Opening the curtain on its 39th year, Germinal Stage Denver begins the new season with a production of Don Juan in Hell, by George Bernard Shaw. Written in 1903 as a section of the larger, four-part drama Man and Superman, Don Juan in Hell is a pleasantly strange tale of philosophy and the afterlife, with Satan himself engaging in a bit of dialogue with Don Juan, accompanied by his former lover and her statue father.
“It’s one of my favorites,” says director Ed Baierlein. “It’s a great treatise on life, sex, lust and progressive evolution. This will be the fourth time we’ve done it since the ’70s, and every time we’ve done it, it’s been relevant to the time and the audience. It’s very relevant today, politically, to talk about women’s rights and progressive evolution.”
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Upcoming Germinal productions include Spoon River Anthology, Long Day’s Journey Into Night and Marat/Sade; season tickets are available for $50 to $175. Don Juan in Hell premieres tonight at 8 p.m. at Germinal, 2450 West 44th Avenue; tickets are $21.75. For more showtimes and ticket prices, visit www.germinalstage.com or call 303-455-7108.
Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 7 p.m. Starts: Nov. 9. Continues through Dec. 16, 2012