2017-18 Season List

2017-18 Season Pocket Guide

A quick list of interpreted performances and cultural events for the current season. Also check at  PAIA on Facebook , as well as my Events ...

Sunday, December 17, 2017

PCS: "Twist Your Dickens" interpreted 12/21

Portland Center Stage at The Armory
presents
an interpreted performance of



DATE & TIME: Thu 12/21/17 at 7:30 pm
LOCATION: Portland Center Stage, 128 NW 11th, Portland OR
TICKETS: Purchase online with promo code SIGN 
or call the Box Office 503-445-3700
Interpreters: Dot Hearn and Jayodin Mosher

"A complete send-up of the holiday classic, this adult comedy is adorned with the improvisational genius of the legendary comedy troupe The Second City. Twist includes zany holiday sketches and uproarious improv based on audience participation — it’s never the same show twice! It has become a Portland holiday favorite, and will return in 2017 after runs at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. and Goodman Theatre in Chicago this past season."


Run Time: Approximately 1 hour and 50 minutes, including one intermission.

Note: ** Twist Your Dickens is recommended for ages 14+. Contains mature content, explicit language, theatrical haze, strobe lighting, the use of one tobacco-free vapor e-cigarette and a Dalek on a conquest for universal extermination.** Children under 6 are not permitted at any production at The Armory.


Saturday, December 16, 2017

Fri 12/22 matinee: "A Christmas Carol" interpreted (2 of 2)

Tickets for the interpreted performances can now be ordered online.
Select from the YELLOW SEATS for the ASL discounted seats.

Portland Playhouse  presents
the second interpreted performance of
By Charles Dickens
Adaptation and original lyrics by Rick Lombardo
Original Music by Anna Lackaff and Rick Lombardo

Interpreted: Fri 12/22 at 2:00 pm

Tickets:  $25 for ASL Patrons,
call  the Box Office (503) 488-5822 or order online (yellow section)

Location: Hampton Opera Center, 221 SE Caruthers Street, Portland.  
There is ample parking and quick access to the street car, 
max trains and buses at the base of the Tilikum Crossing.
Join Ebenezer Scrooge and the ghostly spirits who visit on Christmas Eve and guide the grumpy miser through a redemptive and transformative journey towards friendship and love.  Hopeful, musical, and above all fun; our production has won three awards, including: BEST PLAY, BEST ENSEMBLE, and BEST DIRECTOR.
"A hopeful, musical, and above all, FUN production of this holiday classic."



Monday, December 11, 2017

video: "A Christmas Carol" interpreted

a signed video about Portland Playhouse's production of

two interpreted performances
- Wed 12/13 at 7:00pm 
- Fri 12/33 at 2:00 pm)



This play is being performed at
Portland Opera's Hampton Opera Center, 211 SE Caruthers Street, Portland

If ordering tickets online, select from the YELLOW seats
for Community discounted price and correct location.

Admission price includes a glass of wine or beer.
Other drinks and snacks are available for purchase.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Wed 12/13: "A Christmas Carol" interpreted (1 of 2)

*UPDATE*
Tickets for the interpreted performances can now be ordered online.
Select from the YELLOW SEATS
for the Community discounted tickets in the correct section.

Portland Playhouse  presents
TWO interpreted performances of
By Charles Dickens
Adaptation and original lyrics by Rick Lombardo
Original Music by Anna Lackaff and Rick Lombardo

Interpreted: Wed 12/13 at 7:00 pm
                      Fri 12/22 at 2:00 pm

Tickets:  $25 for ASL Patrons,
call  the Box Office (503) 488-5822 or order online (yellow section)

Location: Hampton Opera Center, 221 SE Caruthers Street, Portland.  
There is ample parking and quick access to the street car, 
max trains and buses at the base of the Tilikum Crossing.
Join Ebenezer Scrooge and the ghostly spirits who visit on Christmas Eve and guide the grumpy miser through a redemptive and transformative journey towards friendship and love.  Hopeful, musical, and above all fun; our production has won three awards, including: BEST PLAY, BEST ENSEMBLE, and BEST DIRECTOR.
"A hopeful, musical, and above all, FUN production of this holiday classic."


Sunday, December 3, 2017

PCS: "A Christmas Memory" & "Winter Song" - interpreted

Portland Center Stage at The Armory
presents
an interpreted performance of



Come early to enjoy the on-stage bar, featuring wine, beer and hard cider, and write down a favorite winter memory that might be used in Winter Song! 
DATE & TIME: Thu 12/7 at 7:30 pm
LOCATION: 128 NW 11th Ave, Portland 97209
TICKETS: use promo code SIGN or call the Box Office 503-445-3700
INTERPRETERS: Sarah Hewlett (Winter Song) & Dana Walls (A Christmas Memory)
SIGN COACH: Justin Coleman


A Christmas Memory
By Truman Capote

An autobiographical recollection of Truman Capote's rural Alabama boyhood, A Christmas Memory is a tiny gem of a holiday story, offering an unforgettable portrait of an odd but enduring friendship between two innocent souls — one young and one old — and their shared memories of beloved holiday rituals.


-paired with-

Winter Song
By Merideth Kaye Clark & Brandon Woolley

The brilliant singer Merideth Kaye Clark (Fiddler on the Roof and The Last Five Years at The Armory, Wicked national tour) and director Brandon Woolley are creating an original presentation of favorite songs that celebrate winter and all it represents: love, loss, family, solitude, renewal and friendship.

“Winter is the most emotionally complicated season. The music that it inspires is rich. There are, of course, holiday songs. But we were more interested in the music that captures other winter feelings. Traveling home or hunkering down in the cold. The loneliness and isolation the darkness brings. The gatherings of families and communities.” - Merideth Kaye Clark



Tuesday, November 28, 2017

"A Christmas Carol" 12/13 (eve) & 12/22 (matinee)

Portland Playhouse  presents
TWO interpreted performances of
By Charles Dickens
Adaptation and original lyrics by Rick Lombardo
Original Music by Anna Lackaff and Rick Lombardo


Interpreted: Wed 12/13 at 7:00 pm
                      Fri 12/22 at 2:00 pm

Tickets:  $25 for ASL Patrons, you must call
 the Box Office to order (503) 488-5822

Location: Hampton Opera Center, 221 SE Caruthers Street, Portland.  
There is ample parking and quick access to the street car, 
max trains and buses at the base of the Tilikum Crossing.

Join Ebenezer Scrooge and the ghostly spirits who visit on Christmas Eve and guide the grumpy miser through a redemptive and transformative journey towards friendship and love.  Hopeful, musical, and above all fun; our production has won three awards, including: BEST PLAY, BEST ENSEMBLE, and BEST DIRECTOR.

"A hopeful, musical, and above all, FUN production of this holiday classic."




Monday, October 9, 2017

reminder: "Every Brilliant Thing" Thur 10/12 at 7:30p

Portland Center Stage at The Armory
presents an interpreted performance of

By Duncan Macmillan with Jonny Donahoe
[video CC]


DATE & TIME: Thur, Oct 12th at 7:30 pm
LOCATION: 128 NW 11th, Portland OR 97209
TICKETS: Order online with promo code SIGN
or call the Box Office 503-445-3700
INTERPRETER: Richard Hall

SUMMARY:
A kid makes a list for his mom. A list of everything worth living for in the world. He needs her to read the list so she doesn’t try to leave the world again. As the kid grows up and experiences more life, more love, and more loss, his list of every brilliant thing gets longer and more vital with each addition. Duncan Macmillan’s play shines hilarious and compassionate light in dark corners of the human condition, and the way in which the creators have constructed the performance is refreshingly theatrical. A reminder that hope is never truly lost, and a testament to the healing power of storytelling.


"Heart-wrenching, hilarious ... possibly one of the funniest plays you'll ever see, full stop." ???? —The Guardian


Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Reminder: "Fun Home" and NWCT's "Amelia Earhart's first flight"

Reminder about two interpreted performances this week. Both are musicals and both are definitely worth attending!

First up is "Fun Home" at Portland Center Stage at the Armory. The show was almost completely sold out two days ago, so tickets may or may not still be available. But go if you can! 

Fun Home "
Based on the graphic novel by Alison Bechdel
Book and Lyrics by Lisa Kron
Music by Jeanine Tesori



DATE & TIME: Thur. Oct. 5, 2017 at 7:30 pm
LOCATION: 128 NW 11th, Portland OR 97209
TICKETS: Online with code SIGN,  or call the Box Office at 503-445-3700
INTERPRETERS:  Dot Hearn, Jayodin Mosher, Dana Walls



The second show is "Amelia Earhart's First Flight" with The Starlings at NW Childrens' Theater and School. An entertaining show full of feathers and songs and you may learn a few things about women aviators.



DATE & TIME: Sat. 10/7/17  11:00 AM
LOCATION: 1819 NW Everett Street, Portland OR
TICKETS: Order online, select the pink seats!
INTERPRETERS: Carolyn Brockway and Dot Hearn




Tuesday, September 19, 2017

"Every Brilliant Thing" - interpreted 10/12/17

Portland Center Stage at The Armory
presents
an interpreted performance of

By Duncan Macmillan with Jonny Donahoe

DATE & TIME: Thur, Oct 12th at 7:30 pm
LOCATION: 128 NW 11th, Portland OR 97209
TICKETS: Order online with promo code SIGN
or call the Box Office 503-445-3700
INTERPRETER: Richard Hall

SUMMARY:
A kid makes a list for his mom. A list of everything worth living for in the world. He needs her to read the list so she doesn’t try to leave the world again. As the kid grows up and experiences more life, more love, and more loss, his list of every brilliant thing gets longer and more vital with each addition. Duncan Macmillan’s play shines hilarious and compassionate light in dark corners of the human condition, and the way in which the creators have constructed the performance is refreshingly theatrical. A reminder that hope is never truly lost, and a testament to the healing power of storytelling.


"Heart-wrenching, hilarious ... possibly one of the funniest plays you'll ever see, full stop." ???? —The Guardian


"Amelia Earhart's First Flight" - interpreted 10/7 at 11 AM

NW Children's Theater and School, and
The Starlings Present:
an interpreted performance of

DATE & TIME: Sat. 10/7/17  11:00 AM
LOCATION: 1819 NW Everett Street, Portland OR
TICKETS: Order online, select the pink seats!
INTERPRETERS: Carolyn Brockway and Dot Hearn


SUMMARY:
The Starlings, NWCT’s all-bird, all-puppet acting troupe, return for this imaginative exploration of the airplane. Follow Amelia Earhart on an interactive, puppet-fueled extravaganza as she soars through the history of women in flight from the early airplane to the space program. 

"Fun Home" - interpreted 10/5/17

Portland Center Stage at The Armory
     presents
an interpreted performance of

" Fun Home "
Based on the graphic novel by Alison Bechdel
Book and Lyrics by Lisa Kron  
Music by Jeanine Tesori


DATE & TIME: Thur. Oct. 5, 2017 at 7:30 pm
LOCATION: 128 NW 11th, Portland OR 97209
TICKETS: Online with code SIGN,  or call the Box Office at 503-445-3700
INTERPRETERS:  Dot Hearn, Jayodin Mosher, Dana Walls
SUMMARY
Based on Alison Bechdel’s witty and wistful illustrated autobiography of the same name, the Tony Award-winning musical Fun Home ushers us inside Alison’s head — at three different ages — as she struggles to process the chain of childhood events that made her the adult she is today. Growing up in a funeral home as the closeted lesbian daughter of a father with secrets of his own was complicated. But by looking back on her family life, and remembering all the loving, silly, and even shameful moments, she learns to see her parents — and herself — for who they really are. Winner of five Tony Awards, including Best Musical of 2015!

Monday, September 11, 2017

2017-18 Season Pocket Guide

A quick list of interpreted performances and cultural events for the current season. Also check at PAIA on Facebook, as well as my Events (Dot Hearn) for future shows.  [updated 6/23/18]


The Short List of Interpreted Performances 2017-18
[note: date links go to the webpage for that specific event]

JULY 2018
____ 7/28 PCS JAW   *4 pm 1 of 4   check back for show lineup *free*
____ 7/28 PCS JAW   *8 pm 2 of 4   check back for show lineup *free*
____ 7/29 PCS JAW   *4 pm 3 of 4   check back for show lineup *free*
____ 7/29 PCS JAW   *8 pm 4 of 4   check back for show lineup *free*


** 2018-19 season announcement by August 2018 **


Key to Theatre Company Abbreviations
PCS   : Portland Center Stage
PROF: Profile Theatre (each show includes link to interpreted play description)
PPH  : Portland Playhouse
PCC  : Portland Community College
TOC  : The Old Church Concert Hall
NWCT: NW Childrens Theatre and School

*
Previous interpreted performances for this season
OCT 2017
____ 10/5  PCS Fun Home 
____ 10/7  NWCT Amelia Earhart's First Flight
____ 10/12 PCS Every Brilliant Thing 


NOV 2017
____ 11/10 PROF Water by the Spoonful *by Quiara Alegria Hudes*
____ 11/17 PROF Happiest Song Plays Last *by Quiara Alegria Hudes*
____ 11/18  PCC  Pride and Prejudice @ 7 pm
____ 11/19  PCS  Mojada (Sunday)  

DEC 2017
____ 12/7   PCS  A Christmas Memory  & Winter Song (music)
____ 12/13  PPH  A Christmas Carol (musical)  @ 7 pm
____ 12/21  PCS Twist Your Dickens  
____ 12/22  PPH  A Christmas Carol (musical)    @ 2 pm *matinee*

JAN 2018
____ 1/24 PPH Weaving Women Together


FEB 2018 
____ 2/2  PROF 2.6 Minute Ride  *by Lisa Kron*
____ 2/3 Portland Lesbian Choir, "What Matters: Songs of Social Justice"
____ 2/8  PCS Astoria Part 2
____ 2/17 NWCT Chitra, the Girl Prince

____ 2/22 PCS Kodachrome 

MARCH 2018
____ 3/14 PPH Scarlet  (musical)  *in partnership with Bitch Media*
____ 3/22 PCS The Magic Play 
____ 3/17 PCC The Laramie Project @ 7 pm

APRIL 2018
____ 4/19 PCS And So We Walked 

MAY 2018
____ 5/3 PCS  Major Barbara 
____ 5/4 BoomArts Stand Up, Sit Down, Roll Over (all performances interpreted)
____ 5/5 BoomArts Stand Up, Sit Down, Roll Over
____ 5/6 BoomArts Heroes of the Imagination, a workshop w Touretteshero  - free

____ 5/8 BoomArts & Multnomah Library "Laughter, Access, Diversity, & Inclusion: 
                   Jess Thom, Changing the World One Tic at a Time" - free @ 6 pm
____ 5/8 TOC / We Can Listen Native Perspectives on Art, Culture, and Justice - free @ 7 pm
____ 5/9 PPH  Fences by August Wilson
____ 5/11 BoomArts Stand Up, Sit Down, Roll Over
____ 5/12 BoomArts Stand Up, Sit Down, Roll Over
____ 5/19 PCC Sylvania  Bus Stop  @ 7 pm

JUNE 2018
____ 6/12 TOC We Can Listen: I Am A Survivor @ 7 pm *free*
____ 6/14 PCS   Lady Day 
____ 6/22  PROF The Secretaries *by The Five Lesbian Brothers*; Pride Mixer at 6:30p

T:BA:17 *free* conversation with "Schmerm" creator - interpreted


PICA presents, as a part of T:BA:17
a free special event:

Becca Blackwell
creator & performer of "They, Themself, and Schmerm"
with Shawna Lipton and bart fitzgerald
date & time: Tuesday, September 12th at 12:30 - 1:30 PM
location: PNCA at 511 NW Broadway, Room 107, Portland OR
This public event will be interpreted.

Free Admission
"Becca Blackwell shares insights into the creation of They, Themself, and Schmerm, including themes of gender and transition, strategies of humor, and forms of comedy and personal narrative. In dialogue with TBA Guest Scholar bart fitzgerald and Shawna Lipton, Chair, MA in Critical Studies, Pacific Northwest College of Art."
* * *

"They, Themself, and Schmerm" : Part classic standup comedy special, part teen zine vomit confessional, They, Themself and Schmerm is Becca’s disturbingly hilarious personal tale of being adopted into a Midwestern religious family, trained to be a girl, molested, and plagued by the question, “How do I become a man and do I even want that?” Becca engages in loving confrontation with the audience, asking what it truly means to be authentic in these meat carcasses.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

T:BA:17 "Boner Killer" - interpreted 9/11/17

PICA presents
as a part of T:BA:17
an interpreted performance of




written and performed by
Erin Markey

TIME & DATE: Monday, September 11th at 8:30 pm
LOCATION: A.R.T at 1515 SW Morrison, Portland OR
TICKETS: $20 Member / $25 General (All Ages)
INTERPRETER: Jayodin Mosher


"Comprised of her signature story-driven stand-up and scored by sensual homemade pop, Erin Markey’s Boner Killer is an intimate musical conversation between what Markey thinks she can’t have and how she’d have it if she could. Driven by Whitney Houston’s lesbian mythologies, Europe™, and a Pretty Woman accident, Markey and bandmate Emily Bate sacrifice their lives to transform personal humiliations into naked feminist hope.
 
Erin Markey has “laser-beam eyes, a hair-raising singing voice, and an intense, almost predatory sexuality” (The New Yorker). She’s a “magnetic diva” (New York Times). She’s one of Brooklyn’s 50 Funniest People (Brooklyn Magazine). And she wants to tell you some stories.


Named one of “Brooklyn’s 50 Funniest People” (Brooklyn Magazine), Erin Markey makes music, shows and videos. "






Saturday, September 2, 2017

T:BA:17 "They, Themself, and Schmerm" - 9/9/17 @ 8:30p

PICA presents
as a part of T:BA:17
an interpreted performance of


They, Themself and Schmerm
written and performed by
Becca Blackwell

TIME & DATE: Saturday, September 9th at 8:30 pm
Co-presented with Artists Repertory Theatre’s Frontier Series
LOCATION: A.R.T at 1515 SW Morrison, Portland OR
TICKETS: $20 Member / $25 General (All Ages)
INTERPRETER: Dot Hearn; preparation team Dana Walls


"US West Coast Premiere:  Part classic standup comedy special, part teen zine vomit confessional, They, Themself and Schmerm is Becca’s disturbingly hilarious personal tale of being adopted into a Midwestern religious family, trained to be a girl, molested, and plagued by the question, “How do I become a man and do I even want that?” Becca engages in loving confrontation with the audience, asking what it truly means to be authentic in these meat carcasses. They, Themself and Schmerm is Directed by and Developed with Ellie Heyman.


Becca Blackwell is a New York City based trans actor, performer and writer. Existing between genders, and preferring the pronoun “they,” Blackwell works collaboratively with playwrights and directors to expand our sense of personhood and the body through performance. Some of their collaborations have been with Young Jean Lee, Half Straddle, Jennifer Miller’s Circus Amok, Richard Maxwell, Sharon Hayes, Theater of the Two Headed Calf and Lisa D’Amour. They were recently seen in Erin Markey’s tour of A Ride on the Irish Cream and Richard Maxwell’s Samara. Becca is a recipient of the Doris Duke Impact Artist Award 2015. "






Becca Blackwell In Conversation with Shawna Lipton and bart fitzgerald

date & time: Tuesday, September 12th at 12:30 - 1:30 PM
location: PNCA at 511 NW Broadway, Room 107, Portland OR
This public event will be interpreted.

Free Admission
"Becca Blackwell shares insights into the creation of They, Themself, and Schmerm, including themes of gender and transition, strategies of humor, and forms of comedy and personal narrative. In dialogue with TBA Guest Scholar bart fitzgerald and Shawna Lipton, Chair, MA in Critical Studies, Pacific Northwest College of Art."




Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Theatre as Fresh as it Gets: interpreted

Portland Center Stage at The Armory
presents


(Just Add Water)
a playwright festival
Sat July 29 & Sun July 30
4:00 and 8:00 pm each day
(see full schedule below)

All reading are free and open to the public (no reservation required)
Portland Center Stage at The Armory
128 NW Eleventh Ave, Portland, OR

 Four new plays. Four playwrights. Ten days of workshop. A large company of stage managers and actors, directors and productions assistants, and more.

Four readings in two days. One performance of each and all four will be interpreted.

Be among the first to see these fresh off the computer plays.

THE SCHEDULE

Saturday July 29
4 p.m. – Tiny Houses by Stefanie Zadravec
8 p.m. – Testmatch by Kate Attwell

Sunday, July 30
4 p.m. – In Old Age by Mfoniso Udofia
8 p.m. – Small Steps by Briandaniel Oglesby


THE PLAYS

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.


Testmatch
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.


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.


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.



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.
Testmatch
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

THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST


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
presents
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.  

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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
INTERPRETER: Dot Hearn
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
presents
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





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