Marquees to go dark in honor of Seawell on Friday

From the opening of the Denver Center for the Performing Arts in 1979.

From the opening of the Denver Performing Arts Complex in 1979.

Donald R. SeawellOn Friday night (Oct. 2), the Denver Center for the Performing Arts will pay tribute to founder Donald Seawell with a dimming of the lights throughout the Denver Performing Arts Complex, followed by a brief moment of silence before the DCPA’s three scheduled live performances.

Seawell died Wednesday at age 103. It was felt that it would be most appropriate to publicly mark Seawell’s passing on the same night that the DCPA Theatre Company he founded will be opening a new production of Shakespeare’s As You Like It.

Among Seawell’s many  accomplishments, he was the the first producer to bring the Royal Shakespeare Company to America, and he was later the first American named to the RSC’s board of governors.

On Thursday, Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock issued the following statement on the passing of Seawell:
 

“Denver has lost a giant with the passing of Donald Seawell. He was an inspiration and a great motivator whose passion for the arts influenced so many, including myself. He instilled in all of us the belief that our city could achieve greatness if we were willing to take risks. Donald was a rare and outstanding civic champion who helped set Denver on the path we currently walk today, and we owe him a debt of gratitude for that bold vision. There is no question that his legacy and impact on our city will be felt for decades to come.”

The marquee lights are expected to come down at about 7:15 p.m. on Friday, time enough in advance so that patrons will still have time to be seated for 7:30 p.m. curtains for the following shows:


Donald R. Seawell with his friend, Jimmy Steart, at the opening of the Denver Performing Arts Complex in 1979.

Donald R. Seawell with his friend, Jimmy Stewart, at the opening of the Denver Performing Arts Complex in 1979.

Selected media coverage of the death of Donald Seawell:
DCPA NewsCenter: A ‘singular vision’ to build the DCPA for Denver
The Denver Post: Donald Seawell, Denver cultural and civic visionary
Colorado Public Radio: Remembering Donald Seawell in his own words
Denver Business Journal: Donald Seawell a Denver leader in arts and media
BroadwayWorld: Donald Seawell, Broadway producer and RSC champion

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