Theater and Theology brings members of Rocky Mountain Synod congregations in and near Denver to productions of the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. After viewing a play, we do a talk-back discussion with cast members on theological issues raised in the play. The plays and these discussions can challenge and stimulate our faith, and, therefore, the mission of the Church, in a unique way. For more information, contact Rosalee Wanchisen (303-759-9836 or rwanchisen@gmail.com).

Check out all the Theater and Theology plays for the season below!


The Glass Menagerie

Tuesday, September 27, 2016, 6:30 p.m, Ricketson Theatre, Tickets: $35
Registration with check payable to Rocky Mountain Synod and footnoted “T&T Augustana: The Glass Menagerie” must reach Augustana’s office by Saturday, September 3.

The Wingfield family is trapped in a cage of nostalgia in their drab 1930s apartment. They dream of lives they wished they had but never pursued, of opportunities drifting away with the passing of time. But when a long-awaited gentleman caller from their past joins them for dinner, fantasy and reality collide as expectations shatter like glass. See the DCPA’s first-ever production of Tennessee Williams’ masterpiece of American theatre.


Frankenstein

Tuesday, October 25, 2016, 6:30 p.m, Stage Theatre, Tickets: $35

Registration with check payable to Rocky Mountain Synod and footnoted “T&T Augustana: Frankenstein” must reach Augustana’s office by Tuesday, October 4.

Given life from a man with a troubled heart, a creature assembled from corpses sets out into the unforgiving world to discover his humanity. As he uncovers both kindness and cruelty, he seeks out the doctor who created him to demand answers about his troubled existence. Frankenstein features two lead actors alternating performances in the roles of Victor Frankenstein and his creature, allowing man and monster to intersect with every chilling performance of this U.S. premiere.


The Book of Will

Tuesday, January 24, 2017, 6:30 p.m, Ricketson Theatre, Tickets: $35

Registration with check payable to Rocky Mountain Synod and footnoted “T&T Augustana: The Book of Will” must reach Augustana’s office by Tuesday, January 3.

Without William Shakespeare, we wouldn’t have literary masterpieces like Romeo and Juliet. But without Henry Condell and John Heminges, we would have lost half of Shakespeare’s plays forever! After the death of their friend and mentor, the two actors are determined to compile the first Folio and preserve the words that shaped their lives. They’ll just have to borrow, beg and band together to get it done. Shakespeare lover Lauren Gunderson weaves a hilarious and heartfelt story of the characters behind the collected stories we know so well.


The Christians

Tuesday, February 14, 2017, 6:30 p.m, Stage Theatre, Tickets: $35

Registration with check payable to Rocky Mountain Synod and footnoted “T&T Augustana: The Christians” must reach Augustana’s office by Tuesday, January 24.

Pastor Paul inspires faith in the members of his growing congregation through his preaching. But when he brings up unexpected questions during a sermon, his changing perspective may ask too much of his followers. Featuring a full choir at every performance, The Christians is an intimate look at the moments that define who we are and what we believe. This Critics’ Pick in The New York Times has been called “Deeply affecting… Emotionally devastating” (The New York Post).


Two Degrees

Tuesday, March 7, 2017, 6:30 p.m, The Jones, Tickets: $35

Registration with check payable to Rocky Mountain Synod and footnoted “T&T Augustana: Two Degrees” must reach Augustana’s office by Tuesday, February 14.

The smallest changes can lead to the biggest impact, and no one knows that better than Emma, a scientist studying climate change in Greenland. Still grappling with the unexpected death of her husband, she is invited to the nation’s capital to share her findings at a Senate hearing that could define her career and her cause. But if she can’t overcome her tumultuous inner struggle, her dedication and sacrifices may not be enough to make the difference in the world that she’s always wanted.


Disgraced

Tuesday, April 25, 2017, 6:30 p.m, Ricketson Theatre, Tickets: $35

Registration with check payable to Rocky Mountain Synod and footnoted “T&T Augustana: Disgraced” must reach Augustana’s office by Tuesday, April 4.

“Terrific and turbulent, with fresh currents of dramatic electricity”The New York Times

“Breathtaking, raw and blistering.” – The Associated Press

Amir has spent his adulthood downplaying his upbringing to build the perfect life. But as a high-profile court case and his wife’s Islamic-inspired art show reveal just how little his culture is understood by the people around him, their misconceptions become too much to bear. The expectation to be true to yourself and to fit into mainstream society collide in this 2013 Pulitzer Prize-winning play.


The Secret Garden

Tuesday, May 16, 2017, 6:30 p.m, Stage Theatre, Tickets: $35

Registration with check payable to Rocky Mountain Synod and footnoted “T&T Augustana: The Secret Garden” must reach Augustana’s office by Tuesday, April 25.

The beloved classic The Secret Garden blossoms anew in this enchanting musical full of beautiful melodies. When young Mary is sent to live with her uncle after the death of her parents, she finds herself surrounded by distant relatives who are overcome by grief and fear. But when she uncovers the key to her late aunt’s long-lost garden, she becomes determined to revive the beauty that once flourished. Surrounded by spirits of the past, she uses the magic of hope to help the world around her grow once again.