Tuesday, September 29, 2015

This Week: pick one, two, or all three! Interpreted Performances

There are three interpreted performances happening within the next week. And more to come in the fall months ahead - but, for now, here are three immediate opportunities to catch some great theatre! Including one free performance. Watch for an handy pocket list soon.

Thursday Oct 1st at 7:30 pm
"Our Town" at Portland Center Stage
Classic drama

Saturday, October 3rd at 2:00 pm
"The Understudy" at Artists Repertory Theatre

Tuesday, October 6th at 7:30 pm
"Stage Kiss" at Profile Theatre
FREE staged reading

by Thornton Wilder
Thursday Oct 1st at 7:30 pm
Portland Center Stage, 128 NW 11th, Portland OR

An irrefutable classic of the American theater, this Pulitzer Prize-winning work transports us to Grover’s Corners, a small New England town at the turn of the twentieth century whose secret desires, family conflicts, loves and losses are resoundingly familiar to us today. This beloved drama receives a fresh interpretation at PCS, inviting us to ponder what Our Town is today, and celebrating both the marvel of everyday existence and the “something way down deep that’s eternal about every human being.
Tickets $25 with promo code SIGN online, or call the box office at 503-445-3700 and request seats in the interpreted section. 
Interpreters: Carolyn Brockway, Rich Hall, Andrew Weaver, Sign Coaches: Justin Coleman and Guthrie Nutter

"The Understudy"
by Theresa Rebeck

Saturday, October 3rd at 2:00 pm
Artists Repertory Theatre, Alder Stage
1515 SW Morrison, Portland OR

"An understudy rehearsal for a fictional Kafka play on Broadway teeters on the edge of reality when Harry – the understudy for Jake, who is the understudy for Bruce, a Hollywood action star about to land a multimillion-dollar part – must work with the ill-fated production’s exasperated stage manager whose life he ruined long ago. The Understudy is a raucously funny existential exposé on human motivation that examines the underbelly of the theatre business and the personal drama behind the curtain." 
Interpreters: Dot Hearn and Kassie Hughes

"Stage Kiss"
by Sarah Ruhl
Tuesday, October 6th at 7:30 pm
FREE staged reading
Profile Theatre, 1515 SW Morrison, Portland, OR

"Art imitates Life. Life imitates Art. When two actors with a history are thrown together as romantic leads in a forgotten 1930s melodrama, they quickly lose touch with reality as the story onstage follows them offstage. Stage Kiss captures Sarah Ruhl’s singular voice. It is a charming tale about what happens when lovers share a stage kiss—or when actors share a real one."

Tickets are FREE, but you must make a reservation. Email boxoffice@profiletheatre.org or call 503.242.0080 to reserve your seats.

Interpreters: Kassie Hughes and Dana Walls

Monday, September 7, 2015

"Passion Play" interpreted 9/13 at 2p at Profile Theatre

Profile Theatre presents
an interpreted performance
of their Fall Festival production

by Sarah Ruhl
Two of the actors in rehearsal from Profile Theatre's production of Sarah Ruhl's "Passion Play"
Interpreted performance: Sunday, Sept. 13 at 2:00 pm**
Location: Profile Theatre on the Morrison Stage,
1515 SW Morrison, Portland, OR
Interpreters: Rich Hall and Dot Hearn
Tickets are available by calling 503.242.0080
Tickets are $5-32; see the website for more information.
**NOTE: Join us at 1:20 pm for a talk about religion and art, as a part of the In Dialogue series. This discussion will be interpreted. (More information after the description of the play).

What is Passion Play? Passion Play by Sarah Ruhl is a collection of three plays which can be performed separately or together. Play I and Play II will be performed at Profile Theatre September 9-13 and Play III will be performed at Shaking the Tree Theatre September 25-October 24.

What is it about?  Politics, love, humor and belief collide as small town communities prepare their annual production of “the greatest story ever told.”  This three-part story travels from medieval England to World War II Bavaria and then to contemporary South Dakota.  Ruhl’s writing exposes the transformative effect of creating theatrical events, while asking big questions about humanity, faith and doubt.  Passion Play is funny, imaginative and full of wonder.  It is, like all plays about plays, about the people creating the work, and the society that surrounds them. 

Who is involved?  Cast: Foss Curtis, Sam Dinkowitz, Shawna Holt, Mickey Jordan, Colin Kane, Matthew Kerrigan, Diane Kondrat*,  Garland Lyons, Alexandra Ramirez and Paul Susi.  Creative Team: Sara Ludeman, Natasha Stockem, Samantha van der Merwe, D Westerholm*, Annalise Albright Woods and Jeff Woods.

Tickets to Profile’s Fall Festival: "Passion Play" are available by calling 503.242.0080.

**More information about the IN DIALOGUE talk at 1:20 pm:
For Passion PlayProfile is thrilled to be partnering with local artists and with the Geezer Gallery in an exploration of the impact of religious art and iconography on visual artists.  Join us prior to each performance to hear from a different artist about their work and about how religion informs their process, be it to move them towards or away from an expression of faith.
On Sunday, September 13th, the presenter will be Mary Pacios (Printmaking)**

Below: A couple of the actors talk about the play and some of the various characters they play, including the Virgin Mary, The Queen, and Hitler.


Saturday, August 15, 2015

Bend: "Comedy of Errors" 8/22/15

Lay It Out Events presents
an interpreted performance of
Shakespeare in the Park
Comedy of Errors
by William Shakespeare

Saturday, August 22, 2015
Doors open at 6:00p; performance at 7:00p
Drake Park in Bend, Or

The Shakespeare in the Park series is one of the benchmark cultural events in Central Oregon. Lay It Out Events and Portland’s Northwest Classical Theatre Company are again bringing the Bard back to Bend and Sunriver for three brilliant performances of Shakespeare’s most farcical comedy: Comedy of Errors.

One of the Bard’s earliest plays, Comedy of Errors hinges on the ripe premise of identical twins separated at birth whose paths cross to knee-slapping effect. (Sound familiar? The 1988 film Big Business, starring Bette Midler and Lily Tomlin, is based on this story.) Puns, word play, and slap-stick humor come together to create one of the world’s most entertaining and wild stories of mistaken identity.

Tickets: Seats have been placed on hold for sightline to the interpreters and those who need accessible seating. Please contact Lay It Out Events at (541) 323-0964 or by email for access to those seats and more information.

Seat prices range from $22 – $75.

VIP ticket holders (only $75) will receive premium seating, 2 drink tickets and dinner.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

"The Lady Onstage" [free] interpreted performance 7/14/15

Profile Theatre presents
an interpreted performance of

The playwright, Erin Bregman, with Olga's costume.
The Lady Onstage 
by Erin Bregman

Interpreted on Tuesday, July 14th at 7:30 pm
Profile Theater on the Morrison Stage
1515 SW Morrison, Portland, OR

This staged reading is presented as part of Profile Theatre's In Dialogue series for the 2015 Sarah Ruhl season. The staged readings are free and open to the public, but seats must be reserved and you will pick up a ticket for your seat at the box office. Request seating in the interpreted section when you make your reserrvation via email or phone:
503.242.0080 / boxoffice@profiletheatre.org

"THE LADY ONSTAGE explores the life and work of Olga Knipper, a name unfamiliar to most, but perhaps best known as “Chekhov’s wife”. Olga was a key creative genius in the history of modern theatre; she was not only the originator of the leading female roles in Chekhov’s four major plays, but also became the de facto chief representative of the Moscow Art Theater when they toured the United States. THE LADY ONSTAGE takes us into the psyche of an actress at the moment when theater changed forever, giving us an inside perspective on the radical choices artists make in the name of Art and Love."


Wednesday, June 17, 2015

"In the Next Room or the vibrator play" interpreted Fri 6/19 at Profile Theatre

Profile Theatre presents
an interpreted performance of

By Sarah Ruhl
DATE: Fri 6/19/15 at 7:30 pm
LOCATION: 1515 SW Morrison St. Portland, OR 97205
TICKETS: Call or email the box office at 503.242.0080 / boxoffice@profiletheatre.org. Regular price tickets $32; click on "tickets" for more information about special programs (Oregon Trail Card holders; Chinook book; Teacher; and more)

Directed by Adriana Baer

Enter the home of Dr. Givings: husband, doctor, inventor and healer of feminine hysteria. As this man of science pioneers new therapies for women in the dawning age of electricity, his young wife Catherine begins to wonder what exactly is going on behind the closed door of his operating theatre. In the Next Room, or the vibrator play is a wickedly humorous tale of sex, intimacy and the discovery of pleasure.

In the Next Room or the vibrator play contains adult themes and nudity.

Performances run approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes with one intermission.
“But as Ruhl writes it, and Adriana Baer directs it for Profile, and her sparkling cast acts it, the joke’s a lead-in to some more probing explorations of gender, tenderness, emotional fulfillment, and the dawning of women’s rights…Profile’s In the Next Room is quite lovely to look at, with an ornate yet open set by Stephen Dobay and some ravishing period costumes by Sarah Gahagan.” – Bob Hicks, Oregon ArtsWatch

Monday, June 15, 2015

Artists Repertory Theatre: "The Liar" interpreted 6/20/15

Artists Repertory Theatre presents
an interpreted performance of

By David Ives
adapted from the comedy by Pierre Corneille
Directed By Dámaso Rodriguez

DATE & TIME: Saturday, June 20 at 2:00 pm
LOCATION:  1515 SW Morrison St., Portland. OR 97205, on the Alder Stage
TICKETS: *special price: ASL seating can be secured by emailing boxoffice@artistsrep.org or calling 503.241.1278. Mention the code ASLART and get 2 for 1 tickets!  

"From the brilliant, comedic mind of David Ives (All in the Timing, Venus in Fur) comes a hilarious “translaptation” of this 17th Century French romp, replete with wild misassumptions, mistaken identities and tangled truths. Played out in outrageously clever verse, expect lightning-fast pace, anachronistic twists and a hip cast, with plenty of nods to Corneille’s neo-classical original.

Sound Design by Resident Artist Rodolfo Ortega

NW Premiere

RUNNING TIME: Approximately 2 hours plus one intermission."

Sunday, May 31, 2015

"She is King" interpreted performance

Boom Arts presents
an interpreted performance of
the West Coast premiere of

She is King

Sunday, June 7 at 2:00 pm
at Coho Theatre
2257 NW Raleigh St., Portland OR
Purchase tickets online.

Oregonlive interviewed the playwright and performer, Laryssa Husiak, which you can read here: "BoomArts' 'She Is King' channels tennis legend Billie Jean King."

More about this production:
"Boom Arts presents the West Coast premiere of She is King, a hilarious, heartbreaking multimedia documentary theatre production about pioneering American woman athlete and tennis legend Billie Jean King. In She Is King, acclaimed Minneapolis-based creator/performer Laryssa Husiak and New York director Katherine Brook recreate a series of King's real television interviews from the 1970s--complete with period video technologies, fake potted plants, and hairdos true to their time. As the cameras roll, we witness King’s resilience and courage as she boldly breaks the glass ceiling for women in sports amid rampant gender bias. Don’t miss this unique occasion to celebrate this true American hero and pass on an important part of women’s and sports history to up-and-coming generations."