JUNE 4-7, 2020
We All Need A Good Laugh
DIRECTOR: Jessica Swanson
Conceived by Jessica Swanson
Our first show, presented in the thick of the COVID-19 pandemic: 20 plays in 60 minutes! Can't be done? We beg to differ! Come enjoy a series of songs and skits all designed to tickle your funny bone -- and you, the audience, get to pick the order of the show! 60% of the funds raised with ticket sales went to the Denver Actor's Fund. When COVID 19 hit, Denver Actor's Fund created a second, temporary fund called the Denver Actors Fund Emergency Artist Relief (DEAR) Fund to provide stipends to those theatre artists on and off stage who lost contracts to the restrictions on group gatherings.
CAST + CREW: Justin Stephens, Krista Choate, Sam Barrasso, Portia Joy Glommen, Dakota Johnson, Anakay Hanold, Samantha Abbey, Bird Cassidy, Bryce Merrill, Gavin Roberts, Chase Chavez, Evan Donelson, Kyra Pierson, Jessica Swanson, Tyler Phillips
Saturday June 20th 2:00-3:30pm MST
Pop Rock Broadway Vocal Masterclass
Desi Oakley + Krystina Alabado
This class was run by Desi Oakley and Krystina Alabado! Desi Oakley recently shined as Jenna in the national tour of "Waitress" and Roxie Hart in "Chicago" on Broadway. Krystina Alabado is the current Gretchen Wieners in "Mean Girls" on Broadway! They have mastered the Pop/Rock vocal style and cannot wait to share their knowledge with you! Desi and Krystina will be introduced to the students and provide a very quick vocal warm-up (it is recommended that each student arrive vocally warm). Each student will perform their 32-bar cut of music and will receive feedback from Desi and Krystina. The focus will be on: overall performance, vocal technique, vocal styling, acting, audition technique, pop/rock style, and much more. Each student will get one-on-one time, and all students will watch each performance to learn from each other! The class ended with a conversational Q&A where students can ask Desi and Krystina questions about pop/rock singing styles, the business, Broadway shows, or anything that comes to mind.
July 9-12, 2020
A Midsummer Night's Quarantine
Directed by Tyler Phillips
Adapted and Ruined by Tyler Phillips
You have heard of Shakespeare in the Park, but how about Shakespeare in our favorite parking lot? Well, the truth is, it's barely Shakespeare. This "Quarantine" version of Midsummer imagines a troupe of actors failing miserably to put together a production of the Bard's treasured comedy during a massive pandemic. Floating between modern English, traditional text, and totally uncalled for "comedy," Bottom, Hermia, Puck, Titania, and other familiar characters are sure to have you wondering why theatre was ever invented. Rated PG-13.
CAST: Jessica Swanson, Portia Joy Glommen, Jordan Hull, Kyra Pierson, Anakay Hanold, Gavin Roberts, Chase Chavez, Brandon Metoyer, Kirsten Lang, Sara Stephenson, Jack McCarthy, Cole Johnson
July 18 - 26
The Part That Got Away: A Virtual Cabaret
DIRECTOR: Jessica Swanson
Hundreds of artists have lost contracts and opportunities due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many lost the chance to play a favorite role or perform in a dream show. WELL, we wanted to highlight these artists! NextStage is thrilled to announce our production “The Part That Got Away: A Virtual Cabaret”. The show will be a collection of songs and monologues from canceled shows all over the world. Artists from Hawaii to Canada to Maine are featured in this production.
CAST: Alice Malakhov, Alyse Neubert, Amanda Peterson, Andrew Nietes, Brandon Michaud, Brittany Ambler, Brittany Mendoza-Pena, Charles Ray King Jr., Courtney Holifield, David Sollish, Dongwoo Kang, Hallie Hannum, Henry Lombardo, Hope Johansen, Jessica Swanson, Jordan Golomb, Justin Stephens, Kaitlyn Serketich, Lavour Addison, Lily Morgan, Linda Swanson Brown, Louisa Lauren, Maya Encila, Mica Dominguez-Robinson, Michael Davis Arnold, Rebecca Borowik, Robertus Darren Radyan, Su Teatro Company
August 13 -16
Dream Cabaret
Directed by Jessica Swanson
The debut of our Rise Up Company -- In this production 12 young actors have been selected to sing songs from their dream roles and dream shows in a special social distancing-friendly Drive-In cabaret show. Our middle and high school performers showcase the work they have put in with our resident director and music director as well as the work they have done with our Broadway liaisons (Broadway and touring actors/mentors).
CAST: Jacob Brelsford, Dario Carmelo Correa, Skylar Daniels, Evan Donelson, Lucia Graves, Emma Hardy, Cassie Hooper, Hazel Kachline, Tahlia Knoshaug, Allison Megee, Saige Pierson, Ella Smith
When We Were Stars
Directors: URSA CAST - Tyler Phillips. ORION CAST - Kirsten Lang.
Written by Tyler Phillips
Somewhere in the far reaches of outer space, four stars lament on the dreariness of being so far apart. This conversation sends a shockwave through the universe and actualizes 8 short plays about the struggles of distance, quarantine, and longing. When We Were Stars is a grounded fantasy delivered by six actors and a cellist. Ursa Cast performs on 9/2 and Orion Cast performs on 9/16. This live-streamed show is part of our September Workshop Series which features new works performed by actors from all over the world.
URSA CAST: Gavin Roberts, Jack McCarthy, Angelica Rivera, Dallas Ensing, Kirsten Lang, Abby Hazlett, and Helen Erickson as The Cellist. ORION CAST: John Squires, Victor Velasquez, Matthew Fagerberg, Alex O'Shea, Maya Encila, Ashley Oviedo, and Helen Erickson as The Cellist.
Dulce Desesperación
Directed by Hugo Carbajal
Written by Iliana Lucero Barron
“If you were to ask us for one word to describe our experiences as latinos, escucharían: Dolor. Sufrimiento. Raza. Oportunidad. Familia. Fe. Valor. Amor. Pobreza." Inspired by August Wilson’s Fences, this drama tackles the familial dynamic of the Hernandez family. Through the tragedy of disconnect, they are left to pick up the pieces and rediscover what it means to deal with the crossroads of change and acceptance. This live-streamed show is part of our September Workshop Series which features new works performed by actors from all over the world.
CAST: Aran Bernades, Gisel Murillo, Sedrick Cabrera, Jésica Terry, Jonathan Contreras, Tony Ortega, Yeraldi Saenz, Cesar Reyes, Héctor Zavala
We Breed Monsters
Directed by Jessica Swanson
Written by Kevin Douglas
How do people turn into monsters and murderers? Do we ever know the truth in media centered tragedies? A son becomes one of the world's most infamous serial killers, but some believe his final victim was the real mastermind behind his killings. When the controversy in these crimes is pitched for a TV adaptation, families must revisit their grief and guilt as they grapple with the sins of their children.
CAST: Angelica Rivera, Jon Beeler, Maria Hendricks, Brandon L Gilbert, Matthew Fagerberg, Jeorge Bennett Watson, Nicole Marie Hunt
Reasons to Go to New Jersey
Directed by Angelica Rivera
Written by Felicity Winter
When seventeen-year-old Sloane gets pregnant, she discovers that Pennsylvania law prohibits her from having an abortion without her parents’ consent. Upon further research, she realizes that minors can have an abortion without parental consent in New Jersey. Sloane turns to her best friend Jamie to help her get to the clinic. Along the way, both learn the value of choice. This live-streamed show is part of our September Workshop Series, which features works performed by actors from all over the world.
CAST: Nina Mahdavi, Gareth Daniel, Iván Carlo, Laurie Kirk, Grace Meyers, Maya Encila, Katia Smith, Elizabeth Claflin
Shelter From the Rain
Written and Directed by Dallas Ensing
Through poetic language, Shelter From the Rain shares the pain and beauty of a relationship - the communication, anxieties, disconnect, ghosts of the past, and how we can somehow move forwards and backwards at the same time. It's a story about Love, and how the uncertainty principle can apply to our intimate, secret lives.
CAST: Sienna Singh and Jessica Erin Swanson
October 16 + 17, 2020 6:30pm MST
Masks Off: A Virtual Comedy Special
MC: Angelica Rivera
YOU need to laugh right now! This comedy special will feature 13 different stand-up comedians from around North America spread out between two separate nights via a live YouTube stream. Every comedian will give a 10 minute set of their best material to all the viewers watching from home.
Featuring Benji GarciaReyes, Ilana Degann, Reed Rosenberg, Angelica Rivera, Max Halpert, Alan Massenburg and Lorelai Hibbard on October 16th + Erik Scott, DD Stepps, Tyrel Earnest, Rahul Gajasamharamoorthy, Sam Sims, and Dan Levin on October 17th
November 2, 2020
The Vegetable
Adapted and Directed by Tyler Phillips
Written by F. Scott Fitzgerald
CAST: Chase Chavez, Taylor Congdon, Georgia Waehler, Nick Freedson, Ben Connor
November 9, 2020
Radial Gradient
Directed by Gaby Godinez
Written by Jasmine Sharma
A hate crime has taken place at a liberal University in America. Three women enter a research study planning to create positive change, but instead, uncover their complicated shared history. Jasmine Sharma's new play, Radial Gradient challenges what complicity looks like - what do we do if it looks like us?
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