2018-19 Season List

2018-19 Short List of Interpreted Dates

A quick list of interpreted performances and cultural events for the 2018-19 season. Also check for updates and more information at  PAIA on...

Thursday, December 8, 2016

PCS: The Santaland Diaries - interpreted

Portland Center Stage at The Armory presents
an interpreted performance of

By David Sedaris 


Adapted for the stage by Joe Mantello 
Directed by Wendy Knox 
Starring Darius Pierce

DATE & TIME: Thur 12/22/16 at 7:30 pm
LOCATION: The Armory, 128 NW Eleventh, Portland, OR
TICKETS: use promo code SIGN to get discounted community price
INTERPRETER: Jayodin Mosher, Sign Coach Irene Jazowick

Based on the true chronicles of David Sedaris’ experience as Crumpet the Elf in Macy’s Santaland display, this cult classic riffs on a few of Sedaris’ truly odd encounters with his fellow man during the height of the holiday crunch.

Run Time: Approximately 70 minutes; no intermission.

Note: Recommended for ages 14 and up. Contains mature content and language, and the secret of Santa is exposed. Children under 6 are not permitted at any PCS production.



Artists Rep: "A Civil War Christmas" - interpreted

Artists Repertory Theatre presents
an interpreted performance of

An American Musical Celebration

Written by Paula Vogel
Original score by Daryl Waters
Directed by Paul Angelo
Music Directed by Andrew Bray
A collaboration with Staged!

DATE & TIME: Sat 12/17/16 at 2:00 pm
LOCATION: 1515 SW Morrison, Portland, on the Alder Stage (lower level)
TICKETS: use code ASL to get right seat right price online
INTERPRETERS: Dot Hearn and Kassie Hughes

"Set during a time when the country is divided by conflicting ideologies and convictions following a contentious presidential election, Vogel’s sweeping, music-rich story plays out one frigid Christmas Eve on the banks of the Potomac River. Amid the hubbub of holiday preparations, an array of abolitionists and assassins, slaves and freemen, Union and Confederate soldiers, along with President Lincoln and Mary Todd, all pursue their paths to liberation. Propelled by traditional American songs, marches and spirituals — all revitalized for this production by luminary Portland musicians — A CIVIL WAR CHRISTMAS is a lively reminder for people of all beliefs about humanity’s potential for compassion, reconciliation and hope."

RUN TIME: approximately 2 hours with one 15 minute intermission.

Best-suited for school-age children and up. Children under 5 are not allowed.

By special permission, this production features the new and stylistically diverse arrangements of luminary Portland musicians Darrell Grant, Holcombe Waller, Mark and LaRhonda Steele, Okaidja Afroso, Edna Vázquez, James Beaton and Brian Adrian Koch of Blitzen Trapper.


PCS: Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin - interpreted 12/15

Portland Center Stage presents
an interpreted performance of

Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin
written by Hershey Felder
directed by Trevor Hay


DATE & TIME: Thur 12/15/16 at 7:30 pm
LOCATION: The Armory, 128 NW Eleventh, Portland, OR
TICKETS: online with promo code SIGN, or call 503-445-3700
INTERPRETER: Sarah Hewlett; Sign Coach Irene Jazowick

Songwriter Jerome Kern said it all: “Irving Berlin … IS American music.” In this tour de force performance by award-winning pianist and performer Hershey Felder, the remarkable story of “America’s Composer” takes us from the depths of anti-Semitism in Czarist Russia to New York’s Lower East Side — and ultimately throughout America and the world. Featuring Irving Berlin’s most popular and enduring songs, Hershey Felder’s masterful creation of character and musical performance makes this evening with Irving Berlin an unforgettable journey that epitomizes the American dream. Hailed as “the greatest songwriter that has ever lived,” by George Gershwin, Irving Berlin is known for innumerable American classics such as “White Christmas,” “God Bless America,” “Blue Skies” and “Cheek to Cheek.”
Run Time: Approximately 1 hour 45 minutes; no intermission.
Note: Recommended for ages 10 and up. Children under 6 are not permitted at any PCS production.

OSD's "The Happy Prince" - Dec 13 & 14

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presents 

"The Happy Prince

a stage adaptation of the Oscar Wilde story of the same name 

The play was written by, and will be performed by, OSD drama students. 
Voice interpreters will be provided for non-signers.

Dates & Time: Tues, Dec 13th & Wed, Dec 14th at 7:00 pm.
Location: OSD, 999 Locust Street, Salem, OR.

Monday, October 31, 2016

"Bright Half Life" interpreted at Profile Theatre

Profile Theatre presents
an interpreted performance of


"Bright Half Life"
by Tanya Barfield


DATE & TIME: Friday 11/4/16 at 7:30 pm
LOCATION: 1515 SW Morrison, Portland, OR, Morrison stage
TICKETS: $20 for Deaf Community members; $36 full price
INTERPRETERS: Dot Hearn and Kassie Hughes




"Time stops when you meet the love of your life. Vicky and Erica are catapulted through a lifetime of love and heartbreak as they navigate an ever-shifting present. Through courtship, children, marriage, conflict and the whisper of mortality, this kaleidoscopic journey is a stunningly honest depiction of the fortitude and courage it takes to fight for love."








Monday, October 24, 2016

"American Hero" at Artists Repertory Theatre

Artists Repertory Theatre presents
an interpreted performance of


by Bess Wohl
directed by Shawn Lee




LOCATION: 1515 SW Morrison (lower level)
DATE & TIME: Saturday, October 29th at 2:00 pm
TICKETS: request seats with sightlines to the interpreters
INTERPRETERS: Carolyn Brockway and Rich Hall


When the American Dream is dashed, try making a sandwich! A trio of disparate and desperate ‘sandwich artists’ find themselves abandoned by their fast-food franchise and left to their own devices in this utterly amusing and ridiculously believable story of making ends “meat and cheese.” This post-recession, comedic commentary embraces the humor in misery, the creativity in despair, and the ingenuity of the human spirit as this indomitable group bands together to succeed on their own damned terms.
  • Satirical comedy on the pursuit of happiness 
  • NW Premiere
RUN TIME: Approximately 1 hour 30 minutes. No intermission.



Wednesday, October 19, 2016

"We Hold These Truths" interpreted 10/20

Portland Center Stage
presents an interpreted performance of



DATE: Thursday, October 20th
TIME: 7:30 pm
LOCATION: Portland Center Stage at The Armory
128 NW Eleventh, Portland OR 97209
INTERPRETER: Jayodin Mosher
TICKETS: $30 with promo code SIGN, or call the Box Office 503-445-3700

"As the U.S. joins World War II, Gordon Hirabayashi agonizes over government orders to forcibly remove and mass incarcerate all people of Japanese ancestry on the West Coast. As he fights to reconcile his country’s betrayal with his passionate belief in the U.S. Constitution, Hirabayashi journeys toward a greater understanding of America’s triumphs — and a confrontation with its failures. Inspired by the true story of University of Washington student, Gordon Hirabayashi. Ryun Yu, who played Hirabayashi at ACT Theatre in Seattle, reprises the role at The Armory."

Run Time: Approximately 90 minutes; no intermission.

Note: Recommended for ages 14 and up. Contains mature language. Children under 6 are not permitted at any PCS production.
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Thursday, October 6, 2016

NW Children's Theater and School 2016-17 season



In case you didn't know, NW Children's Theater and School puts on some awesome plays, which are (duh) family friendly! And you may not know that each play has an interpreted performance! They are doing good work over there at NWCTS - shows for all ages. Really - ages 3 and up!


Check it out. It's fun for everyone. Brief descriptions are below. Click on the individual links for more specific show information; or click on the NWCTS link above for general information.


NWCTS 2016-17 interpreted performances
1819 NW EVERETT STREET, PORTLAND, OREGON 97209
INFO 503-222-2190      BOX OFFICE 503-222-4480



Cat in the Hat   Sat 10/8/ at 10am 
 When the city is wet, and the sun is not sunny, join the Cat in the Hat, for good fun that is funny! Enter a world of magic and mischief as Conrad, Sally, and their very grumpy goldfish follow the Cat in the Hat on an adventure through the limitless imagination of Dr. Seuss!






Rock the Presidents  10/21/16 at 6pm
For hundreds of years, the United States Secret Service has lived up to the name, never divulging the spectacular events they witnessed during their time in the White House... until now. Join NWCT on a multi-media, rock n roll extravaganza through the untold history of the executive branch!







The Wizard of Oz 12/30/16 at Noon
There’s no place like Oz! This holiday season, travel over the rainbow to a magical kingdom filled with munchkins, flying monkeys, witches, and wizards. Join four unlikely friends as they set out to discover wisdom, bravery, courage, and the way home.












Sleeping Beauty 2/11/17 at Noon
The Tale of Sleeping Beauty is one the world’s oldest and most revered fairy tales… and it has just been hijacked by a company of crazy bird puppets. Making their NWCT Mainstage debut, these feathered friends will stop at nothing in their quest to seize the spotlight and re-write history.






Robin Hood  5/6/17 at Noon
Get ready for justice, Sherwood Forest-style! Adventure awaits as Robin, Marion, and company return to cross swords and match wits with the nefarious Sheriff of Nottingham and the evil Prince John in this hilarious, heist-filled, original adaptation!




Saturday, September 24, 2016

2016-17 Interpreted Performances Quick Guide



The short list of interpreted performances for Portland Center Stage (PCS), Artists Repertory Theatre (ART), Profile Theatre (PROF), NW Children's Theatre and School (NWCT), and Portland Community College (PCC). for the 2016-17 season. More information will be posted for individual shows and you can also check on Facebook for Interpreted Performance Events, where I will be adding reviews and photos and updates as they become available.


[Note: Profile Theatre runs on a calendar season rather than the traditional September to June. For this reason, Profile's 2017 season productions through November are shown in this list. Shows for the other theaters next fall will be added in mid-2017.]





SEPTEMBER 


. PCS 9/29/16 LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS


OCTOBER 2016
. ART 10/1 Trevor  
. PROF 10/4  HazardousBeauty *free* staged reading (Tanya Barfield 2016 season)
. NWCT 10/8 10a Cat In The Hat
. PCS 10/20 HOLD THESE TRUTHS [NORTHWEST STORIES]
. NWCT 10/21 6p Rock the Presidents
. ART 10/29 American Hero
NOVEMBER 2016
. PROF 11/4  BrightHalf Life (final production of the 2016 Tanya Barfield season)
. PCC 11/19 Almost, Maine
. PCS 11/17 THE OREGON TRAIL [NORTHWEST STORIES] 


DECEMBER
. PCS 12/22 THE SANTALAND DIARIES
. NWCT 12/30 noon The Wizard of Oz



JANUARY 2017
. 1/29/17  "Blind" - from Community Dreams Productionsas part of the Fertile Ground Festival

FEBRUARY
. PCS 2/2/17 ASTORIA [NORTHWEST STORIES]
. PROF 2/10/17 Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue  (part one of the Elliot trilogy; first in the 2017 season)
. NWCT 2/11/17 noon Sleeping Beauty
. PCS 2/23 HIS EYE IS ON THE SPARROW  

MARCH
. ART 3/4/17 Marjorie Prime
. PROF 3/21 first In Dialogue staged reading of 2017 season; play TBA *free*
. PCC 3/18  In the Heights

APRIL
. ART 4/1 Feathers and Teeth
. PCS 4/13 WILD AND RECKLESS [NORTHWEST STORIES]

MAY
. PCS 5/4/17 MARY’S WEDDING  
. NWCT 5/6/17 noon  Robin Hood
. PROF  5/9/17   In Dialogue staged reading,  play TBA
. PCC 5/13  Love andInformation  
. ART 5/20 The Talented Ones

JUNE
. PCS 6/1/17 CONSTELLATIONS  
. PROF 6/23 26 Miles  

JULY
. PROF  7/18/17    In Dialogue staged reading,  play TBA

OCTOBER 2017 
. PROF 10/17/17   In Dialogue staged reading,  play TBA

NOVEMBER 2017
. PROF 11/10/17 “Water by the Spoonful” *2 of trilogy*

. PROF 11/17/17 “The Happiest Song Plays Last” *3 of trilogy*


2016-17 Interpreted Performances Quick Guide


Below is a short list of the interpreted performances for Portland Center Stage (PCS), Artists Repertory Theatre (ART), Profile Theatre (PROF), and Portland Community College (PCC). for the 2016-17 season. More information will be posted for individual shows and you can also check on Facebook for Interpreted Performance Events, where I will be adding reviews and photos and updates as they become available.

[Note: Profile Theatre runs on a calendar season rather than the traditional September to June. For this reason, Profile's 2017 season productions through November are shown in this list. Shows for the other theaters next fall will be added in mid-2017.



SEPTEMBER 
. PCS 9/29/16 LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS


OCTOBER 2016
. ART 10/1 Trevor  
. PROF 10/4  HazardousBeauty *free* staged reading (Tanya Barfield 2016 season)
. PCS 10/20 HOLD THESE TRUTHS [NORTHWEST STORIES]
. ART 10/29 American Hero
NOVEMBER 2016
. PROF 11/4  BrightHalf Life (final production of the 2016 Tanya Barfield season)
. PCC 11/19 Almost, Maine
. PCS 11/17 THE OREGON TRAIL [NORTHWEST STORIES] 


DECEMBER



JANUARY 2017
. 1/29/17  "Blind" - performed at Milagro Theatre as part of Fertile Ground Festival

FEBRUARY
. PCS 2/2/17 ASTORIA [NORTHWEST STORIES]
. PROF 2/10/17 Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue  (part one of the Elliot trilogy; first in the 2017 season)
. PCS 2/23 HIS EYE IS ON THE SPARROW  

MARCH
. ART 3/4/17 Marjorie Prime
. PROF 3/21 first In Dialogue staged reading of 2017 season; play TBA *free*
. PCC 3/18  In the Heights

APRIL
. ART 4/1 Feathers and Teeth
. PCS 4/13 WILD AND RECKLESS [NORTHWEST STORIES]

MAY
. PCS 5/4/17 MARY’S WEDDING  
. PROF  5/9/17   In Dialogue staged reading,  play TBA
. PCC 5/13  Love andInformation  
. ART 5/20 The Talented Ones

JUNE
. PCS 6/1/17 CONSTELLATIONS  
. PROF 6/23 26 Miles  

JULY
. PROF  7/18/17    In Dialogue staged reading,  play TBA

OCTOBER 2017 
. PROF 10/17/17   In Dialogue staged reading,  play TBA

NOVEMBER 2017
. PROF 11/10/17 “Water by the Spoonful” *2 of trilogy*

. PROF 11/17/17 “The Happiest Song Plays Last” *3 of trilogy*


Thursday, September 8, 2016

Summary of the Antigone Story

In preparation for viewing "Antigone Project" at Profile Theatre (interpreted performance is on Saturday, September 10th, at 2:00 pm), here is a video of an overview of the original Antigone story. "Antigone Project" is a production of five retellings of the Antigone story. Brush up on your Antigone myth and we'll see you at the theatre this coming Saturday!

Also join us for the pre-show In Dialogue performance at 1:25 pm in the Mezzanine. For this special event, Profile Theatre is proud to be partnering with Blacque Butterfly Presents on the In Dialogue Main Stage events for The Antigone Project: A Play in Five Parts.  We have collaborated to feature a series of local spoken-word artists performing in our lobby prior to each performance of the production.  Mirroring the collection of diverse voices embodied in Antigone Project, the artists are from varied backgrounds, experiences and perspectives, all of which come to bear on the profound and provocative  work that they will be sharing with our audiences. The performers for the In Dialogue event at 1:25 pm (which will be interpreted, as well as the play) will be GG Warren and Anayla Warren-Premsingh.


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Monday, September 5, 2016

Profile Theatre's "Antigone Project" interpreted Sat 9/10

Profile Theatre presents
an interpreted performance of


Antigone Project
Conceived by Chiori Miyagawa and Sabrina Peck



Location: Profile Theatre, 1515 SW Morrison, Portland, OR
Tickets: www.profile.org or call 503.242.0080
Date: Saturday, Sept 10th at 2:00 pm
Interpreters: Dot Hearn, Kassie Hughes, Dana Walls


"Antigone Project: A Play in Five Parts is the exhilarating realization of a fascinating idea - reimagining the myth of Antigone - brought to life by some of the most vibrant contemporary voices in theatre.  Together, these five playwrights present us with a kaleidoscope view of our society, exploring themes of honor, love, loyalty and mortality through this exceptional collection of plays."


The five short plays are:

  • "Hang Ten" by Karen Hartman
  • "Medallion" by Tanya Barfield
  • "Antigone Arke^" by Caridad Svich
  • "A Stone’s Throw" by Lynn Nottage
  • "Red Again" by Chiori Miyagawa

Directed by Dawn Monique Williams

Featuring Chris Murray*, Lauren Modica, Cecily Overman, Seth Rue*, Alex Leigh Ramirez,  Andrea White and Andrea Whittle.

^Antigone Arkhe presented with String House Theatre and directed by Emily Gregory.



Thursday, August 11, 2016

"The Tempest" interpreted 8/20 in Bend, OR

Lay It Out Events presents
an interpreted performance of


William Shakespeare's
The Tempest

DATE: Saturday, August 20, 2016
TIME: Play begins at 7pm
Doors open earlier for drinks and food
LOCATION: Drake Park in Bend, OR
TICKETS: $22 - $45 regular; 
or $75 VIP ticket, which includes seat, 2 drink tickets, dinner

Shakespeare’s late, valedictory romance “The Tempest” is a tale of family betrayal, enchantment and ultimately, forgiveness. Inherently theatrical, the unfolding of the exotic, supra-human and sometimes invisible characters makes it one of the Bard’s most beguiling and entertaining stories. 
The play begins on a remote island where sorcerer Prospero, the overthrown Duke of Milan, has been exiled with his daughter Miranda. Prospero uses his learned magical powers to unhinge a powerful storm, the tempest in the story. This storm causes a shipwreck of Prospero’s usurping brother Antonio, luring him to the island along with the complicit King of Alonso of Naples. There, Prospero’s illusions bring about the revelation of Antonio’s lowly nature, the redemption of the King, and the marriage of Miranda to Alonso’s son. 
Thought by many critics to be the last play Shakespeare wrote alone, in the end, the audience is the only one who can set Prospero free from the island.

*"Enjoy the scenic and serene event in Drake Park.  The street will be closed so all you will hear are the actors, the river and your fellow audience members."*




Friday, July 15, 2016

reminder: *free* interpreted performances Tu 7/19 & Tu 7/26

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

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





An Evening of One Acts:
. Electra
. June and Jean In Concert (Concert of Their Lives)
By Adrienne Kennedy
Directed by Arlena Barnes
*date* Interpreted on Tues. July 19th at 7:30pm
*location* Artists Repertory on the Morrison stage, 1515 SW Morrison, Portland, OR


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

*date* Interpreted Tues July 26th at 7:30 pm
*location* CoHo Productions, 2257 NW Raleigh St, Portland, OR

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.

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.