Michael Emmitt and Sean Paul Mahoney envisioned their Horse & Cart company as a kind of traveling road show rather than a stationary theatrical entity, and that’s pretty much how it’s shaped up, with programming that’s been part improv, part game show, part tradi-tional theater, part burst of genius — and always moving from place to place. Horse & Cart’s original new show, Preciosity, which opens tonight at the Savoy at Curtis Park, is a satire in the spirit of Molière, in whose era the play begins, though it time-travels to the present with a yuk and a wink.
Hosted by seventeenth-century sisters and arbiters of taste Constanze and Sidonie de Ridicule, who take the audience by the hand for a literal stroll through the modern art world, drinks in hand, Preciosity invites people into the action. “We at Horse & Cart joke that we program first, ask questions later,” Emmitt says, explaining that the writing process involved weekly meetings with the actors — Timmi Lasley, Sam Provenzano and Maggy Stacy — who contributed to their characterizations before ever hitting the stage. “We’d write jokes, tell lots of inappropriate stories, watch YouTube videos — and ultimately, we created a safe zone, where any of us could share the most outlandish idea and know we wouldn’t be judged. That’s where the best work happens!”
2700 Arapahoe St.
Denver, CO 80205
Category: Music Venues
Region: Downtown Denver
Expect the unexpected when Preciosity — which includes a real art exhibit by local artists — opens at 8 p.m. tonight at the Savoy, 2700 Arapahoe Street; the show runs Fridays and Saturdays through April 19. For tickets, $15, go to horseandcart.co.
Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m. Starts: April 11. Continues through April 19, 2014