2018-19 Season List

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...

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 9/20/18)
[name links connect to event webpage]

___ 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    (mid Nov) A Midsummer Night's Dream

___BOOM 12/01    Longing Lasts Longer & The Girl Who Knew Too Much
___ PCS     12/06    A Christmas Memory & Winter Song  
___ 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


___ PCS    01/31    Sense & Sensibility

___ PPH     02/06    No Candy
___ PCS     02/07    Buyer & Cellar 
___PROF   02/15    Ping Chong & Company
___NWCT 12/22    The Starlings Present: Dinosaurs!
___CORR  02/22    Four Last Things

___ PCS     03/14    Tiny Beautiful Things 
___ PCC    (March)  to be announced
___ 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    (May)    to be announced
___ 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 

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

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

reminder: WE CAN LISTEN : I AM A SURVIVOR 6/12/18

      We Can Listen and Urban Haiku presents:

Empowering Survivors of Sexual Violence & their Allies

11th Ave, Portland, Oregon 97201
Tuesday, June 12th at 7:00 pm
FREE - ages 18+

The presentations and the panel will be ASL interpreted.
Performance interpreter: Dot Hearn
Panel discussion interpreters: Dot Hearn and Dana Walls

Screenings of socially conscious art, a talk by artist Anya Pearson, 
and a panel discussion, which ask the question: 
How do we heal from trauma?

Anya Pearson is an award-winning actress, playwright, poet, producer and activist living and working in Portland.

Anya is the author of the choreopoem, Made to Dance in Burning Buildings, which is a fusion of poetry, theatre, and violent and visceral contemporary dance which explores PTSD and trauma. The showcase production of Made to Dance in Burning Buildings recently played to a sold-out house at Joe's Pub at The Public Theater in New York City. NY Theatre Critic, Anthony J. Piccione, called it a "standout." The World Premiere of Made to Dance in Burning Buildings will take place at Shaking the Tree Theatre in Portland in February 2019. She is also producing a documentary, which follows the development of the play as well as her passionate quest to empower other survivors. The documentary will also feature the stories of other survivors.

Anya's latest piece, Above a Whisper, is a fusion of poetry, narrative, dance, visual art, and film about Sexual Harassment. An excerpt of this full-length piece debuted at Shaking the Tree's SALT in May 2018 in Portland, Oregon. 

Anya is the inaugural winner of the prestigious $10,000 Voice is a Muscle Grant from the Corporeal Voices Foundation ran by best-selling author Lidia Yuknavitch. Anya has recently received a $10,000 commission from Bag & Baggage Theatre in Hillsboro to adapt Measure for Measure with an African-American lens focused on the prison industrial complex. As an actress, she has appeared in numerous regional theater productions as well as independent films. She is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association. Her poems have been published in the literary journals Elohi Gadugi and M Review. Her poem, “The Accomplice” was also featured in the BaseRoots Theatre Company main stage show, My Soul Grown Deep, which she also co-produced. She is a graduate of the prestigious two-year program at the William Esper Studio in New York City where she studied acting with Terry Knickerbocker. She is also a graduate of the writing program at Marylhurst University. Her best production is truly her 5 ½ year old daughter, Aidan.

We Can Listen is funded in part by The Old Church Concert Hall and RACC and strives to build community, educate, and share the positive impact that truly listening to diverse voices can have on us all. Through a cultural intersection of storytelling, film, music, and personal expression we support individuals and grassroots organizations as they raise their voices on compelling social justice issues Portlanders have demonstrated are important to them. We hope these persona stories will reach audiences they haven’t reached before, and provide the opportunity, for all who hear them, to increase their understanding of issues that require action and awareness in our greater community.

Moderated by Grammy-nominated local recording artist and theatrical performer, Julianne R. Johnson, each We Can Listen event explores a topic of current, social, political, or environmental importance in an atmosphere of trust and respect for both speakers and audience alike.

Monday, May 14, 2018

reminder: 5/19 "Bus Stop" - interpreted performance

Portland Community College presents
an interpreted performance of

Bus Stop
by William Inge

DATE & TIME: Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 7:00 pm
LOCATION: Sylvania Campus, Performing Arts Center
                     12000 SW 49th Ave. Portland, OR 97219
TICKETS: $5 - $10 at the door (see details below)
INTERPRETERS: Marie Groshans & Dana Walls

"Bus Stop" is set in a diner about 25 miles west of Kansas City in early March 1955. A freak snowstorm has halted the progress of the bus, and the eight characters (five on the bus) have a weather-enforced layover in the diner from approximately 1 to 5 a.m. The characters pass the time exploring their unique lives, loves and challenges to great humor, drama and intrigue.

The production is appropriate for ages 10 and older, and contains light violence and some verbal sexual references.

Running time is 90 minutes, with no intermission.

Tickets on sale at the door - cash or check only.
Students, seniors, veterans, PCC alumnae and staff: $5
PCC retired staff: Free with ID
All others: $10 (except where noted on special event performances)

With our 400 seat theatre there are always tickets available at the walk-up box office in the PAC lobby one hour before the performance is scheduled to begin. Please use cash or check only.

There is no assigned seating and plenty of room for groups to sit together, as well as family and friends to accompany wheelchair seating. Our back rows are reserved for wheelchair, limited mobility patrons and late seating.

Monday, May 7, 2018

5/8/18: Laughter, Access, Diversity, & Inclusion: Jess Thom, Changing the World One Tic at a Time

Boom Arts and Disability Art & Culture Project present,
as part of the Dis/Representation: Evolving Disability Conversations series:

Date & Time: Tue, May 08, 2018,  6:00 to 7:30pm
Cost: *free*
** First come, first served.**

Internationally acclaimed UK writer, artist and part-time superhero Jess Thom (Touretteshero) is committed to increasing opportunities for those living with Tourette’s Syndrome. She characterizes herself as a ‘superhero’ not a ‘sufferer’ of the condition she has experienced since she was a child. In her thoughtful, funny, and groundbreaking presentation, Ms. Thom will speak about making visible the hidden barriers that exclude people with disabilities, and others, from public spaces. Whose responsibility it is to adapt to our culture? What are our preconceptions about disability? How can disability be reconceptualized as a springboard for creativity and spontaneity? How does diversity and inclusive thinking benefit all of us? Together, Ms. Thom argues, we can ‘change the world one tic at a time.’

Presented in collaboration with Boom Arts and Disability Art & Culture Project as part of the Dis/Representation: Evolving Disability Conversations series.



*it will be ASL interpreted *

Date & Time: Tuesday, May, 2018 at 7:00 pm; doors open at 6:30pm

Location: The Old Church1422 SW 11th Ave., Portland, OR 97201

Programmed by the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation and We Can Listen, seven Native American artists share their perspectives through their art.  The first half of the program will focus on each artist’s story through their work.

In the second half of the program, the discussion will focus on how the artists’ work addresses justice issues that affect Native communities locally and globally. The conversation will also include an exploration on how the artists’ work address issues around visibility, identity, essentialism and stereotype.

In conjunction with a city-wide movement to raise awareness of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women – click here for information about another wonderful FREE event we are hosting May 2nd -we will be screening the award winning short film “Missing Indigenous.” Members of the film crew are featured guests in our panel.

reminder: "Fences" interpreted 5/9/18

Portland Playhouse presents
an interpreted performance of

by August Wilson
Directed by Lou Bellamy

DATE & TIME: Wed May 9th at 7:30 pm
LOCATION:  602 NE Prescott St, 
                     Portland, Oregon 97211
TICKETS:  Select "ASL tickets" when making  your purchase for the community discount
INTERPRETERS: Pam and Edwin Cancel

Husband, father, former athlete, garbage collector – 53-year old Troy struggles to define himself both inside and out of his 1950s PittsburgH home. Winner of the Tony Award for Best Play, the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play, Fences asks “What makes us choose the things we keep at a distance and what we decide to let in?”

This will be the seventh of Wilson’s 10-play “American Century Cycle” that the Playhouse has staged.

Director Lou Bellamy (Obie award for Two Trains Running) is the founding Artistic Director of Penumbra Theatre Company, which has produced more August Wilson productions than any company in the world, including the premiere of Jitney!

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Bend Summer Theater changes (interpreting must be requested; new name)

*new* This summer (2018), if you use ASL and want to attend the summer play at Drake Park in Bend, you must request interpreters. There is no scheduled interpreted performance unless there is a request. The play this year will be "Jesus Christ Superstar."

The second change to Lay It Out Events' program, is that it is now called "Theater in the Park" and not "Shakespeare in the Park." They are not limiting the plays to Shakepeare. This year's play, "Jesus Christ Superstar," is a big musical about the last week of Jesus' life. The play has two performances on August 24 & 25.
If you want to see this play and need sign access, contact the sponsor, Lay It Out Events (see below). They are happy to provide interpreters, but only if there is a request. They have been great about providing signing access for many years and will secure interpreters IF there is interest.
I have been involved with coordinating the interpreters and have been one of the interpreters several times. My reason for sharing this information is that I don't want anyone to assume there will be an interpreted performance as there has been in the past. A request needs to be made, and far enough in advance to reserve the interpreters with enough time to prepare and Lay It Out Events will be happy to provide interpreters if you let them know.
contact: Lay It Out Events (541) 323-0964 or info@layitoutevents.com
more information: (Facebook event)  "Jesus Christ Superstar" at Theater in the Park, Bend OR
                             or on the Theater in the Park website 

Monday, April 30, 2018

comedy: "Major Barbara" interpreted at PCS 5/3

Portland Center Stage at The Armory presents
an interpreted performance of

written by George Bernard Shaw

MAJOR BARBARA teaser from Portland Center Stage on Vimeo.

DATE & TIME: Thur 5/3/18 at 7:30 pm
LOCATION: The Armory, 128 NW Eleventh, Portland OR 97205
TICKETS: use promo code SIGN online for community discount 
or call 503-445-3700
INTERPRETER: KT Corlett and Dot Hearn
SIGN COACH:  Jayodin Mosher

"How do you lift up a society? Shaw’s deliciously witty and timely classic tackles this question with unexpected results. Barbara has dedicated her life to serving the poor and clashes with her father who amassed his fortune selling weapons for war. As Shaw explores notions of right versus wrong, left versus right, and everything in between, you’ll find yourself laughing while questioning your own beliefs. "
One of Shaw's brightest, slyest, most provocatively outrageous and most timeless comedies." –New York Post  
"A comedy of explosive ideas." PDXMonthly
Run Time: Approximately 2 hours and 40 minutes, including one intermission.

Note: Recommended for ages 12 and up. Children under 6 are not permitted at any production at The Armory.