It’s time to get CRUNK. For its season finale, the Shadow Theatre Company in Aurora presents Year of the Women, an original play conceived, produced and performed by the young folks of the theater’s CRUNK program, which stands for Creative Resources Uniting Neighborhood Kids. The play is a culmination of sorts, the final entry for this season’s theme, which was also “Year of the Women.”

“This theme this season was pretty broad,” says Hugo Jon Sayles, artistic director for Shadow — and, fittingly, the play is, too: Using devices that run the gamut from traditional dialogue to song-and-dance to poetry, it’s split into a series of twelve eclectic acts, with each one representative of a month in the “year of the women.” All acts were written by students between the ages of thirteen and eighteen.

“We expected it to work out with CRUNK,” says Sayles, “because it’s been a predominantly female organization.” He adds, however, that because of collaborations with the Black Actors’ Guild and a self-initiated group of black theater students at the Denver School of the Arts, the program included more male representation in the lineup this year. “The program’s been stable and thriving,” says Sayles of CRUNK, now in its fourth year. “It’s the most contributed-to program at Shadow.”

Year of the Women opens tonight at Shadow, 1468 Dayton Street in Aurora, and continues through August 21. For details, go to www.shadowtheatre.com or call 720-857-8000. Tickets are $25.
Thu., Aug. 5, 7:30 p.m.; Fridays, 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays, 2 & 7:30 p.m. Starts: Aug. 5. Continues through Aug. 21, 2010


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