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.
Watch the empty store fronts for something new in Old Town.
Only one weekend remains of OpenStage Theatre’s ‘Brilliant’ Production of H20! Shows Fri & Sat 8P.
Review from the Art Lab:
‘Openstage’sH20′ is, like its name, a necessarily refreshing drink of realness in this summer’s theatre expositions in Northern Colorado. Not to give away the ending, this one-act play highlights an integral issue of our modern world in an alternatingly witty, endearing and tragic look into life, love, and what it means to BE. There were moments when the intimacy of the setting, and the characters very real interactions with the audience had you wanting to reach out to them; offer a hug, some moral support–others left the audience completely in tears.
There were bursts of pure human recognition, joy, the ineffable quality of Teal Jandrain (Deborah)’s stupendous portrayal of a character seemingly without doubt, followed by the sage, but dark reality that lies within all of us so beautifully portrayed by Kiernan Angley (Jake)’s character. Both actors in this gripping drama masterfully take you on a rollercoaster of love, betrayal, and internal questioning that had me walking the long way round Old Town before my next engagement, wondering at my own past and the quality of how much fear, loyalty, and my personal beliefs affect my own life.
This work is not to be separated into genres or from the closeness of the audience that becomes such a necessary part of the story itself. It stands alone as an amalgamation of the best facets of small-setting theatre, unapologetically real, touching, and deep. Staging was light, and the music was poignant, keeping the focus on its two person cast. This is an excellent piece for students, playwrights and actors themselves looking for something different, and really anyone who wants to learn something cuttingly deep about their own beliefs in fate and the power of love and friendship. It was brilliant. It left me speechless. ‘
–Mari Bonhomme, Art Lab Coordinator (2017)
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.