The Vintage Theatre troupe is less than a week away from kicking off one of the final shows of its current season, but administrators are keeping focus on the company’s long-term future.
On Sept. 7, the stage adaptation of John Irving’s “The Cider House Rules” will kick off in the new black box space, a 70-seat theater built in a former studio at the former Shadow Theatre space at 1468 Dayton St. The show, which tracks the progress of characters over six decades, will run in two parts, an ambitious move that echoes the theater’s approach when they mounted “Angels in America” at their former theater in Denver.
The challenge of pulling off two distinct parts of a single story hasn’t distracted Vintage Artistic Director Craig Bond from the coming season. Bond says that the theater still needs to secure certain titles in the upcoming season, but he did reveal a couple of intriguing titles for the 2012-13 cycle. The next show in the small theater will be Jack Holme’s “RFK” a theatrical biography of Robert F. Kennedy,” with the musical comedy “City of Angels” by Cy Coleman, David Zippel and Larry Gelbartto to follow in the theater’s main auditorium, a space that boasts more than 150 seats.
“I think that we’re about to turn the corner in our programming elements. I’m thrilled about the possibilities,” Bond said, adding that a classic film series may be added to the program for the coming year. “I think that you have to be creative with the programming in such a way that you will constantly be busy. I’m really looking forward to 2013 because I finally get to program the space.”
The coming season is also set to include input from guest companies. Bond’s already confirmed that Theatre Esprit Asia, an Asian-American troupe formed by actors from the Vintage’s production of “The Joy Luck Club,” will stage three productions in 2013. “Sworded Tails and Spirit Treks,” “Dust Storm” and “99 Histories” will all be part of the inaugural season by the company created by actresses Tria Xiong and Maria Cheng.
What’s more, the Aurora theater will host shows by the Rocky Mountain Deaf Theatre, a troupe directed by Nicki Runge. Runge starred in the Community College of Aurora’s 2010 production of “Romeo and Juliet,” a staging that translated Shakespeare’s lines into American Sign Language and converted the imagery, characters and metaphors into hand gestures.
The RMDT will stage a production of “Some Girls” in October, followed by “Eight Reindeer” in December and “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” next year.
More details regarding the upcoming season and the imminent production of “Cider House Rules” to come in the Sentinel’s fall theater preview slated for our Sept. 6 issue.