JULIET WITTMAN

FICTION. MEMOIR. CRITICISM. JOURNALISM

Miners Alley Playhouse Returns With an Intergenerational Treasure

 This article originally appeared in Westword. Len Matheo, artistic director at Miners Alley Playhouse, kept the creativity coming during the pandemic, producing events from kids’ shows to streaming dramas to musical cabarets. Pre-COVID, the company staged an...

BETC Takes Flight With New Name, the Butterfly Effect, and JQA

BETC Takes Flight With New Name, the Butterfly Effect, and JQA   Aaron Posner’s JQA is a play about John Quincy Adams, generally regarded as an ineffectual president but a highly principled statesman. It has been hailed as brilliant by many critics who say the...

Buntport Theater Makes a Case for Space…and Creativity

This article originally appeared in Westword. No theater company in the country is quite like Buntport. This group of five local creatives — Brian Colonna, Hannah Duggan, Erin Rollman, Erik Edborg and SamAnTha Schmitz — stages entirely original productions. The...

After a Season in the Dark, Benchmark Plans for the Future

 This article originally appeared in Westword.   Where there was once a bustling Denver theater scene becoming more interesting by the year — more experimentation, funkier musicals, explorations of race, sex and identity, immersive events featuring food and drink...

BDT Stage Reopens

This article originally appeared in Westword under the title, "Intermission Is Over at BDT Stage."   On the day I spoke with artistic director Michael J. Duran to discuss the upcoming reopening of BDT Stage, Alicia Meyers, longtime actor-director-choreographer...

Goodbye Story

"This story is originally published by Westword as "Curtain Call: Reflections on Two Decades of Reviewing Denver Theater"             Sometimes you find yourself sitting in a drafty, ramshackle room on a winter’s night, rain splattering the floor, an audience of...

Hark, Hark, the Dogs Do Bark: A Short Story

If I could take a minute of your time, sir. I’m not worth more, I know. You do too, of course, you with your briefcase, hi-tech watch, and gleaming teeth. You jog every morning and work up a healthy sweat. Then you’re in the shower, tanned but not too much, muscled,...

Westword Article: Boulder County Farmers’ Market Has Deep Roots…and High Hopes

One of the bright sides of this current situation is that it’s helping illuminate the role of a good local food system. It’s a huge effort, changing from a traditional farmers’ market model to a food hub model in a few weeks. There’s a lot we don’t know and a lot...

It’s Curtains for John Moore at the DCPA: A Huge Loss for Theatre

As the theatre scene implodes, with companies canceling spring seasons and the Colorado Shakespeare Festival going dark this summer, as directors wonder if they can keep their organizations alive in the long term, and artists worry about paying the rent, another...

Westword Review:Phamaly Brings Grace, Style and Decency to Chicago

I’d promised myself I wouldn’t use words like “inspirational” or “life-affirming” to describe the production of Chicago by Phamaly, a company made up entirely of performers with disabilities. These performers are genuine artists who create professional — often...

What Else Is New

BDT Stage Reopens

BDT Stage Reopens

This article originally appeared in Westword under the title, "Intermission Is Over at BDT Stage."   On the day I spoke with artistic director Michael J. Duran to discuss the upcoming reopening of BDT Stage, Alicia Meyers, longtime actor-director-choreographer...

Goodbye Story

Goodbye Story

"This story is originally published by Westword as "Curtain Call: Reflections on Two Decades of Reviewing Denver Theater"             Sometimes you find yourself sitting in a drafty, ramshackle room on a winter’s night, rain splattering the floor, an audience of...

Hark, Hark, the Dogs Do Bark: A Short Story

Hark, Hark, the Dogs Do Bark: A Short Story

If I could take a minute of your time, sir. I’m not worth more, I know. You do too, of course, you with your briefcase, hi-tech watch, and gleaming teeth. You jog every morning and work up a healthy sweat. Then you’re in the shower, tanned but not too much, muscled,...