BETC’s Season 12 play titles were announced at a pre-show party on Saturday, February 4th. Theatre lovers joined the BETC Ensemble at the Dairy Arts Center for a sneak peek at the company’s upcoming season, and the opening night performance of An Iliad.
“Next season will contain some of our most adventurous productions yet,” said Producing Ensemble Director Stephen Weitz. Season 12 will include a world premiere of a script nurtured in BETC’s Generations new play development program, three regional premieres of exciting new American plays, and two holiday favorites.
Season 12 Lineup
Next season’s shows:
- The Revolutionists, by Lauren Gunderson
- Guards at the Taj, by Rajiv Joseph
- The SantaLand Diaries, by David Sedaris (at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts)
- Every Christmas Story Ever Told (and then some!), by John K. Alvarez et al.
- The world premiere of Birds of North America, by Anna Moench
- Going to a Place You’ve Already Been, by Bekah Brunstetter
Guests at the season announcement party were treated to short readings from the plays after a cocktail reception catered by Greens Point Catering. Audiences and artists alike were delighted by the selections for next season’s plays: “I’d love to be a part of Birds of North America,” said BETC Ensemble member Bob Buckley. “John’s such a wonderful character!” “I adore Lauren Gunderson’s plays,” said board member Anne Sandoe,”and I haven’t had the chance to read The Revolutionists yet. Can’t wait to see it!” Long-time supporter Sacha Millstone told us,”It’s fantastic to see BETC doing so many shows by women playwrights next season.”
In addition to a slate of thought-provoking shows, BETC’s next season holds a noteworthy additional project.
P3M5 Project presented in Boulder
BETC and the Dairy’s Boedecker Theater will partner in early 2018 to present a transatlantic film/theatre project, P3M5. The project combines productions 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 film-makers to create these original pairings. In the U.S., commissioning companies include Seattle Repertory Theatre, Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, Center Stage in Baltimore, the New York Theatre Workshop, and American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco. A handful of additional companies, including BETC, were invited to participate in the P3M5 Project by the National New Play Network. BETC will be the only theatre company in Colorado taking part in this international dialogue.
In addition to public performances at the Boe, BETC and the Boe will team up to tour The P3M5 Project 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.