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By Laura Moore
Special to The PREVIEW
Thingamajig Theatre Company enters the home stretch of their critically acclaimed summer run at the Pagosa Center for the Arts with the closing of “The Full Monty” tonight at 7 p.m. and the final weekend of the summer favorite “Monty Python’s Spamalot” running Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and closing Sunday at 2 p.m.
But, in their place comes another Colorado premiere, right here in Pagosa Springs: the Broadway favorite and Tony Award nominated play, “Good People,” by David Lindsay-Abaire.
Directed by John Ashton (Henry Award winner for Lifetime Achievement in Theatre) and starring a cast of regional and national actors, Thingamajig adds some star power to “Good People.”
“We’ve had such an amazing run this summer with Spamalot and Monty. The actors we cast were everything we hoped they’d be and I think audiences recognize and appreciate top talent,” remarked Tim Moore, artistic director for Thingamajig Theatre. “We knew premiering another big Broadway hit would require the best actors as well as a director with experience bringing to the stage newer works that some audiences might not be familiar with.”
Enter John Ashton, director and longtime theatre staple in Denver. Ashton has been producing, directing and starring in theatrical hits for over 30 years. Along the way he’s performed in film work too, most recently appearing on AMC’s hit series “Breaking Bad.”
“John brings so many intangibles to the table,” said Moore. “You just can’t evoke the kind of response from actors sometimes without having been there yourself. John’s had a full life — I can’t wait to see his product here.”
The director isn’t the only member of the team that comes with national attention. Kristen Adele, who portrays Kate in “Good People,” recently appeared in “Blue Bloods” with Tom Selleck and starred in the smash-hit “Orange is the New Black.”
“Kristen is a true, ‘I-knew-her-when’ actor,” said Moore. “Both Laura and I have been friends with Kristen for years and her star is rising fast. We’re incredibly fortunate that she was available and of course eager to feature her in ‘Good People’ for our production.”
And speaking of producing, Thingamajig has spread its wings a bit with “Good People,” choosing to co-produce the play with award -winning Denver producers Abster Productions.
“Abster hit the ground running with its premiere of ‘August: Osage County’ last year at the Dairy Center. They were nominated for and won multiple Henry Awards for their incredible production. I knew right away that the energy and commitment they bring to producing premiere works was the kind of partnership Thingamajig, an emerging leader in new works ourselves, wants to be associated with,” said Moore.
Don’t miss these final three terrific shows. Great things are happening in Pagosa right now in the arts and you can see great theater at PSCA over the next four weekends.
Thingamajig Theatre Company presents “The Full Monty” tonight, at 7 p.m., rated R; “Monty Python’s Spamalot” Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m., rated PG-13; and “Good People” Friday, Aug. 16, at 6 p.m., rated R. “Good People” continues Thursday through Saturday at 7 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. until Sept. 1.
For tickets and information, visit www.pagosacenter.org or call 731-SHOW.