SHOWS AND EVENTS
PHAMALY THEATRE COMPANY’S 2018 SEASON
Greetings to our beloved Phamaly community! It is with pride and excitement that we announce Phamaly’s 2018 Season. As this year draws toward a close and we reflect back, what a year it has been! For Phamaly, the country, and the world, 2017 hasn’t been without its challenges. But during the bumpier moments in life, we’re reminded of the intensity of the human existence on a living, breathing planet. Perching on a precarious fulcrum between triumph and loss. Watching others experience pain and heartache, but also witnessing the passion, resilience, and togetherness that emerges afterward. Facing great uncertainty, and even when it feels like there’s little hope, mustering the collective energy and tenacity from the deepest parts of ourselves to soldier on and make things better. It’s the stuff of the greatest comedies, the greatest tragedies…it’s the pure stuff of life.
Therefore, Phamaly’s 29th season will be about celebrating what Phamaly actor Stephen Hahn aptly termed, “The human experience…AMPLIFIED.”
As is customary with Phamaly, season 29 will be about amplifying artistry: taking courageous risks and blowing the lid off of expectations. Our three mainstage productions will highlight the extraordinary talents of performers with disabilities within the Phamaly ranks, while also putting the unique Phamaly spin on some beloved classics. These shows are about bold passions, hopes, and dreams, but also the darker side of life’s realities, challenges, and tragedies. Together, Phamaly actors and these narratives will rewrite the rules – of love, of fairy tales, and of the way life unfolds. And Phamaly itself will have its rules rewritten, as we produce our first ever site-specific production in a community location outside a “typical” theatre space.
Within the theatre, Phamaly will continue to amplify access to ensure that anyone who wants to experience theatre has the ability to do so. We will continue to offer accessibility features such as audio description, ASL interpretation, tactile tours, and sensory friendly performances, while also exploring new modes of technology and access to make all feel welcome. Phamaly will also provide low-cost options to reduce economic barriers often stand in the way of people enjoying the theatre experience.
2018 will also be a time for our Phamaly community to amplify engagement beyond the theatre. Phamaly will continue to offer classes for individuals with diverse abilities of all ages and experience levels to expand their artistic skills. Phamaly will form its first ever Phamaly Ambassadors program, which will train Phamaly actors to share their voices and experiences throughout the wider community. Phamaly will continue administering a variety of workshops for people with and without disabilities in our community, and will continue to serve as a peer resource to other theaters across the nation that are looking to make their environments more adaptive and accessible. We guarantee a season that makes you feel passionate. Connected. Replete. Curious. Welcome. Vibrant. We look forward to you joining us. BE AMPLIFIED!
Romeo and Juliet
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Regan Linton
April 14th – 22nd
The Dairy Center for the Arts, Boulder
Living in a world imbued with conflict and hatred, two young people from rival families discover a powerful force that supersedes the rules of earth and society: love. The actors of Phamaly bring to life a timeless play that was one of the most beloved in Shakespeare’s era, exploring the passion, beauty, poetry, and tragedy of putting aside difference and pursuing love above all else.
This is a workshop presentation that will include minimal staging.
Into the Woods
Book by James Lapine
Music & Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
July 12th – August 5th
The Space Theater
Denver Performing Arts Complex, Denver
We think we know how the fairy tales go: Little Red Riding Hood. Cinderella. Rapunzel. Jack and the Beanstalk. Think again.
As a childless baker and his wife try to start a family, they discover a host of fairy tale characters seeking the fulfillment of their own wishes and dreams. Princes and princesses trying to find love; a witch trying to reclaim youth and beauty; and families trying to put food on the table. As they venture deeper into the woods, they discover the realities of life, as well as its consequences.
Winner of 5 Tony Awards including Best Original Score (1988) and Best Revival of A Musical (2002), this Sondheim classic reminds us that life is an unpredictable journey – “to mind, to heed, to find, to think, to teach, to join” – and that no one is alone.
Presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.
By Mary Chase
Directed by Rand Harmon
October 18th – November 11th
The Historic Olin Hotel – Denver
The affable Elwood P. Dowd has developed a life of contentment that he shares with his best friend: a 6-foot-tall pooka rabbit. But his eccentric ways are increasingly threatening to his sister’s social aspirations, and she resolves to have him committed to a sanitarium…until plans go awry and she ends committed instead. Winner of the 1945 Pulitzer Prize, this classic comedy challenges our assumptions of what – and who – is “normal,” and whether that’s something we want to be anyhow.
Harvey will be a site-specific production, performed in collaboration with Senior Housing Options at the historic Olin Hotel in Capitol Hill, which now serves as residential apartments for older adults and individuals with disabilities.
Tickets for Phamaly’s 2018 shows go on sale in January! For continued information and updates, visit www.phamaly.org. Audition information for Phamaly’s 2018 shows will be available in December. Visit www.phamaly.org/perform-with-us for more information.