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.
Daniel L. Ritchie, left, and Lady Givesmore.
By John Moore
The only person who possibly could have upstaged Daniel L. Ritchie at today’s Theatre Threads fundraiser was … Daniel L. Ritchie himself.
Ritchie first tickled audiences at the annual noontime fashion show with a surprise finale: He appeared as the last runway model of the day, after having undergone a complete transformation from his usual business attire into his drag persona — that of a stunning blonde who goes by the name of Lady Givesmore. (Get it?) The Seawell Ballroom crowd was, to put it mildly, stunned and delighted.
On Sept. 23, Denver Center Chairman Daniel L. Ritchie rehearsed for his transformation into Lady Givesmore under the gentle guidance of Todd Peckham. Watch this fun and heartfelt video by Ken Mostek.
Picture this: You’re living paycheck to paycheck. Your wife tells you she’s pregnant. Your landlord is threatening eviction. Your job as an Elvis impersonator gets ripped out from under you. Your only life preserver is stepping into the role of a drag queen.
Beaten down by bad decisions and bad timing, Casey is despondent, stating “being good at something doesn’t mean you can make a living at it.” But when circumstances literally thrust opportunity upon him, he listens to Miss Tranny Mills who says, “Daddy makes money. Baby coming. Daddy puts on funny clothes. Sends baby to Harvard.” Casey soon steps into his high heels, dons his wig and steps into the spotlight.
This joyous, bawdy comedy with a ton of music and great big heart was complemented by audience outbursts, guffaws, catcalls and everything but “Hallelujah brother”…or sister, whichever blows your skirt up and makes you happy.