Map of Heaven
By Michele Lowe
Directed by Evan Cabnet
Originally produced at Denver Theater Center, Denver, CO.
January 14, 2011 through February 26, 2011
About the Premiere Production: Lena’s painting career is on the rise; her beautiful maps of places real and imaginary are poised to take New York by storm. But when her husband makes a fatal decision, Lena’s life is upended. A contemporary story with devastating repercussions, Map of Heaven explores the overwhelming consequences of a single lapse in judgment.
Artistic Statement: At the heart of my artistic vision for DCTC is relevance – making our theatre a town hall of ideas and issues and an incubator for the best new American plays. I want us to create theatre that arouses strong feelings, spark new ideas and provokes discussion, debate, and constructive dialogue among the many diverse communities of the Rocky Mountain region. The world premiere production of Map of Heaven will address all of those goals. Lowe’s play is a moving drama based upon a marriage between a painter and her radiologist husband, and a fatal decision that he makes that changes the course of both their lives. Featuring compassionate writing, complex interpersonal relationships, and four strong roles for women, Map of Heaven explores the issue of breast cancer and the responsibility of doctors to their patients through a new lens of art and marriage. - From Artistic Director Kent Thompson:
What this grant has allowed us to do: Given the economic downturn, DCTC has been forced to reduce rehearsal times for all productions this season by up to a week of rehearsal. The Edgerton grant is especially invaluable in that it will allow us to add a week of rehearsal time for this world premiere, and allow us to bring in the playwright Michele Lowe for an extra week.
Director: Evan Cabnet
Dramaturg: Doug Langworthy
Producing Partners: Jim Steinberg & Karolynn Lestrud and Terry & Noel Hefty.
Season Sponsors: Steinberg Charitable Trust, Wells Fargo, Larimer Square, SCFD, CBS4 and The Denver Post
BWW Reviews: Denver Center's MAP OF HEAVEN 2011/02/09
BroadwayWorld.com, February 9, 2011
'Map of Heaven' grew out of Denver Center nurturing
The Denver Post, January 22, 2011