Fort Collins’ Bas Bleu Theatre shreds the mortgage


By John Moore

Under an orange sky only Alexi Murdoch could love — caused as it was by the raging High Park Fire in Larimer County — the Bas Bleu Theatre Company switched the theme of its party on the fly today from “Burn the Mortgage” to “Shred the Mortgage.”

Bas Bleu, which in 2004 moved into the old Giddings machine shop in downtown Fort Collins and embarked on a $1.5 million capital campaign, has resolved its principal loan of $997,708. There were hundreds of donors, but none bigger than former Beirut hostage Thomas Sutherland, for whom theĀ  theater’s stage has been officially dedicated. Now it’s on to the next fundraising stage, which will include improvements to the building’s interior.

Here’s a link to a full gallery of photos from today’s festivities, held in the Pettine family garden in Fort Collins:

Photos: Blas Bleu Shreds the Mortgage

Photos by John Moore

By John Moore

Award-winning arts journalist John Moore was named one of the 12 most influential theater critics in the United States by American Theatre Magazine during has 12 years at The Denver Post. Hen then created a groundbreaking new media outlet covering Colorado arts an culture as an in-house, multimedia journalist for the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. He also founded The Denver Actors Fund, a nonprofit that has raised more than $600,000 for theatre artists in medical need. He is now a journalist for hire as the founder of Moore Media Colorado. You can find samples of his work at MooreJohn.Com. Contact him at