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“Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” – George Santayana

The world looks very different than it did in 1997, and yet in many ways it has not changed nearly enough. For 20 years, Curious has brought thought-provoking modern theatre to Denver and our next season is a deep reflection of that.

Our commitment to live out our motto of No Guts, No Story has never been more prominent than in this next season. We’re asking big questions and we want you along for the ride.

No matter what happens in 2017, no matter what lies ahead, we are not backing down. We promise that we will continue to bring gutsy, diverse, challenging, adventurous work that opens eyes and reflects our world. We will live our motto with courage, compassion, and curiosity.

Are you in???

2017-18 PLAYS

From the new incendiary voice in race-driven theatre and a current MacArthur “Genius Grant” fellow…
Regional Premiere

by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins
directed by Jamil Jude

September 2 – October 14
Previews: August 31-September 1
When the Lafayettes descend upon a crumbling Arkansan plantation to liquidate their dead patriarch’s estate, his three adult children collide over clutter, debt, and a contentious family history. As they sort through a lifetime of hoarded mementos and junk, the discovery of a gruesome Southern relic unleashes crackling accusations, repressed fears, and more questions than answers. A challenging play on race, family, and if it’s possible for history to ever stay in the past.

From the winner of the inaugural Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History…
Regional Premiere

by Dan O’Brien
directed by Chip Walton

November 4 – December 9
Previews: November 2-3
A single, stark photograph—of the body of an American soldier dragged from the wreckage of a Blackhawk helicopter through the streets of Mogadishu—reshaped the course of global events and won war photographer Paul Watson the Pulitzer Prize. Yet, he is haunted by that shutter click. Playwright Dan O’Brien, struggling with ghosts of his own, reaches out to Watson, and the two forge a friendship as they reckon with the traumas that have shaped their lives. In this gripping true story, the two explore the ethical and personal consequences of the photograph, as well as the interplay between political upheaval and the experience of trauma in an age saturated by images and information.

From two-time NAACP Image Award recipient…
Regional Premiere

by Dominique Morisseau
directed by Idris Goodwin

January 13 – February 24
Previews: January 11-12
It’s the summer of 1967, and the soulful sounds of Motown are breaking records and breaking down barriers. Siblings Chelle and Lank make ends meet by running an unlicensed bar in their Detroit basement, a risky business as police crack down on after-hours joints in black neighborhoods. When Lank offers shelter to an injured white woman, tensions escalate both in their home and in their community—and they find themselves caught in the middle of the violent ’67 riots. Detroit ‘67 explores a moment rife with police brutality, immense racial divide, and a powder keg of emotions.

From the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning playwright of Angels in America…
Regional Premiere

by Tony Kushner
directed by Chip Walton

March 17 – April 14
Previews: March 15-16
A former longshoreman and Marxist union activist, Gus feels that the world has turned its back on everything he has fought for in life. When Gus decides it’s time to die, his three grown children come home with a parade of lovers and spouses to find that even the house keeps secrets. Shot through with characteristic wit and searing political passion, Tony Kushner’s latest play is at once the story of a family grappling to find meaning in a landscape they no longer recognize and an epic exploration of humanity’s compulsive search for Utopias, both personal and political.

From a fresh new voice in American theatre, our first three-play commission recipient…
World Premiere

by Meridith Friedman
directed by Dee Covington

May 5 – June 16
Previews: May 3-4
When cancer comes into the picture, everything changes. The Hoffman family rallies together – and against each other – as they battle over health insurance, child custody, inheritance, and superfoods. Former couple Richard and David tentatively dance around each other as they each navigate if second chances are ever really possible. This touchingly relatable piece is currently in development from a fresh voice in American theatre; featuring a cast of Curious favorites, Your Best One is a must-see.