When I was in Denver for early rehearsals of Full Code, people kept asking me how I got such a heavy hitting cast for Full Code. I, of course, had nothing to do it–and I wasn’t familiar enough with the Denver/Boulder theatre scene to get why this crew was so buzz-worthy. Upon a closer look, it’s become clear that BETC has assembled a powerhouse ensemble for this production. Between them, they’ve won just about every award in town, and from the rehearsals I saw, I understand why.
Hard to believe it, but opening night is a week away: October 22 (with public previews starting on the 20th). I’ll be there to cheer on this amazing ensemble and I hope some of you will too.
As seen in the banner photo above, Laura Norman (Callie) and Maire Higgins (Lauren) play the wife and “work wife” of Sander, who is in coma after a traumatic injury. The Sander each woman knows is quite different than the other’s vision and they clash over their who best speaks for what he would want next.
Norman is a Henry and True West Award-winning actress, whose roles span Harper in Angels in America to the protagonist of Grounded. Higgins is an Irene Ryan Award finalist and Yale Cabaret performer who joined the national tour of Love, Loss, and What I Wore.
Casey Andree (Sander, at right) bumps fists with an imagined visitor (Luke Sorge) who enters the subconscious universe of his coma. Sander’s dream life, based on actual coma survivor diaries, mixes fantasy characters, stimulus from the real world, and a stew of loaded memories.
BETC Ensemble Member and Henry Award winning actor, Andree’s past roles are are diverse as Melchior in Spring’s Awakening and Lurch in Addams Family. Fellow BETC Ensemble Member Sorge was praised by Westword for his work in Stupid Fucking Bird and by the Denver Post for his work in Bug.
Warren Sherrill (Nurse Dennis) and Devon James (Dr. See) are Sander’s medical team. The doctor is pragmatic and unemotional; Nurse Dennis is all about connection and wants to try a stimulus pattern the hospital disavows.
Associate Artistic Director of Edge Theatre Company, Sherrill is a Henry Award-winning director. James has won True West and Henry Awards and has appeared in everything from Heartbreak House to Steel Magnolias.
Karen Black (Jackie) is a former coworker with an ax to grind and perhaps the best insight into what makes Sander tick, and the element of his coma life that is most troublesome to him.
With Henry, Ovation, and Denver Westword awards, Slack is one of the Denver area’s busiest actors, with past roles including the title role in Medea and Vanda in Venus with Furs.
The only drawback to having such a stellar cast is…well, actually, as far I can tell, there is none. It’s all win for me as a playwright and for BETC audiences.