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.

 


 

Vietgone

Tuesday, September 4, 6:30 p.m., Ricketson Theatre, Tickets: $35

Contact Rosalee Wanchisen (303-759-9836) by Sunday, August 12, 2018, to reserve a ticket or for information.

Bubbling with infectious energy, this rap-spitting, pop culture-crusted dramedy is an ode to the real-life courtship of Playwright Qui Nguyen’s parents. Forced to leave their country during the height of the Vietnam War, two refugees find themselves at the same relocation camp in Arkansas—the land of Harleys, hot dogs and “howdy!” Before they find their way into each other’s arms, they’ll have to blaze a trail in their weird new world and leave behind the baggage they didn’t pack.

Registration with check payable to Rocky Mountain Synod and footnoted “T&T Augustana: Vietgone” must reach Augustana’s office by Sunday, August 12, 2018.


 

Oklahoma!

Tuesday, September 18, 2018, 6:30 p.m., Stage Theatre, Tickets: $35

Contact Rosalee Wanchisen (303-759-9836) by Sunday, August 26, 2018, to reserve a ticket or for information.

With a spring in their step and a song in their hearts, cowboys and farmers alike have chased their destinies to a land that promises love, opportunity and a brighter future. This joyful production is set in an all-African-American town in the early days of the Oklahoma Territory.

The first collaboration by the legendary team of Rodgers and Hammerstein has stood the test of time.

Registration with check payable to Rocky Mountain Synod and footnoted “T&T Oklahoma!” must reach Augustana’s office by Sunday, August 26, 2018.

 


 

The Constant Wife

Tuesday, October 2, 2018, 6:30 p.m., The Space Theatre, Tickets: $35

Contact Rosalee Wanchisen (303-759-9836) by Sunday, September 9, 2018, to reserve a ticket or for information.

Constance Middleton cheerfully plays her traditional role, but she knows far more than she’s willing to let on. This cheeky satire pokes holes in the expectations of relationships, fidelity and social roles that were just as relevant in the 1920s as they are today.

Featuring an infectiously plucky heroine at the helm who Variety calls “an antecedent to the women of Desperate Housewives and Sex and the City,” The Constant Wife takes joy in the imperfections of life and applauds those who elude the strict confines of society to discover true happiness.

DCPA alum Shelley Butler (Human Error, The Most Deserving) returns to direct this contagious classic comedy.

Registration with check payable to Rocky Mountain Synod and footnoted “T&T Augustana: The Constant Wife” must reach Augustana’s office by Sunday, September 9, 2018.

 


 

Last Night and the Night Before

Tuesday, January 29, 2019, 6:30 p.m., Ricketson Theatre, Tickets: $35

Contact Rosalee Wanchisen (303-759-9836) by Sunday, January 8, 2019, to reserve a ticket or for information.

When Monique and her 10-year-old daughter Samantha show up unexpectedly on her sister’s Brooklyn doorstep, it shakes up Rachel and her partner Nadima’s orderly New York lifestyle. Monique is on the run from deep trouble and brings their family’s Southern roots with her, grabbing hold of Rachel’s life more ferociously than she could have ever imagined. Poetic, powerful and remarkably funny, this 2017 Colorado New Play Summit featured play explores the struggle between the responsibilities that are expected of us and the choices we actually end up making.

Registration with check payable to Rocky Mountain Synod and footnoted “T&T Augustana: Last Night and the Night Before” must reach Augustana’s office by Sunday, January 8, 2019.

 


 

Anna Karenina

Tuesday, February 12, 2019, 6:30 p.m., Stage Theatre, Tickets: $35

Contact Rosalee Wanchisen (303-759-9836) by Sunday, January 20, 2019, to reserve a ticket or for information.

This lush, modern adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s masterpiece brings the romantic backdrop of Tsarist Russia to life in a heart-wrenching tale of passion and betrayal, dreams chased and lost, and a love that’s worth risking everything.

The costumes. The drama. The romance of the century.

Love holds the power to bind us together or tear us apart, and no one knows better than Countess Anna Karenina. As a noblewoman and socialite, her glamorous lifestyle shrouds her unhappy marriage. But everything changes when she meets the dashing army officer Count Vronsky. She risks her social status, marriage, friends and family for the thrill of forbidden love. Anna Karenina uses the romantic backdrop of Tsarist Russia to tell a turbulent tale of passion and betrayal, dreams chased and lost, and the consequences of getting swept off your feet. Helmed by Artistic Director Chris Coleman, this lush, modern adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s masterpiece brings the opulent setting and heart-wrenching story to life.

Registration with check payable to Rocky Mountain Synod and footnoted “T&T Augustana: Anna Karenina” must reach Augustana’s office by Sunday, January 20, 2019.

 


 

The Whistleblower

Tuesday, March 5, 2019, 6:30 p.m., Space Theatre, Tickets: $35

Contact Rosalee Wanchisen (303-759-9836) by Sunday, February 10, 2019, to reserve a ticket or for information.

For screenwriter Eli, an offer to finally create his own TV show should be the ultimate culmination of his goals, but instead shocks him into wondering why he had those dreams in the first place. Armed with a new sense of spiritual clarity, he sets out on a quest to serve up some hard truths to his coworkers, family, exes and friends. What could possibly go wrong? A lively world premiere about the lies we tell to protect ourselves and how the tiniest gestures can have deep impact on those around us. Written by Itamar Moses, author of The Band’s Visit, which received ten 2018 Tony Awards including Best Musical.

Registration with check payable to Rocky Mountain Synod and footnoted “T&T Augustana: The Whistleblower” must reach Augustana’s office by Sunday, February 10, 2019.

 


 

Sweat

Tuesday, May 14, 2019, 6:30 p.m., Space Theatre, Tickets: $35

Contact Rosalee Wanchisen (303-759-9836) by Sunday, April 21, 2019, to reserve a ticket or for information.

For the people of Reading, Pennsylvania, work is so much more than a paycheck—it’s the glue that holds the town together. The floor of their central factory is where lifelong friendships are made, where love blossoms and where family members work side-by-side. But as layoffs become the new norm and a cheaper workforce threatens the viability of the local union, the threads that once kept the community together begin to fray. Sweat is an “extraordinarily moving drama” (The New York Times) that powerfully contrasts life’s happiest highs with the heart-wrenching struggles of survival. Using warm humor and deep empathy, this 2017 Pulitzer Prize winner from Lynn Nottage (Ruined) paints a moving portrait of today’s working-class America in decline.

Registration with check payable to Rocky Mountain Synod and footnoted “T&T Augustana: Sweat” must reach Augustana’s office by Sunday, April 21, 2019.