Mrs. Mannerly at Arvada Center

Mrs. Mannerly

By Jeffrey Hatcher
Directed by Edith Weiss






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Black Box Theatre
January 26 – February 21, 2016 
Previews January 22 - 24, 2016

Please note: This production contains some mature language.

Inspired by hilarious memories of a 1967 childhood etiquette class, playwright Jeffrey Hatcher conjures up the world of a ten-year-old studying manners. Young Jeffrey is a misfit little boy who wants nothing more than to be good at something, and he finds his unlikely niche at etiquette school. Mrs. Mannerly is a demanding teacher with a dedication to Emily Post, and no student in her thirty-six years of etiquette classes has achieved a perfect score. When he discovers her mysterious past, Young Jeffrey leverages what he knows so he can be the first to attain the highest score. The plot mimics stories by humorists like David Sedaris and is a delicious, comic tale about coming-of-age in a simpler time.

“Mrs. Mannerly is great fun” - Tom Jones,

"These two absolutely amazing performers will have you laughing and enjoying a night of comedy like you have never experienced" - John DiTirro,

“Leslie O’Carroll is superb in her role of Mrs. Mannerly” – David Marlowe, Marlowe’s Musings 

“The Arvada Center’s’ Mrs. Mannerly’ is a timely reminder of the values we should aspire to” - Bill Wheeler, Theater Colorado 

The Mountaintop at Arvada Center

The Mountaintop

By Katori Hall

Directed by Gavin Mayer






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Black Box Theatre
March 22 – April 17, 2016 
Previews March 18 – 20, 2016

Please note: This production contains some mature language and is performed without an intermission.


Great theatre can emerge from a simple yet evocative question: "What if?" Katori Hall, a daring, young African American playwright, imagines - What might have Martin Luther King Jr. done the night before he died? Whom might he have talked to? What might he have said? Her Olivier Award-winning play imagines a scenario portraying Martin Luther King more as a man, than a myth. Katori Hall felt “It is important to see the humanity in this hero so we can see the hero in ourselves.” As a simple hotel room becomes a battleground where man and myth fight for their future, Hall’s interpretation crescendos into an unexpected and lyrical flight of theatrical fancy that will leave audiences breathless from the view.

Original Broadway production was produced by Jean Doumanian, Sonia Friedman and Ambassador Theatre Group

“Stunning… Sensitive and moving.”
Washington Examiner

“Deeply personal, powerful, and engaging.”
Broadway World

 “…a wonderful trip, as audacious as it is inventive.”
Associated Press

Prologues will be offered 30 minutes prior to every performance. Designed to immerse audiences in the world of the play before the curtain rises, these entertaining talks explore the historical context of the play, essential themes and interesting facts about the production. Talks are free of charge and last approximately 15 minutes. 
Insider’s Talk Backs; a moderated conversation with cast members will be offered following every performance except for previews, opening night and closing matinee. 
The Mountaintop cast
Cajardo Lindsey (Martin Luther King)
Betty Hart (Camae)

Death Takes A Holiday at Arvada Center

Regional Premiere

Death Takes A Holiday

Music and Lyrics by Maury Yeston
Book by Peter Stone and Thomas Meehan

Directed by Rod A. Lansberry



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Main Stage Theatre
April 26 – May 15, 2016 
Previews April 22 - 24, 2016

Love defies death in this exquisitely written musical. It's just after World War I, a time of renewal after years of sadness and human suffering. After sparing a young woman who is in a fatal car crash, Death returns to walk among the living, hoping to understand why he chose to save her. As he experiences the simple charms of life, he also begins to comprehend the strength of human love. From the creative team of Titanic and Nine , this stunning musical’s soaring melodies and lush score weave an enchanting tale of love and the preciousness of life. 

Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

“One lush, soaring number after another... ”  -  New York Times

“Maury Yeston is one of the few Broadway composers who has demonstrated the ability to weave the necessary spell, and h is score for Death Takes a Holiday hits splendid heights.” - Variety