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Another 100 Colorado Creatives: Buntport Theater

#78: Buntport Theater

Brian Colonna, Hannah Duggan, Erik Edborg, Erin Rollman, Samantha Schmitz and (sometimes) Evan Weissman are Buntport Theater, and it's not too far off the mark to think of this sextet of personalities as a single entity -- that's just how they work, slinging ideas back and forth toward a common goal. As a group, they were part of Westword's first class of MasterMinds back in 2005, and they've only gotten better with time, always challenging the boundaries of the stage with a wink and a pragmatic sense of making spaces out of nothing in original works that twist classic themes into something altogether new and witty. And Buntport is generous within the cultural community: After all, collaboration -- and appreciation of the creative work going on all around them -- is what makes this group so special.

And what keeps the fire alive under Buntport after thirteen years of making theatrical magic in Denver? Get a clue from their 100CC questionnaire, which follows.

See also: 100 Colorado Creatives: Emily K. Harrison

Westword: If you could collaborate with anyone in history, who would it be, and why?

Buntport Theater: Because our current project is the only one we're capable of thinking about at the moment: Emily K. Harrison of square product theatre. Once that is checked off the list, we will attempt to answer this question in the broader spirit in which it was being asked. Unfortunately, this will have already gone to print, so our profound and witty choices will remain unknown.

Who in the world is interesting to you right now, and why?

Peggy Jo Tallas. Because she robbed banks dressed as a man. Because she started robbing banks when she was forty and stopped when she was sixty. Because she was involved in a slow-speed chase with the cops in her Winnebago. Because our current show is about her, and we seriously are a little one-track-minded. In a couple of weeks, we'll be back in the real world and will collectively rediscover tons of interesting people, from the ones we interact with briefly to the ones we admire from afar.

What's one art trend you want to see die this year?

If we have to narrow it down to one: using the color yellow.

What's your day job?

Annoying each other.

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Susan Froyd started writing for Westword as the "Thrills" editor in 1992 and never quite left the fold. These days she still freelances for the paper in addition to walking her dogs, enjoying cheap ethnic food and reading voraciously. Sometimes she writes poetry.
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