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Local stars in one-woman production of “Shirley Valentine” this weekend

Actor Nina Rogers plays the part of a middle-aged housewife trying to rediscover herself in the play "Shirley Valentine

— The well-known character Shirley Valentine comes back to life this weekend.

In a witty one-woman performance, longtime resident Nina Rogers will relate this woman's universal story for the fourth time.

This time, however, the tale may be somewhat different.

If You Go…

What: "Shirley Valentine"

When: 7 p.m., Friday, Aug. 28 and Saturday, Aug. 29

Where: Depot Art Center, 1001 13th St.

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Tickets: $15 general admission, $10 Steamboat Springs Arts Council member, $8 students and seniors

This show is for mature audiences.

"My Shirley has changed, because I've changed, and I'm going to have places where I'm edgier than I was in the past but also places where I'm gentler than I was in the past," said Rogers, who came across the play about 12 years ago when Seventh Street Playhouse was still around. "Every time I think I'm done with it, Shirley starts tapping on my shoulder saying, ‘Hey isn't it time to tell my story again?’"

At 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Shirley will tell her story of self-rediscovery in the production of “Shirley Valentine” at the Depot Art Center.

Valentine, a middle-aged housewife living in Liverpool, England, with "empty-nest syndrome," realizes she has somehow lost herself and traded the life she previously dreamed about for the life that's expected of her. When a close friend wins a trip for two to Mykonos, Greece, the starring character must make a life-altering decision.

"I think it's a universal story," Rogers said. "Everyone, at one time or another, has had that thought, ‘Who the hell is this person that is in my clothes?’"

Playing the role of more than 30 different characters, Rogers will perform the voice and persona of each without once leaving the stage.

The first time she performed this production, Rogers said it took two months to memorize all the lines. But now, she said, it's like hearing a song from childhood — it comes rushing back.

"Nina is a terrific storyteller," said Michael Staley, director of this weekend's production. "From character to character, she does it seamlessly."

The story, Staley said, helps the audience see their own lives in a different way. And with the set, lighting and sound design, Staley said their hope is to ensure the audience feels the difference in time and place between act one and act two.

The first act, he explained, has a very cramped feeling due to the events happening in Valentine's life, while the second will present a more open ambiance as the characters travel to Greece.

"Our hope is that people walk away knowing that when they feel trapped in a situation, to realize that they shouldn't ignore opportunities because sometimes, solutions present themselves,” Staley said. “Avail yourself to those opportunities.”

"And not always in the form that one would expect," Rogers added.

"I would love to expose this story to as many people as possible, because it's such a great message, a great story — not preachy but universal," Rogers said. "I think there is something in this for everyone — man, woman, dog."

To reach Audrey Dwyer, call 970-871-4229, email adwyer@ExploreSteamboat.com or follow her on Twitter @Audrey_Dwyer1

If You Go…

What: “Shirley Valentine”

When: 7 p.m., Friday, Aug. 28 and Saturday, Aug. 29

Where: Depot Art Center, 1001 13th St.

Tickets: $15 general admission, $10 Steamboat Springs Arts Council member, $8 students and seniors

This show is for mature audiences.