Every year, the Denver Center Theatre Companys New Play Summit receives hundreds of submissions from playwrights across the nation. Stephen Lavezza and Gabriella Cavallero, whove both done time with the DCTC, know that their Modern Muse Theatre doesnt have the same resources as that powerhouse of an arts organization. In fact, laments Lavezza, Modern Muse lacks both a permanent home and standing acting ensemble, and has no library staff to read and assess new works. So really, its just the two of them and a talented pool of friends producing this weekends The Play's the Thing New Play Festival, which is both brave and a bit balmy. But thats not going to stop them from presenting a mini-showcase of local talent that will not only offer staged readings of new works, workshops, panel discussions and parties, but ask the question, Why do this in the first place?
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Weve been developing new work from the get-go, Lavezza explains. Its one reason we were crazy enough to start our own company. We want to provide a venue for people who live and work locally to get their work heard. To that end, Modern Muse will present three play readings Conscience, by Judy GeBauer, Up at the Lab, by California playwright Gary Leon Hill, and Dylan Went Electric, by Josh Hartwell at BINDERY | space, 770 22nd Street, beginning tonight at 7 p.m. The readings and a Friday-night panel that will discuss Why Is the Play the Thing? are free (donations will be accepted); Saturday workshops, which include Moving With the Muse and The Power of Story...Live!, are $20 in advance. Reservations are recommended; for more info, visit www.modernmusetheatre.com/Plays_the_Thing.html or call 303-780-7836.
June 25-27, 2009