Managing pain

Managing pain

This is Eavesdrop, a series of conversations between artists, playwrights and audience members. Today we listen in on a chat between Associate Artistic Director Mare Trevathan, who lead the creation of this Sunday’s immersive theater event, “Pain Management,” and Emily K. Harrison, one of the performers in the presentation. "Pain Management" will be presented this Sunday, May 21 at 12noon and 1pm at the old hospital on Mapleton Avenue. The 12noon show is sold out, and limited seats remain for the 1pm show. Get one here

The sights! The sounds! The pageantry of Local Lab 2017

The sights! The sounds! The pageantry of Local Lab 2017

Local Theater Company presented the 6th Annual Local Lab New Play Festival March 17-19, 2017, at Dairy Arts Center. The festival--for the first time completely sold out--featured three new works: Wisdom From Everything by Mia McCullough; Shostakovich, or Silence by Jason Grote; and a modern verse translation of The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare, translated by Elise Thoron.

In addition, festival passholders also participated in Pain Management, a 3-part devised theater workshop that will culminate into a public presentation this spring.

Check out photos from the weekend! Did our camera catch you in action?

Playing the music of Shostakovich

Playing the music of Shostakovich

For our Saturday, March 18 staged reading of Shostakovich, or Silence, we are thrilled to present live music by Shostakovich during the production, performed by Grace Burns. She performs at Local Lab at Diary Arts Center following a performance this winter at Carnegie Hall.

Grace is a musician with widely ranging interests, equally comfortable with standard piano repertoire as she is with experimental music. Her musical experience continues to be enhanced by her work with living composers, chamber ensembles, and combining the disciplines of art, music, and theater into unique performances. 

Eavesdropping on the Russians

Eavesdropping on the Russians

This is Eavesdrop, a series of conversations between artists, playwrights and audience members. Today we listen in on a chat between playwright Jason Grote, who wrote Shostakovich, or Silence, and company member Daniel Burns, assistant director and dramaturg for the upcoming reading. Shostakovich, or Silence is part of Local Lab 2017: New Play Festival, presented at Dairy Arts Center from March 17-19, 2017.

Initial casting for Local Lab 2017 announced

This morning, we are thrilled (thrilled, we say!) to announce initial casting for Local Lab 2017: New Play Festival, which will be presented March 17-19, 2017 at Dairy Arts Center. The company of actors include Drama Desk Award winners, performers who have appeared with some of our country's most respected theater companies (The Goodman, Steppenwolf, and The Public as just a few examples), and some of our Boulder/Denver-areas favorite artists.

Shakespeare and race

Shakespeare and race

This is Eavesdrop, a series of conversations between artists, playwrights and audience members. Today we listen in on a chat between playwright Elise Thoron, who has translated the upcoming Local Lab reading of William Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice, and company member Rachel Fowler, director of reading. The Merchant of Venice is part of Local Lab 2017: New Play Festival, presented at Dairy Arts Center from March 17-19, 2017.

Freedom

Freedom

This is Eavesdrop, a series of conversations between artists, playwrights and audience members. Today we listen in on a chat between actor Mehry Eslaminia and Debra Piver, a resident teaching artist at Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles, about the upcoming production of Home in the Heart: An Adaptation for Students of Sandra Cisneros's "The House on Mango Street". The program will be presented February 1-10, 2017 at the Boulder Public Library. Get tickets here.

On magic, politics and bullying

This is Eavesdrop, a series of conversations between artists, playwrights and audience members. Today we listen in on a chat between Local Theater Company co-founders Pesha Rudnick and Megan Mathews about preparations for the launch of Literature Live!, featuring a performance of An Adaptation for Students of Sandra Cisneros's "The House on Mango Street". The program will be presented this February 2017 at the Boulder Public Library.

Coming together to respond to Orlando shooting this summer

Coming together to respond to Orlando shooting this summer

When the attack happened on a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, this past summer, playwright Caridad Svich reached out to Local Theater Company to participate in a staging of After Orlando, an international “theater action” curated by our friend Caridad and her colleagues.

We love Caridad. Her belief in the power of theater to offer a platform for dialogue. Her ability to bring good people together to do something important. Her tremendous talent. It was an honor to be asked. We were eager to do something in solidarity with Orlando. We were also neck-deep in preparation for our production of The Firestorm.

What a huge gift it was when Denver’s Benchmark Theatre decided to move forward with producing After Orlando--which will benefit the Human Rights Campaign--on Monday, November 14 and Tuesday, November 15. Benchmark’s founder, and Local associate artist, Kate Folkins invited us to participate. My first call was to actor Jim Walker, a man I find to be uncommonly intelligent and thoughtful.

Reflecting on "The Firestorm"

Reflecting on "The Firestorm"

This is Eavesdrop, a series of conversations between artists, playwrights and audience members. Today we listen into a dialogue between Timothy McCracken and Maduka Steady about their experience performing in The Firestorm, which ends a celebrated run at Dairy Arts Center on Sunday, Nov 13. We asked them to reflect on their time in The Firestorm.

Exclusive first look: Rehearsals of "The Firestorm"

Exclusive first look: Rehearsals of "The Firestorm"

Instagram Artist in Residence George Lange has been sneaking into our rehearsals for the past couple of weeks, and has captured some beautiful shots of our cast and production team at work. As The Firestorm blows into Boulder and Dairy Arts Center this weekend for our run through Nov 13, take a look at these images in the rehearsal room.