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Note from Leadership & Director


Welcome to Season 26! 

As we curated Season 26, we asked ourselves, “What makes a play Curious?”

As one way to answer, we challenged ourselves to choose plays that would amaze, delight, and invigorate our audiences and artists alike. Curious believes in stepping into uncharted territory, and we are so happy you are joining us as we continue this journey with the World Premiere of William Cameron’s Truth Be Told.

Truth Be Told is more than a play; it’s an immersive experience that plunges the audience into a rich narrative interwoven with the intricate threads of truth, its manipulation, and the extraordinary journey of two mothers facing unprecedented circumstances. As the story unfolds, brace yourself for a riveting World Premiere that guarantees to be a rollercoaster of thought-provoking moments.

With every unexpected twist and turn, this production promises to delve deep into the very fabric of the human experience. It invites audiences on a profound and emotionally charged journey, prompting introspection on the power of a mother’s love and the intricacies of navigating the ambiguous terrain between truth and perception.

We believe that this captivating tale will not only enthrall your senses but also leave an indelible imprint on your hearts. Join us for an evening where the convergence of storytelling, emotion, and the complexities of human connection create an unforgettable experience that transcends the confines of the stage and lingers in your thoughts long after the curtain falls.

Don’t miss a moment! We encourage you to join us as a subscriber (and offer a heartfelt thank you if you already are.)  The adventure that awaits at Curious is only possible through the gathering of committed, enthusiastic theatre-goers like you. Your ongoing support ensures we’ll continue to travel together on this art-filled adventure through the best of contemporary theatre.

With gratitude and excitement for the road ahead,

Jada Suzanne Dixon & Jeannene Bragg
Artistic & Managing Directors


“If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end; if you look for comfort you will not get either comfort or truth only soft soap and wishful thinking to begin, and in the end, despair.” – C. S. Lewis

Truth is a complex and sometimes elusive concept – a dynamic process that evolves as our
understanding of facts and our belief systems change over time. Truth gets even more complicated in the world we find ourselves in today: nose deep in alternative facts and manipulated truth. Where feelings have more weight than evidence and self-deception can range from seemingly tiny untruths to massive falsehoods about reality.

Psychologists for decades have been performing experiments that show that we are not quite as rational as we think. Some of this work bears directly on how we react in the face of unexpected or uncomfortable truths. Therefore, when people would like a certain idea or concept to be true, they end up believing it to be true.When a college professor began to espouse the view that some American mass shootings did not occur and are hoaxes, William Cameron began to form an idea for a play about the ways we manipulate the truth for our own ends – through the lens of a mother’s story. Susan Klebold provides a unique perspective about truth and mothers in her book, A Mother’s Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of a Tragedy:

“Early on I flinched from the news coverage about Columbine because it was so wildly inaccurate, or reporting things about my son I could not bear to hear… At the time, the contradictory reports and the inaccuracies served to fuel my desperate hope it was all a terrible misunderstanding. If they’d forgotten this fact wrong, or that one, then perhaps all of it was false. As I would come to learn too well over the weeks, months and years to follow, the mind plays tricks to hold itself together when under tremendous strain. Ordinarily logical to a fault, I spent those early days clinging to any shred of hope I could salvage or manufacture , no matter how irrational or far-fetched.

As Klebold knows all too well, there is a common narrative in modern American culture to blame the mother when someone makes a bad choice. For as often as we put mothers on a pedestal as a nurturing self-sacrificing Madonna, the slightest deviation from this ideal, means complete failure. It doesn’t help that parenting is more demanding than it used to be. Working mothers today spend as much time with their children as stay-at-home mothers of the 1970s — and feel more pressure to be hands-on. The surging evolution of technology has added additional concerns causing parenting styles to include approaches to keeping their children safe online. Economic anxieties are another concern. Parents today are the first generation that may not surpass their parents economically. According to a 2022 survey, almost all parents feel judged, almost all the time and mothers are more likely to feel judged than fathers are.

Truth Be Told found its way to Curious Theatre Company from the Ashland New Play Festival, where it was a 2020 winner. Upon my first read, it hit me in the gut. I found the journey between two seemingly disparate mothers to be achingly human and thought provoking. I see my own mother. I see myself. Thank you Bill, for allowing us to work on your play and for gifting Curious Theatre Company with your world premiere.

It is an honor to give this play to you

Christy Montour-Larson


In the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in 2012, a Florida college professor claimed without evidence that the massacre was a hoax, perpetrated by the federal government. He declared that those 20 six and seven-year-old children and those six school employees didn’t really die. He went so far as to demand that the father of a Sandy Hook victim provide him proof of the child’s massacre.

Since then, others have picked up his cause and made similar claims. In one infamous case, a professional conspiracy theorist was sued by grieving Sandy Hook parents. The conspiracist was ordered to pay significant reparations for his calumny. The verdict in this case will hardly settle such matters, however. So long as there is money to be made and fame to be won, opportunists will continue to subvert the truth to their own ends, inevitably compounding the torment of grief-stricken parents.

Though I started writing Truth Be Told in response to the Florida college professor’s cruel and self-aggrandizing stunt, more personal influences have worked their way into my play.

Early in Truth Be Told, Jo, one of the play’s two mothers, says of her 5-year-old son, “I cherish his future. I fear for his safety and comfort in a wicked world.” My own son is 34 years old, but his well-being is still at the forefront of my thoughts. Is he safe? Healthy? Happy in his work? Happy in his relationships? If the answer to any of those questions is no, I’m struck with another painful question: What did I do wrong?

Our children leave us, but we never quite let them go. Their joys and triumphs lift us up, their heartbreaks and setbacks haunt our dreams, and we parents wonder, always, if we could have done better. In writing Truth Be Told, I have tried to express both the abiding love and the eternal disquiet that comes with being a parent.

Finally, let me thank everyone at the Curious Theatre Company for having such confidence in my play. The process of working with these gifted artists has been a joy and I thank them all for their insights, inspiration, and kind hospitality.

William Cameron

Curious Theatre Company Presents

Truth Be Told

by William Cameron  |  Directed by Christy Montour-Larson


Present day. Late summer. A modest apartment in Mecklenburg, a small town in the Eastern United States.

Scene 1: Monday Morning
Scene 2: 90 Minutes Later
Scene 3: Tuesday, Late Morning
Scene 4: Wednesday Morning


(in Alphabetical order)

Jada Suzanne Dixon* as Josepha “Jo” Hunter
Karen Slack as Kathleen Abedon

Production Team

Set Design by Caitlin Ayer**
Costume Design by Janice Benning Lacek**
Lighting Design by Colin D. Young
Sound Design by Jason Ducat
Props Design by Krista Montoya
Stage Manager, Rachel Ducat*
Assistant Stage Manager, Harper Hadley
Board Operator, Chyanne Huynh

Special Thanks

To the University of Denver Department of Theatre Costume Shop, Colin D. Young for rehearsal photography, Richard Krammes, Wigmaster, and Jackie Apodaca and the Ashland New Plays Festival

Board of Directors

Rehan Hasan, President
John Flanigan, Treasurer

Marike Fitzgerald
Chip Horne
Michael Hughes
Greg Laugero
Michael Potts
Sheri Raders
Jamie White
Alyssa Williams

*Jeremy Shamos, Honorary Lifetime President
*Roscoe Hill, Board Member Emeritus
*Cajardo Lindsey, Artistic Company Member
*Erik Sandvold, Artistic Company Member
*Jeannene Bragg, Managing Director
*Jada Suzanne Dixon, Artistic Director

*non-voting members

Curious Staff


Jada Suzanne Dixon, Artistic Director
Wayne Breyer, Production Manager & Resident Stage Manager
Christy Montour-Larson, Artistic Producer
Piper Stormes, Technical Coordinator 


Jeannene Bragg, Managing Director
Camdon T. Presley, Marketing & Development Manager
Katelyn Sauer, Operations & Patron Services Manager
Hillary Wheelock, Finance Associate

Front of House

Clove Love, Lead Front of House Representative
Aidan Dick, Front of House Representative
Evy DiPasquantonio, Front of House Representative
Evette Srouji,
Front of House Representative

2023–24 Curious Bridge Apprentices 

Jordyn Good, Stage Management Focus
Clove Love, Directorial Focus
Evette Srouji, Directorial Focus

Curious Artistic Company

Lisa Boehm
Kevin Brainerd (In Memoriam)
Anastasia Davidson
Richard Devin
Jada Suzanne Dixon
Jason Ducat
Brian Landis Folkins
Ilasiea Gray
Kathryn Gray
William Hahn
Josh Hartwell
Markas Henry
GerRee Hinshaw
Jim Hunt
Cajardo Lindsey
Sheryll McCallum
Shannon McKinney
Michael McNeill
Christy Montour-Larson
Michael Morgan
Josh Robinson
Erik Sandvold
Sean Scrutchins
Karen Slack
Todd Webster
Annette Westerby

Artistic Company Emeriti

Thank you to our founding Artistic Company Members whose dedication, hard work and artistic vision has helped make Curious the amazing theatre it is today.

Dee Covington
Chip Walton

Discussion Questions

Discussion Questions

  1. Kathleen is adamant that her son Julian is innocent. Have you ever changed your mind about had a deeply held belief? Why or why not?
  2. How are Jo and Kathleen different?  How are they similar?
  3. Which of the characters could you relate to the most?  Did your feelings about the characters ever shift and change? Why? or Why not?
  4. What makes a good mother? In what ways are Kathleen and Jo good mothers?  In what ways does society judge them both?
  5. The truth is very important to both characters.  How do they define “truth” differently?  How do you define “truth”?
  6. What do you think is the significance of Good Night, Moon in the play? How does the book make you feel?
  7. Early in the play, Jo quotes Shakespeare: “The evil that men do lives after them/The good is oft interred with their bones.”  How does this quote inform your understanding of the play by the end?
  8. Jo tells a story about her own son’s violent episode. How does this episode change our perception of Jo’s character?
  9. Jo and Kathleen have a disagreement on spanking?  What do you think about spanking?
  10. How did you feel the set, lights, costumes and sound added to your experience of the play?

Denver Public Library's Pairing Suggestions

The Denver Public Library recommends these library resources to enhance your theater experience of Truth Be Told:


Stuff They Don’t Want You To Know by Ben Bowlin, Matt Frederick, and Noel Brown

A thinking person’s fun, wonderfully written conspiracy book from the hosts of the popular podcast of the same title. They approach each theory they examine with both empathy and fact-finding, showing all sides while encouraging critical thinking.



Hannah, dir. Andrea Pallaoro (2018) 

As the character Kathleen grapples with truth and denial in regard to someone she loves, the French film Hannah follows a woman who is caught between denial and reality. Hannah is a sparse film that examines the thought processes of a woman living with the consequences of a husband who is imprisoned for a crime.


We are the Light by Matthew Quick 

Matthew Quick’s We Are The Light follows the town of Majestic, PA through the eyes of an uneasy man at the center of tragedy, Lucas Goodgame. Following a mass shooting at the town’s theater, the town must either band together to heal or let itself be torn apart. Told through letters written by Goodgame to Karl, his Jungian analyst, Luke Kirby’s heartrending narration brings this story to life.


A mother’s reckoning: living in the aftermath of tragedy by Sue Klebold

Kathleen is struggling to reconcile the reports of her son’s tragedy with her memory of her child. Sue Klebold had to do the same in 1999 when her son killed his classmates at Columbine. These two mothers both hold memories of their happy children, search for answers about the loss of their sons, and want to tell their version of an honest story.  Klebold’s unforgettable grief memoir is full of questioning, suffering, and mistakes.

TRUTH BE TOLD will be performed without an intermission.

BOLD = Curious Artistic Company Member
* = Appearing through an Agreement between this theatre, Curious Theatre Company, and Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.
** = Member of the United Scenic Artists, Local USA 829
♰ = Director is a Member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, a national theatrical labor union

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Bios: Playwright & Director

William Cameron, he/him (Playwright) is the recipient of the 2020 Stanley Drama Award for his drama, TRUTH BE TOLD. He is best known as the author of VIOLET SHARP, a drama of the Lindbergh kidnapping case, published by Samuel French in 2012. His one-act comedy, DOOFUS, is scheduled for publication in August 2020 by Big Dog Publishing, and his radio drama, Ashes, is scheduled for production by the Lakes Area Radio Theatre in Minnesota in 2020. Cameron’s plays have been performed around the country, including Theatre 40 in Los Angeles, the Source Theatre in Washington, D.C., the Pittsburgh New Works Festival, and numerous community and academic theaters. Professor emeritus of theater and communication arts at Washington & Jefferson College, Cameron wrote several plays tailored specifically to his students. These include INTERSECT, a drama about racial tensions at a small college, and CEASE TO EXIST, a chronicle of the Manson murders.

Christy Montour-Larson, she/her (Director) has been a member of the Artistic Company for over 20 years, and her recent directing credits at Curious include THE MINUTES, THE LIFESPAN OF A FACT and THE SECRETARY. Christy’s work has also been seen in Colorado at the Denver Center (SHADOWLANDS, THE GIVER) the Arvada Center (THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK, CABARET), Creede Repertory(AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY) Local Theatre, Town Hall Arts Center, Phamaly, BETC, Theatreworks, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, Theatre SilCo and the Aurora Fox. Nationally, Christy has directed at Pioneer Theatre, Tent Theatre, New American Theatre, Rochester Civic Theatre, the Duluth Playhouse, Dark Horse Theatre and for Seven Devils Playwrights Conference. A passionate supporter of new work, she has directed many staged readings and world premieres, including;  TWO DEGREES by Tira Palmquist, GENERAL STORE by Brian Watkins, THE RAPE OF THE SABINE WOMEN BY GRACE B. MATHIAS by Michael Yates Crowley and YOU WILL GET SICK by Noah Diaz. Christy’s accolades include 4 Colorado Theatre Guild Henry Awards, out of 14 nominations. She has also been named Top Director by the Denver Post, Westword, 5280 Magazine and CBS4 Denver. MFA in Directing from Rutgers University.

Bios: Cast

Jada Suzanne Dixon, she/her (Josepha Hunter) is a Curious Artistic Company Member, an Associate Artist with Local Lab Theatre, a Colorado Theatre Guild Henry Award winner, and a four-time True West Award winner. Curious credits include: FIREFLIES (Olivia), AMERICAN SON (Kendra), THE CAKE (Macy), DETROIT ‘67 (Chelle), WHITE GUY ON THE BUS (Shatique), MARCUS; OR THE SECRET OF SWEET (Oba), IN THE RED AND BROWN WATER (Mama Mojo/Nia/Women Who Reminds You), HOUSE WITH NO WALLS (Cadence). Other theatre credits: THE LARAMIE PROJECT (Ensemble) and THE FAMILY TREE (Julia) The Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities; THE FIRESTORM (Gaby), Local Theater Company; THE REVOLUTIONISTS (Marianne), BETC; METAMORPHOSES (Nursemaid), THE COLOR PURPLE (Darlene), A CHRISTMAS CAROL (Mrs. Crachit), and CRUMBS FROM THE TABLE OF JOY (Sister Lily Ann Green) Aurora Fox Arts Center; BLACK ODYSSEY (Aunt Tina/Scylla/Alsendra Sabine/Circe/Carib’dis/Calypso/understudy), FENCES (Rose/understudy), GEM OF THE OCEAN (Black Mary/understudy) Denver Center Theatre Company; DOUBT (Mrs. Mueller), Off Square Theatre Company. www.jadasuzannedixon.com

Karen Slack, she/her (Kathleen Abedon) is a Denver native and trained at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and HB Studio in New York. Karen is honored to have worked at Curious Theatre Company for the better part of 19 years and is a proud Company Member. Some favorite productions at Curious include: THE LONG CHRISTMAS RIDE HOME, 9 PARTS OF DESIRE, EURYDICE, GOD OF CARNAGE, and VENUS IN FUR. Other favorite roles include: Medea in MEDEA, Lady Macbeth in MACBETH, Frida Kahlo in PAINTED BREAD, Beatrice in MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, and the one woman show THE SYRINGA TREE. Slack has worked with various theaters throughout Colorado receiving awards and accolades for her work. 

Bios: Production Team

Caitlin Ayer, she/her (Scenic Design) designs sets & costumes for plays, tv/film, musicals, opera, and live events. Past shows at Curious include THE SECRETARY, GOOD PEOPLE, and TIME STANDS STILL. Recent theatre projects include art direction for Big Art Group/Teatro Nazionale at Arterminal Venice; residencies at New Georges, the Collapsable Hole, Spring/Break Art Show, and Target Margin with Lisa Clair Group (Production Designer); SOME LIKE IT HOT, AMERICAN BUFFALO, WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF? (Broadway, Asst Set Designer); UNTITLED B-52S WORKSHOP (Ideal Glass, Associate Set Designer); FEMININE OCTAGON (Rough Draft Festival, Set Designer); ID, PLEASE (Tête à Tête Festival London, Set Designer); OPACITY (Big Art Group @ Live Arts Bard Biennial, Set Designer); and 5 seasons in residence with the Colorado Shakespeare Festival. Recent Film/TV projects include Art Directing for EVIL (CBS) and UNCOUPLED (Netflix); and designing sets for EVIL, GODFATHER OF HARLEM, THE GOOD FIGHT (CBS), MANIFEST (NBC/Netflix), WEREWOLVES WITHIN (UbiSoft), and ONLY MURDERS IN THE BUILDING (Hulu). BFA Webster University // MFA Carnegie Mellon University. Member United Scenic Artists, Local 829.

Janice Benning Lacek, she/her (Costume Design) TRUTH BE TOLD marks Janice’s 22nd Curious production since 1999 – most recently THE LIFESPAN OF A FACT and THE SOUND INSIDE in 2021.  National credits: the west coast premiere of MARISOL, THE SWAN, WHAT THE BUTLER SAW (La Jolla Playhouse); SCAPIN (ACT); GOODNIGHT, DESDEMONA… (San Diego Rep); REVENGER’S TRAGEDY (Sledgehammer Theatre); PAIR OF THREES (Oregon Shakespeare Festival); CYMBELINE (Utah Shakespearean Festival); ALL’S WELL (Great River Shakespeare Festival); TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA, HENRY V, TEMPEST, MIDSUMMER, TWELFTH NIGHT (Tennessee Shakespeare Company) among others. Colorado audiences have seen her work in BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL, PLAZA SUITE (Arvada Center), CORIOLANUS, RICHARD II, 12TH NIGHT, AS YOU LIKE IT (CSF); FENCES (Lone Tree Arts Ctr)  MFA: UC San Diego.  She is a professor of costume design & technology at the University of Denver.

Colin D. Young, he/him (Lighting Design) Curious Theatre: GLORIA and THE SECRETARY.  BETC: MS. HOLMES & MS. WATSON, THE CHILDREN, 14 FUNERALS, BLOOMSDAY, PRIDE & PREJUDICE, and CURIOUS INCIDENT.  Off-Broadway – Public Theatre: DETROIT ’67; Signature Theatre: FRAGMENTS & TALKING PICTURES; Primary Stages: IN THE CONTINUUM; Classical Theatre of Harlem: NATIVE SON, MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM, THE BLACKS: A CLOWN SHOW, CRAZY LOCOMOTIVE, (Audelco Award); 59E59 Theatres: REARVIEWMIRROR, and WINDOWS; Reverie Productions: FATBOY, AMERICAN MA(U)L, MEPHISTO. Regional – Yale Rep, Woolly Mammoth, Kirk Douglas, Goodman, PTC, and Cincinnati Playhouse.  Events: WORLD SCIENCE FESTIVAL (2012-2019) and Climate Reality Project’s 24 HOURS OF REALITY broadcast (2011-2018); Education: MFA – Yale School of Drama; Founding Festival Tech Director: NY International Fringe Festival; Artistic Director: Co-founder of Reverie Productions (1998-2013), where he produced 18 New York, U.S., and World Premieres.

Jason Ducat, he/him (Sound Design & Original Music) has designed many shows at Curious including THE MINUTES, HEROES OF THE FOURTH TURNING, PASS OVER, GLORIA, THE HUMANS, YOUR BEST ONE, DETROIT ’67, APPROPRIATE, THE LUCKIEST PEOPLE, VENUS IN FUR, GOOD PEOPLE, THE BROTHERS SIZE, and MAPLE AND VINE. Jason worked as a Resident Sound Designer at Denver Center Theatre Company where he designed GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS, WHEN TANG MET LAIKA, THE HOUSE OF THE SPIRITS, LORD OF THE FLIES, SHADOWLANDS, RECKLESS, SUPERIOR DONUTS, HEARTBREAK HOUSE, and OTHELLO. Other designs include HENRY IV, THE TEMPEST, I HATE HAMLET, MACBETH and RICHARD II (Colorado Shakespeare Festival); MARAT/SADE, THE WINTER’S TALE (Purdue University); LAB COATS ON CLOUDS (Prague Quadrennial); HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH (Elemental Theatre Company); SIDEWAYS STORIES FROM WAYSIDE SCHOOL (Hope Summer Repertory Theatre); and TRIBULATION AND THE DEMOLITION SQUAD (Chicago Dance Crash). Jason received his MFA in Sound Design from Purdue University.

Krista Montoya, she/her (Props Design) is proud to be working on her second show with Curious Theatre Company! Previous credits include: Scenic Designer & Props Coordinator for THEATREWORKS Colorado Springs’ STEEL MAGNOLIAS; Properties Design for Phamaly Theatre Company’s SPRING AWAKENING, VOX VERGER, THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW, and ALICE IN WONDERLAND; Production Design for Local Theatre Company’s UNDONE: THE LADY M PROJECT; Properties Design for Curious Theatre Company’s ALMA; Properties Head for THE STOMP COMPANY TOUR; Associate Set Decorator with Walt Disney Imagineering, Property Shop Supervisor for the Colorado Shakespeare Festival (2015 & 2023), and Scenic Designer for Intimate Apparel at the University of Northern Colorado.

Rachel Ducat, she/her (Stage Manager) is excited to return to Curious for this production. Previously work includes over 10 seasons as a resident Stage Manager working on shows in all the DCPA Theatre Company spaces including the Galleria, and most recently Off Center’s production of Theater of the Mind. Other work includes Curious Theatre Company, Aurora Fox, Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Cleveland Playhouse, and Hope Summer Repertory Theatre, as well as touring shows Wicked, Jersey Boys, Beautiful the Carole King Musical and Dirty Dancing. She holds an MBA from University of Denver, a BA in Theatre Production from the University of Delaware and is currently an Executive Assistant and Business Manager for the DCPA Education and Community Engagement Team.

Harper Hadley, she/her (Assistant Stage Manager) credits include: AMERIKIN (Curious Theatre Company). LITTLE RED (Theater of The Mind) IN THE UPPER ROOM (Denver Center for the Performing Arts). KINKY BOOTS, FUN HOME, WHEN PIGS FLY, A VERY SORDID WEDDING (Uptown Players).

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