Shakespeare and nudity take the stage at Denver's Dangerous Theatre
Courtesy Timothy Mooney

Actor Timothy Mooney is bringing two very different shows to one of Denver’s most dangerous area theaters. Well, it’s not technically dangerous, it’s Denver’s Dangerous Theatre, founded by Winnie Wenglewick. The name comes from Wenglewick’s goal of bringing original work, new material and things that are normally not produced at other theater companies in town. A goal that she believes is dangerous itself. Dangerous Theatre has partnered with Timothy Mooney for two new shows running in early September.

First up is “Dancing Nude” written and performed by Mooney. It’s described as a “comedic performance about his truthful revelations about being male” and yes, there is nudity. In fact, Mooney encourages the audience to get nude along with him, as the audience on Saturday, September 6 is invited to watch the show sans-clothing. In return, their ticket is discounted to just $10. The show has been a success in other cities, as Kelly Fitzpatrick at the Orlando Sentinel called it “A fun and candid romp… he has you laughing and nodding in agreement. Manic but fantastically timed.”

The second show couldn’t be more different than the first. In “Lot O’ Shakespeare” Mooney has prepared one monologue from every Shakespeare play ever written. He’s captured all of the soliloquies and speeches to showcase the huge repertoire of The Bard himself. Every performance of “Lot O’ Shakespeare” will be different as well. Each performance will feature 38 monologues, chosen at random by a spinning Bingo cage, since it would be far too long to perform one from every show for each performance. The audience at “Lot O’ Shakespeare” will get in on the fun as well, as they play along with their own “IAGO” Cards and compete for prizes, all while taking in the brilliance of Mooney and his tribute to Shakespeare.

In choosing which monologues to select, especially considering the massive library that is Shakespeare’s complete works, Mooney worked to find the ones that provided the biggest difficulty. “I started out looking for the most challenging monologues,” he offers in an interview with Roland Underhill for a recent press release, “I wanted to demonstrate how easy they are for an audience to understand, once an actor has done the work for them… figuring out the syntax and the objective driving the thing. But as I got into it, I started looking at the monologues that would ‘blow their minds’ the most… make them say, ‘this is from 400 years ago? Wow!’”

Tickets for both shows are on sale now, and considering the limited seating of the cabaret-style venue at Dangerous Theatre, you’ll want to pick up your tickets early. Visit the website for all the tickets and details. Then head out and support Wenglewick’s Dangerous Theatre Company, and support original work in Denver.