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...

Saturday, December 20, 2014

"The Mystery of Irma Vep" interpreted 12/26/14

Third Rail Repertory Theatre presents

The Mystery of Irma Vep

by Charles Ludlam

Friday, Dec. 26, 2014
7:30 pm
at the Winningstad Theater 
1111 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97205

Tickets $24-47 
Call the Box Office at 503-235-1101
or purchase online

"Last year Third Rail made a splash at the holidays with our record-setting production of NOISES OFF, which many consider the funniest play written in the past 25 years. This year we’re at it again with perhaps the funniest American play of the past 25 years: Charles Ludlam’s quick change romp, THE MYSTERY OF IRMA VEP. 
Two actors play all the roles in this hilarious send up of Victorian melodrama, farce, 50’s horror movies, Wuthering Heights, and Hitchcock’s Rebecca. With elaborate quick changes performed in mere seconds, wildly absurd characters, and an absolute distaste for anything serious, IRMA VEP should be the perfect gut-busting escape from all that holiday noise!"

Runtime: 2 hours and 30 minutes including 2 intermissions

Friday, December 12, 2014

NW Children's Theater & School: "Mary Poppins"

News just in from Kate E Ortolano

NWCTS presents an interpreted performance of

Saturday, December 27th at noon 
NW Children's Theater and School
1819 NW Everett, Portland, OR 97209

Interpreted by
Sarah Hewitt, Deb Kropf, Krista Harmon

Tickets are $17 - 21
Section F in the purple seats


"The Santaland Diaries" - Not Your Ordinary Christmas Fun

Portland Center Stage presents
an interpreted performance of

by David Sedaris

Thursday, December 18th, 2014 at 7:30 pm
PCS Ellen Bye Stage at Gerding Theater at the Armory
128 NW Eleventh Ave, Portland, OR

Purchase tickets online with promo code SIGN
for seats in the interpreted section at the correct price of $30
- or call the Box Office at 503-445-3700 -

Interpreter: Jayodin Mosher

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.

Run Time: 
Approximately 75 minutes; no intermission.

The Santaland Diaries is recommended for ages 14+; contains mature content and language, and the secret of Santa is exposed. Children under 6 are not permitted at any PCS production. There is no late seating or re-entry in the Ellyn Bye Studio.

Friday, December 5, 2014

"Twist Your Dickens" Interpreted Performance 12/11/14

Portland Center Stage presents
an interpreted performance of

The Second City's A Christmas Carol

Thursday, December 11th, 2014 at 7:30 pm
PCS Main Stage at Gerding Theater at the Armory
128 NW Eleventh Ave, Portland, OR

Purchase tickets online with promo code SIGN
for seats in the interpreted section at the correct price of $25
- or call the Box Office at 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, and includes zany holiday sketches, uproarious improv based on audience participation and an ever-changing list of drop-in local celebrities."

Run Time:
Approximately 1 hour and 50 minutes, including one intermission.
Twist Your Dickens is recommended for ages 14+; contains mature content and strong language. Children under 6 are not permitted at any PCS production. This production uses strobe lighting and theatrical haze.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Calendar is Temporarily Down

Due to a recent Google update to their calendar product, The PAIA calendar feature is temporarily unavailable. As soon as the calendar is rebuilt, it will be made available to assist in planning for upcoming interpreted and signed performances. 

This may take a while, but it will return.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Icon, Classic, Dance, Activism : Four Interpreted Performances

There are four interpreted performances happening in the next two weeks. And at these prices, why not take in two, or three, or all four!


This week, "True West" will be interpreted at Profile Theatre on Thursday, November 13th at 7:30 pm. This is the final production of their Sam Shepard season and they are wrapping up their season with a wild ride. Ticket prices start at $5 (Arts for All program), with other options up to full price at $30 for adults.

1515 SW Morrison St. Portland, OR 97205 on the Alder Stage (lower level)
For tickets, call 503.242.0080.
Interpreters: Rich Hall and Dot Hearn

To confront your own nature, you’ve got to fight like hell. Suddenly together after years of separation, brothers Lee and Austin wage a destructive battle through their fraternal bonds. Moments of humor and levity mingle with loneliness while Shepard’s sharply written play makes us witness to a forceful study of family ties and human frailty.


Later this week, "Much Ado About Nothing" will be interpreted at Portland Community College on Saturday, November 15th, at 7:30 pm in the Performing Arts Center (PAC) at Sylvania Campus.

PCC Sylvania PAC, 12000 SW 49th Ave. Portland, OR 97219
Tickets are available at the door : $10 general public; $8 all students/seniors/PCC staff; $5 per person groups of 10 or more
Interpreters: Carolyn Brockway and Kassie Hughes

William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing takes us to the beloved banter between Beatrice and Benedick, the lover/rivals who jest and joust their way to true love. With unforgettable characters like Dogberry, Verges trying to counter the evil Don John, or the lovable Leonato, Margaret, Ursulla and Don Pedro clamoring to bring the lovers Hero and Claudio to the Friar to be married, this play offers the most laughs per minute than any other Shakespeare. Featuring work by designers Sarah Gahagan, Ashley Smith, DanHays and our talented students, this cast of 19 will bring you to laughter and love like no other play before.


Next week, Jayanthi Raman Dance Company presents SIGN MUDRAS at 7:00 pm on Friday, November 21st. This performance will take place at the Tom Miles Center, Pacific University in Forest Grove. With special guest: Ali Ray, Sign Language Interpreter.

Tickets are FREE for all and are available at the door only. 
Arrive early to get a seat for this popular dance performance.
Interpreter: Ali Ray

An Experimental Dance Theater using Bharatha Natyam and Contemporary Dance with Sign Language for story telling


Wrapping up these two weeks of interpreted performances is "Holding Onto The Sky ," created by the Faultline Ensemble in collaboration with the Rosehip Medic Collective. This performance will be interpreted on Saturday, November 22nd at 8:00 pm.

The Headwaters Theatre, 55 NE Farragut St Suite 9, Portland, Oregon 97211
Tickets suggested donation of $10, with no one turned away for lack of funds. 
To reserve tickets, contact (650) 814-5519 or Faultlineensemble@gmail.com
Interpreters: Carolyn Brockway and Dana Walls

Set in a fictional post-disaster Portland, this performance explores the ways communities respond to disaster and the destruction of infrastructure, and the ways individuals come together to create networks of support. As neighbors turn to one another in the aftermath of destruction, they share stories that question the nature of disaster response, the effectiveness of our healthcare system, and the resiliency of our communities.


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Theatrical Interpreting Preparation Series Workshop, Part I for 2014-15

I'm happy to announce that RID has approved up to 3.6 CEUs (CMP and ACET) for the third session of the Theatrical Interpreting Preparation Series (TIPS), Part I, workshop. Preregistration is required and deposits must be received by November 25, 2014. The workshop begins on Saturday, December 6, 2014. See the flyer for full details (link below in overview).

This season I am also offering the TIPS III Study Group (currently under way) and I will be offering TIPS II in April 2015. For TIPS II, Sign Coach Irene Jazowick will be joining me to work with participants in the mentored intensive workshop.  I am also developing a new focused Study Group for spring 2015.


Theatrical Interpreting Preparation Series (TIPS), part I

Description: This workshop will provide participants training in and exposure to the process of performance interpreting, using theater as a vehicle. This initial training is intended for new interpreters, but all levels are welcome. We will meet twice a month on Saturdays for four months, beginning December 2014. Participants will learn different approaches to theatrical interpreting and explore topics such as script analysis, incorporating characterization, translation, altering signing style for the venue and the production, linguistic considerations, and more.  Through a series of meetings, combined with exposure to specific interpreted performances, participants will gain the basic skills necessary for a variety of performing arts situations. Completion of this training is a requirement for the advanced mentored training, which goes through the entire process from receiving the script, translation, preparation, to interpreting a performance of the project show.

You can access the TIPS I flyer here, which includes the dates, fees, included plays, presenter bio, and the registration form.

Fee: $450 includes tickets to all four shows. Preregistration is required with a $100 deposit due by November 25th; this is non-refundable and includes a ticket to the first play. If paid in full by or on our first meeting, you will receive 10% off the workshop fee.

Presenter: Dot Hearn, CI & CT, has been doing performance interpreting since 1997. Portland Center Stage, where she has coordinated the interpreting teams since 2003, was one of her first theatrical interpreting venues. She has also interpreted plays at IFCC, Oregon Children’s Theatre, Profile Theatre, Artists Repertory Theatre, Portland Community College (PCC), OSF in Ashland, and more. Dot graduated from the PCC Sign Language Interpreting Program and went on to become adjunct faculty in that program for eleven years. Dot earned a BS degree from Eastern Oregon University, with a Liberal Arts degree and a double minor in Theater and Writing. In 2001, Dot attended the “Interpreting for the Theater” intensive week-long training in New York City, which was held at Juilliard. That training and the instructors have been instrumental in shaping Dot’s approach to theatrical interpreting and her mentoring of interpreters new to this specialty area. She also served on the RID task force to develop a performance interpreting standard practice paper.

Friday, October 17, 2014

"The Typographer's Dream" interpreted 10/23 at PCS

Portland Center Stage presents
an interpreted performance of

written by Adam Bock

Date & Time: October 23rd at 7:30 pm
Location: Portland Center Stage at The Armory in the Ellen Bye Studio, 128 NW 11th, Portland OR
Tickets: call or purchase at the Box Office 503-445-3700
Interpreters: Dot Hearn, Dana Walls, intern Kassie Hughes
Sign Coach: Irene Jazowick

Summary: The Typographer’s Dream follows the story of a stenographer, a geographer and a typographer. During a career-oriented presentation, it becomes hilariously clear that their personal issues just so happen to correspond with their jobs. As with his hit play The Receptionist, playwright Bock tackles the everyday environment of the workplace from a completely unique, and very witty, perspective.  “Funny, provocative, psychologically revealing, intellectually stimulating and thoroughly enjoyable.” —San Francisco Chronicle

The play runs approximately 70 minutes with no intermission.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Portland Center Stage Adds Open Captions

Portland Center Stage is adding a new level of accessibility to their productions. In addition to one interpreted performance and one audio described performance for each play, they will now be offering one open captioned performance. The captioning company they are using provides captioning services to Broadway shows, many touring shows, and many major national theaters around the US.

The open captioned performances are generally scheduled for 2:00 pm matinees on Saturdays, with two exceptions: "Twist Your Dickens," which will be on a Sunday matinee, and "The Santaland Diaries," which does not have an open captioned performance due to the busy holiday schedule for the captioning company.

The dates for the open captioned performances at Portland Center Stage are on the following dates:

Main Stage shows:

Dreamgirls, November 1
*Twist Your Dickens, Sunday, December 21, 2 pm*
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, February 7
Other Desert Cities, March 21
Cyrano, May 2
Three Days of Rain, June 20

Studio shows:

The Typographer's Dream, November 15
Threesome, February 21
The People's Republic of Portland, April 18
The Lion, June 13

When you order your tickets for main stage plays, make sure to tell the box office staff that you need tickets with sightlines to the open captions (house right). Note that tickets in the Ellen Bye Studio theater are general seating and the open captions will vary based on the production.

For tickets, call the Box Office at 503-445-3700.

The sign language interpreted performances are still on Thursdays at 7:30 pm on the following dates:

10/09  Dreamgirls - Main Stage
10/23  The Typographer’s Dream  - Studio
12/11  The Second City’s A Christmas Carol: Twist Your Dickens - Main Stage
12/18  The Santaland Diaries - Studio
01/29  Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike - Main Stage
02/12  Threesome  - Studio
03/12  Other Desert Cities  - Main Stage
04/09  The People’s Republic of Portland  - Studio
04/23  Cyrano    - Main Stage
05/21  The Lion  - Studio
06/11  Three Days of Rain  - Main Stage

For tickets, call the Box Office at 503-445-3700 and ask for seats in the interpreted section.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

"Dreamgirls" interpreted at PCS 10/9/14


Portland Center Stage presents
an interpreted performance of

Image: Patrick Weishampel

         (a musical)
Thursday, October 9, 2014
7:30 pm on the Main Stage
 Interpreted by Pamela and Edwin Cancel
Sign Coach, Irene Jazowick

Tickets: $30 special price. *NOTE* The tickets are almost sold out in the interpreted section. Call soon to get your tickets for this play the critics are raving about! Call the Box Office for tickets at 503-445-3700.

Winner of six Tony Awards, this groundbreaking musical, loosely based on the career of The Supremes, takes you to a revolutionary time in American music history where three friends form The Dreamettes and learn hard lessons about love, trust and the changing tastes of the American public.

Links to reviews about this production:
OregonLive (review) Dazzling 'Dreamgirls' launches Portland Center Stage's new season
OregonLive "'Dreamgirls' at Portland Center Stage blends glitz and betrayal in Motown musical"
Portland Monthly Magazine's On The Town


Friday, October 3, 2014

Deaf Female Actor Needed for Idaho Shakespeare Festival


Seeking a Deaf Female Actor for
Idaho Shakespeare Festival’s 2015 Idaho Theater for Youth Tour
Paid 13-week contract, beginning February 2nd and ending May 1st of 2015, all happening in Boise and surrounding parts of Idaho. This is a nationwide search - if selected, you will be flown to Boise and we'll arrange your lodging in addition to your salary. There are 3 hearing actors in the play that will tour with this show as well. The first 3 weeks of the contract are rehearsal, and the rest of the 10 weeks is the actual touring all over the state of Idaho and performing the play in elementary schools. We have contracted with a professional performing arts interpreter, who will be with the cast during most of the rehearsal process.
Actor must be 21 years or older, female, look young, and be able to drive. This is a non-equity tour, therefore we cannot cast an equity actor.
If you are interested please upload an audition video (can be any monologue in ASL) to YouTube and e-mail the link along with a headshot and resume to info@idahoshakespeare.org. Any questions can be directed to the same e-mail address.

"Maggie Lumière and the Ghost Train"
By Dwayne Blackaller and Tracy Sunderland
Talented playwright, Dwayne Blackballer, who wrote the ITY touring shows, The Science of Fiction and Air Heart, teams up with Tracy Sunderland, a longtime friend and actress with Idaho Shakespeare Festival, to create a new masterpiece, Maggie Lumière and the Ghost Train.

Maggie loves making movies. She has always seen what others miss; the intricacies of Charlie Chaplin’s walk or the way shadow gives way to light. She’s also deaf, but this has never stopped her. Determined to make a silent film masterpiece, Maggie, and her intrepid posse of movie-making pals, stumble upon a derelict train yard that seems like an ideal movie set. But their shoot is disrupted when they stumble upon a mysterious railroad car that contains a dangerous secret.

Please contact
if you have any question.s


Thursday, September 25, 2014

FallOut: Interpreted and Closed Captioned Performances

Impetus Arts Presents

Stories, music, art, dance, and speeches by artists and activists who fall outside the norms of race, ability and/or gender

"We are artists of color with disabilities creating and advocating for Justice! We are multiracial and multicultural disabled dancers and activists! We are immigrant writers! We are black mothers fighting against the institutionalization of our adult children! We are white trans musicians striving for Racial and Disability Justice! We are hard of hearing poets! We are genderqueer chronically ill filmmakers! We are survivors being judged, institutionalized, and held back from housing and careers, yet we create on! We are performing and speaking October 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, and 12 at Zoomtopia Studio 2, 810 SE Belmont.

For further information or to reserve seats, contact Curtis Walker at 971.275.0794 or email
Attention:  We really want you to be able to attend and participate fully and we want all of our chronically ill community members to be able to also!  Because chemicals and scents make some of our performers and audience members extremely ill, people wearing scents and chemicals will be asked to leave. Please see the scent free policy below for details.  Be scent & chemical free!**
Trigger Warning: Some performances include mention of abuse, self harm and institutionalization.  Don’t hesitate to contact Curtis for more information."

Individual performance information

Friday, October 3

7:00pm - Open Mic Night ($5-10 no one turned away for lack of funds*)

                ASL interpreters: Dana Walls and Kassie Hughes.

                Be scent & chemical free!**

                If you identify as D/deaf, Disabled, Black, Indigenous, as an Immigrant
                and/or a Person of Color please come perform alongside some of the
                cast. Share your dance, storytelling, gender-bending, comedy, poetry,
                musings, singing/music or sing karaoke (make a note of a YouTube Link
                for your karaoke song of choice) and get in free. Audience members
                welcome of all identities.

9:00pm - Short Films (free)

                Close Captioned! Be scent & chemical free!**

            •Sins Invalid: An Unshamed Claim to Beauty.
            for more information go to:

            •salaMEanderings, directed and edited by Neil Marcus
            for more information go to:

Saturday, October 4

7:00pm - Feature film screening - R/EVOLVE
                directed by Billie Rain and written and produced by Basil Shadid.
($10 no one turned away for lack of funds*)
                Closed Captioned! Be scent & chemical free!**
                (No interpreters this performance.)

Sunday, October 5

4:00pm - FallOut Live Performance featuring Bobby Fouther
                ($15, no one turned away for lack of funds*)
                ASL Interpreters: Dana Walls and Kassie Hughes

                **Be scent & chemical free!**
 other performers include:
•Corinthia Bethune
•Ptery P. Lieght
•Tess Raunig
•Heiko Spoddeck
•Curtis Walker

5:30pm - Short Films (free) Close Captioned! Be scent & chemical free!**

            •Sins Invalid: An Unshamed Claim to Beauty.
            for more information go to:

            •salaMEanderings, directed and edited by Neil Marcus
            for more information go to:

Friday, October 10

7:00pm - FallOut Live performance featuring Billie Rain and
                 Emi Koyama ($10 no one turned away for lack of funds*)
                 ASL Interpreters: Kassie Hughes and Carolyn Brockway

                  Be scent & chemical free!**
 other performers include:
•Corinthia Bethune
•Ptery P. Lieght
•Tess Raunig
•Heiko Spoddeck
•Curtis Walker

Saturday, October 11

7:00pm - Guest Speaker Emi Koyama -
               Negative Survivorship
               ($10, no one turned away for lack of funds*)
                ASL Interpreters : Dana Walls and Kassie Hughes

               **Be scent and chemical free!**

         Negative Survivorship: Reclaiming “Victim” and Embracing Unhealthy Coping.

9:00pm - Feature Length Film Heart Breaks Open
                directed by Billie Rain, produced by Basil Shadid
                ($10, no one turned away for lack of funds*)
                Closed Captioned!   Be scent & chemical free!**

Sunday, October 12

4:00pm - FallOut  Final live performance featuring Billie Rain, and Bobby Fouther ($15, no one turned away for lack of funds *)
                ASL Interpreters: Dana Walls and Kassie Hughes

                Be scent & chemical free!**

                other performers include:
•Corinthia Bethune
•Ptery P. Lieght
•Tess Raunig
•Heiko Spoddeck
•Curtis Walker

* We are committed to our no one turned away for lack of funds policy. People at the door will be trained to happily accept whatever you can afford.

**Scent free policy

Because some of the artists and audience members have multiple chemical sensitivities (MSC) and get extremely ill from perfumes and chemicals, all audience members are required to be chemical and scent free for all events. For the safety of the artists, presenters, and audience members, those wearing chemicals and perfumes will be asked to leave and return scent free. FallOut organizers advise that scents and chemicals include but are not limited to perfume, deodorant, hairspray, gel, cigarette and pot smoke and much of mainstream  makeup, and that audience members should be prepared in advance to use only scent free shampoo, soap, make-up, and laundry detergent a full 24 hours before attending, as well as to come in clothing that has not been smoked in, including during show intermissions. FallOut organizers will provide even more information on how to be scent free on this website by a week before the performance including inexpensive or free home remedies/alternatives, and product suggestions. Those who wish to attend that are low income or need assistance purchasing products are encouraged to contact Curtis Walker at 971.275.0794.
note: photos are from past Impetus Arts productions.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Northwest Children's Theater and School Interpreted Performances

Katie Ortolano has been a longtime advocate for making theater accessible to the Deaf Community. She has done it again in her position at Northwest Children's Theater and School. Thanks to Katie's persistence and advocacy, Northwest Children's Theater and School will have one interpreted performance for each of their four productions this 2014-15 season.

The interpreted performance dates and times are:


 Sherlock Holmes 
 10/18/14 at 11am

Mary Poppins 
12/17/14 at noon

The Jungle Book
2/21/25 at noon

 The Little Mermaid
  5/16/15 at noon


Tickets are available now. There are also season subscription packages available.


Saturday, September 13, 2014

Actor needed for 'Chris' in "Static": Portland OR

Third Rail Repertory Theatre is putting on "Static" by Dan Rebellato as part of their 2014-15 season. 

They are still looking for an actor to play Chris, a late deafened male who eventually learns sign language. The character is late 30s to early 40s. The actor needs to speak and sign.

From the playwright:
A young woman's life is thrown into disorder when her husband dies suddenly of a brain haemorrhage. Her ability to cope with her  loss is confused when she discovers a compilation tape, apparently made for her, even though her husband was, by the time he died, profoundly deaf. She begins to believe that he has sent her a message and that even now he is talking to her from beyond death. With the help of her friend, she unravels the secret of the tape. 
Static is written to be performed bilingually, in English and Sign Language. These are two slightly different plays overlaid on each other. Both audiences should be able to enjoy their play but be aware that there is another different play unfolding at the same time. 

The play will run at Third Rail Repertory Theatre from April 24 - May 17, 2015.

Contact the "Static" director, Scott Yarbrough, if you meet the criteria and are interested in learning more.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

October Overview

We will post more details soon - but want to give you a taste of what is coming your way in October at Portland Center Stage (PCS), so that you can look ahead on your calendar.

There are two interpreted performances next month. Check back in a couple of weeks for more information.

The first will be Dreamgirls on Thursday, October 9th at 7:30 pm on the Main Stage.

This is a musical and will be interpreted by Pamela and Edwin Cancel; the sign coach is Irene Jazowick.

The second interpreted play in October will be The Typographer's Dream on Thursday, October 23rd at 7:30 pm in the Ellen Bye Studio.

“Funny, provocative, psychologically revealing, intellectually stimulating...” Interpreted by Dot Hearn, Dana Walls, and Kassie Hughes; the sign coach is Irene Jazowick.


Friday, September 5, 2014

Update on Tickets for Sunday 9/7 at Profile Theatre

The interpreted performance of  Profile Theatre's Festival of One Acts is on Sun. 9/7 at 1:00 pm .

Make sure your seats in the interpreted section. ** You can still order your tickets by emailing the Box Office at boxoffice@profiletheatre.org . ** If you have already purchased your tickets, you can email the Box Office to make sure you are in the correct seats!

Six directors tackle nine of Shepard’s vast and varied short plays and memoirs. With live music by a different band each night, this festival is a celebration not to be missed.

The interpreted performance is SERIES A:  Rhythm, The War in Heaven, The Curse of the Raven’s Black Feather, Hail from Nowhere, Just Space, and Evanescence or Shakespeare in the Alley

The performance lasts approximately 80 minutes with no intermission.

Artistic Director, Adriana Baer, talks about the Festival.(The video does have CC.)


Sunday, August 17, 2014

Profile Theatre's Festival of One Acts interpreted Sunday 9/7

What: Festival of One Acts by Sam Shepard (Series A)
Where: Profile Theatre, Morrison Stage, 1515 SW Morrison, Portland, OR
Date & Time: Sunday, September 7th at 1:00 pm
Interpreters: There will be five interpreters for these six one act plays: Dot Hearn, Carolyn Brockway, Dana Walls, Kassie Hughes, Cheryl Witters.

Tickets: prices range from $5 (Arts for All program) to $30. Click on this ticket link for more information, pricing, and discount options. Box office 503-242-0080.

Run time: 80 minutes

We will be interpreting...


Directed by Pat Patton

The War in Heaven
Directed by Olga Sanchez

The Curse of the Raven’s Black Feather
Directed by Pat Patton

Hail from Nowhere
Directed by Matthew B. Zrebski

Just Space
Directed by Matthew B. Zrebski

Evanescence, or Shakespeare in the Alley
Directed by Jess Smith

"Twelfth Night" interpreted performance in Bend 8/23

Lay It Out Events and Northwest Classical Theatre Company
present an interpreted performance for
Shakespeare in the Park, Bend OR 

  by William Shakespeare

Sat. 8/23/14 at 7:00 pm; gates open at 5:00
Drake Park in Bend, OR (click link for directions)
Interpreted by Dot Hearn and Kassie Hughes.

For tickets  in the interpreted section, contact 
 Lay It Out Events at (541) 323-0964 or by email.

Hope to see you in one of these seats next Saturday!

We have been following Northwest Classical Theatre Company on their Willamette Shakespeare wine tour as we prepare to interpret "Twelfth Night" in Bend. We have been to six performances at three wineries in the Willamette Valley over the last three weeks and we are ready to take our hands East next week for the Lay It Out Events production. 

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Actors Theatre of Louisville seeking Deaf actor for "Tribes"

Goodman Theatre Casting (Chicago, IL) is working with the Actors Theatre of Louisville to cast TRIBES, a play written by Nina Raine, as part of ATL’s 14-15 season.

We are currently casting the role of BILLY, a man in his early/mid-twenties. Billy is the lone deaf member of a hearing family, was taught to lip read by his mother at a very young age, and is only now learning sign. We are searching for a deaf or hard of hearing actor who is ASL fluent and voices to play this role.

Production Information:
Written by Nina Raine
Directed by Evan Cabnet
Actors Theatre of Louisville, Artistic Director: Les Waters
Actors Theatre of Louisville, Associate Director: Zan Sawyer-Dailey

Casting Director:  Adam Belcuore, Goodman Theatre Casting

Production description:
Billy is the youngest of three adult siblings in a boisterous family. He was born deaf to a hearing family and was raised to lip read, but has never really been heard. When he meets Sylvia, who is losing her hearing and grew up using sign language, he is introduced to new perspectives that tug at the bonds that have defined his life until now. Tribes is an emotionally charged drama about the struggle to find a voice when no one’s truly listening, and the power of language to lock us out—or let us in.

Searching for:
BILLY: Open ethnicity, mid-late 20s.  Billy, deaf from birth, has been raised in a hearing family who did not want him to learn to sign, nor participate in the Deaf community and culture. Billy meets a young hearing woman who is now losing her hearing. She is fluent in ASL, having been raised by deaf parents and within the Deaf community. When their lives intersect, Billy discovers his own ability to communicate and desire to learn ASL.  He's charming and quick witted; his family sees him as reserved and a little shy, but only because they aren't paying enough to attention to recognize the funny, outspoken, and complicated young man underneath.  Seeking a deaf or hard of hearing actor who is ASL fluent and voices. 

LORT D ($650/week is top for this venue), presented at Bingham Theatre, 315 seat arena stage

Actors Theatre of Louisville Commitment Dates:
First Rehearsal           Oct. 15, 2014
First Tech                    Nov. 7-13, 2014
First Preview               Nov. 11, 12, 2014
Open                            Nov. 13, 2014
Close                           Dec. 7, 2014 (No possible extension)

Interested in submitting for the project? Submit to Goodman Theatre Casting:

Please email Casting@goodmantheatre.org with a picture (headshot and resume preferred, if available) and a short note of why you are interested in auditioning.
·         Please list “TRIBES SUBMISSION” in the subject line.
·         Please note, submitting does not guarantee an audition

We will be accepting submissions through August 18, 2014

Deaf Actor needed for "Tribes" at Artists Repertory Theatre

Artists Repertory Theatre is seeking a Deaf actor for the lead role of Billy in "Tribes."

Read the full casting call information on BACKSTAGE (click the link).

The basic details (click the BACKSTAGE link for audition information):
Casting a contemporary drama, "Tribes," which centers on Billy, the only deaf member of a competitively comedic and intellectual family. Unsupported by his parents and siblings, he reaches out to the deaf community and learns sign language, creating funny but fierce tensions at home. Billy finally confronts his childhood resentments, while he and his family struggle with the intricacies of language and the human need to belong to a tribe.
Male, ages 20-28, Caucasian
Billy: (Lead) the youngest son in his family, deaf and an expert lip reader, intelligent and compassionate, youthful and inexperienced, recently moved back in with his parents after university, was raised by hearing parents who purposefully kept their son away from other deaf people, so he wouldn't develop a "minority mindset," finds a sense of belonging in the deaf community and in his relationship with Sylvia as she teaches him sign language; role requires extensive sign language.

The production announcement on the A.R.T. website

February 3, 2015 - March 1, 2015
By Nina Raine
Directed By Dámaso Rodriguez**

A scintillating contemporary drama centered around Billy, the only deaf member of his family, whose search for family acceptance as he delves into the deaf community sparks often funny but fierce tensions at home. Grappling with the significance of language and the urge to belong, this Portland debut follows triumphant productions Off-Broadway, at London’s Royal Court and Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre. 2012 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play.

Designs by Resident Artists Kristeen Willis Crosser & Sharath Patel 
Portland Premiere

Friday, August 1, 2014

Bend Shakespeare in the Park: "Twelfth Night" Sat. 8/23

present an interpreted performance for
Shakespeare in the Park, Bend OR

  by William Shakespeare

Sat. 8/23/14 at 7:00 pm; gates open at 5:00
Drake Park in Bend, OR (click link for directions)
Interpreted by Dot Hearn and Kassie Hughes.

For tickets  in the interpreted section, contact 
 Lay It Out Events at (541) 323-0964 or by email.

from Lay It Out Events:
The Shakespeare in the Park series is one of the benchmark cultural events in Central Oregon. Lay It Out Events and Portland’s Northwest Classical Theatre Company are again bringing the Bard back to Bend and Sunriver for three brilliant performances of Shakespeare’s quintessential comedy: Twelfth Night.
All of the trappings are there: A plucky, young heroine disguised as a boy, mistaken identities, happy marriages, and perhaps the bawdiest joke in all of his plays! Twelfth Night is a comedy that’s not afraid to wear its heart on its sleeve.  
VIP ticket holders (only $75) will receive premium seating, 2 drink tickets and dinner (canapés) by 5 Fusion. Drinks provided by Deschutes Brewery and Bendistillery. (Bend Show only)
5 Fusion Menu for each VIP Guest (private fenced off area)
Crab Cakes
California Roll
Orzo Salad
Green Salad with Pears, Blue Cheese, Walnuts
Chicken Teryaki roulade w rice
Prosciutto wrapped melon w champagne Gelee
House Made Desert
Beer (provided by Deschutes Brewery)
Martini’s (provided by Bendistillery
ADA Seating Accommodations: We have placed seats on hold for those needing accommodation. Please contact Lay It Out Events at (541) 323-0964 or by email for access to those seats and more information.