Photos: My night at The Edge’s ‘The Shadow Box’

IMG_2203 Haley Johnson, left, with “Shadow Box” castmate Patty Ionoff.


By John Moore
April 24, 2013

Welcome to my ongoing, 2013 labor-of-love photo series bringing you iconic snapshots from behind the scenes on opening nights in Colorado theater. All photos by John Moore for www.CultureWest.Org.




Opening No. 56: The Edge Theatre’s “The Shadow Box”: 9News entertainment reporter Kirk Montgomery, above, isn’t just making a quick cameo in Rick Yaconis’ staging of Michael Cristofer’s 1975 Pulitzer Prize-winning play about three hospice patients at a mountain retreat. Montgomery plays “The Interviewer,” an off-stage (but live) voice who serves, in effect, as a confessor to the patients and their families. It’s never made evident exactly why these dying patients have abandoned medical treatment in favor of The Interviewer’s psychological experiment, which only makes the underlying inevitability of their situations all the more more unsettling. John Considine played Montgomery’s role in Paul Newman’s 1980 made-for-TV film adaptation. Also featuring: Marc Stith, Paul Page, Carol Bloom, Haley Johnson, Brock Benson, Michelle Grimes, Patty Ionoff (Yaconis) and Paul Escobedo. Through May 19 at 1560 Teller St., Lakewood. Showtimes: 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays; 6 p.m. Sundays. 303-232-0363 or the edge’s home page. Thanks: Rick Yaconis, Charles Cobb and Gloria Shanstrom.

The following gallery is one chapter in my ongoing 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 56 Colorado opening nights (and counting), click here.

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“The Shadow Box” is The Edge’s second offering since moving into its new theater space 2 miles to the east of its former home, at West Colfax and Teller Street in Lakewood.


The walls of The Edge Theatre pay homage to iconic signs along Colfax Avenue, past and present.


Backstage flowers for actor Michelle Grimes.


A view of the set from behind the stage.


Kirk Montgomery (above and below) sits in a booth unseen by the audience. He participates live in the play by interviewing several residents of a hospice retreat.





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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