Quick Glance Season List

2019-20 Season Interpreted Performances

Here is a quick list of interpreted performance dates for  the 2019-20 season at several Portland OR theaters. The show title links to the...

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

2019-20 Season Interpreted Performances

Here is a quick list of interpreted performance dates for  the 2019-20 season at several Portland OR theaters. The show title links to the specific production page (when available). Below the season is a key to the theatre abbreviations. Check back for updates. You can also follow Performing Arts Interpreting Alliance on Facebook and/or Instagram for additional information, insights, play reviews, and more. (Last updated 9/17/19)

SEPT 2019
Th 09/19/19   PCS    In the Heights

OCT 2019
Sa 10/05/19   CORR  Eclipsed      
Sa 10/05/19   NWCT  How I Became a Pirate (11 am)
Su 10/06/19   LINE   Welcome to Zion  *free*
W  10/09/19   PPH    The Wolves    
Th 10/17/19   PCS     Macbeth    
Su 10/20/19   PacU    Orlando (2:00 pm)
Su 10/20/19   STT      Bakkhai  (5:30 pm)
Fr 10/25/19    PROF   The Baltimore Waltz  
Th 10/31/19   PPH     Women of Will  

NOV 2019
Th 11/14/91   PCS      Redwood      
 Sa 11/23/19   PCC     Dracula  (7:00 pm)

DEC 2019
Sa 12/11/19    PPH       A Christmas Carol (2:00 pm)  
W 12/14/19    PPH       A Christmas Carol (7:00 pm)  
Th 12/19/19   NWCT   Matilda, the Musical (at noon)
Th 12/19/19    PCS      Miss Bennett: Christmas at Pemberley

JAN 2020
Th 01/16/20   PCS       Hedwig and the Angry Inch  
Fr 01/24/20    PROF    Sweat    
Th 01/30/20   LINE     *free*  Fertile Ground lunchtime concert readings. *1/30-2/9 a different new play will be presented each day at 12-1:30 pm*

FEB 2020
Su 02/01/20  LINE    *free* Fertile Ground readings continue [12-1:30p]
Th 02/06/20  PCS       School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play
Sa 02/22/20  NWCT    Jungle Book  (noon)
Sa 02/22/20  CORR    James X  
Fr 02/28/20   PROF    Indecent        

MAR 2020
W 03/04/20   PPH      Pipeline  
Sa 3/14/20    PCC      Our Town  (7:00 pm)
Su 3/15/20    PacU     This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing  (2:00 pm)
Th 03/19/20  PCS      The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time  
Th 03/26/20  PCS       9 Parts of Desire

APR 2020
Sa 04/18/20  CORR    Kissing the Witch  
W 04/22/20   PPH      Thurgood   

MAY 2020
Th 05/07/20   PCS       Howards End
(early May)    PCC      production to be announced (7:00 pm)
Sa 05/16/20   NWCT   Seussical (at noon)
(maybe 5/20)  STT      The Antipodes

JUN 2020
Fr 06/05/20   PROF     By the Way, Meet Vera Stark        
Th 06/18/20  PCS        Cambodian Rock Band

*Key to Theater Abbreviations, with links*

CORR   Corrib Theatre
LINE     LineStorm Playwrights
NWCT   Northwest Childrens Theater and School
PacU     Pacific University
PCC      Portland Community College, Sylvania
PCS      Portland Center Stage at The Armory
PPH      Portland Playhouse
PROF   Profile Theatre
STT      Shaking the Tree Theatre

Sunday, August 25, 2019

"Hamlet" [Clever Enough] interpreted 9/5/19

Clever Enough presents
an interpreted performance of

by William Shakespeare

There will be blood

DATE & TIME: Thur Sept 5 at 7:30 pm
LOCATION: Chapel Theatre,4107 SE Harrison St, Milwaukie TICKETS: $15 (available online
INTERPRETERS: Dana Walls & Kassie Hughes

"Clever Enough proudly announces their second show: Hamlet by William Shakespeare. This production will, among other things, challenge the viewers into seeing the often overlooked aspects of this masterfully written play. A lot of attention is being placed on Fortinbras since he is so often cut out of productions and films altogether. This production is making a point to demonstrate how politics and deeply rooted family violence and betrayal are intertwined--the personal is political. Hamlet is a character with the sins of the father on him, but he’s got other things on his plate. Besides, Norway and the imperialism done in the past is old news and nothing to worry about.

…Or is it?

Meanwhile this production will not be shy about inspiring much deserved sympathy and admiration for Ophelia, Laertes and Gertrude by embracing their depth and heart. Furthermore, Clever Enough aims to remind the audience that while Hamlet is the hero of the play… he’s still human. And human beings can be cold sometimes. What’s more interesting: portraying this story as cut and dry, or delving into the grey areas of it with the intention of inspiring critical thinking? We think it’s the latter. "

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

"They've Turned Off the Water" Sun 7/14 at 5pm

by Dan Kitrosser


Sunday, July 14th @ 5p.m.
Beulahland Coffee and Alehouse, 118 NE 28th Ave., Portland, OR
Interpreters: Dot Hearn and Kassie Hughes

A new play about a raucous descent into madness, because of climate change and the short lifespan of women's acting careers.

Alissa Jessup as Lulu
Dan Kitrosser as Esther
Jordan Siegel as "THE HUNK"

Dan Kitrosser is an award-winning playwright, screenwriter and storyteller. He is the founding Artistic Director of Writopia Lab’s Worldwide Plays Festival, a festival of plays written by teens and tweens from around the country. Fellowships: Sundance Screenwriting Fellow, TimeWarner 150 Fellow, Harold and Mimi Steinberg Fellow for Playwriting.


Thursday, May 30, 2019

Profile Theatre presents
an interpreted performance of
written by Anna Deavere Smith
*performed at Portland Playhouse*

DATE & TIME: Fri 5/31/19 at 7:30 pm
LOCATION:  This is a Profile Theatre production, which is being performed at
                        *Portland Playhouse* 602 NE Prescott, Portland 97211
TICKETS: $20 by selecting "ASL tickets" if purchasing online
INTERPRETERS: Dot Hearn and Kassie Hughes
"In this theater piece constructed from verbatim interview transcripts, Anna Deavere Smith examines the miracle of human resilience through the lens of the national debate on health care. Drawn from in-person interviews, Smith creates an indelible gallery of 20 individuals, known and unknown—from a rodeo bull rider and a World Heavyweight boxing champion to a New Orleans doctor during Hurricane Katrina, as well as former Texas Governor Ann Richards, cyclist Lance Armstrong, film critic Joel Siegel, and supermodel Lauren Hutton. A work of emotional brilliance and political substance from one of the treasures of the American theater. Originally created as a one-person show, the Profile Theatre production will feature the same six-person cast performing Lisa Kron’s Well."

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

reminder: "Dorothy's Dictionary" *free* staged reading

LineStorm Playwrights
in association with Lakewood Center for the Arts

by E.M. Lewis

Tickets: FREE - reservation requested
Date & Time: Wednesday, May 29th at 7:30 pm 
Location: Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 S State St., Lake Oswego 97034
Interpreters: Dot Hearn and Kassie Hughes

In this intimate two-character play -- a new work in progress by E. M. Lewis -- Zan is forced to choose between community service and juvenile detention after a violent incident in his high school. He picks community service. But when he's assigned to read to Dorothy, a librarian who has just entered hospice care, neither of them is sure he's made the right decision. Between difficult conversations and battles over books, they build an unbreakable bond.

E. M. Lewis is an award-winning playwright, teacher, and opera librettist. Her work has been produced around the world and has been published by Samuel French.

DOROTHY'S DICTIONARY is funded in part by the Regional Arts & Culture Council.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

reminder: Profile Theatre's "Well" interpreted Fri 5/24

Profile Theatre presents
an interpreted performance of
written by Lisa Kron
*performed at Portland Playhouse*

DATE & TIME: Fri 5/24/19 at 7:30 pm
LOCATION: *Portland Playhouse* 602 NE Prescott, Portland 97211
TICKETS: $20 by selecting "ASL tickets" if purchasing online
INTERPRETERS: Dot Hearn and Kassie Hughes

"In the opening moments of this Tony-nominated Best Play on Broadway, Lisa Kron assures us this play is not about her mother and her. But, of course, it is about her mother, and her mother’s extraordinary ability to heal a changing neighborhood, despite her inability to heal herself. In this self-professed solo show with people in it, Kron asks the provocative question: Do we create our own illness? The answers she gets are much more complicated than she bargained for as the play spins dangerously out of control into riotously funny and unexpected territory."
"Well" runs in repertory on alternating days with "Let Me Down Easy," which will be interpreted on Friday, May 31st, at 7:30 pm. See the same cast in the production written by Anna Deavere Smith, which is "...the miracle of human resilience through the lens of the national debate on health care." For more information or tickets for "Let Me Down Easy," go here.

Monday, May 13, 2019

"Jesus Christ Superstar" Interpreted 5/18 at 7:00 pm

Portland Community College presents
an interpreted performance of

music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
lyrics by Tim Rice

DATE & TIME: Saturday May 18th at 7:00 pm
LOCATION: PCC Sylvania Performing Arts Center
                      12000 SW 49th Ave. Portland, OR 97219
TICKETS:  available at the door or online
                    $20 General admission
                    $15 PCC staff, students, veterans, seniors
                    $12.50 Groups of 10 or more
INTERPRETERS: Marie Groshans and Dylan Mata-Lovato

"Jesus Christ Superstar tells the story of biblical Jesus in the final days leading up to his crucifixion. A rock opera by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, the musical has no spoken dialogue and is sometimes considered a modern rock-opera. Loosely based on the Gospels, Superstar focuses on the personal conflicts between Jesus, his disciples, the people of Israel, and the leadership of Rome. Special attention is played to the relationship between Judas Iscariot and Jesus, as well as Jesus relationship with Mary Magdalene. The musical is unique among biblical retellings in that it focuses on both Judas struggle making the decision to betray Jesus and Jesus human psychology, fear, and anger in understanding and accepting his role as both leader and martyr. The show is a product of its era, permeated with 1970s rock, gospel, folk and funk themes, modern language and colloquialisms, and high-energy dance numbers."

Ages: we suggest that children under 12 be accompanied by adults.

Running time: roughly 2 1/2 hours, including intermission.

Accessibility needs: if you have accessibility needs (for reserving seats for wheelchairs and their guests, require hearing devices, or other accessibility needs), please call 971-722-4949 and leave your name and number and our volunteer box office staff will get back to you as soon as we’re able.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

reminder: Crossing Mnisose 5/2/19 at PCS

Portland Center Stage at The Armory
an interpreted performance of
By Mary Kathryn Nagle
Directed by Molly Smith

Protect the water. Remember the sacrifice.
DATE & TIME: Thu 5/2/19 at 7:30 pm
LOCATION: 128 NW Eleventh Ave, Portland, OR
TICKETS: use promo code SIGN for community discount
INTERPRETERS: Dot Hearn and Karen Breidenbach

Crossing Mnisose (“minne-show-she”) tells the story of one of America's first feminists, Sacajawea, and draws a line from a completely original view of Lewis and Clark to the present day, as descendants of the Dakota and Lakota Nations continue their fight for the Mnisose (or what Europeans named the “Missouri River”) and the lands that contain the burials of their ancestors. From celebrated playwright, activist, and attorney Mary Kathryn Nagle (Cherokee Nation), whose Manahatta captivated audiences at Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

Run Time  Approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes, with one intermission.

Note     Recommended for ages 15 and up. This production contains loud noises, combat, domestic violence, strong language, and fog/haze. Children under 6 are not permitted at any production at The Armory. Learn more by calling 503-445-3700 or emailing boxoffice@pcs.org.

Monday, April 8, 2019

"How to Keep an Alien" interpreted Sat 4/27/19

Corrib Theatre presents
an interpreted performance of:

"How to Keep an Alien"
by Sonja Kelly

LOCATION: New Expressive Works, 810 SE Belmont St. Portland, OR
DATE & TIME: Sat Apr 27, 2019 at 7:30pm
TICKETS: $15 with code AFA ($10 off regular price); general seating

Irish Sonya and Australian Kate meet and fall in love, while working on a Russian play with English accents in an Irish castle. Together, they embark on a global odyssey to prove that they have a right to live together in Ireland. How to Keep an Alien is a tender and hilarious story attesting to the perils and obstacles of emigration, and the transformation that Irish society has undergone in recent times. This is a story about falling in love and proving it to the government.

Run time is approximately 80 minutes with no intermission.

INTERPRETERS: Dot Hearn and Kassie Hughes

Read more about this production on Broadway World, "How To Keep An Alien" comes to Corrib Theatre.

CAST: Sara Hennessy* (Sonya Kelly), Amy Katrina Bryan (as herself, the stage manager)

CREATIVE TEAM: Amy Katrina Bryan (Stage Manager/Production Manager, Actor), Trevor Sargent (Set and Light Design), Summer Olsson (Costume Design), Phillip Johnson (Sound Design), Chanell Magee (Props Design)

EVENTS: Talkback with director, actors, and designers after the show.

Monday, March 18, 2019

Reminder: "Crowns" interpreted 3/20

Portland Playhouse presents
an interpreted performance of
By: Regina Taylor
Adapted from the book by Michael Cunningham and Craig Marberry
DATE & TIME: Wed March 20 at 7:30 pm
LOCATION: 602 NE Prescott, Portland OR
TICKETS: $25 when select ASL tickets
INTERPRETERS: Laurielle Aviles, Dylan Mata-Lovato, Taiwo Olopade
Interpreter Advisor: Pamela Cancel

"Crowns brings the musical experience back to the Playhouse stage in a big way. A female driven cast tells the story of Yolanda, a young woman transplanted from Brooklyn to South Carolina following a family tragedy. There she meets a circle of women who share with her the history, the importance, the power of the hat.Crowns is a not-to-be-missed celebration of song, dance, cultural history—and glamorous headwear."

*Thank you to Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) for a project grant which has provided funding for a six-month training for Interpreters of Color in performance interpreting. "As on the Stage" started in October 2018; interpreting "Crowns" is the final project undertaken by three of the participants, with the phenomenal Pam Cancel as their production mentor and adviser. The grant also provided four free tickets to this production for Deaf Community members, as well as an earlier production with workshop participants as interns.*

Monday, February 18, 2019

"Four Last Things" interpreted Friday 2/22 at 7:30 pm +*bonus*

Corrib Theatre presents
an interpreted performance of

by Lisa Tierney-Keogh

WHERE: New Expressive Works, 810 SE Belmont St., Portland OR
TIME & DATE: Fri Feb 22nd at 7:30 pm
INTERPRETERS: Dot Hearn and Kassie Hughes
TICKETS: use code AFA for $15 tickets ($10 off regular price)
Bonus: Join us between 6:30-7:00 pm for a Deaf Community reception. Following the show, stay for a talkback, which will also be interpreted.

Jane is dropping out of college, out of life. She is stuck on her family’s farm in rural Ireland with a father who cannot find the words to articulate his fears, and a dog who intuitively grasps her state of mind but cannot reach her. Four Last Things is an emotionally charged journey through a young woman’s inner battles with depression as those who love her struggle to understand.

 Run time is approximately 90 minutes with no intermission.

Note: The interpreters will be placed upstage in the performance space instead of in front. This is an intimate theatre with general seating (no assigned seats). Over 50% of the seats have excellent sightlines to the interpreters, as well as the play; another 25% has good sightlines. Priority seating in the seats with the best sightlines will be made available for Deaf and Hard of Hearing patrons.

Monday, February 4, 2019

"No Candy" interpreted at Portland Playhouse 2/6/19

Portland Playhouse presents
an interpreted performance of

by Emma Stanton

DATE & TIME: Wed 2/6/19 at 7:30 pm
LOCATION: 602 NE Prescott, Portland OR 97211
TICKETS:  $25 with ASL discount
INTERPRETERS: Dot Hearn, KT Corlett, Laurielle Aviles

At the center of No Candy is a multi-generational community of Bosnian Muslim women who survived the Srebrenica genocide and, years later, open a gift shop for tourists who visit the Srebrenica memorial. While No Candy is very much about how trauma inhabits the body and shapes a community, it is also about the persistence of humor, art, and absurdity in an unimaginable time.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

*free tickets to "Sense & Sensibility" *

We have 4 free tickets to give away to the interpreted performance of "Sense & Sensibility" on Thu 1/31 at 7:30 pm, thanks to a grant from RACC (Regional Arts and Culture Council). This grant is to provide training for Interpreters of Color in performance interpreting. Two of the participants will be joining the team for this show - meaning there will be a team of four interpreters!
Send an email by January 21st with "S&S tix" in the subject to Deaf.tix.raffle AT gmail - and include your name in the body of the email to enter. Winners will be drawn at random; email addresses will only be used for the drawing and to notify winners.

Friday, January 4, 2019

Summer 2019

There are several interpreted theatrical performances scheduled so far for summer 2019. If more are added, this page will be updated. You can also check for updates and more information at PAIA on Facebook. This list will be updated as interpreted performances and events are added. (updated 6/28/19)

[Title links connect to event webpage.]

___ LINE  7/14         "They've Turned Off the Water," free concert reading
___ PCS    7/26-28    JAW - Playwright's Festival, free staged readings

Key to Theatre Company Abbreviations
PCS : Portland Center Stage at The Armory
PPH : Portland Playhouse
PROF : Profile Theatre
BOOM : Boom Arts
CORR : Corrib Theatre
NWCT: Northwest Children's Theater and School
PCC    : Portland Community College, Sylvania