Video: Shout-outs to 2013 Henry Award nominees

By John Moore
July 18, 2013

Members of the local theater community give their shout-outs to this year’s field of 2013 Colorado Theatre Guild Henry Award nominees. One comes all the way from Poland. The ceremony is July 22 at the Arvada Center.

Video by John Moore for www.CultureWest.Org. Running time: 7 minutes.

Shouters and the shouted at include: Colin Alexander, Joanie Brosseau, Rhonda Brown, Chris Campbell, David Cates, Matthew Dailey, Jennifer DeDominici, Ben Dicke, Terry Dodd, Michael J. Duran, Jonathan Farwell, Deb Flomberg, Brian Freeland, Ronni Gallup, Rachel D. Graham, Josh Hartwell, Tim Howard, Peter J. Hughes, Michelle Hurtubise, Wendy Ishii, Rebecca Joseph, Chris Kendall, Chris Kitchen, Madison Kitchen, Carla Kaiser Kotrc, Rod Lansberry, Sue Leiser, Lauren Cora Marsh, Matt Maxwell, Gavin Mayer, Melanie Mayner, Norrell Moore, Josh Nelson, James O’Hagan-Murphy, Anne Oberbroeckling, Jessie Page, Paul Page, Pat Payne, Max Peterson, Robert Michael Sanders, Steef Sealy, Megan Van De Hey, Jason Tyler Vaughn, Vintage Theatre, Burke Walton, Bob Wells, Chris Wiger, Kathi Wood and Ryan Wuestewald.

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2013 Colorado Theatre Guild Henry Awards
Monday, July 22
Arvada Center, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd.
Tickets: $25; available only through the Arvada Center box office, 720-898-7200
Info: Go to the Colorado Theatre Guild web site

 

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How you can donate to the Denver Actors Fund

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Photos: My night at the Arvada Center’s Dividing the Estate’

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 “Dividing the Estate” cast members Ghandia Johnson (far left) and Kristen Adele (far right), are joined at the afterparty by Adrienne Martin-Fullwood, Sheila Traister, Lisa Young, Kathi Wood and Candy Brown.

 

By John Moore
May 1, 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 copyright 2013 for www.CultureWest.Org.

Opening No. 62: Arvada Center’s “Dividing the Estate”: In Horton Foote’s dark comedy, a trapped and self-absorbed Texas family is at odds over the fate of their dwindling inheritance. In quintessentially Chekhovian fashion, these dysfunctional family members grapple with their uncertain future and bicker over entitlement as they face differing yet equally inevitable kinds of ruin — regardless of whether they stay together or go their separate ways. Starring Rachel Fowler, Mark Rubald, Anne Oberbroeckling, Leigh Nichols Miller, Sharon Kay White, Russell Costen, Michael McNeill and Gabra Zackman; and featuring Ghandia Johnson, Kristen Adele, Devon James, Emma Carpenter Martin and Ella Tieze. Directed by A. Lee Massaro. Through May 26. Showtimes: 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Matinees 1 p.m. Wednesdays; 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays in the black-box theater, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., 720-898-7200 or the arvada center’s home page. Thanks: Melanie Mayner, Lisa Cook and Rod Lansberry.

The following gallery is just 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 62 Colorado opening nights (and counting), click here.

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There was a special moment before the opening performance when director A. Lee Massaro entered the ladies’ dressing room with a special greeting for her daughter, Ella Tieze, who plays a pivotal cameo in Horton Foote’s dark comedy.

 

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The walk to either of the Arvada Center’s two theaters is lined with art, both still and, in the case of the video installation on the right, in motion.

 

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Ghandia Johnson (Mildred) is excited. Johnson was once a contestant on CBS’ “Survivor: Thailand.” … Did we mention that Ghandia Johnson is excited?

 

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On the heels of “August: Osage County” and “Doubt,” Anne Oberbroeckling is on the best run of her career. Here she plays another sharp-tongued matriarch. 

 

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 A gift to cast members from the Arvada Center’s performing arts committee.

 

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Rachel Fowler as Lucille.

 

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Sharon Kay White shows off a gift from costumer Clare Henkel: Her original sketch design for White’s character of Mary Jo.

 

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Dusty Sloan will be preparing a LOT of food for the run of “Dividing the Estate,” which largely takes place at dinnertime. Above, he’s mashing sweet potatoes. Below, he’s baking some buns.

 

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(Please click “Page 2” below to go to the next page of our photos from our visit to “Dividing the Estate.”)

Outtakes: My night at the grand re-opening of The Edge Theatre

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The Edge Theatre’s new storefront  at 1560 Teller St. in Lakewood. The grand re-opening was marked on March 15 with a party and the opening performance of David Mamet’s “Race.”

 

By John Moore
March 20, 2013

Opening No. 45, “Race”: The Edge Theatre has moved 2 miles east, into a new, 99-seat theater in a freestanding storefront at 1560 Teller St. in Lakewood. Among Friday’s guests for the grand re-opening were Lakewood Mayor Bob Murphy and acclaimed singer and actor Mary Louise Lee, also known as Denver’s First Lady. The ribbon-cutting was followed by the opening performance of David Mamet’s latest provocation, “Race,” a play about a pair of lawyers trying to decide whether to take the case of a rich white man accused of raping a black woman. The story bears a striking resemblance to Mamet’s earlier incendiary drama, “Oleanna.” Directed by Robert Kramer. The cast includes Richard Cowden, Joseph Graves, Brian Landis Folkins and Krisangela Washington. Through April 7. 303-232-0363 or the edge’s home page. All photos by John Moore for www.CultureWest.org. Thanks to Patty Yaconis, Rick Yaconis and Justyn Walker of The Edge Theatre, and Amira Watters of The West Chamber.

Read our full news report on the Edge Theatre’s move.

To see the our full photo series, “It’s Opening Night in Colorado Theatre,” featuring one intimate, iconic snapshot from 47 Colorado opening nights (and counting), click here.

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Here’s your Grand re-opening souvenir ticket.

 

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Re-opening-night guests signed the red ribbon that was later cut by founder Rick Yaconis.

 

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Final preparations were underway before the party began. The new Edge Theatre looks a lot like the old one, with seating on two sides of an intimate playing space. But all the amenities are better, including bathrooms in the front of the theater, not the back.

 

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Backstage during the pre-show party, Krisangela Washington and Joseph Graves were running lines. Graves was a late replacement for another actor and had only about 10 days to rehearse with director Robert Kramer and the cast.

 

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The party made plenty of libations available … so keep your hands off the Mountain Dew!

 

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How cool is it that acclaimed singer and actor Mary Louise Lee, also Denver’s First Lady, showed up with friend Sharon Johnson to watch the opening performance of “Race”? Lee appeared in Afterthought Theatre’s “The Wiz” last summer with “Race” cast member Joseph Graves.

 

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