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There’s no offseason for Springs theaters, which pack our summers with worthy stage shows. Here are our picks for plays to put on your calendar in the coming months.
Shakespeare at the Ranch: Measure for Measure
June 26-July 21, Rock Ledge Ranch, 3105 Gateway Road, theatreworkscs.org
Of course, no summer in Colorado Springs is complete without our favorite outdoor stage production of the year: TheatreWorks’ Shakespeare at the Ranch. With a different Shakespeare play on the docket each summer, TheatreWorks continues to wow us with their stellar production quality, even when they’re in the great outdoors rather than their sweet theater in the Ent Center for the Arts. This year, enjoy Measure for Measure, Shakespeare’s classic tragedy about truth and justice, which presents an interesting look at sexuality, chastity and moral corruption.
June 28-July 7, presented by Counterweight Theatre Lab at the Carter Payne, 320 S. Weber St., facebook.com/counterweighttheatrelab
For its first full production as part of ARTx, the new arts collective aiming to create a consistent artistic presence at the Carter Payne, Counterweight Theatre Lab will present quite an appropriate work. Red, a play by John Logan, blends performance art with visual art by providing an interesting meditation on the creative process and the evolution of art. It follows abstract expressionist Mark Rothko, who, over two years, attempts to paint a series of murals. But between his own disdain for contemporary styles of art and the prodding of his assistant, Ken, he begins to question his career and ideas. It should prove to be an affecting and intimate play, produced by a fabulous local company.
The Laramie ProjectJuly 11-28, Springs Ensemble Theatre, 1903 E. Cache La PoudreSt., springsensembletheatre.org
We have been waiting for a local production of The Laramie Project for a good long while, and of course it would be Springs Ensemble Theatre who finally bring it to us! The Laramie Project was originally inspired by the violent murder of Matthew Shepard, a young gay man who was beaten and left for dead in rural Wyoming in 1998. This theatrical collage created by the Tectonic Theater Project collects interviews with the people of Laramie, where the crime occurred, and draws from the real-life trial of Matthew’s killers. Springs Ensemble Theatre will certainly treat this show with the calm, steady hand it deserves, and we are excited to see what they put together.
July 19-Aug. 17, Funky Little Theater Company, 1367 Pecan St., funkylittletheater.org
Closing out their fifth season, Funky Little Theater Company has chosen to go big. It was a major season for the little company, which moved into the former Theater on Pecan in late 2018, and — now that it has comfortably settled in — will stage its most ambitious show to date. Spamalot, the beloved musical based on cult classic film Monty Python and the Holy Grail, marks Funky’s first-ever musical, and artistic director Chris Medina says they’ve assembled a veritable roundtable of worthy actors. Rehearsals have been progressing for months, so you know that by the time these brave knights take the stage, they’ll be ready to tackle one of the most iconic comedic musicals ever to hit Broadway.
Circus of the Night
August, dates TBA, The Millibo Art Theatre, 1626 S. Tejon St., themat.org
Listen, we love the Circus of the Night, and we don’t make any secret about it. This years-long tradition at the Millibo Art Theatre often gives us our biggest laughs of the summer, alongside a healthy helping of oohs and ahs. You can expect an adults-only evening of burlesque, song, dance and startling acrobatics by some of the Springs’ biggest stars, like Elizabeth Fluharty, “Super” Dave Hale and Miriam Roth. Come for humor, for glitter, for a bit of sexy fun, for death-defying feats, and mostly for the opportunity to heat up your summer nights.