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

IMG_5005Ramen is no doubt the primary dish of choice for poor University of Colorado-College students. But in this case, the “Red” crew is preparing two packs of the stuff to be used in the performance.


IMG_5065Jordan Coughtry, right, didn’t even know Joel Leffert three days before the opening performance of “Red” at TheatreWorks. Leffert, who has played the role of Mark Rothko once before, was called in as an ameregency replacement after the original actor had to leave the production. The role was to be played by Thom Christopher, who I knew well as one of the evil Carlo Hesser on “One Life to Live”! Here the two new friends prepare for the Friday performance in the makeshift dressing room directly behind the TheatreWorks stage.


IMG_5032Brantley Haines, a highly regarded Colorado Springs actor himself, is the technical director for TheatreWorks.


IMG_5003The “Red” crew must prepare four or five┬álarge new canvases for use in every performance.


IMG_5017Whiskey and paint are both primary characters in “Red.”


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