DCPA Selects Two Projects For Spring Residency Of Off-Center

Off-Center, the most unconventional line of theatrical programming at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts (DCPA), has selected two projects that will receive a Powered by Off-Center residency:

Untitled Crypto-Judaism Project by Jessica Kahkoska and Conspiracy Theory G by Jennifer Faletto. Between two and six performances of each work in progress will be offered in The Jones at the corner of Speer & Arapahoe. Dates will be confirmed and tickets will go on sale at a later date.

Off-Center designed Powered Byas an opportunity for local creators of all kinds to develop their projects with the DCPA's staff, facilities and financial support, culminating in a series of public showings. Local artists were encouraged to submit performance pieces for consideration; a selection committee of more than 30 individuals participated in the review of 56 submissions, each of which was evaluated by seven people.

Nine semi-finalists and five finalists were named; two projects were awarded residencies. Each of the two selected projects will receive a $5,000 budget for development over the next four months including research, travel, production-related expenses, and artistic and production staff support. These residencies will culminate in between two and six performances for the public. "We're giving our local artistic community a new place to play and a platform to experiment, engage and excite us all," said Charlie Miller, curator of Off-Center. "I was so inspired by all of the creative ideas we received and the quality of the proposals made it difficult to select just two. We are thrilled to support these two projects and to help Jessica and Jennifer experiment with new theatrical ideas, processes and forms to tell their exciting and unique stories."

RESIDENCIES

Untitled Crypto-Judaism Project

by Jessica Kahkoska

Residency dates: March 26-31, 2019 (Performance dates TBA)

Colorado's San Luis Valley is world-renowned for its beauty, but this famous Southwestern landscape may be harboring some secrets of its own. One in particular connects the valley to a clandestine Sephardic Jewish heritage and the 15th-century Exodus from the Spanish Inquisition...but is it really a secret, and if so, to whom? This new play with music sings the complicated legacy of Crypto-Judaism in the Southwest, illuminating an unlikely, alpine tale of secrecy, faith, fear, and how we pass on culture when written records are too dangerous to keep. Driven by a community-engaged, Colorado-based research process, this piece explores if our identities and rituals rise from earth and mountains where we spend our days, are inherited in the ancient stories of our blood, or are learned in the motions of mothers at sunset and overheard songs of grandparents.

Conspiracy Theory G

by Jennifer Faletto

Residency dates: April 9-14, 2019 (Performance dates TBA)

You are invited to an emergency meeting of the Sweet Harmony Neighborhood Association. As a resident here, you will be asked to discuss the meaning of the "crop circle" that materialized in the local park this morning. As theories on how or why the crop circle came to Sweet Harmony Park emerge, factions within the community will form. Before the end of the night, someone will instigate a coup. Will you be a part of saving the neighborhood association or overthrowing it?

"My aim for [Untitled Crypto-Judasim Project]," said playwright Jessica Kahkoska, "is to transform this Colorado-specific, nonfiction source story into a theatre experience that is engaging and accessible to public theatre audiences." Jennifer Faletto's Conspiracy Theory Gwill be immersive with the audience serving as members of the neighborhood association, each of whom will choose to join the coup or remain loyal to the association. "Either outcome will have a written, structured trajectory incorporating audience participation....The artistic intent is to quickly go beyond the whodunnit form into an exploration of whether any particular group gathered will believe a significant event must have a significant cause."

FINALISTS

  • Civic Discourse: A Game Show!submitted by Kevin Quinn Marchman and Ryan Foo
  • La Lloronasubmitted by Rhea Amos and Jaime Lujan
  • Love Song to Nail Salonsubmitted by Ayla Sullivan, Dr. Cecila J. Pang, and K. Woodzick
  • Purgastorysubmitted by Luke Sorge and Adrian Egolf
  • House of Mysterysubmitted by Sinjin Jones

SEMI-FINALISTS

  • A Play Written by the Crowdsubmitted by Royce Roeswood
  • The Venntilatorsubmitted by Alex Miller
  • Clinicsubmitted by Tara Rynders and Edith Weiss
  • Your Art or Your Life!?submitted by Esther Hernandez and Stephen Daniel Karpik
  • Com/Unitysubmitted by Maureen Breeze, Julia Wilson, and Jonathan Holt Howard
  • Group Therapy 3Dsubmitted by Carolyn Michaels
  • How to Disembowel Your Friendssubmitted by Sean Michael Cummings and Mike Largent
  • In Transitionsubmitted by Deepali Lindblom
  • Glass House Presents: A Panicked PTA submitted by Kimberly Kutt, Joseph Wolff Phillips, Asa Erlendson, Wolfgang Stein, and Eleanor Hollingsworth

ABOUT THE CREATORS

Jessica Kahkoska

Jessica is a Colorado-based writer, dramaturg and performer. In Colorado, she has worked for the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, Creede Repertory Theatre, Theatre Aspen, Lake Dillon Theatre Company, and Local Theater Company, where she currently serves as Artistic Associate. Her writing has been produced and developed by Local Theater Company, American Music Theatre Project at NU, The Drama League, Village Theatre, UCROSS Foundation, Chautauqua Institution, and Ars Nova, among others.

Jennifer Faletto

Jennifer's plays include The Texas Homecoming Revolution of 1995 (2105 Reva Shiner Comedy Award finalist), Domestic Animals(2016 Woodward/Newman Drama Award finalist & 2016 O'Neill semifinalist) and This Little Light. Jennifer's plays have been developed and produced at The Kennedy Center Page to Stage Festival, Venus Theatre Company, Amphibian Stage Productions, Palm Beach Dramaworks, Best Medicine Rep, The Blank, The Capital Fringe & The Great Plains Theatre Conference. Jennifer studied at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) in Sydney, Australia and holds a BFA in theatre performance from TCU. She is also a graduate of the Second City Conservatory.

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