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Curious Theatre Company

1080 Acoma St. Denver, CO 80204 | Central Denver | 303-623-0524

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Over the past two decades, Chip Walton and his Curious Theatre Company crew have put on some of Denver’s most provocative, award-winning productions. The company’s headquarters, a nineteenth-century church in the Golden Triangle, is ground zero for the area’s most compelling, provocative theater.


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Housed in a beautiful renovated 19th century church, Curious Theatre Company works to engage the community in important contemporary issues through provocative modern theatre. In addition to the 5-6 shows we produce each season, programs like Curious New Voices (for playwrights ages 15-21) and Curious Cultural Initiative (presenting free discussions, musical performances and community-inclusive play readings) keep our old building very, very busy. "The Sanctuary" is our lush bar in the light of the building's original stained glass. And Mamie's- our back reception/rehearsal area, so named for Mamie Eisenhower who attended church here- is frequent host to special backstage events.

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