Arts & entertainment

Miners Alley goes for bold in 2018 season

Six-show season features two regional premieres

Posted 8/8/17

Audiences at Miners Alley Playhouse should be ready for something new in 2018, with the recent announcement of its season for next year.

The six-show season features two regional premieres, including a production in which the theater is working …

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Arts & entertainment

Miners Alley goes for bold in 2018 season

Six-show season features two regional premieres

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Audiences at Miners Alley Playhouse should be ready for something new in 2018, with the recent announcement of its season for next year.

The six-show season features two regional premieres, including a production in which the theater is working directly with the playwright to bring to Golden.

“It’s very exciting when we get to do new works like this,” said Len Matheo, executive and artistic director with Miners Alley, 1224 Washington Ave. “We want this to be a fun season, so we decided to make that our theme. Every show we’re doing this year is a comedy on some level.”

The season kicks off at the end of January with “Fun Home,” which won best musical at the Tony Awards in 2015 and was produced at the Denver Center for Performing Arts in January of this year.

“What a well-crafted piece of storytelling and music this show is, and I’m so thrilled we’re opening the season with it,” said Mitch Samu, who directs all the musicals at Miners Alley. “I’ve done more than 500 shows in my career, so the thought of getting to do a truly contemporary piece like this is so refreshing.”

The musical follows Alison, a graphic novelist, as she comes to grips with her unconventional childhood and being raised in a funeral home. The show checks in on Alison at several ages, as she comes to grips with her family, sexuality and death.

“It’s kind of a docu-musical, because you get to see all this love and tragedy happen right before your eyes,” Samu said. “When the show is over, you’re going to say, ‘I want more.’ “

The second show of 2018 is Alfred Hitchcock’s classic murder mystery, “The 39 Steps,” followed by the regional premiere of “District Merchants” by Aaron Posner, which runs from May to June.

“We’re working directly with Posner to put on this show, which is going to be really cool,” Matheo said. “Our job is to present new and different plays to the audience, and that will definitely be the case with this show.”

“Lend Me A Tenor,” winner of three Tony Awards, takes the stage from July to August, and Miners Alley’s autumn show is the regional premiere of “Lungs,” by Duncan Macmillan.

The theater sticks with tradition for its final show of the year, with a hilarious adaptation of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.”

All of this reflects one of Matheo’s key approaches to theater — find a great script and the rest will follow.

“If you have a great play, then you’re able to get a great director to helm it, and then you’re on your way,” he said. “We’re getting more and more noticed in the theater community, and seasons like this can really put us on the map.”

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