100 Colorado Creatives: Mare Trevathan
#70: Mare Trevathan
Mare Trevathan in Eve Ensler's "The Good Body," Aurora Fox.
Mare Trevathan gets around. The theatrical jill-of-all-trades works her chosen field from every angle: as an actor, director, teacher, talking-book reader, collaborator and public-relations expert, going from one spotlight to another as the muse moves her. Trevathan is not only a familiar face on some of the city's best stages, from Curious Theatre and the LIDA Project to the Denver Center Theatre Company, but she also finds space on some of its smaller ones, from Off-Center@The Jones to the Denver Children's Theatre at the Mizel Arts and Culture Center.
Every December, Trevathan joins GerRee Hinshaw, Melanie Owen Padilla and Jim Ruberto to put on the comic variety show Balls! A Holiday Spectacular, a holiday-season fundraiser full of good cheer and -- sometimes -- sock puppets. She works with schoolkids through Think 360 Arts and, more recently, joined Boulder's women-run LOCAL Theater Company.
Lucia De Giovanni Mare and her "Balls!" mates in 2012.
This week, Trevathan puts on her director's hat for Off-Center@The Jones's season closer, SWEAT: Improv on Bikes, which is more or less exactly what it sounds like: a long-form, musical improv performed by actors who are actively pedaling. That's right. See SWEAT at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 17 and 18, in the Jones Theatre; get tickets, $12 in advance (or $14 at the door), at Off-Center online.
While wrapping our heads around how someone directs such a show, we asked Trevathan to wrap her head around our 100CC questionnaire. Her answers follow.
Westword: If you could collaborate with anyone in history, who would it be, and why?
Michael Ensminger Mare Trevathan in "Alchemy of Desire."
Mare Trevathan: I'd love to go back in time and watch choreographer Pina Bausch work, because the innovation and sense of humor in her dances really resonate with me.
But there are lots of contemporary folks I'd love to work with. Toronto musician/composer Charles Spearin's The Happiness Project makes me think he'd be a wonderful collaborator for a show.
Who in the world is interesting to you right now, and why?
Today I'm home sick reading up on novelist Zadie Smith (NW), because I think she's got a clear and distinct voice, and her vantage point on race/ culture/economics is unique.
In theater, I'd love to see what Punchdrunk is up to now. They're the ones who did Sleep No More in New York. They make really popular "theatrical adventures."
What's one art trend you want to see die this year?
The jukebox musical.
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