Review from the Art Lab:
‘Openstage’s H20′ 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.
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.
Bennett Student Art Exhibit
Update: The Bennett Art Gallery was an overwhelming success!
The students reached their target goal of $150 for the classroom they have selected in inner city Denver in just a few hours, and went way over! Check our Facebook to see photos from this incredible fundraiser:
Join Wild Roots Studio for five days of engaging with nature through art during their Children’s Nature Art Camps at Art Lab. These camps combine nature walks, environmental education, and nature-based art for five days of fun.
Children’s Nature Art Camps are to open children ages 5 to 10. Wild Roots Studio will host two camps at Art Lab, the first running from Monday, June 12 through Friday, June 16 and the second running from Monday, July 24 through Friday, July 28th.
From 9am to 3pm each day, participants learn about the environment, enjoy nature walks and scavenger hunts, and create nature-based art such as gnome houses and nature collage self-portraits. At the end of the week, participants decorate Old Town Square with their earth art and share their creations with the community at their very own Earth Art Show.
Wild Roots Studio encourages community members to prioritize sustainability by fostering connections to nature through art. Alie Rich founded Wild Roots Studio in 2013. She believes that “the foundation for sustainability starts with our daily choices of what we value and care for” and works to foster care for the environment in individuals by helping them experience the magic and amazement of nature through art. Wild Roots Studio offers a variety of workshops and activities for community members of all ages to engage with their environment.
The Children’s Nature Art Camp is $170 per child. Families registering more than one child will receive a $10 per session discount for each sibling by using the code “FAMILY10” when registering.
To register and learn more about the Children’s Nature Art Camps visit: http://www.wildrootsstudio.com/workshops/2017/6/12/june-nature-art-camp.
*Space is limited to 14 children, so register today!
Founded on the brickwork laid by Colorado’s esteemed CAVA (Colorado Association of Visionary Artists), the Imaginative Arts Society kicked off during FoCo’s First Friday Gallery Walk this weekend and, introduced its artists in a freeform reception at the Art Lab:
Photos from the event below:
Bas Bleu Theatre is looking for artist submissions for its 2017-2018 season.
Gallery exhibitions are free, and are designed to correspond to theatre events in the location at the time.
For more information please call:
or see www.basbleu.org
Click below for more info!
- May 26, 2017 8:00 pmh20 by Jane Martin - OpenStage Theatre etcetera Performance
- May 27, 2017 8:00 pmh20 by Jane Martin - OpenStage Theatre etcetera Performance
- May 28, 2017 11:00 amPop Up Art Carts
- May 29, 20177:30 Free Fort Collins Yoga