Square Top Repertory Theatre brings new work to Pagosa

There are exciting things going on at Square Top Repertory Theatre, and you should be a part of it.

At the core of the STRT’s mission is a strong dedication to creating new and enduring performances for the live stage. Each season, the company stages a world premier production.

In 2007, Shane Fuller’s “$100 Gummi Bears” provoked audiences with a touching coming of age story.

In 2008, the STRT original adaptation of Cervantes’ “Don Quixote” had audiences roaring with laughter as the world of the knight errant met the modern office cubicle.

This spring, Square Top reaffirms its commitment to playwrights with the New Works Festival, March 15-21, 2009.

Three nationally-known, working playwrights have been selected from the extensive stack of entries to spend a full week here in Pagosa Springs working with a director and a cast of actors to hone and finalize their scripts. The week will culminate in a weekend of staged reading premier performances. Each evening, Thursday through Saturday, March 19-21, local arts enthusiasts will see a new play, and audiences are encouraged to participate in the process during discussions with the playwrights following each performance.

“It’s all a part of the process,” says STRT Producer Charlie Pepiton. “It takes a lot of time to get a script ready for performance. What better place is there to work and be inspired than Pagosa? The New Works Festival is all about collaboratively nurturing the work and giving playwrights the space to create. The audience is a huge part of that process. None of these plays have ever been staged. It’s truly a unique experience, especially in this part of the country.”

On Thursday, March 19, come see Mississippi playwright Joseph Frost’s heartwarming and startling Irish drama “Anathema.”

On Friday night, March 20, STRT stages Illinois playwright Joan Dunayer’s thought provoking comedic drama “Seeking Flight.”

Finally, on Saturday evening, March 21, New York playwright John Philpit’s suspenseful thriller “Contrapositive” will have you talking and debating for sure.

All shows begin at 7 P.M. at the performance space in the Pagosa Springs Community Center on Hot Springs Boulevard, and are rated PG, PG-13. Parents are encouraged to call for details.

Tickets are $5 each or $12.50 for a weekend pass. For more information visit www.squaretoptheatre.com or call 264-0264.

Don’t miss your chance to be a part of creating new work right here in Pagosa Springs. Mark your calendars now.