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 Wright Opera House June 3-6

This play is insane.

Just to warn you.

It’s not nice. It’s not politically correct. It’s not comforting.

But golly, it’s funny.

We’re used to bringing you more heartwarming, life-affirming theater here at UpstART, plays where people confront difficult aspects of their lives and find some kind of redemption and hope and love.

This isn’t that kind of play.

It’s… well, hilariously darker. It looks avidly at the polite veneer of our daily interactions and asks, what’s beneath? And how thin is that veneer, actually?

Yasmina Reza took her inspiration from a conversation she had: There was a little incident in the life of my son. He was then about thirteen or fourteen and his friend was in a fight with another friend; they exchanged blows and my son’s friend had his tooth broken. A few days later, I met with the mother of this boy in the street. I asked her how her son was, if he was better, because I knew they’d had to do something to the tooth—they’d had to operate or something. And she said, ‘Can you imagine? The parents (of the other boy in the fight) didn’t even call me.’

And then she imagined how a meeting between both sets of parents might have gone. "It was suddenly, click! I thought, 'This is an incredible theme.' Four well-intentioned people get together, the conversation takes a few wrong turns, and, finally, we are face to face with our worst impulses. Who are we, really, behind our good manners? In these strange, fraught, argumentative times, it seems a question worth asking, as Michael does in the play: “What do we know?”

Reza’s satire is biting and sharply observed, and the play has delighted audiences since its first performances. The play’s London production won the Olivier award for best new comedy, its Broadway production the Tony for best play. In NY, it was the third longest-running play of the 2000’s..

We are so excited to bring it to our audiences here in Ouray County.


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Check out our 2022 Season line-up!

A Dark Comedy, A Brilliant Tragedy, and an Inventive Musical. UpstART is spreading its wings open wide with something for everyone and maybe even everything for someone!

A comedy by Yasmina Reza

June 3, 4, 5, 6

A playground altercation between eleven-year-old boys brings together two sets of Brooklyn parents for a meeting to resolve the matter. At first, diplomatic niceties are observed, but as the meeting progresses, and the rum flows, tensions emerge and the gloves come off, leaving the couples with more than just their liberal principles in tatters.

by Willm Shakespeare

August 12, 13, 14, 15

Shakespeare's stunning tale of passion, deceit and mortal betrayal brought to you in UpstART's signature NO HOLDS BARD style. 

A Musical by Jason Robert Brown

October 20, 21, 22

An emotionally powerful and intimate musical about two people who fall in and out of love over the course of five years. The show's unconventional structure consists of Cathy, the woman, telling her story backwards while Jamie, the man, tells his story chronologically; the two characters meet only once, at their wedding in the middle of the show. Jason Robert Brown won Drama Desk Awards for the music and the lyrics after the Off-Broadway premiere in 2002. 

UpstART seeks to Awaken, Enliven & Entertain audiences in Ouray County and beyond, by presenting professional quality theater and education through a Rural/Urban collaboration of artists. 

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 Contemporary Productions

UpstART chooses scripts that move: Emotionally engaging, smart, fast-paced plays that awaken new perspectives in performers and audience alike. We are committed to sparking lively dialogue and heartfelt connection in our community through theatrical performance.

No Holds Bard Shakespeare

Each Summer, UpstART produces 1 or 2 Shakespeare plays in the month of July.  Performed in the round at the historic Wright Opera House, No Holds Bard offers Shakespeare like you've never seen it: the way he intended it! Intimate, fast paced, delightful, and highly physical. Check out www.noholdsbard.rocks for more info on the Shakespeare program. 

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