[update July 15, 2020] 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.
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.
[update 3/20/2020] 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 3/18/2020 it is unknown how long the current level of crisis will last, or when we can begin returning to theatres and movies and soccer matches and more.
Here is an updated list of interpreted performances which are still on the schedule, some cancellations and postponements. I do expect that many of the plays through the rest of the season will be cancelled; but, for now, we wait and see what happens.
*cxld* Th 03/19/20 PCS The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
*postponed* Sa 03/21/20 PGMC Reflections (8:00 pm)
*postponed* Su 03/22/20 PGMC Reflections (3:00 pm)
*cxld* Th 03/26/20 PCS 9 Parts of Desire
*cxld* Sa 03/28/20 NWCT Elephant & Piggie’s, We are in a Play – On Tour (Portland 11AM)
*cxld* Sa 04/18/20 CORR Kissing the Witch
*postponed* W 04/22/20 PPH Thurgood
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)
Sa 05/16/20 PCC In The Blood (7:00 pm)
Sa 05/16/20 NWCT Seussical (at noon)
M 05/18/20 PCS Teen Program Spring Showcase - free
*postponed* 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
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
Quick list of ASL interpreted performances
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...