Sitcom nostalgia, small town reality and gender norms collide in a comedy about about one woman’s search for certainty in an ever-changing world .
Shorts Before the Show
Each evening of THE MRS. WHEATLAND PAGEANT opened with a Short Before the Show, presenting a 10-minute reading from a new work by a local playwright. A different playwright was featured each night. Participating playwrights included John Ashton, Jessica Austgen, Frank Oteri, Colette Mazunik, Leslie Lewis, Rebecca Gorman O’Neill, Rhea Amos, Nina Miller, Ellen K. Graham and Tami Canaday.
Brigitte, a woman in New Orleans, is searching for her estranged mother when she begins having vivid nightmares about the bayou. As the nightmares become more surreal, a voodoo-esque magic bleeds into her life, blurring the line between dreams and reality. This surreal, spooky, and beautiful piece will feature live shadow puppetry designed by Katy Williams.
Hellen Wellman and her family find their party plans for the patriarch of the household upended by the arrival of a young stranger. The Martin family soon discovers that much like politics and morals, family and the truth can be very divisive.
In Denver, circa 2040, city girl Lee works hard, saving up money to get her own apartment. But her plans are derailed when she meets the velvet-voiced Corva, who wants to lure her away from civilization into the unmapped wilderness.
La Llorona is based on the Urban Legend originating in Mexico. The tale is that of The Weeping Woman, an infamous apparition who searches for her children and is known to cause grave misfortune to any living person who sees her. Pandemic Collective’s telling of this folktale will be expanded, warped, and twisted through the incorporation of live music, movement, and dance elements.
*La Llorna was a finalist for Denver Center for the Performing Arts’ Powered By Off-Center residency program.
DENVERWRIGHTS/ LULUBIRD PROJECT
Stay tuned for an announcement this summer about a multi-playwright collaboration coming to Theater 29 in December.