Tomorrow in the Battle

Sometimes the most interesting theater experiences in Denver are bare-bones productions: a handful of actors and an interesting script can spark the imagination in ways elaborate tech often can’t. Today, Rachel Fowler, Bill Hahn and Gabra Zackman — three of the area’s finest performers — will open Tomorrow in the Battle, by English playwright Kieron Barry, at the Grant-Humphreys Mansion, in a space that seats sixteen people. Fowler, who has produced off-Broadway shows that “cost an arm and a leg,” cites the helpfulness of the Denver community: “I’ve been able to produce this on a dime.

“Gabra, Bill and I were looking for a project to do together,” she continues. “I found this play and fell in love with it, and they fell in love with it, too. All the characters are in professional and moral crisis, and it’s interesting in terms of structure — all monologues, and the three stories converge in the end. It has a little bit of an existential No Exit feel: They’re telling their stories with visceral honesty be-cause they’ve got nothing left to lose. Also, it’s sexy.”

Fowler was drawn to the Grant-Humphreys, at 770 Pennsylvania Avenue, because of both its beauty and the proscenium stage in the basement. “The family always wanted theater there,” she says. “It was in their will when they bequeathed it to the city.” The show runs today through Tuesday and again March 2 through 4, at 7:30 p.m. each night. Tickets are a suggested donation of $20, and proceeds go to History Colorado. For information, call 720-439-9830 or e-mail [email protected]
Mondays, Tuesdays, Sundays, 7:30 p.m. Starts: Feb. 23. Continues through March 4, 2014

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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.
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