The upcoming season, announced this week and set to kick off in September, is an ambitious collection of new work. The slate of six plays features four regional premieres and one world premiere; titles range from solo interpretations of ancient epics to ensemble spins on heartfelt comedies.
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