Colorado Creatives

100 Colorado Creatives: Emily K. Harrison

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Who is your favorite Colorado Creative?

Lord. There are so many. First off, Buntport Theater Company. They are ridiculously creative, clever and generous. They create what I believe is some of the most brilliant and relevant theater in the entire country right now. Their work is alternatively hilarious and heartbreaking and they aren't afraid to take risks. They are the bravest of the brave, and I'm a big fan of bravery.

Also: Janet Feder. For goodness sakes, Janet Feder! Her work is so amazing. Who knew that a guitar could make all those sounds? She's such a wonderful composer and musician, and a really wonderful human being.

I'm also pretty much obsessed with the work of Michelle Ellsworth, who is nothing short of brilliant. The way her mind works is just incredible. I've literally seen nothing like it: if you haven't seen her perform you MUST. There's just no telling what she will come up with but I can promise you: you will not be bored, not for a single second.

What's coming up for square product in the 2013/2014 season?

Oh, man, we have a great season coming up. We're kicking it off, as always, with a show in the Boulder Fringe. We're bringing our buddy Kelsie Huff back out from Chicago for the fifth time to do one of her solo shows, BRUISER: Tales from a Traumatized Tomboy. We presented it as a world premiere in the 2010 Fringe and people loved it. We also produced it in Chicago and it won the Chicago Stage Review Award for Best Solo Performance in 2011. Kelsie's seriously, seriously funny and the show is fantastic. If you grew up in the late '80s/early '90s or were parenting at that time, and/or if you love stories of triumphant humiliation, this show is something you'll really relate to.

Then in January we're co-producing the regional premiere of Johnna Adams' play Gidion's Knot with Goddess Here Productions. It's an incredibly moving play that's been getting a lot of attention lately. It was a finalist for this year's Harold and Mimi Steinberg/American Theatre Critics Association New Play Award as well as for the 2012 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, and we're really excited to have the opportunity to produce it. Wendy Franz, formerly of Denver's Paragon Theatre, is slated to direct, and Tammy Meneghini and I make up the cast.

Then in March we're planning to remount our 2012 hit 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche, by Evan Linder and Andrew Hobgood. We had a great run with it in Boulder and we want to bring it to Denver. It's literally the most fun I've had working on a show in about a decade, and we really think that Denver audiences will love it -- we just have to find the right space for it. Last year we did it in the Fellowship Hall of the Wesley Chapel, which is a campus ministry; it's a show that works really well in that sort of space. If anyone reading this runs a community center type space in Denver, hit us up!

We'll close our the season (our eighth -- holy crap!) in May/June with a show we're co-creating with Buntport Theater Company tentatively titled Peggy Jo & the Desolate Nothing. The show is based on the true story of Peggy Jo Tallas, who was, for a time, a very successful bank robber in Texas. She was gunned down by police in Tyler, Texas, in 2005. I grew up very close to Tyler, so I remember being fascinated by this story when it was happening, even though I was no longer living there. I'm beyond thrilled to be working with Buntport on this piece. I've been a great admirer of their work for several years and I can't believe they finally fell for my ploy to collaborate. Score!

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