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Sunset Sessions: Writ Large

July 3, 2017 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm UTC-6

WRIT LARGE – Aspen’s Only Storyslam! Sponsored by Justice Snow’s
True stories told to a live audience, no scripts no notes.
A spoken-word story in front of a live audience.

This series has been touching the hearts of all who have been involved. There is tremendous value as a community to have our stories heard and to be a listener. We believe every one has a story in fact many that are important to be heard in their entirety. The sharing of a true tale enables you to see where you now stand within the story, even what the story has to tell you.

LYNN ALIYA (host) is an award winning actress, playwright and director. You may recognize her voice as the radio personality Brooklyn on The country radio station KMTS. She is a mom of the two most awesomest boys on the planet.

GREGORY PICKRELL is a member of the American Institute of Architects and a LEED AP (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional).

He is principal/owner of Sci Art Inc., which for the last 20 years has contributed to a variety of residential and commercial projects with an emphasis on site and building design. He is also a principal/owner in a California-based family real estate and investment company. Prior to moving to Colorado in 1991, Greg spent 16 years working in the motion picture and television industry as a set designer, art director and production designer on such films as Blade Runner; Three Amigos; Twilight Zone: The Movie, and the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation. He currently serves as vice president on the board of Compass for Lifelong Learning, a Roaring Fork Valley nonprofit dedicated to progressive education including the oversight of two K – 8 public charter schools. Greg has enjoyed Aspen Institute seminars such as Sharing Shakespeare, From Athens to Aspen, and the Moderator’s Workshop. He is the proud father of four children and resides in Basalt, Colorado with his wife, Julie, and their 15-year-old son, Logan.

GENEVIEVE VILLAMIZAR “Having sprouted as a Mass-hole in the outskirts of Boston 45 years ago, Genevieve has surfed rooftops and snowbanks in North Dakota and camped the beaches of Southern California. She swam silent desert waters buck naked and canoed syrupy midwestern rivers… fully clothed 🙂 She built forts with the fellas in the rolling forests of a factory town and plumbed the bowels of the earth in D.C.’s subways and hill country cave systems.

In going “under,” Genevieve had at last found places to hide. Peace and silence.

As a marginalized kid, caving was a spooky, challenging inward journey that led to an outward, expansive love of climbing—and eventually, to a new life in Colorado, at 21. Exploring the recreational gifts of Colorado’s hippy recreation—both physical and psychtrophic—Genevieve began to assess the torn, crumpled pile of her life: instability and its mirage of shifting family configurations, changing homes, changing jobs…schools…faces and landscapes.

Tonight’s story picks up with her first attempts at wholeness. She shares with each of you an excruciatingly honest portrayal of self realization, common to more women’s lives than we’d like to believe. As tonight shows, we all have many stories, not just one. This story is but a chapter; it’s not who she “is” anymore. Genevieve’s story will make you squirm, and even question her, but standby and meet her at the finish line: “How I Discovered Running And A Punch To The Face Made Me A Winner.”

TODD HARTLEY, a Writ Large veteran, is the arts and entertainment editor at the Aspen Daily News and host of Morning Edition on Aspen Public Radio.

BARBARA SHAW, has a Master’s Degree in Communication and worked several years as a Speech and Language Pathologist. Her first play in 1981, The Waiting Room, won the University of Denver’s Play Reading Contest and as Station Manager of Grassroots TV, produced Backstage, an inside look at Aspen theater. Her passion for Brit Lit ignited a burst of adapted stories based on The Winter’s Tale, A Tale of Two Cities, The Return of the Soldier and The Elizabeth Blackwell Story that won honorable mention/runner-up in several contest. She is currently a board member of Hudson Reed Ensemble and was honored to be chosen for 2014 Creede Repertory‘s Playwright Retreat. She is a member of the Dramatist Guild, Aspen Screenwriters and Playwrights, Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights and Aspen Writers Network. Barbara loves storytelling in all forms and is thrilled to be presenting at Writ Large.

ROGER MAROLT is a free-lance writer and CPA who grew up in Aspen. He has written two books and writes weekly columns for the Aspen Times and Snowmass Sun. He maintains an active mountain lifestyle at a very relaxed pace.

Sunset Sessions will be performed in the newly remodeled Wheeler Bar Lobby stage—one of the best places to watch the sun set behind Aspen Mountain. The bar opens at 7:00 p.m. and all performances begin at 8:00 p.m. As a first year special, Sunset Sessions events will be FREE to the public. Limited advance seating reservations will be accepted one week prior to event date. Call or stop by the box office. Advance reservation seats must be claimed by 7:30 p.m. or will be released.


July 3, 2017
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm


Wheeler Opera House
320 E Hyman Ave
Aspen, CO 81611 United States