We get quite a few questions here at the ArtLab about how a small, independent local artists can “get their stuff out there”. As a free-for-the-public-use space, the Art Lab on Linden Street is a great place to incubate your art project before sending as a submission to local galleries. The advantage of the space is it is a totally blank canvas, allowing all our artists to do what they want with the multipurpose room! We have a PA system for your music, moveable lighting, can do hanging installations, and movable tables, blocks and chairs so you can set up how you like! Continue reading
You’ve seen those empty store fronts as you’ve wandered the streets of Old Town Fort Collins. They look like buildings that need some energy to make them happy again. That’s what Art Lab Fort Collins is all about. We’re temporarily filling those wonderful buildings with art, innovation, music, smiling faces until a new tenant comes along. When a new tenant decides to move in, we just move on to the next empty space.
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In the next installment of their Etcetera Season, OpenStage Theatre presents H2O, a glimpse into America’s culture war written by Jane Martin. Performances will run every Friday and Saturday starting at 8pm from May 12 through May 27.
This one act play follows Jake, a young actor who stumbled into stardom as a mute superhero in a blockbuster Hollywood trilogy. Disillusioned with sleazy celebrity culture, Jake accepts the lead role in a Broadway production of Hamlet. Despite his noticeably lacking stage experience, Jake the celebrity superhero is tasked with casting his lead counterpart: Ophelia.
He decides his Hamlet needs Deborah, an evangelical Christian actress whom he meets praying in a hospital. Deborah’s conservative views and dedication to divine service juxtaposed with Jake’s casual foul mouth and self loathing unwind the tenuous relationship between the sacred and the profane in American culture.
Like Hamlet, Jake struggles to be or not to be and, like Ophelia, Deborah is determined to save him.
H2O is Chris Lanphear’s directorial debut. He has been a part of OpenStage Theatre since 2001, working as the Assistant Director for Superior Donuts and the Production Manager and Videographer for Rent.
OpenStage’s Etcetera Season presents “raw, real, honest, and intimate cutting-edge theatre in non-traditional spaces.” Their small, intimate settings draw audience members into the story, creating a powerful, unforgettable experience.
H20 will run every Friday and Saturday from May 12 through May 27 inside Art Lab. You can purchase tickets at https://www.openstage.com/events/2016-2017/h2o/#tickets.