Saturday, September 20, 2014

Northwest Children's Theater and School Interpreted Performances

Katie Ortolano has been a longtime advocate for making theater accessible to the Deaf Community. She has done it again in her position at Northwest Children's Theater and School. Thanks to Katie's persistence and advocacy, Northwest Children's Theater and School will have one interpreted performance for each of their four productions this 2014-15 season.

The interpreted performance dates and times are:


 Sherlock Holmes 
 10/18/14 at 11am

Mary Poppins 
12/17/14 at noon

The Jungle Book
2/21/25 at noon

 The Little Mermaid
  5/16/15 at noon


Tickets are available now. There are also season subscription packages available.


Saturday, September 13, 2014

Actor needed for 'Chris' in "Static": Portland OR

Third Rail Repertory Theatre is putting on "Static" by Dan Rebellato as part of their 2014-15 season. 

They are still looking for an actor to play Chris, a late deafened male who eventually learns sign language. The character is late 30s to early 40s. The actor needs to speak and sign.

From the playwright:
A young woman's life is thrown into disorder when her husband dies suddenly of a brain haemorrhage. Her ability to cope with her  loss is confused when she discovers a compilation tape, apparently made for her, even though her husband was, by the time he died, profoundly deaf. She begins to believe that he has sent her a message and that even now he is talking to her from beyond death. With the help of her friend, she unravels the secret of the tape. 
Static is written to be performed bilingually, in English and Sign Language. These are two slightly different plays overlaid on each other. Both audiences should be able to enjoy their play but be aware that there is another different play unfolding at the same time. 

The play will run at Third Rail Repertory Theatre from April 24 - May 17, 2015.

Contact the "Static" director, Scott Yarbrough, if you meet the criteria and are interested in learning more.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

October Overview

We will post more details soon - but want to give you a taste of what is coming your way in October at Portland Center Stage (PCS), so that you can look ahead on your calendar.

There are two interpreted performances next month. Check back in a couple of weeks for more information.

The first will be Dreamgirls on Thursday, October 9th at 7:30 pm on the Main Stage.

This is a musical and will be interpreted by Pamela and Edwin Cancel; the sign coach is Irene Jazowick.

The second interpreted play in October will be The Typographer's Dream on Thursday, October 23rd at 7:30 pm in the Ellen Bye Studio.

“Funny, provocative, psychologically revealing, intellectually stimulating...” Interpreted by Dot Hearn, Dana Walls, and Kassie Hughes; the sign coach is Irene Jazowick.


Friday, September 5, 2014

Update on Tickets for Sunday 9/7 at Profile Theatre

The interpreted performance of  Profile Theatre's Festival of One Acts is on Sun. 9/7 at 1:00 pm .

Make sure your seats in the interpreted section. ** You can still order your tickets by emailing the Box Office at . ** If you have already purchased your tickets, you can email the Box Office to make sure you are in the correct seats!

Six directors tackle nine of Shepard’s vast and varied short plays and memoirs. With live music by a different band each night, this festival is a celebration not to be missed.

The interpreted performance is SERIES A:  Rhythm, The War in Heaven, The Curse of the Raven’s Black Feather, Hail from Nowhere, Just Space, and Evanescence or Shakespeare in the Alley

The performance lasts approximately 80 minutes with no intermission.

Artistic Director, Adriana Baer, talks about the Festival.(The video does have CC.)


Sunday, August 17, 2014

Profile Theatre's Festival of One Acts interpreted Sunday 9/7

What: Festival of One Acts by Sam Shepard (Series A)
Where: Profile Theatre, Morrison Stage, 1515 SW Morrison, Portland, OR
Date & Time: Sunday, September 7th at 1:00 pm
Interpreters: There will be five interpreters for these six one act plays: Dot Hearn, Carolyn Brockway, Dana Walls, Kassie Hughes, Cheryl Witters.

Tickets: prices range from $5 (Arts for All program) to $30. Click on this ticket link for more information, pricing, and discount options. Box office 503-242-0080.

Run time: 80 minutes

We will be interpreting...


Directed by Pat Patton

The War in Heaven
Directed by Olga Sanchez

The Curse of the Raven’s Black Feather
Directed by Pat Patton

Hail from Nowhere
Directed by Matthew B. Zrebski

Just Space
Directed by Matthew B. Zrebski

Evanescence, or Shakespeare in the Alley
Directed by Jess Smith

"Twelfth Night" interpreted performance in Bend 8/23

Lay It Out Events and Northwest Classical Theatre Company
present an interpreted performance for
Shakespeare in the Park, Bend OR 

  by William Shakespeare

Sat. 8/23/14 at 7:00 pm; gates open at 5:00
Drake Park in Bend, OR (click link for directions)
Interpreted by Dot Hearn and Kassie Hughes.

For tickets  in the interpreted section, contact 
 Lay It Out Events at (541) 323-0964 or by email.

Hope to see you in one of these seats next Saturday!

We have been following Northwest Classical Theatre Company on their Willamette Shakespeare wine tour as we prepare to interpret "Twelfth Night" in Bend. We have been to six performances at three wineries in the Willamette Valley over the last three weeks and we are ready to take our hands East next week for the Lay It Out Events production. 

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Actors Theatre of Louisville seeking Deaf actor for "Tribes"

Goodman Theatre Casting (Chicago, IL) is working with the Actors Theatre of Louisville to cast TRIBES, a play written by Nina Raine, as part of ATL’s 14-15 season.

We are currently casting the role of BILLY, a man in his early/mid-twenties. Billy is the lone deaf member of a hearing family, was taught to lip read by his mother at a very young age, and is only now learning sign. We are searching for a deaf or hard of hearing actor who is ASL fluent and voices to play this role.

Production Information:
Written by Nina Raine
Directed by Evan Cabnet
Actors Theatre of Louisville, Artistic Director: Les Waters
Actors Theatre of Louisville, Associate Director: Zan Sawyer-Dailey

Casting Director:  Adam Belcuore, Goodman Theatre Casting

Production description:
Billy is the youngest of three adult siblings in a boisterous family. He was born deaf to a hearing family and was raised to lip read, but has never really been heard. When he meets Sylvia, who is losing her hearing and grew up using sign language, he is introduced to new perspectives that tug at the bonds that have defined his life until now. Tribes is an emotionally charged drama about the struggle to find a voice when no one’s truly listening, and the power of language to lock us out—or let us in.

Searching for:
BILLY: Open ethnicity, mid-late 20s.  Billy, deaf from birth, has been raised in a hearing family who did not want him to learn to sign, nor participate in the Deaf community and culture. Billy meets a young hearing woman who is now losing her hearing. She is fluent in ASL, having been raised by deaf parents and within the Deaf community. When their lives intersect, Billy discovers his own ability to communicate and desire to learn ASL.  He's charming and quick witted; his family sees him as reserved and a little shy, but only because they aren't paying enough to attention to recognize the funny, outspoken, and complicated young man underneath.  Seeking a deaf or hard of hearing actor who is ASL fluent and voices. 

LORT D ($650/week is top for this venue), presented at Bingham Theatre, 315 seat arena stage

Actors Theatre of Louisville Commitment Dates:
First Rehearsal           Oct. 15, 2014
First Tech                    Nov. 7-13, 2014
First Preview               Nov. 11, 12, 2014
Open                            Nov. 13, 2014
Close                           Dec. 7, 2014 (No possible extension)

Interested in submitting for the project? Submit to Goodman Theatre Casting:

Please email with a picture (headshot and resume preferred, if available) and a short note of why you are interested in auditioning.
·         Please list “TRIBES SUBMISSION” in the subject line.
·         Please note, submitting does not guarantee an audition

We will be accepting submissions through August 18, 2014