CREEDE — The Creede Repertory Theatre opened its 56thseason this past weekend and though the productions ended up being a little damp, the opening of its first two plays were a smash hit. With the amazing backdrop of the Creede caldera setting the stage, “Little Red Riding Hood,” “Dear Jack, Dear Louise” and “An Illiad” captivated crowds regardless of the weather.
According to the Creede Repertory Theatre, though afternoon rain showers seemed to dampen the mood momentarily, they had a wonderful opening weekend and couldn’t have asked for a better turnout. Seime Park was packed for all productions and the full moon added to the ambiance, adding a glow that could never be matched by theatre lights.
“Thank you all who came out to our opening night performance of ‘Dear Jack, Dear Louise.’ You braved the wind and the chill in the air but with views like this, we understand why! It’s Time to celebrate! ‘Red Riding Hood’had a fantastic opening yesterday afternoon and ‘An Illiad’had a wonderful, even if a little damp, opening yesterday evening! Thank you to all who came out for our opening weekend. If you missed out, don't worry we are just getting started! Looking forward to the start of another great season of CRT,” organizers stated.
“Red Riding Hood”is a play written by Allison Gregory and directed by John DiAntonio. According to the description, “A fun, fast-paced retelling of a classic fairy tale. You’ve never seen Little Red Riding Hood, quite like this. Two actors with the stamina of marathon runners spin this classic fairytale with humor, excitement, and a whole lot of heart. Originally commissioned by the Seattle Children’s Theatre, ‘Red Riding Hood’ is a delight for the entire family!”
Ken Ludwig’s “Dear Jack, Dear Louise”will be directed by Michael Perlman is one not to be missed.
“Falling in love at a distance. Although nearly 3,000 miles apart, when US Army doctor Jack Ludwig begins writing aspiring actress Louise Rabiner, sparks fly. This engaging and heartwarming comedy tells a story of how connection and relationships unfold while a world apart. Based on the story of his parents’ courtship during WWII, Tony Award-winning playwright Ken Ludwig (‘Leading Ladies,’ ‘Moon Over Buffalo,’ and ‘Lend Me a Tenor’) explores love, isolation, and hope over great distance,” the description states.
For those who love historic literature, this new take on an old classic will be sure to enthrall audiences throughout the summer. “An Iliad” is by Lisa Peterson and Denis O’Hare and is based on Homer’s “An Iliad”translated by Robert Fagles and directed by Betty Hart.
“An ancient tale and the modern world collide. Against the backdrop of the epic San Juan Mountains, a lone figure emerges on a simple stage to tell his story. Fated to repeat the ancient tale of the Trojan War throughout the centuries, our storyteller finds poetry, humor, inspiration, and sadness in this 21st century retelling of Homer’s classic,” the description states.
For more information or to reserve tickets, visit www.creederep.org.