Thursday, November 3, 2016

Today: "Lost Creatures," new play about Louise Brooks, in Denver, CO

Lost Creatures, a new play about Louise Brooks by Melissa McCarl, will be staged for the first time later today in Denver, Colorado. (A public reading of the play was given last year.) Here are the details about this new project.

WORLD PREMIERE -- Thursday, November 3 at 7:30 PM MDT -- The play runs November 3rd through November 19th, 2016

Directed by Patrick Elkins-Zeglarski
Mark Collins as Kenneth Tynan,  Billie McBride as Louise Brooks, and Annabel Reader as Lulu 

About the play: Lost Creatures follows the evening in May of 1978 when British theatre critic Kenneth Tynan met his long time cinematic idol Louise Brooks. He travels to her dingy little apartment in Rochester, NY where she has sequestered herself for many years. He is there ostensibly to write a profile on Brooks for the New Yorker, but he discovers that they are kindred spirits, and in spite of an age gap of twenty years, theirs becomes an unlikely love story discovered through a marathon dialogue about sex, philosophy, art, and criticism. There is also a silent third character, Lulu, (based on Louise’s role in her most famous silent film Pandora’s Box) who drives the action of the play.

Set/Sound Design-Darren Smith
Light Design-Emily Maddox
Costume Design-Susan Lyles
Stage Manager-Lauren Meyer

Venue: The Commons on Champa, 3rd Floor Studio, 1245 Champa Street. Support provided by The Next Stage NOW

About Melissa McCarl: Author of Painted Bread, a full-length play named Best New Work by the Denver Post, about the tumultuous life of Frida Kahlo (recently produced by the Aurora Fox.) Commissioned by the Mizel Arts Center to write Poignant Irritations, celebrating the unorthodox life and love of Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas. Commissioned by the Curious Theatre Company to write for the War Anthology directed by Bonnie Metzgar of the Public Theatre. Winner of the Steven Dietz award for the one act Carlene Yakkin’. Melissa has been named best local playwright by Westword newspaper and the Denver Post.

Those interested can check out an interview profile of Lost Creatures actor Mark Collins. The former Boulder, Colorado theatre critic is playing renowned theatre critic Kenneth Tynan in Melissa Lucero McCarl's play.

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