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.
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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.