Thursday, March 10, 2011

Shadow's 15th season to feature original work by Shadow veterans, staffers

Shadow Theatre Company Creative Director Hugo Jon Sayles prepares for a performance of "The Life and Times of Ol' Alfred" last year. Sayles will contribute two original pieces to the theater's coming season, titled "Wonders of Original Works." (Heather L. Smith / The Aurora Sentinel.)

The Shadow Theatre Company will continue its search for a fresh start next season with a program of original works by local playwrights.
The troupe is set to announce the six selections for its 15th season during a performance of “In Search of Eckstine,” the musical currently running at the Denver Civic Theatre. The season, dubbed “Wonders of Original Works,” will include original pieces written by Shadow’s Creative Director Hugo Jon Sayles, as well as contributions by theater staffers Karon Majeel and Arnold King. Local theater veteran Kenneth Grimes will also contribute an original piece.
Titles include "The Sisters, Sweetwater," "In the Presence of God" and "The Final Mile to Providence."
The coming season, which kicks off in September, will also include an original work by the theater’s youth ensemble, which started as an annual project under the theater’s founder, Jeffrey Nickelson.

The new group of six original plays represents the theater’s first full season since vacating the theater on Dayton Street in Aurora earlier this year. For the time being, the Shadow has become a mobile troupe, finishing up its present season at different venues around the metro area.
There’s no word yet on where each of the productions for the next season will take place, but the Shadow has split its time between the Aurora Fox theater and the Denver Civic Theater since their eviction from the Dayton Street facility. The Shadow has confirmed that this year’s youth ensemble program will run at the Fox, 9900 E. Colfax Ave. in Aurora.
Here’s the schedule for the Shadow’s 15th season.

“The Sisters, Sweetwater” by Hugo Jon Sayles, Sept. 22 to Oct. 16, 2011
“In the Presence of God” by Hugo Jon Sayles, Nov. 18 to Dec. 18, 2011
“The Final Mile to Providence” by Arnold King, Feb. 16 to March 11, 2012
“Baron: Men of Lightning” by Kenneth Grimes, April 19 to May 13, 2012
"Suicide Lies" by Karon Majeel, June 28 to July 22
“Crunk: Shadow Youth Ensemble,” Aug. 2 to 11, 2012 

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