Blanche Bates (center) starred in the 1905 premiere of David Belasco's "The Girl of the Golden West." (New York Public Library Digital Collection)

Colorado’s Theatreworks Dusts Off Classics for Its 40th Season

Alongside popular shows by Shakespeare, Coward, Ibsen and Garson Kanin is a seldom-seen melodrama by David Belasco.

COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.: Theatreworks has announced its 2015–16 season, the company’s 40th. The season’s slate includes six plays total, including a Shakespearean favorite, a story from the Old West, a few comedies, a Norwegian thriller and a night with musician Louis Armstrong.

First up is Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (July 30–Aug. 22), directed by artistic director Murray Ross. Then it is Private Lives (Sept. 10-27) by Noël Coward, about a former husband and wife who run into each other, fatefully, after remarrying.

Next is Ibsen’s pathbreaking thriller Ghosts (Oct. 22–Nov. 8), with direction by Ross.

Garson Kanin’s Born Yesterday (Dec. 3–24) follows. The vintage comedy follows an ostensibly dim blonde dragged to D.C. by her gangster boyfriend, who turns the table on him with the help of a journalist.

Then John Douglas Thompson stars as Louis Armstrong in Satchmo at Waldorf (Feb. 18–March 6, 2016) by Terry Teachout.

Closing the season will be David Belasco’s seldom-revived melodrama Girl of the Golden West (April 28–May 15, 2016), in which a single woman romantically makes the rounds with a group of miners. Ross directs.

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