2018-19 Season List

Interpreted Performances Jan-Jun 2019 Quick List

A quick list of some interpreted performances and cultural events for January to July 2019. You can also check for updates and more infor...

Sunday, January 13, 2019

*free tickets to "Sense & Sensibility" *

We have 4 free tickets to give away to the interpreted performance of "Sense & Sensibility" on Thu 1/31 at 7:30 pm, thanks to a grant from RACC (Regional Arts and Culture Council). This grant is to provide training for Interpreters of Color in performance interpreting. Two of the participants will be joining the team for this show - meaning there will be a team of four interpreters!
Send an email by January 21st with "S&S tix" in the subject to Deaf.tix.raffle AT gmail - and include your name in the body of the email to enter. Winners will be drawn at random; email addresses will only be used for the drawing and to notify winners.

Friday, January 4, 2019

Interpreted Performances Jan-Jun 2019 Quick List

A quick list of some interpreted performances and cultural events for January to July 2019. You can also check for updates and more information at PAIA on Facebook. This list will be updated as interpreted performances and events are added. (updated 1/04/19)

[Title links connect to event webpage.]

___ PCS    01/31    Sense & Sensibility 

___ PPH     02/06    No Candy
___ PCS     02/07    Buyer & Cellar 
___PROF   02/15    Ping Chong & Company
___NWCT 02/16    The Starlings Present: Dinosaurs!
___CORR  02/22    Four Last Things

___ PCS     03/14    Tiny Beautiful Things 
___ PCC    03/14     Cyclops (matinee at 11 AM)
___ PPH     03/20    Crowns   

___ PCS     04/04    Until the Flood 
___CORR  04/27     How to Keep an Alien

___ PCS     05/02    Crossing Mnisose
___NWCT 05/04    Tenali: The Royal Trickster
___ PCC    05/18     Jesus Christ Superstar
___ PCS     05/23    The Breath of Life
___ PROF  05/24    Let Me Down Easy   *performed at Portland Playhouse*  
___ PROF  05/31    Well    *performed at Portland Playhouse*      

___ PCS    06/13    Native Gardens

Key to Theatre Company Abbreviations
PCS : Portland Center Stage at The Armory
PPH : Portland Playhouse
PROF : Profile Theatre
BOOM : Boom Arts
CORR : Corrib Theatre
NWCT: Northwest Children's Theater and School
PCC    : Portland Community College, Sylvania

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

reminder: "Mary Poppins" interpreted Sat 12/22 at noon

Northwest Childrens' Theater and School presents
an interpreted performance of

Music and Lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman, 
Script by Julian Fellowes
DATE & TIME: Sat. Dec 22nd, 2018 at noon
LOCATION: NWCTS 1819 NW Everett St, Portland 
TICKETS: $20 (select the pink seats if ordering online)
or Box Office 503-222-2190 *the show is almost sold out*
INTERPRETERS: Dot Hearn, Kassie Hughes, Steph Bessinger

“Winds in the east, mist coming in, like somethin’ brewin’ and bout to begin…” The beloved flying nanny returns to the NWCT stage in this magical adaptation of the classic film turned Broadway musical hit. Filled with memorable songs, soaring dance numbers, and spoonfuls of imagination Mary Poppins is the perfect way to spend “a jolly holiday!”

Most enjoyed by ages 5 and up.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

"Longing Lasts Longer" & "The Girl Who Knew Too Much" interpreted 12/1

BoomArts presents
an interpreted performance of

Penny Arcade

DATE & TIMES: Saturday, December 1st
Longing Lasts Longer at 7 pm 
The Girl Who Knew Too Much at 9 pm
*see both shows and get a discount!*
TICKETS:  available online, select "double bill" for both shows
LOCATION: Imago Theatre, 17 SE 8th Ave, Portland
INTERPRETERS: Dot Hearn (Longing) & Kassie Hughes (Girl)

"I laughed, I cried, I remembered, I dreamed, I longed, I saw the light... There shouldn’t be an empty seat in the house!" – Portland City Commissioner Chloe Eudaly, February 2018

After a sensational Portland d├ębut in February 2018, New York’s undisputed queen of the underground is BACK! Boom Arts presents a one-weekend-only return engagement by electric performance art icon Penny Arcade at Imago Theatre, featuring two encore performances of the show you loved last season, Longing Lasts Longer, plus two new works-in-progress. 

Portlanders called "Longing Lasts Longer," Penny's internationally acclaimed critique of the post-gentrification landscape, “Fun… Thoughtful… Irreverent.” Come find out what the fuss was about—and bring your friends! Ready for more? Penny Arcade famously crafts her new work in front of an audience, so you can be part of this exciting process. In "The Girl Who Knew Too Much," Penny brings her own history to bear on the #metoo movement, rape culture, and the normalization of self-censorship. Come try one, two, or three—you won't be disappointed.

Age recommendation: 16+

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

PCC: A Midsummer Night's Dream - interpreted Nov 17th

Portland Community College presents
an interpreted performance of

William Shakespeare's

DATE & TIME: Saturday, November 17th at 7:00 pm
LOCATION: PCC Sylvania PAC 12000 SW 49th, Portland OR
INTERPRETERS: Rich Hall, Kassie Hughes, Jessy Davis, Carli Jones
(See information below about tickets.)

The award winning PCC Theatre Arts program presents A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the timeless romantic comedy by William Shakespeare. Set in a magical forest near ancient Athens, this play follows blissfully confused lovers, blundering actors, and mischief making magical creatures as they dive into Shakespeare’s unforgettable vision of ludicrous longing, lush language and lasting love. It is filled with Shakespeare’s most memorable quotes, including:
“Though she be but little, she is fierce”
“Lord, what fools these mortals be”
“The course of true love never did run smooth”

This visually stunning romantic comedy is brought to you by the talents of PCC Theatre Arts and Dance Program staff and students.

Tickets : cash or check only
Students, seniors, veterans, PCC alumnae and staff: $5
PCC retired staff: Free with ID
All others: $10 
There is no assigned seating. There are always tickets available at the walk-up box office in the PAC lobby one hour before the performance is scheduled to begin. 

Advance tickets are available in the PCC Sylvania Bookstore – please use cash or check only. We do not have online tickets currently available.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Three Amazing Interpreted Shows This Week

Sometimes we have to make choices and sometimes we spend three days in a row at the theater! Make this a 'three interpreted shows in three days' week if you can.  All three shows have a run time of around 90 minutes.

These three plays explore:
- Portland Playhouse's "Wakey, Wakey" - What are we here for?  You just might be surprised!
- Portland Center Stage's "A Life" - What is the meaning of life? It's not as serious as it seems.
- Profile Theatre's "Fires in the Mirror" -  Death, retaliation and contemporary ethnic turmoil.

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Portland Playhouse presents an interpreted performance of

Written by Will Eno

LOCATION: 602 NE Prescott St, Portland, Oregon 97211

DATE & TIME: Wednesday, October 17th at 7:30 pm
INTERPRETERS: Dot Hearn and Carli Jones
ASL tickets are $25 (choose the ASL option when ordering online)

What are we here for? Is time a friend or an enemy? Do we all eventually end up in the same place, but take different routes to get there? This funny, moving, and thought-provoking new play challenges the notion of what really matters and recognizes the importance of life’s simple pleasures. (All of which might sound dreary, but there’s a chance this will be a really good experience.)
Critics' Pick! "Profoundly moving!"
- Ben Brantley, The New York Times

"A work of humor, humanity and grace."
- Frank Rizzo, Variety

"Alive with rippling depths of sorrow and warming currents of bliss."
- David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter

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Portland Center Stage at The Armory presents
an interpreted performance of

Written by Adam Bock

LOCATION: 128 NW 11th  Portland OR 97209
[in the Ellen Bye Studio, lower level]
DATE & TIME: Thursday, October 18th at 7:30 pm
INTERPRETERS: Kassie Hughes and Andrew Weaver
TICKETS: Use promo code SIGN to get right seats, right price  (28.50)
A wickedly funny play about the meaning of life. Nate Martin is hopelessly single. When his most recent breakup casts him into a funk, he turns to the only source of wisdom he trusts: the stars. Poring over astrological charts, he obsessively questions his past and his place in the cosmos. The answer he gets is shockingly obvious — and totally unpredictable.

" Exquisite in detail and throws a jaw-dropping curveball.” —Time Out New York

Commissioned by Portland Center Stage at The Armory | West Coast Premiere!

Run Time: Approximately one hour and 25 minutes, no intermission. 

Note: Recommended for ages 13 and up. Contains adult situations and language. Children under 6 are not permitted at any production at The Armory.

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Profile Theatre presents an interpreted performance of
the Pulitzer Prize finalist

Written by Anna Deavere Smith
LOCATION: 1515 SW Morrison, Portland OR 97205
[on the Morrison Stage, upper level, in the ART Hub]
DATE & TIME: Friday, October 19th at 7:30 pm
TICKETS: Call the Box Office to get ASL seating ($20)
In August 1991 simmering tensions in the racially polarized Brooklyn, New York neighborhood of Crown Heights exploded into riots after an African-American boy was killed by a car in a rabbi’s motorcade and a Jewish student was slain in retaliation. Pulitzer Prize-finalist Fires in the Mirror is dramatist Anna Deavere Smith’s stunning exploration of the events and emotions leading up to and following the Crown Heights conflict. Through her portrayals of more than two dozen adversaries, victims, and eyewitnesses, using verbatim excerpts from their observations derived from interviews she conducted, Smith provides a brilliant, Rashoman-like documentary portrait of contemporary ethnic turmoil.
“Quite simply the most compelling and sophisticated view of urban racial and class conflict that one could hope to encounter.” –New York Times
Run Time: approximately 105 minutes, no intermission

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

"As on the Stage: Increasing the Diversity of Performance ASL Interpreters"

Training Opportunity for Interpreters of Color

Do you have an interest, or potential interest, in performance interpreting? Would you like to explore what is involved and earn some CEUs?

I am offering a performance interpreting training for interpreters of color which officially starts next week (the week of October 1, 2018) - with watching the interpreted performance of The Color Purple* (*no cost to workshop participants, see details and an overview below).

My RACC grant application for "As on the Stage: Increasing the Diversity of Performance ASL Interpreters" - a training for POC interpreters, was approved - which means that the cost of this workshop/training is free for Interpreters of Color. The training includes discussion and instruction, as well as hands-on experience and watching other performance interpreters do the work. The interpreters involved in the the hands-on "internship" shows will be paid, thanks to the grant. The grant will also cover the cost of tickets to see the interpreted shows, so there will be no out of pocket expense to you.

The culmination of the training is preparing to interpret and interpreting "Crowns" at Portland Playhouse in March. For this, Pam Cancel will be coming up to Portland to be the primary mentor in that show preparation; and the 4-5 of the participants who interpret that show will all be paid performance interpreter rates. Pam will be involved at other times, as well; the how and when are being worked out.

There is no obligation in terms of future performance interpreting work. We need POC interpreters in the theater and I hope that you will find it fun and want to join us! If you want to check it out, give it a try, email me with any questions or to sign up **with IOC training in the subject line.

The basics:
- there will be a total of 15 hours of in-person workshop spread out, starting in October and going into March (process of preparation, resources, tips and tools, practice with source material, and so on). Participation in this training is free for POC Interpreters. 

attend the interpreted performance of "The Color Purple" at Portland Center Stage on Thu 10/4 at 7:30 pm. The cost of tickets for participants is covered by the grant. The reason I hope everyone can make this show is because the story was written by a POC playwright about POC experience, with POC actors and POC interpreters (Pam and Edwin Cancel are coming up from Ashland). If a participant cannot attend this performance, another one will be substituted.

- Participants will observe two interpreted performances, hopefully The Color Purple will be one, plus one more, between Oct-Mar (there are more than 15 to choose from in that time frame).

- participants will do a hands-up internship on one interpreted performance prior to "Crowns" : the two selected shows are "Twist Your Dickens" on 12/13/18 @7:30pm and "Sense & Sensibility" on 1/31/19 @7:30pm. These internships are paid, thanks to the grant. (If neither of those work, we will negotiate a different play.)  Preference for these hands-on internship positions will be given to interpreters with more than two years of interpreting experience. Newer POC interpreters are absolutely welcome at the training; and there will be additional internship opportunities if needed so that everyone has the hands-on experience.

several participants (probably 4) will interpret "Crowns" on March 20th @7:30pm. We'll be adding Pam Cancel as mentor and she will be in town for a week to work with those interpreters. All interpreters will be paid regular performance interpreting rate, thanks to the grant.

- CEU approval is pending. This is most likely going to be done as PINRA due to an emergency with the original sponsor. As of now, the estimated CEU total is 3 (not interpreting Crowns) to 4 (interpreting Crowns). The grant covers all costs associated with CEU processing. 

stickers available at   on Etsy

Monday, September 3, 2018

PICA's TBA: 3 interpreted shows

As a part of their annual TBA* Festival , PICA** presents three interpreted performances
*Time-Based Art
**Portland Institute for Creative Art

Sat 9/8 "Jack &"
Wed 9/12 "Unexploded Ordnances (UXO)"
Fri 9/14 "Album"

Sat 9/8 "Jack &"

at PORTLAND’5: WINNINGSTAD THEATRE  1111 SW Broadway, Portland OR
6:30 pm
tickets $20-25

JACK & is a stand-up routine turned sitcom baking fiasco that mingles cakes and kitchen disasters, recipes and remedies, jokes, and goldfish to paint the portrait of a dream interrupted and resumed. The comedy of errors is structured on social codes and training from prison reentry programs to debutante balls. The performance considers re-entry to society after prison, focusing not the time one has served but the measure of one’s dreaming that is given to the state.

“Jack” works the night shift at an industrial bakery. He returns home to bake a cake for his wife “Jill”; “Jack” ends up whirling through a dance—part dream, part ritual—re-entering his own internal life. The performance draws on aspirational class stories like those in The Honeymooners and Amos & Andy; the paintings of Agnes Martin, Ellen Gallagher and Ruth Azawa; tigers in Harlem; real and imagined entering society ceremonies like Cotillion balls; and markers of transition from John Canoe traditions, to the mirroring and mimicry found in African American dance pageantry of the late nineteenth Century.

at ARTISTS REPERTORY THEATRE  1515 SW Morrison St, Portland OR
7:30 pm
tickets $25-35

Combining a Dr. Strangelove-inspired performance with a daring forum for public conversation, Unexploded Ordnances (UXO) explores aging, anxiety, hidden desires, and how to look forward when the future is uncertain. Adopting the characters of a bombastic general and an ineffectual president, Peggy Shaw and Lois Weaver of the performance troupe Split Britches lace this interactive piece with playful urgency and lethargy, to encourage discussion about the political landscape. In the “Situation Room,” twelve audience members are invited to become a Council of Elders to discuss the global issues of the day, as the company weaves in satirical insights and humour. The two pioneering theatre-makers see undisturbed ordnances as a metaphor for the disregarded potential in elders, and hope to uncover buried resources in us all.

Founded in New York in 1980 with Deb Margolin, Split Britches continues with the duo and solo work of Lois Weaver and Peggy Shaw which spans satirical, gender-bending performance, methods for public engagement, videography, digital and print media, explorations of aging and well-being, and iconic lesbian-feminist theatre.

Fri 9/14 "Album"

at PICA  15 NE Hancock St., Portland OR
8:30 pm
tickets $16-20

US WEST COAST PREMIERE ALBUM is a solo performance that unites text, song, and dance inside of the content of an album—a picture album, a song album, an autobiographical album, a herstorical album—and the work finds ways to be an archive, or altar, for Valencia’s body. Through factual, humorous, and grave observations, a frame of self-identification is established and charged with the task to preserve and perform a self herstory as an album in image and song. Valencia’s relationship to urbanity, vampires, love, and marginality arise with equal importance as she orbits the primary curiosity: Who will write herstory? ALBUM starts this process—so the author of Valencia’s herstory can have good notes.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

2018-19 Short List of Interpreted Dates

A quick list of interpreted performances and cultural events for the 2018-19 season. Also check for updates and more information at PAIA on Facebook, as well as Dot Hearn's events for future shows. This list will be updated as interpreted performances are added during the season. (updated 12/23/18)
[name links connect to event webpage]

___ PCS    01/31    Sense & Sensibility 

___ PPH     02/06    No Candy
___ PCS     02/07    Buyer & Cellar 
___PROF   02/15    Ping Chong & Company
___NWCT 02/16    The Starlings Present: Dinosaurs!
___CORR  02/22    Four Last Things

___ PCS     03/14    Tiny Beautiful Things 
___ PCC    03/14     Cyclops (matinee at 11 AM)
___ PPH     03/20    Crowns   

___ PCS     04/04    Until the Flood 
___CORR  04/27     How to Keep an Alien

___ PCS     05/02    Crossing Mnisose 
___NWCT 05/04    Tenali: The Royal Trickster
___ PCC    05/18     Jesus Christ Superstar
___ PCS     05/23    The Breath of Life
___ PROF  05/24    Let Me Down Easy   *performed at Portland Playhouse*  
___ PROF  05/31    Well    *performed at Portland Playhouse*      

___ PCS    06/13    Native Gardens

Key to Theatre Company Abbreviations
PCS : Portland Center Stage at The Armory
PPH : Portland Playhouse
PROF : Profile Theatre
BOOM : Boom Arts
CORR : Corrib Theatre
NWCT: Northwest Children's Theater and School
PCC    : Portland Community College, Sylvania
TBA    : PICA's T:BA:18 Festival

Previous interpreted performances for current season

___ TBA    09/08   Jack &
___ TBA    09/12   Unexploded Ordnances (UXO)
___ TBA    09/14   Album 

___ PCS     10/04    The Color Purple  
___ NWCT 10/06    Elephant & Piggie's We Are In A Play
___ PPH     10/17    Wakey, Wakey 
___ PCS     10/18    A Life 

___ PROF  10/19    Fires in the Mirror 

___ PCC     11/17   A Midsummer Night's Dream *at 7:00 pm*


___ PROF  12/07    In The Wake   
___ PPH     12/08    A Christmas Carol  *matinee*  
___ PPH     12/12    A Christmas Carol  *evening*  
___ PCS     12/13    Twist Your Dickens 
___NWCT  12/22     Mary Poppins

Monday, July 16, 2018

JAW: The Fun Begins!

Portland Center Stage at The Armory
128 NW Eleventh NW Ave
Portland OR

Heads up! 
The playwrights are in town; rehearsals and revision begin on Monday, July 16th.
All staged readings on the Big Weekend will be interpreted.

A Playwright Festival

FREE and open to the public. No reservations needed!

The Big Weekend

The JAW Big Weekend features public readings of the four new works selected by the JAW reading committee, presented at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, July 28 and 29. Kicking off the festivities,  Friday, July 27 at 8 p.m., is the work of this year’s Promising Playwrights.
All of the staged readings will be interpreted

Friday, July 27
  • Promising Playwrights Kickoff Event 8 p.m. | Ellyn Bye Studio 
Saturday July 28
  • three girls never learnt the way home by Matthew Paul Olmos 4 p.m. 
  • The Tasters by Meghan Brown 8 p.m.  
Sunday, July 29
  • Pick a Color by Emily Feldman 4 p.m.  
  • The Birds of Empathy by Clarence Coo 8 p.m.  
More information is available about these plays at
Performing Arts Interpreting Alliance's page in Facebook (paiaPDX)
 Portland Center Stage's JAW webpage