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Thursday, January 31, 2013

"Venus in Fur" 2/14/13 at PCS

Next interpreted performance at Portland Center Stage :


note: interpreted section tickets are only available via special link (see "tickets" section below; general seats are sold out but there are a few left in the interpreted section only)

          Venus in Fur


DATE: Thursday, February 14th, 2013
TIME:  Deaf Theatre Chat begins at 6:30 pm in the lower lobby; the play begins at 7:30 pm
INTERPRETERS: Rich Hall and Renee Rugh Jantz
SIGN COACH: James Rae
TICKETS:  $25
                    to purchase online use this special PCS link with promo code SIGN
                    or email the box office at  boxoffice@pcs.org
                    or call the box office (voice) at  503-445-3700


In the Ellyn Bye Studio

By David Ives
Directed by Nancy Keystone
“As funny as any play currently on Broadway, Venus in Fur is also something darker, stranger and altogether more delicious.” —The New York Times
When a young actress shows up hours late for her appointment, she knows she may have blown her chances at the role. But when her emotionally charged audition for the demanding playwright/director becomes an electrifying game of cat and mouse that blurs the lines between fantasy and reality, seduction and power, love and sex—well, the rules may have all just changed.

Nominated this season for the Tony Award for Best Play.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Blog Post at PCS

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Last Friday my latest post for Portland Center Stage's blog went out. Click on the title to read the article.


It talks about (duh, I know) interpreting comedy and there is some information about the play I'll be interpreting this Thursday, January 24th, at PCS, "I Love to Eat," which is 'a night with James Beard' who was the first television chef way back in 1946. It's full of laughter and storytelling and a look at life.

Hope to see you there! And if you look at the post right before this one, there is an overview of the play in ASL by Justin Coleman.
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Saturday, January 19, 2013

ASL video for "I Love to Eat"

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Thank you, Justin Coleman, for making this ASL video!

written by James Still
presented by Portland Center Stage



DATE: Thursday, January 24, 2013
TIME: 7:30 pm join us beginning at 6:30 pm for Deaf Theatre Chat
LOCATION: on the Main Stage at The Armory, 128 NW 11th Ave, Portland, OR
TICKETS: purchase online with the promo code SIGN, or call the box office 503-445-3700
INTERPRETER: Dot Hearn
SIGN COACH: James Rae

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Friday, January 18, 2013

PCS: "I Love to Eat" interpreted performance next week

Portland Center Stage presents an interpreted performance of

"I Love to Eat"
written by James Still

DATE: Thursday, January 24, 2013
TIME:  7:30 pm join us beginning at 6:30 pm for Deaf Theater Chat
LOCATION: on the Main Stage at The Armory, 128 NW 11th Ave, Portland, OR
TICKETS: purchase online with the promo code SIGN to buy tickets at the right price in the right section
INTERPRETER: Dot Hearn
SIGN COACH: James Rae


SYNOPSIS:  

This new play celebrates the life and talent of a Portland, Oregon, original—James Beard.
Before Julia Child, before today’s proliferation of cooking shows and networks, there was James Beard, the first TV chef. He brought fine cooking to the small screen in 1946 and helped establish an American cuisine. But, as is often the case with pioneers, his early efforts on screen have been lost. He went on to become America’s first “foodie,” and the award bearing his name is still the prize most coveted by chefs. Playwright James Still invites you to meet the man described as “the face and belly of American gastronomy” in this play that recreates an evening at Beard’s New York home. .
I Love to Eat runs approximately 90 minutes with no intermission.
Please note: Herbal cigarettes are used onstage during this production.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

TONIGHT: "The Road to Mecca" at Profile Theatre

It's not too late to see the interpreted performance

This play is receiving rave reviews from audience members, as it should.
"The Road to Mecca
by Athol Fugard

INTERPRETED DATE: *TONIGHT*  January 17, 2013
TIME: 7:30 pm
LOCATION:  3430 SE Belmont St, Portland, OR 97214 
TICKETS: contact the box office 503.242.0080 (v) or purchase online 
                   Adults $30, Senior $25, Students (25 & under) $18
INTERPRETERS: Rich Hall and Dot Hearn

Here is what the audience is saying:
“One of the most devastating, beautiful, heartfelt evenings of theatre I've ever experienced. The women were incandescent and David Bodin broke my heart. It was incredible. Thank you, thank you.”
“It's AMAZING!!”
“I was mesmerized by it all. (The cast is) brilliant and spot on in every way possible. GO... Do not miss this one.”
“Brilliant. Great theatre.”
“I was captivated.”
“Do see the play because it is brilliant. Congratulations to Adriana Baer on her fabulously successful directorial debut in Portland!”
“Beautifully directed and acted with such power and tenderness by all three of the wonderful actors. Great set, sound and lights. Don't miss it. It's a gem...”


Eileen DeSandre as Miss Helen; Jamie Bosworth Photographer 
Synopsis: "Miss Helen, an eccentric widow and sculptor, lives alone in a small village in the Karoo desert. When Reverend Marius argues for moving her into an old age home for her own safety, Miss Helen questions whether to give up, give in, or go on. She summons the only person she trusts: Elsa, a young schoolteacher who loses her footing while taking aim at society’s treatment of the elderly and of those who do not conform. Birth, death, and what comes next are brought under examination as the artist courageously asks: What is true faith?"

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Monday, January 14, 2013

"Miss Helen": South African Outsider Artist

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This Thursday, January 17th, is the interpreted performance of "The Road to Mecca" at 7:30 p.m. at Profile Theatre. (See previous post for ticket and location information.)

In my preparation to interpret this play, one thing my team and I have done is to research the location in which the play takes place and the central character, Miss Helen. This is one of my favorite things about theatrical interpreting, the pieces of history I discover and the bits and pieces of information I get to add to my world knowledge base.

I have enjoyed the play each time I've seen it and the set and costumes really gave a strong sense of place and characters. And now that I have additional information about this amazing artist, I can say without a doubt that Profile Theatre has done a great job of representing the area, the woman, and her amazing "outsider art."

According to several online sources, "Miss Helen" was considered one of South Aftica's foremost Outsider Artists. Her former home is now a historic sight and is called The Owl House. On this linked About.com webpage, there is a great description of Miss Helen and the character in the play which comes through well in the tale and the acting:
..."In 1964 Helen Martins employed Koos Malgas, an itinerant sheepshearer, to help her make the cement-and -glass statues which fill the Camel Yard outside her house. Formally the garden, this sculpture yard had over 300 figures and animals. Malgas became her foremost friend and companion, and remained by her side for the last 12 years of her life. Helen's close relationship with her Coloured assistant was viewed with great suspicion by Nieu Bethesda's Apartheid era residents. ..."  
from "'Miss Helen', South Africa's Foremost Outsider Artist"
by Alistair Boddy-Evans, About.com Guide

I also wanted to share some photographs of "The Owl House" and her statues. They are amazing and to see the yard helps me visualize the play I'm interpreting - and I hope it helps you to envision what is implied and discussed throughout the play; is very key to the play and the woman.



       
   




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Thursday, January 10, 2013

"The Road to Mecca" interpreted performance


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Profile Theatre presents an interpreted performance of


by Athol Fugard

INTERPRETED DATE: Thursday, January 17, 2013
TIME: 7:30 pm
LOCATION:  3430 SE Belmont St, Portland, OR 97214 
TICKETS: contact the box office 503.242.0080 (v) or purchase online 
                   Adults $30, Senior $25, Students (25 & under) $18
INTERPRETERS: Rich Hall and Dot Hearn

Eileen DeSandre as Miss Helen; Jamie Bosworth Photographer 
Synopsis: "Miss Helen, an eccentric widow and sculptor, lives alone in a small village in the Karoo desert. When Reverend Marius argues for moving her into an old age home for her own safety, Miss Helen questions whether to give up, give in, or go on. She summons the only person she trusts: Elsa, a young schoolteacher who loses her footing while taking aim at society’s treatment of the elderly and of those who do not conform. Birth, death, and what comes next are brought under examination as the artist courageously asks: What is true faith?"

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