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Institute to hold free theater talk

The Aspen Institute will hold an event free to the public from 5 to 6:30 p.m. today in the Koch Building on the Aspen Meadows Campus.

Broadway and film actress Kathleen Chalfant will participate in a conversation with Theater Masters Artistic Director Julia Hansen; Andrew Leynse, artistic director of the off-Broadway Primary Stages Theater in New York City; and emerging playwrights.

Among those playwrights are Aspen High School’s Kristin Hopkins and Brooklyn Paige Koski, of Basalt High School. The other playwrights study at major universities.

“As people consume TV and film more easily by way of media-streaming services such as Netflix and Hulu Plus, the panel will examine the place of theater in modern culture, and what, if any, responsibility the playwright has to use theater as a platform for social change,” said a statement from the Institute.

Chalfant has received numerous accolades for her performances on and off the stage. She performed on Broadway’s “Angels in America: Millennium Approaches,” a performance that earned her a nomination for the 1993 Tony Award for Best Actress. In addition to her off-screen roles, Chalfant has starred in “House of Cards” as well as “Law & Order” and several of its spin-offs, including “Special Victims Unit” and “Criminal Intent.”

For more information, contact Jillian Scott at 970-544-7914 or, or visit the Institute’s website at

Jewish groups forge alliance

JEWISHcolorado, formerly known as Allied Jewish Federation of Colorado, announced Thursday its new strategic alliance partnership with United Jewish Appeal Aspen Valley.

“UJA is very excited to partner with JEWISHcolorado,” said Melinda Goldrich, president of United Jewish Appeal Aspen Valley. “We now proudly acknowledge that we are ‘Powered by JEWISHcolorado’ and that our mutual efforts will help ensure a strong sense of collective responsibility throughout Colorado’s Jewish community.”

The alliance will allow both organizations to better serve the state’s Jewish community, according to a statement. JEWISHcolorado also aligned with the Colorado Agency for Jewish Education in June 2013.

As part of a five-year agreement that takes effect Sunday, JEWISHcolorado will provide campaign management as well as event, marketing and back office support for United Jewish Appeal Aspen Valley’s Annual Campaign.

“This is a historic time for UJA and for JEWISHcolorado,” said Richie Pearlstone, who has served on the UJA board of directors for many years. “With this alliance, we will create a more united Jewish community throughout Colorado, while saving on administrative costs. This will enable us to focus on more important causes both locally and globally.”


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