I’m thrilled to be in Denver as part of the regional premiere of Jessica Dickey’s Charles Ives Take Me Home at Curious Theatre Company. It’s been a wonderful opportunity to do another production of this beautiful play, with another great team of theatre artists.
“Dave Belden, playing John, is an actor as well as a violinist. It’s a rather rarefied skill set, and he does both quite well here.”
—Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post Theater Critic ***½
“Belden’s John is so full of a passion that’s curdled in his chest that he can’t see his living, breathing daughter — but his violin sings his soul.”
—Juliet Wittman, Denver Westword
“The fine acting performances are consistent and integrated as well… [Belden] captures the character’s passion for music, and his confusion about the teenage girl that his daughter has become.”
—Craig Williamson, North Denver Tribune
“…Belden’s wonderfully uptight bubble.”
—Bob Bow, ColoradoDrama.com
At Denver’s Curious, a mix of classical music and theater
—Ray Mark Rinaldi, Denver Post Fine Arts Critic
Curious Theatre sets family tension to the music of Charles Ives
—Colorado Matters, Colorado Public Radio
A Charles Ives scholar takes in a Charles Ives play
CPR Classical asked Ken Singleton to preview the production and report back.
—Colorado Public Radio
Actors Dave Belden and Kate Berry perform an excerpt from Curious Theatre’s production of “Charles Ives Take Me Home” in the CPR Performance Studio:
Charles Ives Take Me Home
By Jessica Dickey
Directed by Christy Montour-Larson
Featuring Dave Belden, Kate Berry* and Jim Hunt
January 8 – February 14, 2015
“Good storytelling makes good theatre, and Jessica Dickey is a damn good storyteller.” — New York Theatre Review
Modernist composer Charles Ives officiates a generational scrimmage between a virtuoso violinist and his basketball coach daughter. A lyrical and music-filled journey by a writer that The New York Times calls “one to watch,” this inspiring new work explores the difficult relationship between a father and daughter whose dissonant passions create a fugue of disappointments and missed chances.