Quick list of ASL interpreted performances

2023-24 season Theatrical signed performances [updated 7/16/24]

A quick list of signed performance dates for the 2023-24 theater season. Check back for updates, as new plays, concerts, readings, and so on...

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Interpreted Theater : What's Coming up Next?

More information will be posted on each event, but here are a few upcoming interpreted performances in the next few months. Check your calendar and hold the dates!

Thursday, April 25th at noon
"Clybourne Park" at Portland Center Stage
This will be interpreted by four T.I.P.S. Part II workshop interpreters
Dialogue Sign Consultant (for actors): Justin Coleman
Interpreted Q&A to follow

Thursday, April 25th at 7:30 pm
"Clybourne Park" at Portland Center Stage
Interpreted by Dot Hearn and Jen Morris
Sign Coach: James Rae
Dialogue Sign Consultant (for actors): Justin Coleman
Deaf Theatre Chat starts at 6:30 pm

Saturday, May 4th, 1:00 - 4:00 pm
SWCDHH Community Day 2013
Portland Center Stage will be at this event, with upcoming season brochures, as well as information about special subscription packages for the DHH community

Thursday, May 9th at 11 am (at noon in case of rain)
"Cyclops" at Portland Community College, Sylvania campus
an ArtBeat production
Inteprreted by Renee Jantz and Carin Billings

Tuesday, May 14th at 7:30 pm
"My Children! My Africa!"
Profile Theatre's Inside Out: Community and School Tour at Roosevelt High School
 contact Artistic Director Adriana Baer for more information
Interpreted by Rich Hall and Dot Hearn

Thursday, May 16th at 7:30 pm
"The People's Republic of Portland" at Portland Center Stage
Interpreted by Dot Hearn (understudy Jayodin Mosher)
Sign Coach: James Rae
Deaf Theatre Chat starts at 6:30 pm

Thursday, May 23rd at 7:30 pm
"My Children! My Africa!" at Profile Theatre
Interpreted by Rich Hall and Dot Hearn

Thursday, June 23th at 7:30 pm
"Somewhere in Time" at Portland Center Stage
Interpreted by Pam Cancel and Edwin Cancel
Sign Coach: Justin Coleman
Deaf Theatre Chat begins at 6:30 pm

Friday, August 23rd
"Much Ado About Nothing" in Bend, OR
Northwest Classical Theatre Company and Lay It Out Events
Time and location TBA
Interpreted by Steve Nail and Dot Hearn

Also - check out SignPlay for more interpreted theater. Some of the touring Broadway productions have two interpreted performances due to popularity. Still to come in the Broadway series are Flashdance in April, Rock of Ages in May, and The Addams Family in June.


Friday, March 15, 2013


The Oregon School for the Deaf  Poetry Out Loud contestant made it to the State Finals. The finalists from all regions will be competing tomorrow afternoon in Salem. The event will be interpreted.

Poetry Out Loud Oregon state finals:

DATE: Saturday, March 16, 2013
TIME: 1:00 - 4:00 pm
WHERE: Willamette Heritage Center, 1313 Mill Street, Salem, OR


Tuesday, March 12, 2013

"The Whipping Man": interpreted 3/14/13

Portland Center Stage presents
an interpreted performance of

The Whipping Man
by Matthew Lopez

Thursday 3/14/13 at 7:30 pm
with Deaf Theatre Chat beginning at 6:30 pm
You can order tickets online, using promotional code SIGN to get right price, right section!
On the Main Stage at 128 NW 11th Ave., Portland, OR 97209. 503-445-3700.

Watch Justin Coleman's video for more information about this play.

In the post-Civil War South, three men are tied to each other by history and faith, but are also bound by secrets. A badly wounded Jewish Confederate soldier returns home at war’s end to find that his family has fled to the countryside. Remaining in the city mansion are two former slaves, also raised by his family as Jews. With Passover upon them, the three men unite to celebrate the holiday, even as they struggle to comprehend their new relationships at a crossroads of personal and national history. 
The Whipping Man, which premiered in New York in 2011 to great acclaim, is an extraordinary tale of loyalty, deceit and deliverance. 
Please note: While The Whipping Man takes place in a harrowing era in American history, the production itself does not depict scenes of violence between slaves and owners. 

Sunday, March 10, 2013

New Home Next Season for Profile Theatre

Profile Theatre has found a new home. This looks like a great partnership in another well-established performance space.

Excerpt from the press release :

Artists Rep becomes home to Profile Theatre 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – March 2, 2013. With great pleasure Artists Rep and Profile Theatre announce that Profile will make Artists Repertory Theatre their new home. Profile will produce and rehearse their next season at Artists Rep, beginning in January with their 2014 Sam Shepard Season. ThisJune, Profile willmove their business office from their current location at the Theater! Theatre! Building in SE Portland,to offices on the eastside of the Artists Rep campus.
This partnership offers a phenomenal opportunity for collaboration between these two
longstanding Portland theatre companies. This agreement quickly fell into place shortly after Profile learned, less than amonth ago,that their lease at Theater! Theatre! would not be renewed in June. Talks began immediately between management at both theatre companies. 
With Profile’s urgent need to find a home and both organizations embracing a time of transition
with new artistic leadership, administrators believe that despite the unexpected circumstances,the timing and organizational evolution is nearly perfect for both companies.

Click the title to read the entire press release for more information.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

"Blood Knot" interpreted this Thursday, March 7th

Profile Theatre presents an interpreted performance of:

"Blood Knot"
by Athol Fugard

 Ben Newman as Morris and Don Kenneth Mason as Zach
Jamie Bosworth Photographer
Profile Theatre delivers powerful production…” - The Oregonian
Read the full review

It’s scary, funny and sometimes shockingly raw...This is intimate, total theatre.” - Oregon ArtsWatch, Bob Hicks
Read the full review

This week! Thursday 3/7/13 at 7:30 pm
Profile Theatre, 3430 SE Belmont St. Portland, OR 97214, Phone: 503.242.0080
Order tickets online.
Brothers Zach and Morris live together in a one-room shack in Port Elizabeth’s black housing slum, unable to escape until enough money is saved from Zach’s job guarding the entrance of a Whites Only park from non-white children. As light-skinned Morris tries desperately to hold on to his only family, he inadvertently creates a chasm that might never close, forcing dark-skinned Zach to ask the most dangerous question: Is love only skin deep?

PCS 2013-14 Season Announced

 Portland Center Stage:

On Monday, March 4th, Portland Center Stage announced next season's lineup of plays. Click on the link to read more about the plays.

The only tickets which are currently available for next season are subscriptions, which are available by calling the box office. PCS offers subscriptions for Everything (all the Main Stage and Ellen Bye theater shows), the Main Stage Series, and the Ellen Bye Series. See the website for more details and lock in your tickets now!

Interpreted performance dates will be posted in a few months. It looks like a fun and invigorating season, with plays running the entire spectrum of theater. Stay tuned!

There are four more interpreted plays left at PCS this season:
The Whipping Man on March 14th
Clybourne Park on April 25th
The People's Republic of Portland on May 16th
Somewhere in Time on June 13th

And, as always, remember the Deaf Theatre Chat which begins at 6:30pm on the before the interpreted performances.

Fiddler on the Roof

Music by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, and book by Joseph Stein
September 14–October 27 on the Main Stage

Tradition and family: can they endure historic change?

Winner of nine Tony Awards and with a record-setting Broadway run, Fiddler has become an American classic.

Tevye, the loquacious father of five daughters, fights to maintain his family and their traditions while outside influences encroach upon their lives. He must cope both with the strong-willed actions of his three older daughters—as each one’s choice of husband moves further away from the customs of his faith—and with the edict of a tyrannical and unjust Tsar.

With vibrant dances, beloved songs—“Sunrise, Sunset,” “If I Were a Rich Man,” “Tradition”—and profound heart, Fiddler has touched audiences for generations.

2010 Olivier Award for Best Play

The Mountaintop

By Katori Hall
August 31–October 27 in the Ellyn Bye Studio

“I’ve been to the mountaintop…”

April 4, 1968. Memphis. The Lorraine Motel. A time and place burned into the American psyche. But what about April 3? How did Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., spend his last night on Earth?

Playwright Katori Hall creates a surrealistic fantasy in this breakout Broadway hit, about a chance encounter between King and a mysterious hotel maid who brings him a cup of coffee and prompts him to confront his life, his legacy and the plight and future of his people.

The Second City’s A Christmas Carol: Twist Your Dickens

By Peter Gwinn and Bobby Mort
November 16–December 22 on the Main Stage

“The entire recent tradition of American satire can be summed up in three words: The Second City.”

A complete send-up of the holiday classic, fully festooned with the improvisational genius behind the legendary comedy troupe The Second City. Dickens’ famous Victorian characters may wonder what was in their egg nog as Scrooge, Tiny Tim and those know-it-all ghosts find themselves hopelessly mixed up in zany holiday sketches with anachronistic characters, uproarious improv and an ever-changing stable of drop-in local celebrity guests.

(Recommended for high school age and up.)

Special Holiday Offering

The Santaland Diaries

By David Sedaris; Adapted for the stage by Joe Mantello
November 26–December 26 in the Ellyn Bye Studio

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.

NPR humorist and best-selling author of When You Are Engulfed in FlamesMe Talk Pretty One Day and Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, David Sedaris has become one of America’s pre-eminent humor writers, and this production has become a Portland holiday tradition.

The Santaland Diaries is included as an option as part of the Create Your Own Series or Flexpass. VIP passes (included with the Everything Series) may now be used for The Santaland Diaries.


By David Henry Hwang
January 11–February 9 on the Main Stage

A smart comedy of cross-cultural missteps.

In Chinglish, an American businessman heads to Asia to score a lucrative contract for his family’s firm—but the deal isn’t the only thing getting lost in translation when he collides with a Communist minister, a bumbling consultant and a suspiciously sexy bureaucrat. The perils and fraught pleasures of Chinese-American business transactions become fascinating—and hilarious—drivers of this new comedy by Hwang, award-winning playwright of M. Butterfly and Golden Child.

A world premiere from JAW 2012


By Elizabeth Heffron
February 1–March 16 in the Ellyn Bye Studio

Life’s not easy for Bo-Nita. It never is for a 13-year-old, but especially one who winds up with a dead, semi-ex-stepfather on her bedroom floor. With humor, pathos, and a dash of midwest magic realism, Bo-Nita follows one mother and daughter’s journey through a working-class America of dwindling resources, and the lengths they must go to stay together and keep their beat alive.

A Small Fire

By Adam Bock
February 22–March 23 on the Main Stage

“An unforgettable banquet,” —The Village Voice

A Small Fire follows John and Emily Bridges, a long-married couple whose happy, middle-class lives are upended when Emily falls victim to a mysterious disease. As this indomitable woman’s senses are slowly stripped away—smell, taste, sight—she finds herself suddenly and completely dependent on the husband whose endless devotions she had always taken for granted.

By the author of The Receptionist and The Thugs, PCS audiences will recognize the complete originality and deep humanity to be found in Bock’s characters.

“Raucous, funny and unexpectedly touching, as we are made intimate witnesses to a frank demonstration of how much of life, of love and of happiness remain within reach even when so much appears to be lost.” —The New York Times


By William Shakespeare
April 5–May 11 on the Main Stage

A profound tragedy of the power of love and jealousy.

A highly-esteemed general serving the state of Venice, Othello the Moor, secretly marries Desdemona, the daughter of a senator. As their marriage is revealed, jealousies around their love match and Othello’s rise to prominence are unleashed, marking destructive rifts in a tale that piles secret upon secret, and betrayal upon betrayal (both real and imagined). A society seething with intrigue sets the stage for the machinations of a bitter ensign, Iago, and the ultimate tragedy—when love does not trust, and power is prized above all things.

The Last Five Years

Written and composed by Jason Robert Brown
April 26–June 22 in the Ellyn Bye Studio

“I’ve been waiting for someone…
I think I could be in love with someone.”

An emotionally powerful and intimate musical about two New Yorkers in their twenties who fall in love. The title is not only a reference to their relationship, but also a call to the structure of the play itself, with the element of time folding in on itself and echoing the sometimes disorienting quality of love. Cathy tells her story of the courtship backwards, while Jamie tells his story chronologically; will these two manage to hold on to their prize?

The Last Five Years is a charming and bittersweet song cycle, and was a Drama Desk Award winner. It is our first musical offering in the Studio since Crazy Enough.

Lizzie: The Musical

By Steven Cheslik-deMeyer, Tim Maner and Alan Stevens Hewitt
May 24–June 29 on the Main Stage

Lizzie Borden took an ax…

A rock-show retelling of the bloody legend of America’s favorite ax-wielding double-murderess and Victorian hometown girl. Lizzie Borden, who has become fodder for jump rope rhymes and TV movies of the week, was a Massachusetts woman who was acquitted in 1892 of the ax murders of her father and stepmother, and lived the rest of her life as American’s first infamous tabloid star. But did she really do it? And if so, how?

All titles subject to change.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

OSD : Poetry Out Loud 2013


Oregon School for the Deaf is participating in Poetry Out Loud again this year. The regional competition will be interpreted, as will the State Finals if the OSD contestant advances to finals.

OSD will be competing at the Mid-Valley & Central regionals:
DATE: Saturday, March 9th
TIME:  10:00 am - 1:00 pm
WHERE: Majestic Theatre, 115 SW Second Street, Corvallis, OR

The state finals, will take place in Salem:
DATE: Saturday, March 16th
TIME: 1:00 - 4:00 pm
WHERE: Willamette Heritage Center, 1313 Mill Street, Salem, OR