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BBC explores issues raised in Denver Center’s “Just Like Us”

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By John Moore

"Boston Calling," a BBC radio program that puts a global perspective  on the American experience, is currently exploring the issues raised in the Denver Center Theatre Company’s recent world-premiere play, "Just Like Us." 

Listen by clicking here.

The episode, titled “Between Immigrant and Citizen” and reported by Jason Margolis, talks about “how the play is trying to humanize the national debate over immigration reform.”

"Just Like Us" actor Yunuen Pardo featured on Telemundo Denver

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"Just Like Us" actor Yunuen Pardo, center above, is interviewed on Telemundo Denver. To watch the video, Just click on this link.

Its description, in Spanish: “En Denver, se lleva a cabo una obra de teatro que cuenta la historia de cualquier inmigrante, que llegó a este país en busca de un futuro mejor, conversamos con una de sus protagonistas.”

Translated: “In Denver, a play that tells the story of any immigrant who came to this country in search of a better future. We talked with one of its protagonists.”

Meet the cast video series: Fidel Gomez

In this new YouTube series, we briefly introduce you to the actors performing in our plays in a fun way. Episode 27: Fidel Gomez, an actor and teacher who plays two roles in the Denver Center Theatre Company’s world premiere staging of “Just Like Us” through Nov. 3, 2013, in The Space Theatre. Call 303-893-4100 or go to www.denvercenter.org. Video by John Moore. Run time: 2 minutes.

Coming next: Meet Rebecca Hirota of “The Most Deserving.”

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Just Like Us: Theatre that makes the political personal … and entertaining

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From left: Actors Adriana Gaviria, Cynthia Bastidas, Yunuen Pardo (fromt) and Ruth Livier.

By John Moore

The Denver Center Theatre Company’s world-premiere play Just Like Us takes place against the backdrop of both local and national politics. But audiences are discovering a human story that does what theater does best: It makes the political personal, engaging and even entertaining.

Meet the cast video series: Casey Predovic

In this new YouTube series, we briefly introduce you to the actors performing in our plays in a fun way. Episode 17: Meet Casey Predovic, who plays three roles in the Denver Center Theatre Company’s world premiere staging of “Just Like Us” from through Nov. 3, 2013, in The Stage Theatre. Call 303-893-4100 or go to www.denvercenter.org. Video by John Moore. Run time: 2 minutes.

Coming next: Meet Adrian Egolf of “Death of a Salesman”

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Video: Watch Helen Thorpe and Karen Zacarías talk about “Just Like Us” at Page To Stage

 

By John Moore

This short video offers highlights from my talk with playwright Karen Zacarías and author Helen Thorpe at the Tattered Cover Book Store about the Denver Center Theatre Company’s upcoming world premiere of “Just Like Us.” Video shot by Ken Mostek.
 
The free monthly panel is called “DCTC at the TC,” and next up are Mike Hartman and Anthony Powell talking about “Death of a Salesman” at noon on Oct. 8 at the LoDo store, located at the 16th Street Mall and Wynkoop Street.
 
"Just Like Us" is a Denver Center Theatre Company commission adapted by Zacarias from the acclaimed book by Thorpe. It’s the Denver-based story of four high-school students divided by their immigration status. It opens Oct. 10 in the Stage Theatre.
 
For ticket info, call 303-893-4100 or go to www.denvercenter.org.
 
 

Meet the cast video series: Yunuen Pardo

In this new YouTube series, we briefly introduce you to the actors performing in our plays in a more fun way than ever before. Episode 2: Yunuen Pardo, who will be playing Marisela in the Denver Center Theatre Company’s world premiere staging of “Just Like Us” from Oct. 4-Nov. 3, 2013, in The Stage Theatre. Call 303-893-4100 or go to www.denvercenter.org. Video by John Moore. Run time: 2 minutes.

Coming tomorrow: Meet John Patrick Hayden of “Death of a Salesman”

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Photo series: At the Denver Center, we are building a wall!

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By John Moore

At the Denver Center, we are building a wall … and this is just the start of it. Assistant technical director Josh Prues has allowed us to watch as crews have constructed what will become the primary set piece for “Just Like Us,” a Denver Center world-premiere commission adapted by Karen Zacarias from the acclaimed book by Helen Thorpe. Directed by Kent Thompson. It’s the Denver-based story of four high-school students divided by their immigration status. Check back until wehave photos of the completed wall! The play opens Oct. 4 at the Stage Theatre. Call 303-893-4100 or www.denvercenter.org

2013 Colorado New Play Summit – Post #5

Karen ZacariasKaren Zacarías’ adaptation of Helen Thorpe’s best selling book, Just Like Us, rounds out the Denver Center Theatre Company’s eighth annual Colorado New Play Summit.

Based on the true story of four Latina high school students, this timely and relevant look at what it means to be undocumented in America played to an enthusiastic audience of industry insiders.

The girls — two documented and two not — discover how their opportunities differ as they move through high school, college and into the world. Their close-knit friendship is jeopardized when opportunities open or close for each girl according to her immigration status.

When a political firestorm arises in the wake of the shooting of a policeman, their situations are thrown into even bolder relief. Punctuated by notable politicians, outspoken critics of undocumented aliens, and vocal proponents of immigration reform, this play grapples with some essential questions: Who is an American? Who gets to live in America? What happens when we don’t agree?

The 2013 Colorado New Play Summit runs February 8-10, 2013 in Denver, Colorado. To view an interview with the playwright, visit: http://youtu.be/aNVGSVBGM8U