A New Scene

Curious Theatre Company’s New Voices Summer Playwriting Intensive, now in its sixth year, represents a fruitful marriage between the company’s longstanding focus on new plays and education director Dee Covington’s interest in working with young people. For a month, students between the ages of 15 and 21 work on their craft, writing six hours a day. They also take full-day workshops with established playwrights: This year’s guests are Pulitzer finalist Eisa Davis, Obie winner Adam Bock, and Allison Moore of Minneapolis’s Playwrights’ Center — who, according to Covington, conducted a one-day workshop toward the end of the session on “how to hold questions that lead to your most inspired endings.”

The students come from varying backgrounds, some of them riding the bus into Denver regularly from neighboring cities. They are phenomenally focused, Covington says; often, when she first walks into the room, she finds them already hard at work, and many exchange writing with each other at the end of each day. One past student, Max Posner, had never written a play before attending the intensive. Now in college, he has had work produced on both coasts. “They catch fire to the form itself,” says Covington.

There will be staged readings of the students’ efforts featuring Denver actors and directors today through Sunday at 7 p.m. at Curious, 1080 Acoma Street; admission is free, or a suggested donation of $5. Call 303-623-0524 or go to www.curioustheatre.org.
July 31-Aug. 2, 7 p.m., 2009

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Juliet Wittman is an investigative reporter and critic with a passion for theater, literature, social justice and food. She has reviewed theater for Westword for over a decade; for many years, she also reviewed memoirs for the Washington Post. She has won several journalism awards and published essays and short stories in literary magazines. Her novel, Stocker's Kitchen, can be obtained at select local bookstores and on Amazon.
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