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CMC Theatre stages workshop production of ‘Physics for Poets’

Colorado Mountain College Theatre’s upcoming production of “Physics for Poets” will allow valley audiences to see the first staging of a new play.Selected by the Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities for last year’s new play series, the first incarnation of the piece was a staged reading in Carbondale last fall.After the CCAH reading, Tom Cochran, CMC Theatre instructor and director, approached local playwright Kristin Carlson and asked if he might make “Physics for Poets” part of his upcoming season.The result – a new workshop production directed by Lynn Aliya that features actors John Goss and Aimee Dale, starting Thursday at the New Space Theatre on CMC’s Spring Valley campus.The play is Carlson’s first full-length production and runs just over one hour. Her previous work, “The Marriage of Heaven and Hell,” was given a staged reading at CMC in 2000, and her short play “The IQ Test” was selected for the Playwright’s Showcase of the Western Region at the Arvada Center last summer.Aliya is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts and completed a residency at Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago. She also developed and directed Barry Smith’s one-man show, “Jesus in Montana,” which won the Overall Excellence Award for a Solo Show at the New York Fringe Festival in August.”Because this is the first production of ‘Physics for Poets,’ everything is being discovered as we work through the piece,” Aliya said. “No one has ever designed a set for this script. No one has ever fully embodied these characters. It’s a journey of discovery every step of the way.”Aliya’s description is particularly apt because the play itself is about a journey of discovery. On the surface, the story follows a woman in the final hour before her Ph.D. dissertation proposal is due. On a deeper level, the play explores the boundaries we create for ourselves with self-limiting definitions.The play shows at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday, Feb. 24, and March 2-4, with a matinee at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25. All performances take place at the New Space Theatre on the CMC Spring Valley campus.Tickets are $10 for children, students and seniors, and $12 for adults. Phone reservations can be made through the theatre office at 947-8252.Poetic JusticeWho: Colorado Mountain College TheatreWhat: “Physics for Poets” workshop productionWhen: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday, Feb. 24, and March 2-4; 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, matineeWhere: New Space Theatre, CMC Spring Valley campusTickets: $10/children, students and seniors; $12/adultsReservations: 947-8252


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