September 11-16, 2017
This year, Theatre Aspen brings to town a musical mash up from the minds behind MAD Magazine and Second City, with THE MAD SHOW! Primetime Emmy nominee and Peabody winner Rich Talarico (Comedy Central’s Key & Peele) turns his creativity as a writer for MAD TV to the musical stage. A Second City company member, Rich has written for Saturday Night Live, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and more. He will team up with top flight comic and musical talent to create a one-of-a-kind event, right here in Aspen! The stars of The MAD Show are Nicole Parker (Elphaba in Broadway’s Wicked, MADtv), Lauren Pritchard (The Sarah Silverman Program, Real Time with Bill Maher, MADtv), Craig Cackowski (Drunk History, Veep), David Pompeii (The Daily Show, Key & Peele, Heroes, ER), Martin Garcia (Ray Donovan), and Paloma Nuñez (Second City). The Composer and Musical Director is T.J. Shanoff (Blank! The Musical, Second City, Key & Peele, MADtv).
DON’T MISS YOUR CHANCE TO DISCOVER THE NEXT BIG ‘THING!’
For this unique show, we will be seeking private audiences, who will become a very important part of the process by viewing components of the show as they are developed. Sketches, songs, improv situations – all these and more will be presented at various locations from September 11 – 16. Email email@example.com to get on a list of potential private audience members! More info to come!
The Aspen Theatre Festival (ATF) features a week of activity, fostering new work by emerging and established creative teams. Theatre Aspen’s commitment to new work began in 2012 with commissions and workshops that include the work of artists such as Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater (Spring Awakening), Burt Bacharach, Lear deBessonet, Joe Iconis, Sandy Rustin and more. ATF puts Theatre Aspen on the national map, having developed or produced at least two shows that were recently developed in New York and on a path to commercial production.
"The time we had at Theatre Aspen allowed us to finish a draft of Finn the Fearless... Theatre Aspen's incredible staff, facilities, resources and community helped us to accomplish in a linchpin two weeks, a feat that we've been working toward for years. The focused time Theatre Aspen provides not only lets us make a better show, it provides the intentional working environment that makes us better artists. Theatre Aspen has no doubt set a bar against which we'll measure future development of our work, both in terms of what an institution brings to the table, and in what it inspires us to bring.” - composer Andrew Butler, Finn the Fearless, 1st Annual ATF