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The Handmaid’s Tale premieres at University of Colorado at Denver

UC DENVER’S DEPARTMENT OF THEATRE, FILM & VIDEO PRODUCTION ANNOUNCES ITS NATIONAL PREMIERE PRODUCTION OF WILLIAM LEIREN’S STAGE ADAPTATION OF THE NOVEL BY MARGARET ATWOOD, THE HANDMAID’S TALE.

 

DENVER (February 11, 2010)— The University of Colorado Denver’s Department of Theatre, Film & Video Production is pleased to present its national premiere production of William Leiren’s stage adaptation of the novel by Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale on February 25-27 & March 3-6, 2010.

Imagine a society where ultra-conservative religious fanatics control everything and keep everyone under constant surveillance—even those responsible for conducting the surveillance.  Imagine a time when women have lost all rights, can’t even have their own money, and are valued only for their ability to do housework and get pregnant.  Imagine a place where living in fear and suspicion is the only thing common to everyone.

And now imagine this is not a foreign society unfamiliar to us, not another time but now, not a place halfway around the globe.  Imagine all of this in your house, your neighborhood, your town.  Award-winning author Margaret Atwood imagined all of that and created a stunning and compelling picture for us in her 1985 novel The Handmaid’s Tale.  And now, for the first time, this brilliant work has been adapted for the stage. Denver playwright William Leiren, with Ms. Atwood’s blessing, has dramatized this story and UC Denver’s TFVP Dept. is presenting an exciting and hard-hitting production in a transformed Eugenia Rawls Theatre from February 25-27 and March 3-6.  Featuring a multi-faceted cast of 26 students, faculty, and alumni, as well as dynamic and innovative design elements, this promises to be one of the high points of the theatre season.

Celebrating its 10th Anniversary in 2008-09, the College of Arts & Media (CAM) at the University of Colorado Denver embraces the influence of modern trends on traditional art forms. Located on UC Denver’s downtown campus, CAM is at the heart of Denver’s thriving, dynamic arts community. The college encourages its students to discover new artistic forms, explore creative applications of technology, and prepare themselves for careers in the current and emergent culture industry. CAM is one of 13 schools and colleges at UC Denver. The University offers more than 100 degrees and serves more than 28,000 students in Metro Denver and online. For additional news and information, please visit the UC Denver newsroom.


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