Denver's Dangerous Theatre Previews BLACK STOCKINGS, Now thru 5/4, Before Heading to Orlando Fringe Festival
Denver's Dangerous Theatre will preview Peter McGarry's BLACK STOCKINGS for three weeks prior to taking it to the Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival.
Directed by Winnie Wenglewick and featuring Brittany Lacour and Winnie Wenglewick, the show runs in previews today, April 18 - May 4th, 2014, Fridays at 7:30, Saturdays at 7:00, Sundays at 1:00 (No show on Easter Sunday) at Denver's Dangerous Theatre, 2620 W. 2nd Ave. #1, Denver, Colo.
For more information, visit www.dangeroustheatre.com. Tickets $20.00; $5.00 discount for Students, Military, Seniors over 62. Info & Reservations: 720-233-4703.
Sex and war! Two British sex workers use their trade as a measuring stick for the morality of war. Donna & Trish have the audience laughing until Trish reveals the ugly truth about her relationship with her Granddad, a decorated WWII bomber pilot.
BLACK STOCKINGS is a Brechtian styled morality play about sex and war set in a brothel in Manchester England. Two prostitutes tell stories and jokes about their lives and livelihood. Donna is older and maybe tired of it all but has few other options. Trish is younger and still optimistic for the future. It is her story about her relationship with her Granddad, a decorated WWII bomber pilot, which gives the show moral substance. The audience is asked to consider disparages in morality of war using prostitution as a measuring stick. How do you define morality? While BLACK STOCKINGS uses an example from WWII, not much has changed over the years. Have you paid any attention to what is happening in Syria lately? The audience is also asked to consider the victims of war, who are often not so easily apparent.
Why take "Black Stockings" to the Orlando Fringe Theater Festival? Winnie got her start in theatre all thanks to the Orlando Fringe. 2014 is the 23rd Orlando Fringe. For the first 10 years the Orlando Fringe existed, she volunteered at the festival and fell in love with Fringe style theatre. This is also where she met Peter McGarry, who wrote BLACK STOCKINGS. The first theatre space Winnie opened was Performance Space Orlando (1998-2000); a small venue near downtown Orlando where she rented to anyone who needed a stage. She moved to Denver, Colorado in 2001. She opened Denver's Dangerous Theatre in 2006. It was not until she opened Dangerous Theatre that she started producing, directing and acting. Peter McGarry is one of her favorite playwrights, and a good friend and mentor. She has produced a number of his plays. Peter McGarry brought his Eyewitness Theater Company to the Orlando Fringe for many years. His productions were always fringe favorites. Peter originally produced "Black Stockings" at the Orlando Fringe in 2002. Winnie is super excited to bring this challenging play back to Fringe and experience the festival from the "other side". She is also suitably terrified to be performing in front of family and friends in Orlando who have never known her for this. This is why BLACK STOCKINGS is having a short 3 week run in Denver BEFORE heading to Orlando.
BIG INDIEGOGO SWAG SEND OFF PARTY!
Sunday, May 4th - 2:30 - 6:30
Tickets $10.00. (Free to attend if you see the show at 1:00 or have made an Indiegogo donation.)
The Orlando Fringe is from May 14 - 26, 2014. Winnie and Brit will be driving down to Orlando for the festival. The festival itself was not cheap to get into. Of course there are travel, marketing and beer tent expenses as well. So Winnie and Brit have an Indiegogo.com fundraising campaign with some interesting swag offered for donations. After their final Denver performance on Sunday May 4th they are hosting a big send off party as a last ditch effort to beg for money! There will be lots of food and hard cider from the Colorado Cider Company. We will also have a silent auction, raffle and other fun ways to give us money, or just come party and wish us well! People who donate through Indiegogo will be able to collect their swag at this party!
Pictured: Brittany Lacour. Photo courtesy of Hawksdream Photography.