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The Big Bad Mood And Other Love Stories

February 25 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The Big Bad Mood and Other Love Stories

Please join us for a staged reading of Jennifer Dempsey’s original play “The Big Bad Mood and Other Love Stories,” on Sunday February 25 at 3:00pm in the SteamPlant Theatre.

Tickets are $8 and are available at the door or in advance at the SteamPlant Box Office, the Salida Chamber of Commerce, and the Book Haven.


A Triptych Arts Collaboration

Produced by Sue Ann Hum and Jennifer Dempsey

Think of it as a triptych arts collaboration – it’s unlike anything ever presented in Salida. It is original poems; original art works inspired by the poems and local actors presenting the premiere of a one-act play, created from the poems. The work of over 30 Salida-area artists have contributed to the collaboration to present “The Big Bad Mood and Other Love Stories.”  Throughout the month of February, the lobby space / Paquette Gallery of the Salida SteamPlant Event Center will house the art exhibit. The play will be presented in the theatre late in the month.

The Poems

Jennifer Dempsey authored the collection of poems and prose; beginning her poetic stories, written on scraps of paper, over 30 years ago. She performed readings of them in her thirties while living in Ireland. Her writings tell stories from the female perspective of struggle, accomplishment, self-doubt, infidelity, hope, loss, joy, love, fear, angst, confidence, confusion and social expectations & pressures. She added new writings to the works over the years. The past few years she had the urge to share them in a more complete and meaningful way – but didn’t know exactly what that would be or how to approach it.

The Play

A chance conversation between Dempsey and local artist Sue Ann Hum led to the new one-act play. Discovering Hum had decades of theatre experience, Dempsey asked her to read the poems and brainstorm how they might be presented to the public. Long hours of talks between the two local creatives began. After days, weeks, months of meetings, exchanging a barrage of emails and texts, sharing countless new ideas of how to present them to the public, the two creatives finally settled onto a workable thought. The result is a 35-minute theatre piece arranged, scripted and directed by Hum and further enhanced for the stage through the technical talents of Steve Kucera. Seven performers will premiere the work at the end of February at the Salida SteamPlant and Event Center. Salida-area actors Paul Byers, Jennifer Dempsey, Denise Goetz, Athena Kintgen, Allen Lane, Sandra Levitt and Cailey McDermott will premiere the elaborately staged reading of the poems in the SteamPlant theatre.

The Art Exhibit

When they decided to perform the one-act at the SteamPlant, Hum suggested they book the Paquette Gallery for corresponding art. That idea has birthed a truly unique art show. On display will be 30 new works of art created by over 20 local artists. In October 2017, local artists were given the opportunity to choose one or more of Dempsey’s poems as inspiration to create a piece of art in their chosen medium. Displayed alongside the artwork will be both the poem which inspired the art and a brief note from the artist about their inspiration.

The participating visual artists is an impressive list of Salida talent: Laura Barton, Paulette Brodeur, James Brown, Christine Davis, Jennifer Dempsey, Janine Frazee, Tina Gramann, Fay Golson, Katwin Hinerman, Sue Ann Hum, Erica Kinsella, Teresa Koransky, Julie Maas, Jim Marshall, Helen Martin, Sally Mather, Jessie Miller, Zoë Rayor, Max Ruppick, Jimmy Sellars, Roberta Smith, Dustin Tidwell, Rich Tyler and Patti Vincent.


February 25
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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220 W. Sackett Street
Salida, CO 81201 United States
(719) 530-0933


SteamPlant Event Center