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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.”

Denver’s Mary Bacon: Proud of a city “that confronts itself every night”

In this new YouTube series, we briefly introduce you to the actors performing in our plays in a fun way. Episode 29: Meet Denver native Mary Bacon, who is playing journalist Helen Thorpe in the Denver Center Theatre Company’s world premiere staging of “Just Like Us” through Nov. 3, 2013, in The Space Theatre. Thorpe lives one block away from where Bacon, the daughter of two journalists, grew up in the Park Hill neighborhood. Call 303-893-4100 or go to www.denvercenter.org. Video by John Moore. Run time: 2 minutes, 20 seconds.

By John Moore

Actor Mary Bacon is the daughter of two journalists. And for the first time in 20 years, she is back on stage in her hometown playing one of the most reluctantly well-known journalists Denver.

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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Meet the cast video series: Steven Cole Hughes

In this new YouTube series, we briefly introduce you to the actors performing in our plays in a fun way. Episode 25: Meet Steven Cole Hughes, who plays a college recruiter and two other roles in the Denver Center Theatre Company’s world premiere staging of “Just Like Us” through Nov. 3, 2013, in The Space TheatreCall 303-893-4100 or go to www.denvercenter.org. Video by John Moore. Run time: 2 minutes, 20 seconds.

Coming next: Meet Judith Hawking of “The Most Deserving.”

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Video podcast: Denver business leaders say time is now for “Just Like Us” - and immigration reform

Journalist John Moore talks with local Denver business leaders who say now is the right time for the Denver Center Theatre Company to be leading the conversation on immigration reform with its world premiere staging of “Just Like Us.” The play tells the true story of four Denver high-school seniors, all straight-A students, all born in Mexico to parents who entered this country illegally, and how their opportunities become divided by their immigration status. Our guests include Mario Carrera of Entravision Communications, Mike Ferrufino of Latino Communications, retired businesswoman Ann Padilla, Su Teatro executive artistic director Anthony J. Garcia and Fernando Sergio of KBNO Radio. The play runs though Nov. 3 in the Stage Theatre. 303-893-4100 or www.denvercenter.org.

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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Meet the cast video series: Cajardo Lindsey

In this new YouTube series, we briefly introduce you to the actors performing in our plays in a fun way. Episode 15: Actor/Attorney-at-law (yep!) Cajardo Lindsey, who plays three roles 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, 10 seconds.

Coming next: Kate Douglas of “Death of a Salesman.”

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Denver School of the Arts honors “Just Like Us” author Helen Thorpe

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Click here to see a full photo gallery from the Denver School of the Arts gala, including photos from “Beauty and the Beast.”

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.

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

 

Day 3: Colorado New Play Summit

Wow! A combined 125 hours of rehearsal have been put into preparing for our COLORADO NEW PLAY SUMMIT, which begins tomorrow! Plus we are officially SOLD OUT. (If you want to come and don’t have a ticket, you are still encouraged to head down and check for available seats.) But at this point we have DOUBLED the number of “industry” representatives over last year.

PLAYWRIGHTS who are expected to attend include: Jeff Carey, Steven Cole Hughes, Terry Dodd, Richard Dresser, Lauren Eason, Lauren Feldman, Marcus Gardley, Judy GeBauer, Kirsten Greenidge, Jeffrey Haddow, Neal Hampton (composer), Samuel D. Hunter, Luciann Lajoie, Carter Lewis, Leslie Lewis, Felice Locker, Lisa Loomer, Robert McAndrew, William Missouri-Downs, Michael Mitnick, Steve Moulds, Henry Murray, Philip Penningrot, Max Posner, Theresa Rebeck, Eric Schmiedl, Helen Thorpe and Karen Zacarias.

DIRECTORS expected to attend include Hal Brooks, Sam Buntrock, Marcia Milgrom Dodge, Mike Donahue, Pam MacKinnon, Art Manke, Christy Montour-Larson, Ethyl Will (music) and Justin Zsebe.

THEATRES represented include Actors Theatre of Louisville, Arena Stage, Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, Contemporary American Theatre, Creede Repertory Theatre, Curious Theatre Company, Dallas Theatre Center, Indiana Repertory Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, Lincoln Theatre, Milwaukee Rep, New Dramatists, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Primary Stages, Page 73, Soho Rep, South Coast Rep and Third Law Dance Theatre.

Our New Play Summit is relatively new compared with others around the country. Now in our seventh year and under the leadership of Artistic Director Kent Thompson and New Play Development Director Bruce Sevy, we have quickly created a new play festival that is attracting attention. National Public Radio is continuing its interest. American Theatre magazine will cover the festival. And we’re delighted that the American Theatre Critics Association will once again hold its Winter meeting to coincide with our event.

Despite the long days and intense work, there is a feeling of anticipation as everyone gets ready to welcome our local and national guests. The excitement is palpable! We will see what tomorrow brings.