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Champagne Opening: ‘Brilliant Traces’

On Friday, May 13, the Thingamajig Theatre Company premieres it’s production of “Brilliant Traces,” starring Tim and Laura Moore at the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts Black Box Theatre.

Starting at 6 p.m., the gallery opens and patrons can view art from the show, “Rustic,” which reflects themes from the evening’s play.

Tickets to this event include a glass of champagne (or available beverage or your choice) and light hors d’oeuvres prior to the performance. The show begins promptly at 7 and runs approximately 80 minutes.

The play begins in a remote cabin in the wilds of Alaska. As a blizzard rages outside a lonely figure, Henry Harry, lies sleeping under a heap of blankets. Suddenly he is awakened by the insistent knocking of an unexpected visitor — who turns out to be Rosannah DeLuce, a distraught young woman who has fled all the way from home to escape her impending marriage, and who bursts into the cabin dressed in full bridal regalia. Exhausted, she throws herself on Henry’s mercy, but after sleeping for two days straight her vigor — and combativeness — return. Both characters, it develops, have been wounded and embittered by life, and both are refugees from so-called civilization. Thrown together in the confines of the snowbound cabin they alternately repel and attract each other as, in theatrically vivid exchanges, they explore the pain of the past and, in time, consider the possibilities of the present. In the end their very isolation proves to be the catalyst that allows them to break through the web of old griefs and bitter feelings that beset them both and to reach out for the solace and sanctuary which only hard-won understanding, self-awareness and compassion for the plight of others can bestow.

Performances continue Saturday, May 14-29 at 7 p.m. and 2 p.m. Sundays. Champagne Opening tickets are priced at $25. Tickets for all other dates are $15. Tickets for all events can be found at www.pagosacenter.org or by phone at 731-SHOW.

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