The Denver Sonnets Project, No. 144: Cailin Doran

By John Moore

CultureWest.Org is endeavoring to make short films out of all 154 of Shakespeare’s sonnets, each featuring actors with Colorado connections. The artistic intent is primarily to further CultureWest’s mission to spotlight the local theatre community and their current or upcoming productions. It’s also an attempt to promote Shakespeare education in a fun way. This is an entirely volunteer project with a proud budget of … zero dollars.

CAILINWe are rolling one Sonnet video a week for … zoinks! … 154 weeks. Here’s a link to the YouTube playlist that hosts the entire series.

Four our 14th sonnet, No. 144, smoldering actor Cailin Doran (Arvada Center’s ‘The Great Gatsby’) considers the temptations of good and evil as two potential suitors in a bar who may have greater aspirations than her mere affections. These two flirts, she believes, are an angel inside a devil inside her own hell. But she’ll never know until her bad angel expels the good one out of hell.

Video by John Moore. Another new short sonnet film is posted here every Monday. Please support the Denver Actors Fund at www.DenverActorsFund.Org.

The Denver Sonnets Project is a volunteer collaboration, with limited eligibility requirements for participation. For information on how to register, email your interest to culturewestjohn@gmail.com.

Completed episodes to date (in numeric order):

Sonnet 1: Cast of “Cult Following”: “From fairest creatures we desire increase …”

Sonnet 2: Josh Robinson, “See thy blood warm …”

Sonnet 23: Gabra Zackman, “As an unperfect actor on a stage …”

Sonnet 36: Rachel Fowler, “I may not evermore acknowledge thee …”

Sonnet 44: John Carroll Lynch, “Thought kills me that I am not thought …”

Sonnet 47: Adrian Egolf, “Thyself away are present still with me …”

Sonnet 73: Jim Hunt: “Love that well which thou must leave ere long …”

Sonnet 74: Lowry Elementary School: “Thou hast but lost the dregs of life …”

Sonnet 90: Adam Stone: “If thou wilt leave me, do not leave me last …”

Sonnet 94: James O’Hagan-Murphy: Sweetest things turn sourest by their deeds …”

Sonnet 124: Cast of Colorado Shakespeare Festival’s ‘The Tempest’

Sonnet 131: Josh Nelson, “In nothing art thou black save in thy deeds …”

Sonnet 136: Lyndsay and Jeremy Palmer, “Make but my name thy love …”

Sonnet 144: Cailin Doran, “Two loves I have, of comfort and despair …”

Look here for a new sonnet every Monday. For more information on The Denver Sonnets Project, and how to sign up, please email culturewestjohn@gmail.com.

Please consider supporting the Denver Actors Fund at www.DenverActorsFund.Org

A Message from Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield …

stone-garfield-youtube-460When movie stars Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone were being hounded by paparazzi at lunch, they put their celeb status to clever and good-hearted use: By hiding their faces with note cards calling attention to worthy non-profit organizations.

And, well … we took it from there.

The Denver Actors Fund provides financial and support assistance to members of the local theatre community in sudden medical need.

Here’s our web site

Here’s how to donate

And join us late-night on Saturday, June 28, for some kamikaze karaoke at the Voodoo Comedy Playhouse.

Thanks, Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield for your wit and big hearts! And to Patty Kingsbaker for the idea.

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Thank you: Diana Dresser, Patty Kingsbaker, Melanie Mayner, Brett Aune, Cat Tobiasson, Michael Morgan, Susie Scott, Gloria Shanstrom, John Moore, Missy Moore, Burke Walton, Jake Elvig, Josh Hartwell, Colin Alexander, Piper Arpan, Tracy Shaffer, Thom Wise.

The Denver Sonnets Project, No. 73: Jim Hunt

By John Moore

CultureWest.Org is endeavoring to make short films out of all 154 of Shakespeare’s sonnets, each featuring actors with Colorado connections. The artistic intent is primarily to further CultureWest’s mission to spotlight the local theatre community and their current or upcoming productions. It’s also an attempt to promote Shakespeare education in a fun way. This is an entirely volunteer project with a proud budget of … zero dollars.

IMG_3117We are rolling one Sonnet video a week for … zoinks! … 154 weeks. Here’s a link to the YouTube playlist that hosts the entire series.

Four our 13th sonnet, No. 73 veteran actor Jim Hunt stands in for Shakespeare addressing a young man, but his message is oft-debated. He’s either preparing his protege for the elder speaker’s impending death, or the end of the young man’s youth. In either case, the lesson is the same: Love well that which you will soon lose.” Hunt is one of the busiest and most honored actors in Denver, most recently having appeared in the new play “And the Sun Stood Still,” as Copernicus, for the Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company.

Video by John Moore. Another new short sonnet film is posted here every Monday. Please support the Denver Actors Fund at www.DenverActorsFund.Org.

The Denver Sonnets Project is a volunteer collaboration, with limited eligibility requirements for participation. For information on how to register, email your interest to culturewestjohn@gmail.com.

Completed episodes to date (in numeric order):

Sonnet 1: Cast of “Cult Following”: “From fairest creatures we desire increase …”
Sonnet 2: Josh Robinson, “See thy blood warm …”
Sonnet 23: Gabra Zackman, “As an unperfect actor on a stage …”
Sonnet 36: Rachel Fowler, “I may not evermore acknowledge thee …”
Sonnet 44: John Carroll Lynch, “Thought kills me that I am not thought …”
Sonnet 47: Adrian Egolf, “Thyself away are present still with me …”
Sonnet 73: Jim Hunt: “Love that well which thou must leave ere long …”
Sonnet 74: Lowry Elementary School: “Thou hast but lost the dregs of life …”
Sonnet 90: Adam Stone: “If thou wilt leave me, do not leave me last …”
Sonnet 94: James O’Hagan-Murphy: Sweetest things turn sourest by their deeds …”
Sonnet 124: Cast of Colorado Shakespeare Festival’s ‘The Tempest’
Sonnet 131: Josh Nelson, “In nothing art thou black save in thy deeds …”
Sonnet 136: Lyndsay and Jeremy Palmer, “Make but my name thy love …”

Look here for a new sonnet every Monday. For more information on The Denver Sonnets Project, and how to sign up, please email culturewestjohn@gmail.com.

Please consider supporting the Denver Actors Fund at www.DenverActorsFund.Org

Denver Actors Fund in Action: Traci Kern

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Note: At the Denver Actors Fund, anonymity of aid recipients is presumed and fully protected, unless and until the recipient chooses to have his or her story told.

TraciFinancial aid recipient No. 7: Longtime actor and 17-year vocal coach Traci J. Kern has appeared in many productions for many local theatre companies, including recently in “Swing!”  for the Town Hall Arts Center and “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson” for Ben Dicke Productions at the Aurora Fox. Next she will star as the Narrator in “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” for Cabrini Productions, playing July 18 through Aug. 3 at the St. Frances Cabrini Church, 6673 W. Chatfield Ave. in Littleton. She serves many beginners through professional local theatre vocalists through her private Traci Kern Voice Studio. She earned her masters degree in vocal performance from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley. Last year she held her own concert at the Vintage Theatre. Click here for photos.

Her story: In April, doctors discovered a mass on Traci’s right breast. An immediate surgical biopsy was ordered. The  great news is that the mass was benign. However, the cost of three mammograms, an ultrasound and the surgery came to more than $20,000. Traci is insured but she was left still responsible for about $5,500 of the costs.

How we will help … and you can, too: The Denver Actors Fund has issued Traci a $450 check to help defray her considerable remaining medical bills. Because that will help but not solve Traci’s greater financial situation, anyone wishing to make additional, specific contributions to Traci Kern may make out checks in her name and send them to Denver Actors Fund at 4594 Osceola St., Denver, CO, 80212

A message from Traci: There’s a great peace of mind that comes with this gift, not just because of the financial relief but in knowing taht people you have spent time with on stage, and are invested in as human beings, are helping you. And as far as the bills are concerned, the majority are due upon receipt. Only one has offered a payment plan. So to me, $450 right now means that I can exhale for a minute. It doesn;t mean everything is OK, but it means everything is becoming OK. I am very grateful for that, and to everyone who has ever contributed to the Denver Actors Fund.

HELP THE DENVER ACTORS FUND REPLENISH:

The Denver Actors Fund is a modest source of immediate, situational relief when members of the local theater community find themselves in medical need. For more information, visit our web site at www.DenverActorsFund.Org

How you can donate to the Denver Actors Fund: Please go here (with our humble thanks):

 

To apply for Denver Actors Fund aid: Download the brief form by clicking here

To donate by mail: Send checks made out to the Denver Actors Fund to:
4594 Osceola St.
Denver, CO 80212

 

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Buy a poster! 134 women (and a few token dudes) from the Colorado theater community, all supporting the Denver Actors Fund. The cost $20 per poster (20×28). To order, email your quantity to denveractorsfund@gmail.com. We’ll take care of delivery and payment from there.

Visit our online merch store: T-shirts, key chains, puzzles and much more

Video: Highlights from a Feb. 10 fundraiser held on behalf of the Denver Actors Fund:

 

The Denver Sonnets Project, No. 131: Josh Nelson

By John Moore

CultureWest.Org is endeavoring to make short films out of all 154 of Shakespeare’s sonnets, each featuring actors with Colorado connections. The artistic intent is primarily to further CultureWest’s mission to spotlight the local theatre community and their current or upcoming productions. It’s also an attempt to promote Shakespeare education in a fun way. This is an entirely volunteer project with a proud budget of … zero dollars.

IMG_20022We will roll one Sonnet video a week for … zoinks! … 154 weeks. Here’s a link to the YouTube playlist that hosts the entire series.

Four our 12th sonnet, No. 131, Josh Nelson addresses a woman not of evident beauty but with a considerable, compensatory emotional allure. Only here, she’s a dog named Meatball (and – in true Shakespearean fashion – actually a boy!). Nelson just appeared in the Aurora Fox’s ‘The Drowsy Chaperone’ at Stapleton, the Denver Center Theatre Academy’s “An Evening of Sondheim” Master Class Project and next will reprise his role in ‘Guys on Ice’ at the Fox.

Video by John Moore. Another new short sonnet film is posted here every Monday. Thank you to Meatball’s owner, Talia Liccardello. Read more about the Denver Sonnets Project here: Please support the Denver Actors Fund at www.DenverActorsFund.Org.

The Denver Sonnets Project is a volunteer collaboration, with limited eligibility requirements for participation. For information on how to register, email your interest to culturewestjohn@gmail.com.

Completed episodes to date (in numeric order):

Sonnet 1: Cast of “Cult Following”: “From fairest creatures we desire increase …”
Sonnet 2: Josh Robinson, “See thy blood warm …”
Sonnet 23: Gabra Zackman, “As an unperfect actor on a stage …”
Sonnet 36: Rachel Fowler, “I may not evermore acknowledge thee …”
Sonnet 44: John Carroll Lynch, “Thought kills me that I am not thought …”
Sonnet 47: Adrian Egolf, “Thyself away are present still with me …”
Sonnet 74: Lowry Elementary School: “Thou hast but lost the dregs of life …”
Sonnet 90: Adam Stone: “If thou wilt leave me, do not leave me last …”
Sonnet 94: James O’Hagan-Murphy: Sweetest things turn sourest by their deeds …”
Sonnet 124: Cast of Colorado Shakespeare Festival’s ‘The Tempest’
Sonnet 131: Josh Nelson, “In nothing art thou black save in thy deeds …”
Sonnet 136: Lyndsay and Jeremy Palmer, “Make but my name thy love …”

Look here for a new sonnet every Monday. For more information on The Denver Sonnets Project, and how to sign up, please email culturewestjohn@gmail.com.

Please consider supporting the Denver Actors Fund at www.DenverActorsFund.Org

 

 

 

The Denver Sonnets Project, No. 124: Colorado Shakespeare Festival’s ‘The Tempest’

By John Moore

CultureWest.Org is endeavoring to make short films out of all 154 of Shakespeare’s sonnets, each featuring actors with Colorado connections. The artistic intent is primarily to further CultureWest’s mission to spotlight the local theatre community and their current or upcoming productions. It’s also an attempt to promote Shakespeare education in a fun way. This is an entirely volunteer project with a proud budget of … zero dollars.

We will roll one Sonnet video a week for … zoinks! … 154 weeks. Here’s a link to the YouTube playlist that hosts the entire series.

For our 11th sonnet, No. 124, the cast of the Colorado Shakespeare Festival’s just-opened ‘The Tempest’ take time out for a rumination on the presumed superiority of one young couple’s love. While mere mortals’ love is the mere sport of every wind that blows and every rain that falls, they believe, theirs will outlive time itself. Featuring Joshua Archer, Scott Bellot, David Bolus, Benjamin Bonenfant, Chris Kendall, Sammie Joe Kinnett, Kyra Lindsay, Rodney Zizcano and Michael Winters. Video by John Moore. Another new short sonnet film is posted here every Monday. Read more about the Denver Sonnets Project here: www.culturewest.org/the-denver…. Thank you Geoffrey Kent. “The Tempest” plays through Aug. 10. Call 303-492-8008 or got to www.coloradoshakes.org.

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The Denver Sonnets Project is a volunteer collaboration, with limited eligibility requirements for participation. For information on how to register, email your interest to culturewestjohn@gmail.com.

Completed episodes to date (in numeric order):

Sonnet 1: Cast of “Cult Following”: “From fairest creatures we desire increase …”
Sonnet 2: Josh Robinson, “See thy blood warm …”
Sonnet 23: Gabra Zackman, “As an unperfect actor on a stage …”
Sonnet 36: Rachel Fowler, “I may not evermore acknowledge thee …”
Sonnet 44: John Carroll Lynch, “Thought kills me that I am not thought …”
Sonnet 47: Adrian Egolf, “Thyself away are present still with me …”
Sonnet 74: Lowry Elementary School: “Thou hast but lost the dregs of life …”
Sonnet 90: Adam Stone: “If thou wilt leave me, do not leave me last …”
Sonnet 94: James O’Hagan-Murphy: Sweetest things turn sourest by their deeds …”
Sonnet 124: Cast of Colorado Shakespeare Festival’s ‘The Tempest’
Sonnet 136: Lyndsay and Jeremy Palmer, “Make but my name thy love …”

Look here for a new sonnet every Monday. For more information on The Denver Sonnets Project, and how to sign up, please email culturewestjohn@gmail.com.

Please consider supporting the Denver Actors Fund at www.DenverActorsFund.Org

 

 

 

Denver Actors Fund in Action: Meghan Ralph

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Note: At the Denver Actors Fund, anonymity of aid recipients is presumed and fully protected, unless and until the recipient chooses to have his or her story told.

meghanFinancial aid recipient No. 6: Meghan Ralph has been heavily involved in the Denver theatre community since 2004, working as actor, stage manager, assistant director, run crew, box office, photographer and anything in-between. She is one of the founders of Equinox Theatre Company and has worked with The E Project (now The Edge), Spotlight, Firehouse, Vintage, Mirror Image, Byers Evans House Theatre and others. Last year, she played the lead role of Theresa in Firehouse Theatre’’s “Boy Gets Girl.”

Her story: Meghan had emergency surgery and a hospital stay in March to remove her gallbladder. She wound up needing surgery twice in two days, which took heavy toll on her body and her finances. Though Meghan has health insurance through her work, she was left responsible for more than $5,000 in outstanding bills from six different medical agencies. Trying to keep up has affected her ability to purchase everyday things like gas and groceries.

How we will help: The Denver Actors Fund has issued Meghan a $500 check to help defray her considerable remaining medical bills. In addition, the Denver Actors Fund’s Meal Prep Team headed by Kristen Samu has arranged to deliver several homemade gluten- and dairy-free meals to Meghan’s home.

A message from Meghan: ‘This day started off rough, but I am feeling a lot of the pressure lift. I feel like it will be a journey, but my feet are on the ground and better able to walk it. I am amazed — and so grateful for this support and help. When you’re down and out and you start feeling like you have nothing, and don’t know where to turn, and then you are quickly shown that you have backing and support and people ready to rally around you (“Avengers” Assemble Style!!!!) it changes the way you see the world and the people in it. I am truly grateful for this.”

To help us help Meghan more: If you would like to donate to the Denver Actors Fund, see below. If you would like to direct a specific donation to Meghan Ralph, mail checks in her name to Denver Actors Fund, 4594 Osceola St., Denver, CO 80212.

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HOW YOU CAN HELP:

The Denver Actors Fund is a modest source of immediate, situational relief when members of the local theater community find themselves in medical need. For more information, visit our web site at www.DenverActorsFund.Org

How you can donate to the Denver Actors Fund: Please go here (with our humble thanks):

 

To apply for Denver Actors Fund aid: Download the brief form by clicking here

To donate by mail: Send checks made out to the Denver Actors Fund to:
4594 Osceola St.
Denver, CO 80212

 

poster1.4_Cross

Buy a poster! 134 women (and a few token dudes) from the Colorado theater community, all supporting the Denver Actors Fund. The cost $20 per poster (20×28). To order, email your quantity to denveractorsfund@gmail.com. We’ll take care of delivery and payment from there.

Visit our online merch store: T-shirts, key chains, puzzles and much more

Video: Highlights from a Feb. 10 fundraiser held on behalf of the Denver Actors Fund:

 

Denver Sonnets Project, No. 47: Adrian Egolf

By John Moore

Sonnet47smCultureWest.Org is endeavoring to make short films out of all 154 of Shakespeare’s sonnets, each featuring actors with Colorado connections. The artistic intent is primarily to further CultureWest’s mission to spotlight the local theatre community and their current or upcoming productions. It’s also an attempt to promote Shakespeare education in a fun way. This is an entirely volunteer project with a proud budget of … zero dollars.

We will roll one Sonnet video a week for … zoinks! … 154 weeks. Here’s a link to the YouTube playlist that hosts the entire series.

For our 10th sonnet, No. 47, Adrian Egolf, currently playing Elaine in the Edge Theatre’s “The Graduate,” takes us to Denver Art Museum, where a forlorn woman connects with her distant lover through time and art. Video by John Moore.

Adrian also opens her new company, Screenplay, with a live reading of “The Princess Bride” on June 16 at Buntport Theater.

The Denver Sonnets Project is a volunteer collaboration, with limited eligibility requirements for participation. For information on how to register, email your interest to culturewestjohn@gmail.com.

Completed episodes to date (in numeric order):

Sonnet 1: Cast of “Cult Following”: “From fairest creatures we desire increase …”
Sonnet 2: Josh Robinson, “See thy blood warm …”
Sonnet 23: Gabra Zackman, “As an unperfect actor on a stage …”
Sonnet 36: Rachel Fowler, “I may not evermore acknowledge thee …”
Sonnet 44: John Carroll Lynch, “Thought kills me that I am not thought …”
Sonnet 47: Adrian Egolf, “Thyself away are present still with me …”
Sonnet 74: Lowry Elementary School: “Thou hast but lost the dregs of life …”
Sonnet 90: Adam Stone: “If thou wilt leave me, do not leave me last …”
Sonnet 94: James O’Hagan-Murphy: Sweetest things turn sourest by their deeds …”
Sonnet 136: Lyndsay and Jeremy Palmer, “Make but my name thy love …”

Look here for a new sonnet every Monday. For more information on The Denver Sonnets Project, and how to sign up, please email culturewestjohn@gmail.com.

Please consider supporting the Denver Actors Fund at www.DenverActorsFund.Org