With theater slowly coming back to life, many companies are finding themselves taking a different approach to staging shows. Misfits Theater Company started bringing stories back in the late summer …
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With theater slowly coming back to life, many companies are finding themselves taking a different approach to staging shows. Misfits Theater Company started bringing stories back in the late summer with a personal approach, and now are embracing a truly unique (and fun) new stage — Deviant Spirits Distillery in Boulder.
“Our first show post-pandemic was “Reach,” a two-person show taking place post Hurricane Katrina, and it was performed in late August in my backyard,” said Emily Tuckman, actor and producer of the theater company. “We have shifted gears from performing in traditional theater spaces (or fully indoor spaces) to outdoor, and partially open air, venues for the safety of both our actors and our patrons.”
The company’s latest show, Lia Romeo’s “The Lucky Ones,” is running at Deviant Spirits, 2480 49th St. E in Boulder, from May 15 through May 31. Performances are at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Included in the ticket price is one to two cocktails.
Directed by Debe Hultgren and featuring Tuckman, Damon Guerrasio and Shannon Altner, this is the show’s West Coast premiere. It’s about best friends Vanessa and Janie and explores how they deal with a devastating illness.
We chatted with Tuckman about the show and getting theater back on its feet.
Interview edited for brevity and clarity.
• How did you get connected with Lia Romeo, and what made you decide this was the show you wanted to put on?
Lia Romeo’s agent, Samara Harris, went to summer camp with me close to 30 years ago. We reconnected during the pandemic and she told me Lia had just moved back to Boulder. I read all of her work and fell in love with this play.
• What do you hope people who see the show come away with?
I hope people leave the performance re-connected with the community; I hope they feel transported, connected, and alive. And I hope we motivate other artists to create safely in our community as well.
We know that it’s a bit scary to re-enter society, even once vaccinated, after so much time away. We want to assure people that we are taking every precaution ... and we are ensuring that audience members are masked and socially distanced, except for sitting with those they arrive with. All of our actors and front of house are fully vaccinated.
• What does it mean to you to have live theater back, even if it’s in a different way than normal?
For me, it means everything. I think those of us in the theater know that it is a lifeline in terms of our creative energy, our connection with others, and the emotional fulfillment performing gives us. As an audience member, going to the theater transports us into another world; it is an escape we all desperately need right now. And to me it is worth any amount of money, and added work in terms of safety precautions, to make that happen.
Get tickets for the show at www.simpletix.com/e/the-lucky-ones-tickets-65559.
Go hunting for history at Heritage Lakewood Belmar Park
Lakewood’s Historic Preservation Commission is hosting a virtual or in-person self-guided scavenger hunt for all of May (Historic Preservation Month) that encourages participants to seek out unique architectural elements and historic structures found at Heritage Lakewood Belmar Park.
Created in partnership with the park, those who complete their scavenger hunt form will be entered to win a prize. The form can be found online or at the Visitor Center in Heritage Lakewood, 801 S. Yarrow St., on Fridays and Saturdays in May between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Completed forms can be dropped off at the Visitor Center during these times as well.
Learn more at Lakewood.org/HistoricPreservation.
Clarke’s Concert of the Week — ‘Broadway Yesterday and Today’
The Denver Center for the Performing Arts is bringing back live music in a delightfully intimate approach with its open-air outdoor cabaret concerts under the glass at the complex. At 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 15 and Sunday, May 16, local married performers Marco Robinson and Adriane Leigh Robinson will be performing “Broadway Yesterday and Today,” accompanied by a string quartet from the Colorado Symphony
Tickets are sold by table with the option of two to four seats per table. A limited number of individual tickets will also be available. Visit https://www.denvercenter.org/tickets-events/outdoor-cabaret-concerts/ for a ticket.
Streaming style — ‘Pose’
Nearly a year ago I wrote about FX’s “Pose,” the series that focuses on the Black and Latino trans, gay and gender-nonconforming ballroom scene of New York City in the 1980s and 90s. At the time I wrote, “In a single episode, ‘Pose’ can shatter and dazzle you with the creative power of the human spirit. It really is that good.”
As the show enters its third (and sadly, final) season, I’m pleased to say it’s held onto all of its power to devastate and thrill. The cast is uniformly spectacular and the talent behind the scenes is just as remarkable
“Pose” is easily one of the bets shows of this century, and you can catch the first two seasons on Netflix and the final on FX. Don’t miss it.
Clarke Reader’s column on culture apears on a weekly basis. He can be reached at Clarke.Reader@hotmail.com.
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