Wright Opera House – Live Holiday Theatre


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Enjoy Live Theatre In A Small Town Setting

At The Wright Opera House – www.thewrightoperahouse.org

Built in 1888 by Francis Carney for brothers Ed and George Wright and their wives, Letitia and Lenora, the Wright Opera House was the center of activities for the City of Ouray until the early part of the 20th century. After a number of years of relative non-use, it is once again being used for cultural events for the public. The nonprofit group Friends of the Wright Opera House purchased the 125-year-old building in 2010, with an eye toward renovation, but these efforts have not yet gotten underway. The structure has been placed on the United States National Register of Historic Places.


The Oldest Profession – By Paula Vogel

November 22 @ 7:30pm
November 24 @ 2:00pm

The time is 1981, shortly after the election of Ronald Reagan. The place is a sunny park bench at 72nd Street & Broadway, in New York City. The people are Mae (Ciel Bottomly), a madam, and her stable: Ursula (Pat Myers), Lillian (Ginny Spaven), Vera (Cynthia Robinson-Sherer) and Edna (Margie Ferguson). They are five “working girls” at the end of their very long and exhausting careers. The youngest is 72 years old. While waiting for appointments with their gentlemen, the women reminisce about their early days in New Orleans’ Storyville district — where, Mae says, “there was honor in the trade” — and argue about their options today. They are businesswomen whose clients are literally a dying breed. One of their customers has been kidnapped by his children. Another thinks it’s 1940 and has taken to paying with silk stockings. Others are in the hospital, and may not be coming out. For Mae’s stable, the financial situation is grave . . . and these girls aren’t getting any younger.

Pulitzer Prizewinning playwright Paula Vogel (How I Learned to Drive) uses the notion of elderly prostitutes as a way to talk of the economic situation of women in a male society, the need for security in old age, the fears of death and change, and the age-old notion that a woman’s best, and sometimes only, bargaining chip is her body. With the warmth generated by longtime friendships, and personality enriched by a lifetime of experience, the actresses in The Oldest Profession humanize the absurd spectacle of elderly prostitutes. These characters are independent, fun-loving, and gallant. These ladies portray the sisterhood of “The Life” with lively, unsentimental humor. Margie Ferguson and Pat Myers are making their Timshel Theatre Company debut in this show. Timshel Theatre has performed shows in Montrose, Paonia, Gunnison, and Ouray, and has plans to perform in Ridgway next year.

A Christmas Carol – December 6 & 7

Show 7:30pm | Doors open 6:30pm

This production, a live radio drama, is a unique form of audio storytelling which relies on dialogue, music and sound effects to enable the audience to visualize the story. Radio drama was initially developed during the 1920’s, losing some of its popularity in the United States when television became popular in the 1950’s. Radio drama broadcast on the BBC continues to enjoy popularity. We hope that you enjoy this radio adaption of Dickens’ classic, “The Christmas Carol”.

A Christmas Carol is a novella by English author Charles Dickens, first published by Chapman & Hall on 19 December 1843. The story tells of bitter and miserly Ebenezer Scrooge’s ideological, ethical, and emotional transformation resulting from supernatural visits from Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come.

Charles Dickens, 1812 – 1870, became a successful author after an upbringing in a debt-ridden family in London. Dickens authored The Christmas Carol in 1843, describing it as “A Ghost Story of Christmas” and prefacing it, “I have endeavoured in this Ghostly little book, to raise the Ghost of an Idea, which shall not put my readers out of humour with themselves, with each other, with the season, or with me. May it haunt their houses pleasantly, and no one wish to lay it.”