Video: The Shelly Bordas Story, Part 3: A Community Responds

On Sunday, CultureWest named Shelly Bordas Colorado’s 2013 Theatre Person of the Year. Here is the third and latest installment in veteran journalist John Moore’s ongoing video documentary series chronicling Bordas’ story since the Denver actor and mother was diagnosed – for a second time – with end-stage breast cancer that has now spread to her brain and eyes.

In Part 3, the theater community learns of Bordas’ dying wish to take her son on a Disney cruise — and makes it happen. Performers and interview subjects include Kevin Lowry, Jesse Greaves-Smith,  Adrian Holguin, Mitch Samu, Colin Hearn, Thaddeus Valdez, Susan Lyles, Megan Van De Hey, Sarah Rex,  Sarah Roshan, Rob Costigan, Jake Walker, Diana Dresser, Allison Watrous,  Emily MacIntyre and more.

Click here to read John Moore’s story on Shelly Bordas’ “Theater Person of the Year” award

To watch Part 1 of “The Shelly Bordas story,” click here

To watch Part 2 of “The Shelly Bordas Story, click here

 

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How to help:

To help Shelly defray her ongoing medical expenses, please mail checks in her name to the Town Hall Arts Center, 2450 W. Main St, Littleton, CO, 80120

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How you can donate to the Denver Actors Fund:

The new Denver Actors Fund is a modest source of immediate, situational relief when members of the local theater community find themselves in sudden medical need. To donate to the Denver Actors Fund, please go here (with our humble thanks):

Photos: My night at Sis Tryst’s “Talley’s Folley”

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By John Moore
June 20, 2013

Opening No. 82: Sis Tryst’s “Talley’s Folley”: The scene of Lanford Wilson’s drama is an ornate, deserted Victorian boathouse in 1944 Missouri. A bookish Jewish accountant from St. Louis has come to plead his love to the rich, troubled and most unreceptive Sally. The play is several unfolding mysteries at once, namely: Why these broken, mismatched lovers ever were drawn to one another — and what is really now keeping them apart. The play is directed by Larry Hecht (now playing Puck in the Colorado Shakespeare Festival’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”) and Ashlee Temple. It stars Allison Watrous and Greg Ungar. Sis (short for “sister”) Tryst was formed in 2009 by Temple, Anne Penner and Allison Watrous, who earned a True West Award nomination for her fearless work in last year’s “Crimes of the Heart.” It runs through June 23. Remaining performances 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday at the University of Denver’s “white-box theater,” located next to its “black-box theater” in Johnson-McFarlane Hall, 1903 E. Iliff Ave. For reservations, call 303-947-0221, go to sistryst.com or email sistrystproductions@gmail.com. Thanks: Te Yelland, cast and crew.

 

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The new Denver Actors Fund is a modest source of immediate, situational relief when members of the local theater community find themselves in sudden medical need. Photo by John Moore. To donate to the Denver Actors Fund, please go here (with our humble thanks):

Who’s who at the 2013 Colorado New Play Summit

"Grace, or the Art of Climbing" made the leap from the 2012 Colorado New Play Summit to its full world premiere presentation now being staged by the Denver Center Theatre Company. Above are Karen Pittman and Teresa Avia Lim at the 2012 Summit.

“Grace, or the Art of Climbing” made the leap from the 2012 Colorado New Play Summit to its full world premiere presentation now being staged by the Denver Center Theatre Company. Above are Karen Pittman and Teresa Avia Lim at the 2012 Summit.

 

By John Moore
Feb. 5, 2013

The Denver Center Theatre Company’s eighth annual Colorado New Play Summit is taking shape for this weekend (Feb. 8-10). The company will present five staged readings, a few of which will surely end up being chosen for full productions during the company’s 2013-14 season.

Ryan Wuestewald  recently starred in a Catherine Trieschmann drama in Boulder, but at the Summit he will appear in an adaptation of Helen Thorpe's "Just Like Us."

Ryan Wuestewald recently starred in a Catherine Trieschmann drama in Boulder, but at the Summit he will appear in an adaptation of Helen Thorpe’s “Just Like Us.”

With dozens of cast and crew needed to pull off the Summit, company stages will be peppered with Broadway and film veterans (such as André De Shields); Denver Center company  members past and present; as well as accomplished local actors who don’t otherwise get a chance to perform at the Denver Center. Familiar names to local theatergoers will include Kim Staunton, Jeanne Paulsen, Gabriella Cavallero, David DeSantos (“American Nights”), Kathleen McCall, Mercedes Perez, Laurence Curry, Jada Roberts, Allison Watrous, Brian Shea, Stephen Weitz, Jamie Ann Romero, Diana Dresser, Dena Martinez and Ryan Wuestewald, who will also star in the Catamounts’ upcoming “Jon.”

Selected playwrights include Cherry Creek High grad Laura Eason and Karen Zacarías, whose adaptation of former Colorado First Lady Helen Thorpe’s book, “Just Like Us” follows four Latina girls in Denver, two of whom are documented and two of whom are not, as they complete their final year of high school, then move through college and into the world. Thorpe is depicted in the play adaptation, played by McCall. Richard Azurdia plays controversial former Colorado Rep. Tom Tancredo.

Here’s who’s doing what, with play summaries provided by the Denver Center. Note: All casting is subject to change:

THE MOST DESERVING
Written by Catherine Trieschmann (“How the World Began”)
Directed by Shelley Butler
Dramaturg: Tom Bryant

Tasked with awarding $20,000 to a deserving and needy local artist who “demonstrates an underrepresented American voice,” a small town arts council in Ellis County, Kansas, comically erupts into chaos. Should the award go to a high school teacher/photographer of modest talent or to the self-taught African-American artist who creates controversial religious figures out of trash? “The Most Deserving” is a satirical, insightful look at how the arts collide with politics, self-interest, taste, relationships, egos, and gossip, written by Catherine Trieschmann, winner of the Weissberger Award, the Otis Guerney New Voices Playwriting Award from the Inge Theatre Festival, and the Edgerton New Play Award.

Cast:
Stephen Caffrey: Ted (“Longtime Companion” and “The Babe”)
Hawthorne James: Everett Whiteside (“Speed,” “The Color Purple,” Armistad”)
Judith Hawking: Jolene
Marissa Lichwick: Liz
Jeanne Paulsen: Edie
John G. Preston: Dwayne
Adrian Egolf: Stage Directions

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