Events

Denver: Looking Back

A few thoughts about the Denver conference, all of them surprises. First, this Floridian found the weather was not half as harsh as I was expecting, although I hear that’s a spin of the roulette wheel. Second, this was as well-run and smooth an event...

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...

ATCA conferences past

The 2011 ATCA Weekend Meeting (aka “Mini-Meeting”) was in New York City, Feb. 4-6. Here’s the registration form. 2010 Annual Conference, July 14-18, Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, Waterford, Conn. ATCA went back to its 1974 birthplace, “America’s premiere theater laboratory.” The O’Neill is a template for developmental programs for new plays,...