SHOWS AND EVENTS
Curious Theatre Company Proudly Announces its
Four Regional Premieres Highlight the Most Pressing Issues Today
At a celebratory event with subscribers, Curious Theatre Company announced their 22nd Season, running 2019-20, 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 2019-20 Season, holding a spot for one show to be announced at a later date. Curious is building off the success of the The Cake, a comedy that opened their 21st season, with two comedies: The Secretary by Kyle John Schmidt and The Thanksgiving Play by Larissa FastHorse. FastHorse will be the first indigenous playwright produced by Curious. The company has also announced a sharp look at white privilege with Admissions by Joshua Harmon. Finally, Curious lives up to its moniker “No Guts, No Story” by producing Pass Over by Antoinette Nwandu, a challenging play that sparked controversy in Chicago before being turned into a Spike Lee film.
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
The Thanksgiving Play
by Larissa FastHorse
Ah, Thanksgiving, that most American of holidays: when families gather to bask in the bounty of the harvest, football, giant balloons — and a legacy of genocide and violent colonial expansion. Good intentions collide with absurd assumptions in this wickedly funny satire as a troupe of terminally “woke” teaching artists trip all over themselves to create a politically correct, yet historically accurate, yet dramatically revolutionary, yet accurately represented and responsibly cast Thanksgiving play for elementary schools…all the while navigating aspirations to be successful actors – but not commercially successful – and overall unproblematic white people.
by Kyle John Schmidt
Women need to protect themselves – and Ruby wants to empower them to do so. With semi-automatic weapons. This explosive black comedy takes aim at the trope “guns don’t kill people, people kill people” with an all-female cast. Ruby’s gun manufacturing business fuels this small town’s economy, so when a local high school secretary takes down a student shooter with six bullets, Ruby honors her by naming her newest firearm ‘The Secretary’ and sales boom. But soon enough, the secretary and her namesake come under scrutiny as bullets and the truth ricochet through the community.
by Joshua Harmon
Bill and Sherri are the white, progressive-and-proud headmaster and dean of admissions of a New Hampshire boarding school. Over the last fifteen years, they’ve worked to diversify the school’s mostly white population. But when their high-achieving son’s Ivy League dreams are jeopardized, the family’s reaction blasts open a deep rift between their public values and private decisions. A no-holds-barred look at privilege, power, and the perils of whiteness.
by Antoinette Nwandu
Moses and Kitch stand around on the corner – talking shit, passing the time, and hoping that maybe today will be different. Everyday profanities are crafted into lyrical poetic riffs punctuated by police bullets in this provocative mash-up of of a contemporary Waiting for Godot and the Biblical Exodus saga. Pass Over unflinchingly confronts the reality of young black men who hope only to survive yet dare to dream about a promised land.
About Curious Theatre Company
The mission of Curious Theatre Company is to engage the community in important contemporary issues through provocative modern theatre.
In its third decade 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 eight 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 24 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.