Four regional premieres highlight pressing social issues

At a celebratory event with subscribers, Curious Theatre Company announced its 22nd season, running 2019-20, Feb. 17. The theater says the line-up demonstrates Curious’ ongoing commitment to diversity in the Denver theatre community and reflects Curious’ longstanding tradition of exploring the most pressing social issues of the moment through theatre.

The theatre announced four of the five shows for the 2019-20 Season, holding a spot for one show to be announced at a later date. Curious is building off the success of the The Cake, a comedy that opened their 21st season, with two comedies: The Secretary by Kyle John Schmidt and The Thanksgiving Play by Larissa FastHorse. FastHorse will be the first indigenous playwright produced by Curious. The company has also announced a sharp look at white privilege with Admissions by Joshua Harmon. Finally, Curious lives up to its moniker “No Guts, No Story” by producing Pass Over by Antoinette Nwandu, a challenging play that sparked controversy in Chicago before being turned into a Spike Lee film.

About the Plays

The Thanksgiving Play

by Larissa FastHorse
Ah, Thanksgiving, that most American of holidays: when families gather to bask in the bounty of the harvest, football, giant balloons — and a legacy of genocide and violent colonial expansion. Good intentions collide with absurd assumptions in this wickedly funny satire as a troupe of terminally “woke” teaching artists trip all over themselves to create a politically correct, yet historically accurate, yet

dramatically revolutionary, yet accurately represented and responsibly cast Thanksgiving play for elementary schools…all the while navigating aspirations to be successful actors – but not commercially successful – and overall unproblematic white people.

The Secretary

by Kyle John Schmidt
Women need to protect themselves – and Ruby wants to empower them to do so. With semi-automatic weapons. This explosive black comedy takes aim at the trope “guns don’t kill people, people kill people” with an all-female cast. Ruby’s gun manufacturing business fuels this small town’s economy, so when a local high school secretary takes down a student shooter with six bullets, Ruby honors her by naming her newest firearm ‘The Secretary’ and sales boom. But soon enough, the secretary and her namesake come under scrutiny as bullets and the truth ricochet through the community.

Admissions

by Joshua Harmon
Bill and Sherri are the white, progressive-and-proud headmaster and dean of admissions of a New Hampshire boarding school. Over the last fifteen years, they’ve worked to diversify the school’s mostly white population.But when their high-achieving son’s Ivy Leaguedreams are jeopardized,the family’s reactionblasts open a deep rift betweentheir publicvalues and private decisions.A no-holds-barred look at privilege, power, and the perils of whiteness.

Pass Over

by Antoinette Nwandu
Moses and Kitch stand around on the corner – talking shit, passing the time, and hoping that maybe today will be different. Everyday profanities are crafted into lyrical poetic riffs punctuated by police bullets in this provocative mash-up of of a contemporary Waiting for Godot and the Biblical Exodus saga. Pass Over unflinchingly confronts the reality of young black men who hope only to survive yet dare to dream about a promised land.

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