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"The Santaland Diaries" by David Sedaris, a Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company production at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts in 2014. Pictured: Matt Zambrano.

Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company Announces 2017-18 Season

The season will include the return of holiday favorites and new plays.

BOULDER, COLO.: Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company (BETC) has announced its 2017-18 season, which will include a world premiere, three regional premieres, two holiday favorites, and an international film and theatre collaboration.

“Next season will contain some of our most adventurous productions yet,” said producing ensemble director Stephen Weitz in a statement. “These ambitious plays by some of America’s most important and influential writers will tackle themes of revolution, sisterhood, brotherhood, duty, faith, family, and even the afterlife.”

The season will open with The Revolutionists (Sept. 14-Oct. 8), by Lauren Gunderson, an irreverent, girl-powered comedy where four real women live, die, and dare boldly in revolutionary Paris during the Reign of Terror.

It will be followed by Guards at the Taj (Oct. 19-Nov. 12), by Rajiv Joseph, a black comedy about two average men swept up by the beauty, carnage, and injustice surrounding one of the most famous wonders of the world.

The holiday season will include two shows. The SantaLand Diaries (Nov. 24-Dec. 24), adapted for the stage by Joe Mantello from David Sedaris, will be presented at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts and produced in partnership with the Off Center @ The Jones. Also returning will be the holiday mashup Every Christmas Story Ever Told (and then some!) (Dec.7-24)by John K. Alvarez, Michael Carleton, and James FitzGerald.

Next up will be the world premiere of Birds of North America (Jan. 25-Feb. 18, 2018), by Anna Moench, an insightful family drama that won BETC’s Generations new-play competition.

Rounding out the season will be Going to a Place Where You Already Are (April 12-May 6, 2018)by Bekah Brunstetter, about two generations wrestling with love, life, and wondering what comes next.

Also during the upcoming season, BETC will participate  in a transatlantic film and theatre project, P3M5 (The Plurality of Privacy Project in Five Minute Plays). In early 2018, BETC and the Boedecker Theater will partner to present the project, a series of five-minute plays with companion films exploring the concept of privacy in the digital age. Fifteen companies from across the U.S. and Europe commissioned playwrights and filmmakers to create these original pairings.

In addition to public performances at the Boedecker, BETC and the Boedecker will team up to tour P3M5 to area high schools. BETC teaching artists will use the plays and films to spark student discussions about privacy concerns among young people.  The P3M5 Project is supported with funding from the Boedecker Foundation.

The Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company, founded in 2006, is an ensemble of theatre artists that produces contemporary plays and new works.

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