THE BROTHER/SISTER PLAYS, Martin Moran's ALL THE RAGE and More Set for Curious Theatre's 2014-15 Season

THE BROTHER/SISTER PLAYS, Martin Moran's ALL THE RAGE and More Set for Curious Theatre's 2014-15 Season

Curious Theatre Company proudly announces the 17th season, and commits to expanding the scope of its fearless and thought-provoking onstage work for Denver audiences.

Over the course of twelve months-and two seasons-Curious will produce 2013 MacArthur Fellow Tarell Alvin McCraney's The Brother/Sister Plays, a trilogy made up of In the Red and Brown Water, The Brothers Size, and Marcus; Or the Secret of Sweet. Curious Theatre Company is only the fifth professional theatre in the nation to undertake the entire play cycle. All three Curious productions of The Brother/Sister Plays will feature Curious Artistic Company Members Laurence Curry, and Cajardo Lindsey, with Damion Hoover. The creative team behind The Brothers Size will also return, to design the trilogy. In the Red and Brown Water will be part of the 2014/15 Season subscription package; a limited engagement of The Brothers Size will be offered as a subscription add-on, and Marcus; Or the Secret of Sweet will be included in the 2015/16 Season.

In addition, Season 17 marks the return of Colorado native and Obie Award-winner Martin Moran, appearing in his award-winning one-man show All the Rage. Best-known in New York for his role in Broadway's Spamalot, Moran also wrote and starred in Curious' 2004 production of The Tricky Part. Subscribers can choose from select performance dates of The Tricky Part and add these onto their subscription package.

This season also features Detroit, Lisa D'Amour's 2013 Obie Award-winner for Best New American Play, which cunningly unravels the American dream through its portrayal of characters who desire nothing more than to burn down a system that betrayed them. With its engrossing characters and complex design challenges, Detroit is a perfect vehicle for Curious' Artistic Company members.

Continuing its dedication to new work, Curious will participate in the National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere of Lucky Me. The National New Play Network created the Continued Life of New Plays Fund (CLNPF) to develop an alternative-producing model, changing the way theaters and audiences understand the term "world premiere." A flagship program, CLNPF supports three or more theaters that choose to mount the same new play within a twelve-month period. The result is a "Rolling World Premiere" through which the playwright develops a new work with at least three different creative teams, for threedifferent communities of patrons, ensuring the resulting play is of the highest possible quality. And, with a minimum of three productions in a single year, the play attains the momentum it needs to join the repertoire of frequently produced new American works.

"Our 17th Season is an exciting beginning to the next evolution of our artistic work here at Curious," says Producing Artistic Director Chip Walton. "As Artistic Director, I have a vision of expanding our palette of work, and this season clearly represents our commitment to that growth. The Brother/Sister Plays are exactly the type of unique theatrical experience that we want audiences to recognize us for and appreciate. I am also looking forward to the 2014/15 season because of this stellar collection of upcoming plays: each takes us on a theatrical journey that explores the resiliency of the human spirit in the face of overwhelming adversity-a bedrock of great storytelling throughout the ages, but in these plays it is rooted so vividly in our modern world. This is a season of theatre that asks us all to dig deeper and take risks, and feature plays that you won't see anywhere else in Colorado."

Check out the complete details on the season below!

Regional Premiere
With select weekly performances of The Tricky Part
Written and Performed by Martin Moran
Directed by Seth Barrish
September 6 - September 28, 2014

Broadway veteran and Colorado native Martin Moran wrote and starred in Curious' acclaimed 2004 production of The Tricky Part. During the run of that show, he was asked this question: where was the anger over his boyhood trauma? All the Rage is a globetrotting quest for the answer, spanning from Manhattan to the Rockies to Johannesburg, South Africa. The people Moran meets along the way-his estranged stepmother, a guide who can't read maps, and an African refugee seeking asylum in the US-help him as he charts his own course through rage and compassion.

Crafted with disarming humor and candor, The Tricky Part is a riveting coming-of-age through the eyes of one boy who was forced to confront religion, sexuality, and human trespass. It is a universal tale of how we're all bombarded with choices between good and evil, and of how tricky it can be to choose. Presented as a limited weekly engagement, The Tricky Part is a chance to experience the first of Martin Moran's award-winning one-man shows.

National New Play Network
Rolling World Premiere
By Robert Caisley
Directed by Chip Walton
October 25 - December 6, 2014
Featuring Curious Artistic Company Member Dee Covington

After Sara Fine's latest emergency room visit, she returns to her apartment to find that the light bulbs are burnt out; there's yet another leak in the roof; the fish are dead; the cat's gone AWOL; and her blind, elderly father is poised and waiting to browbeat her ride home, a friendly TSA agent named Tom. Some people have all the luck, but thanks to a 22-year-old curse, Sara's hasn't been so great lately. This World Premiere is a gleefully dark comedy about love, aging, airport security and how just one little win can put you back on top.

Regional Premiere
By Jessica Dickey
Directed by Christy Montour-Larson
January 10 - February 14, 2015
Featuring Curious Artistic Company Director Christy Montour-Larson

Modernist composer Charles Ives officiates a generational scrimmage between a virtuoso violinist and his basketball coach daughter. A lyrical and music-filled journey, this inspiring new work explores the difficult relationship between a father and daughter whose dissonant passions create a fugue of disappointments and missed chances.

Regional Premiere
By Tarell Alvin McCraney
Directed by Dee Covington
March 7 - April 18, 2015
Featuring Curious Artistic Company Members Laurence Curry and Cajardo Lindsey, with Damion Hoover

In the world of San Pere-a town suspended between myth and reality-the song of the women is both plaintive and powerful. Oya, San Pere's brightest track star, can't outrun the choices she makes. This seductive, intoxicating prequel to The Brothers Size tells the story of a young woman who must either match life's grueling pace or be trampled by it. In the Red and Brown Water, the opening chapter of The Brother/Sister Plays, weaves music, legend and dreams together into an ecstatic tapestry of the Louisiana bayou.

Regional Premiere
By Lisa D'Amour
Directed by Chip Walton
May 9 - June 20, 2015
Featuring Curious Artistic Company Member Karen Slack

Ben and Mary, a typical family living in a typical suburb, welcome into their lives the enigmatic couple that moves in next door. But as this foursome bonds over backyard barbecues, their hospitality turns incendiary, reducing the facades they've built to ashes. As hilarious as it is menacing, Pulitzer Prize finalist Detroit implodes the American Dream, revealing a dangerous and barren new landscape.

By Tarell Alvin McCraney
Directed by Dee Covington
July 11 - August 1, 2015
Featuring Curious Artistic Company Members Laurence Curry and Cajardo Lindsey, with Damion Hoover

Two brothers, the Louisiana bayou, and West African mythology swirl together in this unforgettable theatrical event that will leave you breathless. Even though Oshooshi Size is out of jail, he's hardly free. In this taut, pulsing and playful drama, two brothers walk the line between law and liberty, locked in a fierce tug-of-war for their own souls. The Brothers Size is a rhythmic exploration from one of the country's most exciting new voices and a soulful journey into the complexities of brotherhood.

2014/15 subscriptions and six-ticket flex packages are on sale now. Subscription packages offer savings up to 30%-off the single ticket prices, unlimited discounted guest tickets, and free ticket exchanges. Season subscriptions are available for $75-$210. For more information about season subscriptions, visit or contact Curious Theatre Company's Box Office, 303.623.0524. Single tickets go on sale in early July.

Chip Walton (Producing Artistic Director) founded Curious Theatre Company in 1997, serving as Producing Artistic Director since its inception. Named "Denver's Theatre Person of the Year" in 2005, he has directed 1 shows for Curious over the past 17 years, and his work has garnered more than 50 local and national awards. In 2008, Curious was honored with the Mayor's Award for Excellence in the Arts. Walton has served as the President of the National New Play Network, a network of 25 theatres across the country dedicated to the development and production of new plays for the American theatre. Walton was also selected in the inaugural class of Livingston Fellows, as one of five individuals from across Colorado selected by the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation as exceptional non-profit leaders with significant potential for contribution, change and leadership in Colorado's nonprofit sector. He has directed in the National New Play Network Showcase of New Plays, the Kennedy Center's MFA Playwriting Festival in Washington, D.C. and accepted a National Theatre Company Award in New York for Curious from the prestigious American Theatre Wing. Most recently, Walton participated in the Visiting Professionals program at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center, and is currently serving on the Leadership Group for Imagine 2020: Creating a Future for Denver's Culture.

"No guts, no story" embodies the ethos of Curious Theatre Company. Established 17 years ago by a vanguard Artistic Company that has since grown to 28 professional actors, designers, and directors at its core, Curious brings the best new theatre to Denver, producing thought-provoking plays designed to challenge ideas, stir emotions, and leave audiences talking.

Under the artistic leadership of founding Producing Artistic Director Chip Walton, Curious Theatre Company reaches more than 17,500 individuals each year through: five main-stage productions; the innovative Curious New Voices youth education program; the unique Denver Stories original play commissions that honor area luminaries; and a range of Curious 360º audience enrichment activities.

A recipient of more than one hundred local and national awards, Curious includes among its most prized accolades the 2011 Denver Post Ovation Award for Best Year by a Theatre Company, 5280 Magazine 2011 Top of the Town Editor's Choice for Best Theatre Company, Westword Reader's Choice for Best Theatre in 2012, and the 2013 Colorado Theatre Guild's award for Outstanding Season.

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