Playbill: Three New Performances in Denver and Boulder for June 11-15

Join the Colorado Shakespeare Festival for more fun with the Bard, travel the world through the eyes of one woman with a suitcase or bid on the chance of a lifetime — to step on stage in a Broadway musical. Have some fun this week!
University Theatre, CU-Boulder Campus
Selected dates, June 11-August 8
Tickets: $10 to $55

The Colorado Shakespeare Festival mixes things up each year by including some contemporary stage fare with a Shakespearean theme. This summer, it does so with Wittenberg, David Davalos’s hilarious and witty comedy in which Prince Hamlet, here a senior at Wittenberg University in the year 1517, is caught up in a philosophical debate between Dr. Faustus and Martin Luther. Wittenberg, a Colorado premiere directed for CSF by Timothy Orr, fires up for the repertory season with a preview performance indoors at the University of Colorado Boulder’s University Theatre on Thursday, June 11; performances continue through August 8.

Peña, Traveling with Angels
Dairy Center for the Arts
7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, June 12-13
2 p.m. Sunday, June 14
Tickets: $15 to $20

New Mexican fringe actor René Peña travels the world with the help of a single prop — her grandmother’s suitcase — in this one-woman story-telling show that weaves the autobiographical and the universal into a journey we all take in life. Learn the secrets of the suitcase this weekend at the Dairy Center in Boulder as Peña passes through Colorado.

Witches’ Night Off
Hard Rock Cafe Denver
7:30 p.m. Monday, June 13
Tickets: $20 to $40

There’s always a frenzy when Wicked comes to town: The popularity of the Broadway backstory of Oz’s adversarial witches hasn’t yet worn out its welcome, and the cast will pay back its faithful fans in a less formal arena with Witches’ Night Off, a benefit cabaret show where the performers get to share their favorite Broadway numbers. Join the cast at the Hard Rock Cafe Denver; along with the performances, there will be silent and live auctions with some unbelievable payoffs: backstage tours, a chance to watch Wicked from the orchestra pit and even the opportunity for a walk-on role in three scenes of the show, wearing Tony Award-winning costumes. The evening’s proceeds benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, Project Angel Heart, Rainbow Alley and Doctors Without Borders.

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