Denver Sonnets Project, No. 94: James O’Hagan-Murphy


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 all the series.

Four our fourth sonnet (No. 94), actor James O’Hagan-Murphy channels his signature character, Robert F. Kennedy, to morph Shakespeare’s poem from a caution against the misuse of beauty, to a call for the honorable, proper and essential use of power for good. O’Hagan-Murphy is performing his one-man “RFK: A Portrait of Robert F. Kennedy” through May 11, 2014, at the Avenue Theater, 417 E. 17th Ave. Call 303-321-5925, or go to Video by John Moore. Thank you Denver Botanic Gardens. Please support the Denver Actors Fund at www.DenverActorsFund.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

Completed episodes to date (in numeric order):
Sonnet 23: Gabra Zackman, “As an unperfect actor on a stage …”
Sonnet 36: Rachel Fowler, “I may not evermore acknowledge thee …”
Sonnet 94: 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

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


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