Saturday, September 24, 2016

2016-17 Interpreted Performances Quick Guide


Below is a short list of the interpreted performances for Portland Center Stage (PCS), Artists Repertory Theatre (ART), Profile Theatre (PROF), and Portland Community College (PCC). for the 2016-17 season. More information will be posted for individual shows and you can also check on Facebook for Interpreted Performance Events, where I will be adding reviews and photos and updates as they become available.

[Note: Profile Theatre runs on a calendar season rather than the traditional September to June. For this reason, Profile's 2017 season productions through November are shown in this list. Shows for the other theaters next fall will be added in mid-2017.]


SEPTEMBER 




OCTOBER 2016
. ART 10/1 Trevor  
. PROF 10/4  HazardousBeauty *free* staged reading (Tanya Barfield 2016 season)
. PCS 10/20 HOLD THESE TRUTHS [NORTHWEST STORIES]
. ART 10/29 American Hero

NOVEMBER 2016
. PROF 11/4  BrightHalf Life (final production of the 2016 Tanya Barfield season)
. PCC 11/19 Almost, Maine
. PCS 11/17 THE OREGON TRAIL [NORTHWEST STORIES] 


DECEMBER

JANUARY 2017
. 1/29/17  "Blind" - performed at Milagro Theatre as part of Fertile Ground Festival

FEBRUARY
. PCS 2/2/17 ASTORIA [NORTHWEST STORIES]
. PROF 2/10/17 Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue  (part one of the Elliot trilogy; first in the 2017 season)
. PCS 2/23 HIS EYE IS ON THE SPARROW  

MARCH
. ART 3/4/17 Marjorie Prime
. PROF 3/21 first In Dialogue staged reading of 2017 season; play TBA *free*
. PCC 3/18  In the Heights

APRIL
. ART 4/1 Feathers and Teeth
. PCS 4/13 WILD AND RECKLESS [NORTHWEST STORIES]

MAY
. PCS 5/4/17 MARY’S WEDDING  
. PROF  5/9/17   In Dialogue staged reading,  play TBA
. PCC 5/13  Love andInformation  
. ART 5/20 The Talented Ones

JUNE
. PCS 6/1/17 CONSTELLATIONS  
. PROF 6/23 26 Miles  

JULY
. PROF  7/18/17    In Dialogue staged reading,  play TBA

OCTOBER 2017 
. PROF 10/17/17   In Dialogue staged reading,  play TBA

NOVEMBER 2017
. PROF 11/10/17 “Water by the Spoonful” *2 of trilogy*
. PROF 11/17/17 “The Happiest Song Plays Last” *3 of trilogy*


Thursday, September 8, 2016

Summary of the Antigone Story

In preparation for viewing "Antigone Project" at Profile Theatre (interpreted performance is on Saturday, September 10th, at 2:00 pm), here is a video of an overview of the original Antigone story. "Antigone Project" is a production of five retellings of the Antigone story. Brush up on your Antigone myth and we'll see you at the theatre this coming Saturday!

Also join us for the pre-show In Dialogue performance at 1:25 pm in the Mezzanine. For this special event, Profile Theatre is proud to be partnering with Blacque Butterfly Presents on the In Dialogue Main Stage events for The Antigone Project: A Play in Five Parts.  We have collaborated to feature a series of local spoken-word artists performing in our lobby prior to each performance of the production.  Mirroring the collection of diverse voices embodied in Antigone Project, the artists are from varied backgrounds, experiences and perspectives, all of which come to bear on the profound and provocative  work that they will be sharing with our audiences. The performers for the In Dialogue event at 1:25 pm (which will be interpreted, as well as the play) will be GG Warren and Anayla Warren-Premsingh.


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Monday, September 5, 2016

Profile Theatre's "Antigone Project" interpreted Sat 9/10

Profile Theatre presents
an interpreted performance of


Antigone Project
Conceived by Chiori Miyagawa and Sabrina Peck



Location: Profile Theatre, 1515 SW Morrison, Portland, OR
Tickets: www.profile.org or call 503.242.0080
Date: Saturday, Sept 10th at 2:00 pm
Interpreters: Dot Hearn, Kassie Hughes, Dana Walls


"Antigone Project: A Play in Five Parts is the exhilarating realization of a fascinating idea - reimagining the myth of Antigone - brought to life by some of the most vibrant contemporary voices in theatre.  Together, these five playwrights present us with a kaleidoscope view of our society, exploring themes of honor, love, loyalty and mortality through this exceptional collection of plays."


The five short plays are:

  • "Hang Ten" by Karen Hartman
  • "Medallion" by Tanya Barfield
  • "Antigone Arke^" by Caridad Svich
  • "A Stone’s Throw" by Lynn Nottage
  • "Red Again" by Chiori Miyagawa

Directed by Dawn Monique Williams

Featuring Chris Murray*, Lauren Modica, Cecily Overman, Seth Rue*, Alex Leigh Ramirez,  Andrea White and Andrea Whittle.

^Antigone Arkhe presented with String House Theatre and directed by Emily Gregory.



Thursday, August 11, 2016

"The Tempest" interpreted 8/20 in Bend, OR

Lay It Out Events presents
an interpreted performance of


William Shakespeare's
The Tempest

DATE: Saturday, August 20, 2016
TIME: Play begins at 7pm
Doors open earlier for drinks and food
LOCATION: Drake Park in Bend, OR
TICKETS: $22 - $45 regular; 
or $75 VIP ticket, which includes seat, 2 drink tickets, dinner

Shakespeare’s late, valedictory romance “The Tempest” is a tale of family betrayal, enchantment and ultimately, forgiveness. Inherently theatrical, the unfolding of the exotic, supra-human and sometimes invisible characters makes it one of the Bard’s most beguiling and entertaining stories. 
The play begins on a remote island where sorcerer Prospero, the overthrown Duke of Milan, has been exiled with his daughter Miranda. Prospero uses his learned magical powers to unhinge a powerful storm, the tempest in the story. This storm causes a shipwreck of Prospero’s usurping brother Antonio, luring him to the island along with the complicit King of Alonso of Naples. There, Prospero’s illusions bring about the revelation of Antonio’s lowly nature, the redemption of the King, and the marriage of Miranda to Alonso’s son. 
Thought by many critics to be the last play Shakespeare wrote alone, in the end, the audience is the only one who can set Prospero free from the island.

*"Enjoy the scenic and serene event in Drake Park.  The street will be closed so all you will hear are the actors, the river and your fellow audience members."*




Friday, July 15, 2016

reminder: *free* interpreted performances Tu 7/19 & Tu 7/26

Profile Theatre's In Dialogue Staged Readings
Presented in Collaboration with CoHo Productions

The reading of two plays by Adrienne Kennedy on July 18-19 will be in the Artists Rep building.  The a reading of The Book of Grace by Suzan-Lori Parks on July 25-26 will be at CoHo on NW Raleigh Street. The Tuesday night performances (July 19 and July 26) will be interpreted. The tickets are free, but reservations are encouraged.





An Evening of One Acts:
. Electra
. June and Jean In Concert (Concert of Their Lives)
By Adrienne Kennedy
Directed by Arlena Barnes
*date* Interpreted on Tues. July 19th at 7:30pm
*location* Artists Repertory on the Morrison stage, 1515 SW Morrison, Portland, OR


In Electra,  daughter seeks revenge upon the mother who killed her father.  Her long lost brother returns and is persuaded to commit an act of terrible violence, leaving both bereft and conflicted. This muscular, poetic and unflinching adaptation of Euripides Electra explores the the complexities of grief, vengeance and love within a family.


Drawing on Kennedy’s memoir People Who Led to My Plays, June and Jean In Concert (A Concert of their Lives) introduces us to aspiring writers, June and Jean, twin sisters growing up in Cleveland during World War II, then skips forwards and backwards through time, showing flashes of an everyday family touched by disappointment, tragedy and beauty



The Book of Grace
By Suzan-Lori Parks
Directed by Arlena Barnes

*date* Interpreted Tues July 26th at 7:30 pm
*location* CoHo Productions, 2257 NW Raleigh St, Portland, OR

Encouraged by his stepmother Grace to return home to South Texas, young Buddy reunites with his father Vet, a border patrol agent.  The prodigal son confronts his father and everyday life erupts into a battle for personal survival. At once fiercely intimate and explosive, this truly original play finds three people bound together by longing, passion and ambition.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

*free* Profile Theatre's In Dialogue series - interpreted performances

Profile Theatre's In Dialogue Staged Readings
Presented in Collaboration with CoHo Productions

For their 3rd In Dialogue Reading of the 2016 Tanya Barfield season, Profile is thrilled to collaborate with CoHo Productions.  Together they will present the work of two game changing African American playwrights, Adrienne Kennedy and Suzan-Lori Parks, whose work has had lasting impact on both the field and on our featured playwright.

July 18-19 in the Artists Rep building, Profile will host the reading of two plays by Adrienne Kennedy.  July 25-26 at CoHo on NW Raleigh Street, they will present a reading of The Book of Grace by Suzan-Lori Parks. The Tuesday night performances (July 19 and July 26) will be interpreted. 

An Evening of One Acts:
. Electra
. June and Jean In Concert (Concert of Their Lives)
By Adrienne Kennedy
Directed by Arlena Barnes

*location* Morrison Stage at Artists Repertory
1515 SW Morrison, Portland, OR
Interpreted on Tues. July 19th at 7:30pm
Interpreters: Dot Hearn and Kassie Hughes



In Electra,  daughter seeks revenge upon the mother who killed her father.  Her long lost brother returns and is persuaded to commit an act of terrible violence, leaving both bereft and conflicted. This muscular, poetic and unflinching adaptation of Euripides Electra explores the the complexities of grief, vengeance and love within a family.


Drawing on Kennedy’s memoir People Who Led to My Plays, June and Jean In Concert (A Concert of their Lives) introduces us to aspiring writers, June and Jean, twin sisters growing up in Cleveland during World War II, then skips forwards and backwards through time, showing flashes of an everyday family touched by disappointment, tragedy and beauty



The Book of Grace
By Suzan-Lori Parks
Directed by Arlena Barnes

*location* CoHo Productions
2257 NW Raleigh St, Portland, OR

Interpreted Tues July 26th at 7:30 pm
Interpreters: Dot Hearn, Kassie Hughes, Dana Walls

Encouraged by his stepmother Grace to return home to South Texas, young Buddy reunites with his father Vet, a border patrol agent.  The prodigal son confronts his father and everyday life erupts into a battle for personal survival. At once fiercely intimate and explosive, this truly original play finds three people bound together by longing, passion and ambition.


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Profile Theatre's In Dialogue Staged Readings include new and contemporary plays in conversation with Tanya Barfield’s body of work, as well as readings of Barfield plays not included in the Main Stage season.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

reminder: "Skin of Our Teeth" at Artists Rep 6/11

reminder
Artists Repertory Theatre presents
an interpreted performance of


By Thornton Wilder
Directed by Dámaso Rodriguez




Artists Repertory Theatre, 1515 SW Morrison, Portland, OR
on the Alder Stage
Interpreted Sat. 6/11 at 2:00 pm
Tickets: call the Box Office 503.241.1278
Interpreters: Dot Hearn and Carolyn Brockway

This comedic masterpiece spans the entirety of history, with one ordinary American family who lives through it all. Dad’s just invented the wheel, Cain is throwing rocks at the neighbor kid, mammoths and dinosaurs lounge in the family room and mom frets about how to get all those animals on the boat two by two. Through Ice Ages, biblical floods and political conventions, the Antrobus family of Excelsior, New Jersey perseveres. With a giant cast and time-set across the ages, this theatrical allegory captures the human spirit – of brilliance, idiocy and ultimately sweet survival.


•Rare and epic revival of the 1943 Pulitzer Prize winner
•An evening of absurdist adventure in three acts


RUN TIME = 2 hours 30 minutes including two 15 minute intermissions