Playwrights at Work

Boulder’s women-run LOCAL Theater Company focuses on the playwright experience by presenting plays to the public that are still in development and soliciting feedback. That will be especially important during the company’s LOCAL Lab 2013 New Play Festival, which starts its second run this evening at 7 p.m. with a staged reading of An Almanac for Farmers and Lovers in New Mexico, Kate Tarker’s fairy tale about a woman whose fiancé turns into a bird. The main event, set for tomorrow night, is a reading of Informed Consent, by Deborah Zoe Laufer, a darling of the regional theater circuit who’s written about a recent disagreement between the Havasupai Indians and Arizona State University over DNA tests run on tribe members. And Concealed Carry, a play by Boulderite Joshua Rollins about the divisive concealed-weapons ban issued by the University of Colorado and thrown out by the Colorado Supreme Court, tops off the festival on Sunday.

A moderated discussion will follow each performance, and a couple of receptions add glitz. “There’s also a playwrighting class on Sunday, ‘Just Write It,’ with Deborah teaching,” notes LOCAL spokeswoman Mare Trevathan. “And it’s only fifty bucks, which is like a bargain-basement deal for somebody of that caliber.”

LOCAL Lab runs today through Sunday at the Chautauqua Community House, 900 Baseline Road in Boulder; the best deal, a three-day pass, is available for $54 to $66. Visit for a complete schedule and individual event pricing.
March 15-17, 2013


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