Tuesday, June 28, 2016

*free* Profile Theatre's In Dialogue series - interpreted performances

Profile Theatre's In Dialogue Staged Readings
Presented in Collaboration with CoHo Productions

For their 3rd In Dialogue Reading of the 2016 Tanya Barfield season, Profile is thrilled to collaborate with CoHo Productions.  Together they will present the work of two game changing African American playwrights, Adrienne Kennedy and Suzan-Lori Parks, whose work has had lasting impact on both the field and on our featured playwright.

July 18-19 in the Artists Rep building, Profile will host the reading of two plays by Adrienne Kennedy.  July 25-26 at CoHo on NW Raleigh Street, they will present a reading of The Book of Grace by Suzan-Lori Parks. The Tuesday night performances (July 19 and July 26) will be interpreted. 

An Evening of One Acts:
. Electra
. June and Jean In Concert (Concert of Their Lives)
By Adrienne Kennedy
Directed by Arlena Barnes

*location* Morrison Stage at Artists Repertory
1515 SW Morrison, Portland, OR
Interpreted on Tues. July 19th at 7:30pm
Interpreters: Dot Hearn and Kassie Hughes

In Electra,  daughter seeks revenge upon the mother who killed her father.  Her long lost brother returns and is persuaded to commit an act of terrible violence, leaving both bereft and conflicted. This muscular, poetic and unflinching adaptation of Euripides Electra explores the the complexities of grief, vengeance and love within a family.

Drawing on Kennedy’s memoir People Who Led to My Plays, June and Jean In Concert (A Concert of their Lives) introduces us to aspiring writers, June and Jean, twin sisters growing up in Cleveland during World War II, then skips forwards and backwards through time, showing flashes of an everyday family touched by disappointment, tragedy and beauty

The Book of Grace
By Suzan-Lori Parks
Directed by Arlena Barnes

*location* CoHo Productions
2257 NW Raleigh St, Portland, OR

Interpreted Tues July 26th at 7:30 pm
Interpreters: Dot Hearn, Kassie Hughes, Dana Walls

Encouraged by his stepmother Grace to return home to South Texas, young Buddy reunites with his father Vet, a border patrol agent.  The prodigal son confronts his father and everyday life erupts into a battle for personal survival. At once fiercely intimate and explosive, this truly original play finds three people bound together by longing, passion and ambition.

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Profile Theatre's In Dialogue Staged Readings include new and contemporary plays in conversation with Tanya Barfield’s body of work, as well as readings of Barfield plays not included in the Main Stage season.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

reminder: "Skin of Our Teeth" at Artists Rep 6/11

Artists Repertory Theatre presents
an interpreted performance of

By Thornton Wilder
Directed by Dámaso Rodriguez

Artists Repertory Theatre, 1515 SW Morrison, Portland, OR
on the Alder Stage
Interpreted Sat. 6/11 at 2:00 pm
Tickets: call the Box Office 503.241.1278
Interpreters: Dot Hearn and Carolyn Brockway

This comedic masterpiece spans the entirety of history, with one ordinary American family who lives through it all. Dad’s just invented the wheel, Cain is throwing rocks at the neighbor kid, mammoths and dinosaurs lounge in the family room and mom frets about how to get all those animals on the boat two by two. Through Ice Ages, biblical floods and political conventions, the Antrobus family of Excelsior, New Jersey perseveres. With a giant cast and time-set across the ages, this theatrical allegory captures the human spirit – of brilliance, idiocy and ultimately sweet survival.

•Rare and epic revival of the 1943 Pulitzer Prize winner
•An evening of absurdist adventure in three acts

RUN TIME = 2 hours 30 minutes including two 15 minute intermissions

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

reminder: "A Streetcar Named Desire" interpreted June 2 at PCS

Portland Center Stage presents
an interpreted performance of

Written by Tennessee Williams 
Directed by Chris Coleman

photo by Patrick Weishampel

Portland Center Stage, Main Stage
128 NW Eleventh St, Portland, OR

Thursday, June 2 at 7:30 pm
Tickets: use promo code SIGN to get right price, right seats
Interpreters: Rich Hall and Cheryl Witters

Sign Coach: Irene Jazowick

Synopsis: Tennessee Williams’ iconic Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece is an exquisite study of the unraveling of Blanche DuBois, a fading southern belle. When she arrives unexpectedly on the doorstep of her sister, Stella, and her brother-in-law, Stanley Kowalski, Blanche is clinging desperately to a persona designed to help her survive. Over the course of one hot, sultry New Orleans summer, Blanche’s fragile facade slowly crumbles as she meets her match in the rough-hewn and hyper masculine Stanley, who is determined to expose her.

Cast: Demetrius Grosse and Deidrie Henry from NBC’s gripping new drama Game of Silence (premiering on April 12), will take on the roles of Stanley and Blanche in A Streetcar Named Desire. Two other television regulars join them: Stella will be played by Kristen Adele (The Mysteries of Laura and Orange is the New Black, among others) and Mitch will be played by Keith Eric Chappelle (Madam Secretary and Elementary, among others; on Broadway in A Raisin in the Sun and Cyrano de Bergerac). Seven local actors complete the cast: Bobby Bermea, Dana Millican, Gilberto Martin del Campo, Anya Pearson, David Bodin, Sofia May-Cuxim and Blake Stone.

Note: A Streetcar Named Desire is recommended for ages 14+. Contains mature content and iconic lines like, “I have always depended on the kindness of strangers.” The actors in this production will be using tobacco-free herbal cigarettes. Children under 6 are not permitted at any PCS production.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

"Grand Concourse" interpreted Sat 5/28/16

Artists Repertory Theatre presents
an interpreted performance of

Written by Heidi Schreck
Directed by JoAnn Johnson

Artists Repertory Theatre
1515 SW Morrison, Portland, OR
on the Morrison Stage
Saturday, May 28th at 2:00 pm
Interpreters: Dot Hearn and Kassie Hughes

Tickets: $35 with code WHOOPS - request seats in the interpreted section. Box office 503.241.1278

In an industrial soup kitchen in the Bronx, Shelley is a nun struggling to pray and questioning her life’s work. Her world in service to the needy, alongside a Dominican immigrant security guard and joke-writing “regular,” is rocked when a rainbow-haired college drop-out comes to volunteer. The girl’s enthusiasm and erratic behavior will change the course of their lives. With touching humor this motley group unravels the intricacies of need, the vagaries of compassion and limits of forgiveness.

•Recently seen Off-Broadway comedic drama
•Susan Smith Blackburn Prize 2014/15 Finalist
•West Coast Premiere

RUN TIME: 1 hour, 45 minutes. No intermission.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

PCC: Tales of the Arabian Nights Part II

Portland Community College
Theatre Arts Department presents
an interpreted performance of

by Mary Zimmerman

Actors in Arabian Nights

Saturday, May 14th at 7:00 pm
PCC Performing Arts Center (PAC), Sylvania Campus
12000 SW 49th Ave., Portland, OR 97219

Interpreters: Marie Groshans and Andrew Weaver

General Admission: $10
Students, PCC Staff, Seniors, Veterans and PCC Alumnae: $8, available at the box office one hour before curtain time of each performance in the PAC lobby, and in the PCC Bookstore

The story:
"A twelve-member cast enacts Scheherazade's tales of love, lust, comedy, and dreams. Scheherazade's cliffhanger stories prevent her husband, the cruel ruler Shahryar, from murdering her, and after 1,001 nights, Shahryar is cured of his madness, and Scheherazade returns to her family. This adaptation offers a wonderful blend of the lesser-known tales from Arabian Nights with the recurring theme of how the magic of storytelling holds the power to change people."
Actors in Arabian Nights

Saturday, April 9, 2016

"Blue Door" at Profile Theatre - interpreted 4/15

Profile Theatre presents
an interpreted performance of

by Tanya Barfield

1515 SW Morrison, Portland, OR
Friday, April 15th at 7:30 pm; pre-show discussion at 7:00 pm
Tickets: call 503.242.0080 to request interpreted section seats
Interpreters: Edwin Cancel and Rich Hall

"Lewis, a highly successful mathematician, has never found himself up against a problem he cannot solve. But underneath his veneer of success lies a soul troubled by questions of personal and cultural identity. On a night of disorienting insomnia, Lewis inadvertently conjures three generations of ancestors and finds he must take in the wholeness of his history and face the life he has chosen. With beautiful songs and haunting imagery, Pulitzer-nominated Blue Door will resonate with anyone who has ever struggled to live with – or escape – the past."

The In Dialogue pre-show presentation at 7:00 pm will also be interpreted. Join us on Friday, April 15th at 7:00 for a presentation by Dr. Anoop Mirpuri, Racial Haunting in an Age of Black Ascension.

"Since the 1980s, the ascension of black people within the professional classes, rather than indicating real progress in the fight for equality, has instead presented a major obstacle for working class and anti-racist struggles against economic and social inequalities that in fact seem to be widening. This presentation explores how black art and performance has both purposefully and unwittingly negotiated this problem that has become a defining feature of social and cultural life in America.

Anoop Mirpuri is Assistant Professor of English and affiliate faculty in Black Studies at Portland State University. He teaches and writes about African American literature, the black radical tradition, and the relation between race, capitalism, and criminalization."

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Important and Timely:"We Are Proud To Present..." - interpreted performance this week

Artists Repertory Theater presents
an interpreted performance of

Written by Jackie Sibblies Drury
Directed by Kevin Jones

Saturday, April 2nd at 2:00 pm
Artists Repertory Theatre, 1515 SW Morrison, Portland, OR
on the Morrison Stage (upper level)
Interpreters: Dot Hearn and Dana Walls

Tickets: request seats in the interpreted section (house left) 
Box office 503.241.1278

A multiracial cast of six idealistic actors sets out to improvise a story about the first colonial genocide of the 20th Century in Africa, but get lost in the reality of their undertaking. The unusual presentation, humor and inevitable discomfort of this provocative new play gripped theatre hubs like New York, Chicago, London, Washington D.C. and Seattle with its unique theatrical investigation of prejudice, power and perspective. 
NOTE: *This play uses irony, satire, racially charged language and symbolic violence to examine power, racism and perspective. We recommend this play for patrons 16 and older.*

POST SHOW DISCUSSION - This production is intended to engender conversation. Please join us for facilitated conversation about We Are Proud to Present; the discussion will be interpreted. The facilitator for the discussion following this performance will be Jo Ann Hardesty, President, NAACP Portland.

RUN TIME: 105 minutes. No intermission.

[No spoken dialogue. Background sound: actors drumming on wooden boxes and floor, making rhythmic sounds (eee, haa haa, eee, haa)]