A funny, frightening and surreal allegory about childhood trauma, House of Gold explores American dreams of "whiteness," patriarchal failures, and the cannibalistic nature of celebrity: all through the eyes of JonBenét Ramsey.
A lost little girl is brought back to a house, very much like the one she grew up in, by a strange Man and Woman, who have recently lost (or misplaced) their own child. While negotiating with the bizarre characters that inhabit this home, she befriends a surly, lonely neighborhood boy. The children form an awkward friendship, in an attempt to survive the increasingly menacing forces threatening them from inside their own homes.
House of Gold, by Gregory S. Moss
directed by Gleason Bauer
movement choreographed by Laura Ann Samuelson
featuring: Alexis Cooley, Jacob Dorr, Emily K. Harrison, Andrew Horsford, Moses Hunter,
Michelle Moore, Mark Rudolph, Andy Seracuse, & Jesse Wardak
with a live sound score performed by Todd Bilsborough
JULY 27 - AUGUST 12 in the ATLAS Black Box Theater in the Roser ATLAS Center on the University of Colorado Boulder campus
1125 18th St., Boulder, Colorado
for directions and parking information, click HERE.
7:30 p.m., Thursday, July 27
7:30 p.m., Friday, July 28
7:30 p.m., Saturday, July 29
7:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 3
7:30 p.m., Friday, Aug. 4
7:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 5
6:00 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 6
7:30 p.m., Monday, Aug. 7
7:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 10
7:30 p.m., Friday, Aug. 11
7:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 12
$22 general admission
2-for-1 tickets July 27, July 28, Aug. 3 & Aug. 10
ALL SEATS $15 Aug. 7
"...there is enough thoughtful commentary here to elevate the proceedings, enough intriguing experimental devices (including live video projections) to make for a compelling production...The 90-minute one-act play is a surreal ride that’s surprisingly effective and even profound at times, finding more in the story than mere titillation." - Joanne Ostrow, The Denver Post
"[House of Gold] is successful in harnessing its brutality to invite introspection. It raises themes about whiteness, sexual fantasy and the quest for immortality. But most disturbing is the way it challenges the innocent nobility of what it means to rear children in America." - Sarah Haas, Boulder Weekly
"As an impressionistic exploration of evil, a take on the sheer horror of JonBenét’s murder, House of Gold is absorbing and effective" - Juliet Wittman, Westword
"On the whole, the effect is surreal and dreamlike — it helps remove the action from the real-life facts of the Ramsey case and place it in an allegorical framework. Bauer directs a skilled ensemble, actors that approach their roles with nuance and sensitivity." - Adam Goldstein, The Daily Camera
Boulder, JonBenet, & the Media: A Community Conversation
Saturday, July 29th
In a talkback immediately following the performance, the cast and creative team is joined by Clay Evans, in a discussion of the play as well as the role the media played in the JonBenet Ramsey case, and how that continues to affect our community
Clay Bonnyman Evans was raised in Boulder, Colo. In the midst of his checkered college career, he worked as a cowboy on ranches around the West for seven years. After being broken while breaking a colt, he went back to his first love: journalism. He worked for such publications as the Los Angeles Times, Orange County Register and Daily Camera (Boulder, Colo.) — where he was one of just two journalists chosen to interview the parents of JonBenet Ramsey after her murder in 1996 — before becoming a freelance writer and PR specialist. He has published three books, and a fourth, "Bones of My Grandfather: Reclaiming a Lost Hero of WWII," will be published by Skyhorse Publishing in 2018.
Art or Exploitation: A Community Conversation
Friday, August 4th
When the stories or fragments of stories of real people appear in works of art, is it exploitative? Are there rules for explorations of culture, society, and politics when real, flesh and blood people have suffered? What and where is the line, and when is it appropriate or necessary to cross that line? Let's talk about it. Together.
Please join us immediately following the Friday, August 4th performance of House of Gold, where we'll be joined by Mitch Dickman (co-producer of Casting JonBenet) and Andrew Novick (director of JonBenét's Tricycle) to discuss the use of the 1996 murder of JonBenet Ramsey as a jumping off point for three disparate art works: House of Gold, Casting JonBenet, and JonBenét's Tricycle.
Anticipated start time: 9:15 p.m.; you do not have to attend the performance to attend and take part in the conversation, but for this one: it's probably helpful.
About the Panelists:
Recently named “Top 10 Documakers to watch” by Variety, Mitch Dickman is an award winning producer and director. Recent credits include Casting JonBenet (Co-Producer 2017 Sundance), Speaking is Difficult (Cinematogrpaher 2016 Sundance), Rolling Papers (Producer/Director 2015 SXSW), Being Evel (Line Producer 2015 Sundance), and Hanna Ranch (Producer/Director 2014 NY Times Critics Pick). Mitch has shot projects all over the word but calls Colorado home and is the founder of Listen Productions.
Andrew Novick is an electrical engineer, photographer, food artist, collector and proprietor of fun. He is the director and subject of JonBenet's Tricycle, a documentary about the tricycle (which he possesses) and candy canes we have all seen from the Ramsey house. The film investigates the ephemeral value of objects, the Ramsey crime, the media and our obsession with unsolved mysteries.
Assault & Privilege: Rape Culture in Boulder
Part One of a Two-Part A Community Conversation*
Sunday August 6th
moderated by Betty Hart and featuring panelists from iEmpathize, MESA (Moving to End Sexual Assault), and the Office of Victim Assistance at CU Boulder.
Is rape culture a problem in Boulder? Is Boulder a community that tolerates sexual abuse and violence against women? Are the children in our community vulnerable to exploitation?
Less than a year ago, Austin Wilkerson, a former student at the University of Colorado Boulder, was spared a prison sentence, and sentenced to jail-work release and probation after being found guilty of sexual assault and unlawful sexual contact. Just this year, Jack Warmolts was sentenced to a single year in jail after pleading guilty to “sexually assaulting a woman in Boulder in 2015.” A current investigation into a CU Boulder football coach whose ex-girlfriend alleges years of sexual and domestic abuse reveals a lack of accountability at the highest levels of University administration.
The Conversation will immediately following the 6 p.m. performance of House of Gold, with an anticipated start time of 7:45 p.m.; you do not have to attend the production to attend and take part in the Conversation!
About the panelists:
Panelist Sarah Dobson joined the MESA team in May 2017. Sarah earned her B.A. in Sociology from the University of Maryland where she volunteered as a peer counselor on a crisis hotline. After graduating, Sarah worked in Nicaragua and Costa Rica, where she studied at the United Nations mandated University for Peace, earning a M.A. in Gender and Peacebuilding and volunteering as a Peace Educator in schools which suffered from high rates of bullying and suicide. Sarah relocated back to the US to work for MESA in gender violence prevention, and she has a particular interest in engaging men and co-constructing peaceful, healthy masculinities.
Moderator Betty Hart is an actor, director, and facilitator who moved to Denver in fall 2013. Betty has had the privilege of facilitating talk backs and Salons for Local Theatre Company and has recently become an Associate Artist with them. In 2016, Betty played Camae in the Arvada Center’s production of The Mountaintop, for which she was nominated for an Henry award for outstanding actress. By day, Betty helps lead facilitated conversations about care equity, cultural sensitivity, conscious and unconscious bias, conflict resolution and laughter as wellness with the Experiential Learning Team for Kaiser Permanente’s Arts Integrated Resources team.
Panelist Candace Joice is the Education Director at iEmpathize, a non-profit committed to eradicating child exploitation. Candace fuses together pedagogy, academic and social research, curriculum development, and media production to increase the impact of iE’s education-based programs for youth. She is also available to deliver trainings and workshops regarding human trafficking and exploitation prevention for groups such as educators, parents, youth, community groups, and social workers. She wrote and produced iEmpathize’s exploitation prevention program for teens, The Empower Youth Program, now used in over 20 states.
Panelist Jessica Ladd-Webert, LPC, currently serves as the director of the Office of Victim Assistance at CU Boulder. She earned a Master’s degree in Community Counseling from the University of Phoenix and has worked as a contract therapist at MESA, and was a part of the victim advocates for the Boulder Sheriff’s Office. She served as a negotiator for the Department of Education's Federal Rulemaking Committee, helping inform new regulations based on the re-authorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). Jessica has a background in a variety of trauma informed therapeutic modalities and has presented locally and nationally on a variety of trauma informed practices.
*Part Two of this conversation will be held in conjunction with Local Theater Company's fall production of The Rape of the Sabine Women, by Grace B. Matthias.
All talkbacks will take place in the Black Box Theatre at the Roser ATLAS Center on the University of Colorado Boulder campus, and are FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
NIGHT OFF SERIES:
square product theatre is pleased to collaborate with Warm Cookies of the Revolution to host Intergenerational Show 'n Tell Mixtape: Privilege is REAL and Here's What We're DOING About It!
Here's how it works:
Bring a song or object that defines your experience of privilege in Boulder. We'll hear from folks of ALL ages about their experiences with privilege in our community, while we learn about what we can do to become more inclusive and work towards equity!
Holy smokes there are some incredible folks working on issues of privilege in our community. Come learn about them and share songs and stories.
7 p.m., Wednesday, August 2 @ the Wesley Chapel
1290 Folsom St., Boulder
FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!
And yes: there will be cookies.
Associated Programming made possible in part from support from the Boulder Arts Commission and the City of Boulder Human Relations Commission.
SEASON 11 Production:
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).