Music Tent

The Benedict Music Tent was quiet on Thursday, but that is soon to change with the kickoff later this month of the Aspen Ideas Festival. An event on June 27 will feature a collaboration with Theatre Aspen in the tent examining the historical and social impact of theatre on social issues.

Theatre Aspen is collaborating with the Aspen Ideas Festival on a live performance and panel discussion on the impact of theater.

According to a press release, the event takes place at the Benedict Music Tent on Wednesday, June 27 from 3:45 to 5:15 p.m. and will examine the historical and social impact that theatre pieces have had on highlighting social issues. The performance excerpts will be drawn from plays such as Hamilton, Angels in America, South Pacific and Fences. The panel will be moderated by Peter Marks of the Washington Post and feature David Brooks of the New York Times and longtime television anchor Katie Couric.

“We are thrilled to be collaborating with Kitty [Boone, executive director of the Aspen Ideas Festival] and the Aspen Ideas team. The Ideas Festival is world famous for the high-quality level of its programming and we are excited to make theatre such a unique part of this year’s activities," Jed Bernstein, producing director of Theatre Aspen, said in a press release.

The excerpts will be performed by a Broadway credited cast, and directed by Lonny Price, known for Sunset Boulevard. Admission to the event is available to all Aspen Ideas Festival attendees. For more information, visit

“It is so refreshing to work with Jed and the leadership at Theatre Aspen,” Boone said in a press release. “Through our collaboration, we are creating, through the very critical lens of artistic interpretation, a way to talk about the challenges that we face across our country that will be provocative, fascinating and beautiful.”