FLC, Arts Center stage contemporary plays

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FLC, Arts Center stage contemporary plays

Pulitzer Prize drama at the college and 10-minute winners at DAC
The cast of “The Flick” rehearses at Fort Lewis College this week. The play will open at 7:30 tonight.
The skinny on grand opera for the Met’s HD opening

Wagner’s gargantuan opera, “Tristan und Isolde,” runs a bit over five hours. Once you’ve seen it, you’ll be exhausted, but you can brag about it.
“Tristan und Isolde” is sung in German, but like all the MET Live in HD programs, it will have English subtitles. We’ll need them as the story is a bit convoluted, featuring a love triangle, star-crossed lovers, a king who waits, a sea voyage, a poison potion – or is it a love potion? – and a tragic ending. What does one to do with passion?
The story is as old as ancient stone circles. Isolde is an Irish princess en route to marry a Cornish king. On board the ship, Tristan, the king’s nephew who is bringing her hither, captures her eye and heart. Like Lancelot and Guinevere or Romeo and Juliet and the many stories of doomed love that followed this early tale of doomed passion, there are few ways out.
The great German opera composer Richard Wagner re-created the tragic story with fathoms of music to stir the soul. The Met’s new production updates the tale with a film noirish set, costumes and atmosphere. The Polish wunderkind film director Mariusz Trelinski applies a contemporary style that’s been referred to as audacious and thrilling. It opened in New York this week after openings with co-producers in Baden-Baden and Warsaw. If you saw the Met’s production of “Bluebeard’s Castle” last season, you know what’s meant by the film-noirish quality of Trelinski’s productions – dark, abstract and contemporary with a high shiver factor.
The production stars Swedish soprano Nina Stemme. She is generally regarded as the world’s leading Wagnerian singer today. She’s joined by heldentenor Stuart Skelton as Tristan and the great bass Rene Pape as King Marke.
Because of Durango’s popular response over the past few years, the ticket prices have been reduced – somewhat. Season tickets for 10 operas are $180. Individual tickets run from $23 down to another innovation, $5 for Fort Lewis College students with ID.
You can thank Charles Leslie, director of the Community Concert Hall. Leslie arranged all that by just asking.
“It turned out to be easier than I thought,” he said in an interview last week. “Since we screen the MET on a campus, not in a commercial movie theater, the Met agreed to the low student prices. It’s a big opportunity for FLC students.”
“Tristan und Isolde” runs five hours, starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, with two 30-minute intermissions. Bring a pillow, a snack, a thermos, a blanket or wrap, and camp out in the Vallecito Room in the Student Union at FLC. It will be worth it.
Judith Reynolds

If you go

What: “The Flick,” a play by Annie Baker, directed by Theresa Carson.


When: 7:30 p.m. today (Friday), Saturday and Sunday; Oct. 12,13,14 and 15; 2 p.m. Sunday and Oct. 16.


Where: Fort Lewis College Mainstage.


How Much: Adults $15, limit two applied to most reservations; seniors $10; FLC faculty and staff $10; FLC students $5; children $5.


More information: www.durangoconcerts.com, 247-7657 or 247-7089.


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What: Sixth Annual 10-minute Play Festival.


When: 7:30 p.m. today (Friday) and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday.


Where: Durango Arts Center, 802 East Second Ave.


How much: Tickets are $10 for DAC members, $12 general admission.


More information: www.durangoarts.org, 259-2606.

FLC, Arts Center stage contemporary plays

The cast of “The Flick” rehearses at Fort Lewis College this week. The play will open at 7:30 tonight.
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