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Denver Center Theatre Company's 2008 Colorado New Play Summit includes three world premieres, four play readings, a Playwrights Slam, two dinners, welcome reception, farewell reception, breakfasts and lunches. The three plays are: Our House Conceived by Theresa Rebeck and Daniel Fish Written by Theresa Rebeck A rising TV news anchor is tripped up by her own ambition when she covers a hostage crisis. Lydia by Octavio Solis A Mexican immigrant family is mired in grief, rage and guilt over a daughter tragically disabled on the eve of her quinceanera (15th birthday). When the undocumented Lydia arrives in El Paso from Mexico to work as a maid for the Flores family, her nearly miraculous bond with the brain-damaged girl elates, then angers and finally destroys the troubled family - and Lydia herself. Plainsong by Eric Schmiedl Based upon the novel written by Kent Haruf Set on the high plains of eastern Colorado, this adaptation of the New York Times best-selling novel unflinchingly portrays love and loss in a small ranching community. A school teacher is left alone to care for his vulnerable sons, while two gruff bachelor brothers - knowing little about life beyond the ranch - awkwardly offer a home to a pregnant teenage girl. As their lives intertwine, they survive harshness and cruelty to recreate family and community. Plus four staged readings of new works.

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