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New Denver Center season: The Unsinkable Molly Brown, Christopher Durang, Lord Of The Flies and more

We asked members of the Denver Center Theatre Company family to help introduce the 2014-15 season. Our guests include Kent Thompson, Bruce Sevy, Christy Montour-Larson, Sam Gregory, Charlie Miller, Emily Tarquin, Charlie Korman and Brianna Firestone. Video by John Moore.

By John Moore and Alexandra Griesmer

The Denver Center Theatre Company’s 2014-15 season, which includes the previously announced launching of the newly re-imagined classic Broadway musical The Unsinkable Molly Brown, also includes Lord of the Flies and the company’s first staging of a Christopher Durang play in its 36-year history, it was announced today.

The eight-show season, which opens Sept. 26, is entirely new to Denver audiences. It includes the world premieres of Appoggiatura, the tender story of an unusual American family that travels to Venice to become lost … and found, written by Pulitzer Prize-nominated James Still; and Benediction, which will complete Kent Haruf’s Plainsong trilogy. That’s a series of homespun stories set in the small fictional ranching town of Holt, Colorado, and adapted for the stage by Eric Schmiedl. Both plays were introduced to Denver audiences with staged readings at the Denver Center’s recent Colorado New Play Summit in February.

News from the Colorado New Play Summit: ‘The Most Deserving’ bound for New York

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Jeanne Paulsen and Judith Hawking in the Denver Center Theatre Company’s world premiere production of “The Most Deserving.” The comedy will debut in NewYork on March 30. Casting has not yet been announced. Photo by Jennifer M Koskinen

By John Moore

News and notes from the 2014 Colorado New Play Summit:

The Most Deserving deserves New York:

The name of the game at the annual Colorado New Play Summit is to develop works that will have a continued life in the American theatre. Many of the 37 plays and commissions the Summit has propagated in its first nine years have had significant continued life - namely Samuel D. Hunter’s The Whale, Jason Grote’s 1001, Octavio Solis’ Lydia and others. Hopes are high for this season’s mainstage breakout hit, The Legend of Georgia McBride by Matthew Lopez.

Summit Spotlight: ‘Appoggiatura’

By John Moore

James Still’s Appoggiatura is a romantic fantasy in which an atypical American family travels to Venice and comes face-to-face with their pasts … and futures. It’s the story of three Americans with broken hearts who go Venice to get lost … and found.

Each is coping with loss. An older man and woman grieve the man they both loved; a granddaughter contemplates a wedding she no longer wants. They become lost in Venice, where, unbounded by time and with the help of a bumbling but sweet travel guide and a violin-playing Vivaldi, they discover how to heal.

Appoggiatura is a musical term. We are told it means to “lean in” - that note that happens right before a note resolves. “The feel of the play is that we are on the verge of resolving,” says Director Risa Brainin. Playwright James Still is a three-time Pulitzer Prize nominee.

Here’s our inside look at the making of this compelling new work that debuts with readings at the 2014 Colorado New Play Summit Feb. 7-9, 2014. Featured are director Brainin with actors Judith-Marie Bergen, Irwin Appel, Lenne Klingaman, Nick Mills, Julian Remulla,  Mehry Eslaminina and Randy Moore.

Favorite line:

"You knew Jack?"

"Yes, he was your son."

"And my moon … and my stars … and my lilacs."

Video by John Moore.

Please enjoy our other spotlight videos:

"The Comparables"

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.

Video series: Summit Soliloquies, Day 1: James Still, “Appoggiatura”

By John Moore

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

Part 1: Three-time Pulitzer Prize nominee James Still, whose “Appoggiatura” is a scheduled 2014 reading for the Feb. 7-9 Summit.

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.