by John Patrick Shanley
by Jane Page
Griswold (Lt Col Morgan Littlefield), Kyle Haden (Captain Lee King), Brian R.
Hutchinson (Chaplain White), Glenna Kelly (Margaret Littlefield), Mark Rubald
(Gunney Sergeant/US Lt Col Littlefield), Kyle Steffen (P.F.C. Davis), Anne
Oberbroeckling (US Margaret)
Production Staff: Jane Page (Director),
Brian Mallgrave (Scenic Designer),
Gail Gober (Lighting Designer/Production Coordinator), Nicole M. Harrison (Costume Designer), Steve
Stevens (Sound Designer), Lance Copeman (Props), Lisa Cook (Stage Manager), Elizabeth Zumfelde (Head of Wardrobe), Adam
Stolte (Technical Manager), Nick Cimyotte (Technical Director), Dave Cimyotte
(Lead Technician), Grant Evenson (Lead Sound Technician), Kathleen Murphy
(Performing Arts Assistant), Rod A. Lansberry (Artistic Producer)
ARVADA, CO – The Arvada Center presents the regional premiere of
Defiance, running in October 2 – November 4, 2007. This marks the first show to be produced by the Center in
the new Black Box Theater.
takes place on a North Carolina Marine base in 1971. Racial tensions are high, as
are anti-war sentiments. Lt. Colonel Littlefield, white and middle-aged, wants
to clean up racism on the base, while Captain King, a young African-American,
doesn't want to be made the example of an accomplished black man. Within the
strict confines of the military mindset, Littlefield and King face off. This
provocative new work is about power, duty and responsibility – and what happens
when defiance trumps all.
Written by the
Tony Award®- and Pulitzer Prize-winning American
playwright John Patrick Shanley of Doubt fame, Defiance makes its regional premiere at the Arvada Center. The play first premiered at the
renowned Manhattan Theatre Club in 2005. According to Shanley, "[Defiance] explores specifics of my life story as it overlaps with major changes in the
social fabric of this country."
As the second play of a projected trilogy, Shanley says the play is clearly and
powerfully connected to Doubt, its
predecessor. Curtain Up proclaims Defiance, "[A] stimulating, beautifully written drama…It stands on
its own, yet gains strength and richness when viewed as part of Shanley's
cyclic master plan."
Defiance is directed by Jane
Page. Jane was last seen at the Center directing the Pazinski's in the 2006
production of Over the Tavern.
Griswold makes his Arvada Center debut as Lutenient Colonel
Littlefield. Tracy was last onstage as Rutherford Selig in August Wilson's Gem of the Ocean, and has appeared on Broadway in the Tony Award®-winning
All My Sons. TV and film credits
include Law and Order, Prince of the City and Another World.
Haden also makes his Arvada Center debut, playing Captain Lee King.
Past credits include The Shape of Things,
Falsettos, Reckless, Urinetown, Over the Tavern and The Foreigner.
Kelly plays Lt. Col.
Littlefield's wife Margaret. A Denver native, Glenna last appeared at the
Center in The Man Who Came to Dinner.
Favorite roles include Aurora Fox's Quilters,
Littleton Town Hall's Fiddler on the Roof and Denver Center Theatre Company's Victim's of Duty.
Rubald, last seen "snortin' and a-cussin' and a-shootin' that old
thumb-buster" as the Sheriff in The Best
Little Whorehouse in Texas, plays Gunney Sergeant.
For tickets, call the Arvada Center box office at (720) 898-7200, log on to arvadacenter.org or visit the Arvada Center box office at 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada, CO.
range from $36 – $46 (Preview performance tickets are $23; see below for
October 2 – November
– Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m.
and Sunday matinees at 2:00 p.m.
matinees at 1:00 p.m.
Performances run September 28 – 30 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, October 5 6:30 p.m.—FIRST
Enjoy light hors d'oeuvres and cocktails
while you stroll through the Western Federation of Watercolor Societies' 32nd
Annual Exhibition in the Lower Gallery. Pre-show reception tickets available
for $10 or $50 for a reception and show package. Call (720) 898-7200 by October
2 to make your reservations.
Friday, October 12
at 7:30 p.m. & Wednesday, October 17 at 1:00 p.m.—Talk back with
members of the cast and production team following the performance.
3 at 2:00
p.m.—Audio-described performance, to accommodate patrons who are blind
or have low vision.
The Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities is one
of the metro area's largest cultural attractions, devoted to all
aspects of the arts. It is generously supported by the Scientific &
Cultural Facilities District (SCFD) and located two and a half miles north of
Interstate 70 on Wadsworth Blvd.
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