Family Matters

In its first new production since a run on Broadway, playwright Sharr White’s The Other Place will make its Colorado debut at the Dairy Center for the Arts tonight. The Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company’s staging of the play tells the story of Dr. Juliana Smithton, an esteemed scientist who’s been part of a trial for a breakthrough dementia drug and suddenly finds herself having disorienting, unexplained mental episodes.

Stephen Weitz, the producing director, says the BETC is excited to produce the play not only because it’s a dramatic, touching mystery that keeps audiences guessing until the end, but also because the writer went to high school in Boulder. “I think it’s a fantastic piece of writing; [Sharr White] is really an up-and-coming playwright in the voice of American theater,” he says. “I think that what strikes me about the play — and what I hope will strike our audience — is that it’s very much a play about family, and that there are precious things in our lives that are important to hold on to because someday even our memory is going to fail us, and it’s important to relish them while we can.”

The Other Place opens tonight at the Dairy Center for the Arts, 2590 Walnut Street in Boulder. The show runs Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 4 p.m. through April 7. Find tickets, $15 to $25, and information at www.betc.org.
Thursdays-Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., March 24, 4 p.m.; Sun., April 7, 4 p.m. Starts: March 22. Continues through April 7, 2013

 
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