Cyber-Life

Michael Mitnick’s comedy Ed, Downloaded began its Denver life last winter as a dramatic reading for the Denver Center Theatre Company’s Colorado New Play Summit. Now it returns, as is often the case, as a full-blown production at the Ricketson Theatre.

And if you like movies, this play — the story of what happens when a dying man decides to have his brain downloaded for posterity — will grab you, as a good deal of its action is propelled by video projections that run in tandem with the live acting on stage. Sam Buntrock, the pro responsible for directing Broadway’s Sunday in the Park With George, makes his DCTC debut for Ed, Downloaded (he also took the reins for last year’s reading), aided by the high-tech visuals created through Spyeglass, a state-of-the-art projection system.

Mitnick, who was specifically commissioned by the DCTC to write a play incorporating multimedia, lauds the center's design crew and thinks it couldn't have come together so well anywhere else. "The Denver Center's on-staff artists are truly phenomenal," he says. "And everyone at the theater was so gung-ho about trying to take this technically challenging play and not only realize it in a sufficient way good enough to communicate what I was going for, but to actually execute it far beyond what I had dreamed."

Plug into the future of live theater at the Ricketson, in the Denver Performing Arts Complex, beginning tonight at 6:30 p.m. and continuing through February 17; tonight only, a talk-back with the DCTC creative team will precede the show at 6 p.m., around the corner in the Jones Theatre. For tickets, starting at $35, visit denvercenter.org or call 303-893-4100.
Fridays-Sundays, 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays, Sundays, 1:30 p.m.; Tuesdays-Thursdays, 6:30 p.m. Starts: Jan. 11. Continues through Feb. 17, 2013

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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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