SHOWS AND EVENTS
CURIOUS THEATRE COMPANY ANNOUNCES
Four Regional Premieres Highlight the Most Pressing Issues Today
At a celebratory event with subscribers, Curious Theatre Company announced their 21st Season, running 2018-19, this morning. The line-up demonstrates Curious’ ongoing commitment to diversity in the Denver theatre community and reflects Curious’ longstanding tradition of exploring the most pressing social issues of the moment through theatre.
The theatre announced four of the five shows for the 2018-19 Season, holding a spot for one show to be announced at a later date. Two of the plays build on existing Curious relationships, programming new plays from previously celebrated playwrights from their stage.
Dominique Morisseau, playwright of the currently-running Detroit ’67, brings Skeleton Crew for this season, a play that centers on a Detroit auto factory at the start of the great recession. Morisseau’s trademark of exploring complex issues through relatable characters is alive and well in Skeleton Crew.
The audacious Bruce Graham, playwright of 2016’s White Guy on the Bus, has a fiery new play that is just as explosive. Sanctions centers on Division 1 college football, highlighting all of the scandal, hypocrisy, and controversy that entails.
Perhaps the biggest coup of the season is the inclusion of Stephan Karam’s The Humans, winner of the 2016 Tony Award for Best Play. Called “the best play of the year” by everyone from the NY Times to NPR, the play takes place over Thanksgiving dinner and will run over the holiday season.
Kicking off the season in September 2018 is a play that was inspired by the Masterpiece Cakeshop case currently at the US Supreme Court. The Cake by Bekah Brunstetter, Executive Producer and lead writer on NBC’s This Is Us, is a provocative laugh-out-loud comedy that is sure to excite Denver audiences.
No stranger to big questions and big statements, this is a season that takes Curious’ commitment to Denver theatre-goers seriously. The company has given this community a season of gutsy, diverse, challenging work by America’s most exciting playwrights that opens eyes and reflects our current world.
About the Plays
by Bekah Brunstetter
Inspired by the Masterpiece Cakeshop case at the Supreme Court now
Sept 1 – Oct 13 (previews Aug 30-31)
Jen lives in New York but has always dreamed of getting married in her small North Carolina hometown, so she heads down south to ask Della, her late mother’s best friend, to do the honors of baking the wedding cake. Della’s cakes are legendary, even earning her a spot as a contestant on the “Great American Baking Show.” She is overjoyed at Jen’s request, until she realizes there’s not just one bride, but two, forcing her to re-examine some of her deeply-held beliefs, as well as her own marriage. Faith, family, and frosting collide in this timely new comedy from Bekah Brunstetter, writer of NBC’s This Is Us.
by Stephen Karam
The best play of the year. – New York Times, NPR, TimeOut New York, The New Yorker, The Washington Post, and others
Nov 3 – Dec 22 (previews Nov 1-2)
The most lauded play of the 2016 Broadway season, Stephen Karam’s The Humans is an uproarious, hopeful, and heartbreaking play that takes place over the course of a family dinner on Thanksgiving. Breaking with tradition, Erik Blake has brought his Pennsylvania family to celebrate and give thanks at his daughter’s apartment in Lower Manhattan. As darkness falls outside the ramshackle pre-war duplex and eerie things start to go bump in the night, the Blake clan’s deepest fears and greatest follies are laid bare. Our modern age of anxiety is keenly observed with humor and compassion in this new American classic that won the 2016 Tony Award for Best Play.
TO BE ANNOUNCED
We promise to bring you a show with guts and something to say, we just need a little time before we can tell you what it is!
by Dominique Morisseau
From the Award-Winning Playwright of Detroit ’67
March 9 – April 13 (previews March 7-8)
Faye, Dez, and Shanita are a make-shift family of auto workers who always look out for each other. When rumors fly about their factory’s closing, all three face tough decisions about the future, while their foreman, torn between his team and his career, has to decide where his loyalties lie. As the Great Recession hits Detroit, is it time for all of them to start looking out for themselves? With compassion and insight, acclaimed playwright Dominique Morisseau takes a timely, compelling look at blue-collar America.
by Bruce Graham
From the audacious playwright of White Guy on the Bus
May 4 – June 15 (previews May 2-3)
In the world of Division 1 football, there is no room for scandal and no tolerance for losing. As the Cats come off sanctions, the racially-divided staff battle out how far they are willing to bend the rules to ensure a win. It’s academics vs. football. It’s money vs. integrity. It’s a collision of cover-ups in this aggressive new play diving into a world where players are pawns and the world stands still every Saturday afternoon.
About Curious Theatre Company
The mission of Curious Theatre Company is to engage the community in important contemporary issues through provocative modern theatre.
With more than 20 years of bringing thought-provoking theatre to Denver, Curious Theatre Company’s rich history showcases our commitment to playwrights with gutsy things to say. Over the last ten years, 75% of Curious plays have been written by playwrights of color, LGBTQ playwrights, or female playwrights – an unparalleled distinction in our region. We are proud to produce plays that challenge and enrich our lives through different viewpoints and storytelling styles.
Curious has been named Best Theatre Season by Westword seven times and was honored four times with Best Year by a Theatre Company by the former Denver Post Ovation Awards. Our incredible Company and the artists who work with us have earned hundreds of awards through their tireless effort to bring relevant, contemporary theatre to the Front Range.
“No guts, no story” embodies the ethos of Curious Theatre Company. Established in 1997 by a vanguard Artistic Company that has since grown to 27 professional actors, designers, and directors at its core, Curious brings the best new theatre to Denver, producing thought-provoking plays designed to challenge ideas, stir emotions, and leave audiences thinking and talking for days.