What You Will
by Jeffrey Neuman
Directed by Warren Sherrill
November 30 - December 22, 2018
Take a break from the traditional holiday entertainment this season, and join us for a world premier play by local playwright Jeffrey Neuman.
Adam is a forty-something gay man living a quiet but seemingly contented life. He’s married to a man he truly loves and runs a stationery shop, where he expertly serves as a wedding planner. When he meets and begins a series of encounters with a rather seductive married man in a gym steam room, though, he starts to question everything he holds true about himself and his own marriage.
Show Times and Ticket Information
*Please note this production is intended for Mature Audiences Only*
Thursday, Friday and Saturday Performances at 8:00pm
Sunday Performances at 6:00pm
Opening Night Reception on November 30th following the Performance
The Bench at 40W located at 1560 Teller Street in Lakewood, CO (map)
$30 Regular General Admission
$12 Industry Night on Monday, December 17th at 8:00
Half Price Regular General Admission on Thursday Evening Performances
Jeffrey is an award-winning playwright whose work has been performed at theaters, festivals, and universities across the United States, Australia and the United Kingdom. His plays have been produced and/or developed by Emerging Artists Theatre, Denver Center Theatre Company, LaMaMa, Edge Theatre Company, National Public Radio, Stage Left, FUSION Theatre Company, Edinburgh Fringe, and the Samuel French Off Off Broadway Festival, among many others. He is a Heideman Award Finalist, cofounder of Colorado’s Rough Draught Playwrights, Director of Literary Development for Benchmark Theatre, and an active member of the Dramatists Guild of America. Jeffrey is also the host of The Denver Post Pen & Podium literary series and a two-time True West Award winner. www.theaterbyjeff.com.
Steven J. Burge *
Steven could not be happier about making his Benchmark Theatre debut with Jeff Neuman's What You Will. A few favorite Colorado credits include: God in An Act of God and The Best Friends in First Date the Musical (Denver Center's Garner Galleria Theatre); Monty in Saturday Night Fever the Musical (Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities); Howie in Speech and Debate (Curious Theatre); Sister Mary Amnesia in Nunsense, Amen (Littleton Town Hall Arts Center); several Complete Works... Abridged shows at the Avenue Theatre; and all 40-plus roles in Fully Committed at the Aurora Fox Arts Center. "Thank you to everyone at Benchmark Theatre, to Warren and especially to Jeff for telling this story, and for letting me be a part of that storytelling!"
*Appearing Courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association
Maggy is a Henry Award-winning actor who began in a high school improvisation troupe, and continued training in improv and acting in Chicago. She returned to Denver in 2010 for a degree in Psychology and has been acting on stage and screen ever since. She teaches and coaches with DCPA Education, narrates audiobooks, and works with healthcare professionals to develop communication and empathy. Favorite roles include Izzy in Rabbit Hole with Vintage Theatre, Honey in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf with The Edge Theatre, and Maggie in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Much gratitude and esteem for Benchmark Theatre, and appreciation for being part of good storytelling.
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Casey is delighted to be making his Benchmark debut in What You Will. Favorite credits include Melchior in Spring Awakening (2014 True West Award, Outstanding Musical), Claude in Hair (2013 Henry Award, Best Ensemble; Lead Actor in a Musical Nominee), The Aliens, Full Code and Ambition Facing West at BETC, where Casey is an ensemble member, as well as Claudio and Casca at Colorado Shakespeare Festival. Love to my family and Heather.
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This is Tom’s first production with Benchmark Theatre and he is thrilled to be collaborating on this new piece of work. Past credits include Hamlet in Hamlet (NY) Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet (NY) Tom Griffin in Stand Up Tragedy (NY), Princeton/Rod in Avenue Q (NC), Petruchio in Taming of the Shrew (UT) Actor 1 in Around the World in 80 Days (NC) Ferdinand in The Tempest (AR) Malcolm in Macbeth (AR) Lysander in A Midsummer Nights Dream. Currently he is working with the Denver Center’s Shakespeare in the Parking Lot series which tours the state bringing live Shakespeare to thousands of CO students. It’s an honor to be back in Denver and to be working with such passionate and creative collaborators.
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Artistic & Production Team
Director: Warren Sherrill
Stage Manager: Katie Espinoza+
Production Manager: Andy Bakehouse+
Scenic Design: Charles Packard
Lighting Design: Kevin Taylor
Costume Design: Susan Rahmsdorff-Terry
Props Design: Andy Bakehouse+
Sound Design: Rachel Rogers+
Scenic Builder: Jeff Jesmer
Scenic Painter: Julie Lemieux
Program Design: Marc Stith+
+Benchmark Theatre Company Member