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.
    themat.org

    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.
    themat.org

    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.
    csfineartscenter.org

     

     

     

    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.
    csfineartscenter.org

     

     

    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.
    springsensembletheatre.org

     

    satchmo-wavy-blueSatchmo at the Waldorf
    TheatreWorks
    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.
    theatreworkscs.org

     

    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?
    springsensembletheatre.org

     

     

    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?
    csfineartscenter.org

    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.

    SHARE