"People who need people are the luckiest people in the world."

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This play was commissioned by Curious Theatre Company and is a National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere.

In the days following his mother’s funeral, Richard’s elderly father Oscar wants to move in. Happily settled with his partner, Richard is less than thrilled at the prospect of living with his difficult father. Accusations fly and defenses are drawn, spiraling father and son into a heated game of finger pointing with unintended consequences. The Luckiest People touchingly explores how we navigate the Sahara of Middle Agethose middle decades sandwiched squarely between obligations to parents, children, and spouses.

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Season Sponsors:
Shamos Family Foundation
The Harold & Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust

Season Patrons:
Diana & Mike Kinsey
Elizabeth Steele
Carol E. Wolf

Serial Storytelling Sponsor:
Laura Cowperthwaite & LiveWork Denver

Platinum Show Sponsors:
Stephanie & John Flanigan
National New Play Network
Tobi Watson

Gold Show Sponsors:
Les Crispelle & Glenn Tiedt
Elizabeth & Jim Neid
Wiegand – Attorneys and Counselors, LLC

Silver Show Sponsors:
Lyn Albertson
Lynn Herlinger
Rhonda Knop & Tim McManus
Carol & Larry Levin

Want to talk with others about the show? Want to hear from the actors about the process behind the play? Talkbacks with artistic staff and cast members follow each performance, starting the Thursday after opening and continuing until Friday of closing weekend. A Curious favorite!

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In Media

  • Review from Colorado Drama

    While familial dysfunction has been a staple of theatre from the beginning of the art form (think Oedipus Rex)—often with predictable tragic results—in the rolling world premiere of The Luckiest People, now running at Curious Theatre Company, playwright Meridith Friedman goes a different route, taking us on an wholly unpredictable journey of love and loss, epiphanies and endurance.

  • Review: The Luckiest People is a Lucky Choice for Curious Theatre

    But although this is an essentially quiet play, it’s never boring. Beneath the surface lie depth charges primed to explode later in your mind. Friedman is dealing with questions about life and death, the ways we find to live with each, and the profound nature of love itself.

  • Review: Emotional walls crumble in Curious Theatre’s “The Luckiest People”

    One of the things that makes a city a place of cultural consequence is the way its institutions — large or modest — introduce us to new artists, fresh voices. Anyone who saw the Local Theater Company’s premiere of Friedman’s “The Firestorm” last fall... -- will recognize in “The Luckiest People” Friedman’s commitment to wrestling with contemporary dilemmas in the most intimate of settings.

This play is the first in a series of three plays by Meridith Friedman commissioned by Curious Theatre Company to explore the middle years of life when competing priorities from children, spouses, and parents create challenges and self-examination. Each play was written independently and can be seen without the other two, but the experience is deepened by seeing all three and growing with the characters.

Unlike a movie trilogy, there are no cliffhangers. Rather, Serial Storytelling allows a broader canvas and allows a playwright to more fully explore their work and an audience to get to know characters. For more information on Serial Storytelling, visit this page.