DIY Theater Seasons: For the Adventurous

Top picks to build your own package of Colorado Springs live theater that pushes boundaries.

Looking for a creatively perfect gift for the holidays and beyond? Curate a season of theater for your favorite fan. Just pick up tickets for local shows to make a one-of-a-kind slate of date nights, outings or girls- and guys-nights-out. Need a little help? We’ve put together three themed seasons:
For the Traditionalist
For the Kids (and Sophisticated Adults)
And this one, For the Adventurous.

Gary Busey one-man Hamlet as performed by David CarlGary Busey Does Hamlet
Millibo Art Theatre
Nov. 12–15, 2015
Part of the Solo Works Festival, a wacky and easily excitable Gary Busey (David Carl) decides to show he still has strong acting chops. Playing all the roles, he presents a hilarious one-man Hamlet complete with guitar singalongs, paper puppets, New Age-style acronyms, PowerPoint presentations and a very loose interpretation of Shakespeare’s classic drama.

MAT-Tuna_Christmas-Image-AUG4A Tuna Christmas
The Millibo Art Theatre
Dec. 10–27, 2015

Master comedians Sears and Williams portray all 24 citizens of Tuna, the third smallest town in Texas, where the Lion’s Club is too liberal and Patsy Cline never dies. This time, the delightfully eccentric characters are attempting to cope with seasonal traumas 24 hours before Christmas, including a disaster prone production of A Christmas Carol and a sabotaged yard-decorating contest.

Kevin Smith press photoAn Evening With Kevin Smith
Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center
Dec. 16, 2015
A writer, comedian, podcaster and film director, Kevin Smith has written and directed numerous films, including Clerks, Dogma and Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back. The FAC presents an ask-anything question and answer session with Smith, aka Silent Bob.




Buy&Cellar_logoBuyer & Cellar
Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center
Jan. 14–24, 2015
An underemployed Los Angeles actor goes to work in Barbra Streisand’s Malibu, Calif., basement. “A fantasy so delightful you wish it were true,” says The New Yorker. This one is a Colorado premiere.



Watson-1.jpgThe (Curious Case of the) Watson Intelligence
Springs Ensemble Theatre
Jan. 21–Feb. 7, 2016
Watson: trusty sidekick to Sherlock Holmes; loyal engineer who built Bell’s first telephone; unstoppable super-computer that became reigning Jeopardy! champ; amiable techno-dweeb who, in the present day, is just looking for love. A witty, time-jumping, loving tribute (and cautionary tale) dedicated to the people—and machines—upon which we all depend.


satchmo-wavy-blueSatchmo at the Waldorf
Feb. 8–March 6, 2016

Louis Armstrong is winding down his career, and in his dressing room he tells it like it was, and is. The great American actor John Douglas Thompson brings the exact same show that wowed Broadway audiences and presents the real man behind that amazing horn.


Judas-2The Last Days of Judas Iscariot
Springs Ensemble Theatre, March 10–26, 2016
Thirty pieces of silver made his name synonymous with traitor. Now history’s most hated sinner is on trial, and while Mother Teresa, Sigmund Freud, and Christ himself will all give testimony, can a man trapped by his own guilt ever be truly exonerated?



Peter & The StarcatcherPeter and the Starcatcher
Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center,
March 31–April 17, 2016
Hailed by The New York Times as “the most exhilarating storytelling on Broadway in decades,” this five-time Tony-winning comedy/musical takes a hilarious romp through the Neverland you never knew. You’ll finally get an answer to the age-old question: How did Peter Pan become the Boy Who Never Grew Up?

by T.D. Mobley-Martinez

Looking for a different style on stage? Try
DIY Theater: For the Traditionalist
DIY Theater: For the Kids (and Sophisticated Adults)

Note: Because Theatre ’d Art and Star Bar theater companies’ complete seasons hadn’t been announced when this was published, they are not reflected here.

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