The universal struggle that women face in trying to balance a career, family and friendship is highlighted in Saints and Hysterics, a new work by local playwright Tracy Shaffer Witherspoon and performed by the Paragon Theatre Company. The play opens tonight with a world-premiere presentation at Denver's Phoenix Theatre. "It's a simple story line about two friends, both in their thirties, who are coming into their own and coming to terms with the different decisions they made," says director Barbra Andrews, a Paragon ensemble member. "It's about making choices and realizing that you can't have it all."
Saints and Hysterics was one of four stories featured in Paragon's new-play-reading series last year. Starring Carolyn Valentine and Emily Paton Davies, it explores the female experience through the lives of the two friends, who are guided in their journeys by a mystical saint, portrayed here by Gina Wencel.
"It is such a pretty play to watch in that it has a very dreamlike quality," says Andrews. "It deals with serious issues, but it is also very lighthearted...and touches on a lot of universal themes that I think the audience will really be able to relate to."
The premiere begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Phoenix, 1124 Santa Fe Drive; Saints and Hysterics continues Thursday through Saturday nights through June 26. Tickets are $15 for general admission, $13 for students and seniors (Thursday performances are two-for-one). Call 303-300-2210 for tickets; visit www.paragontheatre.com for more on the company. -- Julie Dunn
CSO lights up Prokofiev's Alexander Nevsky
Baby carriages catapulting down stone staircases, teetering senior citizens and trapped amputees all under fire -- no sympathetic image escaped Russian director Sergei Eisenstein in his quest to make emotionally affecting films. After all, Eisenstein was in the propaganda business -- and Sergei Prokofiev's score for his 1939 film Alexander Nevsky pulled out all the stops, too. The Colorado Symphony Orchestra will give the work a rousing rendition during its final engagement of the 2003-2004 season. And in a revolutionary twist, the classic prince-rallies-peasants-to-defend-nation flick will be shown on three big screens while the music plays on. The concerts, led by guest conductor Duain Wolfe, begin at 7:30 p.m. tonight and tomorrow, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Boettcher Concert Hall in the Denver Performing Arts Complex, 14th and Curtis streets. Concert-goers can get a taste of the motherland for far less than the cost of a transatlantic flight: Tickets, $17.50 to $75, are available at 303-893-4100 or www.coloradosymphony.org. -- Caitlin Smith
Get the Events Newsletter
What's happening in town? From underground club nights to the biggest outdoor festivals, our top picks for the week's best events will always keep you in on the action.
More CALENDAR News
- SIA Snow Show
- Clutch Con 2015
- Screw Your Resolution Party