CABARET, HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH and more announced for OpenStage Theater & Company’s fabulous 50th season

OpenStage will celebrate 50 seasons of exceptional, locally made, live theater in Northern Colorado with vibrant, groundbreaking, mysterious and adventurous theater. With four essential productions, two etcetera shows and a special commitment to audience enjoyment, this 50th season is sure to be unforgettable.

OpenStage’s Essential shows present rich, fully imagined theatrical experiences to captivate hearts and minds at Lincoln Center Magnolia Theater and outdoors in the grounds of Columbine Health Systems, and its etcetera shows offer raw, real and honest in intimate and found spaces.

Essential productions

Cabaret

Book before Joe MasteroffMusic by John KanderLyrics of Fred Eb

Directed by Kenny Moten

Vocal direction by Kate Rothstein

Musical direction by Matthew Rothstein

Choreographed by Angie Simmons

October 29 – November 26, 2022, Lincoln Center Magnolia Theater

This dynamic and much-loved Tony Award-winning musical continues to wow audiences with the tantalizing Kit Kat Klub, where the iconic emcee assures us that “life is good…even the orchestra is magnificent.” As 1930s Germany slowly surrenders to the atrocities of the Third Reich, dreams are unraveled and lives are shattered. The cabaret is a dark, visceral and tumultuous ride that finds us “at the end of the world…dancing…while sleeping soundly”.

The revolutionaries

By Lauren Gunderson

Directed by Brenna Freestone-Gilbert

January 14 – February 11, 2023, Lincoln Center Magnolia Theater

4 badass women. 1 Bedroom. Don’t lose your mind! A true story. Or total fiction. A play about a play. Or a loud resurrection… that ends with a song and a scaffold. Playwright Olympe De Gouge, Spy Marianne Angelle, Assassin Charlotte Corday, and Queen Marie Antoinette, in love with ribbons, drags on, assassinates Marat, loses her mind and tries to repel the extremist madness of 1793 in Paris. The Revolutionists is a fiery, dreamy comedy about art, activism, legacy, compatriots, chosen sisters and how to change the world.

SPECIAL NOTE: The 2022-23 theater season in Fort Collins marks the 50th anniversary of OpenStage Theater & Company and the 30th anniversary of Bas Bleu Theater Company. Fort Collins’ two award-winning local theaters will collaborate to celebrate female theater artists with complementary presentations from feminist activists Lauren GundersonIt’s The Revolutionaries. In October, Readers’ Theater’s interpretation of Bas Bleu will examine the process of interpreting the intricacies of Gunderson’s play and its characters. Then in January, OpenStage will present the fully staged production of The Revolutionists. The audience will have the unique opportunity to see all the pieces of the dramatic puzzle come together!

Donations made during The Revolutionists will benefit Planned Parenthood.

Hint: on stage

According to the scenario of Jonathan LynnWritten by Sandy RustinAdditional material by Hunter Foster and Eric Price

Directed by Judith Allen

March 25 – April 22, 2023, Lincoln Center Magnolia Theater

That he has done? WHERE did they do it? HOW did they do it? Murder and blackmail abound in this hilarious stage adaptation of the cult 1995 film based on the classic board game. Six strangers are invited to dinner at an isolated mansion. No one knows who the mysterious host is…until he dies. Follow Colonel Mustard, Mrs. White, Mr. Green, Mrs. Peacock, Professor Plum and Miss Scarlet as they piece together this diabolical mystery. Roll the dice and try thriller!

treasure island

By Robert Louis Stevenson, adapted by Bryony Lavery

Directed by Kate Austin-Groen

June 3 – July 1, 2023, at Columbine Health Systems Park

Embark on an exciting journey with ruthless pirates, a treasure map and a brave young girl named Jim, who finds herself entangled in a dangerous swashbuckling expedition. Jim gets more than she bargains for when she embarks on a daring sea voyage to an exotic island where a treasure trove of gold and precious stones lies buried. Awash in betrayal, mutiny and unforgettable characters, including the infamous Long John Silver, Treasure Island comes to life in an epic theatrical adaptation of one of the world’s greatest adventure stories. Walk, bike or drive! Featuring nightly food trucks.

etcetera Productions

Passion. Audacity. Stubbornness. An Evening with Bruce and Denise Freestone

October 7, 8, 14, 15, 2022; Location to be determined

Spring 1973. Five theater artists are seated at a picnic table in the municipal park. And OpenStage Theater & Company was born. In an informal evening of storytelling, founders Bruce and Denise Freestone will share the triumphs and challenges, laughs and tears of 50 Seasons with OpenStage. Hosted by Freestone’s daughters, Jessica and Brenna, each performance will feature different stories about popular theater that has changed the cultural landscape of Fort Collins.

A dollhouse, part 2

By Lucas Hnath

Realized by david austin-Gröen

February 24 – March 11, 2023; Location to be determined

A knock on the door sends Nora Helmer back to a house she helped burn down 15 years ago, and even after all this time, family ties don’t just bind, they strangle. Confronting the family she devastated takes more courage than expected, but, for Nora, it’s also a chance for a fresh start. This biting and funny sequel to Henrik IbsenThe groundbreaking 1879 masterpiece asks provocative questions about the roles we choose to play, the responsibility of family and wonders how much women have truly changed in over 100 years.

Special engagement

Hedwig and the Angry Thumb

Text by John Cameron MitchellMusic and Lyrics by Stephen Trask

Directed by Sydney Parks Smith

Vocal direction by Emily Hatch

Choreographed by Angie Simmons

July 8 – July 22, 2023, Lincoln Center Magnolia Theater

Winner of four Tony Awards, Hedwig is cabaret, rock ‘n roll concert and stand-up act brought together in a one-of-a-kind theatrical experience. “Internationally ignored song stylist” Hedwig Schmidt is a fourth East German rock goddess who smashes through walls and also happens to be the victim of a failed gender reassignment operation. Proving time and time again that an indomitable spirit can never be bound, she tells her furiously funny, poignant and high-tension story the only way she can…in song. A mature, uplifting musical about the quest for individuality, Hedwig is an inspiration to anyone who has felt life has given them an inch when they deserved a mile.

Donations made during Hedwig And The Angry Inch will benefit Splash NOCO.

Season tickets range from $70 to $230 and individual tickets range from $22 to $47. Season tickets go on sale August 12. Tickets are available from this date at opensstage.com or by calling the Lincoln Center box office at 970.221.6730. Buy early for low prices!

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