Durango PlayFest is newest addition to region’s staged-reading circuit

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Durango PlayFest is newest addition to region’s staged-reading circuit

National and local actors will read plays, keeping alive 50-year tradition
Actors Caitlin Wise, left, and Portland Thomas read in a previous Headwaters Festival in Creede.
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Durango PlayFest’s origins

“Durango PlayFest is a project of Durango STEAM Park,” said Festival Advisory Board Chairwoman Christina Erteszek. “The Advisory Board is made up of STEAM Park supporters who work to enhance the cultural life of Durango and eventually create ‘a place for events like PlayFest.’”
The PlayFest mission is to attract nationally known artists to Durango, empower them to develop new plays and also engage the community in a forum, she said.
Erteszek, Fritz Geisler, Terry Bacon and others conceived of PlayFest out of earlier efforts that brought Equity Actors Dan Lauria and Wendie Malick to town, Erteszek said. It started in 2002 when the local group produced “The Guys,” a two-person show about the Sept. 11 firefighters.
“It was a huge success, and we brought Dan and Wendie back for a repeat performance,” Erteszek said. “Last year, they performed A.R. Gurney’s ‘Love Letters.’ Dan was just in awe of Durango. He looked at the river, the mountains, and the cultural life in the community and said to us: ‘This is a perfect place for writers and actors to work on new plays.’”
Lauria kept bringing up the idea, Erteszek said, until the STEAM group finally acted on it to create PlayFest 2018.

If you go

WHAT: Durango PlayFest.

When: Aug. 6-11.

Where: Various venues around downtown Durango.

More information: For tickets, schedule and more information, visit www.durangoplayfest.org.

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What: Headwaters New Play Festival, seventh season, Creede Repertory Theatre.

When: Aug. 24 and 25,

Where: Ruth Humphreys Brown Theatre, 120 S. Main St., Creede.

Tickets: $35 adult, $20 students, $11 children ages 4 to 11. Available online at https://bit.ly/2LHC0SZ.

More information: Visit www.creederep.org.

Durango PlayFest is newest addition to region’s staged-reading circuit

Actors Caitlin Wise, left, and Portland Thomas read in a previous Headwaters Festival in Creede.
Meyer
Malick
Lauria
Farrell
Spencer
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