Theatre company anticipates first season in new facility
CARBONDALE – The world’s most produced Greek comedy will serve as the first presentation at Thunder River Theatre Company’s new facility.The TRTC season, normally underway by mid-October, has been put on hold while awaiting its new home. Opening in the new structure is TRTC’s adaptation of the internationally-known Aristophanes comedy “Lysistrata” in December.On Friday, Dec. 30, TRTC will host its traditional opening night, followed by a New Year’s gala on Saturday, Dec. 31. The evening starts with a performance of “Lysistrata” and ends with champagne, dessert and a Times Square New Year’s Eve viewing of the ball drop at 10 p.m. (midnight eastern time.)Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities will display a special art show to introduce the building’s new Alpine Bank Gallery/Lobby. “Lysistrata” continues on Jan. 1, 6-7, 8, and 13-14. Founding artistic director Lon Winston will direct the opening show of the new theatre.In March, TRTC presents “A Force of Nature,” which Winston and founding associate artist Valerie Haugen co-wrote and will direct and perform. The play examines some of the world’s most provocative artistic couples, whose catalytic passion and desire to create art shaped their relationships. The performances run March 10-12 and 16-18.The premiere season closes with its June production of Michael Hollinger’s existential romp, “An Empty Plate in the Café du Grand Boeuf.” The comic tragedy, offered in seven courses, celebrates the joys of cooking, sex, bullfighting and the collected works of Ernest Hemingway. The play, which Haugen will also direct, runs June 16-18, 23-24 and 30 and July 1.”Thunder River Theatre Company has long promised to secure a beautiful home for its many patrons to enjoy a professional evening of theatre. The enjoyment of this beautiful facility does not end with TRTC plays,” Winston said. “The creative work of many other fine artists from the Roaring Fork Valley, throughout Colorado and from around the country will be regularly featured. The building will be filled with music, dance, lectures, concerts, art and performance of all kinds.”Curtain call for all TRTC productions is 7:30 p.m., except Sunday twilight shows which begin at 6 p.m. Ticket prices are $25 for adults and $15 for students for Friday and Saturday, and $22 and $12, respectively, for Sundays. Tickets for the New Year’s Eve gala are $100. Visit thunderrivertheatre.com or call 309-5398 for information.
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