Indiana by Steven Cole Hughes
On the eve of the 2016 presidential election, Justine, who just lost her job and her boyfriend in New York City, goes back to her parents’ house in Indiana. Old patterns and arguments emerge, and all she wanted was to go home so her voice could be heard.
Live performance in the Steddy Theater. Food + drink available for purchase. Included in festival pass, or pay what you can upon registration.
Steven Cole Hughes is a playwright, actor, director and currently Associate Professor and Director of Theatre at Western Colorado University. He is also the faculty mentor for playwriting at Regis University’s Mile-High MFA. His full-length plays include: Indiana, The Presidents!, Slabtown, Billy Hell, The Bad Man, cowboyily, Behold! The Fig Leaf Apron, Dogs by Seven and Poor Devils. His plays have been produced by the Bloomington Playwrights Project, The Coterie Theatre, Creede Repertory Theatre, Curious Theatre Company, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, and the Edinburgh International Fringe Festival. He won the 2008 Denver Post Ovation Award for Best New Work for Billy Hell, and the 2011 Denver Post Ovation Award for Special Achievement for his trilogy of plays The Billy Trilogy. He has a BA in Theatre from Indiana University and an MFA from the National Theatre Conservatory.
Emma Messenger is a Denver based actress having performed at Curious Theatre, The Arvada Center, DCPA Off Center, The Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Local Theater Company, and The Edge Theater among others. She is a three time CTG Henry Award Winner for Outstanding Acting having been nominated seven times. She was named to Westword’s Best list three times and has received four True West Awards for her performances. She last appeared onstage in The Secretary at Curious Theatre. Favorite roles include the Nurse in Romeo and Juliet, Della in The Cake, Kate Keller in All My Sons, Sue Mengers in I’ll Eat You Last, Martha in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, and Annie Wilkes in Misery.
Cajardo Lindsey is an actor, filmmaker, screenwriter, and attorney. His theatre credits include: Denver Center Theatre Company: ALL THE WAY, Just Like us, A Raisin in the Sun; Arvada Center: To Kill a Mockingbird, Wait Until Dark, A Raisin in the Sun; Curious Theatre Company: Skeleton Crew, Detroit ’67, The Brother Sister Plays, Fences; The Whipping Man; Local Theatre Company: The Rape of the Sabine Women, By Grace B. Matthias; Shadow Theatre Company: Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Blood Knot; Miner’s Alley Playhouse: The Night of the Iguana, Lobby Hero and Misery. He is a multiple Denver Post Ovation, Best of Westward, Colorado Theatre Guild Henry Award-winning actor. Film and TV credits include: Deadly Illusions, Infinity Chamber, Shot Caller, Force of Execution, MacGruber, Silver City, Assassins’ Code, Stained Glass Windows, Crash, Easy Money, In Plain Sight, and Medium. His social media handle is @cajardo, his next film project handle is @blackfacemovie.
Heather Hughes is an actor, director and teaching artist. Her theatre credits include: SICKS, Walker Space at SOHO Rep, NYC; The Boy at the Edge of Everything, The Duke Theatre, NYC; Rabbithole, Theatreworks, CT; DragOn, Lived/Relived, The Colorado New Play Summit, Denver Center for the Performing Arts; The 39 Steps, Lonetree Arts Center; Tiny Beautiful Things, The Wright Opera House. Heather’s voice can be heard on numerous radio ads and her face can be seen on numerous commercials. As a Teaching Artist, Heather has worked with The New Victory Theatre, Lincoln Center, Disney, and Memorial Sloan-Kettering in NYC, and ongoingly with The Denver Center for the Performing Arts, The Weehawken Center for the Arts, and The Crested Butte Center for the Arts, and Western Colorado University. Heather is thrilled, THRILLED, to be with you, IN PERSON, at the theatre today.