Monday, January 29, 2018

Thespiana 2018

Thespiana returns for it's trifecta to the Cottonwood Center for the Arts with all-new and original rehearsed readings for 2018. Playwrights include Mark and Lauren Arnest, Sue Bachman, Chuck Cabell, Warren Epstein, Phil Ginsburg, Judith McKay, and Jeff Schmoyer.

Saturday, June 30, 2018, 7PM and Sunday, July 1, 2018, 2:30PM
Cottonwood Center for the Arts Theater
427 E Colorado Ave., Colorado Springs CO 80903

Tickets for either performance are $12 and are available online or by calling 719-520-1899.


Lauren Arnest (writer) has been writing librettos and lyrics with composer husband Mark since 1997. Works include All About Love (1997, with Murray Ross), Pike’s Dream (2006), and Iron & Gold (first act, 2011).  The Notorious Nugget (2015) is a musical melodrama featuring a gold chunk shaped like a horse’s patootie. Lauren studied law before boredom drove her to the theater.

Mark Arnest (writer) is music director at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church and also teaches music theory, music history, composition, and piano at the CS Conservatory. His compositions have been performed by the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs and the Colorado Springs Philharmonic, and his Ludlow: Four Scenes for Orchestra was a finalist for the 2016 American Prize in Composition. He has created music for numerous local theatre productions, most recently Theatreworks' 2016 production of Girl of the Golden West.

Sue Bachman (writer/director)

Chuck Cabell (writer) Following a 30-year career in the Air Force, nine years as a consultant, and a number of years active in the music world (C.S. Chorale; Amateur Pianists International; docent for the Philharmonic; board member of the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs), Chuck has turned to writing and producing plays. After a great success with Thespiana 2016, he is working hard to make Thespiana an essential part of the Colorado Springs annual theatrical scene.

Warren Epstein (writer/director) is a local actor, director and playwright. His plays have been produced at the Millibo Art Theatre and Craft Theatre, and he has written and directed for a number of staged readings for Thespiana.

Phil Ginsburg (writer) is a playwright/performance poet whose work has been seen in Colorado and New York. His musical, Almost Jerusalem, written with composer David Corder, was showcased in the Springs in June 2016. Look for the short film version of his play St. Clara of Corona featuring all local talent from the Springs in early 2017.

Judith McKay (writer) has been having fun playing on the stage, writing and directing a play, being assistant stage manager, and currently has a radio interview talk show, Voices and Views, on KCMJ 93.9FM radio, Colorado Springs.

Jeff Schmoyer (writer/director) inscribes words that become plays, short stories, novels, and computer programs. He also helps invent card games and runs the pico-publishing company, Jmars Ink.