Today our nation crosses over into uncertain terrain. Our civic landscape begins to shift towards a new topography. For many of us, this company included, this new land appears ominous. We look through pessimistic telescopes and shiver when we allow ourselves to linger too long. While we as company speak often of our fears for the future, we take great heart in knowing that this is why Cripple Creek exists. For ten years, we have explored the causes and consequences of greed, hate, and mistrust. We have evolved as a company always seeking the best avenue for the full fulfillment of our mission of encouraging our audience to change the world around them, to adapt to the moment and create a new reality. We have evolved as a company to better serve that change. In 2017 we progress again and believe firmly that you should join us.
In April, we begin rehearsals for our co-production of the Taming of the Shrew with the Tulane Shakespeare Festival. We are beyond thrilled to partner with our friends at Tulane to create a truly unique exploration of one of Shakespeare’s most infamous works. Both organizations share an intense desire to bring art and the civic benefits that derive from it to those who might not receive it. In May, we will tour this production to shelters, community centers, and prisons before a two week stand at Tulane University. This raw performance, devoid of lights and set, relies on poetry, physicality, and the audience to create a world almost too close to our own. CCTC could not be more honored to be partnering with the Tulane Shakespeare Festival who have done so much to bring Shakespeare to the citizens of New Orleans.
Two years ago, CCTC began producing a free summer show because we believe simply that art is a civic utility that needs to be shared, protected, and promoted for everyone. We continue our form of civilian theatre in August with Albert Camus’ Caligula. Our country and much of the world it seems is now flirting dangerously with the destructive impulses of dictatorship. While we claim to make advances in our humanity and how we treat our fellow man, it is impossible not to see the present state of affairs as one where the drive for destruction has overtaken that of creation. What is it inside of us that encourages this urge to power? Caligula is an intimate and terrifyingly comic exploration of the darkest urges in our souls.
Our final evolution in 2017, and perhaps the most exciting, is that Emilie Whelan now serves as Co-Artistic Director of CCTC. Emilie’s mind, ethic, and passion have long propelled this company to the most exciting of heights. As she sets her sights on two extremely vital works of theatre, we as a company cannot hide our excitement. Her vision is expansive, her craft is formidable, and her heart seeks the truth. It is our hope that you will join us in that search.
Let us turn our fear to action, let us change our dread to joy, let us bring the defiance of theatre to our community. Will you join us in speaking free and creatively? Will you join us in facing hard truths? Will you join us in using your muscles, your voices, and your minds in continuing to fight for the world we know is possible? We hope you will; Far more than Cripple Creek needs you now.
The Cripple Creek Theatre Co.