014 Colorado New Play Summit. Here, playwrights past and present talk to you about writing, the Denver Center, the Summit and more.

Part 4: Colorado College Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow Idris Goodwin, whose “Victory Jones and the Incredible One Woman Band” will be read at the 2014 Summit. “Time is the most important element in the alchemy of creating any new work,” Goodwin tells us.

2014 Colorado New Play Summit will complete “Plainsong” trilogy

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Jamie Ann Romero and Quincy Dunn-Baker read “The Legend of Georgia McBride” at the 2013 Colorado New Play Summit. Photo by Kyle Malone.

By John Moore

The Denver Center Theatre Company’s 9th annual Colorado New Play Summit will include a reading based on the novel Benediction, completing author Kent Haruf’s trilogy of rural Colorado tales, all  adapted for the stage by Eric Schmiedl.

The Colorado New Play Summit previously introduced Haruf’s “Plainsong” in 2007 and “Eventide” in 2009, both of which went on to full productions on Denver Center mainstage seasons.