Phamaly’s Fall production series, Theatre as Sanctuary, will feature three staged readings that examine and interrogate the idea of sanctuary — what turns a space into a sanctuary and whose rules dictate the sacredness of that refuge. Each staged reading will take place at a different sanctuary, both traditional and nontraditional, within the Denver community and looks to engage a different population who calls that place home.
The Christians by Lucas Hnath, directed by Monique Holt is at the Antonia Brico Stage at Central Presbyterian Church on October 29 & 30. When a beloved spiritual leader, Pastor Paul, preaches a controversial sermon, he is shocked to find the lengths his congregation will go to in order to hold onto their beliefs and traditions.
And In this Corner…Cassius Clay by Idris Goodwin, directed by donnie l. betts is at the Phamaly Theatre Company offices on November 12 & 13. Young Cassius Clay, the boy who will grow up to lead a social revolution as Mohamed Ali, is living in the Jim Crow era. As he navigates the cruel realities of his time, Cassius finds a home in the squared circle that will change the trajectory of American History.
My Name is Asher Lev by Aaron Posner, directed by Ben Raanan is at Temple Emmanuel on November 20 & 21. Asher, a Hasidic Jew, has been blessed with a unique artistic ability that shocks his family. As his religious and artistic worlds begin to collide, Asher must decide where his loyalties lie and if it is possible to belong to two communities that seem to have nothing in common.
Performances are “pay what you can” with a suggested donation of $20. Accessibility services are available.
Phamaly Theatre Company exclusively features actors with all nature of disabilities: physical, cognitive, intellectual, and emotional. The company gives actors a supportive space to explore and develop their craft, empowers artists within their disability identity, educates the community about access and inclusion, and entertains audiences with high-quality, award winning theatre.
Performances are at 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.) with a matinee at 2 p.m. on November 21.
For more information and to buy tickets, please visit phamaly.org.