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Playbill: Three New Plays in Denver for March 19-22

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Spring has sprung, and theater is blooming across town. This weekend a world premiere will launch this year’s greatly expanded Athena Project Festival, while the longstanding Evergreen Players light up the foothills with a collection of one-acts and the Arvada Center puts audiences on the edge of their seats with an Arthur Miller thriller. Keep reading for the details.

Evergreen Players, Reality Check
Center Stage, Evergreen
Preview/Industry Night: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 19
Shows March 20 through April 12
7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays
2 p.m. Sundays
Tickets: $12 to $20 ($50 Family 4-Pack) 

At Evergreen’s Center Stage, the Evergreen Players present four crazy and comic views of the world under the umbrella of Reality Check, an omnibus of one-acts, including Jane Martin’s Triangle (a quickie in which a troubled couple has tea with Aphrodite), Mark Harvey Levine’s The Remote (another couple is possessed by the remote), Scott Gibson’s Psalm of Purgation (a premiere about a random meeting in a laundromat) and The Lifeboat is Sinking (a hilarious chapter from An Adult Evening of Shel Silverstein). To set the stage, the Players are inviting you to a Thursday-night dress rehearsal on March 19 before opening the show the next evening: Admission is a donation to the Denver Actors Fund, a charity that offers help to local actors in need.

Harm’s Way
Aurora Fox Studio Theatre
March 20 through April 5
8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays
2 p.m. Sundays
Tickets: $20-$22 

The multidisciplinary Athena Project Festival, a celebration of women in the arts, hits the ground running on Friday, March 20, with the world premiere of Marilyn Harris Kriegel’s Harm’s Way, which explores our desensitization to violence in modern times. The production’s big star is Karen Grassle (Caroline Ingalls, on TV’s Little House on the Prairie), whom you can meet along with the rest of the cast at an after-show Cupcakes with the Cast event on Saturday, March 21.

The Archbishop’s Ceiling
Black Box Theater, Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities
Previews: 7:30 p.m. March 20 through 22, $25
Regular Run: Daily except Mondays, March 24 through April 19
Tickets: $38 to $48 

The Arvada Center’s Black Box lights up and goes very, very dark this spring with Arthur Miller’s Cold-War drama The Archbishop’s Ceiling, a regional premiere that goes back to the ’70s with a triple wallop of espionage, paranoia and complicated relationships. The show opens for previews this weekend; after the regular run kicks in on March 24, Prologue discussions will set the scene before every show, and Talk-backs will follow.

Find a stage near you: Check out Westword's online listings for more theater events for this week.

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