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CMC plays: Picasso and Nazis, house with ‘unspeakable secrets’

Mike McKibbin
Colorado Mountain College
Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Gary Ketzenbarger and Cindy Hines rehearse a scene from “Wildwood Park,” a one-act psychological thriller. The play will be presented by Colorado Mountain College Theatre March 17-19 and 24-26 at 7 p.m., in the New Space Theatre at the college's campus in Spring Valley. Another one-act play, "A Picasso," will also be performed. Both plays are for mature audiences. Photo Katie Starry
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Two one-act plays, described by their director as “unsettling” and “intriguing,” will be performed at Colorado Mountain College in Glenwood Springs-Spring Valley in an evening directed by Wendy S. Moore.

One depicts an interrogation of one of the world’s most famous artists by a German World War II agent. The other short play is a psychological thriller.

“A Picasso,” written by Jeffrey Hatcher, is set in 1941 Paris. The play focuses on an interrogation of the artist by a German agent seeking to discover which of three of his paintings confiscated by the Nazis are real.

“Wildwood Park,” written by Doug Wright, the Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning author of “I Am My Own Wife,” is a psychological thriller about a real estate agent who shows a house with unspeakable secrets to an intrigued buyer.

Director Wendy S. Moore retired in 2005 as a high school principal and has since devoted herself to her love of theater. “A Picasso” and “Wildwood Park” will be her 41st retirement project.

“‘A Picasso’ had a very successful run in Denver and when I read it, I knew I really wanted to do it here,” Moore said. “It’s an intriguing idea. And ‘Wildwood Park’ is really the creepiest thing I’ve ever read. I think it will be unsettling to the audience, too.”

Veteran actor Bob Moore, the director’s husband, plays Picasso. He has performed in theater productions across Colorado for decades.

Wendy Tennis, who has acted and directed in a variety of theaters for 25 years, interrogates Picasso as Miss Fisher. While in California, Tennis founded her own theater company, Raven Players. She returned to her home in the Roaring Fork Valley in 2004.

In “Wildwood Park,” Gary Ketzenbarger plays Dr. Simian, the homebuyer. Ketzenbarger is an associate professor for speech and theater and the theater program director at Colorado Mountain College. He has a long history of working in the theater, both academically and professionally.

Cindy Hines portrays Ms. Havilland, the real estate agent. Hines has been involved in theater productions in the Roaring Fork Valley for 30 years, including 26 for CMC Theatre. Hines called the play “suspenseful and kind of dark.”

“As it goes on, it’s apparent something happened in the house, but even at the end of the play, I don’t think the audience will know for sure what that was,” she said.

The play has no set, so Hines and Ketzenbarger have to be descriptive to help the audience visualize the house and its belongings.

“The main focus is always to entertain, but we hope we’re able to evoke some emotions so the audience kind of takes a ride with you,” Hines said.

Both plays are for mature audiences. They will be performed tonight and Saturday and March 24-26 at 7 p.m. in the New Space Theatre at Spring Valley. No matinees are scheduled for this production.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students, seniors, staff and faculty, and can be reserved via svticketsales@coloradomtn.edu or 947-8177. They can be purchased with cash or check at the door.


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