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Dr. Vincent Harding, adviser to MLK and friend to the Denver Center, dies at 82

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Dr. Vincent G. Harding (center), known for his close association with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., was joined by playwright Marcus Gardley, left, and director Chay Yew in February for the opening performance of “black odyssey” at the Denver Center. Photo by John Moore.

By John Moore

Dr. Vincent G. Harding, a civil-rights leader noted for his decades of work for social justice as well as his close association with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., died on Monday night in Denver, his wife confirmed. He was 82.

Harding, a professor emeritus at Denver’s Iliff School of Theology, was known as a teacher, scholar, engaged citizen and seeker. He was a friend and frequent consultant to the Denver Center Theatre Company, most recently attending opening night of black odyssey in January. That play recast Homer’s The Odyssey as the long journey home of a modern-day African-American soldier.

Meet the cast video series: Kristen Adele

In this new YouTube series, we briefly introduce you to the actors performing in our plays in a fun way. Episode 37: Kristen Adele, who plays Rachel Robinson and other roles in the Denver Center Theatre Company’s family friendly baseball play “Jackie & Me” through Dec. 22, 2013, in the Space Theatre. Kristen’s mentors include late Denver theatre icons Israel Hicks and Jeffrey Nickelson. Call 303-893-4100 or go to www.denvercenter.org. Video by John Moore. Run time: 2 minutes, 10 seconds.

Coming next: Meet Aaron M. Davidson, who plays 12-year-old Joey in “Jackie & Me.”

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Season announcements: Henrys and hooch in Boulder; new plays in Creede; Denver Center goes to Dillon

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Kim Staunton, who opens in “Sylvia” on Thursday at the Lone Tree Arts Center, and in the Denver Center’s “black odyssey” on Jan. 10, will perform “The Mountaintop” with longtime fellow Denver Center actor Harvy Blanks next fall in Lake Dillon. The two are shown  here in “A Selfish Sacrifice” for the Denver Center in 2005.

By John Moore

Three venerable local theater companies made their season announcements this week: the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Creede Repertory Theatre and Lake Dillon Theatre Company — which will feature three Denver Center Theatre Company veterans in “The Mountaintop.”

In Boulder, the Colorado Shakespeare Festival fest announced that it will offer regular beer and wine sales next summer on the University of Colorado campus. And some play titles, too.