Sunflower Theatre - Cortez Colorado Events Venue

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Sunflower Theater at KSJD - Cortez, Colorado Events Venue

Auditions ~ A Couple of One Acts ~ Friday August 30 & Saturday August 31


Friday August 30 ~ 6-7pm

Saturday August 31 ~ 11am-12pm


Performance Dates:

October 11, 12, & 13


A Long Trip

By Dan McGeehan

This 15 minute one act play features an elderly couple who have lived a long and happy life together. Now, however, the woman is slowly slipping away as dementia runs its course. In an attempt to reawaken the bond they have held for so many years, the man tells her of the moment they fell in love. It is a story so vivid that she can see it play out before her eyes: a younger version of the man and woman meeting, falling in love and sharing a first kiss. One final, happy memory for her to take with her on her last long trip. Told with both laughter and tears, A Long Trip is a journey of lasting love and interdependence. Audiences everywhere have taken A Long Trip to heart for its mixture of joy, sadness and the wonder of life itself.


1 Male- 60 years+

1 Female- 60 years+

1 Male – 20 -35

1 Female – 20 -35

Please prepare two contrasting one minute monologue and be prepared to do a cold reading. Audition forms can be picked up at the KSJD offices on the corner of Market and Main.


The Zoo Story

By Edward Albee

This one-act play concerns two characters, Peter and Jerry, who meet on a park bench in New York City’s Central Park. Peter is a wealthy publishing executive with a wife, two daughters, two cats, and two parakeets. Jerry is an isolated and disheartened man, desperate to have a meaningful conversation with another human being. He intrudes on Peter’s peaceful state by interrogating him and forcing him to listen to stories about his life and the reason behind his visit to the zoo. The action is linear, unfolding in front of the audience in “real time”. The elements of ironic humor and unrelenting dramatic suspense are brought to a climax when Jerry brings his victim down to his own savage level.

Eventually, Peter has had enough of his strange companion and tries to leave. Jerry begins pushing Peter off the bench and challenges him to fight for his territory. Unexpectedly, Jerry pulls a knife on Peter, and then drops it as initiative for Peter to grab. When Peter holds the knife defensively, Jerry charges him and impales himself on the knife. Bleeding on the park bench, Jerry finishes his zoo story by bringing it into the immediate present: “Could I have planned all this. No… no, I couldn’t have. But I think I did.” Horrified, Peter runs away from Jerry, whose dying words, “Oh…my…God”, are a combination of scornful mimicry and supplication.

This play has already been cast.

Theatre Grottesco Workshop ~ Saturday September 7, 1pm



Theater Grottesco Workshop

Saturday September 7

Starts at 1pm


Presence and Ensemble

What is theatre?  It often begins with a script on the page, but it doesn’t have to necessarily.

Some theatrical performances are developed through physical and improvisational techniques, where the information comes from the bodies and voices of the performers. This is what we explore in this workshop.

Presence and Ensemble are the foundations of physical performance. All physical
styles start here. The work is also fundamental for all styles of theater and for film.
Individuals will work on instinctual response, rhythm, a relaxed, heightened energy and
an economy of movement. Ensemble Training is about adjusting personal rhythms and
instincts to the group; the balance of space; imagery through movement and sound;
focusing the audiences attention and the dynamics of “play”.

Come prepared to move with loose clothing, jewelry removed and hair back. We work barefoot. Workshop will be 2-3 hours.

Consider This… ~ Friday September 6, 7:30pm

Friday September 6

Starts at 7:30pm

Doors open at 7pm

$15 online / $18 at the door


CONSIDER THIS is a 60 minute romp through the pre-history of Western theater, from Greek Tragedy to Commedia dell’Arte, Clown, Buffoon, masks and more – theatrical styles rediscovered and developed by the celebrated Jacques Lecoq in Paris. Theater Grottesco, the celebrated troupe based in Santa Fe New Mexico, takes over where Lecoq leaves off, showcasing modern styles in the continuous development of the oldest art form on the planet.

The performance opens with a reflection and a question: ‘There were times when theater artists were changing the world. Are they still?’ The performance unfolds as a journey through the creation of each style as a response to social and political movements.

Enjoy the irreverence of Theater Grottesco, one of the United States’ most creative theatrical ensembles while they share the philosophy and the many theatrical styles that make up their imaginative original plays. CONSIDER THIS… has toured throughout the United States and in Colombia in 2014.

Learn more about Theater Grottesco here.

This performance is about an hour long and there will be a Q&A following the performance.


Amazing Grace ~ Thursday September 5, 7pm

Thursday September 5

Starts at 7pm

Doors open at 6:30pm

Free ($5 donation requested)


It’s the closest thing to witnessing a miracle — just some cameras, a crowd and a voice touched by God. Over two days in January of 1972, Aretha Franklin got up to sing out her gospel at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Watts, backed by the Southern California Community Choir. A film crew was there to catch the Queen of Soul blow the roof off the place. Not to get closer to the Lord — surely He was already listening — but to testify to his glory with the black church music that helped form her and fired her faith. The live recording of the concert became Franklin’s biggest bestseller.

So why in the name of all that’s holy did it take so long to get the film of that concert into theaters? It’s a long story, mostly involving daunting technical problems. Director Sydney Pollack, more than a decade before he’d win the Oscar for Out of Africa, failed to properly synchronize image and sound, rendering the film unreleasable. And then, after another four decades, another miracle happened. Digital experts stepped in under the guidance of producer Alan Elliott, and worked out the kinks. So here’s Franklin — decked out in a caftan, pounding her piano and making a joyful noise to the heavens with image and sound in perfect harmony. It’s an unforgettable experience watching her up there, shaking the rafters with “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” and Marvin Gaye’s “Wholy Holy” and finding the ecstatic beauty and forgiveness in the title song. Word has it that good things are worth waiting for. This shining light of a film proves it.

Trifecta ~ Tuesday August 27, 7pm


Tuesday August 27


Doors open at 6:30pm


Trifecta is a powerful and dynamic new string trio, presenting concerts designed to surprise, delight and stimulate their audiences. Made up of three of New York City’s most accomplished and versatile chamber musicians, Trifecta’s debut season consists of appearances across the US and Canada, working with organizations such as the ChatterABQ series in New Mexico and the IRIS Orchestra in Tennessee. Violinist Sarah Whitney, praised by the Washington Post for her ” marvelous violin acrobatics,” is equally expert at playing classical concerti as she is improvising jazz and rock solos on the violin, and is the founder and artistic director of the innovative concert series Beyond the Notes. Violist Angela Pickett, who holds a Doctorate from the Manhattan School of Music, is not only an accomplished violist, winning several awards in her native Canada including a career grant from the Canada Council for the Arts, but is also a distinguished fiddler, appearing onstage on Broadway in the shows “Come From Away” and “Bright Star.” Cellist Laura Metcalf, lauded by Gramophone magazine for her “brilliant” playing and “gloriously warm and rich tone,” has seen her two most recent album releases both reach the top ten of the Billboard Classical Charts, and has been invited to tour internationally to countries such as Australia, Qatar, Nepal, Mongolia, Malaysia, India and many others.

All three players are also members of the acclaimed string quintet Sybarite5, the first ensemble of its kind ever to win the Concert Artists Guild Competition. With the quintet, they have performed hundreds of concerts worldwide, including over 40 US states, Argentina, Canada and Japan.

Trifecta is also dedicated to collaboration; their instrumentation and experience allow for flexible collaboration with many different instruments and musical styles.

Dr. Andrew Parker will be joining Trifecta for this concert.

Oboist and English Hornist, Dr. Andrew W. Parker, has performed throughout the United States in some of the countries most prestigious concert halls such as Avery Fischer Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, New York State Theater, Symphony Space, The Kimmel Center, Westchester Performing Arts Center, Tilles Center, Long Center and The Texas Performing Arts Center.


Check back at a later date for a listing of the musical selections that will be played.


From Drought to Plenty ~ Thursday August 29, 7pm




What do  farmers do when it’s dry one year and wet the next – how do you plan?  Panel discussion about how communities grapple with dry and then wet years, moderated by KUNC reporter Luke Runyon.  The panel discussion will last for 45 minutes and there will be a Q & A with the audience following.



Dustin Stein, ranch manager, Stubborn Farms, Mancos

Lorelei Cloud, Council member, Southern Ute Tribe, Ignacio

Selwyn Whiteskunk, Council member, Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, Towaoc

Conservation Colorado 2019 Legislative Scorecard ~ Tuesday August 6, 6:30pm


Conservation Colorado invites you to our 2019 Legislative Scorecard Event!

We are a statewide non-profit that uses community-engaged activism to shape conservation policy at the state level and are committed to protecting our public lands, air, and water.

Every year, we release a Legislative Scorecard that shows how each state Representative and Senator voted on specific conservation legislation. Do you know what bills hit the floor in 2019? Are you curious how Rep. Catlin and Sen. Coram voted? Join us on August 6th and find out!

We hope to see you there! Please e-mail with any questions.”

The Gospel of Eureka ~ Thursday August 1, 7pm

Thursday August 1


Doors open at 6:30pm

Free ($5 donation requested)


Love, faith and civil rights collide in a southern town as evangelical Christians and drag queens step into the spotlight to dismantle stereotypes.

The film takes a personal, and often comical look at negotiating differences between religion and belief through performance, political action, and partnership. Gospel drag shows and passion plays set the stage for one hell of a show.

Narrated by Mx Justin Vivian Bond.


Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher are film and multimedia artists who have worked together for over a decade on documentaries, music videos, and live performances. Their films have exhibited at major festivals around the world including Sundance, Tribeca, NYFF, LAFF, True/False, Cannes, Locarno, and Leipzig. Their first film, October Country, was the winner of the Silverdocs Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary Feature, was nominated for Best Documentary at the Independent Spirit awards in 2009, and was nominated for five and won two Cinema Eye awards. The filmmakers were recognized in 2010 by Filmmaker magazine as one of the 25 New Faces of Independent film.

New York Time review

Variety review

The Hop ~ Friday August 9, 8pm

The Hop before the Car Show

Friday August 9



Hey daddy-O, tell all your greasers and bobby soxers about The Hop, a fifties and sixties dance party the night before the George Geer Memorial Car Show.  Ladies grab your poodle skirts and gentlemen slick your hair back, join us for the KSJD cruise of classic cars on Main Street outside the theatre and then come in and dance.  $5 cover at the door.

Montezuma Pride Dance Party & Drag Show ~ Saturday August 3, 6pm

Come celebrate the first ever Montezuma Pride!

 Tickets are $15 online, $18 at the door, with a sliding scale admission available as well. Price of admission includes one drink. 18 and under get in free with ID.

• 6pm – 8pm – All Ages Dance Party (Dry event)
• 8pm – 11pm – Drag Show and 18+ Dance Party

Funds support Montezuma county LGBTQ+ youth programs