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Interpreted Shows January-June 2017

Short list of interpreted performances at  Portland Center Stage  ( PCS ),  Artists Repertory Theatre  ( ART ), Profile Theatre  ( PROF...

Sunday, February 19, 2017

His Eye is on The Sparrow - interpreted

Portland Center Stage at The Armory present
an interpreted performance of

A musical biography of Ethel Waters 

Written by Larry Parr 

DATE & TIME: Thursday 2/23/17 at 7:30 pm
LOCATION: 128 NW 11th Ave, Portland OR 97209
TICKETS: call the Box Office 503-445-3700
INTERPRETER: Sarah Hewlett
After a rough and spirit-breaking childhood, Ethel Waters became a Vaudeville success, a recording sensation and crossed racial barriers to emerge as a Broadway and Hollywood star. But a reputation for being difficult and her own distrust of those who might employ her or love her — partly a response to the horrors of Jim Crow America — caused her to lose everything and become a recluse, until she found new strength as a gospel performer. Through it all, there were the songs – the ones that gave her solace and the ones that made her a legend. This is her remarkable story, filled with the greatest hits of a lifetime, including “Stormy Weather,” "This Joint is Jumpin'" and “Am I Blue?”
Run Time: Approximately 2 hours and 10 minutes, including one intermission.

Note: Recommended for ages 14 and up. Contains some mature content and language. Children under 6 are not permitted at any production.


Monday, February 6, 2017

"Elliot, A Soldier's Fugue" Friday 2/10/17

Profile Theatre presents
an interpreted performance of

Written by Quiara Alegria Hudes

DATE & TIME: Friday, February 10th at 7:30p
LOCATION: 1515 SW Morrison, Portland, OR
TICKETS :  $20 when you ask for ASL seating
       Box Office 503.242.0080  
INTERPRETERS: Dot Hearn & Kassie Hughes

"Nineteen-year-old Lance Corporal Elliot Ortiz, U.S.M.C. is a recently anointed hometown hero who returns from the Iraq War with a leg injury and a difficult question: Will he go back to war a second time? Tracing the legacy of combat service through three generations of a Puerto Rican family, this evocative, lyrical and often humorous tale explores how the landscape of the soul is transformed by war."

Play one of the Elliot trilogy. Parts two and three will run in repertory in November 2017.

Pulitzer Prize Finalist.

Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue is that rare and rewarding thing: a theatre work that succeeds on every level while creating something entirely new.The New York Times

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Interpreted Shows January-June 2017

Short list of interpreted performances at Portland Center Stage (PCS), Artists Repertory Theatre (ART), Profile Theatre (PROF), NW Children's Theatre and School (NWCT), and Portland Community College (PCC). [note: this listing is for the second half of the 2016-17 season; Profile runs on a calendar year and their entire 2017 season is below.]
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.

[Click on the theatre abbreviation to go to the tickets page; click on the show title to see more on the the theatre's website about the play.]

. 1/29/17  "Blind" - from Community Dreams Productionsas part of the Fertile Ground Festival

. PROF 2/10/17 Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue  (part one of the Elliot trilogy; first in the 2017 season)
. NWCT 2/11/17 noon Sleeping Beauty

. ART 3/4/17 Marjorie Prime
3/11/17 Back Fence PDX Mainstage "Snapshot,"  live storytelling
. PCC 3/18  In the Heights
. PROF 3/21 first In Dialogue staged reading of 2017 season; play TBA *free*


. NWCT 5/6/17 noon  Robin Hood
. PROF  5/9/17   In Dialogue staged reading,  play TBA *free*
. PCC 5/13  Love andInformation  

. PROF 6/23 26 Miles  

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

. PROF 10/17/17   In Dialogue staged reading,  play TBA  *free*

. PROF 11/10/17 “Water by the Spoonful” *2 of trilogy*

. PROF 11/17/17 “The Happiest Song Plays Last” *3 of trilogy*

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

"Blind" - interpreted Sun 1/29 at 7:30 pm

Community Dream Productions
with support from Third Rail Repertory Theatre presents
an interpreted staged reading of

written by Bonnie Ratner
directed by Bobby Bermea

Interpreted performance Sun 1/29 @ 7:30 pm

Imago Theatre, 17 SE 8th Ave, Portland OR

Tickets $10

Interpreters: Rich Hall and Dot Hearn

"Blind, set in the 1960s, is a play for our time, asking hard questions like “Who owns the neighborhood?” and “How can we truly see other as human beings when we’re unwilling to take a hard look at ourselves?” In 1967, Harold Stein commutes from his home on Long Island to his small shoe store in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. Like other Jewish merchants in this predominantly black neighborhood, Stein operates his store behind a locked door, fearful of being robbed or worse. On Long Island, his wife, Sylvia, is also trapped—partly by her own demons, but also by a culture that denies her dreams. Stein has no answer for his wife’s troubles or the charged political climate. Sylvia’s answer is to blame the “other.” His daughter Susan’s answer is to accuse Stein of being a “ghetto merchant.” In Bed Stuy, Millie True teaches high school. Her son, Jimmy, is a Black nationalist like his father, Millie’s ex. Millie understands the pull toward that philosophy, although she leans more toward Dr. King’s “Beloved Community.” Millie witnesses a young black man trying to get into Stein’s store. She sees Stein deny him entrance because the merchants don’t let in black males by themselves. She intervenes, disrupting Stein’s fear and isolation. His ensuing relationships with Millie and her family, especially her teenage son, challenge not only Stein but also those of us who bear witness to his journey."

Thursday, December 8, 2016

PCS: The Santaland Diaries - interpreted

Portland Center Stage at The Armory presents
an interpreted performance of

By David Sedaris 

Adapted for the stage by Joe Mantello 
Directed by Wendy Knox 
Starring Darius Pierce

DATE & TIME: Thur 12/22/16 at 7:30 pm
LOCATION: The Armory, 128 NW Eleventh, Portland, OR
TICKETS: use promo code SIGN to get discounted community price
INTERPRETER: Jayodin Mosher, Sign Coach Irene Jazowick

Based on the true chronicles of David Sedaris’ experience as Crumpet the Elf in Macy’s Santaland display, this cult classic riffs on a few of Sedaris’ truly odd encounters with his fellow man during the height of the holiday crunch.

Run Time: Approximately 70 minutes; no intermission.

Note: Recommended for ages 14 and up. Contains mature content and language, and the secret of Santa is exposed. Children under 6 are not permitted at any PCS production.

Artists Rep: "A Civil War Christmas" - interpreted

Artists Repertory Theatre presents
an interpreted performance of

An American Musical Celebration

Written by Paula Vogel
Original score by Daryl Waters
Directed by Paul Angelo
Music Directed by Andrew Bray
A collaboration with Staged!

DATE & TIME: Sat 12/17/16 at 2:00 pm
LOCATION: 1515 SW Morrison, Portland, on the Alder Stage (lower level)
TICKETS: use code ASL to get right seat right price online
INTERPRETERS: Dot Hearn and Kassie Hughes

"Set during a time when the country is divided by conflicting ideologies and convictions following a contentious presidential election, Vogel’s sweeping, music-rich story plays out one frigid Christmas Eve on the banks of the Potomac River. Amid the hubbub of holiday preparations, an array of abolitionists and assassins, slaves and freemen, Union and Confederate soldiers, along with President Lincoln and Mary Todd, all pursue their paths to liberation. Propelled by traditional American songs, marches and spirituals — all revitalized for this production by luminary Portland musicians — A CIVIL WAR CHRISTMAS is a lively reminder for people of all beliefs about humanity’s potential for compassion, reconciliation and hope."

RUN TIME: approximately 2 hours with one 15 minute intermission.

Best-suited for school-age children and up. Children under 5 are not allowed.

By special permission, this production features the new and stylistically diverse arrangements of luminary Portland musicians Darrell Grant, Holcombe Waller, Mark and LaRhonda Steele, Okaidja Afroso, Edna Vázquez, James Beaton and Brian Adrian Koch of Blitzen Trapper.

PCS: Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin - interpreted 12/15

Portland Center Stage presents
an interpreted performance of

Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin
written by Hershey Felder
directed by Trevor Hay

DATE & TIME: Thur 12/15/16 at 7:30 pm
LOCATION: The Armory, 128 NW Eleventh, Portland, OR
TICKETS: online with promo code SIGN, or call 503-445-3700
INTERPRETER: Sarah Hewlett; Sign Coach Irene Jazowick

Songwriter Jerome Kern said it all: “Irving Berlin … IS American music.” In this tour de force performance by award-winning pianist and performer Hershey Felder, the remarkable story of “America’s Composer” takes us from the depths of anti-Semitism in Czarist Russia to New York’s Lower East Side — and ultimately throughout America and the world. Featuring Irving Berlin’s most popular and enduring songs, Hershey Felder’s masterful creation of character and musical performance makes this evening with Irving Berlin an unforgettable journey that epitomizes the American dream. Hailed as “the greatest songwriter that has ever lived,” by George Gershwin, Irving Berlin is known for innumerable American classics such as “White Christmas,” “God Bless America,” “Blue Skies” and “Cheek to Cheek.”
Run Time: Approximately 1 hour 45 minutes; no intermission.
Note: Recommended for ages 10 and up. Children under 6 are not permitted at any PCS production.