Curtain rises on live theater in town once again

Column by John Akal
Posted 7/14/21

“I’m back in the saddle again”. Those are the opening lyrics to not one, but two different songs of totally different styles from completely separate eras. The first one was an old cowboy song …

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Curtain rises on live theater in town once again

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“I’m back in the saddle again”. Those are the opening lyrics to not one, but two different songs of totally different styles from completely separate eras. The first one was an old cowboy song by Gene Autry from about 1941 and the second one was a screaming rock hit in 1977, the year I graduated from high school. You can probably guess which one comes to my mind when I hear those words.

It’s kind of become the key phrase for a lot of people in 2021. With so many things finally reopening, it’s a good thing to hear, especially for anything you used to like to do that you haven’t been able to for over a year.

One of those things here in Golden has been going to see a play or any kind of live theater. Our Miners Alley Playhouse has been posting virtual performances but this Friday night, July 16 will be the opening night for an actual live production of a very interesting play. With real people, sets, programs and everything! They’re back!

It’s an interesting play with an unusual tie to our area. It’s called The Treasurer. It was written by a Denver playwright Max Posner and takes place in Denver, but was premiered as an Off-Broadway production in New York City back in 2017. It became one of that years most critically acclaimed shows and Miners Alley will be presenting it here, a little closer to where it was conceived and the tale unfolds.

It centers around the story of Denver man known only as “The Son” on his wild bike ride to a very dark place. We’d all like to believe that when the time comes to step up and care for our aging parents, we’ll be up to the responsibility. But in his case his mother abandoned him when he was 13, and his inheritance now is the financial and emotional burden that comes with her return to his life. It is billed as a non-stop, darkly funny and sharply intimate story that explores the depths of a guilty conscience.

It’s directed by John Moore and features Augustus “Augie” Truhn, Billie McBride, Jasmine Jackson and Peter Trinh. OK, we have two guys named Truhn and Trinh. Yeah, that’s going to get confusing for someone. Reminds me of when I was in a band with two trumpet players whose last names were Reid and Reed.

Performances of The Treasurer will be on Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m. from July 16 through Aug. 7 with an added extra matinee performance on Sunday, July 25 at 2 p.m.

Now, here’s something interesting …ticket prices are $0-$100. That’s right, zero to one hundred. Basically they are implementing a Pay-It-Forward ticket pricing policy for this show. They know that some people are having financial difficulties while others are able to pay a little extra to support live theater and give folks the opportunity to attend a show they otherwise couldn’t afford. So, when you order your tickets, you pay however much you can and pay it forward a little if you are able to do so. I think that’s a pretty cool concept, don’t you?

Miners Alley Playhouse is located at 1224 Washington Avenue here in Golden with the entrance at the rear of the building on…You guessed it … Miners Alley. To order tickets or for more information just go to their website at www.minersalley.com. You are going to have to order your tickets on line or call them at (303) 935-3044 as the box office is currently closed to the public, at least for a little while longer. Check out their calendar for other events as well as educational programs and workshops that they offer for all ages.

It’s good to see our little Miners Alley Theater back in the saddle again. They have all worked so hard for many years to present an outstanding live theater experience to Golden and they have been missed.

John Akal is a well-known jazz artist/drummer and leader of the 20-piece Ultraphonic Jazz Orchestra. He also is president of John Akal Imaging, professional commercial photography and multi-media production. He can be reached at jaimaging@aol.com
 

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