Quick Glance Season List

3/26/21: "Wine in the Wilderness" - interpreted

  Portland Center Stage at The Armory presents " Wine in the Wilderness " Alice Childress, Playwright Tiffany Nichole Greene, Dir...

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

3/26/21: "Wine in the Wilderness" - interpreted

 Portland Center Stage at The Armory

Alice Childress, Playwright
Tiffany Nichole Greene, Director

Friday, March 26, 2021 at 7:30 pm
Streaming online at PCS.org
Pay What You Will tickets start at $5 - purchase online
Interpreters: Taiwo Olopade and Sarika Mehta

Join us for this virtual release launch and pre-show discussion with the director!

"As race riots blaze on the streets outside his Harlem home, painter Bill Jameson works feverishly to complete a triptych depicting his vision of Black womanhood. While he struggles to find his final muse — the “messed up chick” — his friends discover the perfect model in Tommy, a woman they meet at a bar after she’s been burned out of her home in the riots. However, Tommy is more than she seems, and her presence changes everything. Celebrated writer Alice Childress offers an intimate and raw study of race, gender, and class that explores how the Black community perceives, defines, and affirms itself from within."

Read more about the playwright, Alice Childress, on the PCS website, here

Friday, March 5, 2021

"Romeo & Juliet" live streamed, interpreted

 Portland Community College
Theatre Arts Department presents
an interpreted performance of

William Shakespeare's

"Romeo and Juliet"

Join us for a live performance of this timeless tale of tragic love and families fractured by an age-old dispute, performed with puppets and adapted to live, online theatre performances. The link for each date will take you to register for the live Zoom performance. Performance audiences are limited to 90 households.

PCC’s Romeo & Juliet, Saturday, March 6, 2021, 7pm – house opens at 6:30pm, curtain at 7pm (American Sign Language Interpreted Performance). ** The performances are FREE to attend, but registration is required. **

In lieu of selling tickets to this production, we ask that if you would like, please contribute to our PCC Foundation Theatre Arts Scholarship Fund. Donations help PCC Theatre Arts Students pursue their goals in academics.

Thursday, February 18, 2021

PCS's Annual Gala "Metamorphosis"

Portland Center Stage's annual gala, Metamorphosis, is being streamed live and will be interpreted.

This event will be ASL interpreted.
FREE TO ALL - registration required
PCS's annual gala, Metamorphosis, will be streamed live on
Saturday, February 20, 2021 at 7 p.m.
6:30 p.m. Pre-Show Virtual Gala (With great music from Blossom and helpful tips!)
7 p.m. Metamorphosis Gala Live!

Join Masters of Ceremony, Artistic Director Marissa Wolf and Associate Artistic Director Chip Miller, for a fabulous evening featuring five outstanding artists and an exciting live auction! Bid on rejuvenating local getaways, inspired redecorating packages, unique entertaining opportunities and three great raffle prizes — all to support the theater you love!

*NOTE: interpretation will begin with the Gala at 7:00 pm; the pre-show helpful tips are on slides and will repeat*

Interpreters: Jayodin Mosher and Sarika Mehta

   The gala will be streamed live on the PCS website, as well as FacebookYouTube, and Twitch.

Sunday, February 14, 2021

PATA Valentine Fund fundraiser video

 (Sharing for Portland Area Theatre Alliance - PATA)

Happy Valentine's Day! We hope you will check out our online cabaret, featuring performances by local actors in support of the PATA Valentine Fund for member theatre artists' emergency relief. [video cc]

Donations to the Valentine Fund accepted at www.portlandtheatre.com

Thank you to the local theatre artists who generously contributed their talent, work, and stories:

Kushi Beauchamp

Lisamarie Harrison

Mont Chris Hubbard

Jennifer Lanier

Natalie McClure  

Michael J. Teufel

Tara Velarde 

Video edited by Erik Montague.

Musicians performing are represented by the AFM - American Federation of Musicians, AFL-CIO.

Monday, January 25, 2021

W 1/29/2021 "Community" by Anya Pearson - interpreted

 DG Footlights Oregon presents
an interpreted virtual reading of

by Anya Pearson

DG Footlights™ Oregon continues with a virtual reading of COMMUNITY, a new performance by Anya Pearson at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, January 29, 2021. This event will be interpreted and is free; registration required.
This play is about 2020. Need we say more?
Okay, maybe a little: 2020 has taught us so much about grief, loss, sadness, isolation, anger, rage, fury, community, more isolation, longing, loneliness, friendship, laughter, skin-shedding, cocoons, hiding under beds, growth, retreat, silence, gratitude, radical acceptance, claustrophobia, unexpected minor miracles amid so much catastrophe.
The more we settle into the truth of ourselves, the more room we create for joy despite the despair.
Join us for an exploration of what it means to make theatre during the pandemic – what it means to create new forms, evolve, retreat, and reemerge with a renewed commitment to truth-telling.
Rated PG-13, the play discusses modern relationships and living/surviving/adulting during the pandemic.

Interpreters: Taiwo Olopade and Dana Walls

Sunday, November 29, 2020

Sat 12/5: "A Christmas Carol" - interpreted live virtual performance

Theatre Arts presents
an interpreted livestream performance of:

A live theatrical adaptation of the beloved Dickens holiday novella,  
A CHRISTMAS CAROL, presented on the Zoom platform 
by the PCC Theatre program.  

DATE : Saturday, December 5, 2020

TIME : 7:00 pm PST; virtual house opens at 6:30 pm

TICKETS : Click here to watch the live performance (free)

                    or Reserve your Pay What You Can tickets at Brown Paper Tickets 

PLOT:  Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by his 7years dead business partner late one Christmas Eve, telling Scrooge that he must bear the visitation of three spirits who may help him to change his misdirection in life.  Scrooge is then guided by these spirits to significant events in the past, present and future that force him to see life from a new perspective.  With the memorable appearances of Jacob Marley, the Crachit Family (including Tiny Tim), the Fezziwigs, and Scrooge's nephew Fred, Scrooge's epic journey is a seasonal tradition, brought to you by the talented and tireless students, staff and supporters of PCC Theatre.  Come and enjoy this ghostly tale of redemption and hope!

Appropriate for:  All Ages

Running Time: Under 90 minutes (including an intermission)

ALL DATES with links to the performances

  • December 3 – house opens at 6:30pm, curtain at 7pm
  • December 4 – house opens at 6:30pm, curtain at 7pm (Audio Description)
  • December 5 – house opens at 6:30pm, curtain at 7pm (American Sign Language Interpretation)
  • December 6 – house opens at 1:30pm, curtain at 2pm

Thursday, October 15, 2020

PCS: Love in the Time of Pinatas 10/24/2020

an interpreted one-time live-streamed event

staged reading
ASL interpreted
[video: no dialogue; salsa song plays throughout. solid dark pink flamingo background, 
cut lime green crepe paper banner on top, white English text about show content, 
with changing images, such as a donut, donkey pinatas, photos of the creator-performer 
in a fishnet shirt, black tight shorts, make-up, glittery beard.]

Love in the Time of Piñatas
Written and Performed by Baruch Porras Hernandez
Directed by Richard A. Mosqueda

Date & Time: Saturday, October 24th, 2020 at 7:30 pm
Location: Link will be live on the PCS website day of the event.
Tickets: Pay What You Will starting at $5 and are available here
Interpreter: Laurielle Middleton-Aviles

"Hilarious and deliciously biting, this play brings love, piñatas, and donuts to the fight against injustice, hatred, and oppression in all its flavors (but especially the orange-tinged variety). Writer, performer, and comedian Baruch Porras Hernandez shares stories of his journey as a Queer Latino boy growing up in Toluca, Mexico, and immigrating to California. Using poetry, stand-up comedy, and sweaty go-go dance vibes, Baruch serves up everything from Rainbow Brite realness to Frida Kahlo glitter magic along the way. Love in the Time of Piñatas played to sold-out crowds in San Francisco and this staged reading is a special adaptation for the PCS Remix: Play Reading series. Grab your party hat and get ready to take a bite of this deep-fried, frosted goodness!"

Thursday, July 16, 2020

Looking Forward in a Time of Flux

*update 10/15/2020: Theatres are moving into virtual live-streamed and recorded events, a few in-person events with safety protocols + limited audience + distancing. Theater communities are looking for ways to share the work we do during this changing and challenging time - working with new works from BIPOC artists, producing and performing in new ways and avenues. There are some exciting events coming up which will have interpreters on-site and on-screen, as we all navigate this new territory.*

-- original post:

In-person theater for the remainder of the 2019-20 season was cancelled or postponed. The medical  and scientific communities are still monitoring the coronavirus, watching trends, making predictions. We are living in a time of constant flux - globally, nationwide, and locally. There are many conversations happening around performances of all kinds, with the exploration of options and possibilities. New forms are being created or old ones revised. But, for now, live theater in a closed space with 100 or 200 or 800 people is months away; current predictions are 6-18 months. Broadway in NYC announced there will be no productions for the remainder of 2020; other performance venues and companies are following suit. There may not be a 2020-21 season; or there may be a shortened one. One thing is for certain, whatever 2020-21 season we have will be different.

I am continuing to work with a few local theater on providing access for productions as things change. And change again. There are some exciting possibilities ahead - which I can't tell you, yet, because there is still so much which is unknown. Theatre is not dead - it is being adapted to this requirements of this current time we are living in. I will continue to try to share online opportunities as they become available, as new forms are created and shared, as I find new Deaf productions being shared. I look forward to the time when we can be in the room together, sharing laughter and breath and tears and surprise and wonder with the actors on the stage and tech crew in the booth and backstage. Until that time, let's keep our creativity alive and support the efforts of each other as we navigate distancing and face masks and large gathering bans.

You can also check us out on Facebook @paiaPDX, where there are links to Deaf productions, conversations about signing in theatre, online Deaf film and arts events, Deaf improv comedy, and more.

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Deafinitely Theatre's "Love's Labour's Lost"

While we're waiting out the pandemic to see what the situation is going to look like for theatre and performing arts when we start transitioning out of stricter social distancing guidelines, I will be searching for videos of Deaf performance to share. This seems like a great start, one of Shakespeare's early comedies!

SparkNotes has an online study guide for this play if you want more information.

Deafinitely Theatre's production of Love's Labour's Lost
performed in British Sign Language at The Globe Theatre.

For more information, visit www.deafinitelytheatre.co.uk

deafinitely theatre and shakespeare’s globe present

love’s labour’s lost

by william shakespeare

Presented at Shakespeare's Globe for the World Shakespeare Festival in May 2012, Deafinitely Theatre and Shakespeare’s Globe’s production of Love's Labour's Lost then toured the UK as part of the Globe to Globe Festival, in which each of Shakespeare's 37 plays were shown in a different language. By translating the rich, pun-riddled text of Love's Labour's Lost into the physical language of BSL, Deafinitely Theatre created a new interpretation of Shakespeare's comedy, accessible to theatregoers of all backgrounds. This is the first time this has been attempted with a full Shakespeare play.

The court of Navarre: the King and his three Lords vow to stay away from wine, women and luxury; but when the princess and her ladies from France arrive, they begin to change their minds. As each gives in to his affections and breaks his oath, they all try – unsuccessfully - to keep their love secret from each other.

Love’s Labour’s Lost was filmed at Shakespeare’s Globe.

Thursday, April 2, 2020

2019-20 season update (4/2/20)

[update 04/02/2020]  As the US tries to flatten the curve, slow the spread and respond to COVID-19, many people are feeling the impact as there are curfews and gathering bans. Theater and other arts organizations are making difficult decisions or being mandated to close. As of 04/02/2020 it is unknown how long the "stay in" order will last, or when we can begin returning to theatres and movies and soccer matches and more. As of right now, the government has recommended a "stay home" policy through the end of April.

Almost all regular season productions have cancelled. NW Children's Theater and School is actively trying to reschedule Suessical and the Elephant & Piggie Tour, but as of now, any shows in April have been cancelled.

If you already have tickets to any of the interpreted performances, you can check the theatre's website to see how they are handling exchanges, their refund policy in terms of this situation. You may also opt to donate the ticket cost to the theater in most cases - an easy way to help support the theaters who have had to go dark and cancel a large chunk of their seasons.

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

MAY 2020
*cxld* Th 05/07/20   PCS      Howards End
*cxld* Su 05/10/20   STT      The Antipodes
Sa 05/1620   NWCT    Elephant & Piggie’s, We are in a Play – On Tour (Salem 11AM)
*cxld* Sa 05/16/20   PCC      In The Blood (7:00 pm)
Sa 05/16/20   NWCT   Seussical (at noon)
*cxld* M 05/18/20   PCS       Teen Program Spring Showcase - free

JUN 2020
*postponed to next season tba   PROF    By the Way, Meet Vera Stark        
*cxld* Th 06/18/20  PCS       Cambodian Rock Band

*Key to Theater Abbreviations, with links*

CORR   Corrib Theatre
NWCT   Northwest Childrens Theater and School
PCC      Portland Community College, Sylvania
PCS      Portland Center Stage at The Armory
PGMC  Portland Gay Men's Chorus
PPH      Portland Playhouse
PROF   Profile Theatre
STT      Shaking the Tree Theatre