by Peter Sinn Nachtrieb
September 27-October 13
"I want to use this crown to change the world! If I can just change one life, one little insignificant life, I think it will justify the beauty that God has given me." So ends the victory speech of seventeen-year-old Tracey Ackhart upon her coronation as Miss Late Teen Colorado. Alas, a day before the national pageant in Virginia Beach, Tracey disappears, hurling the rest of her family, whose lives until then had revolved around her, into disarray. Grace and Ron, Tracey's mismatched parents, differ in the way they cope. Travis, Tracey's awkward, sexually awakening younger brother, is unsure how to feel about a sister who ruthlessly tormented him. The ties of family begin to fray, flashbacks uncover mystery, and startling discoveries and revelations hurtle the entire family towards an emotional abyss. Darker memories emerge, nervous breakdowns erupt, the cause of Tracey's disappearance is uncovered. "Colorado" is a sharp, dark comedy tinged with tragedy and sadness. It's a play about disappointment American-style, the dreams of a family, and the traps set to keep those dreams far, far away.
Directed by Vince Ventura and featuring Valentina Benrexi, Sara Fisher, Matt Henderson, and Bill Holman
12 Peers Theater is dedicated to providing challenging and engaging theater. 12 Peers Theater will highlight social, political, and ethical issues, that exist in both classical and contemporary works. We will accomplish this by exploring myth and cultural identity, as well as by using unique and theatrically realized means; all of which strive to open a dialogue with the audience. Through this dialogue, 12 Peers Theater will focus on strengthening community and educational values.