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Meet Three Key Players Behind The Scarlet Letter, Opera Colorado's World Premiere

5 months ago by Brad Weismann
If Opera Colorado's world premiere production of composer Lori Laitman’s adaptation of Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter, which debuts May 7 at the Ellie,  is a hit with staying power, it may one day be thought of in the repertoire simply as “Laitman’s Scarlet Letter.” But opera is a team sport...
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Jessica Rocha's kids steal, bully, and she wants them to wear T-shirts to school admitting it

4 years ago by Michael Roberts
Those of us forced to -- make that "allowed to"! -- read Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter in school tend to come away from the experience with disgust for the way society makes heroine Hester Prynne wear the sin of adultery on her clothes in the form of a red...
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Negativland/Chumbawamba

17 years ago by John La Briola
To all you Johnny Rebs and Rottens who genuflect to the anarchist's symbol, to every weekend "reactionary" who ever spray-painted the Hester Prynne-sized letter A in an alley, then circled the scraggly looking thing with a hearty, shitfaced laugh -- listen up, little heroes: Recess is over. Your new two-headed...
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COURTING DISASTER

21 years ago by Bill Gallo
If John Grisham wanted to sue the makers of The Juror for impersonation of a legal thriller, he'd have a pretty good case. Some might see the star combo of Demi Moore and Alec Baldwin as a Dream Team, but the movie is strictly lightweight stuff, and unintentionally dense to...
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DEAD LETTER

Turning Nathaniel Hawthorne's brilliant novel The Scarlet Letter into a contemporary drama is a doomed proposition. Phyllis Nagy's torturous attempt, now playing at the Denver Center Theatre Company, is so full of error, so misguided, so utterly banal a reading of a great work of art, one can only wonder...
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Bill Ritter and plagiarism: Did governor pull a Scott McInnis in 2008 remarks?

6 years ago by Joel Warner
Is Bill Ritter guilty of plagiarizing? That's what investigative website Face the State seems to be suggesting, having dug up a 2008 Veterans Day commentary bylined by Ritter in 2008 that has more than a passing resemblance to a Veterans Day speech given by Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski four years...
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A Cursed Life

13 years ago by Juliet Wittman
What keeps a man alive? He lives on others. He likes to taste them first, then eat them whole if he can Forgets that they're supposed to be his brothers That he himself was ever called a man. -- Bertolt Brecht, The Threepenny Opera Suzan-Lori Parks has set Fucking A...
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Encore

Bright Ideas. Bright Ideas is about a couple who will do anything to get their toddler into the best kindergarten in town. This could be a vacuous sitcom premise, but for the most part it's attacked with savage humor, leavened by moments of dazed empathy. Genevra and Joshua were nice...
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Beast on the Moon. The year is 1921. Aram Tomasian, a survivor of the 1915 massacre of Armenians by the Turks, is trying to make a life for himself in Milwaukee. He has bought himself a picture bride, a fifteen-year-old orphan called Seta. Aram is young, but rigid and traditional...
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Encore

Beast on the Moon. The year is 1921. Aram Tomasian, a survivor of the 1915 massacre of Armenians by the Turks, is trying to make a life for himself in Milwaukee. He has bought himself a picture bride, a fifteen-year-old orphan called Seta. Aram is young, but rigid and traditional...

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