THEATREWORKS, in association with the University of Colorado’s Department of Visual and Performing Arts is thrilled to announce Prologue, a series of events that will be connected to our exciting season of theatergoing. There are only a few theatre companies in America that can boast a tie to an institution of higher learning. THEATREWORKS is one and we are proud to present ten special lectures, discussions and workshops from some of the most respected theatre makers in America. We see these events as entrees into the plays that we will be producing, thus the title, Prologue. Ever wanted to know more about how an actor trains for a certain role? Well, we will have a workshop that addresses that. Want to know how Murray creates original works out of thin air (I am Nicola Tesla, coming this fall)? He will be happy to talk to you about it at an open discussion in September.
But beyond our local community and our areas of expertise, we are humbled by the great interest that our series has attracted from scholars and artists from all over the country. The world-renowned Double Edge Theatre Company will be joining us in November for a series of open training sessions and discussions about experimental theatre. Dr. Laurence Senelick, America’s foremost scholar on the plays of Chekhov (he has translated all of them) will come to talk to us about The Inspector General and The Seagull in March. Hal Cannon, the dean of Cowboy Poetry in this country and an NPR regular, will be with us in December to talk about this fascinating and popular genre. And in October, we will be honored by the presence of theatre royalty, when Oskar Eustis, the artistic director of the Public Theatre in New York and perhaps the most powerful theatre maker in the United States today, visits us for a lively discussion about his incredible career and the future of the American professional theatre (take a look at the recent feature article in The New Yorker about Mr. Eustis).
It is truly an exciting lineup and all of the details will be provided to you in the coming months. But, make sure you mark your calendars today for the first event in our Prologue series:
Dr. Rebecca Laroche, the chair of the UCCS department of English, will talk with us about William Shakespeare and some of the fascinating themes he was toying with in the writing of The Merry Wives of Windsor. Bring a picnic dinner and join Rebecca on the lawn at Rock Ledge Ranch on Saturday, August 14th at 6:00 pm. It will be a wonderful introduction to our production that will perform immediately following the lecture.
We are providing these events free of charge.