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Looking into live theatre's Crystal Ball for 2021

Will indoor theatre be back? Will audiences have to be vaccinated? Might one little cable change your life? If we have learned anything from 2020, it’s that trying to predict what might happen in 2021 is a fool’s errand. So, here we go!

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SCFD: New picture of COVID carnage on metro nonprofits

The Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD) has come out with a new membership survey that paints the latest dark picture of the pandemic's devastation on metro arts industries. You may not want to know what it has to say, but ... here goes.

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Theatre happenings for November 20: Companies enter cancel mode

With 20 Colorado counties moving to "Level Red" restrictions through at least December 18, essentially all planned holiday theatre programming that included a live component ... no longer does, with a few exceptions.

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The Country Dinner Playhouse's Barnstormers reunite

What would have been the 50th anniversary of the venerable barn-shaped inspires a reunion concert on Friday, featuring alumni of the beloved pre-show entertainment group.

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Theatre happenings for November 12: COVID wreaking more havoc

Spikes in positive coronavirus cases have slowed what has been a fairly robust slate of fall theatregoing and concert options – all things considered. The PACE Center has closed through November 22.

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Theatre happenings for October 30

The Colorado Shakespeare Festival has announced it will perform only outdoors in 2021. That, along with other news of the week, as well as everything you can do live or online to sate your theatre fix this weekend.

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Betty Hart's presidential promise: Build a bigger tent

The Colorado Theatre Guild has never lived up to its full potential. But it has never had Berry Hart as its leader. Meet her in this in-depth profile of Hart, who starred in the Arvada Center's production of 'The Mountaintop.'

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What do do now: Your theatre happenings for October 23

While the COVID spike has forced several cancellations, theatregoers still have a surprising array of options, including  the virtual-reality experience 'Carne y Arena' at Stanley Marketplace.

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Doreen Montalvo in Denver: 'Compassion, grit and talent'

Acclaimed stage and screen actor launched the DCPA Theatre Company's world-premiere play 'American Mariachi' in 2018. She was 56.

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What to do? Theatre happenings for October 16

Despite pandemic, the theatregoers have plenty of ways to keep them engaged throughout the state right now.

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News of the week: DCPA announces $4 million Recovery Fund

The DCPA has canceled 32 shows, furloughed 130 employees and lost tens of millions of dollars in potential revenue. 'The loss continues to be devastating.'

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Lessons from a summer of outdoor theatre in the time of COVID

John Moore essay: Those companies that got out of the box deepened their relationships with grateful audiences. Those that grow stagnant during this time do so to their own peril. 

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Indoor theatre returns to the Aurora Fox. Did it feel safe?

John Moore essay: The Aurora Fox has become the first metro theatre company to re-open for live theatre in a major way with the musical revue 'Tomfoolery.' Did it feel safe?

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September 19: Colorado theatre news of the week

'Miscast' will pivot to 'CAST 2020.' Radio plays are all the rage, led by Monday's upcoming release of the Arvada Center's 'Trifles.' The Colorado Theatre Guild has a new president and much more.

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Denver Film Festival to be longer, smaller and all digital

On the one hand, the 43rd Denver Film Festival won’t take place in-person. On the other hand, the Denver Film Festival will take place. In 2020, you have to look at the bright side. And this year, few local arts organizations have pivoted quite as nimbly as Denver Film.

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Theatre news: Live streaming panel coming Monday on a big new 'IDEA'

Also: Local actor generating Oscar buzz. Denver Actors Fund announces not 'Miscast' but 'CAST.' DEAR Fund wraps up. That and much more, including a new list of all all current live theatregoing and streaming opportunities.

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Theatre news: Governor’s mask mandate does not include Candlelight actors

Colorado Governor Jared Polis’ newly issued mandatory statewide mask order in public indoor spaces includes an exception for “giving a speech to an audience.”

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Here's who the DEAR Fund has helped

Here's a rundown of the nearly $100,000 The Denver Actors Fund has made available to about 300 Colorado theatre artists who have lost work during the COVID19 shutdown. About $8,000 has gone to Arvada Center artists.

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June in Colorado theatre: 'The Reckoning' has begun

Suddenly, theatre companies are being held accountable like never before, not only for their programming choices and hiring practices but also their own complicity in creating power imbalances throughout the field. And dominoes are starting to fall.

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What are the 5 most-screwed job titles in COVID-era theatre?

You think you have it bad during the ongoing COVID19 shutdown? The show is likely to go on without at least these five theatre jobs being filled.

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