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 intend to roll out one Sonnet video a week for … zoinks! … 154 weeks. Here’s a link to the YouTube playlist that hosts the entire series.
For our eighth sonnet, No. 90, multimedia performance artist and author Adam Stone tackles perhaps Shakespeare’s most defeatist of all his romantic sonnets. Stone presents a timid, hooded narrator who begs his lover, in effect, “If you will ever leave me, leave me now.” Stone has composed several musicals for Buntport Theater, and has since launched his own company, Screw Tooth, which presents crazy, cutting-edge original works, most recently the relationship examination, “Til Death.” He also performs under the moniker Gold Licker and just released an album called “Yurei Cafe,” described as “music for a Japanese Horror theme restaurant.” Video by Adam Stone for John Moore. Learn more about Adam Stone here.
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 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, please email email@example.com.
Please consider supporting the Denver Actors Fund at www.DenverActorsFund.Org