Category Archive: 2017

20th Anniversary Benefit Celebration

Join us on Monday, September 18th at 6:30 as we celebrate 20 years of Profile Theatre!

Concert

This one-night-only special event is an hour long concert of songs from the musicals of Quiara Alegría Hudes, our 2017 Featured Playwright! Enjoy songs with live music from In The Heights, Miss You Like Hell and more.  Music direction by Freddy Vilches and performances by Julana Torres, Feliciano Tencos and Alex Ramirez de Cruz.  Be ready to dance in your seat as you experience another exciting side of this talented writer!

Celebration Reception

Immediately following the concert, join us in the lobby for a party. This part of the evening is a festive gathering of the Profile family from our founding years and beyond. We’ll take a look back at favorite memories, toast our founder Jane Unger and enjoy catered eats by Pambiche with wine from Wildwood/Mahonia as we celebrate all that Profile is!

 

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Concert alone $30
Concert PLUS reception $65

All proceeds directly benefit Profile Theatre

 

A big THANK YOU to our event sponsors!

  

 

24 Hour PlayFest

Profile is thrilled to announce our inaugural 24 Hour Playfest – a wild, exciting and vibrant way to celebrate our mainstage playwright and come together as a creative community!

On the evening of Sunday, June 18th over 30 local theatre artists, including directors, playwrights and performers will gather on the set of 26 Miles. They’ll be divided into 6 teams and given a prompt from the show. The playwrights will write into the night, delivering their new short plays to their collaborators by 9am the next morning. That afternoon, throughout the Artists Rep building, the teams will meet together to rehearse and polish their pieces. That night we share them with you in a not-to-be-missed one-night-only performance.

Join us Monday night and see what Portland’s freshest creative minds come up with!

Monday, June 19th 7:30pm
Morrison Stage

Tickets: $15
Purchase here.

In Dialogue Events: 26 Miles

In Dialogue Events include our series of lectures, pre-show talks, post-show discussions and concerts, as well as community events and other exciting programming, all of which explore the featured writer’s world. Through our In Dialogue programming, we extend the event of a Profile production beyond the bounds of what is onstage, bringing the community together for exciting, provocative and inspiring experiences.

Saturday, June 17th:
Opening Night Reception | Post-Show

Join us immediately following the performance for nibbles, drinks and music.  Catering provided by 2017 Season Partner Pambiche.
Morrison Lobby

Sunday, June 18th:
Mat Chat with the cast of  26 Miles | Post-show

Thursday, June 22nd:
A Cultural Inner-View: Youth Honoring/Challenging Tradition*| 6:55pm

Join us for a discussion featuring Rosita Rendon, a coordinator for Latino Network’s Studio Latino after-school program, and Arts & Culture Manager, Joaquin Lopez. The two discuss the unique experience growing up bilingual and bicultural; navigating two worlds at home and at school; and what you learn along the way.

Panel Discussion Co-Hosted by Latino Network
Morrison Lobby

Friday, June 23rd:
Liz Yerby: What’s a Perzine? | 6:55pm

Liz Yerby talks about the history of zines, perzines and writing about identity.

Liz Yerby is a cartoonist and zinester out of Portland, OR.  They make surrealist comics about mental health and daily life.  Their art can be found in Visionquest and 1001 Journal as well on their website, lizyerby.com.  Liz Yerby is also one of the organizers of this year’s Portland Zine Symposium.
Morrison Lobby

Saturday, June 24th:
Patricia Schechter: Women on the Road: Some Paths to the Present | 6:55pm

Is “hitting the open road” just a guy thing? Did Thelma and Louise have to die?  There is a rich history to women, travel and ideas about freedom–especially involving the car–and it might not be what you think.  This short lecture sets the play “26 Miles” in context with a look at a few key moments in recent cultural history, with a few surprises along the way.

Patricia A. Schechter teaches women’s history at Portland State University.  She has published a number of books and articles, included the co-authored volume with Avel Louise Gordly, Remembering the Power of Words: The Life of an Oregon Activist, Legislator, and Community Leader (OSU Press, 2011).
Morrison Lobby

Sunday, June 25th:
Mat Chat with the cast of  26 Miles | Post-show

(*): This In Dialogue event is part of Profile’s commitment to engaging with our community in conversations about equity, diversity and inclusion, and are a part of our Diversity and Inclusion Initiative.

To see past In Dialogue Events go here.

In Dialogue Community Events 2017

In Dialogue Community Events are opportunities to come together to discuss, explore or experience themes and ideas that lie at the heart of the work of our featured playwright and are often presented through partnerships with other local organizations.

We currently do not have any community events scheduled, but are planning several more for the 2017 season.  Check back for more information!

Past 2017 Community Events:

February 5th
Know Your Neighbors: A Conversation with Local Veterans about Service, War and Coming Home

Moderated by Profile Community Council Member, veteran and community organizer Sean Davis, a panel of local veterans will share stories about the frontlines of both combat and of returning to our community.  Humanizing experiences most of us only witness via the news or Hollywood films, the panel will explore the challenges and pressures facing our veterans, addressing the question “What do you most wish civilians understood about you and your service?”

Location: 1515 SW Morrison Street.  Rehearsal Studio

 

In Dialogue Staged Readings

In Dialogue Staged Readings include new and contemporary plays in conversation with Quiara Alegría Hudes body of work, as well as readings of Hudes plays not included in our Main Stage season.

For the second In Dialogue Reading of our 2017 season, we are pleased to announce:

Orange Julius by Basil Kreimendahl
Directed by Tamara Carroll

Vietnam vet Julius suffers the toxic effects of Agent Orange. His youngest child Nut worries their time together may run out before they can embrace something essential about their relationship. Paging through forgotten photo albums and acting out old war movies about brothers-in-arms, Nut leaps through time and memory, in an attempt to forge a bond of recognition with Nut’s father before it’s too late.

Orange Julius was developed at the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference and La Jolla’s DNA festival of new work, and was produced by Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre and P73 in New York. Kreimendahl received an MFA from the Iowa Writers Conference and has been commissioned and produced by Actors Theatre of Louisville, among others.

Monday July 17 and Tuesday July 18
7:30pm
Alder Stage
1515 SW Morrison Street

Reserve tickets here.

The reading on Tuesday night will be ASL interpreted.

Past 2017 In Dialogue Readings:

awe/struck by christopher oscar peña
Directed by Josh Hecht

Twenty-one-year-old Denia arrives in Chicago, looking to create a place for herself in this unfamiliar country. Monique’s never left Chicago but feels more and more like a stranger in her own home. A chance encounter between them transforms their lives forever in this wildly theatrical new play about identity and perception.

Originally commissioned by The Goodman Theater. Developed at the Sundance Institute and at the LAByrinth Theater Company in New York

Monday May 15 & Tuesday May 16
MILAGRO THEATRE

Following the readings we hosted a post-show conversations between our special invited guests and Profile’s Artistic Director Josh Hecht, about issues that lay not only at the heart of awe/struck, but are deeply relevant to our Portland community as a whole.

Monday, May 15th: Jimena Alvarado, Women’s Studies Professor at Portland Community College
Tuesday, May 16th: Octaviano Merecias-Cuevas, Policy & Civic Engagement Manager at Latino Network

Tickets to In Dialogue Readings are free as part of Profile’s ongoing efforts to make quality theatre available to all members of our community.

The Happiest Song Plays Last

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November 2-19, 2017
Morrison Stage

Directed by Josh Hecht

An intensely engaging new drama.Chicago Tribune

Iraq War vet Elliot has a bright new career: movie star. But shooting a film on location in Jordan, with the tumultuous Arab Spring rumbling nearby, he finds that his wartime nightmares have followed him into his new life. Back in Philadelphia, his cousin Yaz has her hands full cooking for the homeless and trying to keep her beloved community from crumbling. Set to the joyful sounds of traditional Puerto Rican folk music, this final play of Hudes’ trilogy chronicles a year in the life of these two kindred souls as they search for love, meaning and a sense of hope in a quickly changing world.

ASL interpreted performance November 17th.

Play three of the Elliot trilogy.

Plays in rotating repertory with Water by the Spoonful.

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Water by the Spoonful

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November 1-19, 2017
Morrison Stage

Directed by Josh Hecht

A rich, brilliant montage of American urban life that is as dazzling to watch as it is difficult to look away from.Associated Press

Somewhere in Philadelphia, Elliot has returned from the war in Iraq and is struggling to find his place in the world. Somewhere in a chat room, recovering addicts forge an unbreakable bond of support and love. In this fearless, heart-stirring Pulitzer Prize-winner, worlds virtual and real unfold onstage, challenging our notions of family, forgiveness, community, and courage.

ASL interpreted performance November 10th.

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

Play two of the Elliot trilogy.

This production runs in rotating repertory with The Happiest Song Plays Last.

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26 Miles

Dates of Run: June 15 – 25, 2017
Directed by: Rebecca Martinez
Featuring: Jimmy Garcia*, Chris Harder*, Alex Ramirez de Cruz, Julana Torres*

A desperate midnight phone call spurs a spontaneous road trip for a brilliant teen and her estranged mother. The reunited pair runs fast and furious from the secrets in their lives. So what if reality’s nipping at their heels? Colliding together, they find connection, forgiveness and a part of their identities that has been missing all along.

Creative Team: Kristeen Crosser (Lighting Design), Sarah Gahagan (Costume Design), Daniel Meeker (Scenic Design), Sharath Patel (Sound Design)
ASL interpreted performance June 23rd.

*Member Actors’ Equity Association, the professional union of actors and stage managers.

 

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Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue

Dates of run: February 2-19, 2017
Directed by Alice Reagan

Featuring: Anthony Lam, Cristi Miles*, Jimmy Garcia* and Anthony Green*.

“Politically relevant, delicately balanced between drama and restraint”-Portland Mercury

“Recalls the kind of finely textured cultural detail that makes August Wilson’s plays so rich” -ArtsWatch

Nineteen-year-old Lance Corporal Elliot Ortiz, U.S.M.C. is a recently anointed hometown hero who returns from the Iraq War with a leg injury and a difficult question: Will he go back to war a second time? Tracing the legacy of combat service through three generations of a Puerto Rican family, this evocative, lyrical and often humorous tale explores how the landscape of the soul is transformed by war.

Creative Team: Kaye Blankenship (Scenic Design), Jenny Ampersand (Costume Design), Miranda Hardy (Lighting Design), Phillip Johnson (Sound Design), D Westerholm* (Stage Manager)

ASL interpreted performance Friday, February 10th.
Featured charity Do Good Multnomah. Read more here.

See the program for Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue here.
See the media kit for Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue here.

*Member Actors’ Equity Association, the professional union of actors and stage managers.

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In Dialogue: Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue

Saturday, February 4th:
Opening Night Reception | Post-Show
Join us immediately following the performance for nibbles, drinks and music.  Catering provided by 2017 Season Partner Pambiche.
Morrison Lobby

Sunday, February 5th:
COMMUNITY EVENT: Know Your Neighbors: A Conversation with Local Veterans about Service, War and Coming Home  | 12:00pm

Mat Chat with the cast of  Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue | Post-show

Thursday, February 9th:
Professor Daniel Pollack-Pelzner: Family, History, Cooking, and Music: Quiara Alegría Hudes’s Stage Stew* | 6:55pm
Daniel recently interviewed Quiara for The New Yorker about the ingredients that go into her daring, funny, heartbreaking plays, drawn from her family’s Puerto Rican-Jewish heritage, her Philadelphia barrio, and her music training at Yale. As Profile Theatre starts her Pulitzer-winning Elliot Trilogy, Daniel will share what makes Quiara one of the most exciting, innovative, and community-minded playwrights working today.

Daniel Pollack-Pelzner holds the Ronni Lacroute Chair in Shakespeare Studies at Linfield College, where he teaches courses in literary history, drama, and gender studies. A Portland native, he received his B.A. in History from Yale and his Ph.D. in English from Harvard. His articles on Shakespeare and contemporary culture have recently appeared in The New Yorker, Slate, and The New York Times. A frequent speaker at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, he is the scholar-in-residence at the Portland Shakespeare Project and a consulting scholar for Age and Gender Equity in the Arts.
Morrison Lobby

Friday, February 10th:
Sean Davis: A Baroque Soldier | 6:55pm
The Baroque is often thought of as a period of artistic style that used exaggerated motion and clear, easily interpreted detail to produce drama, tension, and grandeur. This is how Mr. Davis tells his war stories. He says “Let’s talk about war and it’s affects on us as individuals, a society, and a nation.”

Sean Davis has fought in a revolution, a war, and helped save lives in New Orleans during Katrina. He is the author of The Wax Bullet War, a Purple Heart Iraq War veteran, and a community leader in Northeast Portland, Oregon. He is the winner of the Legionnaire of the Year Award from the American Legion in 2015 and the recipient of the Emily Gottfried Emerging Leader, Human Rights  award from the city of Portland, 2016. His stories, essays, and articles have appeared on Sixty Minutes, Story Corps, Human the Movie, and much more.
Morrison Lobby

Saturday, February 11th:
Madilynn Garcia: Protests to Pulitzers: A Look at Latinix theatre* | 6:55pm

Madilynn Garcia is a native Texan and greatly enjoying her transition to Portland. After studying at UT Austin, she did a Residency at Oregon Shakespeare Festival before moving to Portland. In addition to her work as a freelance production manager, she coordinates the Gateway Program for USITT which seeks to expand opportunities for under-represented designers and technicians in the industry. She’s passionate about Latinx theatre, new plays and promoting diversity (on stage and off) in theatre.
Morrison Lobby

Sunday, February 12th:
Mat Chat with the cast of  Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue | Post-show

Wednesday, February 15th:
Jenny Ampersand, Costume Designer for Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue | 6:55pm
Designer Jenny Ampersand shares her process and the inspirations for her designs on this production, including her original conversations with the director, collaboration with other designers and extensive research into specific combat uniforms and how they were and are worn.
Morrison Lobby

Thursday, February 16th:
Michinobu “Mitch” Iimori: Storytelling Through Musical Structure | 6:55pm

Mr. Imori, the flute coach on this production, will discuss musical fugues, major and minor keys and the other aspects of musical structure and theory that are woven into Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue, not just as part of the story of the characters, but fundamental to the way that very story is told.

Mr. Imori is a graduate of the famed Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY in oboe performance, but teaches and performs all the woodwind instruments as well as guitar, banjo (5st, 4st), mandolin, and anything else. Locally, he has performed with Oregon Symphony, Third Angle Contemporary Music Ensemble, Salem Chamber Orchestra, numerous local musicals, and playing banjo with Molly Bloom. He has been an adjunct private music instructor at Lewis & Clark College, Corban College, George Fox University, Univeristy of Portland and Multnomah Arts Center as well as maintaining his own studio.
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Friday, February 17th:
Sean Davis: A Baroque Soldier | 6:55pm
The Baroque is often thought of as a period of artistic style that used exaggerated motion and clear, easily interpreted detail to produce drama, tension, and grandeur. This is how Mr. Davis tells his war stories. He says “Let’s talk about war and it’s affects on us as individuals, a society, and a nation.”

Sean Davis has fought in a revolution, a war, and helped save lives in New Orleans during Katrina. He is the author of The Wax Bullet War, a Purple Heart Iraq War veteran, and a community leader in Northeast Portland, Oregon. He is the winner of the Legionnaire of the Year Award from the American Legion in 2015 and the recipient of the Emily Gottfried Emerging Leader, Human Rights  award from the city of Portland, 2016. His stories, essays, and articles have appeared on Sixty Minutes, Story Corps, Human the Movie, and much more.
Morrison Lobby

Saturday, February 18th:
Professor Roy Perez: Elliott, War, and Latina/o Theater* | 6:55pm
Elliott, A Soldier’s Fugue begins a trilogy about life after war for the Ortiz family. Maybe this is why it sets the most somber tone of the three plays: before we can watch Elliott and his extended family, especially the women, start to heal and thrive, we need to understand how deeply the roots of numerous wars reach into the lives of generations of Latinos and Latinas in the U.S.  Indeed, Puerto Rican men and women have served disproportionately in battle since WWII. In this short dialogue before the show, we’ll talk about the legacy of Puerto Rican men and women serving in the U.S. military in order to provide some historical context for the story.  But we’ll also talk about the ways in which Elliott, A Soldier’s Fugue transcends some of the conventions of Latina/o theater and uses a history of tragedy to envision new avenues for recovery, family, and artistry.

Roy Pérez is an assistant professor of English at Willamette University. His research and teaching concentrate on literature, art, and performance by Latinas and Latinos in the U.S. He has published numerous poems, essays, and a short film, and is currently working on a book about relationships among Latina/o, Indigenous, and Asian American artists in the U.S., titled Proximities. He lives in Portland, Oregon

(*): These In Dialogue events are one aspect of Profile’s commitment to engaging with our community in conversations about equity, diversity and inclusion, and are a part of our Diversity and Inclusion Initiative.

To see past In Dialogue Events, go here.