OURAY – The Moving Target Theater Company of Kansas City presents the comedy, Art, at the Wright Opera House on Friday Oct. 11-Saturday, Oct. 12.
The comedy revolves around a friendship among three men, which is tested as their perceptions vary about a significant piece of art purchased by one of them. The play received the Tony Award, the Olivier Award, and the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award, all for Best Play, when it ran on Broadway.
The upcoming production features actor John Rensenhouse (The Lion King, Noises Off), the brother of local theater maven Nancy Nixon, who many locals traveled to Denver to see in the touring company of The Lion King over a decade ago.
Fellow Moving Target Theater Company actors Greg Butell (Gypsy, Doubt: A Parable) and Trevor French (Hairspray, Avenue Q) round out the cast.
The production is presented by the Ouray County Players, who are working to expand the availability of live theater at the Wright. Their own Summer Melodrama drew capacity crowds during a five-week run in July.
In addition to the upcoming production of Art, they hope to welcome Montrose-based Timshel Theater Company to stage The Oldest Profession, written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel, in November. And on Dec. 6-7, the OCP will again present Mike Hockersmith's adaptation of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol as a live radio show. The annual holiday radio show, presented in collaboration with KURA-FM, the Ouray School radio station, is a tradition.
"Our community and our visitors love live theater, and we know the Wright offers the best local facility and a very special ambiance for this,” said Dee Williams, FWOH chair. “It is exciting to continue to work toward our long-held goal of providing as much quality theater as we can.”
The pending Opera House renovation includes considerable improvements to the theater space to enhance the experience for performers and the audience. Currently, FWOH is raising funds to complete installation of an elevator from the street-level lobby to the theater upstairs. “If adequate funding can be raised by the end of 2013, we hope to have the elevator installed in before spring,” Williams said.
Advance tickets for Art ($15) are available online at TheWrightOperaHouse.org where full program information is available, at the Wright Box Office, open Wednesdays through Saturdays from noon to 5 p.m. and by calling 970/325-4399.