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Telluride Playwrights Festival

The Telluride Playwright’s Festival held July 13-17, provides a laboratory setting for actors, playwrights and directors to network and nurture new thought-provoking work that inspires and engages its audience in a communal setting. In addition, to the work-in-progress production of Forgiving John Lennon, TPF will select the near-finished works of several Colorado playwrights for inclusion in the festival program. TPF will then invite professional actors and directors to Telluride to work on the plays with the assistance of local talent. After an intense week of transitioning the plays from page to stage, two of the plays will showcase with community feedback to assist the playwright in refining the final product.

2011 Schedule:

Play Workshops Tues-Fri, Open House 10am-4pm, Sheridan Opera House, Gallery Room Come see how plays evolve. The theatrically-curious are encouraged to stop by to watch as playwrights, directors, and actors work through the process of transitioning plays from the page to the stage.  PlaySLAM Weds, 9pm til Late @ The Steaming Bean Actors and amateurs alike are invited to bring their works to present to an audience for constructive feedback. This is the first endeavor of this kind for TPF, and is sure to be an event of impromptu performances, surprising talent, and animated discussion late into the night.  Forgiving John Lennon Thurs-Sat, 8pm @ the Sheridan Opera House Tickets $20. “Forgiving John Lennon” is a dark comedy about Joseph and Katie, two small town college professors happily living in the land of tenure—until they invite Asma, a Muslim poet from Somalia into their home. This shattering, timely play is an invitation to examine beliefs and imaginings of a world where “nothing to kill or die for” might not be the one we think it is. Purchase tickets here, (LINK advance recommended!  Student Program Explore the world of playwrights and actors Friday and Saturday, ages 14-18 This unique Telluride Academy Program offers the opportunity for students to work alongside renowned playwrights and directors.   Students will be fully immersed in the festival participating in informal stage readings of new plays, conversing with professional playwrights about their work as well as discovering how to create a theatrical world for their own play.  Character monologues will develop through exploration, acting and writing. Visit Telluride Academy to register. (LINK and Plays Saturday, 10am @ Telluride Gallery of Fine Arts, Judy GeBauer, (Mr. Russell and Mrs. Prescott) Sunday, 10am @ SOH Gallery Room, Gary Leon Hill, (Float) Staged readings are the culmination of a week of working on the plays. Join us for coffee, pastries, and staged readings of excerpts from TPF workshopped plays by Judy GeBauer and Gary Leon Hill. Audience feedback is encouraged, essential, and appreciated.  American In Hiding Staged reading of the new play by Tracy Shaffer Sunday, 8pm @ the Sheridan Opera House, donations accepted After getting into hot water at home for making controversial statements to the press, Thom, is forced to leave his tenured position as professor at an American university. He and his family take an extended stay in Europe whereThom is unable to keep his ego in check and his big mouth shut. His actions threaten the lives of his hosts, his family and his teenage daughter, Rose. This is a family drama with political undertones that explores the ramifications of un-examined actions of American politics have upon the rest of the world and future generations.