Outtakes: My night at ‘Tell Martha Not to Moan’



By John Moore, March 24, 2013

Opening No. 52: Athena Project Festival’s “Tell Martha Not to Moan”:  The play, by Clinnesha D. Sibley, looks at the changing world through an African-American home in Detroit 2007. As the presidential campaign plays out on the national stage and the 40th commemoration of the Detroit Riot is marked, memories punctuate the journey of a devoted, elderly couple in their squalid living room. Starring Russell Costen and Adrienne Martin-Fullwood. Featuring Kathi Wood, Martell Harding and Don Randle. Directed by Melissa McCarl at the Aurora Fox studio theater. “Tell Martha Not to Moan” was the fully staged centerpiece of the Athena Project Festival, which included readings by female playwrights Erin Wagoner, Barbara Lhota, Catherine Wiley and Pat Montley. Click here for more info on the Athena Project.

This photo gallery is part of my ongoing, 2013 labor-of-love photo series called “It’s Opening Night in Colorado Theatre,” bringing you iconic snapshots from behind the scenes all over Colorado theater. All photos by John Moore for www.CultureWest.Org. To see the actual, official photo series featuring one intimate, iconic snapshot from 53 Colorado opening nights (and counting), click here.

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Adrienne Martin-Fullwood greets her fans after a performance of the new play that was the centerpiece of the Athena Project’s new-play festival.


 The crowd gathers outside the Aurora Fox studio theater before the performance.


 The curtain call after Friday’s performance.


 Don Randle plays a man who wants to marry the girlfriend of his best friend, who was killed in the Detroit Riot of 1967.


 Russell Costen plays an 87-year-old who is slipping into dementia. Kathi Wood plays the former girlfriend of  his late son.


In the past year Kathi Wood, left, has played Audrey in “Little Shop of Horrors,” an innkeeper warding off racists in “The Foreigner,” and now the caretaker to an elderly couple in the civil-rights drama “Tell Martha Not to Moan.” With star Adrienne Martin-Fullwood.


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 culturewestjohn@gmail.com