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Interpreted Shows January-June 2017

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

Saturday, June 24, 2017

PCS's JAW *4 interpreted plays* 7/29 & 30 - free

Portland Center Stage at The Armory announced that they will be interpreting all four of the JAW staged readings on the weekend of July 29 and 30.

What is "JAW,"? you may be thinking. Let me start by explaining what it is, and then I will tell you about these exciting new plays which are going to be presented to the public for free. There will be one staged reading of each of the selected plays, and all of the performances will be interpreted.

JAW (Just Add Water) is PCS's  annual playwright festival. Selected playwrights, chosen from over 200 submissions, come to Portland "to spend two weeks collaborating with directors, dramaturgs, actors, and other theater professionals from across the nation. During these workshops, JAW playwrights get to hear, revise, and sometimes completely rewrite their plays in a supportive environment where their creative needs set the agenda. The festival culminates in a vibrant outpouring of artistic energy: staged readings of the JAW plays are presented to the public, while unique performances from local artists enliven our building and bring our community together. "

This festival is about "the vitality of this ever-changing, crazy fun, wild world of theater."

This will be the first time these plays are presented to the audience. The work is fresh and exciting, the stories vibrant and alive.

You can visit the JAW webpage for more information about the process and the festival, and about the playwrights. Below is the schedule and a summary of each play.

Schedule of JAW 2017 play readings

Saturday July 29 at 4 p.m.
Tiny Houses
by Stefanie Zadravec

On July 17, 2014, Malaysian Flight MH-17 rained down upon a tiny, war-torn Eastern Ukraine village after being targeted by a surface-to-air missile launched by pro-Russian Separatists. Bodies and objects alike become fodder for those trying to escape the circumstances in which they were born. TINY HOUSES is a comic riff on Pandora’s Box that explores the ripple effect on several women who suddenly realize they can disrupt the status quo. 

Saturday July 29 at 8 p.m.
by Kate Attwell

Present day: A rained out women's cricket match between India and England leaves tensions bare and as the rainy day drones relentlessly on, no one can play nice any more. Then: The British East India Company rules in eighteenth century West Bengal, as two members of the Royal Cricket Team, ardent players of the game, debate the rules of engagement, the problem of the women, the trouble with mosquitoes, all against the backdrop of a country that they are destroying through famine. And before that?... Testmatch is a new play about women’s sports, mangos, cricket, and ever present legacy of colonialism; written for an all-female cast.

Sunday, July 30 at 4 p.m.
In Old Age
by Mfoniso Udofia

Isolated within the walls of her derelict New England home and suffering the residual pain of years of abuse, an ancient Abasiama Ufot makes an unlikely spiritual connection with an elder stranger, Azell Abernarthy. Just as life takes a new turn, Abasiama and Azell learn the true nature of love and forgiveness.

Sunday, July 30 at 8 p.m.
Small Steps
by Briandaniel Oglesby

Finally fed up with the bot-and-disappointment-filled world of online gay dating, Skip Powers volunteers to go to Mars. And NASA says, “You'll do.” This is a comedy that traverses 50 million miles and a million years.

.You can read more about the history of JAW since its inception in 1999.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Reminder: "26 Miles" Profile Theatre, Fri 6/23

Profile Theatre presents
an interpreted performance of

by Quiara Alegria Hudes

DATE & TIME: Fri June 23 at 7:30 pm
LOCATION: 1515 SW Morrison, Portland, OR on the Morrison Stage
TICKETS: reserve online, request interpreted section
        (check here to see if you qualify for any discounts)
INTERPRETERS: Dot Hearn and Carolyn Brockway

Summary: A desperate midnight phone call spurs a spontaneous road trip for a brilliant teen and her estranged mother. The reunited pair runs fast and furious from the secrets in their lives. So what if reality’s nipping at their heels? Colliding together, they find connection, forgiveness and a part of their identities that has been missing all along.

Featuring: Jimmy Garcia, Chris Harder, Alex Ramirez de Cruz, Julana Torres

Charming, spunky, and ultimately heartrending. The car trip from Paoli, PA to Yellowstone Park is transforming and restorative.
–The New York Times

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

ART's "Importance of Being Earnest" interpreted 6/10/17

an interpreted performance of


By Oscar Wilde
Directed by Michael Mendelson

DATE: Saturday, June 10 at 2:00 pm
LOCATION: 1515 SW Morrison, Portland OR
Alder Stage (lower level)
TICKETS; *use code ASL for community discount*
Interpreters: Dot Hearn and Kassie Hughes

An all-female, all-star Portland cast leads this production of Oscar Wilde’s magnificent 19th Century comedy of manners and social status. Lovely Gwendolyn and adorable Cecily don’t care who they marry as long as his name is Earnest (so manly and respectable!). Jack and Algernon are utterly smitten and only too happy to ditch their given names to bamboozle their way into the ladies’ hearts. Imperious Lady Bracknell is aghast, agog and practically apoplectic, but her efforts to impose propriety prove useless against Cupid’s earnest truth. High jinx, bon mots and cucumber sandwiches are served.

"A trivial comedy for serious people.” - Oscar Wilde

A fresh take on an enduring farcical masterpiece 


Tuesday, May 2, 2017

"Mary's Wedding" - interpreted 5/4/17

Portland Center Stage at The Armory
an interpreted performance of

By Stephen Massicotte 
Directed by Brandon Woolley

DATE: Thursday, May 4, 2017 at 7:30 pm
LOCATION: 128 NW Eleventh, Portland OR 97209
               Ellen Bye Studio (lower level)
TICKETS: use promo code SIGN online for discount; 
           or call the Box Office at 503-445-3700
INTERPRETERS: Andrew Weaver and Cheryl Witters
SIGN COACH: Irene Jazowick

When Mary and Charlie unexpectedly find one another sheltering in a barn during a thunderstorm, a tentative love is born. But the year is 1914, and Mary and Charlie must surrender their fates to the uncertainties of their tumultuous times during the First World War. In this award-winning Canadian play, their love story unfolds against the most devastating conflagration of war that the world had yet seen, as the playwright weaves time, dreams and memory together to remind us that the heart is beautifully resilient.

Run Time: Approximately 85 minutes; no intermission.

Note: Recommended for ages 12 and up. Contains some mature language and battle sound effects. An actor in this production will use one tobacco-free herbal cigarette. Children under 6 are not permitted at any production.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

"Spiritrials" - interpreted performance

Boom Arts presents
 an interpreted performance of

written and performed by Dahlak Brathwaite

DATE & TIME: Saturday, April 29th at 7:30 pm
LOCATION: DISJECTA, 8371 N Interstate Ave, Portland OR
TICKETS: $20 ($12 students)  
Interpreter: Dana Walls

Hip Hop and theatre. Two powerful performance forms. Two amazing ways to tell stories. What happens when you put them together? 
Spiritrials is a live hip hop soundtrack, a theatrical meditation on race, religion and the criminal justice system.  
In Spiritrials, commissioned and produced by Oakland’s Youth Speaks and presented by Portland’s own Boom Arts, Los Angeles-based Def Poetry Jam alum Dahlak Brathwaite does just that, touching on issues like racial profiling, religion and faith, addiction and drug policy, criminal justice, and human imperfection through his own personal story. This virtuosic creator/performer, past winner of the Brave New Voices National Poetry Slam, flows seamlessly between rap, song, and storytelling, accompanied by beats and samples spun live from the turntable by DJ Dion Decibels and performing against a backdrop of lush projections by Joan Osato. Mr. Brathwaite’s funny, insightful, poignant, fiercely original creation is a do-not-miss performance experience.  

[Videos from prior performances]


Tuesday, April 18, 2017

"Lauren Weedman Doesn't Live Here Anymore" interpreted 4/20/17

Portland Center Stage
at The Armory presents
an interpreted performance of

written and performed by Lauren Weedman

DATE & TIME: Thur 4/20/17 at 7:30 pm
LOCATION: 128 NW 11th, Portland OR, main stage
TICKETS: order online with promo code SIGN
      or call the box office 503-445-3700
SIGN COACH: Irene Jazowick

"A World Premiere!

What do you do when your heart is broken? When your world seems to be falling apart, one frustration at a time? Grab a guitar, hitch up your jeans, and sing about it! From the star of HBO’s Looking and The People’s Republic of Portland at The Armory, Lauren Weedman (and her alter ego Tami Lisa) are ready to take you on a journey of heartbreak, laughter and fresh starts. Lauren will be joined by a band of fine musicians; and we’re pretty sure her hair will be bigger than ever. "

Run Time:  Approximately 80 minutes; no intermission.

Note: Recommended for ages 17 and up. Contains mature content, explicit language, strobe-like effects and adult situations. Children under 6 are not permitted at any production.

Monday, April 10, 2017

"Wild & Reckless, A Concert Event" interpreted 4/13/17

Portland Center Stage at The Armory
an interpreted performance of

written and performed by
Blitzen Trapper

DAY & TIME: Thur 4/13/17 at 7:30 pm
LOCATION: 128 NW 11th Ave, Portland OR
TICKETS: Use promo code SIGN for right price, right seats ($25)
or phone the Box Office 503-445-3700
INTERPRETERS: Rich Hall and Dot Hearn
SIGN COACH: Irene Jazowick

A World Premiere!

Blitzen Trapper mined their lyrical storytelling and Oregonian roots to create a story for the stage that fuses the energy of a rock concert with the imaginative possibility of the theater. Wild and Reckless traces the unforgettable tale of two kids on the run, in a futuristic vision of Portland’s past. Evoking a bygone era of Portland, this sci-fi love story features a rock-and-roll score that pairs unreleased songs with favorites from the band’s catalog, including “Black River Killer” and “Astronaut.” Portland Center Stage at The Armory commissioned Wild and Reckless as the second world premiere in its new “Northwest Stories” series, dedicated to developing and producing stories about, or by artists from, the northwest region.

Run Time: Approximately 85 minutes; no intermission.

Note: Recommended for ages 17 and up. Contains theatrical haze, strobe-like lighting effects, mature content, explicit language and adult situations. Children under 6 are not permitted at any production.

Read a review from The Oregonian/Oregonlive