A MAN OF NO IMPORTANCE Opens 4/28 at Arvada Center

The Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities will open the regional premiere of A Man of No Importance directed by Arvada Center Artistic Producer, Rod A. Lansberry in the Main Stage Theater on April 28, running through May 17, 2015. A Man of No Importance will feature live music played by Colorado's legendary Irish-folk band Colcannon. Performances are Tuesday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday at 1:00 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 p.m., Previews are April 24 - 26 at 7:30 p.m. nightly. Moderated Talk Backs are scheduled on Friday, May 8 following the 7:30 p.m. performance and Wednesday, May 13 following the 1:00 p.m. performance. For additional details and to purchase tickets go to http://arvadacenter.org/on-stage/a-man-of-no-importance-2015 or call 720-898-7200. The Arvada Center is located at 6901 Wadsworth Blvd. and provides free parking for all of its patrons. Please note: This production contains mature subject matter.

A Man of No Importance is written by Terrence McNally, with music by Stephen Flaherty and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens and is based on the film A Man of No Importance. It's 1964 in a working-class neighborhood of Dublin. Oscar Wilde devotee, Alfie Byrne has ambitions to perform Wilde's Salome with his amateur theater troupe in the local church hall; however, Alfie doesn't realize the controversy his choice of title will create with the church leaders. With the play opening in jeopardy, Alfie turns to someone he thought was a friend, only to be confronted by anger and rejection. The theater troupe stands beside him and helps Alfie find his place in the world. A Man of No Importance combines Irish-inspired folk music with the depth of a well-written play. Join us for this lyrical musical from the Tony Award-winning team who brought you Ragtime.

The cast features Kevin Loreque (Alfie Byrne), Peter Gosik (Robbie Fay), Emily Van Fleet (Adele Rice), Heather Lacy (Lily Byrne), Jeffrey Roark (William Carney/Oscar Wilde), Colin Alexander (James Michael O'Shea), Daniel Langhoff (Breton Beret), Thadd Krueger (Ernie Lally), Kitty Skillman Hilsabeck (Miss Oona Crow), Sharon Kay White (Mrs. Maureen Curtin), Lauren Shealy (Mrs. Patrick), Paul Dwyer (Rasher Flynn), Megan Van De Hey (Mrs. Margaret Grace), Tim Howard (Peter), Robert Michael Sanders (Sully O'Hara), Erik Sandvold (Father Kenny/Carson) and Piper Lindsay Arpan (Kitty Farrelly).

In addition to director, Rod A. Lansberry, the artistic team includes David Nehls (Musical Director), Kitty Skillman Hilsabeck (Choreographer), Brian Mallgrave (scenic designer), Sally Anne Burke (costume designer), Shannon McKinney (light designer), David Thomas (sound designer), Meghan Markiewicz (props mistress), and Diana Ben-Kiki (wig and make-up design).

The Arvada Center will offer a Theater Salon series for adults during the run of A Man of No Importance. The salon is facilitated by Sasha Fisher, recipient of London's Time Out Critics' Choice Award for her work in classical theater. Participants will spend four weeks exploring the script including scene study, character development and the play's overall themes and objectives. The salon runs four consecutive Wednesday evenings April 29 - May 20 from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. The series will include a visit from the directing staff and/or actors performing in the production of A Man of No Importance and attendance at the evening performance on May 13 at 7:30 p.m. Tuition is $60 plus one ticket to A Man of No Importance on May

? ?13 ($26) for a total cost of $86. To register, call the Box Office at 720-898-7200.

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