Thanks to Elitch Gardens!

What a sublime pleasure it was to attend the staged reading yesterday of my long-lasting play “Fifteen Men In A Smoke-Filled Room!” I arrived in Denver on Friday evening and attended the reading that night. I also had the opportunity to explore the fascinating city of Denver and its surrounding suburbs.

On my travels, I took this picture of the beautiful Historic Elitch Gardens Theater, nestled snugly between luxury condos in the wonderful West Highlands area of Denver:

Elitch ColinAnd look what I found posted on one of the front doors:

Eitch PosterAnd, ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, what a lovely program:

Elitch ProgramThe play was directed by the lovely Bev Newcomb-Madden, who I had the great joy of meeting in person on the night of the show. (Bev and I had previously talked over the phone about the play.) Bev managed to find a great cast for the reading. I was extremely impressed with the performance of the actors and actresses in what is actually a dense, difficult play to perform. The actors brought tremendous power to their roles – especially the two female characters.

Thanks again to festival producer Gavin Mayer for his leadership and the wonderful opportunity to have my play performed!

I wish the best of luck to the Historic Elitch Gardens Theater as it continues its renovations over the succeeding years!

Great articles about Elitch!

There are some great articles and news pieces that have been published in the Denver area about the Historic Elitch Gardens Theatre and their New Works Festival.

You can also go here to see some pictures from the first day of the festival!

Colorado, here I come!!

Live theatre back at Elitch!

My play “Fifteen Men In A Smoke-Filled Room” is being given a staged reading this upcoming weekend at Historic Elitch Gardens Theatre in Denver as part of their New Works Festival!

The festival will mark the long-awaited and much-desired return of live theater to a respected theatrical landmark after decades and decades of undeserved and undesired retirement.

Check out this great article about the New Works Festival for more information!

“The New Works Festival will be held from Aug. 20-22, and it will mark the long-awaited return of live theatre to the actual Elitch Theatre stage. The goal of the festival is to discover strong stories and foster them from the beginning stages to an eventual mainstage production. The top two productions as chosen by audiences and an invited selection committee will continue to be workshopped. In the third year of the festival, one work will be presented as a fully produced world premiere as part of the Elitch Theatre’s 2017 season programming.”

See you there!

Cast for “Fifteen Men”

The Historic Elitch Gardens Theatre has announced the cast for the upcoming staged reading of my play “Fifteen Men In A Smoke-Filled Room.” The play will be read at 6pm on August 22, 2015 at the Historic Elitch Gardens Theatre.

The cast is as follows:

  • Warren G. Harding — T. David Rutherford
  • Florence Kling Harding — Alex Ryer
  • Nan Britton — Maggie Sczekan
  • Harry M. Daugherty — Mark Rubald
  • Ensemble Man — Gregory Price

A special thanks to the Dramatists Play Service, who are helping to sponsor the event!

Dramatists Play ServiceYou can read the full announcement here!

Article about Elitch

An article came out today in a local Denver newspaper about the New Works Festival sponsored by the Historic Elitch Gardens Theatre. The New Works Festival will mark the return of live theater to the beautiful building that has housed so much theatrical history.

Elitch InteriorThe following six plays will be read during the festival:

  • “The Consul, The Tramp and America’s Sweetheart” by John Morogiello; directed by Jennifer McCray Rincon
  • “The Mess of Us” by Moss Kaplan and Greg Ungar; directed by Kate Marie Folkins
  • “A Good Indian” by Steven Cole Hughes; directed by Pat Payne
  • “In the Closet” by Siegmund Fuchs; directed by Robert Brown
  • “Fifteen Men in a Smoke Filled Room” by Colin Speer Crowley; directed by Bev Newcomb-Madden
  • “Lady” by Tim Nevits; directed by Robert Michael Sanders

Bev Newcomb-Madden will direct my play; she is a veteran director in Colorado who has directed the most plays of any other woman in Colorado history.

You can check out the remainder of the article here!

“Encore, Encore” (literally!)

My play “Encore, Encore” has just been announced as the winner of the Inkslinger Playwriting Competition. The competition is sponsored by Southeastern Louisiana University of Hammond, Louisiana.

SLUSoutheastern Louisiana University is “the state’s third-largest public university, boasting more than 15,600 students and more than 60 degree programs.” The organization attained university status in 1970 and was the fast-growing college in the United States in the 1990′s. SLU (as it is called) consists of five colleges with 26 academic departments and programs offering a total of 71 degree programs (4 associate degree programs, 48 baccalaureate degree programs, and 19 graduate degree programs)

The Inkslinger Playwriting Competition was founded in 2014 by Associate Professor of Theatre Jim Winter, making “Encore, Encore” the second winner of the festival.

“Encore, Encore” will be given four performances from March 8-March11, 2016 and is already on the calendar of the university’s 2016 theatrical season:

EE Announcement SLUMany thanks to Southeastern Louisiana University for this great honor!!

“Fifteen Men” onstage again

I learned today that my play “Fifteen Men In A Smoke-Filled Room” is one of six winners of a new play contest sponsored by the Historic Elitch Gardens Theatre.

Elitch Gardens FestivalThe New Works Festival is the first of its kind sponsored by the Historical Elitch Gardens Theatre and represents the premiere venture of the organization after its 2015 re-launch.

The Historic Elitch Gardens Theatre is nestled in Denver, Colorado and was built in 1890. “The theatre has been described as “one of the cradles of American drama.” The stage has hosted such stars as Grace Kelly, Douglas Fairbanks, Sr., Cybil Shepard, Vincent Price, and many more. The theatre was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978, and locally landmarked by the City of Denver in 1995.”

Historic ElitchHistoric Elitch 2Since 1990, the Historic Elitch Gardens Theatre has been closed down for a sustained period of renovations, assisted by the Office of Economic Development in Denver and a grant of $425,000. You can see a great story about the theater on local Denver TV here! Elitch Gardens trumpets the New Works Festival as “marking the return of the Elitch Gardens Theatre as a vital component of Denver’s cultural landscape.”

The New Works Festival involved the submission of some 90 theatrical works from playwrights around the United States. The plays were then judged by an esteemed panel of experts, including many local and national theatrical professionals, such as author Christina Crawford, Broadway actress Billie McBride, casting and literary agents, directors, and Elitch Theatre alumni.

The festival will take place from August 20-August 22, 2015, with my play being read at 6pm on Saturday, August 22.