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.
The Denver Sonnets Project is a volunteer collaboration, with limited eligibility requirements for participation. For information on how to register, email your interest to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
Please consider supporting the Denver Actors Fund at www.DenverActorsFund.Org