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 Readingsinclude 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.