Were lucky to have a theater company like Curious around. Artistic director Chip Walton is also president of the National New Play Network, which sponsors the Continued Life Project, through which an emerging playwright develops a new work with at least three different creative teams and communities, giving the play enough momentum and visibility to join the list of new American works.
One of those Continued Life plays is Quiara Alegría Hudess 26 Miles, which opens tonight at Curious. It follows the tale of an American girl whos been living with her Jewish father and stepmother in the United States. She begins having problems with her living situation and calls her Cuban mother, who comes racing to the rescue; they begin a cross-country road-trip adventure, meet an array of new characters and examine their relationship and the split between two different worlds.
Its not light and easy, and its not heavy and dark, notes Curious spokeswoman Tonya Malik. Its very funny. It just sort of weaves a little web around you in that you get pulled into every characters story; theres not just one that you care about.
26 Miles runs Thursdays through Sundays through June 20; tickets are $18 to $34. Visit www.curioustheatre.org or call 303-623-0524 for details.
Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m. Starts: May 7. Continues through June 20, 2009