Buntport’s Erin Rollman: Kidney donation starts “a beautiful chain”

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“I feel like I raised a gem,” says Erin Rollman’s mother, Georgianne. Photo by Kathryn Scott Osler, The Denver Post.

By John Moore
Sept. 10, 2013

Last Sunday, I wrote my final freelance piece for The Denver Post, my home off and on for the past 24 years. It was about Denver actor Erin Rollman, who just became just the fourth Coloradan this year to offer up a kidney for donation to a total stranger. Because Rollman signed up for a paired-donation program, her altruism set off a chain that already has saved three lives, including a young boy, and that number will grow.

Here’s the story. It’s one of my favorites among the many heartwarming stories members of the Colorado theater community have allowed me to tell.

And here’s a link to a photo gallery that goes with the story by The Denver Post’s great photographer, Kathryn Scott Osler.

For information on living donors, go to the National Kidney Registry home page.

Photos: Curious Theatre vs. Buntport at “Smackdown-A-Mania”

By John Moore

Sept. 20, 2012

“Wrestlers” from the Curious and Buntport theater companies joined local comedians on Wednesday for “Smackdown-A-Mania,” a ridiculous night of silliness filled with spandex, swerves¬† and several incidents of … self-flagellation.

The night was part of Curious Theatre’s “urban adventures” series, designed not only to promote current programming but to allow new people to discover the company. Curious is currently staging the innovative wrestling drama “The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity” through Oct. 13. It then moves to Colorado Springs’ TheatreWorks from Oct. 19-Nov. 11.

Hellcat Hartwell with his manager, Luther (a.k.a. Josh Hartwell and Jim Hunt) before his title Jell-O thumb-wrestling match against Philip (Not The Author) Roth (a.k.a. Brian Colonna) at “Smackdown-A-Mania.” Photo by John Moore

World Leg Wrestling Champion Nacho Ass Whippin’ (a.k.a. Hannah Duggan) at “Smackdown-A-Mania.” Photo by John Moore

Professional Scandinavian wrestler Lute-Fist (a.k.a. Erik Edborg) takes on an Invisible Giraffe at “Smackdown-A-Mania.” Photo by John Moore

“Smackdown-A-Mania” co-host GerRee Hinshaw, of Freak Train. Photo by John Moore

“Smackdown-A-Mania” co-host Erin Rollman, of Buntport Theater. Photo by John Moore

Philip “Not the Author” Roth (Brian Colonna) weighs in at “Smackdown-A-Mania.” Photo by John Moore

Comedian Mara Wiles. Photo by John Moore

Jess Robblee wrestles with herself, literally and metaphorically, at “Smackdown-A-Mania.” Photo by John Moore

Karen Slack brings the Jell-O to the Jell-O wrestling. Photo by John Moore

Ed Cord as the worst wrestling fan in the world. Photo by John Moore

Old Glory came out on top in the “legit” wrestling match of the night. Photo by John Moore

Comedian Abbey Jordan. Photo by John Moore

Kathryn Gray and her canine pal whip up the crowd at “Smackdown-A-Mania.” Photo by John Moore

A smackdown between “Smackdown-A-Mania” co-hosts Erin Rollman, left, and Freak Train’s GerRee Hinshaw. Photo by John Moore

Improv comedian Libby “Liberty” Gordon. Photo by John Moore

Lute-Fist (a.k.a Erik Edborg) and Nacho Ass Whippin’ (a.k.a. Hannah Duggan) at “Smackdown-A-Mania.” Photo by John Moore

Hellcat Hartwell with his manager, Luther (a.k.a. Josh Hartwell and Jim Hunt) before his title Jell-O thumb-wrestling match against Philip (Not The Author) Roth (a.k.a. Brian Colonna) at “Smackdown-A-Mania.” Photo by John Moore

 

More coverage:

Fall 2012 most intriguing titles, No. 1: Curious Theatre’s “The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity”

Our review: Thought-provoking, blood-pumping, high-decibel theater

 

Where: In Denver: Through Oct. 13 at 1080 Acoma St.

In Colorado Springs: Oct. 19-Nov. 11 at the Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theater, 3955 Regent Circle, corner of Union and Austin Bluffs Parkway on the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs campus

 

Performance times: In Denver: 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays in Denver

In Colorado Springs: 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays-Fridays; 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays;  4 p.m. Sundays

Tickets: In Denver: $25-$44
In Colorado Springs: $35 reserved; Children under 16 $15; UC-CS Students free
Contact: In Denver: 303-623-0524 or curious’ home page

In Colorado Springs: 719-255-3232 or theatreworks’ home page