Stage and Comedy

Maria Cheng is the executive director of Theatre Esprit Asia, the mountain west's first and only theater catered to Asian American show runners and theatergoers. This Spring, TEA is slated to move into the bustling ACAD building at 1400 Dallas Street in north Aurora, as well as converting the gallery into a 48-seat performance space. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel)

“This is a huge boon to us, and puts a whole new complexion on our second, three-year plan,” said Cheng, now executive director of TEA. “I think it’s another step toward the sound governance, stability and legitimacy of our

An historical‐fiction play that reveals a little known chapter in America’s history – inspired by actual events. At the height of WWII, Berthoud, Colorado’s industrious sugar beet farmers were expecting a record harvest, but labor was in short supply – with most of the town’s young men overseas fighting Germans. Who could help them harvest their beets? Germans. There were 3,000 German POWs being held at Camp 202 in Greeley, CO. Why not put them to work? Beets is a poignant story of bias yielding to circumstance, hatred bowing to compassion and love escaping fences.

“Beets” can hang its red-stained hat on a story and script that are insatiably engaging. And although slightly convenient and overly explanatory at times, the script employs enough clever devices and historical references to keep things interestingly salty throughout