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Wheeler Opera House partners with Theatre Aspen to host ‘Mad Show’ workshop performances

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Theatre Aspen and the Wheeler Opera House are partnering for a series of workshop performances of the much-anticipated new improv musical comedy "The Mad Show" during the Aspen Theatre Festival in September.

The organizations announced the partnership Friday.

"The Mad Show" is a musical mash-up from the minds behind Mad Magazine and Second City. It's written by Emmy nominee and Peabody winner Rich Talarico. A Second City company member at "Mad TV" writer, Talarico also has written for "Saturday Night Live," "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" and "Key & Peele."

The stars of "The Mad Show" are Nicole Parker (Elphaba in Broadway's "Wicked," "Mad TV"), Lauren Pritchard ("The Sarah Silverman Program," "Real Time with Bill Maher," "Mad TV"), Craig Cackowski ("Drunk History," "Veep"), David Pompeii ("The Daily Show," "Key & Peele," "Heroes," "ER"), and Martin Garcia ("Ray Donovan"), with more casting to be announced soon.

Tickets for the various workshops and presentations from Sept. 11 to 16 are $15 to $35.

"I'm confident this week-long residency by these artists to create a new show will inspire our community," Wheeler executive director Gena Buhler said. "Since there's an improv element to the show, our Aspen audiences will play a huge role in the show's development."

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The Aspen Theatre Festival launched in 2014 with a workshop presentation of "Alice By Heart" by Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater (the creative team behind the Tony-winning "Spring Awakening"). The goal of the festival is to offer emerging and established writers the opportunity to develop new work in a professional and inspiring environment, while experiencing all that Aspen has to offer.

"This collaboration is a terrific example of the inspirational spirit our community has to promote and create art in the Roaring Fork Valley," said Theatre Aspen interim artistic director Markus Potter. "Of course, Theatre Aspen is proud to play our part."

In addition to performances in the Wheeler and at Belly Up Aspen, the festival will host a free lunch discussion with the cast and creative team Sept. 12 and a free wine and cheese event with the creative team Sept. 14 at 5:30 p.m. Locations for these events will be announced at later time.

EVENT SCHEDULE

Tuesday, Sept. 12: Public Performance of Act I; Wheeler Bar Lobby,

7 p.m. $15

Wednesday, Sept. 13: Public Performance of Act II; Belly Up Aspen,

6 p.m. $15

Friday, Sept. 15: Public Performance of full show; Wheeler Opera House main stage, 7:30 p.m. $35

Saturday, Sept. 16: Public Performance of full show; Wheeler Opera House main stage, 7:30 p.m. $35

More info: http://www.wheeleroperahouse.com