Photos: My night at “Red” and “Prelude to a Kiss” in Colorado Springs



By John Moore
Feb. 6, 2013

Here are bonus images from my night visiting the casts of Colorado Springs TheatreWorks’ “Red” and the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center’s “Prelude to a Kiss.”

John Logan’s celebrated “Red” is a charged dialogue between the manic – and egomaniacal – abstract expressionist Mark Rothko, and his young whipping-boy of an assistant, Ken. The play is, in essence, a feisty two-year conversation about the natural order of life – and art, and how the usurper must eventually become the usurpee. Starring Jordan Coughtry and Joel Leffert, who took over the demanding role of Rothko just three days before opening. Directed by Joseph Discher. Through Feb. 17 at the Bon Vivant Theater, at the corner of Union and Austin Bluffs Parkway on the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs campus, 719-255-3232 or www.TheatreWorksCS.Org. Thanks to Caitlin Green, Denise Cardarelli, Murray Ross, Drew Martorella, Brantley Haines, cast and crew.

Craig Lucas’ “Prelude to a Kiss” is a kind of ruminative “Freaky Friday” for the 21st century.  A whirlwind romance is followed by a storybook wedding … and a kiss for the bride that changes everything. Starring Kyle Dean Steffan, Cynthia Pohlson and Sol Chavez. Featuring Adam Blancas, Hossein Forouzandeh, Jane Fromme, David Hastings, Jonathan Eberhardt, Kathy Paradise, John Butz and Miriam Roth Ballard. Director: Garrett Ayers. Through Feb. 17 at 30 W. Dale St., 719-634-5583 or www.CSFineArtsCenter.Org. Thanks to Scott RC Levy, Katy McGlaughlin, cast and crew.

All photos by John Moore of www.CultureWest.Org.

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OPENING 22It takes gallons and gallons of red to stage John Logan’s “Red.”


IMG_5021What might look like a paint sink backstage at any local theater is the actual sink used as part of Jonathan Wentz’s set design.


IMG_5067Jordan Coughtry, who has appeared with the Denver Center Theatre Company in “A Christmas Carol,” plays Ken, Mark Rothko’s assistant.


IMG_5040The green room at TheatreWorks’ is adorned with various busts of artistic director Murray Ross’ favorite playwright.


IMG_5045Little-known but strong words of advice from the TheatreWorks green room, should you ever find yourself a lost bear in the woods.

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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