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Denver Actors Fund in Action: Daniel Langhoff

About Daniel Langhoff: Popular actor Daniel Langhoff most recently appeared as Cervantes, the playwright who defends his life through storytelling, in Performance Now’s production of “The Man of La Mancha.” Other recent roles include Tateh, the immigrant single father in the Performance Now’s epic musical “Ragtime,” for which he won a 2016 True West Award. Before that, he played Dan in Town Hall Arts Center’s “Next to Normal.” “Daniel Langhoff gives his all in a moving performance,” Westword’s Juliet Wittman said of his work as the long-suffering husband. Before that he made his DCPA Theatre Company debut in “A Christmas Carol.” Langhoff, a graduate of Cherry Creek High School and the University of Northern Colorado, has been performing since third grade. Among his favorite roles along the way have been playing Younger Brother in the Arvada Center’s “Ragtime” and the Balladeer in Next Stage’s “Assassins.” He is married to noted local director and stage manager Rebecca Joseph, who helmed the first Denver staging of the Tony-winning best musical “In the Heights” for Vintage Theatre.

Daniel Langhoff with his daughter, Clara Esther Langhoff, and wife Rebecca Joseph. Photo credit: JR Cody Schuyler

Daniel Langhoff with his daughter, Clara Esther Langhoff, and wife Rebecca Joseph. Photo credit: JR Cody Schuyler

His initial story: Just a few months after Daniel and Rebecca welcomed daughter Clara into the world, Daniel was diagnosed with colon cancer and subsequently had the mass removed. The adjacent lymph nodes were removed along with the tumor. That was followed by 24 weeks of chemotherapy as a preventative measure to eliminate any microscopic cancer tissue that could still be there.

How we helped: The Denver Actors Fund board of directors approved an initial gift of $2,000 to help Daniel and his family with their immediate needs. The Denver Actors Fund also encouraged the community to offer additional donations targeted to Langhoff, which brought in another $2,990. Local photographer Laura Mathews Siebert raised an additional $1,500 for the Langhoffs by hosting an all-day photo session. In July 2016, a PET scan revealed no detectable cancer in Langhoff’s body.

Update: Just as Daniel was beginning rehearsals for “Jesus Christ Superstar” at the Arvada Center in March 2017, he learned that a growth in his abdomen contains cancer cells. He left the musical to prepare for a diagnostic surgery that revealed even more tissue damage than doctors expected. “I am now fighting a new version of the same problem, and I am more physically compromised than I was before,” says Daniel. “But what I am dealing with is treatable, manageable and potentially still operable.” Next for Daniel are two auspicious trips to clinically advanced research centers – the University of Colorado Heath Center this week, and MD Anderson in Houston next month to determine the best treatment approach. The Denver Actors Fund has approved an additional $2,000 grant to assist the family with immediate expenses. This brings the grand total raised for Langhoff and his family through the Denver Actors Fund and subsequent community efforts to $8,490 – but the need remains great and ongoing.

How you can help us help the Langhoff family more: If you would like to direct a specific donation to help Daniel Langhoff with expenses, simply mail checks in any amount made out to Denver Actors Fund (with Daniel Langhoff’s name written in the topic field), to P.O. Box 11182, Denver, CO 80212. Or use this donation link. If you use the online option, be sure to designate that your donation is a targeted donation to the Langhoffs. Otherwise, your donation will be applied to the replenishment of the DAF’s general fund.

A message from Daniel Langhoff (from 2015): “This year has presented me with more cataclysmic life changes than I’ve ever before experienced, both wonderful and challenging. My investigation, diagnosis, surgery, and chemotherapy has definitely been a challenge, but has also brought overwhelming support from this widespread and deeply compassionate theatre community. The grant I received from the Denver Actors Fund gives my family and me peace of mind, solace of heart, and enhances the idea that as we are many people and organizations that share this idiom and gift that is theatre; we really are one large family, and the outpouring from these people, and from the DAF, is a new example to me and mine of the magic inherent to our art that is our life. So many thanks are owed, and I’m happy to spend the rest of my life giving them.”

(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.)


 

ABOUT THE DENVER ACTORS FUND:

Video above: The Denver Actors Fund receives the Colorado Theatre Guild’s 2016 Community Impact Award.

The Denver Actors Fund is a modest source of immediate, situational relief when members of the local theater community find themselves in medical need. To date, the Fund has allocated $86,000 to artists facing 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 DenverActorsFund.Org.


HOW YOU CAN HELP:

To DONATE the Denver Actors Fund:

Please CLICK HERE (with our humble thanks)


HOW TO APPLY FOR AID:

To apply for Denver Actors Fund aid: Fill out this brief online form here


MORE WAYS TO HELP:

DONATE BY MAIL:

Send checks made out to the Denver Actors Fund to:
P.O. Box 11182
Denver, CO 80212

ATTEND UPCOMING DENVER ACTORS FUND EVENTS:

ATTEND THE UNITED IN LOVE BENEFIT CONCERT ON APRIL 30:

Beth Malone, who starred in the DCPA Theatre Company’s reimagining of “The Unsinkable Molly Brown” and then was nominated for a Tony Award her work in Broadway’s “Fun Home,” has joined the homegrown lineup for ‘United in Love,‘ a special concert event presented by Ebner-Page Productions and benefiting the Denver Actors Fund on Sunday, April 30, at the Lone Tree Arts Center. The concert is co-headlined by former “Kinky Boots” castmates Annaleigh Ashford and Andy Kelso, as well Mara Davi (“Dames at Sea”) for a music-filled night to help the nonprofit that in three years has made $83,500 available to local theatre artists facing situational medical need. The concert also will feature longtime Denver performer (and Denver First Lady) Mary Louise Lee, Broadway’s Jodie Langel (“Les Misérables”), composer Denise Gentilini (“I Am Alive”) along with Jimmy Bruenger, Eugene Ebner, Becca Fletcher, Clarissa Fugazzotto, Robert Johnson, Daniel Langhoff, Susannah McLeod, Chloe McLeod, Sarah Rex, Jeremy Rill, Kristen Samu, Willow Samu, Thaddeus Valdez, and the casts of both “The Jerseys” and the upcoming 13 the Musical (featuring Hinkle and an all-student cast). The lineup is subject to change, and additional stars may be added. For tickets, call 720-509-1000 or go to http://www.lonetreeartscenter.org/sho…

“DENVER ACTORS FUND PRESENTS …” MONTHLY FILM SERIES:

The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Littleton hosts a monthly film series in partnership with the Denver Actors Fund featuring films inspired by musicals and plays that are currently being performed by a Colorado theatre company. Next up on Sunday, May 21. is the film The Wedding Singer featuring pre-screening entertainment by cast members from the Performance Now’s upcoming stage production of the same title. Join us for live musical performances, trivia, ticket giveaways … and the movie! CHOOSE YOUR SEATS NOW

 


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