Playbill: Three New Performances in Denver for June 18-21

This week, a festival about TV takes a sidetrip onstage for a trio of free readings of comedy scripts by finalists in a high-stakes contest, while a couple of local dance troupes strut their best stuff. Here’s where to get a piece of the action.

SeriesFest, Storytellers Initiative Script Competition
Conservatory Theatre, Newman Center for Theatre Education
2 p.m. Saturday, June 20

While this weekend’s brand-new SeriesFest is mainly focused on what’s next on the ubiquitous small screen, it will take a theatrical side trip on Saturday, June 20, at the inaugural Storytellers Initiative Script Competition, a comedy-writing contest presented in collaboration with the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. Scripts by the three finalists, chosen from hundreds of entries — Scott C. Reynolds (Delivered), Zack Phillips and Natasha Vaynblat (Eastern Block) and Reggie Henke (Dump) — will receive live, staged dramatic readings at this free, public event. There’s a lot at stake — the winner gets a script development deal and pilot-production opportunity for what might become the next big thing on TV.
Space of Time
Kim Robards Dance
7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 20
Suggested donation: $10 to $18 at the door

Aurora’s nonprofit Kim Robards Dance ensemble and advanced students and professionals will dance in an as-yet unnamed new ensemble piece scored by Henrik Schwarz for the culminating performance of KRD’s Summer Intensive Company Project. Two other works — the full ensemble piece Kala Desa and Duosity, which begins as a duet and flowers into ensemble segments — will fill out the evening.

Boomtown Trailer from Wonderbound on Vimeo.

Wonderbound, Boomtown
Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities
7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 20
2 p.m. Sunday, June 21
Tickets: $15 to $40

Wonderbound, the barrier-breaking Denver ensemble led by dance creative Garrett Ammon, offers a reprise of Boomtown, a jazzy collaboration with the band Chimney Choir that riffs on Denver history. Staged at the Arvada Center, the performance, which sold out during its inaugural run last month, is not-to miss, well-costumed good fun.

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