September 18, 2009
When Carbondale’s Thunder River Theatre Company canceled its planned production of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” last year, you had to wonder if there were second thoughts about the material itself. Edward Albee’s 1962 drama of marital discord is bleak and raw, perhaps not the stuff of a small-town company. It was selected for a Pulitzer Prize – but then denied the award on the basis of its language and sexual themes. But the cancellation turns out to be only a postponement; Albee’s drama – which did, in fact, receive a Tony for Best Play, among its honors – opens at Thunder River Friday, Sept. 25, with dates through Oct. 10. Lon Winston, the company’s artistic director, directs, with Valerie Haugen, Jeff Carlson, Charlie DeFord and Holly Freeman in the roles of the two couples from academia who spend a night drinking, taunting and belittling one another.
Summer officially ends this week, and downhillers wanting to skip right over fall – what are autumn golds and reds, after all, compared to winter white? – can do so with The Meeting. The Aspen Skiing Co.-sponsored event, entering its fourth year, rounds up cutting-edge sports films and surrounds them with DJ parties and talks about the latest gear and the state of the industry. On-screen highlights include “Stance,” featuring local snowboard queen Gretchen Bleiler; “Blood,” a 16mm film featuring extensive local footage; and “IN DEEP,” from downhill film leaders Matchstick Productions, and featuring a segment devoted to Shane McConkey, who died earlier this year in a BASE jumping accident. The Meeting runs Thursday through Sunday, Sept. 24-27, with events at the Wheeler Opera House and Belly Up.