And Toto too Theatre Company’s Play Crawl returns June 8

Christy Steadman
csteadman@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 6/3/22

The last time And Toto too Theatre Company’s Play Crawl took place was in 2019. So because it was cancelled the past two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Play Crawl this year is …

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And Toto too Theatre Company’s Play Crawl returns June 8

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The last time And Toto too Theatre Company’s Play Crawl took place was in 2019. So because it was cancelled the past two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Play Crawl this year is celebrating its 10th anniversary.
 
“It’s such a happy, high-energy event,” said Susan Lyles, executive director of And Toto too Theatre Company. “I’m glad to be getting back at it.”
 
The 2022 Play Crawl takes place June 8 in the Tennyson Arts District. The event begins with a mixer and silent auction at 5:30 p.m. with the evening wrapping up at about 10 p.m. The Play Crawl begins at 7 p.m. At 6:30 p.m., attendees will break into groups of about 10 and crawl leaders will take each group from venue to venue, ensuring there is only one group in a venue at a time.
 
There are nine venues participating this year — seven are brick-and-mortar galleries and shops, and two will be a street performance.
 
Each venue will feature a micro play that is about two to three minutes in length. All the plays are original premiers written by nine local-to-Colorado woman playwrights. This year’s participating playwrights are Rebecca Gorman O’Neill, Leslie C. Lewis, Melissa Lucero McCarl, Linda Berry, Christie Brenner Winn, Edith Weiss, Nina Alice Miller, Ellen K. Graham and Nicolette Vajtay.
 
“Without question, (the Play Crawl is) one of the most unique theatrical experiences you can take part in or watch,” said Melissa Lucero McCarl of Denver’s Park Hill neighborhood who has been involved with the Play Crawl for nine years. “I love how it highlights so many worthy local businesses while commissioning a bunch of micro plays.”
 
And Toto too Theatre Company is a nonprofit that formed in 2005 to promote women artists and playwrights.
 
“Only 22% of plays produced nationally are written by women,” Lyles said in a news release. “This unique fundraising event of the year not only raises money for And Toto too Theatre Company, it also highlights the talents of Colorado women playwrights.”
 
Kate Poling of Lakewood has participated in the Play Crawl several times — as an actor, director or volunteer.
 
It’s a “wonderfully unique experience that is difficult to find anywhere else,” Poling said. “People who attend experience a variety of different theatrical genres while celebrating the vibrancy of a street filled with small businesses and local character.”

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