JULIET WITTMAN

FICTION. MEMOIR. CRITICISM. JOURNALISM

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...

Westword Review: Leonard Barrett Is Back With Phamaly in Chicago

I first saw Leonard Barrett in 2004, when he was starring as Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls, staged by the Phamaly Theatre Company at the Space Theatre at the Denver Center. His performance was intriguing, stylish and poised, yet at the same time entirely his own: He...

Westword Review: The Queen Is Dead, but the King Is Fumbling in Charles III

In Mike Bartlett’s King Charles III: A Future History Play, currently in a regional premiere as part of the Colorado Shakespeare Festival’s summer lineup, Queen Elizabeth II has died, and Prince Charles — who’s past seventy— has ascended to the throne. He’s grieving...

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Buntport Benefit

Buntport Benefit

Buntport Benefit Some eighteen years ago, six actor-writers who had met as students at Colorado College got together to create Buntport, a kind of theater that’s entirely original, in a coldly echoing Denver warehouse. They are Erin Rollman, Brian Colonna, Hannah...

Review: As You Like It

Review: As You Like It

As You Like It Four years ago, Kent Thompson, then the artistic director at the Denver Center, staged a magical production of As You Like It. I remember it in clear, drifting pastels—gorgeous costumes and set, a transcendently beautiful Rosalind, and an interpretation...

Teri Rippeto’s Lamb Stew

Teri Rippeto’s Lamb Stew

Some years ago, I started my writing day with a prompt from Ursula Le Guin’s wonderful Steering the Craft, something like, “Describe a chaotic scene with a lot of characters and action.” I started describing Stocker’s kitchen, and the words just flowed. I was laughing...