Author: ATCA

Denver: Too Many New Play Festivals?

Few would argue that there are too many new plays, but a case can be made that there are far too many new play festivals, even if they are splendidly-managed affairs such as the DCTC New Play Summit. In March and April alone, one might...

Denver: Crossing the Line?

One joy of the watching new play readings is the electricity of discovery. It’s Saturday morning and day three (or two) of ATCA’s conference at the Colorado New Play Summit. The full staging of the play “When Tang Met Laika” would take a longer entry to...

Denver: The Play(wright)’s the Thing

At a jovial all-comers dinner Friday, Denver Theater Center’s artistic director Kent Thompson introduced all the playwrights in the throng — two whose plays have having full world premieres, four getting well rehearsed readings, several others under current commission, some alumni of previous CNPS’s, and...

Crossing the Mountains to Denver

Because I live in Salt Lake City, I’m probably the ATCA member closest to Denver, yet ironically — and sadly — I’ve only managed to make it over to the Denver Center Theatre once before. That occasion was the monumental RSC production of “Tantalus,” which...

Denver: Theater from Space

I have a thing for intriguing lobby displays, the kind put together for a particular show and that add something to the experience. For last night’s performance of When Tang Met Laika, a play about space flight (among other things) which takes place on the space station...

Denver: Art and nourishment

After our first half-day in Denver, we are already grateful to Rick Pender  (see his post below) and the leaders of the Denver Center Theater for bringing us to the Colorado New Play Summit. The opening attraction was Rogelio Martinez’ ambitious new play, When Tang Met...

Denver: Sunshine and Theater

Twelve months ago I was in Denver, an excellent change of pace from Cincinnati’s grey winter. Sure, it’s cold in Denver, but the sun shines here more than 300 days a year. We miss that in Ohio for months at a time. My initial motivation...

Denver: Where’s the snow?

For those of us from the northeast (NYC, Pittsburgh, D.C.), having shoveled our way through 2 feet of snow and more to get to airports that have just resumed operation, this high plain amid the Rockies is suspiciously barren of the white stuff. Not that...

Milestones | Gener Levitt Jenkins Christiansen and others

(Feb 1, 2011) Randy Gener, Senior Editor of American Theatre magazine, has garnered a bunch of prestigious awards lately.  When he says he’s been busy trying to make a difference, he’s telling the truth: the Philippine government awarded Gener the 2010 “Pamana ng Pilpino” Presidential...

Milestones | King Orel Denton and others

  Long time ATCA member Robert L. King, contributing editor in drama criticism to The North American Review since 1993, and professor of English at Elms College, Massachusetts, saw publication of The Ethos of Drama:  Rhetorical Theory and Dramatic Worth (Catholic University Press) in May 2010.  The book...