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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.

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 | 4.30 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.

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

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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.

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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


DOGS: THE MUSICAL by Ariel Robinson
SEPTEMBER  15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30 | 8 PM

For the first time in its ten years of history, THEATREdART is attempting something it has never attempted before. And no, we don't mean we are producing a play where we make the audience walk around instead of actors (been there), or a play with full blown, three-feet-away-from-you full nudity (done that), or staging the hardest plays in the world to stage (psh), or the worst movies in the world (easy peasy).

No, this time we are attempting the ULTIMATE of boundaries. The HARDEST of challenges. The MOST DARING PROJECT OF ALL TIME. A... full length... musical (in the distance, screams).

That's right, fasten your seatbelts, fancy theatres of the world! Clutch your pearls, 'cause we're about to pee all over your fire hydrant. It's a cross of Cats and Urinetown. It's DOGS: THE MUSICAL.

Join us for what is probably our most kid-friendly show this year with still its fair share of boning jokes.

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

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MACKBET by William Shakespeare
OCTOBER 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28 | 7.30 PM
OCTOBER 15, 22, 29 | 4.30 PM

Atop a decorative rug and lit only by candles, a small group of nomadic storytellers welcome you in and offer you bread and wine. As you sit in the darkness, actors prepare the space to retell Shakespeare's story of murder, ambition, and madness in a way you've never seen before.

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

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