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Denver Center Theatre Company 2013-14 Season: A Video Retrospective

The Denver Center Theatre Company’s 35th season was one of its most eclectic to date, spanning classics such as Death of a Salesman to the stage adaptation of the 1928 Marx Brothers musical, Animal Crackers. Please enjoy, in words, video and photos, our look back at a wonderful season of laughs, catharsis, topical issues and heartbreak. Retrospective by John Moore. Footage shot by Ken Mostek and David Lenk. Photos shot by Jennifer M. Koskinen and John Moore. Elephant shot by Groucho Marx.

To read Producing Artistic Director Kent Thompson’s assessment of the 2013-14 season, click here.

Video: Jackie & Me student talkback: “You need to keep it safe for your scene partner”

By John Moore

At a recent talkback following the Denver Center Theatre Company’s “Jackie & Me,” a black man asked to address William Oliver Watkins, the actor who plays Jackie Robinson, who broke the modern-era color barrier in Major League Baseball.

"For the guy that played Jackie Robinson: You got my respect, man, for the whole thing," the audience member said. "I respect anybody for who they are, but when the ‘N word’ comes up …"

Steven Dietz: How my children - black and white - informed ‘Jackie & Me’

By Steven Dietz
Playwright, Jackie & Me

I am standing outside a room where my son and daughter are talking about baseball and race. I am eavesdropping.

My daughter is 7; my son is 6. My daughter is white. My son is black—and has just arrived via adoption from Ethiopia six months earlier. We have introduced him to a sport called baseball, and he has started playing it. My daughter, the baseball historian in our family, is telling him all about Jackie Robinson. As she speaks, I realize that our family is having its first conversation about race.

Meet the cast video series: Michael Santo

In this new YouTube series, we briefly introduce you to the actors performing in our plays in a fun way. Episode 42: Michael Santo wanted to be a skin-diving instructor. He ended up an actor who’s currently playing Branch Rickey in the Denver Center Theatre Company’s family friendly baseball play “Jackie & Me” through Dec. 22, 2013, in the Space Theatre. Find out what Michael would eradicate from the Earth of he had the power. Call 303-893-4100 or go to www.denvercenter.org. Video by John Moore. Run time: 2 minutes, 25 seconds.

Coming next: Meet some of the principal actors in “A Christmas Carol.”

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Meet the cast video series: Leigh Miller

In this new YouTube series, we briefly introduce you to the actors performing in our plays in a fun way. Episode 41: Who’s a fantasy female video elf? Meet Leigh Miller, who plays several roles in the Denver Center Theatre Company’s family friendly baseball play “Jackie & Me” through Dec. 22, 2013, in the Space Theatre. Call 303-893-4100 or go to www.denvercenter.org. Video by John Moore. Run time: 2 minutes, 25 seconds.

Coming next: Meet some of the principal actors in “A Christmas Carol.”

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Photo gallery: Backstage on opening night of “Jackie & Me”

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"Jackie & Me" director Stephen Weitz with his wife, Rebecca Remaly Weitz, at the opening-night afterparty last Thursday.

To see John Moore’s full gallery of “Jackie & Me” photos, click here.

"Jackie & Me" is today’s  featured show in John Moore’s ongoing, 2013 labor-of-love photo series bringing you iconic snapshots from behind the scenes on opening nights at Colorado theater productions. The series is being displayed through www.CultureWest.Org. To see the official “Opening Nights” photo series to date (with one photo from 136 openings to date), click here.

Meet the cast video series: Justin Walvoord

In this new YouTube series, we briefly introduce you to the actors performing in our plays in a fun way. Episode 39: “Turner and Hooch”-loving Justin Walvoord, who plays Pee Wee Reese and other roles in the Denver Center Theatre Company’s family friendly baseball play “Jackie & Me” through Dec. 22, 2013, in the Space Theatre. Call 303-893-4100 or go to www.denvercenter.org. Video by John Moore. Run time: 2 minutes, 20 seconds.

Coming next: Meet John Jurcheck, who plays several roles in “Jackie & Me.”

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Rockies owner Linda Alvarado attends opening of “Jackie & Me”

The opening performance of “Jackie & Me” is featured this morning in CultureWest.Org's year-long photo series, “It's Opening Night in Colorado Theater.” Click here to see the full series to date, which has included several Denver Center offerings. All photos by John Moore.

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Linda G. Alvarado, co-owner of the Colorado Rockies baseball team, congratulates 22-year-old actor Aaron Davidson for his opening-night performance by allowing him to wear her 2007 World Series ring. Davidson, a Colorado native and graduate of the Denver School of the Arts, plays Joey Stoshack, a 12-year-old boy who is bullied because of his Polish descent. Alvarado, above left, is president and CEO of Alvarado Construction, Inc., which built Sports Authority Field at Mile High. She is also a member of the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame and was named one of the 100 Most Influential Hispanics in America by Hispanic Business Magazine. When the Rockies were awarded a franchise, Alvarado became the first Latino owner, male or female, in Major League Baseball history, and the second female owner in the big leagues.

Meet the cast video series: Aaron M. Davidson

In this new YouTube series, we briefly introduce you to the actors performing in our plays in a fun way. Episode 38: Aaron M. Davidson, who plays 12-year-old Joey Stoshack in the Denver Center Theatre Company’s family friendly baseball play “Jackie & Me” through Dec. 22, 2013, in the Space Theatre. Find out who is truly Aaron’s doppelgänger: John Elway or Seth Green. (Hint: It’s a trick question.) Call 303-893-4100 or go to www.denvercenter.org. Video by John Moore. Run time: 2 minutes, 20 seconds.

Coming next: Meet Justin Walvoord, who plays Pee Wee Reese and other roles in “Jackie & Me.”

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Meet the cast video series: Timothy McCracken

In this new YouTube series, we briefly introduce you to the actors performing in our plays in a fun way. Episode 33: Timothy McCracken, who plays young Joey’s father in the Denver Center Theatre Company’s family friendly “Jackie & Me” through Dec. 22, 2013, in the Space Theatre. Timothy is a graduate of the Denver Center’s National Theatre Conservatory and appeared last year in “The Giver.” Call 303-893-4100 or go to www.denvercenter.org. Video by John Moore. Run time: 2 minutes, 30 seconds.

Coming next: Meet William Oliver Watkins, who plays Jackie Robinson in “Jackie & Me.”

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Video: The making of the amazing “Jackie & Me” stage floor

By John Moore

You may recall a previous photo blog where I called the stage floor for the upcoming “Jackie & Me” “the coolest stage floor … maybe ever.” The entire stage is made up of hand-painted baseball cards from across the generations. Now our videographer Ken Mostek has come up with an equally cool video on the making of that cool floor. Set design by Lisa Orzolek. Please enjoy, and if you like it — pass it around. The play, by Denver’s own Steven Dietz, opens for previews Nov. 15. Call 303-893-4100 or go to the Denver Center’s ticketing page.

Art and Artist: Stage manager Lyle Raper is back, wielding her wit like a baseball bat

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Veteran Lyle Raper is back at the Denver Center stage-managing “Jackie & Me” after a three-year absence. Photo by John Moore.

Note: In this ongoing series, we feature a Denver Center craftsperson and his or her craft, and talk about how it pertains to a currently running production.

By John Moore

An era ended when Lyle Raper left both Denver and the Denver Center Theatre Company behind three years ago. After 27 years as Production Stage Manager, Raper took her no-nonsense work ethic and a sense of humor that’s as sharp as a boot spur back to Georgetown, Texas. The time had come “to do old-lady stuff,” like gardening and taking care of her mother, she said, “even though she is 90 now and can run circles around me.” 

'Jackie & Me' goes to bat in the recording studio

Today was the day for the “Jackie & Me” cast to go into our studio and record the national anthem, crowd reactions and other sound effects for the play’s upcoming opening on Nov. 15.

Forget the calendar … the smell of opening day is already in the air!

Tickets: 303-893-4100 or go to www.denvercenter.org