Sometimes things come full circle in a telling way: The first local production of The Gospel at Colonus, a retelling of Greek mythology’s Oedipus saga reset in a black Pentecostal church with a gospel-music soundtrack, was staged by the long-gone Eulipions, once Denver’s primary African-American theater troupe. That ensemble gave way to Jeffrey Nickelson’s Shadow Theatre, which folded, in deep debt, following Nickelson’s untimely death. Denver’s SOURCE Theater Company rose from Shadow’s ashes, and after some freshman struggles, the troupe seems to be making forward strides in the shelter of its home at Latino bastion Su Teatro’s Santa Fe Drive digs.
Now, the two companies are joining forces to restage an even more daring Gospel, one that further mixes its cultural references by adding a Latino cast. Directed by SOURCE’s Jimmy Walker, the play opens tonight for a three-week run. “The shaking, rattling and excitement vibrating throughout the Martinez Performing Hall at Su Teatro is more than the sound of a powerful, profound and beautiful play being performed,” writes Su Teatro’s Tony Garcia in a statement. “It is the sound of the joy returning.”
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Hear that sound — loud and clear — beginning at 7:30 p.m. at Su Teatro at the Denver Civic Theatre, 721 Santa Fe Drive; shows continue on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through Sunday, June 30, when the run ends with a single matinee performance. Tickets are $17 to $20; buy yours online at suteatro.net or thesourcedenver.org, or call 303-296-0219.
Thursdays-Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., June 30, 2 p.m. Starts: June 13. Continues through June 30, 2013