Although it might sound at first like child’s play, The 4th Graders Present an Unnamed Love-Suicide is a production packed with heavy themes. “I have a personal love for new works,” says director Dr. J. Nick Dickert, “especially new plays that are problematic. Bullying is a pertinent subject right now, and this play really tackles all of the bullying that children experience at school that flies under the radar -- on the bus, at recess, and that sort of thing.”
Still, this show, presented by the Community College of Denver, is not for children, despite being about children; there’s a double murder, a suicide and lots of stage blood. “The show certainly gets people talking,” Dickert says, “about the nature of identity and how difficult it is when you are speaking from the margins of society. “Fourth grade is a pretty awkward age,” he adds. “You’re still a child with lots of energy, running all around, but you’re also negotiating what it means to be an adult and dealing with issues of independence.”
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The show opened last week and continues tomorrow night and Thursday at the Black Box Theater in the King Center on the Auraria campus. It starts at 7:30 p.m., and tickets are $4 for students and $6 for the general public. Call 303-556-2296 to get yours.
Tuesdays-Saturdays, 7:30 p.m. Starts: Nov. 14. Continues through Nov. 21, 2013