Anne and Rob struggled through their artistic 20s, inherited wealth in their 30s, and are spending their affluent late-40s in a life of parties and philanthropy and ideas. Irresistible, paradigm-shaping ideas. So when they meet a mysterious young couple promising a grand theory that will explain all the world’s problems, Anne and Rob don’t ask many questions—they just want to continue the conversation, all the way to the cliffs of the Colorado mountains. This Studio commission is a fast-paced and darkly comedic thriller about the poisonous appeal of believing that the best ideas win, and that winners know best.
Mr. Koogler observes the nuances of unequal relationship[s] with delicacy… never strikes a false or strained note.
Every year since 2005, for a week in late June, 250 presenters and 3,000 attendees gather on the Aspen Institute's campus in Colorado, to “engage in deep and inquisitive discussions of the ideas and issues that both shape our lives and challenge our times.” In Abe Koogler’s new play, Aspen Ideas, the characters journey to the festival with their fellow “thinkers, writers, artists, business people, teachers, and other leaders drawn from myriad fields and from across the country and around the world—gathered in a single place, ready to teach, speak, lead, question and answer.” Below is a schedule from real-life events and discussions that occurred during the Aspen Ideas Festival in 2019, curated to the liking and interests of Koogler’s characters.Read More