Appoggiatura
Jan
16
to Feb 22

Appoggiatura

By James Still

WORLD PREMIERE

Catch Julian as Vivaldi at the world premiere of the Denver Center Theater Company's Appoggiatura by James Still!

DATES

  • January 16 - February 22

LOCATION

Ricketson Theater

PRICE

  • coming soon 


Written by three-time Pulitzer nominee James Still, Appoggiatura follows three closely related Americans, each nursing a hunger and a hard-to-heal wound, as they travel to the romantic city of Venice seeking solace. As time bends and magic lies just around the corner, this favorite of the Colorado New Play Summit weaves a quirky and lyrical narrative exploring love, loss and the human soul.
Presented by the Joan and Phill Berger Charitable Trust
Season Sponsor: Steinberg Charitable Trust
Producing Partners: Terry & Noel Hefty, Diana & Mike Kinsey, Karolynn Lestrud

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The Arabian Nights
May
9
to May 18

The Arabian Nights

Catch Julian as Harun al-Rashid in UCSB Acting Up Front's The Arabian Nights!

DATES

  • May 9 & 13 – 17 / 8 PM
  • May 10, 17 & 18 / 2 PM

LOCATION

UCSB Performing Arts Theater

PRICE

  • $17 General Admission
  • $13 Students, Seniors, UCSB Faculty/Staff/Alumni

ABOUT

The power of storytelling is paramount in our latest ACTING UP FRONT production, Mary Zimmerman's The Arabian Nights. Director Jeff Mills (from BOXTALES Theatre Company) and his seventeen-member cast will amaze and beguile as they enact Scheherazade's tales of love, lust, comedy and dreams. Great storytelling needs nothing more than an empty space, the voices and bodies of the tellers and the engaged imagination of the audience. There is no more fitting material for our ACTING UP FRONT style than tales from the Thousand and One Nights.

In Thousand and One Nights, better known in English as Arabian Nights, Scheherazade’s cliffhanger stories prevent her husband, the cruel ruler Shahryar, from murdering her. After 1,001 nights, Shahryar is cured of his madness, and Scheherazade and Shahryar live happily as equals. The Arabian Nights adaptation offers a blend of the lesser-known stories with the recurring theme of how the magic of storytelling holds the power to change people. The Arabian Nightswill bring many of these tales into the present day and focus on the relevancy of their eternal themes.

This year’s ACTING UP FRONT production is presented in a promenade-like style where audiences should be prepared to participate fully in the show. Jeff Mills hopes to enchant the audience on such a level that they let go of whatever obsolete anger and bitterness that they may be holding on to in favor of the freedom and joy that storytelling can create.

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