Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company Sets New Play Development Program

Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company Sets New Play Development Program

The Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company (BETC) makes an ongoing commitment to new theatrical work, from world premieres to playwright residencies.

BETC's new play development program, Generations, features the work of parent playwrights with children under 18. The name comes from BETC's goals for the program: to welcome all generations into the theater to see new plays, and to empower playwrights to generate new work.

During each round of the program, one playwright is chosen from an international applicant pool to join BETC in Boulder for a one-week residency.

The BETC Generations residency with David Valdes Greenwood on his new play "Full Code" is underway in May! The free staged reading will be May 23, 2014 at Shine Restaurant in Boulder.

BETC is now accepting submissions for our Fall 2014 Generations residency. In order to support the work of parent playwrights, BETC is seeking full-length plays, for a cast of seven actors or less, written by a parent with at least one child under 18 years of age as of June 15, 2014.

The winning playwright will receive

· a week-long workshop residency in Boulder, Colorado, with daily rehearsals, culminating in a staged reading of the selected script;

· the chance to rewrite and revise during the week as part of the script development experience;

· a stipend for travel and lodging;

· a $250 prize; and

· a $250 childcare stipend to defray the costs associated with childcare during the residency.

During the residency, the selected play will be rehearsed with a cast of professional actors, director, and dramaturg. The week will culminate in a public reading. The selected work will be considered for full production in a future BETC season. The residency is scheduled to take place November 3-9, 2014.

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Competition submissions are due June 15, 2014. Submit through

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"Ambition Facing West", a regional premiere by Anthony Clarvoe
October 9th - November 2nd, 2014 ·

Don't look back. Three generations of one family move ever westward, restless, seeking. As they migrate from Croatia, through Wyoming, and onward to Japan, the land of opportunity keeps moving, and the past keeps catching up. This unforgettable family provides "an exquisitely rendered commentary on the human condition" (DC Theatre Scene). After the pain of saying goodbye, what wonders lie ahead?

"The SantaLand Diaries," returning to the Denver Center, by David Sedaris, adapted by Joe Mantello
November 28th - December 24th, 2014 ·

Crumpet the Elf returns in this acclaimed holiday production. BETC and Off-Center @ The Jones partner for more hilarious holiday hijinks. Looking for a little more snark in your stocking this year? "The SantaLand Diaries" is the sure cure for the common Christmas show.

"The Aliens," by Annie Baker
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Out back of a tiny Vermont coffee shop, long-time dropouts KJ and Jasper consider the finer points of Bukowski (and brownies), while high-schooler Evan Shelmerdine navigates the awkwardness of teenage turmoil. These unlikely mentors and the boy they befriend are the subject of Pulitzer prize-winning playwright Annie Baker's simple, compassionate observations of life between the lines and greatness found in the most unlikely of places.

"Stupid F##king Bird," a regional premiere, sort of adapted from Chekhov's "The Seagull," by Aaron Posner
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