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Merely Players stages tragicomedy online

“We are theater makers not filmmakers. So, the challenge has been to find a way to present a play that reflects that,” said Merely Players Director Mona Wood-Patterson. “I chose Will Eno’s ‘WAKEY,...

DATE: Oct. 15, 2020 | CATEGORY: Performing Arts

Wave of ‘Nutcracker’ cancellations hits dance companies hard

COLUMBUS, Ohio – For many, it’s not Christmas without the dance of Clara, Uncle Drosselmeyer, the Sugar Plum Fairy, the Mouse King and, of course, the Nutcracker Prince. But this year, the...

DATE: Oct. 13, 2020 | CATEGORY: Performing Arts

Spend a night at the opera: The MET makes it easy online

Will the biggest of all art forms, grand opera, survive the pandemic? Will die-hard Durango fans ever gather again Saturday mornings at Fort Lewis College for The MET Live in HD? Who knows? As of...

DATE: Oct. 2, 2020 | CATEGORY: Performing Arts

Much ado at Jenkins Ranch Park

Merely Players is at it again. Our evergreen local theater company has found yet another new location in which to perform – Jenkins Ranch Park. From Sept. 24 to 27, the players will refresh a...

DATE: Sept. 19, 2020 | CATEGORY: Performing Arts

Nigerian boy gains fame after dance video goes viral

LAGOS, Nigeria – When Anthony Mmesoma Madu was videoed practicing ballet barefoot in the drizzling rain in Nigeria earlier this year, the 11-year-old thought the footage would be used for a common...

DATE: Aug. 25, 2020 | CATEGORY: Performing Arts

World-class hoop dancer Nakotah LaRance dies

Champion hoop dancer Nakotah LaRance, who traveled the world performing with Cirque du Soleil then returned to New Mexico to coach youth dancers, has died at age 30. LaRance, who was Tewa, Hopi,...

DATE: July 14, 2020 | CATEGORY: Performing Arts

Merely Players and The Silverton Mine go online

Here are eight reasons to catch Merely Players’ “Zoom Alice: A Wonderland Adventure for a Topsy Turvy World” before it disappears online by the end of Saturday, June 20. 1. A tight, contemporary...

DATE: June 18, 2020 | CATEGORY: Performing Arts

Second City CEO steps down amid claims of racism at theater

LOS ANGELES – Andrew Alexander, CEO and co-owner of famed The Second City improv theater, said he is stepping down after a former performer leveled accusations of racism against the comedy...

DATE: June 6, 2020 | CATEGORY: Performing Arts

In a topsy-turvy world: Merely Players offers a timely ‘Alice’

“We can wait to go back to an uncertain ‘normal’ or we can work with what is,” Mona Wood-Patterson said in a recent interview. Co-founder and artistic director of Merely Players, Wood-Patterson...

DATE: June 5, 2020 | CATEGORY: Performing Arts

Larry Kramer, playwright and AIDS activist, dies at 84

NEW YORK – Larry Kramer, the playwright whose angry voice and pen raised theatergoers’ consciousness about AIDS and roused thousands to militant protests in the early years of the epidemic, has...

DATE: May 27, 2020 | CATEGORY: Performing Arts

‘The Blacksmith’ opera rescheduled for October

After being canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic, the long-awaited Blacksmith Opera has been rescheduled for October. “The Blacksmith” is a two-act French comic opera that has been updated...

DATE: May 16, 2020 | CATEGORY: Performing Arts

‘Frozen’ musical on Broadway not to reopen

NEW YORK – The big budget musical “Frozen” will not reopen when Broadway theaters restart, marking the first time an established show has been felled by the coronavirus pandemic. Until now, only...

DATE: May 14, 2020 | CATEGORY: Performing Arts

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