Thank You for a Night of Powerful Theater
Thank you to everyone who joined us for the moving performance of #GodHatesYou by Emily Dendinger on January 25. What an incredible cast, compelling story, and important questions to explore. The talkback following the performance let us know that Emily’s hope for the story came true: the play ignited conversation. Thank you to everyone for sharing your thoughts, impressions, questions, and continuing the conversation after the evening of theater ended.
Theater is one of the only places we have left where we can gather together, share an experience, and then turn to the person next to them and ask, ‘What did you think about that?'”
– Emily Dendinger
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January 25th Dramatic Reading of #GodHatesYou
Friday, January 25, at 7:30 pm
Unitarian Center, 87 Fourth Street, Ashland
$20, available online and at the door, subject to availability
Presented by ANPF in collaboration with Curious Theatre Company of Denver, this performance will come after a weeklong intensive workshop.
Synopsis: Laurel has always been the apple of the church’s eye. She’s the first person to volunteer to picket funerals of dead soldiers, knows what to say to strike a nerve in a crowd, and can debate the Bible with the best of them. Despite the constant hate mail and death threats, she knows she’s saving the sinners of the world before the end of days arrives. However, when Laurel joins social media she’s faced for the first time with the outside world, and soon everything she believes is called into question. #GodHatesYou asks what it means to grow up in a church dedicated to spreading hate and intolerance, and what happens when the faith you’ve rigorously adhered to your whole life comes shattering down around you.
About the Playwright
Emily Dendinger is a Brooklyn-based writer. Her plays include Hideous Progeny (LiveWire, Holland Productions, and North Park College), No Home for Bees (2017 Source Festival Finalist, 20% Theatre), #GodHatesYou, Little House in the Big City (2017 NNPN Showcase Finalist), and Pocketful of Sand (winner of the 2016 Activate Midwest New Play Festival and 2015 Alliance/Kendeda finalist).
She is a two-time winner of Theater Masters National Play Competition and has been a finalist for the City Theatre National Award, 2017 Emerald Prize, and Heideman Award. Emily has worked around the country with companies including Actors Theatre of Louisville, The Lark, Route 66, Mudlark Theatre, Sideshow Theatre, The Alliance, NNPN, Filament Theatre, Curious Theatre Company, Orlando Shakespeare Festival, NJ Rep, and TimeLine Theatre. Her work has been developed at The Perry Mansfield Festival of New Work, Durango New Playfest, and Tofte Lake Residency.
Emily was the 2015-2016 NNPN Playwright-in-Residence with Curious Theatre and is an alumni member of TimeLine’s Writers Collective. Emily is a graduate of the University of Iowa’s Playwright’s Workshop.
Learn more about Emily and her writing process in her ANPF Playwright Profile!
Chip Walton co-founded Curious Theatre Company in 1997 and has served as Producing Artistic Director for the entire history of the organization. Named Denver’s “2005 Theatre Person of the Year,” he has directed over 50 shows for Curious throughout the past 20 years, and his work has garnered more than 100 local and national awards. In 2008, Curious was honored with the Mayor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts. Walton has served as the President and Vice President of the National New Play Network, a Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Livingston Fellow, a Visiting Professional at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center, and as a member of the Leadership Group for Imagine 2020: Creating a Future for Denver’s Culture. He has directed in the National New Play Network Showcase of New Plays, the Kennedy Center’s MFA Playwriting Festival in Washington, D.C., and accepted a National Theatre Company Award in New York for Curious from the prestigious American Theatre Wing. Most recently, Walton was honored to serve as a 2017 Aspen Ideas Festival Speaker.
At present, Walton is on a Leadership U grant from Theatre Communications Group and the Andrew W Mellon Foundation, exploring how the American Theatre field recognizes, values, and supports founding artistic directors and the relationship these individuals and their organizations have to the respective communities they serve.
Dee Covington is a co-founder of Curious Theatre Company and has spent the past 21 seasons serving as an artist in various capacities. Recent directing credits include The Humans by Stephen Karam and Your Best One by Meridith Freidman, the second play in The Luckiest People trilogy (ANPF presented readings of all three plays), developed in large part at Curious Theatre Company. Dee has recently been a part of the Curious creative team developing new works at the Colorado New Play Festival, working on #GodHatesYou in 2017 and Sanctions by Bruce Graham in 2018. Other new work development credits include Home/Oblivion by Josh Hartwell and 8 Nights by Jennifer Maisel. Dee has also collaborated as both writer and director at Wonderbound, Denver’s premiere contemporary ballet company. She serves as the Education Director at Curious Theatre Company and heads the playwriting program Curious New Voices, a national program dedicated to fostering new work by high school and college playwrights.