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Dangerous theater director Christine Winnie Wenglewick knows that many in her audience who love kink and comedy still dislike being indoors with unvaccinated people. For the company’s next production, Comedy Shows Denver, Wenglewick is kicking off a series of performances only for vaccinated people.
During the show – which opens on Friday May 21 and lasts through the end of June on Fridays – Wenglewick will host two shows per night: the 7:30 pm show is mask-free and requires proof of vaccination; The 10pm performance requires masks and is open to everyone. Both sets are limited to 24 participants.
Wenglewick explains, “So many theatergoers say, ‘I won’t be really comfortable in the theater until more people are vaccinated.’ And so I said, ‘Let’s do a … vaccination record show.’ ”
Are people grateful? Will there be a setback? Is that even legal?
“At this point, I don’t have any more fucks to give,” says Wenglewick. During COVID-19, the personal audience for dangerous performances has reached an average of seven people, with the stage so far from the tiny crowd that there is little joy in performing. Little joy and less money: Wenglewick has been close to closing for months and still owes its landlord $ 11,000 in rent. But despite being in the hole, she is confident that the company will survive.
To raise additional funds, Wenglewick and the Sanctuary plan to host a kinky seller’s fair and cake sale on June 5, where backers can purchase handcrafted whips, leather goods, paddles, and more, as well as cookies, bread, and other goodies. Details will be posted on the Sanctuary website.
Denver Comedy Shows, written and performed by Wenglewick and Brainard Starling, is named for the top search terms on Google that draw people to the Dangerous Theater.
“The description was basically very cheeky about people who Googled comedy,” says Wenglewick. “I put together a show that starts with standup. And then we’re going to get into improvisation. And then we have some sketch stuff that we do. … It’s all kind of weird.”
If the idea of vaccinated crowds and masks sounds too sterile to be fun, the content of Denver comedy shows certainly is anything but.
“If you want,” says Wenglewick, “come and see some strange nudity and mayonnaise.”
Comedy Shows Denver opens Friday May 21st and runs Friday through June end at the Dangerous Theater, No. 1 2620 West Second Avenue. For more information and tickets (ages 18+) visit the Dangerous Theater website or call 720-989-3283.
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Kyle Harris stopped making documentaries and started writing when he realized he could tell hundreds of stories in the same amount of time it took to make a movie. Now he’s the arts editor for Westword, writing about music and art.