The Joy Returns

 

The Gospel at Colonus.
The Gospel at Colonus.

 

From Su Teatro Executive Artistic Director Tony Garcia:

 

 

The shaking, rattling and excitement vibrating throughout the Martinez Performing Hall at Su Teatro, is more than the sound of a powerful, profound and beautiful play being performed: it is the sound of the joy returning.

 

 

If the passing of Shadow Theatre founder Jeffrey Nickelson four years ago represented a low point for the African-American theatre community, this year marks a great resurgence lead by The SOURCE Theatre Company, with the successful production of their original work, In the Presence of God, and now the co-production of The Gospel at Colonus. The play was a legendary production when produced by the Eulipions Inc. in 1989 and established a benchmark for African-American theatre in Denver.

 

 

It left an indelible impression on my psyche.

 

 

Su Teatro’s production of this play is more than a desire to revisit one of the greatest experiences I have had in theater. It really represents a path that the Latino community and African-American community have walked together.

 

 

Beginning in the early days, Su Teatro walked along the path with groups such as the Denver Black Arts Company, the Eulipions, Shadow Theatre Company and now The SOURCE Theatre Company.

 

 

The Sophocles play about the last tragic days of Oedipus set to the soul stirring music of a black chuch, integrate in a Latino cast, and we have a vibrant, passionate and joyful celebration of the soul.