Author: Jill Kimball

CU Boulder Department of Theatre & Dance announces 2017-18 season

“Hair,” “A Doll House” and a weekend of dance cinema featured in lineup

The University of Colorado’s Department of Theatre & Dance promises yet another season of hit titles, world premieres and thoughtful art in its 2017-18 season.

Season ticket sales begin Monday, May 15 at 10 a.m., and single tickets are available beginning Monday, Aug. 14 at 10 a.m. Tickets are available at, over the phone at 303-492-8008 or in person at the CU Presents Box Office, at 972 Broadway in Boulder.

Among the highlights in the theatre season are “A Doll House” by Henrik Ibsen, the 19th-century play that was once banned for its controversial portrayal of a woman leaving her husband and kids; “The Adding Machine,” a thought-provoking play about a man who discovers he’s been replaced by a machine; and an intimate staging of the Shakespeare farce “The Comedy of Errors.” The season closes on a high point with eight performances of everyone’s favorite tribal love-rock musical, “Hair”which opened on Broadway 50 years ago.

“This season, our audiences will experience a wide array of theatrical forms, including absurdism, expressionism, classic European realism, spiced-up Shakespearean comedy and a contemporary retelling of a 600-year-old morality play,” says Director of Theatre and Associate Chair of Theatre & Dance Markas Henry. Plus, “exactly half of our plays are written or adapted by female playwrights, highlighting Theatre & Dance’s commitment to diversity and inclusiveness.”

To showcase the diversity of the dance world, CU’s dance division will partner up with the Sans Souci Festival of Dance Cinema to open its season with a weekend showcase of dance in film, including live performances, film screenings and interactive panels. Sans Souci was founded in 2003 by CU faculty and alumni and prides itself in giving wider audiences access to international dance film they might not otherwise see.

“I think ‘screendance’ is a wonderful gateway drug to contemporary dance,” says Theatre & Dance Chair Erika Randall. “Its two-dimensional form is easily transportable and can bring dance from far-flung places on the planet to audiences right here in Boulder. As a screendance creator myself, I am thrilled to bring this art into focus.”

The rest of the season boasts new works examining modern womanhood, politics and what it’s like to be a queer minority in the U.S. today.

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