THE BIG MEAL, THE PLAYBOY OF THE WESTERN WORLD and More Set for Artists Rep's 2013-14 Season
Artists Repertory Theatre's 2013/14 season will continue our vision of finding and producing adventurous, provocative work that challenges audiences and artists alike. Next season's play offerings will enhance Artists Rep's role as Portland's premiere mid-size regional theatre company by offering nine of the most cutting-edge plays available today, written by internationally prestigious playwrights, guided by esteemed directors and featuring casts who will unleash these stories onto our stages.
The potent and diverse lineup of thrilling plays set for Artists Rep's intimate stages this season were distilled by an invigorating collaboration between new Artistic Director Dámaso Rodriguez and Allen Nause who recently retired from 25 years at the artistic helm of the theatre. With the 2013/14 season, Artists Rep will experience an exciting transition in artistic leadership that will further strengthen its remarkable dedication to vibrant theatre over its 30-year history. Although a theme for the season was not consciously sought, each of the plays - whether outrageous comedies or nail-biting dramas - share a conspicuous thematic interplay between perceptions of one's past and future and that impact on the present.
Embracing the future, Artistic Director Dámaso Rodriguez has grown Artists Rep's artistic ensemble with Portland's most talented artists. His first addition was former Artists Rep Artistic Director Allen Nause. Current Resident Artists at Artists Rep include: Linda Alper (actor), Owen Carey (photographer), Kristeen Crosser (scenic & lighting designer), Michael Mendelson (actor/director & artistic associate), Vana O'Brien (actor & co-founder), Rodolfo Ortega (sound designer & composer), Allen Nause (actor/director & former artistic director), Jeff Seats (scenic designer) and Todd Van Voris (actor & artistic associate).
- Show 7 change - The Quality of Life by Jane Anderson will replace The Invisible Hand by Ayad Akhtar. The Invisible Hand has been moved to the Fall 2014/15 season and will be a co-production with ACT in Seattle.
- Opening Nights - This season they will be held the first Saturday of the run dates, all media reviews are welcome from that point forward. Preview performances are the first Tuesday through Friday of the run.
ARTISTS REPERTORY THEATRE'S 2013/14 SEASON:
The Big Meal
Sep 3 - Oct 6
by Dan LeFranc
Directed by Dámaso Rodriguez
West Coast Premiere
Opening Night: September 7, 2013
Set in a quintessential American restaurant, entire lives whiz by for a modern family whose stage and age are short-order fare. From birth to that inevitable last course - and every corndog, calamari and Cadillac margarita in between - a multi-generational potluck of characters live life's major and minor moments around the dinner table. Expect humor and heartache as eight actors portraying 26 characters and five generations serve up a veritable theatrical feast.
• Off-Broadway Hit
• New York Times Outstanding Playwright Award Winner
CAST: Vana O'Brien+^ (Woman #1), Allen Nause*^(Man#1), Val Landrum* (Woman #2), Scott Lowell* (Man #2), Britt Harris+ (Woman #3), Andy Lee-Hillstrom* (Man #3), Agatha Olson (Girl), Harper Lea (Boy), Gavin Hales (Server)
Opening Night: September 21, 2013
Felix is a NYC theatre producer about to blow a gasket. 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. Todd Van Voris will star in this tour-de-force role.