Photos: My day with Theatre Esprit Asia’s “Spirit & Sworded Treks” and “Dust Storm”

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By John Moore
June 20, 2013

Opening Nos. 83-84: Theatre Esprit Asia’s “Dust Storm” and “Spirit & Sworded Treks”: Denver’s first Asian-American theater company is presenting two solo plays performing in repertory through this coming weekend at the Vintage Theatre’s studio theater. “Sworded Treks” is written by company co-founder Maria Cheng. It weaves tai-ji forms, storytelling, stir-fry cooking and stand-up comedy through the spiritual struggles of a Chinese-American woman who tells us what Johnny Unitas, ecstatic sex, a beheaded Barbie doll and martial arts all have to do with the tao of spirituality. Michelle Hurtubise, who splits “Sworded Treks” performances with Cheng, has remaining appearances at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, June 22; and at 8 p.m. Sunday, June 23. Cheng performs at 8 p.m. Friday, June 21; and at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, June 23 “Sworded Treks” plays in repertory with a one-man show about World War II internment camps titled “Dust Storm,” with three actors sharing those performances. Remaining showtimes: 4:30 p.m. (Dale Li) and 8 p.m. (Peter Trinh) on Saturday, June 22. All shows in Vintage Theatre Productions‘ studio theater, 1468 Dayton St., Aurora. Call 303-856-7830. On the day we visited, Vintage was actually responsible for five performances in a single day: Three performances by TEA; its own mainstage offering of the Agatha Christie spoof “And Then There Was Nun” (since closed); and a reprise of its recent hit “RFK: A Portrait of Robert Kennedy” at the next-door Aurora Fox (through June 23; call 303-739-1970). Thanks: Charles Cobb, Kat Reynolds, Gloria Shanstrom.


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