History. Legacy. Community. In planning my ﬁrst full season at Theareworks, all are on my mind. This season explores how we tell stories of our past to understand our present and imagine new stories for our shared future. These plays span centuries. They welcome both artists with long connections to us and folks who are new to our orbit.
Thank you, Theatreworks community, for the trust you have placed in me to continue Murray Ross’ rich traditions. I cannot wait to share with you the joy, challenge, questions, laughter, and hope these seven plays inspire in me.
Artistic Director, Theatreworks
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MEASURE FOR MEASURE | Jun 26-Jul 21, 2019 | by William Shakespeare; directed by Kathryn Walsh
After decades of summer Shakespeare, Theatreworks presents Measure for Measure for the ﬁrst time. In a city that veers between zanies and zealots, a corrupt oﬃcial oﬀers a young nun a chance to save her brother’s life in exchange for her body. Measure for Measure raises complicated questions around mercy, justice, and how to wield power.
THE MOUNTAINTOP | Aug 22-Sept 8, 2019 | by Katori Hall; directed by Donnie L. Betts
Katori Hall paints a gripping re-imagination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s last night on earth, set in his room at the Lorraine Motel, as a mysterious stranger arrives with surprising news. This incisive play centers on the humanity of Dr. King—played by Theatreworks favorite, Calvin M. Thompson—in the shadow of his monumental legacy.
ARCADIA | Oct 10-27, 2019 | by Tom Stoppard; directed by Caitlin Lowans
Only the brilliant Tom Stoppard could combine love, landscape, and the Second Law of Thermodynamics with such sparkling results. Moving between an uprooted garden in 1809 England and two scholars solving a mystery in the present day, Arcadia blurs the lines between past and present, order and chaos.
AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS | Dec 5-22, 2019 | by Jules Verne, adapted by Laura Eason
A small cast deftly plays a globe’s worth of characters in this fantastic adaptation of the classic novel. Phileas Fogg bets that he will circumnavigate the world in only 80 days, then ﬁnds the task more challenging than he ever imagined. How will he get home? This rollicking, inventive adventure will be a holiday hit for the whole family.
GLORIA | Jan 30-Feb 16, 2020 | by Branden Jacob-Jenkins; directed by Tasia A. Jones
This whip-smart modern satire tackles fear in our modern-day media culture. In a bitingly funny, non-traditional play, the story follows a group of aspiring writers tired of their boring desk jobs on a normal workday. After tragedy strikes, we follow the toxic fallout as the workers cope with their lives, ambitions, and rivalries in the aftermath.
AN ILIAD | Mar 12-29, 2020 | by Lisa Peterson & Denis O'Hare; directed by Max Shulman
One actor and one musician tell Homer’s timeless tale of fate and fury through vivid storytelling and live music. This imaginative theatrical experience brings us on the battleﬁeld where gods, heroes, and empires clash in a quest for vengeance and glory—an age-old story reinvented for our modern era.
HAIR: UCCS Theatre & Dance Student Show | Mar 12-22, 2020 | book & lyrics by Gerome Ragni & James Rado; music by Galt MacDermot
PASSION PLAY | Apr 23-May 10 | by Sarah Ruhl; directed by Caitlin Lowans
This inventive epic takes us behind the scenes of three communities in three periods— Elizabethan England, Germany during the rise of Hitler, and Vietnam-era South Dakota—all staging the Passion of the Christ. This ambitious play asks how individuals find themselves in a community that allows them to play just a single role.