• 2017 True West Awards: Steven J. Burge and Jeremy Rill

    by John Moore | Dec 30, 2017
    2017 True West Awards The Breakouts  Jeremy Rill Steven J. Burge

    2017 TRUE WEST AWARDS  

    Day 30: The Breakouts

    Steven J. Burge and Jeremy Rill


    By John Moore
    Senior Arts Journalist

    Steven J. Burge and Jeremy Rill are very different performers. Think Sean Hayes and Frank Sinatra. Burge will shock you into gut-busting laughter, while Rill will make you swoon. If Burge is the flamboyant life of the party, then Rill is more, say … sunset on the beach.

    “If there is a spectrum,” said director and actor Robert Michael Sanders, "those two are on the opposite ends of it.”

    The comedian and the crooner.

    Steven J Burge and Jeremy Rill But these two emerging actors have far more in common than you might think. Both had big-time breakout years on Denver stages in 2017 — and both were separately described as “the nicest guy in Denver theatre” in interviews for this very story.

    Something's gotta give.

    Steven Cole Hughes, Burge’s castmate in the Denver Center’s extended hit comedy An Act of God, goes so far as to declare with dead-on eye contact that “Steven Burge is the nicest guy working in the American theatre today. Period.”

    Even Hughes’ 2-year-old daughter, Birdie, backed her father up.

    “Hey Birdie, who is this?” Hughes said, pointing to a poster for An Act of God. The child’s face immediately lit up. She pointed to a photo of Burge playing no less than God Himself, and she declared enthusiastically: “Steven!”

    “She’s 2,” Hughes reiterated. “Even the 2-year-olds love Steve Burge.”

    That’s high praise (or short praise, come to think of it) for Burge, who has been working his way up to this moment with one joyful performance after another since moving from Iowa in 2003, most often in extroverted comic roles. Highlights have included playing Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors and conquering the epic challenge of playing 40 roles in the one-man comedy Fully Committed. In 2012, Westword’s Juliet Wittman flatly declared, “Steve Burge is one of the funniest actors anywhere.”

    Says his friend and fellow actor Shannan Steele: “I love watching him delight in making others happy.”

    But Burge’s body of work has revealed far greater range and uncommon emotional honesty in stagings such as Dog Sees God at The Avenue Theater (I called him "triumphant" in The Denver Post) and Curious Theatre’s Speech and Debate. No matter how big the character Burge is called upon to play, “you always know there's a real and very interesting person underneath," Wittman wrote.

    (Story continues after the photo.)

    Steven J. Burge United in Love Photo by John Moore
    Steven J. Burge co-hosted the 'United in Love' benefit concert with Eden Lane that raised $40,000 for The Denver Actors Fund.  Photo by John Moore.


    But Burge’s steady career trajectory took a turn for the skyward late last year when he was hired by Director Geoffrey Kent to be the understudy for An Act of God, a pointed social comedy in which God comes down to Earth in human form to set the record straight about the misguided ways in which we sometimes act in God’s name. When Broadway and TV star Wesley Taylor’s contract expired, the Denver Center did not seek out a similarly big-named national replacement. It already had Burge, who smoothly ascended to Almighty status for what turned into an extended run at the Galleria Theatre. The role called on all of Burge’s comic skills, as well as his uncommon gift to make people listen and laugh, even when they might not like what he is telling them. Burge had An Act of God audiences eating out of his holy goblet.

    To say that Burge made an impression in his Denver Center debut would be an understatement.

    “Steven has spot-on comic timing, a fantastic voice and the best rehearsal attitude and esprit de corps I know of,” said Kent. “He improves the quality of everything he touches.”

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    A few months later, Director Ray Roderick punched Burge's ticket for an immediate return trip to the Galleria Theatre in the musical comedy First Date. Gigs at the Galleria are considered jackpot jobs among local actors because they generally come with a minimum six-month contract.

    Burge plays many characters in First Date, most notably the quintessential gay best friend of a young woman who’s just starting to brave the dating pool. The reason Burge succeeds at taking such a stock character and making him meaningfully connect with an audience, says Steele, is his willingness to bring his authentic self to all his roles.

    “The thing you need to know about Steven is that just beneath his hilarious and charming exterior is a beautifully tender, vulnerable, compassionate and generous person,” she said.

    “Steven is the opposite of an old soul. He is brand new to his world ... and his childlike wonder and joy are palpable.”

    800 Red Hot and Cole Cherry Creek Theatre Jeremy Rill Phot by Olga LopezHe’s now being rewarded for paying his many dues, and everyone agrees — it could not be happening to a nicer guy. For years, Burge has been known for saying yes to anyone who asks for his time and talents. This year, he co-hosted a benefit concert at the Lone Tree Arts Center that netted $40,000 for the Denver Actors Fund, and Miscast 2017 at the Town Hall Arts Center, which raised $7,000 more. He also has kept the Colorado Theatre Guild’s Henry Awards buzzing along since 2012 with his unpredictable comic energy as co-host with GerRee Hinshaw.

    "To me, Burge encapsulates the heart and soul of the Denver theatre community,” Kent said. “He volunteers for almost every arts organization I can list. If Denver were to elect a ‘Theatre Ambassador,’ he would have my vote.”

    Also receiving votes for Nicest Guy in Denver Theatre would be Jeremy Rill, an Arkansas native who already was a big deal in the lofty Chicago theatre scene when he moved to Colorado for love. And it didn’t take long for people to notice.

    “It's that voice,” said his frequent director, Kelly Van Oosbree. “The richness and his absolute control of it is remarkable. The first time I heard Jeremy open his mouth, I said, ‘This guy is going to be big.’ You just can’t deny that voice.”

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    The Performance Now Theatre Company in Lakewood was the first Colorado company to catch wise, casting Rill in the regional premiere of Jane Eyre (Edward Rochester), Guys and Dolls (Sky Masterson) and Ragtime (Younger Brother). By then it was becoming pretty obvious to anyone within earshot that Rill was going to be a man in demand this year.

    Jeremy Rill Miscast Photo by John MooreA lot more people know “that voice” after it opened up and sang for the first time on four different metro stages this year. Rill started out playing no less than Cole Porter himself in the Cherry Creek Theatre Company’s Red, Hot and Cole at the Mizel Arts and Culture Center, landing quite cozily among a star-filled cast that included Steele alongside local big-shots Seth Dhonau and Lauren Shealy (both now co-starring with Burge in First Date), Damon Guerasio, Stephen Day, Matt LaFontaine, Sharon Kay White and several others.

    Rill then earned karma points for life when he was asked to join the ensemble of the Arvada Center’s Jesus Christ Superstar after the actor playing Judas had to leave the show for medical reasons. That set off casting dominoes that ended with Rill stepping onto one of the biggest theatre stages in the state a mere four hours before the first performance in front of an audience.

    There’s a reason Arvada Center director Rod Lansberry turned to Rill, whom he had never before cast, when the chips were down, Van Oosbree said. It’s that Sinatra cool.

    “If someone ever asked me to do something like that, I would have said, ‘No, thanks,’ ” Van Oosbree said. “But Rod knew Jeremy could handle the pressure. And he did.”

    That may be one reason karma has smiled back on Rill, who will return to Performance Now to play Cinderella’s prince in Into the Woods opening Jan. 5 at the Lakewood Cultural Center. He then joins the cast of the Arvada Center’s Sunday in the Park with George — and on the first day of rehearsal this time. Rill will play Louis, fiancé of the model who attracts the eye of an artist based on Georges Seurat.

    Superstar led to the 2017 performance that will put Rill on every director’s radar – and wish list — for years to come. Van Oosbree tapped Rill to head another dauntingly loaded ensemble in Stephen Sondheim’s Company for the Aurora Fox that included Shealy, Heather Lacy, Lindsey Falduto, Carolyn Lohr, Rebekah Ortiz, Heather Doris and many others.

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    Video bonus: Jeremy Rill performs 'Everybody's Girl' at Miscast 2017:




    You knew going in that Rill would bring any production of Company to a thunderous finish with his take on the forceful ballad “Being Alive.” But what separates a good Company from a great one is an actor who understands that Bobby’s journey is a serious rumination on the relative pros and cons of choosing a married or solitary life. Rill allowed himself to get fully lost in his journey — which at times meant going inside and checking out from the Aurora Fox audience altogether.

    Turns out, as Van Oosbree plainly puts it: Jeremy Rill is not just another pretty voice.

    “He’s also a really good actor,” she said. “He found the vulnerable in Bobby and the underlying pain that I think sometimes goes missing in other performances. The easy thing would be to make Bobby a fun, jovial bachelor, but that’s just not who this man is. Jeremy was clever and he was sexy and he was charming and he was cynical and he was sad. He was all the things. He just killed it.”

    Wrote Ramsey Scott for the Aurora Sentinel: “Jeremy Rill nails the mix of aloofness and emotional despair that plagues his character throughout the show and matches it with a voice that deserves to be the center of attention.”  Added Wittman for Westword: "Jeremy Rill has a richly melodious and supple voice that’s sheer pleasure to listen to."

    Norell Moore by Jeremy RillAnd Rill’s artistry, by the way, is not limited to the stage. He’s also a disarmingly effective portrait photographer who is known for bringing out an astonishing clarity of character in a single frame. Look no further than his revealing portrait of fellow actor Norrell Moore (right) soon after she started chemotherapy for breast cancer.

    “I mean this as no disrespect to any other photographer,” said Sanders. “But if you put 100 random actor headshots in a pile in front of me, I could easily pick out the ones taken by Jeremy because he has such a distinctive style behind the camera. He just has a way of making actors look their best. Maybe it’s because he’s one of them. But somehow he manages to put a sparkle in the eye of every single person he photographs.”

    John Moore was named one of the 12 most influential theater critics in the U.S. by American Theatre Magazine in 2011. He has since taken a groundbreaking position as the Denver Center’s Senior Arts Journalist 

    Steven J. Burge: 2017
    • The Almighty in DCPA Cabaret’s First Date
    • Co-Host, United in Love benefit concert
    • Co-Host, Colorado Theatre Guild Henry Awards
    • Co-Host, Miscast 2017
    • Multiple roles in DCPA Cabaret’s First Date

    Jeremy Rill: 2017
    • Man 1 (Cole Porter) in Cherry Creek Theatre’s Red, Hot and Cole
    • Ensemble in Arvada Center’s Jesus Christ Superstar
    • Aurora Fox’s Company
    • Emile de Becque in Platte Valley Players' South Pacific (concert version)
    • Performed in Miscast 2017 for the Denver Actors Fund

    Steven J Burge GerRee Hinshaw 2017 Henry Awards BLF Photography
    Steven J. Burge and GerRee Hinshaw co-hosting the 2017 Henry Awards. BLF Photography.


    About The True West Awards: '30 Days, 30 Bouquets'

    The True West Awards, now in their 17th year, began as the Denver Post Ovation Awards in 2001. DCPA Senior Arts Journalist John Moore — along with additional voices from around the state — celebrate the entire local theatre community by recognizing 30 achievements from 2017 over 30 days, without categories or nominations. Moore's daily coverage of the DCPA and the Colorado theatre community can be found at MyDenverCenter.Org

    A look back at the history of the True West Awards

    The 2017 True West Awards (to date)

     

  • 2017 True West Award: Meridith and Gary Grundei

    by John Moore | Dec 22, 2017

    2017 TRUE WEST AWARDS Gary Grundie Meridith C. Grundei

    2017 TRUE WEST AWARDS  

    Day 22: Meridith C. Grundei and Gary Grundei

    The Catamounts
    Naropa University

    DCPA Theatre Company
    Colorado Shakespeare Festival
    Bar Choir
    Stories on Stage
    The Singing House Productions
    Pipedream Productions
    Visionbox Studio

      Local Theater Company
    Theatre Playback West

    By John Moore
    Senior Arts Journalist

    Gary and Meridith C. Grundei are proof that the couple that rocks together, rolls together.

    On Sept. 29, the free-spirited pair packed up a used R.V. and hit the road with their daughter to travel the United States and Mexico for a year. They’re having what they are calling “an improvised year” in what already has been a fairly improvised life together so far.

    The Grundeis are couple of unconventional artists, and nothing if not an unconventional couple. Meridith is a director and Gary a composer, but both are performers to the bone, and neither is confined to a single discipline. For example, one of their popular fringe acts has them playing a brutal, drunken couple hilariously called Jack and Coke.

    Burns and Allen, they are not. Funny, they most definitely are.

    GerRee Hinshaw, who partners with Gary on a traveling rock flash-mob called Bar Choir, calls them The Fabulous Grundei Duo: “They are the rare couple who can collaborate with each other and still be friends — and keep all their other friends,” she said.

    One of their points of connection, says Amanda Berg Wilson, Artistic Director of the Boulder-based collective known as The Catamounts, is that they both have strong and compatible but individual artist identities.

    “Meridith has a very playful sense that dovetails nicely with Gary’s improvisational taste in music and art,” Berg Wilson said. “They’re always up for an adventure as artists and in life, and this road trip is certainly proof of that.”

    Their first stop was for their daughter to meet her birth family. Subsequent adventures already have been had in Georgia, Cincinnati, New Orleans, Florida and two unexpected weeks in Nashville following a breakdown. But the unexpected is kind of the point. Friends believe, but no one is ever really sure, that they are presently in Mexico.

    Meridith C. and Gary Grundei True West Award Photo by John MooreThe Grundeis hit the road at the height of a prolific period of ongoing and eclectic creative activity spanning theatre, music, academia, improv comedy, performance art and more. Their list of creative undertakings for 2017 is all the more impressive given they did it all in only nine months.

    Topping that list is Beowulf: A Thousand Years of Baggage for The Catamounts at the Dairy Arts Center. This was truly event theatre: A blood-pumping, leather-clad, sexy-weird gypsy-punk musical adaptation based on the ninth-century epic poem, backed by a live band playing an original score written by the composer of Broadway’s The Great Comet of 1812.

    Meridith was the director while Gary was music director, bandleader and even the actor who played King Hrothgar of the Danes in sexypants. He was the embodiment of a true rock star as the king who entreats Beowulf to get rid of the man-eating monster Grendel.

    In most musicals, the man at the piano sits at that piano and plays. But Gary Grundei just plays in every sense of the word. On stage and in life.

    “He jumped fully into it,” Berg Wilson said. “He had a great sense of humor about it. He’s a super-compelling performer with this fabulous, unique voice.”

    Berg Wilson called Beowulf “très Catamounts.” Westword’s Juliet Wittman called the free and fierce evening “a throbbing and raucous experience.” And that Meridith Grundei could take credit for the show’s precision, flow and eye appeal.

    Beowulf. Catamounts The staging earned a whopping nine Colorado Theatre Guild Henry Award nominations for The Catamounts, including best musical. Both of the Grundeis were individually nominated.

    Both Grundeis are in equal but separate demand. Beowulf was fully Meridith’s idea, one that was four years in the making. One of the reasons her husband decided to go all-in on it himself was the rare opportunity to work together with his wife on an extended theatrical project. At the time, Gary was composing music for the DCPA Theatre Company's provocative church-service play The Christians. But he declined a tempting offer to also play with the onstage church band he put together each night so he could do Beowulf with his wife instead.

    Gary separately collaborated on two other cool 2017 creative partnerships: First was Visionbox’s workshop production of a complex new musical called The Wild Hunt written by popular film actor Bill Pullman (currently starring in The Ballad of Lefty Brown). The other was the creation of a tantalizingly titled new musical called "__________”, An Opera with acclaimed local actor Ethelyn Friend. Grundei conducted live, improvised music at each performance in a Victorian house in old-town Lafayette for what was later described as "a singular opera experiment that found that sweet spot between Gertrude Stein, Spike Jonze and Kendrick Lamar."

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    Meridith, meanwhile, is an actor, director, improviser and public-speaking coach who created her own traveling corporate training company called Red Ball Speaks. She played Curtis (Petruchio’s servant) in the Colorado Shakespeare Festival’s The Taming of the Shrew last summer and later accepted Pipedream Productions’ community-wide challenge to perform the one-person play White Rabbit Red Rabbit script unseen before opening an envelope containing that script before an already gathered audience.

    In September, she helped the second-year MFA students at Naropa University stage the devised piece Under Construction, written by Charles Mee, again with her husband as music director and sound designer.

    The Grundeis both have long ties to the DCPA Theatre Company. Gary started as a paid intern in 1997 and soon was hired on a big-shot sound designer. Over the years, he often has been commissioned to compose original scores for productions ranging from Plainsong to Shakespeare’s As You Like It to The Christians. Meridith has appeared in three Denver Center productions as an actor, most recently in Frankenstein and Off-Center’s Sweet and Lucky.

    True West Grundei Gary’s other great musical love is an irregular bit of flash-mob fun called Bar Choir with Hinshaw, host of the enduring monthly Freak Train at The Bug Theatre. “Choir is that thing you didn't know you need in your life,” Hinshaw said. “But once you've had it, you crave it at random times in your day.”

    The idea: The hosts put out an invitation on social media encouraging singers of all experience levels — including none — to show up at a hipster bar such as Syntax Physic Opera, learn three tunes from rockers who have included Pat Benatar and The White Stripes and, after a bit of instruction, perform them for a generally blown-away happy-hour bar crowd.

    Gary Grundei’s invitation for one and all to join in on the next Bar Choir (whenever that might be) is pretty much his clarion call for living an artistic life.

    “Everyone has a voice,” Grundei said. “If you can talk, you can sing. If somebody at some point in your life told you that you can’t sing, what the (bleep)? Are you going to believe that? The more you sing, they better you get. So come (bleeping) sing with us.”

    If life is an unpainted canvas, then the Grundeis are evidence that life is also a not-yet-traveled highway.


    John Moore was named one of the 12 most influential theater critics in the U.S. by American Theatre Magazine in 2011. He has since taken a groundbreaking position as the Denver Center’s Senior Arts Journalist.


    Video bonus: Our visit to Bar Choir at Syntax Physic Opera


    To read more about Bar Choir, click here

    Meridith C. Grundei: 2017

    • Directed Beowulf for The Catamounts
    • Performed in Stories on Stage's Mother's Day program
    • Played Curtis in The Taming of the Shrew for Colorado Shakespeare Festival
    • Facilitator for Pain Management, a devised piece for Local Theater Company
    • Performed Red Rabbit White Rabbit for Pipedream Productions
    • Directed Under Construction for Naropa University masters students

    Meridith Grundei, a native of Fort Collins, has performed for the DCPA Theatre Company in Frankenstein, and for Off-Center in Sweet & Lucky and SWEAT. Other Theatre credits: The Misanthrope (American Conservatory Theatre), God's Ear, Messenger #1, Failure...A Love Story, Mr. Spacky, Mr. Burns, The Three Faces of Dr. Crippen, Spirits to Enforce (The Catamounts), Faith (Local Theater Company) and House of Yes (square product). Recipient of the 2011 Camera Eye Award and nominated as Best Actress in a Comedy by the 2012 Culture West True West Awards. She is married to frequent DCPA Theatre composer Gary Grundei.

    Meridith Grundei and Gary Grundei as Jack and Coke. Photo by John Moore.Gary Grundei: 2017

    • Composed music for workshop production of The Wild Hunt, by Bill Pullman, for Visionbox Studios
    • Composer of The Christans for DCPA Theatre Company
    • Music Director, Band Leader and performer (Rothgar) in Beowulf for The Catamounts
    • Co-host, Bar Choir (ongoing)
    • Music Director of Under Construction for Naropa University masters students
    • Composed music for Stories on Stage's Making Merry holiday program

    Gary Grundei, who is from Ohio, is a composer, pianist and teacher whose music has been heard at the Kennedy Center, DCPA Theatre Company, New York Stage and Film, Boulder Theater, Ogden Theatre, Boulder’s Chautauqua Community House, Vintage Theatre, Occidental College, and The Ohio State University. He also writes for and plays with the band High Fiction, and directs Golden Lotus studio in Lafayette.

    (Photo above and right: Meridith C. Grundei and Gary Grundei performing as as Jack and Coke. Photo by John Moore.)


    About The True West Awards: '30 Days, 30 Bouquets'

    The True West Awards, now in their 17th year, began as the Denver Post Ovation Awards in 2001. DCPA Senior Arts Journalist John Moore — along with additional voices from around the state — celebrate the entire local theatre community by recognizing 30 achievements from 2017 over 30 days, without categories or nominations. Moore's daily coverage of the DCPA and the Colorado theatre community can be found at MyDenverCenter.Org

    A look back at the history of the True West Awards

    The 2017 True West Awards

  • December theatre listings: Broadway abounds in Denver

    by John Moore | Dec 01, 2017
    Mannheim Steamroller. Matt Christine Photography

    NOTE: At the start of each month, the DCPA NewsCenter offers an updated list of upcoming theatre openings, spotlighting work being presented on stages statewide. Companies are encouraged to submit listings and production photos at least two weeks in advance to the DCPA NewsCenter at jmoore@dcpa.org.


    December is ... well, Christmastime for Broadway fans, who have five touring titles to choose from this month.

    By John Moore
    Senior Arts Journalist

    A serious Broadway fan will not have to go to New York to bathe in Broadway this month. Denver audiences have the unusual opportunity to see five national touring productions at the Buell Theatre over the next 32 days. Seriously. There's Chicago (through Sunday), Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis, ELF The Musical, Waitress and, opening Jan. 2: Rodgers & Hammerstein's The King & I. Just pop a tent under the arches.

    Arvada Center Joseph Sarah Rex M Gale PhotographyElsewhere, there is as always a plethora of holiday-themed fare to choose from, ranging from annual offerings such as the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble's Granny Dances to a Holiday Drum and the DCPA Theatre Company's 25th staging of A Christmas Carol, to more subversive titles such as The Avenue Theatre's Santa's Big Red Sack and The SantaLand Diaries, an annual partnership between Off-Center and the Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company. This year also marks the return of the Arvada Center's once seasonal tradition, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

    There's also a surprising number of, you know ... plays on area stages. Here are five intriguing titles, followed by a complete list of all your Colorado theatregoing options for December:

    Five intriguing titles for December:

    NUMBER 1Colorado Gives Day is the most important day of the year for hundreds of Colorado non-profits, especially those in the arts. And the clever kids as Buntport Theater are turning "giving day" into a "show day" on Tuesday (Dec. 5) by staging a reading of one of its early favorites: Donner: A Documentary. That's a 2001 "live documentary" about the reindeer (not the, ahem ... party). Freshly baked cookies will be available as well as, no doubt, electronic gizmos for easy internet giving. Tickets $25 at buntport.com. It's an early start time of 7 p.m. because there is a pizza party after at the Pizzeria Locale on Broadway and Sixth Avenue. The pizzeria will donate 50 percent of your purchase to anyone who mentions Buntport that day. 

    NUMBER 2 Jason Spina Phil Luna Red RDG PHOTOGRAPHYMotones vs. Jerseys. BDT Stage no doubt will be packing them in this month with the timeless family friendly musical Annie. But you know what? That adorable little red-headed munchkin is not, in fact, for everyone. So BDT is smartly also offering the "now for something completely different" audience participation 1960s pop music battle Motones vs. Jerseys on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday nights starting Dec. 10. It's an evening of song and dance from the Motown and Four Seasons songbooks, along with Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight and the Pips, The Beach Boys, Rick James and even Bruno Mars. At the end of each  night, the audience will vote on a winner. 5501 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303-449-6000 or bdtstage.com

    NUMBER 3Smokefall. Last month we told you The Edge Theatre is going on hiatus after  Josh Hartwell's world premiere comedy Resolutions (Dec. 1-31) in Lakewood. The new Benchmark Theatre, which will takes over The Edge's performance space next year, finishes its first season at Buntport with the world premiere of Noah Haidle’s Smokefall. It's an unusual family drama that combines everything from vaudeville to magical realism. So get ready for fetuses swapping philosophy, a daughter who eats dirt and an apple tree that grows through the walls of the house. Dec. 1-23 at 717 Lipan St., benchmarktheatre.com.

    NUMBER 4Granny Dances to a Holiday Drum. Cleo Parker Robinson Dance's nomadic, 47-year holiday tradition returns to its original home in Denver’s Historic Five Points for this year's spectacle of dance, live music, spoken word and ornate celebrations of seasonal customs from around the world. The story centers around a Granny whose memories are her gifts to those she loves. Dec. 2-17 at 119 Park Avenue West, 303-295-1759 x13 or go to cleoparkerdance.org.

    NUMBER 5The Gnome in the Room. This is not your traditional Christmas fare in Colorado Springs, where the Springs Ensemble Theatre wraps up its eighth season with a campy horror story involving decoration, death, divorce, relatives, mythological beings who can't keep their noses out of other people's business — and a Nintendo Entertainment System, Written by locals Jenny Maloney and Jessica Weaver, The Gnome in the Room follows a 10-year-old whose family has decided they will not celebrate Christmas this year, leaving the boy stuck in a cabin with no hope of getting what he wants. Enter the Weirdo and the Gnome. Dec. 7-17 at 1903 E. Cache La Poudre St. 7:30 p.m.  Thursdays through Saturdays and 4 p.m. Sundays. Call 719-357-3080, or go to  springsensembletheatre.org.

    A Christmas Carol 2017. Michael Fitzpatrick and Leslie O'Carroll. Photo by Adams Viscom


    THIS MONTH'S THEATRE OPENINGS IN COLORADO:

    (Submit your listings to jmoore@dcpa.org)

    Dec. 1-31: Edge Theatre Company's Resolutions
    1560 Teller St., Lakewood, 303-232-0363 or theedgetheater.com

    Dec. 1-23: Benchmark Theatre's Smokefall
    At Buntport Theater, 717 Lipan St., benchmarktheatre.com

    Dec. 1-16: Funky Little Theatre Company's The Couple Next Door
    2109 Templeton Gap Road, Colorado Springs, 719-425-9509 or funkylittletheater.org

    DecemberSantasBigRedSack Dec. 1-24: The Avenue Theater's Santa’s Big Red Sack
    417 E. 17th Ave., 303-321-5925 or avenuetheater.com

    Dec. 1-9: StageDoor Theatre's Cinderella
    27357 Conifer Road, Conifer, 303-886-2819 or stagedoortheatre.org

    Dec. 1-30: Jesters Dinner Theatre's Scrooge, Bah Humbug!
    224 Main St., Longmont, 303-682-9980 or jesterstheatre.com

    Dec. 1-23: OpenStage's Christmas Chaos: Ralphie Gets Scrooged
    At ArtLab, 239 Linden St., Fort Collins, 970-484-5237 or www.openstagetheatre.org

    Dec. 2-17: Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Theatre’s Granny Dances to a Holiday Drum
    119 Park Avenue West, cleoparkerdance.org or 303-295-1759 x13

    Dec. 7-24: Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company's Every Christmas Story Ever Told
    Dairy Center for the Arts, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder, 303-440-7826 or boulderensembletheatre.org

    A Su Teatro Juan Diego PerfilDec. 7-23: Su Teatro's The Miracle at Tepeyac
    At the Su Teatro Performing Arts Center, 721 Santa Fe Drive, 303-296-0219 or suteatro.org

    Dec. 7, 2017-Jan. 7, 2018: Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College's Annie

    30 W. Dale St., Colorado Springs, 719-634-5581 or csfineartscenter.org

    Dec. 7-17: Lone Tree Arts Center's Home for the Holidays
    10075 Commons St., just west of Interstate 25 and Lincoln Avenue, 720-509-1000, lone tree’s home page

    Dec. 7-17: Thunder River Theatre Company's Constellations
    67 Promenade, Carbondale, 970-963-8200 or thunderrivertheatre.com

    Dec. 7-17: Upstart Crow's Dear Brutus
    At the Nomad Playhouse, 1410 Quince Ave., Boulder, 303-442-1415 or upstart’s home page

    Dec. 7-23: Millibo Arts Theatre's Fa-La-La
    1626 S. Tejon St. Colorado Springs, 719-465-6321, www.themat.org

    EmoryJohnCollinsonBobMorschandCyndiParrinGNOMEINTHEROOMDec. 7-17: Springs Ensemble Theatre’s The Gnome in the Room
    1903 E. Cache La Poudre St., Colorado Springs, 80909, 719-357-3080 or springsensembletheatre.org

    Dec. 8-17: Longmont Theatre Company's Harry Connick Jr’s The Happy Elf

    513 Main St., Longmont, 303-772-5200 or longmonttheatre.org

    Dec. 9-10: National touring production of Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis
    Buell Theatre, 14th and Curtis streets, 303-893-4100 or denvercenter.org

    Dec. 13-17: National touring production of Elf The Musical
    Buell Theatre, 14th and Curtis streets, 303-893-4100 or denvercenter.org

    Dec. 19-31: National touring production of Waitress
    Buell Theatre, 14th and Curtis streets, 303-893-4100 or denvercenter.org

    Dec. 10, 2017-Jan. 23, 2018: BDT Stage's Motones vs. Jerseys
    (Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays only)
    5501 Arapahoe Ave., 303-449-6000 or bdtstage.com

    Dec. 14-29: Breckenridge Backstage Theatre’s A Rocky Mountain Christmas
    121 S. Ridge St. 970-453-0199 or backstagetheatre.org

    Dec. 14-23: Denver's Dangerous Theatre's The Perfect Gift
    2620 W. 2nd Ave, No. 1, Denver, 720-989-1764 or dangeroustheatre.co

    Dec. 17-23: Evergreen Players’ A Christmas Carol (costumed staged readings)
    At Center/Stage, 27608 Fireweed Drive, 303-674-4934 or evergreenplayers.org

    Dec. 30-31: Vintage Theatre's I’ll Eat You Last: A Conversation with Sue Mengers
    1468 Dayton St., Aurora, 303-839-1361 or vintagetheatre.com

    Jan. 2: National touring production of Rodgers & Hammerstein's The King & I
    Buell Theatre, 14th and Curtis streets, 303-893-4100 or denvercenter.org

    CONTINUING CURRENT PRODUCTIONS:

    Through Dec. 2: Equinox Theatre Company's Disaster!
    At the Bug Theatre, 3654 Navajo St., 720-984-0781 or equinox’s home page

    Through Dec. 3: National touring production of Chicago
    Buell Theatre, 14th and Curtis streets, 303-893-4100 or denvercenter.org

    Through Dec. 9: Curious Theatre's Body of an American
    1080 Acoma St., 303-623-0524 or curioustheatre.org  READ MORE

    BEAU JESTThrough Dec. 10: Cherry Creek Theatre's Beau Jest
    At the Mizel Arts and Culture Center, 350 S. Dahlia St., Denver, 303-800-6578 or cherry creek theatre’s home page

    Through Dec.17: Bas Bleu Theatre's Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
    401 Pine St., Fort Collins, 970-498-8949 or basbleu.org

    Through Dec. 17: Vintage Theatre Productions' Honeymoon In Vegas

    1468 Dayton St., Aurora, 303-839-1361 or vintagetheatre.com

    Through Dec. 17: Lake Dillon Theatre Company's Murder for Two
    Silverthorne Performing Arts Center, 460 Blue River Pkwy, 970-513-9386 or lakedillontheatre.org

    Through Dec. 17: Anansi: The Itsy BiTSY Spider Stories
    1137 S. Huron St., 720-328-5294 or bitsystage.com

    Through Dec. 23: Arvada Center's Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
    6901 Wadsworth Blvd., 720-898-7200 or arvadacenter.org





    Through Dec. 23: Aurora Fox's Hi-Hat Hattie (see video above)
    9900 E. Colfax Ave., Aurora, 303-739-1970 or aurorafox.org READ MORE

    Through Dec. 23: TheatreWorks' The SantaLand Diaries
    At the Bon Vivant Theatre, 3955 Regent Circle, Colorado Springs, 719-255-3232 or theatreworkscs.org

    Through Dec. 23: Miners Alley Playhouse's A Christmas Carol
    1224 Washington St., Golden, 303-935-3044 or minersalley.com

    Through Dec. 23: Miners Alley Playhouse's The Story of the Nutcracker (children’s)
    1224 Washington St., Golden, 303-935-3044 or minersalley.com

    Through Dec. 23: Firehouse Theater Company’s The Miracle Worker
    John Hand Theatre, 7653 E. 1st Place, 303-562-3232 or firehousetheatercompany.com 

    Through Dec. 24: DCPA Theatre Company's A Christmas Carol
    Stage Theatre, 14th and Curtis streets, 303-893-4100 or denvercenter.org

    Santaland Diaries Michael BouchardThrough Dec. 24: Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company and DCPA Off-Center's The SantaLand Diaries
    Jones Theatre, 14th and Curtis streets, 303-893-4100 or denvercenter.org

    Through Dec. 29: Arvada Center's A Year With Frog and Toad (children’s) 
    6901 Wadsworth Blvd., 720-898-7200 or arvadacenter.org

    Through Dec. 30: Town Hall Arts Center's Seussical
    2450 W. Main St., Littleton, 303-794-2787 or townhallartscenter.com

    Through Dec. 30: Thin Air Theatre Company's Angel of the Christmas Mine
    Butte Theatre, 139 E. Bennett Ave., Cripple Creek, 719-689-3247 or thinairtheatre.com

    Through Dec. 31: Midtown Arts Center's A Christmas Story
    3750 S. Mason St, Fort Collins, 970-225-2555 or midtownartscenter.com

    Through Dec. 31: Avenue Theater's Comedy Sportz (late nights in December)
    417 E. 17th Ave., 303-321-5925 or avenuetheater.com READ MORE

    A Josh Hartwell Jason Maxwell. Photo by Sarah Roshan 400Through Jan. 14, 2018: Vintage Theatre Productions' Red
    1468 Dayton St., Aurora, 303-839-1361 or vintagetheatre.com

    Through Feb. 14, 2018: Candlelight Dinner Playhouse's Beauty and the Beast
    4747 Marketplace Drive, Johnstown, 970-744-3747 or coloradocandlelight.com

    Through Feb. 24, 2018: BDT Stage's Annie
    5501 Arapahoe Ave., 303-449-6000 or bdtstage.com

    Through April 22, 2018: DCPA Cabaret’s First Date
    Garner Galleria Theatre, 14th and Curtis streets, 303-893-4100 or denvercenter.org READ MORE

    Through May 2018: Buntport Theater's Siren Song (ongoing children's series, second Saturdays of every month)
    717 Lipan St., 720-946-1388 or buntport.com

    ONGOING, MONTHLY or ONE-TIME PROGRAMMING:

    ADAMS MYSTERY PLAYHOUSE

    AURORA FOX ARTS CENTER

    • Dec. 31: Central City Opera’s Winter Song, a mix of favorite tunes from jazz standards to light opera, performed by crossover classical theatre artists Jennifer DeDominici, Chad Reagan, Amanda Raddatz and Deborah Schmit-Lobis. Includes a champagne and dessert reception.

    9900 E. Colfax Ave., Aurora, 303-739-1970 or aurora fox.org

    BUNTPORT THEATRE


    DENVER ACTORS FUND
    • A RyanChrysRoughCuts 400Monday, Dec. 11: Screening of the film Elf, starring Will Ferrell, with live pre-screening entertainment from The Longmont Theatre Company's Harry Connick Jr.’s The Happy Elf. Entertainment 6:30 p.m.; film at 7.
    At Alamo Drafthouse Sloans Lake, 4255 W. Colfax Ave., drafthouse.com

    • Tuesday, Dec. 19: The Nightly Met Christmas Special at the D.L. Parsons Theatre in Northglenn, hosted by  Avery Anderson and Annie Dwyer, featuring Anna High, and Ryan Chrys and Rough Cuts. Tickets $8-$10. All proceeds to the Denver Actors Fund.  BUY TICKETS
    EQUINOX THEATRE COMPANY
    Sunday, Dec. 10: Equinox: The Season is Slaying (A drag benefit show)
    At the Bug Theatre, 3654 Navajo St., 720-984-0781 or equinox’s home page
       
    THE SOURCE THEATRE COMPANY
    • Every third Monday: Monday! Monday! Monday! Cabaret
    At Su Teatro Performing Arts Center, 721 Santa Fe Drive, 720-238-1323 or thesourcedenver.org 

    STORIES ON STAGE
    • Saturday, Dec. 16: Making Merry (at Dairy Arts Center, Boulder)

    • Sunday, Dec. 17: Making Merry (at the King Center, 855 Lawrence Way, Auraria campus)

    303-494-0523 or storiesonstage.org

    Stories on Stage has renowned actors bring stories to life by combining literature with theater. This month, Jamie Horton reads from Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame, GerRee Hinshaw reads Crimble Wocky by Graham Potter (a Lewis Carroll-inspired variation on The Night Before Christmas), Anthony Adu reads from "The Goldfish” by Simon Van Booy. Music provided by award-winning composer/pianist Gary Grundei.

  • September: Colorado theatre openings

    by John Moore | Aug 29, 2016

    Randy Harrison as the Emcee and the 2016 national touring cast of Roundabout Theatre Company’s 'Cabaret.' Photo by Joan Marcus.


    NOTE: At the start of each month, the DCPA NewsCenter offers an updated list of all upcoming Colorado theatre openings. Companies are encouraged to submit listings and production photos at least two weeks in advance to the DCPA NewsCenter at jmoore@dcpa.org.


    Seven recommended shows to watch in September:

    1 PerspectivesIn Final Fight of the Freedom Fighter, Theo Wilson plays the charismatic leader of a new human-rights movement who wrestles with his soul to do the right thing. Playwright Jeff Campbell and director donnie l. betts have interwoven the wisdom of Audre Lorde, Howard Zinn, Sitting Bull and Cesar Chavez into a dialogue about contemporary American concerns. Plays Sept. 2-10 at the Aurora Fox Arts Center. Call 303-739-1970 or go to the aurora fox’s home page.

    2 PerspectivesA September CatamountsBoulder's The Catmounts open their 2016-17 season with the political comedy The Taming, written by Lauren Gunderson (whose The Book of Will gets its world premiere at the DCPA next January.) In The Taming, a Miss America contestant has political aspirations to match her pageant ambitions. All she needs to revolutionize the U.S. government is the help of one ultra-conservative senator's aide on the cusp of a career breakthrough - and a bleeding-heart liberal blogger. This is the first production since The Catamounts' pledge to produce at least one play per season by a female, LGBTQ or non-white playwright. Directed by Edith Weiss. Plays Sept. 16-Oct. 8 in the newly remodeled Carsen Theater at the Dairy Arts Center.

    3 PerspectivesWater by the Spoonful, the second chapter in Pulitzer-winner Quiara Alegría Hudes' trilogy that follows a haunted Puerto Rican soldier from North Philadelphia to Iraq and back, opens Sept. 3 and runs through Oct. 15 at 1080 Acoma St. In a far corner of the internet, the soldier's mother leads a chat room for recovering drug addicts. From behind their screens, these individuals forge a bond as strong as blood. Off the computer, however, the mother’s real-life family is falling apart. Her son has returned from Iraq both physically and emotionally broken, and the family’s matriarch is dying of cancer. The accomplished cast includes DCPA masters graduate Gabriella Cavellero, Abner Genece, Damon Guerrasio, William Hahn, GerRee Hinshaw, Thony Mena and DCPA Teaching Artist Jenna Moll Reyes.

    4 PerspectivesA September WilsonsTartuffe marks the launch of the Arvada Center's new resident theatre company from Sept. 30-Nov. 6 in the studio theatre. Moliere's famous farce, directed by Lynne Collins, mercilessly and mirthfully skewers hypocrites and the fools who believe in them. The all-star local cast includes DCPA favorites Sam Gregory and Leslie O'Carroll (A Christmas Carol); Michael Morgan, Sean Scrutchins, Emily Van Fleet, Kate Gleason, Anthony Adu, Josh Robinson and DCPA Teaching Artist and Cult Following improv-comedy expert Jessica Austgen. This production includes a delicious casting twist. O'Carroll will miss the final two weeks of performances to begin her latest turn as Mrs. Fezziwig at the DCPA. At that point, her big-shot husband Steve Wilson (Producing Artistic Director of the Mizel Arts and Culture Center and also a graduate of the DCPA's National Theatre Conservatory), will take over O'Carroll's role as Madame Pernelle - which ought to be tons of fun. 

    5 PerspectivesIn Off-Center's one-night-only This is Modern Art, a special collaboration with Kevin Coval and Idris Goodwin, graffiti artists set out to make their voices heard and alter the way people view the world. This performed reading includes a DJ and spoken-word poetry on Sept. 15 at the Museum of Contemporary Art, located on the corner of 15th and Delgany streets.

    6 PerspectivesLaura Slack Chavez Miscast 2015. Photo by John MooreLast week, the Denver Actors Fund passed the $50,000 mark in funds distributed to Colorado artists in situational medical need. The non-profit's major annual fundraiser is Miscast, where some of the local theatre community’s top performers sing songs and act out scenes they would never … ever! … get cast to perform on any legitimate stage. (Check the lineup here.) The Sept. 26 party, hosted by Damon Guerrasio and Eric Mather, will include audience games and prizes valued at more than $1,200. At the Town Hall Arts Center, 2450 W. Main St., Littleton, 303-794-2787 or townhallartscenter.org

    7 PerspectivesAnd here's a shout-out to the courageous who dare to present a new and unknown play during the biggest and busiest month of the new theatre season. The oddly titled dark comedy theMumblings tells of the marriage between a gay children’s performer and a straight anthropologist. Accomplished area actors Lauren Bahlman and Matthew Blood-Smyth play the couple as well as the many characters in their lives. New York playwright Dan Kitrosser's story deals with the vitality of self-love, non-traditional marriage and overcoming fear in the wake of sexual assault. Plays Sept. 24-Oct. 8 at The Bakery, 2132 Market St.

    More Colorado theatre coverage on the DCPA NewsCenter

    And that's just the tip of the iceberg. There are more theatre openings in Setember than there are days in the month. Here are all your options in one handy list:  

    THIS MONTH'S THEATRE OPENINGS IN COLORADO:

    (Submit your listings to jmoore@dcpa.org)

    A September BuntportSept. 1-11, 2016 Upstart Crow's Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
    Dairy Center for the Arts, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder, 303-442-1415 or theupstartcrow.org

    Sept. 2-24, 2016: Buntport Theater's Middle Aged People Sitting in Boxes (pictured right)
    717 Lipan St., 720-946-1388 or buntport.com

    Sept. 2-10: Aurora Fox's Final Fight of the Freedom Fighter
    9900 E. Colfax Ave., 303-739-1970 or aurorafoxartscenter.org

    Sept. 2-24: The Avenue Theater's The Money Shot
    417 E. 17th Ave., 303-321-5925 or avenuetheater.com

    Sept. 2-Nov. 5: Midtown Arts Center's Motones vs. Jerseys
    3750 S. Mason St., Fort Collins, 970-225-2555 or midtownartscenter.com

    Sept. 2-Oct. 1: Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre’s Million Dollar Quartet
    800 Grand Ave, Grand Lake, 970-627-3421 or rockymountainrep.com

    Sept. 2-24: Thin Air Theatre Company's The Foreigner
    139 E. Bennett Ave., Cripple Creek, 719-689-3247 or thinairtheatre.com

    Sept. 3-Oct. 15: Curious Theatre's Water by the Spoonful
    1080 Acoma St., 303-623-0524 or curioustheatre.org

    Sept. 4-26: The Bug Theatre's Miss Witherspoon
    3654 Navajo St., 303-477-9984 or bugtheatre.info

    Sept. 8-Oct. 1: OpenStage Theatre Company’s La Bête
    Lincoln Center, 417 W. Magnolia St., Fort Collins, 970-484-5237 or openstagetheatre.org

    Sept. 9-Oct. 2: Arvada Center’s Sister Act
    6901 Wadsworth Blvd., 720-898-7200 or arvadacenter.org

    Sept. 9-Oct. 9, 2016: Town Hall Arts Center's Once Upon a Mattress
    2450 W. Main St., Littleton, 303-794-2787 or townhallartscenter.org

    Sept. 9-Nov. 12: BDT Stage's Mid-Life 2! (#WhatDidIComeInHereFor)
    5501 Arapahoe Ave., 303-449-6000 or bdtstage.com

    Sept. 9-Oct. 16: Miners Alley Playhouse's God of Carnage
    1224 Washington St., Golden, 303-935-3044 or minersalley.com

    Sept. 9-24:  Funky Little Theater Company’s Trash
    2109 Templeton Gap Road, Colorado Springs, 719-425-9509 or funkylittletheater.org

    Sept 9-25: Performance Now’s Bye Bye Birdie
    Lakewood Cultural Center, 470 S. Allison Parkway, 303-987-7845 or performancenow.org

    Sept. 9-25: StageDoor Theatre's Steel Magnolias
    25797 Conifer Road, Conifer, 303-838-0809 or stagedoortheatre.org  

    Sept. 10-25: TheatreWorks' Constellations
    3955 Regent Circle, Colorado Springs, 719-255-3232 or theatreworkscs.org

    Sept. 16-Oct. 16: DCPA Theatre Company's The Glass Menagerie
    Ricketson Theatre, Denver Performing Arts Complex, 14th and Curtis streets, 303-893-4100 or denvercenter.org

    Sept. 16-Oct. 8: Catamount Theatre ‘s The Taming
    At the Dairy Center for the Arts, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder, 303-440-7826, 720-468-0487 or thecatamounts.org

    September Evergreen ChoraleSept. 16-Oct. 9: Evergreen Chorale’s My Fair Lady (pictured right)
    At Center/Stage, 27608 Fireweed Drive, 303-674-4002 or evergreenchorale.org

    Sept. 16-Oct. 16: Germinal Stage-Denver's The Tracks Home
    At the 73rd Avenue Playhouse, 7287 Lowell Blvd., 303-455-7108 or germinalstage.com

    Sept. 16-Oct. 30: Vintage Theatre's Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka, The Musical
    1468 Dayton St., Aurora, 303-839-1361 or vintagetheatre.com

    Sept. 16-Oct. 23: Vintage Theatre's The Oldest Boy (with Theatre Esprit Asia)
    1468 Dayton St., Aurora, 303-839-1361 or vintagetheatre.com

    Sept. 16-25: Longmont Theatre Company's I Ought To Be In Pictures
    513 Main St., Longmont, 303-772-5200 or longmonttheatre.org

    Sept. 16-Oct 1: Millibo Arts Theatre's Oddville: Happiness Comes in a Cardboard Box
    1626 S. Tejon St. Colorado Springs, 719-465-6321 or themat.org

    Sept. 17-Oct. 16, 2016: BiTSY Stage’s The Fortune Teller's Fortune: A Tale From Nicaragua
    1137 S. Huron St. Denver, 720-328-5294 or bitsystage.com (Admission is free)

    Sept. 22–Nov. 13, 2016: Candlelight Dinner Playhouse’s Evita
    4747 Marketplace Drive, Johnstown, 970) 744-3747 or coloradocandlelight.com

    Sept. 23-Oct. 9: Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company's Ripcord
    Grace Gamm Theater at the Dairy Center for the Arts, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder, 303-440-7826 or betc.org

    Sept. 23-Oct. 2: square product theatre company and CU Theatre & Dance's 44 Plays for 44 Presidents
    University Theatre, University of Colorado-Boulder campus, 303-492-8008 or colorado.edu

    Sept. 23-Oct. 16: Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center's Shear Madness
    30 W. Dale St., Colorado Springs, 719-634-5581 or csfineartscenter.org

    Sept. 24-Oct. 8: Wide Eyed West’s theMumblings
    At The Bakery, 2132 Market St., wideeyedproductions.com

    Sept. 24-Oct. 16: Bas Bleu's The Blue Flower
    401 Pine St., Fort Collins, 970-498-8949 or basbleu.org

    Sept. 27-Oct 9, 2016: Roundabout Theatre Company’s Cabaret 
    Buell Theatre, Denver Performing Arts Complex, 14th and Curtis streets, 303-893-4100 or denvercenter.org

    Sept. 30-Oct. 30: Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center's The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales
    30 W. Dale St., Colorado Springs, 719-634-5581 or csfineartscenter.org

    Sept. 30-Nov. 6: Arvada Center’s Tartuffe
    6901 Wadsworth Blvd., 720-898-7200 or arvadacenter.org

    Sept. 30-Oct. 16: Inspire Creative & Parker Arts Monty Python's Spamalot
    At the PACE Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Avenue, Parker 303-805-6800 or parkerarts.org

    Sept. 30-Oct. 30: Thin Air Theatre Company's Cripple Creep Show
    139 E. Bennett Ave., Cripple Creek, 719-689-3247 or thinairtheatre.com

    Sept. 30-Oct. 15, 2016: Thunder River Theatre Company’s Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde
    67 Promenade, Carbondale, 970-963-8200 or thunderrivertheatre.com

    CONTINUING CURRENT PRODUCTIONS:

    Through Sept. 2: Southern Colorado Repertory Theatre’s Almost Maine
    Famous Performing Arts Center, 131 W Main St., Trinidad, 719-846-4765 or scrtheatre.com

    Through Sept 3: Southern Colorado Repertory Theatre’s Little Women
    Famous Performing Arts Center, 131 W Main St., Trinidad, 719-846-4765 or scrtheatre.com

    Through Sept. 3: BDT Stage's Footloose
    5501 Arapahoe Ave., 303-449-6000 or bdtstage.com

    Through Sept. 3: Equinox Theatre Company's The Toxic Avenger: The Musical
    At the Bug Theatre, 3654 Navajo St., 720-984-0781 or equinoxtheatredenver.com

    A September FrankieThrough Sept. 4: Germinal Stage-Denvers The Road to Mecca
    At the 73rd Avenue Playhouse, 7287 Lowell Blvd., 303-455-7108 or germinalstage.com

    Through Sept. 4: Vintage Theatre ‘s Frankie and Johnnie in the Claire de Lune (pictured right)
    1468 Dayton St., Aurora, 303-839-1361 or vintagetheatre.com

    Through Sept. 4: Breckenridge Backstage's Hairspray
    At the Riverwalk Center, 150 W. Adams Ave., Breckenridge, 970-453-0199 or backstagetheatre.org

    Through Sept. 4: Creede Repertory Theatre's The History Room
    124 Main St., Creede, 81130, 719-658-2540 or go to creederep.org

    Through Sept. 11: DCPA Broadway's The Phantom of the Opera
    At the Buell Theatre, Denver Performing Arts Complex, 14th and Curtis streets, 303-893-4100 or denvercenter.org

    Through Sept 11: Candlelight Dinner Playhouse's The Wizard Of Oz
    4747 Marketplace Drive, Johnstown, 970-744-3747 or coloradocandlelight.com 

    Through Sept. 17: Creede Repertory Theatre's Private Lives

    124 Main St., Creede, 81130, 719-658-2540 or go to creederep.org

    Through Sept. 18: Lake Dillon Theatre Company's First Date
    At the Outlets at Silverthorne, 246-X Rainbow Drive, Silverthorne, 970-513-9386 or lakedillontheatre.org

    Through Sept. 24: Spotlight Theatre's Suddenly Last Summer (pictured right)
    At the John Hand Theatre, 7653 E. First Place, 720-880-8727 or thisisspotlight.com

    Through Sept. 25: The Edge Theatre Company's Murder Ballad
    1560 Teller St., Lakewood, 303-232-0363 or theedgetheater.com

    Through Oct. 2: Jesters Dinner Theatre's Oklahoma
    224 Main St., Longmont, 303-682-9980 or jesterstheatre.com

    Photo credits: 'The Taming,' provided by The Catamounts; Leslie O'Carroll and Steve Wilson of 'Tartuffe,' by John Moore; Laura Chavez Slack in 'Miscast 2015,' by John Moore; Erin Rollman in 'Middle Aged People Sitting in Boxes,' provided by Buntport Theater; Colleen Lee as Eliza Doolittle in 'My Fair Lady,' by John Gaudreau; Kelly Uhlenhopp and Andrew Uhlenhopp in 'Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de Lune,' by Christine Fisk/DenverMind Media; Maggy Stacy and James O’Hagan-Murphy in 'Suddenly Last Summer,' by Soular Radiant Photography.

    ONGOING, MONTHLY or ONE-TIME PROGRAMMING:

    ADAMS MYSTERY PLAYHOUSE
    Ongoing productions
    2406 Federal Blvd., Denver, 303-455-1848 or adamsmysteryplayhouse.com

    ARVADA CENTER
    Sept. 15: 40th Anniversary community celebration
    6901 Wadsworth Blvd., 720-898-7200 or arvadacenter.org

    BUNTPORT THEATRE

    Sept. 20: Buntport’s attempt at Ted Talks
    Sept. 21: The Narrators (a live storytelling show and podcast)
    Sept. 26: The Great Debate: Food Court vs. People’s Court
    Sept. 30: Untitled at the Denver Art Museum
    717 Lipan St., 720-946-1388 or buntport.com

    COLORADO SPRINGS THEATREWORKS
    Sept. 18-21: TheatreWorks' The Tempest, a concert reading with Tina Packer
    3955 Regent Circle, Colorado Springs, 719-255-3232 or theatreworkscs.org

    OFF-CENTER
    Sept. 15: This is Modern Art, a collaboration with Kevin Coval and Idris Goodwin
    At the Museum of Contemporary Art, 15th and Delgany streets
    303-893-4100 or denvercenter.org

    THE SOURCE THEATRE COMPANY

    Every third Monday: Monday! Monday! Monday! Cabaret
    At Su Teatro Performing Arts Center, 721 Santa Fe Drive, 720-238-1323 or thesourcedenver.org

    STORIES ON STAGE
    Sept. 18: Dogs vs. Cats
    1:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. at Su Teatro, 721 Santa Fe Drive, 303-494-0523 or storiesonstage.org
    A portion of each ticket will be donated to the Denver Animal Shelter
    Performers include DCPA Director of Education Allison Watrous, and actors Chip Persons and John Jurcheck

    TOWN HALL ARTS CENTER
    Sept. 26: Miscast 2016, a benefit for the Denver Actors Fund
    2450 W. Main St., Littleton, 303-794-2787 or townhallartscenter.org

  • Photos from the final BALLS! fundraising performances

    by John Moore | Jan 11, 2016
    The final BALLS! 2015Photos by John Moore for the DCPA NewsCenter. Click above for more photos.

    December marked the final seasonal presentation of BALLS! A Holiday Spectacular, an annual holiday benefit variety show that since 2009 has raised about $35,000 for metro nonprofits using sock puppets, spontaneous haikus and silly prizes.

    The two 2015 performances at Lannie's Clocktower Cabaret raised about $5,000 for The Gathering Place, Denver's only daytime drop-in center for women, their children and transgender individuals experiencing poverty or homelessness. The core group of BALLS! performers was Mare Trevathan, GerRee Hinshaw (host of The Bug Theatre’s monthly Freak Train), Emily K. Harrison (founder of Boulder’s case-challenged square product theatre) and bassist Jim Ruberto.

    Guest stars included musicians actors and comedians Ben Kronberg, John Common, Jess DeNicola, Jen Korte, Brian Landis Folkins, Justin Walvoord, Gregg Tobo, Christie Buchele, Adrian Egolf, Jack and Coke (a.k.a. Meridith C. Grundei and Gary Grundei), DJ Savior Breath (Eryc Eyl) and special guest appearance by former Denver TV host Kirk Montgomery.

    They were joined by BALLS! co-founder Melanie Owen.

    Read more: BALLS! wins 2015 True West Award

    BALLS! A Holiday Spectacular. Photo by John Moore. 'BALLS! A Holiday Spectacular': From left: Mare Trevathan, Emily K. Harrison, GerRee Hinshaw and Jim Ruberto. Photo by John Moore.
  • 2015 True West Award: 'BALLS! A Holiday Spectacular'

    by John Moore | Dec 02, 2015
    2015 True West Awards Day 2 Balls

    From left: Emily K. Harrison, Jim Ruberto, GerRee Hinshaw and Mare Trevathan.

    2015 TRUE WEST AWARDS: 30 DAYS, 30 BOUQUETS

    ​Today’s recipient:
    BALLS, A Holiday Spectacular

    Today’s presenter: DCPA Senior Arts Journalist John Moore



    After seven years, the ladies are bagging their BALLS! And with that, so goes seven years of irreverent puns centered around bouncing balls and … Balzacs.

    BALLS! is an annual holiday benefit variety show that has raised about $30,000 for metro nonprofits since 2009 using sock puppets, spontaneous haikus and silly prizes. Co-founder Mare Trevathan has announced that after the 2015 performances coming up Dec. 7 and 14 at Lannie’s Clocktower Cabaret, the BALLS! babes will be bouncing their separate ways.

    The core group is Trevathan, GerRee Hinshaw (host of The Bug Theatre’s monthly Freak Train), Emily K. Harrison (founder of Boulder’s case-challenged square product theatre) and bassist-slash-honorary-BALLS!-babe Jim Ruberto. An original co-founder was Melanie Owen, who has since moved to Seattle.

    Every performance is different because of a rotating roster of guest performers that includes local musicians, actors and, this year, a special appearance by former 9News entertainment reporter Kirk Montgomery. They all perform for free. “It’s a lot to ask of people at the holidays,” Trevathan said, “but our community is so generous.”

    BALLS!And then there are the sock puppets. Upon entry, every audience member is issued a crafty sock puppet that figures prominently in singalongs and games. And they have gone through hundreds of them over the years. Those sackers who become sockmates with their cotton, wool, nylon, acrylic, polyester, or spandex friends can take them home in exchange for a small donation.

    This year’s beneficiary is The Gathering Place - Denver's only daytime drop-in center for women, their children and transgender individuals experiencing poverty or homelessness. Previous beneficiaries have included The Denver Actors Fund, Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault, Fresh City LifeDani's Foundation and Slow Food Denver.

    Before the air is let out of the BALLS! for good, the True West Awards wanted to acknowledge the organizers’ selfless commitment to community and camaraderie - on and off stage.

    This year's BALLS! performances are at 7 p.m. Mondays Dec. 7 and 14 at Lannie's, 1601 Arapahoe St. Tickets are $22 in advance, $25 at the door. Recommended for audiences 16 years and older. Call 303-293-0075 or go to www.lannies.com.

    BALLS 2013. Photo by John Moore.

    In 2013, all "BALLS!" proceeds went to the Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault, a non-profit promoting safety, justice and healing for survivors of sexual violence. Photo by John Moore for the DCPA NewsCenter.


    ABOUT THE TRUE WEST AWARDS

    The True West Awards began as the Denver Post Ovation Awards in 2001. This year, DCPA Senior Arts Journalist John Moore — as well as additional voices from around the state — celebrate the entire local theatre community by recognizing 30 achievements from around the state over 30 days, without categories or nominations. Moore's daily coverage of the DCPA and the Colorado theatre community can be found at MyDenverCenter.Org

    THE 2015 TRUE WEST AWARDS​
    Day 1: Rachel D. Graham
    Day 2: BALLS! A Holiday Spectacular
    Day 3: Creede Repertory Theatre's 50th anniversary season
    Day 4: Laurence Curry
    Day 5: Bernie Cardell
    Day 6: Susan Lyles
    Day 7: John Jurcheck​
    Day 8: Christopher L. Sheley
    Day 9: DCPA Education's 'Shakespeare in the Parking Lot'
    Day 10: Man and Monster: Todd Debreceni and TJ Hogle
    Day 11: Shauna Johnson
    Day 12: Geoffrey Kent and Benjamin Bonenfant
    Day 13: Sesugh Solomon Tor-Agbidye
    Day 14: Keith Ewer
    Day 15: Allison Watrous
    Day 16: Jonathan Farwell
    Day 17: Bob, Wendy and Missy Moore
    Day 18: Emma Messenger
    Day 19: Shannon McKinney
    Day 20: Mary Louise Lee and Yasmine Hunter
    Day 21: Charlie Miller and Emily Tarquin
    Day 22: Scott Beyette
    Day 23: Augustus Truhn
    Day 24: Jimmy Bruenger
    Day 25: The Masters of Props: Rob Costigan, Peki Pineda and Becky Toma
    Day 26: Jalyn Courtenay Webb
    Day 27: Andre Rodriguez
    Day 28: Rebecca Remaly
    Day 29: Mark Collins
    Day 30: Phamaly Theatre Company's Cabaret
    Bonus: Donald R. Seawell
  • Bar Choir brings songs with shameless heart to Off-Center season launch

    by John Moore | Oct 07, 2015
    Here's a video glimpse at a recent Bar Choir gathering where drop-ins learned songs including Pat Benatar's "We Belong" and the White Stripes' "Seven Nation Army." 

     

    A few weeks ago at a sleepy happy hour at a local hipster bar in the Baker neighborhood, about a dozen mostly strangers hugged, grabbed a drink and gathered around a piano. Their hosts welcomed them to Bar Choir, a kind of flash mob of melody-makers who were soon learning the harmonies to Pat Benatar’s nocturnal anthem, “We Belong.”

    It was a little too early in the Thursday evening for anyone at the bar to be much bothered. As stragglers slowly started to saunter in, they were greeted by the surprising live choral sounds of The White Stripes’ foot-stomping rocker, “Seven Nation Army.”

    “And I'm bleeding, and I'm bleeding, and I'm bleeding right before the lord.”

    This was no church choir. No “Amazing Grace” in earshot. Heads and ears quickly turned. After an hour or so of practice, the group rolled their piano closer to the bar and boldly started into their unannounced, three-song set, which also included Johnny Nash’s “I Can See Clearly Now.” The crowd, not expecting live music until beloved local songster Josh Novak and his band were scheduled to play later that night, roared in unexpected appreciation.

    And a few minutes later, poof. They were gone.

    Bar Choir is an emerging new and all-inclusive social club that meets at various bars around Denver on the first and third Thursdays of every month. It is the brainchild of accomplished local composer Gary Grundei, who created all the music for the DCPA Theatre Company's current production of Shakespeare's As You Like It; and popular singer/actor GerRee Hinshaw, host of The Bug Theatre's venerable monthly Freak Train talent show, as well as the Colorado Theatre Guild’s annual Henry Awards.

    “OK, so we totally stole the idea,” Hinshaw said. Further confessed Grundei: “I heard a story on NPR about this Canadian choir called Choir Choir Choir. They are kind of the (bomb) there, and they sing at a bar. So we started our own here in Denver.” 

    A recent Bar Choir gathering in Baker. Photo by John Moore for the DCPA's NewsCenter. A recent Bar Choir gathering in Baker. Photo by John Moore for the DCPA's NewsCenter.


    To Hinshaw, the conceit could not be simpler: “Everybody likes to sing, and everybody likes to drink, but there are so few places to do it together.”

    Hinshaw started a Facebook page earlier this summer welcoming singers of all experience levels - including none. On this night, the group included a woman with Broadway credits, alongside several others whose public singing to date has been limited to the shower. And they blended together perfectly. Or as perfectly as Bar Choir calls for.  

    “You don’t have to be a very good singer, because everyone here is so friendly,” said Bar Choir singer Libby Ingraham. “No matter how good you are, there is a spot for you with this great group of people and inside this amazing sound.”

    Bar Choir works, Ingraham said, because there is no ongoing commitment – you only show up when you want to – and because there is no preparation, or pressure.

    “I loved being in choir when I was in high school,” Ingraham said, “so it was great to find something where you get to sing great songs - and in a bar. Plus, it’s amazing when you have somebody who is in charge of drunk adults.”

    Gary Grundei QuoteIngraham and her friend Melanie Sobeck are teachers by day, and, twice a month now, Bar Choirers at night. “We didn’t know three people when we first came here, but you become instant friends,” Sobeck said. And in the end, her friend added, “You all come together and create this goosebump-causing sound because you are all doing it together. And it all comes together in like, 30 minutes.”

    Bar Choir is taking a turn from its usual bar setting this week to make a special appearance at the Denver Center’s Jones Theatre (where beer and more will be readily available). Off-Center, which is the DCPA’s more innovative wing, is throwing a Season 5 launch party on Friday with a full slate of entertainment – including Bar Choir. Any and all participants are welcome to gather at 6:30 p.m. to learn the latest chosen song – the ubiquitous radio hit “The Best Day of My Life” by American Authors. Hinshaw will teach all comers the harmonies and melodies while Grundei plays piano and offers his own experienced advice. Later in the evening, they will all be called up to the stage to show the crowd what they have learned.

    Off-Center’s mission is to create theatrical experiences for adventurous audiences. It delivers out-of-the-box collaborations with local artists and other unique theatrical performances such as last year’s Perception, an immersive and interactive experience that played out over an entire floor of the DCPA’s Newman Building.

    Other guests on Off-Center’s Friday night lineup:

    • Black Cube: a Nomadic contemporary art museum
    • Jack's Stands: A successful lemonade stand owned and operated by a 9-year-old entrepreneur named Jack
    • El Carte 303: Serving up authentic tacos, burritos, quesadillas and more
    • Music from the Noah Wilson Collective
    • DJ Savior Breath, who will lord over both pre-and post-show dancing

    Hinshaw loves leading Bar Choir because of its guerrilla style. “It’s like springing a live performance on an unsuspecting bar,” she said. “This choir is not asking for a paying audience. The only people who pay are the actual people in the choir" (typically $5 a session).

    Hinshaw and Grundei choose the songs, but they let Facebook followers weigh in. There is only one criterion, Hinshaw said. “These are songs with shameless heart,” she said. Grundei calls the Bar Choir playlist “popular songs you wouldn’t ever want a choir to song - or think that they should. That’s part of the fun.”

    While Bar Choir holds a certain kinship with karaoke, Grundei said, “there’s nothing that compares to singing with a group of people, or the physical resonance of your body while singing harmonies in unison. There is nothing like it.”

    Grundei would especially love to welcome Bar Choirers who have been made to believe they can’t sing somewhere along the line.

    “Everyone has a voice,” Grundei said. “If you can talk, you can sing. If somebody at some point in your life told you that you can’t sing, what the (bleep)? Are you going to believe that? The more you sing, they better you get. So come (bleeping) sing with us.”

    Added Hinshaw: “You don’t have to sing well. You just have to sing proud.”

    MORE PHOTOS:

    Photos of Bar Choir by John Moore for the DCPA's NewsCenter. To download any photo for free, click "View original Flickr image."


    CLICK HERE TO SEE PHOTOS FROM LAST YEAR'S PARTY

      Ticket information: Off-Center Kick-Off Party and Mile High Mashup:
    • Friday, Oct. 9
    • Bar Choir rehearsal begins at 6:30 p.m. Pre-show drinks start at 7, show at 8
    • Jones Theatre, at the intersection of Speer Boulevard and Arapahoe streets
    • Cost $15
    • To participate in Bar Choir, order online and click the "Bar Choir" ticket option. Arrive  at 6:30 p.m. to learn your song, and your group will later perform as a part of the event. No preparation and no pressure. (No show-choir outfits required, either).
    • Call 303-893-4100 or BUY ONLINE
    • Also: Purchase in person at The Denver Center Ticket Office, located at the Helen Bonfils Theatre Complex lobby. Buy and print online at Denvercenter.org.
    • Beer provided by Great Divide. Vodka and Bourbon provided by Breckenridge Distillery
    • More info on Off-Center: Go to Off-Center's home page
    • For more on Bar Choir, check the Facebook page
  • Video: 2015 Henry Award Acceptance Speeches

    by John Moore | Jul 28, 2015



    Here are short excerpts from acceptance speeches by recipients of the Colorado Theatre Guild's 2015 Henry Awards. The ceremony was held July 20 at the Arvada Center.

    It was a huge night for the DCPA's Billie McBride, who won three Henry Awards and presented another. She was honored for directing Vintage Theatre's 'Night Mother, which also won Outstanding Production of a Play. And she was named Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Play for her work in the DCPA Theatre Company's world premiere play, Benediction. "Kent Thompson is a gentle and loving director," she says, "and it's just a beautiful play."

    In accepting the DCPA Theatre Company's Outstanding Season by a Company Award, DCPA President and CEO Scott Shiller told those attending the ceremony: "The work that you are creating day in and day out is the envy of the nation. The fact that the NEA has just said that 52 percent of everybody who lives in the state of Colorado comes to attend live theatrical events, compared to 36 or 38 percent everywhere else in the country, is remarkable. And it doesn't happen by accident. It happens because of the incredible storytellers who are here in this room. The DCPA is so honored to be a part of this theatrical community."

    You'll also see Beth Malone accept the Outstanding Actress in a Musical Award for her work in The Unsinkable Molly Brown, and Colin Hanlon accept The 12's award as Outstanding New Play or Musical. 

    To see performance highlights from the Henry Awards, click here.

    The director of the awards ceremony was Jim Hunt.

    Video by John Moore for the DCPA's NewsCenter.

    DCPA President and CEO Scott Shiller accepts the Theatre Company's Henry Award for Outstanding Season. Photo by John Moore.  DCPA President and CEO Scott Shiller accepts the Theatre Company's Henry Award for Outstanding Season by a Company. Photo by John Moore. 


    Previous NewsCenter coverage of the 2015 Henry Awards:
    Colorado Theatre Guild honors DCPA with 11 Henry Awards
    The Henry Awards: The complete list of nominations
    Video: 2015 Henry Award performance highlights
    Videos: Our memorial tributes to departed artists in 2014-15
    Duck and cover: Gloria Shanstrom takes your Henry Awards questions
    Beth Malone, Colin Hanlon will perform at Henry Awards
    Guest essay by Margie Lamb: Something about the Henry Award doesn't add up
  • How Denver Actors Fund is helping the local theatre community

    by John Moore | Dec 06, 2014

    The Sock-Puppet Interviews:
    In this video, Emily K. Harrison (as sock-puppet Veronica) meets award-winning local actor Chad Afanador. Just as Chad was becoming a first-time father, he was diagnosed with Hodgkins Disease. Local actor and chef John Arp, using funds from the Denver Actors Fund, provided meals for the Afanador family for eight months. For more on Chad's story,
    click here


    The Denver Actors Fund is a source of immediate, situational relief when members of the metro theater community find themselves in medical need. It was founded by DCPA Senior Arts Journalist John Moore (who also created the media outlet you are reading right now) and local actor/lawyer Christopher J. Boeckx in 2013. Here is a little bit of background on the how and why they did it.  

    In its first 16 months of existence, the Denver Actors Fund has raised more than $26,000 and assembled an army of more than 60 Action Team volunteers who provide services ranging from meal delivery to transportation to and from medical appointments. Here's a little bit about how it works and how to apply for help.

    a russell 800Here are brief stories of actors, directors, stage managers and even properties specialists who have been helped so far.
    Perhaps you know some of their names. They include Shelly Bordas, Tom Borrillo, Russell Costen (pictured at right), Sheila Ivy Traister, Maggie Stillman, Brock Benson, Traci J. Kern, Laura Adducci, Chad Afanador, Twanna LaTrice Hill, Marq Del Monte, Meghan Ralph and Becky Toma.

    If someone wanted to put on a play, that would make for one heck of a creative team.

    Here's an unsolicited testimonial from GerRee Hinshaw, a young mother who benefited from a random act of kindness from the Meal Delivery Team following a death in the family.

    The Denver Actors Fund raises its money in a variety of ways, including regular fundraising events hosted by individuals or local theatre companies on the Fund's behalf. Here's one example of how young people under age 18 have raised more than $3,000 for the Denver Actors Fund.

    Now in its sixth year, "BALLS! A Holiday Spectacular" is an annual variety show with guest stars, audience sock puppet singalongs, spontaneous haikus and a white elephant. And every year, a local nonprofit is designated to receive all proceeds. This year, that nonprofit is the Denver Actors Fund. Please come to a performance on one of the next two Monday nights, and help the Denver Actors Fund to keep helping local artists.

    "BALLS! A Holiday Spectacular": Ticket information
    7 p.m. Mondays Dec. 8 and 15
    Lannie's Clocktower Cabaret, 16th Street Mall and Arapahoe Street
    $18 in advance; $22 day of show
    Call 303-293-0075, or order online here

    Hosted by GerRee Hinshaw, Emily K. Harrison, Jim Ruberto and Mare Trevathan, with prominent local guest stars including musicians John Common, Jess DeNicola, Janet Feder and Jen Korte; storyteller Adam Goldstein; drag queen Zoe O; and comedians Mara Wiles and Eric Mather.

    Note: As of this morning (Dec. 6), only about 20 tickets remain for the Dec. 8 performance.


    For more info on the Denver Actors Fund, click here

    The Denver Actors Fund will soon be accepting new volunteers for 2015 Action Teams. To express your interest, send your name, phone and email to denveractorsfund@gmail.com.

    The Sock-Puppet Interviews: Lulu meets Sheila Ivy Traister:




    The Sock-Puppet Interviews: Ooprah meets Tom Borrillo:



    The Sock-Puppet Interviews: Louis meets GerRee Hinshaw:
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Award-winning arts journalist John Moore has recently taken a groundbreaking new position as the DCPA’s Senior Arts Journalist. With The Denver Post, he was named one of the 12 most influential theater critics in the US by American Theatre Magazine. He is the founder of the Denver Actors Fund, a nonprofit that raises money for local artists in medical need. John is a native of Arvada and attended Regis Jesuit High School and the University of Colorado at Boulder. Follow him on Twitter @moorejohn.

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