Imaginative Art

A single actor relays the entire plot of Moby-Dick using a goldfish in a bowl.

A group of actors gives us Franz Kafka’s life story, cleverly interwoven with the plot of his most famous work, The Metamorphosis, while skating on artificial ice.

Shakespeare’s bloodthirsty tragedy, Titus Andronicus, is transformed into a hilarious, blood-spouting musical.

In Something Is Rotten, an offbeat version of Hamlet, Ophelia is played by the above-mentioned goldfish -- adding new meaning to Queen Gertrude’s lamentation, “Your sister’s drowned, Laertes.”

A nondescript man in silent revolt against a totalitarian state spends his evenings conversing with a camel.

This is the kind of weird, brilliant magic we’ve come to expect from the six actor-producers who constitute Buntport Theater, Denver’s most original, accessible and consistently entertaining theater company. In addition to three or four major productions a year -- all created collaboratively by the company -- Buntport hosts kids’ shows, an ongoing space odyssey called Starship Troy, and Teacher’s Pet, in which audience members present monologues on specific themes.

But now the company is facing a crossroads. To meet city standards, the group needs to install an air-conditioning system that will cost around $46,000. A benefit to help raise the money is planned for tonight; entertainment starts at 8 p.m. For $20, you can meet some of the Buntporters’ most memorable characters, get a preview of the upcoming season and help support a vital part of the Denver scene. Rosie the goldfish, alas, won’t be there; she died in May. Buntport is at 717 Lipan Street. Call 720-946-1388 or visit www.buntport.com.
Sat., June 7, 7:30 p.m., 2008

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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.
Contact: Juliet Wittman