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The Aspen Writers’ Foundation’s Aspen Summer Words Literary Festival will be presented under the theme Passage to India, and will feature a gathering of Indian writers. Summer Words is set for June 22-27, with events centered at the Gant condominium complex.

Aspen Summer Words comprises two components: the Literary Festival, with readings, panel discussions, social events and more, and the Writing Retreat, featuring hands-on workshops led by authors and educators.

Writers participating in the Literary Festival have not yet been announced.

Instructors for the Writing Retreat include Sue Miller, whose work has been awarded a Guggenheim Award and a nomination for the Orange Prize; Pamela Painter, author of the textbook “What If: Writing Exercises for Fiction Writers,” and two short-story collections; memoir writer and Johns Hopkins professor William Loizeaux; novelist Richard Bausch; and former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky.

Writing Retreat offerings include a five-day workshop, a two-day symposia, Fiction for Beginners, the Readers’ Retreat, and the new Young Writers Workshop.

Writing Retreat workshops have limited enrollment. Applications are being accepted through April 1. For further information on the application process, or on the Aspen Summer Words program in general, go to

Theatre Aspen’s Winter Performance Conservatory and Teen Company will present a series of Sunday apres-ski performances at the Crystal Palace through the winter.

The series opens Sunday, Feb. 3, with “Cats,” Andrew Lloyd Webber’s long-running musical, based on poems by T.S. Eliot, that opened on Broadway in 1982 and became the longest-running musical in Broadway history. “Cats” will show at 1 p.m., Feb. 3, and will have two performances, at 2 and 4 p.m., Feb. 10 and 17.

Theatre Aspen’s production of “The Odyssey,” based on Homer’s epic poem, opens Feb. 24, and shows Sundays through March 9. There will be two performances, at 2 and 4 p.m., of “The Odyssey” each Sunday.

Both productions are directed by Marisa Post, Theatre Aspen’s director of education.

The show includes a serving of pie and coffee, tea, hot chocolate or cider. There will also be a cash bar.

Theatre Aspen has announced that Mark Martino will be the director for this summer’s production of “Little Shop of Horrors.” The organization previously announced that Adam Hunter would direct; Hunter had to cancel due to a scheduling conflict.

Martino, a former actor who has appeared in the long-running off-Broadway hits “Forever Plaid” and “Forbidden Broadway,” changed course several years ago to focus on directing. His credits as director include a Cape Cod production of the musical comedy featuring Fred Willard. Martino will also choreograph “Little Shop of Horrors.” The musical, adapted from Roger Corman’s 1960 film, is a comic horror about an alien plant with plans to conquer Earth.

Theatre Aspen’s summer 2008 season also includes the drama “Crimes of the Heart,” the comedy “Rounding Third,” and the family production “Seussical,” a musical based on the writing of Dr. Seuss.

For further information on Theatre Aspen, go to

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