BDT Stage raises $5,173 for Denver Actors Fund

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BDT Stage’s special added performance of “Fiddler on the Roof” raised a total of $5,173.29 for the Denver Actors Fund, making it one of the two most successful evenings in the growing non-profit’s short history.

Of that total, $1,660 comes directly from performers and musicians donating their show pay. Another $602.52 comes from added donations collected at the door as the crowd exited. The rest comes directly from BDT Stage (formerly Boulder’s Dinner Theatre), headed by Michael J. Duran.

The Denver Actors Fund is a modest source of immediate relief when members of the local theater community find themselves in sanal medical need. In addition to financial relief, a team of more than 60 Denver Actors Fund volunteers offers good neighborly assistance including meal prep and delivery, child care, transportation, errands, construction, pet-sitting and more. For more information, visit our web site at www.DenverActorsFund.Org

The Denver Actors Fund would like to thank Michael J. Duran, Wayne Kennedy, Shelly Cox-Robie, Jessica Hindsley, Rebekah Ortiz, Sarah Grover, Darrow Klein, Rachael Perez, Tricia Moreland, Katlin Miller, Brett Ambler, Burke Walton, Matt LaFontaine, Scott Beyette, Bob Hoppe, Jason Vargas, Barb Reeves, Brian Burron, Matthew D. Peters, Scott Severtson, Brian Cronan, Tracy Warren, Joanie Brosseau,  Amanda Earls, Bren. Eyestone Burron, Thomas Russo, Ethan Leland, Jake Elvig, Carter Hanson, Matt Reichen, Neal Dunfee, Jean Denney, Leah Mohling, Morgan Denney, Nick Vocatura, April Johanessen, Rob Reynolds, Rich Dustin, Michael Hilton, Gail Harris, Carlton Bacon, Nick Vocatura, Jon Stubbs, Nick Gnojek, Dean Vlachos, Seamus McDonough, Jared Williams, all the front of house staff, running crew and dining staff.

And, most of all, everyone who bought a ticket.

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Denver actor (and DAF volunteer) Rhonda Brown is offering theatregoers the opportunity to play the walk-on role of Molly Ivins’ assistant in her current staging of  “Red Hot Patriot.” For everyone who volunteers, Rhonda and Director Richard Pegg will donate $50 to The Denver Actors Fund in your name. Won’t cost you a thing. No rehearsal – just show up early on your assigned night and get some very simple direction. (You walk on and hand Molly a piece of paper four times. You have no speaking lines to memorize).

To put your name on the list and support a great cause, email Richard Pegg at “Red Hot Patriot” plays at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays at the Aurora Fox Theater through March 15. Thank you, Rhonda, Richard and, of course, the late, great Molly Ivins. 




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Denver Sonnets Project, No. 11: Crystal Verdon Eisele

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 are rolling out new Sonnet videos … well, as soon as they are completed. Here’s a link to the YouTube playlist that hosts the entire series.

For Sonnet 11, award-winning actor and now two-time mother Crystal Verdon Eisele ponders Shakespeare’s entreaty to beautiful women that procreation is not only their sacred duty but the path to their own immortality. Crystal ponders motherhood gone bad but ultimately concurs “thuo shuoldst print more – and not let that copy die.” Crystal recently appeared in the Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company’s world premiere of “And the Sun Stood Still.”

The Denver Sonnets Project is an ongoing public art project, open to a variety of actors and filmmakers. Another new short sonnet film is posted here every Monday. Please support the Denver Actors Fund at www.DenverActorsFund.Org. Video series by John Moore.

The Denver Sonnets Project is a volunteer collaboration, with limited eligibility requirements for participation. For information on how to register for a future episode, email your interest to John Moore at


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 6, Joe Von Bokern: “Make worms thine heir!”

Sonnet 10, Augustus Truhn: “Thou art so possessed with murd’rous hate …”

Sonnets 11: Crystal Verdon Eisel:

Sonnet 17: Anne Sandoe: “If I could write the beauty of your eyes …”

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

Sonnet 31: Sean Scrutchins and Devon James: “Thou art the grave where buried love doth live …”

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 55: Cajardo Rameer Lindsey:  “You live in this, and dwell in lovers’ eyes”

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 No. 91: Sam Gregory: “Thy love is better than high birth to me”

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 …”


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