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Cassie Pence
Special to the Daily "Yellowman" kicks off the Beaver Creek Theatre Festival at 8 p.m. Wednesday at Allie's Cabin. The play examines love and identity.

Theatrical arts are alive and well in Beaver Creek this week when the Vilar Center for the Arts presents the third-annual Beaver Creek Theatre Festival beginning Wednesday and ending Saturday.The four-day festival plays hosts to five productions and the open-air family theatre, outdoor performances for children, stimulating imagination, that take place on the Beaver Creek Plaza. Stage and screen veteran actor Brian Dennehy headlines the festival with his portrayal of a blacklisted Hollywood screenwriter in “Trumbo” Saturday. Bringing down the house last year, Irishman Donal O’Kelly is back with his hit “Catalpa” Friday. Back for their third year of zaniness, Chicago’s Neo-Futurists present their election-year play “43 Plays for 43 Presidents” at the Vilar main stage Thursday and “Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind” at Allie’s Cabin Friday. For theater lovers and novices alike, the choice is difficult. Here is a brief synopsis of each festival production. ‘Yellowman’Curious Theatre Company presents the searing interracial drama “Yellowman” by Dael Orlandersmith. A two-actor drama with multiple characters, “Yellowman” tells the tale of a dark-skinned African-American woman and a light-skinned African-American man growing up together and yearning to escape the American South. The play examines how the sins of the past become the legacy of the future and the harsh realities of internal racism, exploring the complexities of love, race, and geography. Allie’s Cabin hosts the drama Wednesday at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20.

’43 Plays for 43 Presidents'”43 Plays for 43 Presidents” marks the Neo-Futurists debut on the Vilar Center’s main stage Thursday at 6:30 p.m. The play is a bipartisan barrage of biographical impressionism written by five playwright/actors. Each American president has two-minutes See Plays, page B2dedicated to revealing how he kept control of a country that in a mere 200 years went from a backwoods social experiment to a dominating superpower. From George Washington to George W. Bush, the Neo-Futurists represent not only the man, but his legacy. Tickets are $25.

‘Catalpa’Irish actor and playwright Donald O’Kelly returns, bringing his award-winning play “Catalpa” to the Vilar Center’s main stage Friday at 6:30 p.m. “Catalpa” is a simple one-man play, accompanied by a live musician (Trevor Knight) that tells the story of a whaling ship sent to Australia to rescue six Irish Fenian prisoners. The ship’s captain George Anthony is the play’s protagonist, but O’Kelly plays 24 rogue characters in all, from Anthony’s ailing mother-in-law to Bresnan, a gruff Dubliner who offers comic relief. O’Kelly uses rhythms and rhymes to create images and stories. Tickets are $40. ‘Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind’

Returning for its third year in row, “Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind” attempts to perform 30 plays in 60 minutes with help from the audience. The Neo-Futurists uses this improv style to create new plays ranging from comic to serious, political to experimental and personal to ridiculous. The show is Friday and Saturday at Allie’s Cabin starting at 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $20. ‘Trumbo’Brian Dennehy plays blacklisted Hollywood screenwriter Dalton Trumbo in the two-man play “Trumbo,” written by Christopher Trumbo, Saturday on Vilar’s main stage. Tickets are $55-150. Colorado-born Dalton Trumbo was considered by many to be one of the most gifted screenwriters in Hollywood. Trumbo penned countless screenplays early in his career, but first gained enormous fame with his anti-war novel “Johnny Got His Gun.” Trumbo was a member of the infamous “Hollywood Ten” who was blacklisted for his leftist views and spent time in jail for contempt when he refused to testify for the House on Un-American Activities Committee. Theatre festival tickets are on sale now and available at the Vilar Center box office by calling 845.TIXS or online at

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