100 Colorado Creatives: donnie l. betts
#38: donnie l. betts
donnie l. betts quietly gets things done, while wearing every hat in the store: actor, director, filmmaker, African-American historian and radio-play producer. In his spare time -- if you can believe he has any -- he even markets a sculptural dog-waste receptacle called Paws Here.
To top a year already highlighted by directing The Color Purple at the Aurora Fox, betts's latest directorial project, Who Killed Jigaboo Jones, an explosive one-man show by Jeff Campbell, is in mid-run at work | space, with three more performances this weekend. And, as betts notes below, that's just a fraction of his ongoing agenda, which includes several documentary film projects in the fire, a New York production of René Marie's Slut Energy Theory and curatorial work at History Colorado.
Facebook.com A scene from last spring's production of The Color Purple at the Aurora Fox.
We asked betts to take a time out to answer our 100CC questionnaire; read on to see where he went with it.
Facebook.com donnie betts with Oscar Brown, Jr.
If you could collaborate with anyone in history, who would it be, and why?
Paul Robeson: Powerful artist, activist and human being.
Who in the world is interesting to you right now, and why?
Jeff Campbell, writer and performer. Rene Marie, writer and performer. Dr. Vincent Harding and all nonviolent activists worldwide. They all are truth tellers.
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