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Thingamajig winter season opens with a chiller

By Laura Moore
Special to The PREVIEW

Thingamajig Theatre Company opens its 2013-2014 Season with Naomi Wallace’s Obie Award winning “One Flea Spare.”

Photo courtesy Thingamajig Theater Los Angeles actor David Menich stars as Bunce in Thingamajig’s season opener “One Flea Spare,” playing Oct. 10-27 at the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts.

Photo courtesy Thingamajig Theater
Los Angeles actor David Menich stars as Bunce in Thingamajig’s season opener “One Flea Spare,” playing Oct. 10-27 at the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts.

Set in London in 1665, the story covers the Snellgraves (Terry Evans and Desiree Henderson) who are only hours away from ending their plague quarantine when they find themselves invaded by the unlikely pairing of an earthy seaman — Bunce (David Menich) and 12-year-old orphan Morse (Melissa Cheffers). Rumbled by lascivious watchman Kabe (Tim Moore) — their only contact with the outside — their well-appointed house must become an enforced sickbay for another month.

And possibly their tomb.

Thingamajig’s production of “One Flea Spare” marks the first time the play has been shown in a professional setting.

“University of Colorado Denver produced a student production of the play in 2012,” remarked Moore. “I was very pleased that Thingamajig continues to obtain premiere rights to coveted titles in theatre.”

Coming off their regional premiere of both “Monty Python’s Spamalot” and “Good People,” two very popular titles in American theatre at the moment Thingamajig is offering another regional first with John Logan’s “Red” in May 2014.

“Both ‘Red’ and ‘One Flea Spare’ are titles I was eager to share with Pagosa and regional audiences since we’ve opened our doors,” said Moore.

“’Red’ is an account of the famous painter Mark Rothko and his struggle and sometimes unwillingness to accommodate the changing attitudes towards creating and interpreting art, in a changing world. ‘Red’ won the Tony Award for Best Play in 2010 and when you see it I think you’ll understand immediately why. The play is brilliant.”

With the abundance of visual arts that reside in the area, Moore predicts strong audience attendance for “Red” and a piece that will resonate with many.

With a season of can’t miss shows, Moore has cast the shows with a plethora of experienced performers.

“This season has so many special shows and all of our actors have been cast and are already at work on all five productions.”

As familiar favorites like Jamie Finkenthal (Lady of the Lake, “Spamalot”), Melissa Cheffers (Pam, “The Full Monty”), and David Trudeau (King Philip, “The Lion in Winter”) return, many new faces are sure to please and surprise. Karen Jeffreys and Margaret Ozaki take a break from national tours and the opera to join the cast of the holiday’s Winter Wonderettes and Fort Lewis Theatre Department chair Dennis Elkins will make the jaunt east to play the multifaceted Rothko in “Red.”

“I could not be more pleased with our company of actors this season. Thingamajig continues to grow and gain notoriety far beyond Colorado as a destination for performers, technicians and artist of all walks,” said Moore. “I did warn them that winter is a whole different ball-game here. So many of our summer actors absolutely loved it here this year and one even relocated, but that didn’t appear to detract any of them. Many were looking forward to the cold weather. Each to their own.”

Don’t miss any of this season’s award-winning plays and musicals. Secure your season tickets today to get the best prices and the best seats for this year’s hottest titles.

For additional information, visit www.pagosacenter.org or call 731-SHOW and let us help you determine which package is right for your needs.

This story was posted on October 3, 2013.