Aspen Theatre Fest 2017

Aspen Theatre Fest 2017

September 2017

The Aspen Theatre Festival returned with over two weeks of activity, fostering new work by emerging playwrights and musical teams.  Stay tuned for our special announcement regarding the 3rd Annual Aspen Theatre Festival in 2017!

Last season, this happened:

August 15th - August 25th, 2016

THE MUSEUM OF BROKEN RELATIONSHIPS – presented Thursday, August 25th, 7 pm at the Hurst Theatre
Book & Lyrics by David H. Bell
Music by Daniel Green
Directed by Scott Evans

This new musical is inspired by the Museum of Broken Relationships in Zagreb, Croatia - a collection of objects submitted by people all over the world who want to commemorate broken romantic and familial relationships. A sweetly funny and romantic musical takes our hero and heroine to another land to seek clues that will reveal the truth about their own stories. The beautiful score is accompanied by a script that weaves modern day romance into a suspenseful and rich story.

Starring: Colin Hanlon (Modern Family, RENT, Submissions Only), Erin Davie (starring roles in Broadway’s Grey Gardens, Sideshow), current Mamma Mia cast members Mark Price, Margot Moreland, Dane Agostinis, Jim Ballard, Jeffrey Correia, Marcus Shane, Amber Carson, Chavon Hampton and Brianna Barnes, and new company members Olivia Oguma (Broadway’s Les Misérables, Mamma Mia), Marco Robinson and Jessica Kahkoska.

See the CBS Sunday Morning news feature about the Museum HERE.

David H. Bell (Book & Lyrics) served as Artistic Director of the Ford's Theatre and Associate Artistic Director to Kenny Leon at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta. He is currently the Artistic Director of the American Music Theatre Project and Director of the Music Theatre Program at Northwestern University. His musical Hot Mikado garnered an Olivier award nomination (London's West End). David has written and directed dozens of musicals in the US and Europe and worked on original musicals with Cy Coleman, Dolly Parton, Jimmy Buffett, Herman Wouk, Joe Kinosian, Kellen Blair, Russell Baker, George Stiles, and more. 

Daniel Green (Music & Lyrics) is a composer/lyricist and music director. He was the associate conductor of Rocky on Broadway and has also played or conducted on Broadway. As a composer, Daniel is a graduate of the BMI Musical Theatre Advanced Workshop. His show The Remarkable Journey of Prince Jen, written with Lezlie Wade, was presented at the ASCAP Musical Theatre Workshop for Stephen Schwartz, with guest panelists Stephen Flaherty and Dick Scanlan. Other honors include a NAMT grant from the National Fund for New Musicals, a retreat at Running Deer Musical Theatre Lab, a Weston Playhouse New Musical Award nomination, and a feature in NEO at the York Theatre.

Scott Evans (Director) will direct The Museum of Broken Relationships at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center’s National Music Theatre Conference in June. Off-Broadway, he was Assistant Director for the New York premieres of Jeffrey Hatcher’s Ten Chimneys (starring Byron Jennings and Carolyn McCormick) and Jim Henry’s 7th Monarch, as well as the revival of Sidney Howard’s The Silver Cord. Regionally, he was Assistant Director for the world premieres of Gut Bucket Blues and Shakin’ The Rafters, both written by David H. Bell for Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre in Atlanta, and he assisted John Tillinger on Eleanor (starring Jean Stapleton) at the Helen Hayes Performing Arts Center. Scott has been Creative Mentor for new works at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center, Associate Producer for the Theatre Guild, and Creative Content Manager for Evolution, an immersive production developed by International Theatre Works for Shenzhen and Guangzhou, China. He is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and a member of NAMT (National Alliance for Musical Theatre).

The Museum of Broken Relationships was commissioned by
The Somerled Charitable Foundation
and has been developed at
The American Music Theatre Project at Northwestern University
The National Music Theater Conference at The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center



"The time we had at Theatre Aspen allowed us to finish a draft of Finn the Fearless, and not only that, but also to see and hear what it was, so we could figure what's next. 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. We're forever grateful!" - composer Andrew Butler, Finn the Fearless, 1st Annual ATF

History of the Aspen Theatre Festival
Theatre Aspen's commitment to new work began in 2012 with a commission by Dan Elish called The Gifted and Talented, a play with music by Joe Iconis.  In 2013, TA hosted a 29-hour reading and concert of Cross That River, by Allan and Pat Harris.  On the 2014 summer main stage we offered a fully produced play called The Cottage, by Sandy Rustin. Alice By Heart, a new musical from the team that brought you the multi-Tony Award-winning Spring Awakening, workshopped in Aspen, culminating in a public presentation at the Wheeler Opera House.  Creators Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater, began their work on the show that will be produced in New York next season. Theatre Aspen also produced a staged reading of the Burt Bacharach/Steven Sater musical Some Lovers, which subsequently was presented at Lincoln Center.

Theatre Aspen is a member of The National Alliance for Musical Theatre (NAMT), founded in 1985, is a not-for-profit organization serving the musical theatre community.  Executive Artistic Director Paige Price serves on the NAMT board as Vice-President and as co-Chair of the 2016 Festival Selection Committee.
The 160 organizational members and 40 individual members of NAMT, located throughout 34 states and abroad, are some of the leading producers of musical theatre in the world, and include theatres, presenting organizations, higher education programs and individual producers.

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