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      "Just Pretend Everything Is Perfectly Normal" in Denver

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      July 20, 2007

      Friday   8:00 PM (weekly Thursday through Sunday until July 29, 2007)

      2119 E Seventeenth Avenue
      Denver, Colorado 80206

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      "Just Pretend Everything Is Perfectly Normal"

      Just Pretend Everything Is Perfectly Normal
      An evening of unusual new work for theatre by Janna L. Goodwin and Diana Buirski

      Just Pretend Everything is Perfectly Normal is a collection of four short stories for the stage: edgy, funny, disturbing solo and ensemble works by writer/performers Janna L. Goodwin and Diana Buirski. The evening explores the dangerous intersections of suburbia and family; fear and rage; constraining social norms and liberating creativity. Mother-daughter relationships provide the frame through which modern life is both construed and deconstructed.

      Up To Your Elbow, Buirski's award-winning one-person show, looks at the comically dark side of a mother's imagination, which is haunted by the spectre of infanticide. The piece collages autobiographical, historical and fictional events. If You Lived Here, You'd be Home by Now features a divorced, lesbian mother (Goodwin) whose 12-year old daughter is missing. She reconstructs the events leading up to her daughter's disappearance, posing wracking questions about her own decisions, priorities and mistakes. Pointers, also by Goodwin, is a snapshot of a narcissistic, unpredictable woman with scissors: Lily, the owner of a beauty shop in a Midwestern strip mall, cuts the hair of a young, pregnant woman while offering advice on parenting and observations about American life. Mother's Day is an expressionistic fugue within a realistic frame. It explores the expectations that impress upon women to choose among limited roles available to them. In it, a mother wakes to the horror of realizing that she may have inadvertently murdered the most vital, imaginative aspects of herself.

      In addition to Goodwin and Buirski, the ensemble includes Amanda Brockbank, an eighth grader from the Denver School of the Arts, and New York performer Marina Libel of South Pleasant Company ( Amy Carlson and Christopher Sutton round out the cast, and Angela Astle co-directs. Proceeds from the Saturday, July 21 performance (followed by a talkback) will benefit the Graduate School of Professional Psychology at the University of Denver.

      JANNA L. GOODWIN is an actor, playwright, and director. Since 1985, she has created and collaborated on traditional, original and community-based and ensemble-generated theatre and dance projects in New York, Massachusetts and Colorado. A graduate of the National Shakespeare Conservatory, Hampshire College and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (M.A., Ph.D.), she co-founded Ko Theater Works and the Ko Festival of Performance, now in its 16th year. This evening's scripts were developed during a rehearsal residency at the Ko Festival in July, 2006. Goodwin is on the communication faculty at Regis University.

      DIANA BUIRSKI, a Denver native and a graduate of Amherst College, received her M.F.A. from the Brown University/Trinity Repertory Consortium in Providence, Rhode Island. She is a co-founder of the South Pleasant Company, with whom she has performed at P.S. 122 at the Merce Cunningham Studio (NYC). She is also a member of the Guerrilla Shakespeare Project.

      At a Glance

      When: Fri/Sat, July 20-21 & Thur/Fri/Sat, July 26-28 at 8:00 pm/Sun, July 22 & 29, 2:00 p.m.
      Where: The Playwright Theatre, 2119 East 17th Avenue, Denver, CO 80206
      Box office: 303-499-0383
      prices: $20 General admission (specials w/ Harry's Chop House TBA)

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      For decades in American theatre, fathers and sons have struggled onstage to define their identities and defend their territories in the context of turbulent, complicated relationships. A series of complex mother-daughter relationships frame or propel the action in Denver playwright Janna Goodwin's evening of theatre, Just Pretend Everything Is Perfectly Normal.


      Suburbia and alienation are featured in If You Lived Here, You'd be Home by Now. Charlotte "Charlie" Czyzenski has moved from the city to the suburbs. In focusing on maintaining a long-distance relationship with her intellectual, artistic lover in Cambridge, she has missed crucial signs that Christina is flailing in the new setting. It's been hard for Christina to make friends, she has nothing to do that doesn't require a television, computer or car, and there's nowhere for her to walk so she spends her time with a Cambridge friend, online, in her room. Following an interpersonal blowup, Christina disappears and Charlie has no idea where to look; she ends up on the median of a fast-moving major artery, separated from her house, her child, and her lover. Sprawl is a salient issue in Denver, and on Wednesday evening, July 25, there will be a special showing of Kris Hipps' new documentary on sprawl, along with a special performance of If You Lived Here, You'd Be Home By Now, followed by a talkback.

      Photo credit: Michael Ensminger

      Cost: 20.00

      Categories: Performing Arts

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