June 9, 2023


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Theatre Aspen announces 40th anniversary summer programming

Just one black-and-white unfavorable of development of the Aspen Group Artwork Park, Could 1989. There are four unknown folks constructing an arch produced of Aspen trees. Smuggler Mountain is in the qualifications. There is also a tent in the track record it is a 2nd hand circus tent that Kent Reed (founder of Aspen Theatre in the Park) acquired for summer time theater productions. This was the beginning of Aspen Theatre in the Park, now regarded as Theatre Aspen.
Aspen Historical Society/Durrance Collection

You know summer time is just all-around the corner when Theatre Aspen releases their comprehensive-year programming, which they did this week.

To mark their 40th anniversary of bringing live theater to Aspen and encompassing communities, summer time pursuits will involve the Ruby Anniversary Summer Gala, a Local community Cabaret celebration with customers of Roaring Fork Valley expertise, a unique functionality of “The Guys” in remembrance of Sept. 11, and more.

“Our to start with aim was to return to a 3-engage in period in honor of the 40th Anniversary,” stated Theatre Aspen’s generating director, Jed Bernstein. “‘Doubt’ is an interesting selection not only due to the fact it is a critically-lauded engage in, but actually engages the viewers with its ‘did he or didn’t he’ plot. Based on the achievements of Jersey Boys, ‘Beautiful’ is a all-natural observe up. Wonderful rating and fantastic story. ‘Rent’ was published when Theatre Aspen was only 10 or 12 many years aged. Theatre Aspen was just commencing to do musicals at that time, and ‘Rent’ is surely an legendary illustration from that era.”

A person black-and-white damaging of two volunteers resting during the construction of the Aspen Group Art Park in May 1989. This was the starting of Aspen Theatre in the Park, now regarded as Theatre Aspen. The first Theatre Aspen tent is in the background, behind a small system of water.
Aspen Historical Culture, Durrance Assortment

Along with their beforehand introduced summer season mainstage programming of the Tony Award-profitable musical “Beautiful — The Carole King Musical,” (June 22-July 8) Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Tony Award for Most effective Play winner “Doubt, A Parable,” (July 14-29) and Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Tony Award for Finest Musical winner “Rent,” (Aug 4-26) — Theatre Aspen will current the Summer months Cabaret Series at Resort Jerome (July 2, Aug. 6 and 13), the fourth annual Solo Flights Pageant (Sept. 7-14), a co-output of Terrence McNally’s learn class with the Aspen Songs Festival and University (July 9 and 10).

Theatre Aspen’s 40th Anniversary celebration pursuits will involve the adhering to:

May possibly 16:
Theatre Aspen unveils its 40th Anniversary display screen in the lobby of the Hurst Theatre, a showcase of memorabilia spanning 4 decades. The selection of photos, posters, and more, detailing Theatre Aspen’s record was arranged to rejoice this milestone occasion. Single tickets revenue will commence that day at the box workplace.


Theater Aspen launches an anniversary online video sequence compiled of interviews with the group of men and women who aided Theatre Aspen become what it is today. The video clips will launch periodically around the summer time on social media and on Theatre Aspen’s site. The videos will be a celebration of Theatre Aspen’s earlier, present, and upcoming.

July 30:

Theatre Aspen’s Ruby Anniversary Summertime Gala.


Anniversary Cabaret on Sept. 6 will rejoice the quite a few performers in the local community who have carried out at Theatre Aspen during the a long time.

Closing out the 40th Anniversary on Sept. 10 and 11 will be a unique overall performance of “The Men,” by Anne Nelson, in conjunction with the Aspen Fire Department’s annual Day of Remembrance for the Sept. 11 assaults. Proceeds from the generation will help Theatre Aspen education systems and Aspen Fireplace Department’s charity of choice.

Local season passes go on sale April 5 at theatreaspen.org, followed by single tickets for the mainstage productions on Might 16 at the Hurst Theatre Box.

For a lot more facts about Theatre Aspen’s 40th anniversary situations and functions, go to TheatreAspen.org.

1 black-and-white damaging of volunteers during the closing celebratory levels of the construction of the Aspen Group Artwork Park in May perhaps 1989. This was the beginning of Aspen Theatre in the Park, now recognized as Theatre Aspen. There is an outdated pickup truck on the ideal aspect. The 1st Theatre Aspen tent is in the track record. Guiding a grove of cottonwood trees, Aspen Mountain is barely seen on the still left, with Shadow Mountain in the background on the appropriate.
Aspen Historic Culture, Durrance Collection