The Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company (BETC) is nothing if not creative; they have turned the major renovations at their home base (The Dairy Arts Center) into a bold opportunity. They have moved out of their comfort zone and spread their talents all over the front range.
Cyrano represents a new partnership between BETC and the creative brass at the Lone Tree Arts Center, a venue that’s almost 50 miles from the ensemble’s traditional home at the Dairy Arts Center. The two-week run of Cyrano offers a chance to share BETC’s unique creative approach with a brand-new audience.
It’s a fast-talking, whip-smart spoof of management consultants that also evinces a certain wistful admiration for their skill in slicing and dicing knotty problems into small and apparently logical pieces and fitting those pieces together in ways that smooth, sanitize or obliterate their misshapen contours.
For its past nine seasons, BETC has called the Dairy Arts Center home, but with the massive reconstruction, renovation and expansion of the Dairy in full swing, BETC is unable to stage any of the rest of its 10th season shows there. Homeless but ever-hopeful, BETC has been forced to find new venues in which to perform. Where many theater companies would have struggled with this challenge, BETC has used it to turn its production of Ideation into a site-specific theater event, and the result is outstanding.
Corporate culture is a hot topic among business executives these days, as part of a continuing effort for greater cohesiveness, creativity, and adaptability, as well as more earnings per share for those who own and operate these organizations. In the regional premiere of Aaron Loeb’s Ideation, we get an intimate, site-specific look—a conference room in the Boulder Chamber of Commerce building—at the machinations of a group of top-level strategists as
To paraphrase a comment made to me by an English professor a long time ago, my ignorance of dark matter is extensive. I’m still in the dark many years later about William Butler Yeats, but I’m feeling slightly more comfortable with dark matter today. Vera Rubin: Bringing the Dark to Light (hereafter Vera Rubin) has the potential to bring a LOT of light to a LOT of people about dark matter.
Actors will roam the galaxy and dark matter will find its place in the spotlight when art and science converge in Boulder this month. In an unusual collaboration, the Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company and Boulder’s Fiske Planetarium present “Vera Rubin: Bringing the Dark to Light,” a performance piece running Jan. 21 through Feb. 6. The original production, with a script by a local playwright and using Fiske’s video technology, is the
Playwright William Kovacsik didn’t want to create a dry lecture for graduate-level astronomy students. In writing the original play “Vera Rubin: Bringing Darkness to Light” for the Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company, Kovacsik was tasked with presenting some pretty lofty scientific concepts to a casual audience. The show, commissioned two years ago as part of BETC’s “Star Power Series” collaboration with the Fiske Planetarium, was to explore the life and work of