Aspen Historical Society Debuts Newly Updated Performance of “A Briefly Complete History of Aspen”

Aspen Historical Society Debuts Newly Updated Performance of “A Briefly Complete History of Aspen”

Version 2.0 expands on the popular play to include stories from the past decade

July 15, 2021 – Aspen Historical Society (AHS) will debut a newly updated performance of the beloved theatrical production “A Briefly Complete History of Aspen” on Friday, July 23rd at 5:30 in Willoughby Park in downtown Aspen. Featuring three professional actors performing multiple roles, the play’s fast-paced and funny storyline tackles 150 years of local history in 45 minutes through song, dance, and character presentations. The new version, dubbed “A Briefly Complete History of Aspen 2.0,” includes the area’s modern history from 2010 through today.

Full of hilarious vignettes, the play narrates local history from the early days of mining, through the “Quiet Years,” into the modern era of recreation and celebrated culture, and now culminating with sketches depicting the recent past. The museum theatre-style piece was originally written in 2009 by Mike Monroney and premiered in 2010 at the Black Box Theatre starring past and current AHS staff members, Crystal Palace alumni, and renowned local stars Monroney, Nina Gabianelli, and Lee Sullivan. Since then, actor and fellow AHS staff member Travis Lane McDiffett has joined the cast and the players have improvised and added to the script as history unfolded. The original version of the popular play has been performed in Los Angeles at the American Association of Museums conference, at the re-opening of the Paepcke Auditorium for the Aspen Institute, for businesses and organizations throughout the Roaring Fork Valley, at middle schools from Glenwood to Aspen, and for audiences of all ages at myriad Aspen Historical Society programs.

The reworked “A Briefly Complete History of Aspen 2.0” is being presented to the public for the first time as part of the History on Tap series, which pairs beer with specific areas of local history. Space is limited and tickets must be purchased in advance for the outdoor performance at Willoughby Park (lawn seating, please bring a blanket or a chair). The show will also be performed at AHS’s annual Ice Cream Social, a free event at the Wheeler/Stallard Museum on Saturday, August 7 from 2pm – 4pm.


Date & Time: Friday, July 23, 2021, 5:30 p.m.

Venue: Willoughby Park, at the base of Lift One on Aspen Mountain, on the corner of Dean and Aspen Streets. Parking is limited, please walk, bus or bike when possible.

Cost: $15 (ticket includes one beer, $5 extra beer)

Advance registration required, purchase online by July 22nd:


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Aspen Historical Society (AHS) actively preserves and passionately presents local history in an inspired and provocative manner that will continue to anchor the community and its evolving character. AHS maintains one of the largest public archives in the region, with a portion of its collection available online as a free resource. AHS operates four historic sites: Wheeler/Stallard Museum, Holden/Marolt Mining & Ranching Museum, and the ghost towns of Independence and Ashcroft, and offers year-round tours, programs, and community events for all ages to explore the history of the upper Roaring Fork Valley. Visit or follow @historyaspen on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for more information.

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