Dear TRENDS Diary -

Since 2006, the Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company has presented dozens of critically acclaimed new works and re-imagined classics that have brought new audiences and new artists to Boulder County. Then came the unthinkable. During the pandemic, we adapted, presenting a full season of virtually devised works including “CO2020,” a documentary-style theatre project that gave dozens of Coloradans the opportunity to reflect on the seismic, chaotic events of 2020. When almost all other performance opportunities were muted, we managed to hire more than 100 artists over the past year.

2020 was brutal on so many levels. But it also presented us with a rare opportunity to breathe – and to re-evaluate. We recognize that it is incumbent upon us to lead, not only on stage but behind the scenes and in our community. We are emerging from the pandemic changed, with a new vision, a new commitment and a new name that reflects our commitment to serving more people and more communities. We are now the Butterfly Effect Theatre Company – A name that, we hope that you notice, maintains our BETC acronym and identity.


Dear TRENDS Diary - 

If you had told my teenage self I would still be living in my hometown of Longmont at age 31, I never would have believed it. But reflecting on the love-hate relationship of the place we call home, and realizing what elements really make somewhere home, has shaped me and my artwork. I also love that Longmont, who’s population is about 25% Chicanx/Latinx, communally celebrates my culture and history.

As a 2021 Boulder Creative Collective artist resident, I am working on a series of paintings and three-dimensional work that is influenced by the Rasquache art movement. Rasquache, which was originally a derogatory term describing the taste of the Mexican lower class, became a way for artists to take pride in where they came from and embrace color, clutter, and using kitsch or “cheap” items for fine art material.


Dear TRENDS Diary - 

Ten years ago, I formed a theater company in Boulder called The Catamounts. We call what we do “theater for an adventurous palate” because we believe theatre should be a very live and adaptive art form.

This pandemic feels like such an unprecedented time. But actually, it isn't. We human beings have gone through cycles of terrible epidemics throughout history, and we’ve always made it through. Many of Colorado’s earliest settlers came here because they believed the arid mountain climate could cure them of tuberculosis, one of the deadliest respiratory diseases in history.

While most of our work is presented in Boulder County, we are presenting “Land of Milk and Honey,” written by local playwright Jeffrey Neuman, through June 27 on the historic Shoenberg Farm, which was founded by a Jewish philanthropist who lost a son to tuberculosis.


Dear TRENDS Diary -

The scene was almost too big to describe. It was just … Biblical.

As soon as I made the turn off Apple Valley Road into my drive, I knew something was terribly wrong. I could smell the gasoline. I could see frantic activity all around. It was my husband, our nephew and his friend trying to save hundreds of dying brown and rainbow trout.

A semi-tanker had overturned, and it was now leaching 1,600 gallons of gas into the St. Vrain River. Fish were leaping into the air toward land to get away from the poisoned water. My husband, John, was trying to revive one fish with our garden hose, while Finn was collecting others in trash cans filled with fresh water. I carried fish in 5-gallon jugs and put them in a nearby pond. All to no avail.

Every fish died. They just couldn’t breathe.