Listen to a local theater troupe read our fiction contest finalist “Toilet Paper Baron of Metro Denver”

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People wait to enter the Safeway on 20th Avenue as it opens for the day. March 18, 2020. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

People wait to enter the Safeway on 20th Avenue as it opens for the day. March 18, 2020. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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A few weeks ago, we announced a coronavirus flash-fiction contest that resulted in three winners. Among them was Monterey Buchanan’s tale about love and toilet paper.

Stories on Stage, a local theater nonprofit that performs short fiction, was a natural fit when Colorado Matters host Ryan Warner wanted the stories to be read during the show.

The theater group’s normal season runs from September to May, so it was mostly unscathed by the pandemic.

“We made it through March’s shows,” said artistic director Anthony Powell. “We’ve been doing mini Zoom shows as free offerings to our audience to say thank you for sticking with us.”

“Toilet Paper Baron of Metro Denver” as told by Stories on Stage is narrated by Jessica Robblee. GerRee Hinshaw plays her mother, and Theo is voiced by Drew Horwitz. The story will air on Colorado Matters around 9:45 a.m. and again at 8:45 p.m. today.

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