11 Minutes Theatre
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO CONNECT?
The Greeks were onto something when they "invented" what we consider modern western theatre. I have always been intrigued by the idea of catharsis and what it means to contemporary society. As an audience member, my most powerful theatrical experience is when I could sense not only the energy emanating from the actors on stage, but also feel how their life force permeated the audience, uniting us in a shared universal breath. It was exhilarating and inspired the beginnings of our company.
The primary mission of 11 Minutes Theatre Company is to connect communities, including all types of artists, patrons, and students on a local, national and international level. We collaborate with various artists in multiple fields in order to create vibrant and alive performances whose energy is tangible for audiences. Our aim is to present work that has never or rarely been done in the Denver area, highlighting internationally established playwrights and the new work of regional dramatists. Productions have included Federico Garcia Lorca's The House of Bernarda Alba, Cuban playwright, José Triana's, Night of the Assassins, Lope de Vega's Fuenteovejuna, and other modern pieces, such as: Dancing at Lughnasa, The Pillowman, Life X 3, Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris, and Love Letters.
Our second fundamental premise is our focus on the process, and our rehearsals employ different techniques gleaned from international directors in order to create poignant and pulsating performances. The ultimate goal is create a malleable ensemble/company that can learn and grow as a group to further hone and embellish the process. Eventually, we will offer acting and improvisation classes as well as community round tables and rehearsal observation opportunities.
Finally, we want to make theatre available to everyone. We are committed to keeping our ticket prices as some of the lowest in town. We support the sustainability of the environment in creative and new ways. We want to converse and dialogue with our community, have a good time and most importantly, PLAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
-- Janine Kehlenbach