Artists Rep to Present MISTAKES WERE MADE, 9/24-10/27
Artists Rep announces Michael Mendelson will step in to play the lead role of Felix Artifex, as Todd Van Voris must leave the production due to a family emergency. Artistic Director Dámaso Rodriguez will now direct Mendelson and guide the show to opening as the production's Associate Director. Originally slated to begin preview performances next Tuesday, September 17, the run dates for Mistakes Were Made will now be pushed back one week. Preview performances will begin September 24 and the play will open on September 28.
"This is the beauty and the consternation of live theatre," said Dámaso Rodriguez. "It is also a remarkable aspect of Artists Rep, to have two of our highly qualified Resident Artists working on a show together and be able to immediately find a perfect solution to a show-stopping crisis is one of the many benefits of having a Resident Company."
Artists Rep is proud to present the explosive Mistakes Were Made by the prolific stage and television writer Craig Wright, as the second show of their 2013/14 season. Despite the recent change in casting, and Rodriguez added as Associate Director in these final stages of the production process, this show marks Michael Mendelson's Artists Rep directorial debut. Mendelson is a longtime Resident Artist and a newly designated Artistic Associate with the theatre.
In Mistakes Were Made, the lead character, Felix, on stage for the entire one-act show, is a NYC theatre producer who is about to blow a gasket. He's jabbing at the hold button as he negotiates with a playwright, a movie star, a deep-pockets funder and an agent, all while mediating a Middle East crisis (involving sheep and militant rebels). This non-stop, fast-talking chameleon is bound for no good. With his overweight pet fish, Denise, as his only confidant and the weight of the world on his shoulders, the stage is set for a high-speed comedic train wreck of a tale.
At the production's first rehearsal, Artistic Director Dámaso Rodriguez said Craig Wright is one of our country's most gifted playwrights and he is excited to have Mistakes Were Made in his first season as Artistic Director. As a prolific writer for TV and stage, Wright is best known in Hollywood for contributing to the scripts of shows such as Lost and Six Feet Under, for which he won an Emmy, as well as last season's Broadway run of his acclaimed play Grace, which starred Paul Rudd, Ed Asner, and Michael Shannon.
"On the surface, Mistakes Were Made appears to be a showbiz comedy with lots of laughs, and it is, but like all of Craig Wright's work, the play reveals layer after layer of depth and complexity ... it takes you as deep as you want to look," said Rodriguez.
Mistakes Were Made by Craig Wright, is directed by Michael Mendelson and features Mendelson, Lucy Paschall, and Liz Ghiz. The show runs Sept. 24 - Oct. 27, 2013. Preview performances September 24-26; Opening Night is Saturday, September 28; Show runs Wednesday through Sunday at 7:30pm, Sunday at 2pm. Venue: Artists Repertory Theatre - Morrison Stage (15th and Morrison St.). Tickets: $25-$55; Box Office: 503.241.1278 or www.artistsrep.org.
Craig Wright, Playwright: Craig Wright's plays include Lady, Grace, The Pavilion, Melissa Arctic, Orange Flower Water, Recent Tragic Events and The Unseen. He has received several awards for his writing, including the Helen Hayes/Charles MacArthur Award for Best New Play (for Melissa Arctic) and has been the recipient of fellowships from the McKnight Foundation, the Jerome Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. For his work on Six Feet Under, he received an Emmy nomination and a Writer's Guild of America award for his work on Lost. He created Dirty Sexy Money for ABC and is currently an Executive Producer of the upcoming Tyrant on FX.
Michael Mendelson, Director & Felix Artifex: Michael Mendelson is classically trained and is well known in the Portland theatre community as an actor, director and teacher. He is an Artistic Associate and Resident Artist at Artists Repertory Theatre and a member of Actors' Equity Association. He has served on the Board of Directors of PATA and is on the faculty of the Portland Actors Conservatory. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Wayne State University and a Master of Fine Arts from The University of Washington Professional Actor's Training Program under Jack Clay. While in New York City, he studied with Tanya Berezin, a founding member and an Artistic Director of Circle Repertory Theatre. Mendelson has directed As You Like It, Lear's Follies and The Taming of the Shrew for Portland Shakespeare Project, Love's Labour's Lost at Northwest Classical Theatre Company, Stones In His Pockets at Public House Theatre, As Is at Key Productions, The Meaning of Prayer at Verbatim Productions and staged readings of Botticelli at Profile Theatre and Dinner With Friends at Mt. Hood Repertory Theatre. His acting credits at Artists Rep include Alfred Lunt in Ten Chimneys, Andrei Borchevsky in Red Herring, Sherlock in Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Carol and Alan Raleigh in God of Carnage. Prior credits at Artists Rep includeThe Cherry Orchard, Superior Donuts, Othello, Design for Living, Holidazed, Becky's New Car, Three Sisters, Eurydice, House and Garden, Orson's Shadow, Mr. Marmalade, Theater District, Present Laughter and Love! Valour! Compassion! Other local credits includeKing Lear and Betrayal (Oregon Shakespeare Festival/Portland); Burn This, The Lisbon Traviata, Klonsky and Schwartz and The Glass Menagerie (Profile Theatre); Fuente Ovejuna (Miracle Theatre); Edward II, Bent and Jeffrey (triangle productions!); As You Like It and The Winter's Tale (Tygres Heart Shakespeare); The Rivals, Comfort and Joy, Macbeth and Mrs. Warren's Profession(Portland Center Stage); A Christmas Carol (A Contemporary Theatre) and A Hatful of Rain, Laughing Wild, and The Importance of Being Earnest (New Rose Theatre). New York credits include The Merchant of Venice (Revolving Shakespeare Co.); Leontes in The Winter's Tale (Theatre 1010); The Normal Heart (Lincoln Center/Clark Studio Theatre); Behind These Eyes (Genesius Guild) andRebecca In Waiting (The Barrow Group). Regional credits include work at PCPA Theatrefest, Paper Mill Playhouse, Saint Michael's Playhouse, Penobscot Theatre Company, Arkansas Repertory Theatre, First Stage Milwaukee, Idaho Rep, Attic Theater and Wisconsin, Utah and Berkeley Shakespeare Festivals. In addition to the role of Felix Artifex in Mistakes Were Made, Mendelson will appear in Artists Rep's April production of The Quality of Life.