“One Sunday morning last April, my husband, Lee, called me from his parents’ Washington farm with the unimaginable news that his dad had just died in an accident. My son, Manny, and I were on a plane within hours and we stayed with our family in Washington for a week. As the week drew to a close, I began bracing myself for the sudden re-entry to the work week and how tough it would all be on Lee. It occurred to me that nearly everything in the fridge at home in Denver would be spoiled and that we would be arriving to DIA late at night. I was quickly resigning myself to feeding Manny PB&J “parental failure” sandwiches that first day or so back. Then I got an email that the Denver Actors Fund intended to support us with meals upon our return to Colorado. We were stunned. Overwhelmed with gratitude. It was completely unexpected, this show of love from my theatre community, some of whom didn’t know me from Adam, let alone know Lee and his family. Grief is a messy process. It is distracting and confusing. It is painful and revealing. And because of The Denver Actors Fund, we did not go through it alone. And Manny didn’t eat a single failure sandwich. That week.”
COME TO BALLS! ON DEC. 8 AND 15
“BALLS!, A Holiday Spectacular,” a fundraiser for the Denver Actors Fund, will be held on Dec. 8 and 15 at Lannie’s Clocktower Cabaret on the 16th Street Mall at Arapahoe Street.
The Denver Actors Fund is a modest source of immediate relief when members of the Denver theater community find themselves in situational medical need. In its first 18 months, it has raised more than $26,000, delivered more than 50 meals and provided more than 15 bags of groceries.
“BALLS!” is an annual holiday variety show with musical guest stars, audience sock puppet singalongs, spontaneous haikus and a white elephant. Showtimes are 7 p.m. Mondays, Dec. 8 and 15. Hosted by GerRee Hinshaw, Emily K. Harrison, Jim Ruberto and Mare Trevathan, along with guest stars including musicians John Common, Jess DeNicola, Janet Feder and Jen Korte; storyteller Adam Goldstein; drag queen Zoe O; and comedians Mara Wiles and Eric Mather.. Click here for tickets and more details.