WCPA’s 2021 Season
2021 Event Tickets
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The Westcliffe Center for the Performing Arts (WCPA) is planning to reopen in July for live theater, and for movies later in the year. First up is The Shadow of the Hummingbird, by South African playwright Athol Fugard, most famous in this country for his plays Blood Knot and Master Harold and the Boys. Upcoming in October is Biedermann and the Firebugs, a dark comedy originally written in 1953 as a radio play by Swiss playwright Max Frisch, who dubbed it a “Learning Play without a lesson.”
Tickets for 2021 performances in the Jones Theater are limited to 50 per performance
for social distancing purposes.
The Shadow of the Hummingbird
The Shadow of the Hummingbird is a one-act two-character play featuring an elderly writer (“Oupa,” loosely based on Fugard himself) who is visited by his grandson (“Boba”). The WCPA production will be a family affair in every sense of the word, featuring veteran WCPA actor and audience favorite Thomas “Frosty” Frostman and his own grandson, Max. Performances are scheduled for July 1-4. Evening performances on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, July 1-3, will start at 7 p.m.; the Sunday, July 4, matinee will be at 2 p.m.
Biedermann and the Firebugs
Biedermann and the Firebugs is a dark comedy originally written in 1953 as a radio play by Swiss playwright Max Frisch, who dubbed it a “Learning Play without a lesson.” The play takes place in a nameless town beset by arsonists. The central character, businessman Gottlieb Biedermann, flanked by a chorus of firefighters, his wife Babette, and maid Anna, finds himself more and more flummoxed as the two “peddlers” he admits into his household show every sign of being the arsonists in question. Part allegory, part farce, Firebugs remains as timely and timeless today as when it was first written.
Performances are scheduled for October 8-10 and 15-17. Evening performances on Friday and Saturday will start at 7 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Tickets will be limited to 50 per performance for social distancing purposes. For more information, call the box office at (719) 783-3004.
Shakespeare in the Sangres
Much Ado About Nothing
July 29 – August 14
The Silver West Feedstore Park
Much Ado about Nothing is one of William Shakespeare’s most popular comedies. The action centers around the characters of Benedick and Beatrice, and the efforts of their friends and family to get them to profess their love for each other, despite their protestations to the contrary. Benedick and Beatrice have served as the model of “witty lovers” for hundreds of years, inspiring other great writers from William Congreve to Jane Austen.
Much Ado About Nothing was originally scheduled for the summer of 2020 as part of a double bill with Jean Anouilh’s Antigone. That production was cancelled, along with the rest of the WCPA’s theater and movie schedule, and the historic Jones Theater, the WCPA’s home, was shuttered for 15 months during the height of the COVID pandemic. “We are thrilled to be able to bring this production back to life, with many of the actors we originally cast last year,” says Much Ado’s director, Elliot Jackson. Among the cast members are Shakespeare in the Sangres veteran Chris Tabb, WCPA Artistic Director, who stars as Benedick, Shana Abé as Beatrice, and special guest artist, Denver-based actor Dan Hiester, who will take the role of the master of malapropisms, Constable Dogberry.
(No outside food or drink will be allowed.)