This is ART. This is ADVOCACY. This is URGENT.

BUILDING THE WALL
by Robert Schenkkan
Directed by Bruce K. Sevy

April 4-19, 2017

On January 20, 2017, Donald J. Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States. Over the next six months, events would unravel that test every American’s strength of character: executive actions, an immigration round-up of unprecedented scale, and a declaration of martial law. Rick finds himself caught up as the frontman of the new administration’s edicts and loses his humanity. In a play that harkens George Orwell’s 1984 and the Nazi regime, Building the Wall is a terrifying and gripping exploration of what happens if we let fear win.

Date & Time

Post-Show Discussion with…

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Tuesday, April 11 at 6:30pm

Alejandra Garza, Field Director of ACLU of Colorado

Wednesday, April 12 at 6:30pm

Dane Torbenson from the ACLU of Colorado Speakers Bureau

Saturday, April 15 at 2pm

Laura Lunn, Managing Attorney for Detention Program, Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network

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Monday, April 17 at 6:30pm

Ana Rodriguez, Community Organizer on Immigrant Justice Work at Colorado People’s Alliance and Andre Carbonelle, Community Programs Coordinator at Creative Strategies for Change

Tuesday, April 18 at 6:30pm

Elizabeth Zambrana, DACA Legal Fellow for Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network

Wednesday, April 19 at 6:30pm

Tina Diaz, Immigration Director Attorney, Justice and Mercy Legal Aid Clinic

5280 Review:  Curious Theatre Company Takes on Trump In Latest Production
By Daliah Singer
While it’s nothing new for the arts world to respond to the politics and issues of the day, the velocity of this play—it was written just before the election, and Curious decided to produce it just 10 weeks ago—is unique, as is the clear political statement a theater like Curious is making in bringing it to life.

Westword Review: Robert Schenkkan’s Building the Wall Is a Wake-Up Call at Curious
by Juliet Wittman
The cumulative narrative is mesmerizing, powerful, horrifying — particularly horrifying because what Rick describes is only an intensification of currents that have been running through our body politic for decades, and not just since the presidency of Donald J. Trump. Racism has long been a virus in the country’s blood, along with anti-immigrant fervor.

303 Magazine: Curious Theatre’s play on Trump is Not What You’d Expect
by Cori Anderson
…it’s not a play all about bashing Trump—instead, the message focuses on individual action in moments of collective inaction.

Denver Post: Politics inspires art in “Building the Wall” at Curious Theatre
By Joanne Ostrow
The current administration may end up being good for the arts, even though its stated intention is to cut funding. Oppression and regression are often great inspirations: Just look at all the artists responding with politically charged pieces…

New York Times: Pulitzer Winner’s Trump Play Is to Come to New York
by Michel Paulson
One of the first new plays written in direct response to the Trump era will be staged in New York this spring, following a handful of productions around the country.

Westword: Robert Schenkkan’s Building the Wall Blasts Trump, but Can It Create Change?
by Juliet Wittman
Playwright Robert Schenkkan’s response to the election was swift and fierce. During the run-up to the vote, “I was incredibly upset and anxious about how the campaign was unfolding,” he told Westword, “and extremely concerned by the increasingly harsh and divisive race-baiting rhetoric.”

New York Times: Onstage, Rapidly Reacting to the Dawn of the Trump Era
by Michael Paulson
“We no longer live in a world that is business as usual — Trump has made that very clear — and if theater is going to remain relevant, we must become faster to respond,” Mr. Schenkkan said. “We cannot hope to be useful if we can’t respond until 18 months after the fact.”

Westword: Curious to Produce Play about Donald Trump and our Orwellian Future
by Kyle Harris
“Curious is no stranger to doing work that is political, that leans into social-justice issues,” Maltais says. “It’s certainly not new to the artistic community. Art has been a form of protest and advocacy for thousands of years.”

Denver Post: Denver Curious Theatre to produce playwright’s rapid response to the Trump era.
By Joanne Ostrow
“Trump has thrown the rule book out the window,” the playwright said. “You have to decide whether you’re going to be of the moment or whether you’re just going to curate history.”

Washington Post: What do we do in the time of Trump? The theater community is trying to figure out the answer
By Peter Marks and Nelson Pressley
That sense of urgency has begun to take hold at any number of theaters across the Washington region and the country, as artistic directors and theater producers — positioning themselves as first responders in a time of political and humanitarian upheaval — grapple with how to jump-start a current-events conversation with audiences, sparked by the controversies that President Trump’s initial actions have stirred.

BBC Newshour: Interview with Robert Schenkkan

Playbill: Four Theatres Sign on for Trump Play by Pulitzer Prize Winner
by Robert Viagas
Building the Wall, a new play assembled by Tony and Pulitzer winner Robert Schenkkan in answer to the presidential campaign of President Donald J. Trump, has quickly been added to the coming season at four regional theatres around the U.S., with more likely to come.

CAST
John Jurcheck
Brynn Tucker

PRODUCTION TEAM
Shannon McKinney, Lighting Designer
Jason Ducat, Sound Designer
Kevin Brainerd, Costume Designer
Lisa Boehm, Stage Manager
Samantha Egle, Assistant Stage Manager
Matt Lause, Assistant Director
Guy Wright, Scenic Construction

SHOW SPONSORS
Ann Corrigan & Kent Rice
Roscoe Hill
Samuel and Nancy Gary
Susan & Jeremy Shamos
Jay Seller, PhD & Paul Ferraresi
Elizabeth Steele
Susan Tucker
Tobi Watson

SHOW SUPPORTERS
The Honorable Karen Brody & Mr. Michael Hughes
Susan and John France
The National New Play Network
Rhonda Knop & Tim McManus

To join us as a sponsor for this show, contact Maggie Schlundt at maggie@curioustheatre.org or 303.327.4193

What Now? Talkbacks
As with all productions at Curious, this roughly one-hour play will be followed up by a talkback after each performance. Following each performance of Building the Wall, the audience will hold discussion focused on “what now?” – how can this work serve as a catalyst for change and action in our community? Many of the talkbacks will include special guests from Denver’s activist, immigration rights, and social justice communities.

Rally with Organizing for Action (OFA)
Before our Opening Night, OFA will gather for a rally at Curious. Speakers and poets will join together to share action steps and galvanize the spirit. There will also be resources available for undocumented and refugee communities. Join OFA from 6-7pm. More here.

Opening Night with Playwright Robert Schenkkan
Opening Night, April 4 at 6:30pm, will feature a talkback with playwright Robert Schenkkan as well as drinks and nosh. Tickets are $200 for this intimate evening. If you wish to invest further in Building the Wall, a pre-show dinner with Schenkkan is available to sponsors of $1,000 or more.

Working this show into an already packed season is a risk, but Producing Artistic Director Chip Walton knew it was an opportunity he couldn’t pass up. “In the first couple of days that I had the script, my phone was blowing up with news alerts around executive actions and immigration and –of course – building the wall. I knew it was a rare opportunity to be able to program something so immediate and so relevant. The timing and logistics of opening it right away were a challenge to coordinate but the times do not permit us the ease of waiting. The theatre community must add its voice immediately with the urgency of what is happening in our country everyday, and we all felt that it was our civic responsibility to produce this piece immediately.”

Of course, adding a show to a season also has budget implications. We started a campaign to help cover the costs of putting a sixth show into our 19th Season. To join us as an investor, you may donate on Indiegogo or by calling Maggie Schlundt at 303.327.4193 to receive the same benefits.

$20

  • One ticket to one of the first performances of Building the Wall (excluding opening night)

$50

  • Two tickets to one of the first performances of Building the Wall (excluding opening night)
  • Exclusive behind-the-scenes video access

$100

  • Your name in the Building the Wall playbill
  • Two tickets to one of the first performances of Building the Wall (excluding opening night)
  • Exclusive behind-the-scenes video access

$200

  • One ticket to Opening Night (April 4) of Building the Wall, which includes a “what now?” talkback with playwright Robert Schenkkan as well as drinks and nosh.

$500

  • Two tickets to Opening Night (April 4) of Building the Wall, which includes a “what now?” talkback with playwright Robert Schenkkan as well as drinks and nosh.
  • Manuscript copy of Building the Wall, signed by the cast.

$1,000

  • Invitation to an intimate pre-show dinner with playwright Robert Schenkkan before the Opening Night (April 4) performance.
  • Two tickets to Opening Night (April 4) of Building the Wall, which includes a “what now?” talkback with playwright Robert Schenkkan as well as drinks and nosh.

$1,500

  • Playwright-signed manuscript copy of the Building the Wall script.
  • Invitation to the first rehearsal of Building the Wall.
  • Invitation to an intimate pre-show dinner with playwright Robert Schenkkan before the Opening Night (April 4) performance.
  • Two tickets to Opening Night (April 4) of Building the Wall, which includes a “what now?” talkback with playwright Robert Schenkkan as well as drinks and nosh.

Past Featured Speakers include:

Playwright Robert Schenkkan

Nina E. DiSalvo, Executive Director of Towards Justice

Iman M. Jodeh, Director & Co-Founder of Meet the Middle East

Rosemary Rodriguez, Senior Advisor to Senator Michael Bennet

Jennifer Gueddiche, Director of Programs for Spring Institute

*All speakers are subject to change without notice.