TRINIDAD, CO – Under the leadership of Executive Director, Harriet Vaugeois, and Artistic Director, Eli Carpenter, the SCRT is proud to announce its 2019 Summer Repertory Season.
“The beauty of our intimate theatre in Trinidad is we have the most concentrated opportunity for what’s the heart of live theatre: human connection,” says Artistic Director Eli Carpenter. “And this season we’re focusing on three shows that truly draw you in to focus on the human connection. Connection through thought, through love, and connection through laughter. I am sure this is a season where audiences will not only leave feeling connected to the experiences onstage but also more connected to those around them.”
Opening the three-production repertory season will be the regional premiere of Grounded by George Brant. Grounded tells the story of when a pregnancy ends an ace fighter pilot’s career in the sky, she is reassigned to operate military drones from a windowless trailer outside Las Vegas. She battles terrorists by day and returns to her family each night. As the pressure to track a high-profile target mounts, the boundaries begin to blur between the desert in which she lives and the one she patrols half a world away. This one-woman show is certain to shake-up an audience and ask them to examine what it means to fight a war at home. Grounded will be directed by Artistic Director, Eli Carpenter and will run July 5 – August 18.
Following Grounded, the SCRT will produce the cult-hit musical The Last Five Years, by Tony Award winner Jason Robert Brown. This two-person musical follows two young and ambitious New Yorkers. Cathy is an actor. Jamie is a writer. They fall in love and dive head first into a relationship. What could possibly go wrong? Brilliantly funny, playful and tender, The Last Five Years chronicles the couple’s passionate romance from both perspectives: Jamie from the beginning with all the optimism of young love, looking to the future; Cathy with the hurt and disappointment of its end, looking backwards. Somewhere in between, their story overlaps. Audiences can expect this intimate musical to offer an intimate look at love. The Last Five Years will run July 12-August 17.
Completing the season will be the laugh-out-loud comedy based on the works of Alfred Hitchcock, The 39 Steps, adapted by Patrick Barlow. Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of Monty Python and you have, The 39 Steps, a fast-paced whodunit for anyone who loves the magic of theatre! This 2-time Tony and Drama Desk Award-winning comedy is packed with nonstop laughs, an on-stage plane crash, handcuffs, missing fingers and some good old-fashioned romance! By the end of the evening there is no doubt the SCRT will be shaking with the belly laughter of a brilliant, fun, 4-actor, 150-character play. The 39 Steps will run July 26 – August 16.
Additionally, the SCRT will be presenting a number of new, innovative, fresh, and fun performances as part of the Studio Series (formerly the Cabaret series). Most notably the SCRT is very proud to continue its New Works initiative with the First Draft Project in which a Writer in Residence will create a brand-new show culminating in the very first performance at the SCRT this summer. Additional lines of programming for the Studio Series, will be announced shortly.
Season Pass Tickets are available for purchase now at SCRTheatre.com or by calling our box office at 719-846-4765. The SCRT Season Pass includes four tickets to the SCRT Summer Season and five tickets to the Trinidad Community Theatre season. Season Pass rate ($160) available through April, 15th 2019.
Heading into its 17th season, the SCRT is the region’s crown-jewel for performing arts. Each summer the SCRT brings a company of actors, designers, and directors to Trinidad for the repertory company. In 2013, Trinidad became a Certified Colorado Creative District and is now the demonstration project for Colorado’s Space to Create program, fueling a surge in downtown historic building renovations and creative enterprise. With a rich history in the arts and creative achievement, Trinidad’s downtown Creative District is a focal point of tourism and continued economic growth.
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