In a “nice” park, on a “nice” street, two “nice” New England couples try very, very hard to be “nice” to each other, as the crippling Global Financial Crisis gallops into town. Amelia Roper's She Rode Horses Like the Stock Exchange is an absurdly funny, poignant, and terrifying look at American privilege. Sit back, relax, and enjoy some foie gras! IT'S A BEAUTIFUL DAY.
“Incisively funny...Roper develops her story with engaging hints and small revelations beneath deceptively aimless, uncomfortable exchanges…she does so with a cutting wit and dramatic originality...” — Rob Hurwitt, San Francisco Chronicle
“…what’s sly about Roper’s script is the way she conveys a sense of absurdism – on the spectrum from Beckett to Will Eno – and high comedy for a situation that turns out not to be absurd or all that funny. Except it is.” — Chad Jones, Theater Dogs
She Rode Horses Like the Stock Exchange by Amelia Roper
directed by Niki Tulk
featuring Emily K. Harrison, Andrew Horsford, Jihad Milhem, and Michelle Moore
April 20 - May 13, 2017 in the Carsen Theater @ The Dairy Arts Center
presented in repertory with Goddess Here Productions' The Testament of Mary, by Colm Toibin; dates and times vary
Tickets available NOW
$24 general admission | $15 students | $18 seniors
*2-for-1 tickets (general admission)!
ALL SEATS $15 on 5/1!
8 p.m., 4/20*
7:30 p.m., 4/21*, 4/22, 4/28, 5/1, 5/3*, 5/4*, 5/6, 5/11, 5/13
4 p.m., 4/29*
6 p.m., 5/7
"This one-act comedy is an exercise in absurdity, and considering the subject matter, the form is entirely appropriate. A decade after the crisis, the crookedness behind the financial implosion still feel cartoonish and unreal. square product theatre's careful take on Roper's material, however, shows that the attitudes behind the crimes don't seem all that far removed. We're still living in a society where greed is the norm, and this show brings that reality home with laughs and ridiculousness. It's a bit terrifying."
Read Adam Goldstein's full review in The Daily Camera
"What happens in this ninety-minute play is primarily talk — precise and specific, absurdist, occasionally tantalizingly evocative, occasionally a cover for things unsaid...a smart, funny and entertaining production."
Read Juliet Wittman's full review in Westword
About our panelists:
The Box Marked Black, written & performed by Damaris Webb, directed by Debra Disbrow with dramaturgy by Ashley Hughes
What does it mean to be black?
Is it the shade of your skin? The kink of your hair? Is it learned...
What is its language, both in the body and on the tongue?
About the artist:
Damaris Webb is a performer, theater maker and teaching artist, based in Portland, Oregon. Webb’s work lives in the intersection of contemplative dance, improvisational performance art, and contemporary theater, and is often seen in non-traditional performance venues such as late night parties, warehouses and church basements. Her work is sometimes epic and may involve zombies or superheroes or sock puppets. As a director and producer, Webb is concerned with inspiring and supporting others to engage in conversation to articulate a vision of the world they want to live in, and to take community action in making it manifest.
Damaris recently returned home to her native Portland after 26 years of making and producing work in New York City. In Portland, Webb serves as the co-founder and director of Portland’s The Vanport Mosaic, a collective of artists, storytellers, educators and media makers seeking to engage the public in remembering the silenced histories of the Pacific Northwest.
Formerly the Artist Director of NY’s The Tennessee Project, Webb was responsible for more than 10 seasons of original and pre-scripted works exploring everything from Shakespeare to comic book superheroes. Webb was also responsible for the longest running Zombie Walk in NYC, co-founded Portland’s Solstice Starlight Parade (a grassroots parade happening), and often performed around NYC with The Modern Dance Awareness Society. Damaris served as a coach for PlayWrite Inc. and The August Wilson Monologue Competition, as well as a master teaching artist with NY based Enact.
Webb holds an MFA in Theatre: Contemporary Performance from Naropa University and a BFA in Acting from New York University’s Experimental Theatre Wing.
About our panelists:
The Box Marked Black "Reading LisT"
This season, we're creating a "Reading List" for each play we're producing. These lists will provide our audience with suggested materials that are thematically tied to each particular play we've chosen to produce this season, and will include materials in a variety of mediums, such as books, films, albums, articles, and podcasts. Our list for The Box Marked Black: Tales from a Halfrican American, Growing up Mulatto (with Sock Puppets!) was created in collaboration with the creator/performer, Damaris Webb.
LIST available for Download here.
SPECIAL EVENT: BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!
Last Season's hit is BACK, for ONE WEEKEND ONLY!
Twelve legs and a cactus living next door to each other in a crevice of the coastline (or perhaps: the Grand Canyon) eat, sleep, and work at regular intervals (or at least: they try). Two neighbors who barely know each other shift their gaze back and forth from the opening of a cozy desert cave to the unknown wilds of the unpredictable seas (or perhaps: it’s just a sheer drop into the nothingness). They are trying to be decisive. They are trying to figure it out. They ask each other: what does any of it mean?
8 p.m., Thursday-Saturday, October 6-8, 2016
717 Lipan St., Denver, Colo
square product theatre, in collaboration with the Theatre & Dance Department at the University of Colorado Boulder, presents 44 Plays for 44 Presidents by Andy Bayiates, Sean Benjamin, Genevra Gallo-Bayiates, Chloe Johnston, and Karen Weinberg, directed by Emily K. Harrison
Our 2012 hit is BACK, this time with an all-student cast!
The Neofuturists' 44 Plays for 44 Presidents tells the story of the United States through a series of two-minute scenes dedicated to each American President. Time travel through the dramatic ups and downs of US history, from its idealistic beginnings under the leadership of George Washington, to the grim onset of the Civil War, to the polarized politics of the 21st Century. This entertaining yet thought-provoking production explores the human fallibility of each of our 44 leaders and investigates the populace's role in shaping history.
7:30 p.m., September 23-24 and September 28-October 1; 2 p.m., September 25 & October 2
The University Theatre at the University of Colorado, Boulder | directions and parking
Sunday, September 25th:
square product theatre will host a talkback immediately following the 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, September 25th. The discussion, co-hosted by the Boulder branch of SURJ (Showing up for Racial Justice), will focus specifically on where we see historical racism reflected in the play and how our Nation's racist roots affect today's political process. By understanding and acknowledging the impact of our collective history, we can take steps towards dismantling systems of inequality and oppression - together. FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
Monday, September 26th:
We're hosting a Presidential Debate Watch Party for the first debate of the 2016 Presidential Election! Join us at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, September 26th at the Lazy Dog Sports Bar & Grill on the corner of Pearl & 14th in downtown Boulder for food, drink, and possibility of heated discussion!
44 plays for 44 presidents "Reading LisT"
This season, we're creating a "Reading List" for each play we're producing. These lists will provide our audience with suggested materials that are thematically tied to each particular play we've chosen to produce this season, and will include materials in a variety of mediums, such as books, films, albums, articles, and podcasts. Our list for 44 Plays for 44 Presidents was created in collaboration with our friends at the Boulder Branch of SURJ (Showing up for Racial Justice).