Have you heard Native American folklore referring to a large hairy primate? Those stories were handed down perhaps over thousands of years by oral tradition. Did the stories begin as fiction and morph in the retelling or is there truthful cultural memory of the creature? A person living today does not have to have first […]
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Jack Casperson was born in Denver on the same day Orson Welles broadcast his classic radio program The War of the Worlds. He has lived in Aurora for the past 14 years. In addition to acting, playwrighting and directing for stage, screen and radio, Jack has repossessed cars, run an art gallery, framed pictures, hung […]
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It is rare that The Aurora Fox brings talent in from out of town, but it is also rare to take on a show as challenging as “Porgy and Bess.” Producer Charles Packard says that it is in fact extremely rare to see a fully staged version and Colorado audiences have never seen it in […]
I was in my office late one evening last week. The sounds of a Porgy and Bess rehearsal began. Stage door slamming, greetings, music, laughing, hubbub. The stage manager barked something to bring attention to the piano; and the piano started playing. Part-by-part, baritones, tenors, altos and sopranos repeated back the Gershwins’ melodies. I had to get […]
Dracula is sexy. Both as a character and as a show. It is also violent in the old school bloody stake-through-the-heart kind of way. I brought my eight-year-old daughter to rehearsal to help gauge what age the show is appropriate for. After looking at a few scenes she announced: “Definitely no kid under twelve should […]
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Production is finally ramping back up at The Fox. During the summer we’ve been working on lots of projects for long-term success. We are participating in programs and policies with Shelley McKittrick, the City of Aurora’s new Homelessness Program Director, and doing a major overhaul of business practices and policies. If you think business practices […]
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I recently had an opportunity to meet with high school students considering careers in the arts. It’s not hard for 17-year-old kids to tell you what they are passionate about. And, at their age, I believe in feeding that passion, let them try everything until they are certain what their thing is. Science, business and […]
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The 11th Annual Colorado Theatre Guild Henry Award nominations were announced in June. Named for long-time Denver theater icon Henry Lowenstein, The Henry’s honor outstanding achievements in the Colorado theater community in the last season, and are known locally as the Tony Awards of Denver. A Henry is the highest honor in Colorado Theater today, […]
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There is an eerie silence at The Fox today. It will extend out many weeks. Through a combination of fluke and design The Fox is dark. We have classes and some rentals and advance work in the scene shop and offices, but the stages are dark. They will stay dark for the summer. I wrote […]
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The “Wonderful Bag” contains many things. In the past, it has held the world’s most dangerous mountain, a katana, the Soady Ridge buck, a can of Spam, and many, many other items. Its contents are the imaginations of all of the artists that are part of The Fox. On the Ides of March, 2016, we […]
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donnie l.betts is an Emmy-winning documentary filmmaker, radio journalist and Broadway actor. After attending the Yale school of Drama, betts appeared in “The Gospel at Colonus” with Morgan Freeman on Broadway. He has appeared in countless television commercials and specials and in feature films including “Switchback” and “Honeydripper” with Danny Glover. He returned to Colorado […]
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I have built quite a pleasant life for myself. And so have you. We have collected together. We have established norms that let us feel comfortable with each other. We protect and reinforce our way of life. We’ve used modern media to tighten our circles, to invite the like-minded to form coalitions and parties. We […]