Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is Stories on Stage?
A: Stories on Stage is great actors reading great short fiction to a live adult audience. We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit performing arts organization devoted to nurturing empathy and understanding among people by presenting popular local and national actors in dramatic readings of literature.
Q: What is a performance like?
A: A typical performance consists of three to four short stories, each read by a professional actor. Individual audience members report feeling as if the actors are reading a story expressly for them. Following the performance, there is a reception in the lobby for the audience with free milk, homemade cookies and the opportunity to meet the actors, artistic director and staff. In addition, we present programs each season that play on the original format. These shows use several actors to perform each story, and sometimes a program will focus on a social issue or subject of intense interest. These have included disability, mental health, substance abuse, veterans, and
Q: Who comes to Stories on Stage?
A: Stories on Stage is for people 16 years of age and older. We welcome an audience that is representative of our community, in other words, varied in race, age, culture and socioeconomic background.
Q: Does this kind of programming happen only in Denver?
A: Actors reading short stories to adults began in New York City in 1985. It proved to be so popular with audiences that performances are now broadcast on New York’s public radio and on National Public Radio. In the last 10 years, similar programs have been established in Chicago (sponsored by Chicago Public Radio) and in Dallas at Arts & Letters Live. All three programs are extremely popular.
Q: What is the price of a ticket?
A: In keeping with our mission, we maintain an affordable price. Subscriptions range in price from $115 to $300. Single tickets are $28. Groups of 6 or more pay $20 per ticket. Our LoDough Program provides scholarships for individuals and organizations in need.
Q: What kinds of stories are performed?
A: Each program presents stories that vary in mood and style. We perform classic and contemporary short stories that range in mood from light and funny to serious and thought provoking. We perform the work of writers of diverse backgrounds, styles, and cultures.
Q: Where are the actors from?
A: Denver is fortunate in having a gifted local acting community, and many of our actors are hired out of this group. We also hire from the acting communities of Broadway and film and television. Actors enjoy this kind of performance and are eager to fit us into their schedules. Our well-known guests have included Bill Pullman, John Rubinstein, Ed Asner, Robert Gossett, G.W. Bailey, James Avery, Elliott Gould, Esai Morales, Judith Ivey, Malachy McCourt, Edward Herrmann, Wes Studi, Kathleen Chalfant, Tony Plana, and Hattie Mae Winston.
Q: When and where are performances?
A: Our dates this year are: Saturday, September 19; Sunday, October 18;
Saturday, November 14; Sunday, December 13 (*King Center, Auraria Campus); Saturday, January 16;
Sunday, February 21; Sunday, March 13; Saturday, April 2; Sunday, May 1.
Each of these shows will perform at Su Teatro Cultural and Performing Arts Center, 721 Santa Fe Drive, 80204. Saturday performances are 1:30pm & 7:30pm. Sunday performances are 1:30pm & 6:30pm. Making Merry (Sunday, December 13) will perform at the King Center, Auraria Campus in Denver.
Additionally, we will perform several of these shows in Boulder. Our Boulder shows include Saturday, October 17 at 7:30pm; Saturday, December 12 at 2:00pm & Friday, March 11 at 7:30pm, all held at Chautauqua Community House (301 Morning Glory Drive).
Q: How is Stories on Stage supported?
A: We are supported by our community and our audience. Please visit our sponsors page for a complete list of our sponsors. We are tremendously grateful for individual contributions.
We receive financial support from the Scientific & Cultural Facilities District, the Gay & Lesbian Fund for Colorado, the Denver Foundation, Ralph L. and Florence R. Burgess Trust, and Hilton Garden Inn. Media sponsors include The Denver Post Community, KUVO Jazz 89, the Daily Camera, and Yellow Scene. Su Teatro Cultural and Performing Arts Center provide enormous in-kind support. Authentic Persian Rugs provides our stage décor.
Q: I have a ticket for a matinee performance. May I attend in the evening?
A: More seats generally are available at the evening performances. Please telephone the box office at 303.494.0523 to advise us of your change in ticket use.
Q: May I bring my children?
A: Great stories often contain adult content. Parents and grandparents should make their own determination as to whether to bring young people under the age of 16.