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427 E Colorado Ave
Colorado Springs, CO, 80903
United States




Home to several of the most prolific and groundbreaking theatre organizations in the city, the David H. Lord Theater hosts performances of all kinds, from theatre to comedy to poetry. For inquiries or general information, send a message to Ethan Everhart, Cottonwood's theater coordinator, at theater@cottonwoodcenterforthearts.com.

MARCH 10, 11, 17, 18 | 8 PM
MARCH 12 | 2 PM
MARCH 19 | 4 PM

Even though this is technically only the ninth Theatregasm (if you count the Best Of and the Christmas one), we've decided, like many times before, that we don't like rules. So we are jumping directly to Theatregasm 10. To be fair, this is our season 10, so it works, thematically. Also, it's not like we went from Theatregasm ME to Theatregasm Vista to Theatregasm 7, then 8, then 10, so we get some slack, thank you very much.

Theatregasm will feature the following short plays:

Tickets are pay-what-you-can for all regular scheduled performances, but we may beg for donations since we're a low budget community theatre, so come prepared!

As always, join us on opening night and closing night for complementary food & drinks!

In addition, the Sunday March 19 performance is very special for one more reason: if we meet our fundraising goal on Hatchfund, the THEATREdART board will all get pies in the face on that very day after the show. Of course this will only happen if we meet our fundraising goal, so feel free to hop over to theatredart.org/donate and pitch in a dollar or two!

See you there.

TAPE by Stephen Belber
MARCH 31 | 7:30 PM
APRIL 1, 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15 | 7:30 PM
APRIL 9, 16 | 4 PM

Jon, an aspiring filmmaker on the verge of hitting it big, meets up with his best friend from high school, Vince, a volunteer firefighter who makes his money selling dope. Over the course of the evening, Vince finally gets Jon to admit that ten years ago he raped Amy, a girl whom they both dated in high school, only then to reveal that he's taped their entire conversation. Not only that; he's invited Amy to have dinner with them that night. Suspenseful and high-stakes, Tape examines questions of motive, memory, truth, and perception.

Tickets: $15 general, $12 military/seniors, $6 students

To reserve tickets, email tickets@starbarplayers.org or call 719-357-5228.

THE LAST TEMPTATION OF CHRIST by Nikos Kazantakis and A. Rhodes
APRIL 21, 22, 28, 29 + MAY 5, 6 | 7.30 PM
APRIL 23, 30 + MAY 7 | 5.30 PM

Two thousand years ago in occupied Palestine, a carpenter named Jesus is plagued by visions, voices, and seizures that promise divinity and a chance to save the world from empire. As his revolutionary friend Judas encourages armed uprising, Jesus struggles to find the path forward to freedom. Along the way, he is tempted to abandon his calling and forsake what may be his destiny. This is one of the foundational stories of Western culture told in a way you’ve never experienced, addressing the conflict between human and divine. The Last Temptation of Christ takes away the pious and safe traditional iconography that often accompanies this story and makes it intimate, relevant, and raw.

The final Saturday, May 6, we will have a talkback where the audience is invited to enjoy wine and cheese while discussing the show with the cast and crew. 

Tickets: $12 general, $6 students w/ ID

SHORT EYES by Miguel Piñero
MAY 19, 20, 27, 28 + JUNE 2, 3 | 8 PM
MAY 21, 29 + JUNE 4 | 4 PM

Written by Miguel Piñero in 1974, Short Eyes is the sort of lighthearted comedy you've come to expect from TdA, in the same vein as Death and the Maiden and Mercury Fur [editor's note: not actually a comedy]. Set in an unnamed House of Detention in New York City, the plot revolves around the addition of a new prisoner, incarcerated for child molestation [editor's note: still not a comedy].

Tickets: $15 general, $5 students
Opening weekend is entirely pay-what-you-can.

Check back soon for tickets.

GOD OF HELL by Sam Shepard
JUNE 16, 17, 22, 23, 24, 29, 30 | 7:30 PM
JULY 1 | 7:30 PM
JUNE 25 | 4 PM
JULY 2 | 4 PM

Frank and Emma's bucolic lifestyle as Wisconsin dairy farmers is disrupted when they offer cover to Haynes, a long-time friend of Frank's who is on the lam from a mysterious government project involving plutonium. When an unctuous government bureaucrat appears at their farmhouse, questioning their patriotism and knowing far more about them than they would like, their heartland lifestyle is turned into a chilling scene of runaway government.

Tickets: $15 general, $12 military/seniors, $6 students

Check back soon for tickets.

PETROGRAD by Philip Gelatt and A. Rhodes
JULY 21, 22, 28, 29 + AUGUST 4, 5 | 8 PM
JULY 23, 30 + AUGUST 6 | 4 PM

While the First World War rages on, a reluctant British spy stationed in the heart of the Russian empire is handed the most difficult assignment of his career: orchestrate the death of Grigori Rasputin, the mad monk, the Tsarina's most trusted adviser and the surrogate ruler of the nation. Petrograd, the seat of Russian power, is a powderkeg ready to explode, and world history is made as various factions including the British crown, the Russian aristocracy, the Bolsheviks, and the Tsar’s secret police vie for supremacy through the many plots to assassinate Rasputin.

Tickets: $15 general, $5 students
Opening weekend is entirely pay-what-you-can.

Check back soon for tickets.

JULY 29 | 2 PM

As seen on Sesame Street and NBCUniversal’s Sprout Channel, NYC’s Mario the "Maker" Magician is making his way to you in his 1971 VW bus! More than just a performer, Mario is also an inventor who creates his own props. He is known for his dedication to the Maker Movement and STEM initiatives and his integration of DIY electronics and robotics into his performance. Regardless, he never sacrifices the old-school slapstick vibe that audiences so love. It’s vintage meets the future. Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin for the modern age, with a mad inventor twist.

Mario received an astounding four Editors Choice awards and a Best in Class at World Maker Faire New York in 2016. He is currently a resident artist developing new work for New Victory Theater's LabWorks program in New York City. He is also the subject of award-winning indie documentary film, Building Magic.

Tickets: $20 for adults, $10 for children under 12