Those characters, from hard-edged arts administrator Jolene (“She runs the organization like the mayor of Chicago,” says Trieschmann. “She likes to crash and burn her enemies”) to the possible grant recipients — an unassuming retired mechanic, Dwayne, and Everett, the trash-to-treasure outsider artist who’s been “discovered” by a starstruck local art historian — are the real strength of the play. And since The Most Deserving is lighthearted — and fictional — the playwright will still be able to show her face in Hays.
See The Most Deserving at the Ricketson, in the Denver Performing Arts Complex, daily except Mondays through November 17; for tickets, starting at $35, go to denvercenter.org or call 303-893-4100.
Fridays, Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays, Sundays, 1:30 p.m.; Tuesdays-Thursdays, 6:30 p.m. Starts: Oct. 11. Continues through Nov. 17, 2013