Denver Sonnets Project, No. 47: Adrian Egolf

By John Moore

Sonnet47smCultureWest.Org is endeavoring to make short films out of all 154 of Shakespeare’s sonnets, each featuring actors with Colorado connections. The artistic intent is primarily to further CultureWest’s mission to spotlight the local theatre community and their current or upcoming productions. It’s also an attempt to promote Shakespeare education in a fun way. This is an entirely volunteer project with a proud budget of … zero dollars.

We will roll one Sonnet video a week for … zoinks! … 154 weeks. Here’s a link to the YouTube playlist that hosts the entire series.

For our 10th sonnet, No. 47, Adrian Egolf, currently playing Elaine in the Edge Theatre’s “The Graduate,” takes us to Denver Art Museum, where a forlorn woman connects with her distant lover through time and art. Video by John Moore.

Adrian also opens her new company, Screenplay, with a live reading of “The Princess Bride” on June 16 at Buntport Theater.

The Denver Sonnets Project is a volunteer collaboration, with limited eligibility requirements for participation. For information on how to register, email your interest to

Completed episodes to date (in numeric order):

Sonnet 1: Cast of “Cult Following”: “From fairest creatures we desire increase …”
Sonnet 2: Josh Robinson, “See thy blood warm …”
Sonnet 23: Gabra Zackman, “As an unperfect actor on a stage …”
Sonnet 36: Rachel Fowler, “I may not evermore acknowledge thee …”
Sonnet 44: John Carroll Lynch, “Thought kills me that I am not thought …”
Sonnet 47: Adrian Egolf, “Thyself away are present still with me …”
Sonnet 74: Lowry Elementary School: “Thou hast but lost the dregs of life …”
Sonnet 90: Adam Stone: “If thou wilt leave me, do not leave me last …”
Sonnet 94: James O’Hagan-Murphy: Sweetest things turn sourest by their deeds …”
Sonnet 136: Lyndsay and Jeremy Palmer, “Make but my name thy love …”

Look here for a new sonnet every Monday. For more information on The Denver Sonnets Project, and how to sign up, please email

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Photos: My night at the Denver Center’s ‘Death of a Salesman’

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By John Moore
Oct. 1, 2013

Opening No. 119: Denver Center Theatre Company’s “Death of a Salesman”: Some call this the most important play ever written. Arthur Miller’s Pulitzer- and Tony-winning drama is the story of an aging, deluded and failing salesman who cannot accept that his dreams for his family are no match for the sad realities of their ordinary lives. This heartbreaking indictment of the American Dream is an actor’s dream. It stars real-life husband and wife Mike Hartman and Lauren Klein through Oct. 20. Directed by Anthony Powell. Starring Mike Hartman and Lauren Klein, with John Patrick Hayden, M Scott McLean, Anthony Bianco, Michael Santo, James O’Hagan-Murphy, Brian Shea, Kate Gleason, Kyra Lindsay and Adrian Egolf. Showtimes: 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays; 7:30 p.m. Fridays; 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays; 1:30 p.m. Sundays at the Space Theatre, Denver Performing Arts Complex, 14th and Curtis streets, 303-893-4100 or All photos by John Moore for www.CultureWest.Org. To see the complete “Opening Nights” photo series to date (these are outtakes), click here:

After actors Mike Hartman and Lauren Klein conquered the iconic roles of Willy and Linda Loman on opening night, the real-life married couple deserved a party. Though they settled for a seat.

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Photos: My night at “Steel Magnolias”

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By John Moore
Aug. 8, 2013

Opening No. 100: Senior Housing Options’ “Steel Magnolias” This annual summer play staged right in the lobby of the downtown Barth Hotel is a fundraiser that helps the organization provide housing and services to 700 low- or no-income seniors. Before Saturday’s performance, resource development coordinator Jane Prancan showed the crowd the new emergency preparedness backpacks that have been distributed to all 700 residents. The packs were purchased from the Red Cross with proceeds from last summer’s production of “Driving Miss Daisy,” which netted $50,000. This year’s production is Robert Harling’s ubiquitous Southern weeper that focuses on the camaraderie between six Louisiana women who talk, gossip, needle and harangue each other through the best of times – and comfort and repair one another through the worst of times at Truvy’s Beauty Salon. Featuring an all-star cast of Rhonda Brown, Rachel Fowler, Adrian Egolf, Devon James, Billie McBride and Patty Figel. Directed by Ashlee Temple. Showtimes: 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays through Aug. 24 at the Barth Hotel, 1514 17th St., 303-595-4464, ext. 10, or senior housing options’ home page. Photo by John Moore for www.CultureWest.Org. Thanks: Jane Prancan, Kat Valentine King, Frank Haas.

Bonus coverage:
“Steel Magnolias” launches Denver Actors Fund’s “Tap Shoe Initiative”



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