Monday, January 26, 2015

"Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike" - Interpreted Performance

The wait is over! 

Portland Center Stage presents an interpreted performance of


written by Christopher Durang

Thurs 1/29/15 at 7:30 pm
Main Stage at The Armory 128 NW 11th, Portland, OR
Interpreters: Dot Hearn and Carolyn Brockway
Tickets $25 with promo code SIGN 


"Winner of the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play, complete with all the comic genius that only Christopher Durang can deliver. Vanya and his sister Sonia tolerate their mediocre middle-aged lives, until their movie-star sister Masha returns for a surprise visit with her boy-toy Spike that really shakes things up."
Run Time:
Approximately 2 hours and 35 minutes, including one intermission.
Note:
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike is recommended for ages 13+; contains mature language and sexuality. Children under 6 are not permitted at any PCS production.


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Reviews:

Holly Johnson | The Oregonian [Review 20 Jan 2015]
The laughs keep coming
“The giddy, satirical comedy is family-centered … with a dollop of magic realism thrown in.
“There’s love, personal growth and a happy ending here ... The wonderful thing about this absurdist theater is the laughs keep coming, yet the plot dances along, knowing its path.”
Patrick Brassell | BroadwayWorld.com [Review 20 Jan 2015]
The funniest play in town
“the funniest play in town … you will laugh your head off at the wild goings-on.”
Dennis Sparks | Theatre Reviews by Dennis Sparks[Review 20 Jan 2015]
A dynamite cast
“Riordan has done a super job of dealing with comic timing and choosing a dynamite cast for this production.”
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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Interpreted Performances Jan & Feb 2015 - Overview


There are many options for interpreted theater from now through the end of February. Because of the number and variety of productions, I thought it would be handy to have a quick reference list.

You can click on the title of each show to link to more information, including ticket prices, summary of the story, and more. Feel free to print this list out to carry with you.

If you are looking for something to do tonight - Broadway in Portland's "Dirty Dancing" is being interpreted at the Keller Auditorium. 

Interpreted performances January 2015 

Sat 1/24 at 7:30 pm : Circle Theatre Project's "No Room Of Her Own"

Sat 1/24 at 2:00 PM : Oregon Children's Theater's "Skippyjon Jones: A Musical"

Thu 1/29 at noon: Portland Center Stage's "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike"

Thu 1/29 at 7:30 pm: Portland Center Stage's "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike"


Interpreted performances February 2015 

Thu 2/5 at 7:30 pm : PETE's "Enter the Night"

Fri 2/6 at 7:30 pm : Profile Theatre's "Dead Man's Cell Phone"

Sun 2/8 at 7:30 pm : Artists Repertory Theatre's "Tribes"

Thu 2/12 at 7:30 pm : Portland Center Stage's "Threesome"

Sun 2/15 at 7:30 pm : Artists Repertory Theatre's "Tribes"

Thu 2/19 at 7:30 pm : Broadway in Portland's  "Cinderella"

Thu 2/19 at 7:30 pm : Albany Civic Theatre's "The Laramie Project"

Sat 2/21 at noon : Northwest Children's Theater's "The Jungle Book"

Sat 2/21 at 7:30 pm : Artists Repertory Theatre's "Tribes"

Thu 2/26 at 7:30 pm: Brandon Woolley's "The God Game"

Sat 2/28 at 2:00 pm : Artists Repertory Theatre's "Tribes"

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note: the bold titles are the plays I am involved with as coordinator and/or interpreter, the other plays are from information on SignPlay or other theater community contacts. 

See you at the theater!
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"Enter the Night" - interpreted performance 2/5/15

Portland Experimental Theatre Ensemble (PETE) presents an interpreted performance of:



Enter THE NIGHT

Date & Time: Thursday 2/5/15 at 7:30 pm
Location: Shaking The Tree Theatre & Studio, 823 SE Grant St, Portland 97214
Tickets: $15-20 via the website
Interpreters: Jayodin Mosher and Dana Walls


P.E.T.E. delves into the substance of home, identity, intimacy and human resolve in their newest collaboration: "Enter THE NIGHT," by Maria Irene Fornes. "Enter THE NIGHT" is a deeply human play by a seminal avant-garde theatre artist of our preceding generation.

PETE colludes with NYC director Alice Reagan to shape a SUR-realistic world of fancy and verity. Enter THE NIGHT is a play situated between dreaming and wakefulness, fantasy and reality, myth and life. It attempts to capture the complexity of love between three friends by depicting the deep strangeness of human relationships. This true love cannot be reduced to easy categories. As each character deals with their attempts at independence, their failed dreams and their approaching mortality, they experience a fear of not being truly alive—or perhaps it is a fear of living. They challenge our commonly accepted notions of love and confront us with our own responsibility to live.

"No Room of Her Own" - Interpreted Staged Reading

As a part of Fertile Ground : a city-wide festival of new works,
Circle Theatre Project presents
an interpreted performance of

No Room of Her Own 

 Women's Stories of Homelessness, Life, Death, and Resistance 
a staged adaptation of the book

Interpreted performance: Sat 1/24/15 at 7:30 pm
Tickets $10 available at Box Office Tickets (click)
LocationTabor Space in the Copeland Commons, 5441 SE Belmont St, Portland 97215
Interpreters: Dot Hearn and Dana Walls

Circle Theatre Project presents No Room of Her Own - Women's Stories of Homelessness, Life, Death, and Resistance, a staged adaptation of the book of the same title, by playwright Desiree Hellegers. No Room of Her Own brings together the stories of fifteen women who share the common experience of homelessness.

The actors reveal the formidable struggles unhoused women are forced to contend with on a daily basis in the U.S., from catastrophic health issues to routine threats of physical and sexual assault. But the play also illuminates the work of unhoused and formerly unhoused activists involved in Seattle’s WHEEL/Women in Black vigils to mark the deaths and honor the lives of hundreds of people who have died homeless in the city that spawned Microsoft, Starbucks and the WTO protests.


Drawing on interviews conducted in Seattle, Washington over the course of nearly two decades, the women's stories range across the United States, from New York to Louisiana to Los Angeles. Here, enacted are memories of living in the South at the tail end of Jim Crow, of growing up gay and Black in the Pacific Northwest in the 1960’s, and of surviving childhood abuse in Harlan, Kentucky in the 1970’s.

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Thursday, January 1, 2015

Preview: Interpreted Performances 2015 First Quarter

 Upcoming interpreted performances for January - March of 2015. Watch for updated information and reminders as each show nears. You can also click on each play's title to link to the production website for more information and to purchase tickets. [Updated 1/8/15]

The offerings include a humorous mash-up of Chekov plays; a journey of self-discovery after discovering a dead man's cell phone;  relationship issues in Cairo, family drama pending publication of a memoir; classic Tennesse Williams; a free staged reading done in collaboration with Reed College; a play about politics, religion, and gay rights; and four interpreted performances of "Tribes," the story of a Deaf man's journey to belonging.


Portland Center Stage
Jan 29, 2015 at 7:30 pm

"Winner of the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play, complete with all the comic genius that only Christopher Durang can deliver. Vanya and his sister Sonia tolerate their mediocre middle-aged lives, until their movie-star sister Masha returns for a surprise visit with her boy-toy Spike that really shakes things up."




Profile Theatre
Feb 6, 2015
Dead Man's Cell Phone

"When Jean takes possession of of the cell phone of a dead man, she is thrown into a mysterious journey of self-discovery and awakening. Through this small modern device, she finds adventure, purpose and even love – but at what cost? this hilarious and paradoxical treatise on the digital world probes at the thin line between reality and fantasy, privacy and openness, and even life and death."





Artists Repertory Theatre
Feb 8, 15, 21 at 7:30 pm; Feb 28 at 2:00 pm

"A scintillating contemporary drama centered around Billy, the only deaf member of his family, whose search for family acceptance as he delves into the Deaf Community sparks often funny but fierce tensions at home. Grappling with the significance of language and the urge to belong, this Portland debut follows triumphant productions Off-Broadway, at London’s Royal Court and Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre. 2012 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play."





Portland Center Stage
Feb 12, 2015
Threesome

"A World Premiere! Leila and Rashid, Egyptian Americans with ties to Cairo, attempt to solve their relationship issues by inviting a relative stranger into their bedroom to engage in a threesome. What begins as a hilariously awkward evening soon becomes an experience fraught with secrets, raising issues of sexism, possession and independence."





Brandon Woolley at Shaking the Tree Studio
Feb 26, 2015
The God Game
"Politics, Religion, and Gay Rights"







 Profile Theatre
March 3, 2015     FREE Staged Reading
Sarah Ruhl's adaptation of Chekov's
 In collaboration with Reed College.





Portland Center Stage
March 12, 2015
Other Desert Cities

"In this hit Broadway comedy, Brooke Wyeth returns home after a long absence to celebrate Christmas with her well-connected, conservative parents in Palm Springs. In a dramatic shift, Brooke announces that she is about to publish a memoir dredging up a pivotal and tragic event in the family’s history — a wound they don’t want reopened. In effect, she draws a line in the desert sand and dares them all to cross it. “All family reunions should be this satisfying… The Best New Play on Broadway!” —The New York Times"





Portland Community College
March 14, 2015
Hairspray, The Broadway Musical

"Can Tracy Turnblad achieve her dream of dancing on the Corny Collins show? Can the youth of 1960's Baltimore change the division between black and white by bringing the city to it's feet, or will the adults who can't change bring them to their knees? This beloved musical will certainly bring you to your feet, if you can stop tapping them!"

Saturday, December 20, 2014

"The Mystery of Irma Vep" interpreted 12/26/14

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Third Rail Repertory Theatre presents

The Mystery of Irma Vep

by Charles Ludlam




Friday, Dec. 26, 2014
7:30 pm
at the Winningstad Theater 
1111 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97205

Tickets $24-47 
Call the Box Office at 503-235-1101
or purchase online

"Last year Third Rail made a splash at the holidays with our record-setting production of NOISES OFF, which many consider the funniest play written in the past 25 years. This year we’re at it again with perhaps the funniest American play of the past 25 years: Charles Ludlam’s quick change romp, THE MYSTERY OF IRMA VEP. 
Two actors play all the roles in this hilarious send up of Victorian melodrama, farce, 50’s horror movies, Wuthering Heights, and Hitchcock’s Rebecca. With elaborate quick changes performed in mere seconds, wildly absurd characters, and an absolute distaste for anything serious, IRMA VEP should be the perfect gut-busting escape from all that holiday noise!"

Runtime: 2 hours and 30 minutes including 2 intermissions
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Friday, December 12, 2014

NW Children's Theater & School: "Mary Poppins"

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News just in from Kate E Ortolano

NWCTS presents an interpreted performance of




Saturday, December 27th at noon 
NW Children's Theater and School
1819 NW Everett, Portland, OR 97209

Interpreted by
Sarah Hewitt, Deb Kropf, Krista Harmon

Tickets are $17 - 21
Section F in the purple seats

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