Ed sent out an email, yesterday. Good news for everyone who were wondering what we were up to. Here's what it read:
LIKE A BAD HOT DOG, GERMINAL'S BACK!
AT THE JOHN HAND THEATER BALLROOM
7653 E 1st Place...
On the Colorado Free University Lowry Campus
For 2018, Germinal Stage will present a series of FOUR
staged readings of Classic Plays, from the World Repertoire
THE CREDITORS - A Tragicomedy by August Strindberg
Written in 1889. THE CREDITORS is a powerful and humorous study of love, marriage, and art. Strindberg's version of "Me too," characterized by his piquant misogyny and delightful paranoia. Featuring Sallie Diamond, Stephen R. Kramer & Ed Baierlein
THE CREDITORS PLAYS TWO WEEKENDS - SIX PERFORMANCES ONLY
Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00
April 13th through the 22nd
PAY WHAT YOU CAN (Suggested Donation $10 Per Person)
OPEN SEATING and TALK-BACKS AFTER EACH PERFORMANCE, SEATING WILL BE EXTREMELY LIMITED.
RESERVATIONS STRONGLY SUGGESTED.
RESERVE NOW! 303.455.7108
The Orator has APA'd for the final time, the storage box has been cleaned out, and so ends our residency at Westminster High School. We would like to thank all the actors and technical folks who helped to make the transition a relatively simple one. Our actors were wonderful at rolling with whatever came along, whether that was strange rehearsal locations, bare-bones passthroughs and green rooms, Sunday afternoon teardowns, Friday evening setups,... homecoming games, etc… Thank you to the custodians at the school, who were an invaluable help unlocking doors, picking up after us, and generally being at our Beck and Call. Thanks to the City of Westminster, for helping to find a great theater facility to perform for the year, and being very forthright with the various conflicts that come with being in a High School. Thanks to Erin Ramsey Breitenbach, and her assistants, for teaching us the ropes and for dealing with the technical aspects of the Black Box/Main Stage that would’ve taken some time to learn on our own (not to mention maneuvering the Genie). Erin also navigated some of our tougher conflicts as best she could, and let us know as quickly as she knew.
Thanks, most of all, to everyone who came out to see our four productions; we hope that you enjoyed our season as much as we did presenting it. There were some aspects of the season that felt rushed from our perspective, but other aspects that felt like a nice recovery from the previous three: namely, the return of the “exciting and intimate atmosphere” that we felt we had lost acting on a proscenium stage. We could see you again, you could smell us again (no actor more than thirty feet from your nose). Right now, we’re at the same crossroads we’ve been at for the last four years, not really knowing where we’ll be next year, but rest assured you’ll be hearing from us when we find out. Looking forward to Season 44!
Only three more chances to catch our fascinating double-bill of Beckett and Ionesco; we're sold out on Saturday, but plenty of good seats are available for Friday and Sunday. Call to reserve your Chair; you will not want to miss Absurduo!
Thank you, Lexanne, for the kind words! Absurduo runs two more weekends; you won't want to miss it!
Today I saw two lovely plays. Lovely is an odd description since they are absurdist theatre and not always accessible. But I must say that Germinal Stage Denver... has done a solid job with these two pieces in Absurduo.
Steve Kramer has directed “Krapp’s Last Tape” guiding Ed Baierlein in a difficult, yet beautiful and touching performance. Also, under his direction in “The Chairs,” Leroy Leonard, Katie Mangett, and Tad Baierlein bring this play to a delightful life.
I found that the set, the actual main stage in Westminster High School, enveloped me and put me front and center in the action. It is the perfect setting.
Theatre of the Absurd is not for everyone. But, give yourself a chance to experience it in this production. It’s well worth your time.
Three absurDUO's this weekend at the Main Stage in Westminster High School: this Friday and Saturday at 7:30 and Sunday afternoon at 2:00. Two fascinating playwrights, three fascinating performances (four, if you count The Orator...); come by and see us tonight!
Here's a great primer for what we'll be putting on starting this Friday, straight from Ionesco: "For me, the world is a comedy because it's ridiculous. It's comical because it's tragic."
Two mid-century existential classics: KRAPP'S LAST TAPE by Samuel Beckett and THE CHAIRS by Eugene Ionesco. Starring Ed Baierlein (as Krapp), Leroy Leonard and Katie Mangett; Directed by Steve Kramer. We open for $17 previews on September 22nd and run Friday, Saturday at 7:30 and Sunday matinees at 2:00 through October 15th. Regular performance tickets are $23.00. CALL 303-455-7108 TO RESERVE SPACE (there is open seating for ABSURDUO, so make sure to get to the theater early for the best seats). See you there!