Photos: My night at Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company’s ‘Seminar’

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By John Moore
Oct. 4, 2013

Opening No. 120: Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company’s “Seminar”: In Theresa Rebeck’s new exploration of academic privilege and nasty human behavior, four aspiring young novelists find themselves in over their heads when they sign up for private writing classes with Leonard, a force of nature and washed-up international literary figure (John Ashton). Under his reckless instruction, the wordplay is not the only thing that turns vicious. Also featuring Matthew Blood-Smyth, Devon James, Mary Kay Riley and Sean Scrutchins. Directed by Stephen Weitz. Showtimes: 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays; plus 4 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 20 at the Dairy Center for the Arts, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder, 303-440-7826 or betc’s home page. Thanks: Maxie Beth Bilyeu, Rebecca Remaly Weitz.

To see the complete “Opening Nights” photo series to date (these are outtakes), click here: All photos by John Moore for www.CultureWest.Org.

Director Stephen Weitz gets his tie caught in a furry, salivating work of art at the Dairy Center.

More “Seminar” coverage:
John Ashton capped a crazy week with a triumphant opening performance on Friday night. Three days before the opening performance, Ashton was deployed by his day job, FEMA, to working 12-hour daily shifts in response to the flooding in Boulder. The extra busy-ness didn’t seem to affect his performance. The company drew a standing ovation.

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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