Featured Post

Interpreted Shows January-June 2017

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

Sunday, March 26, 2017

ART "Feathers and Teeth" interpreted 4/1 at 2:00

Artists Repertory Theatre presents
an interpreted performance of

By Charise Castro Smith
Directed by Dámaso Rodríguez

DATE: Saturday April 1st at 2:00 pm
WHERE: 1515 SW Morrison St, Portland
on the Morrison (upper) stage
TICKETS: use code ASL for discount community price & right seats,
or call box office 503.241.1278 and
request interpreted section seating
INTERPRETERS: KT Corlett and Dot Hearn

This fairytale concoction of teen angst and devastating loss make for a grisly good time in this crackling new “thrilledy” — a stew of dark comedy, family drama and fantastical carnage. It’s 1978 and 13-year-old Chris is reeling from her mom’s illness and recent death. Throw in dad’s new girlfriend (mom’s ex-nurse!), a few freaky little creatures and the boy next door, and things really get out of hand. Part monster tale and part revenge tragedy, the highly theatrical FEATHERS AND TEETH delivers a meaty exploration of grief and obsession.

•Dark Comedy
•2015 Kilroy List
•NW Premiere

RUN TIME: 90 minutes with no intermission

Short trailer:  [transcript: 70's rock music in the background and splashing sounds; along with creature noises when the pot appears]

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

"In The Heights" interpreted performance

Portland Community College Theatre Arts presents
an interpreted performance of

In the Heights
A Tony, Grammy and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical
music by Lin-Miguel Miranda
book by Quiara Alegria Hudes

DATE: Saturday, March 18th
TIME: 7:00 pm
LOCATION: PCC Sylvania, Performing Arts Center Theater (PAC)
12000 SW 49th Ave., Portland, OR 97219
TICKETS: General admission $15; students $10.
Due to popularity, recommend purchasing tickets in advance online.
INTERPRETERS: Marie Groshans, Kassie Hughes

“Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda wrote the music and lyrics based on the book by Quiara Alegría Hudes.

In the Heights centers on a variety of characters living in the neighborhood of Washington Heights, on the northern tip of Manhattan. At the center of the show is Usnavi, a bodega owner who looks after the aging Cuban lady next door, pines for the gorgeous girl working in the neighboring beauty salon and dreams of winning the lottery and escaping to the shores of his native Dominican Republic. Meanwhile, Nina, a childhood friend of Usnavi’s, has returned to the neighborhood from her first year at college with surprising news for her parents, who have spent their life savings on building a better life for their daughter. Ultimately, Usnavi and the residents of the close-knit neighborhood get a dose of what it means to be home.

In foreground, actor Mason Congeyer as Benny surrounded by Lauren Hernandez-Lamont (upper left) as Carla, Brice Schmietenknop (lower left) as Vanessa, Hannah Thorton (middle right) as Daniela and Jade Tate as Nina Rosario.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

"Marjorie Prime" interpreted performance 3/4/17

Artists Repertory Theatre presents
an interpreted performance of

By Jordan Harrison
Directed by Adriana Baer

DATE & TIME: Sat. 3/4/17 at 2:00 pm
LOCATION: 1515 NW Morrison, Portland 97205
On the Alder (lower) Stage
TICKETS: online with code ASL or call 503.241.1278
Interpreters: Rich Hall and Carolyn Brockway

"In this inquisitive new drama, a family grapples with the difference between a life lived and a life remembered as 85-year-old Marjorie struggles to keep hold of her memories and identity, gently assisted by an artificial version of her late husband, Walter. An exploration of aging, memory and technology, MARJORIE PRIME peers into what lies ahead and how our past is rewritten to face today."

- 2015 Pulitzer Prize finalist for Drama
- Season 4 writer/producer on Orange Is the New Black
- NW Premiere

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


. 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."