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James O'Leary


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December 10: Thanks to everyone who made our “In the Works” evening a success! Thank you to actors Juliana, Dave, Karin, James, Joi, Jeff, Hilarie, Maria, Mauro, Cody, Cara, Guy and Sonsharae; directors Brenda and Kristin; production staff Beth, Cody, Gail and Kelly Jo; and playwrights David-Matthew, Tami,  Franklin, Tyler, Levi, Rebecca and Mackenzie. From the crazy comedy of “Hippies Running the World” to the drama of “Five Months and Twenty-Nine Days” and everything in between, well done, writers and performers! 

We wish all of you the happiest of winter holidays, and on February 18 we’ll be back at the Vintage Theater with the first show of our 2018 season: “Life in the Theater.” It’s all about theater (yes, a live theater show about live theater), in front of the footlights and behind the scenes. Playwrights and writers, the deadline for submitting short plays, stories and poems is Jan. 8 (send to

December 7: Saturday night is our second annual “In the Works” show at Red Rocks Community College. We’re presenting seven short plays by RRCC playwrighting students and faculty. We’ve wrapped up rehearsals and are putting the finishing touches on the production.

Here are two “final quotes” from our plays:

“I am positive in all situations. However, if need be, I will let my needs be known. Especially if the chef at Cafe Lamont over cooks my steak or my Appletini isn’t strong enough…” – American Girl by Tami Canaday

“Where’s your sense of humor, Hen? Huh? Did it get cancer too? Should we make an appointment with its oncologist?” – Five Months and Twenty-Nine Days by Mackenzie Smith


December 2: We’ve completed our first week of rehearsals for “In the Works” and it’s been great fun to watch the actors and directors work on these scripts. Thanks to the playwrights who stopped in see what we we’ve doing with their plays! Here are some choice quotes from three of those short plays: 

“I had a raccoon the other day...And I got him in a cage, and he took a good amount, and I let him out and we chilled and watched some Bill Nye. You gotta get a raccoon, bro.” Hippies Running the World by Franklin Cole. 

“Embrace life or one day you will wake up to realize your life is not what you think it is. Life is hard, but life is short.” – Mr. Norman by Rebecca Rauh 

Killian: “What's so great about this place then? Looks like all the others, if you ask me.” Colin: “Just seems like a good place to be dead.” – Grave Digging by Tyler Dalton Davis

November 25: Welcome our cast for “In the Works”: One Night Standers Juliana Atteberry, Dave Brandl, Karin Carr, James Crapes, Joi Hiatt, Jeff Miller, Hilarie Nelson, Maria Ortiz, Mauro Segura, Guy Williams and Sonsharae Tull, and newcomers Cody Snider and Cara Sullivan. We start rehearsals this week with directors Brenda Hoskins, Kristin Honiotes, and myself. Here are quotes from two of the plays we’ll be presenting on December 9:

“My sons only drink sparkling water, Katie. Not something out of a box. They’re not savages. They’re twins.” – The Snack Queens by David-Matthew Barnes

“Think about living the life of a golden retriever. No taxes, no in-laws, no guilt.” – Dog House by Levi Zavorotny

November 11: Congratulations to the playwrights whose work was selected for our Dec. 9 production. “In the Works” showcases the talents of Red Rocks Community College playwrighting students and theatre faculty. This year’s plays feature old and new friends, happy and unhappy marriages, shifting social mores and standings, and a burglar and salesman thrown in for fun. The show is Dec. 9 (a Saturday, instead of our usual Sunday shows) at 7:00 p.m. at the RRCC Theatre in Lakewood, Colorado:

  • Rival suburban soccer moms take their sideline snacks way too seriously in “The Snack Queens” by David-Matthew Barnes.
  • Three Irish grave-diggers contemplate life, death, and their current corpse in “Grave Digging” by Tyler Davis.
  • A young couple grapples with a fatal diagnosis and a new life in “Five Months and Twenty-Nine Days” by Mackenzie Smith.
  • Moonshine and Blaze chill with a burglar on a beautiful afternoon in “Hippies Running the World” by Franklin Cole.
    A newly hired caregiver struggles with a dementia patient in “Mr. Norman” by Rebecca Rauh.
  • A clandestine meeting is held to record the testimony of the last “American Girl” by Tami Canaday.
  • A door-to-door salesman offers a fresh start for burnt-out humans in “Dog House” by Levi Zavorotny.