The Play Grounds

THE PLAY GROUNDS is a suicide-prevention piece centering on Aloe, a disabled, black teenager struggling to overcome his friend's death, and to reverse his own attempt at suicide. This thrilling, diverse dramedy asks, "What if Hamlet decided not to be?" Could his friends save him in time? How might they have learned a nonfatal means of resolving their trauma? 

This play was developed in Congo Square Theatre Company's inaugural Next-Up Playwriting Fellowship and will be presented as a play reading at the Denver Fringe Festival.

General/All Ages
60 minutes
, Theatre, BIPOC, LGBTQ+
Mercury Cafe Jungle Room
2199 California St, Denver, CO 80205

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Bairton Brown (Writer/Director) is a Chicago and Los Angeles-based artist. Bair directed the OTV | Open Television exclusive web series NAOMI & LEVI TAKE ON THE WORLD (2021). In 2022, he directed the sold-out premiere of HOW DARE YOU at Affirmation Theatre in New York City, and in 2023 he directed the radio play FINAL GOODBYE at Soundscape Theatre. Brown is a 2022-2023 Next-Up Playwriting Fellow at Congo Square Theatre, and is a staff writer for the third and fourth season of the sketch comedy web series, Hit Em On The Blackside (2020-). Bairton is currently working as a writer for Syllble Studios. His newest full-length play, "THE PLAY GROUNDS (2023)" will receive staged readings in Chicago, Denver, and L.A. this June.

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Mercury Cafe 2199 California St, Denver, CO 80205

Entrance: The main entrance for both the Ballroom and the Jungle Room venues is on the southeast side of the building off of California St. 

Parking: There is a large paid parking lot just across California St. and street parking

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Admission: You must show your ticket confirmation or purchase a ticket at the venue; all seating is general admission, audiences will wait in a queue before entry to the show