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Denver Center Theater Sets Slate for 2014 New Play Summit

The latest stage adaptation of a Kent Haruf novel is among the titles to get developmental readings in February

Denver Center Theater Company has set the majority of its slate for its 9th annual Colorado New Play Summit with a 2014 roster of readings that includes “Benediction,” the third of Eric Schmiedl’s legit adaptations of the novels of Kent Haruf.

The showcase of legit work, presenting public readings of titles workshopped as part of DCTC’s new play development program, has in the past yielded notable plays including Jason Grote’s “1,001” and Samuel D. Hunter’s “The Whale.” This season the five plays to be presented as readings will be seen during the runs of full DCTC productions of new plays “The Legend of Georgia McBride” by Matthew Lopez (“The Whipping Man”) and Marcus Gardley’s “Black Odyssey,” both of which were seen as part of the 2013 New Play Summit.

Schmiedl has in the past penned plays based on Haruf’s books “Plainsong” and “Eventide.” His latest, the DCTC commission “Benediction,” centers on a dying man, a young orphan and preacher.

Also on tap for the New Play Summit is James Still’s “Appoggiatura,” a romance about an Italian tour guide showing a mourning widow and a grieving man around Venice, and “Victory Jones and the Incredible One Woman Band,” the latest hip-hop-infused work from Idris Goodwin, whose play “How We Got On” bowed at the Humana Festival of New Plays a couple of seasons ago. Laura Schellhardt’s “The Comparables,” a dark comedy about a real estate agency, rounds out the four announced plays for the Summit’s lineup of readings.

The 2014 Colorado New Play Summit runs Feb. 7-9. One more reading title remains to be set.

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