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About This Beautiful City
The award-winning* documentary-musical by acclaimed New York investigative theatre troupe The Civilians, This Beautiful City investigates the growth of the evangelical movement in Colorado Springs.
While The Civilians were conducting interviews with people involved with or affected by the mega-church movement and the battle raging over gay marriage, the scandal broke about New Life Church pastor Ted Haggard, which shook the entire city of Colorado Springs, providing the play's creators with an unprecedented opportunity to capture an important event as it was taking place, and providing the people of Colorado Springs with the opportunity to express their opinions and concerns as those events unfolded. This Beautiful City is a fascinating and timely look at faith and how it affects the American landscape.
"To non-believers, the evangelical movement can look like a loud, friendly party whose invitation we’ve politely declined, but whose windows sooner or later we can’t help peeking into....The Wilbury Group is staging a well-tempered production of This Beautiful City, a fascinating, and scandalous, example of the phenomenon." -The Providence Phoenix
"A blazing production directed with intricate precision...This Beautiful City is certainly a worthwhile experience."
"A sparkling ensemble of some of the area's best working actors." -Broadway World
*Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Musical
Drama League Award for Distinguished Production of a Musical
CAST & CREW
THIS BEAUTIFUL CITY
Written by Steven Cosson and Jim Lewis from interviews by The Civilians,
music and lyrics by Michael Friedman
Directed by Josh Short
Music Direction by Brien Lang & Milly Romanzi
Katryne Hecht, Scenic Design
Adam O'Brien & Mike Commendatore, Video/Projection Design
Sylvi Re, Costume Design
Gerritt Turner, Light Design
Seth Finkle, Stage Manager
Assistant Director, Kate Kataja; Production Manager, Seth Finkle; Movement & Ensemble Work by Kali Quinn Dramaturge, Chantel Ramos; Production Photography, Nile Hawver
Thursday, Sept 18 7:30pm preview
Friday, Sept 19 7:30pm preview
Saturday, Sept 20 7:30pm preview
Sunday, Sept 21 7:30pm PWYC
Monday, Sept 22 7:30pm press/opening
Thursday, Sept 25 7:30pm
Friday, Sept 26 7:30pm
Saturday, Sept 27 7:30pm
Sunday, Sept 28 2:00pm
Thursday, October 2 7:30pm
Friday, October 3 7:30pm
Saturday, October 4 7:30pm
Sunday, October 5 2:00pm
Thursday, October 9 7:30pm
Friday, October 10 7:30pm
Saturday, October 11 7:30pm
POST-SHOW TALKBACKS TBD
interested? JOIN US FOR OUR TALKBACK SERIES!
Completely free and always open to the public, join us for talkbacks around the themes and topics explored in THIS BEAUTIFUL CITY, immediately following Thursday evening performances.
Thursday, September 25th
Coming Into Their Own
Alex Ezra Glez, grew up in South America in a non religious family, until a single event changed everything and he began his journey towards a religious life. Marty Finkle was married with 2 daughters. Years later, he felt comfortable enough to tell his wife, kids and family that he was gay. Since then,Marty has been working to get New Jersey to legalize Gay Marriage. He and his partner, Mike Plake were the first couple to have a legal union in New Jersey. Come and hear these engaging stories of those who've seen the effects of organized religion, good and bad, on their own lives.
Thursday, October 2nd
Meet the Creator: A Visit from The Civilians!
Join us for an intimate Q &A with Alison Weller from the New York theatre troupe responsible for the development of This Beautiful City, The Civilians. Alison was one of the interviewers who spent 10 weeks in Colorado Springs talking to the members of New Life Church and everyone else represented in the play. Come hear what it was like to be accepted by everyone and first hand how the Ted Haggard scandal effected the people of Colorado Springs.
Thursday, October 9th
The American Evangelical Movement
What is this "Evangelical movement" thing anyway? Daniel Vaca, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Brown University has an expertise on the Evangelical movement and will enlighten us on this topic. He'll be joined by Pastor Todd Murphy, a self-described Evangelical and a pastor with Providence's Sacred Journey Church to discuss with audiences how religion shapes our lives in today's society.
For more information on our talkback series, contact Education Director Seth Finkle at (401) 400-7100 x3, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
BEHIND THE SCENES: THIS BEAUTIFUL CITY IN REHEARSAL