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 one Sonnet video a week for, yes … 154 weeks. Here’s a link to the YouTube playlist that hosts the entire series.
For Sonnet 91, acclaimed actor Sam Gregory uses his dream vacation in Hawaii as an opportunity to deliver a Shakespearean love letter to his wife, Sylvia. “Thy love is better than high birth to me,” says Sam, an homage made all the more poignant by her recent successful battle with cancer. Gregory just completed a varied season at the Colorado Shakespeare Festival playing Barrymore in the comedy “I Hate Hamlet” and King Henry IV in “Henry IV,” Parts 1 and 2. Sam is a multiple Denver Post Award winner who has performed in 42 plays with the Denver Center Theatre Company. He’ll star next in Christopher Durang’s 2013 Tony-winning best play, “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,” running Oct. 10-Nov. 16 in the Ricketson Theatre (303-893-4100 or www.denvercenter.org).
The Denver Sonnets Project is an ongoing public art project, open to a wide variety of area actors and filmmakers. Another new short sonnet film is posted here every Monday. Please support the Denver Actors Fund at www.DenverActorsFund.Org.
Video by John Moore.
The Denver Sonnets Project is a volunteer collaboration, with limited eligibility requirements for participation. For information on how to register, email your interest to John Moore at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Completed episodes to date (in numeric order):
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