|Since 1990, First Strike Theatre has been taking swings
at current social and political realities with satire and seat-of-the-pants
energy. Equally at home performing or protesting, troupers entertain
and agitate in restaurants, concert halls, schools, libraries, churches
and theaters, and at rallies, benefits and conferences for women's empowerment,
peace in space, environmental alternatives, cultural diversity and global
In 1995, First Strike received an award for excellence in arts from
the Pikes Peak Arts Council, for "years of bringing the theatre of political
satire to Colorado Springs, and the gifts of irreverence, originality,
humor and passion to many venues."
WHO WE ARE
Three of us are original founders, hardcore long-termers who still love
each other as much as we spar and star together. Additional troupers
join us for events, projects and long-term involvement. We're all
actor-vists who get a kick from the power of people to create change.
We specialize in creating musical revues, and have struck some fine chords
with drama and stories from life, too. We invent original pieces
and use the best of peace and justice movement resources for skit and song.
WHAT THEY SAY
"Masterfully blending humor and pathos, this
small, but extremely talented and versatile troupe invariably manages to
stir our sense of irony and incite our highest sense of humanity.
We are challenged and provoked. We carry away from each performance
a new realization of our lethargy toward the status quo and a revitalized
commitment toward our true priorities."
- Richard Jones-Christie
"Where intolerance and violence are too quickly
accepted as responses to conflict, First Strike's humorous and potent satire
is greatly needed to challenge commonly held stereotypes and perspectives
and to suggest alternatives... I have always left taking a piece of the
show with me in the form of questions, thoughts and emotions. Some
of these stay with me for days and weeks, and in some cases, forever."
- Susan Gordon
"Spunky... sassy... theater with a bite and
- The Gazette
WE CAN DO FOR YOU
From skits and shtick to full-blown shows, we
have a mountain of material and a ripping repertoire.
Custom-made appearances for peace and justice
events and groups.
Topical shows that educate and invite, entertain
We're friendly and fair in negotiating fees, and
promote access for all.