Category Archive: 2018-2019

24 Hour Play Fest

page banner

Profile is thrilled to announce our 2nd Annual 24 Hour Playfest – a wild, exciting and vibrant way to celebrate our mainstage playwrights and come together as a creative community!

READY: On the evening of Sunday, July 1st over 30 local theatre artists, including directors, playwrights and performers will gather on the set of The Secretaries. 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 9:00 am the next morning.

SET: Monday afternoon, throughout the Artists Rep building, the teams will meet together to rehearse and polish their pieces.

GO!: Monday night we share them with you in a not-to-be-missed one-night-only performance.

Monday, July 2nd 2018 7:30 pm
Alder Stage

About The Five Lesbian Brothers

For the past 23 years the Five Lesbian Brothers have created provocative lesbian theater for the masses using the fine feminist art of collaboration. They are Maureen Angelos, Babs Davy, Dominique Dibbell, Peg Healey, and Lisa Kron. They came together as a theater company in 1989 at the Obie- Award-winning WOW Café Theater in New York City’s East Village.

Together the Brothers have written five plays, Voyage to Lesbos (1990), Brave Smiles (1992), The Secretaries (1994), Brides of the Moon (1996), and Oedipus at Palm Springs (2006) – as well as numerous event-specific show-stopping acts.

The Brothers’ plays have been produced off Broadway and off-off Broadway and beyond by theaters such as New York Theatre Workshop, The Public Theatre, the WOW Cafe Theatre, Downtown Art Company, Performance Space 122, Dixon Place, La Mama, the Kitchen and the Whitney Museum of American Art at Phillip Morris. The Brothers have toured their work to London, Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Houston, Columbus, Seattle, Philadelphia, Boston and the deep woods of Michigan.

Their plays, published by TCG and licensed by Samuel French, have been produced by other companies throughout the United States and, believe it or not, in Zagreb, Croatia. The 2 Brothers have received an Obie, a Bessie, and a Lambda Literary Award, as well as a 2011 Independent Theater Award.for lifetime achievement. Their plays are taught in theater and queer/feminist studies courses in colleges and universities throughout the country.



Back to The Secretaries

In The Wake


It’s Thanksgiving of 2000 and the presidential election still has not been decided. Ellen insists that her friends and family don’t understand how bad the situation really is. But no one—not her loving partner, Danny, nor the passionate Amy, nor the brutally pragmatic and world-weary Judy— can make Ellen see the blind spot at the center of her own politics and emotional life. A funny, passionate, and ultimately searing play that illuminates assumptions that lie at the heart of the American character—and the blind spots that mask us from ourselves.

Click here for an ASL interpreted description.

“Smart, moving and undeniably sexy.” –San Francisco Chronicle


November 29th – December 16th, 2018

Alder Stage at Artists Rep

7:30 pm Th, Fri, Sat; 2:00 pm Sun

WAKE calendar

Box Office: 503-242-0080, Tuesday-Friday, 12:00-4:00 pm

WAKE ticket

SUBSCRIBE to the 2018-19 Double Season featuring Lisa Kron and Anna Deavere Smith.  Full Info Here.

Well & Let Me Down Easy

Well Easy Page Banner

In Rotating Repertory

At the Portland Playhouse




By Lisa Kron

May 9th – June 15th, 2019

In the opening moments of this Tony-nominated Best Play on Broadway, Lisa Kron assures us this play is not about her mother and her. But, of course, it is about her mother, and her mother’s extraordinary ability to heal a changing neighborhood, despite her inability to heal herself. In this self-professed solo show with people in it, Kron asks the provocative question: Do we create our own illness? The answers she gets are much more complicated than she bargained for as the play spins dangerously out of control into riotously funny and unexpected territory.

Click here for ASL interpreted description.

This glorious and funny new play opens doors of insight and emotion that no other play in New York is opening. I fell in love with ‘Well.’ –New York Times




By Anna Deavere Smith

May 16th – June 16th, 2019

In this theater piece constructed from verbatim interview transcripts, Anna Deavere Smith examines the miracle of human resilience through the lens of the national debate on health care. Drawn from in-person interviews, Smith creates an indelible gallery of 20 individuals, known and unknown—from a rodeo bull rider and a World Heavyweight boxing champion to a New Orleans doctor during Hurricane Katrina, as well as former Texas Governor Ann Richards, cyclist Lance Armstrong, film critic Joel Siegel, and supermodel Lauren Hutton. A work of emotional brilliance and political substance from one of the treasures of the American theater. Originally created as a one-person show, the Profile Theatre production will feature the same six-person cast performing Lisa Kron’s Well.

Click here for an ASL interpreted description.

Vitally important, wide-ranging and ultimately very moving. -Los Angeles Times


2 Dynamic Stories. 1 Ensemble of Actors.

See Both!

Profile Theatre Box Office: 503-242-0080, Tuesday-Friday, 12:00-4:00 pm

7:30 pm

2:00 pm matinees on Sundays

LMDE Well Calendar

Learn more



Fires In The Mirror

FIRES page banner

In August 1991 simmering tensions in the racially polarized Brooklyn, New York neighborhood of Crown Heights exploded into riots after an African-American boy was killed by a car in a rabbi’s motorcade and a Jewish student was slain in retaliation. Pulitzer Prize-finalist Fires in the Mirror is dramatist Anna Deavere Smith’s stunning exploration of the events and emotions leading up to and following the Crown Heights conflict. Through her portrayals of more than two dozen adversaries, victims, and eyewitnesses, using verbatim excerpts from their observations derived from interviews she conducted, Smith provides a brilliant, Rashoman-like documentary portrait of contemporary ethnic turmoil.

Click here for an ASL interpreted description.

“Quite simply the most compelling and sophisticated view of urban racial and class conflict that one could hope to encounter.” –New York Times


October 12th – 21st, 2018

Morrison Stage at Artists Rep

7:30 pm

2:00 pm matinees 10/14, 10/20 and 10/21

Fires Calendar

Box Office: 503-242-0080, Tuesday-Friday, 12:00-4:00 pm

Fires Ticket Button



To be announced

Voices From The Riots – The Portland Observer

Dana Lynn Barbar from The Portland Observer attended a recent rehearsal and shares this piece with you.

“The Rodney King incident is this huge touchstone that rocked the whole country, but it’s just one piece of this story that precedes the founding of this country and continues right on to today, including in Portland.”  -Josh Hecht, Artistic Director


Voices fromt he riots

Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 – Cast & Creative

Three performances only – April 15, 16 and 17, 7:30pm at Artists Rep

By Anna Deavere Smith

Directed by Josh Hecht

Starring Chantal DeGroat

Chantal DeGroat

Chantal DeGroat

Chantal is honored to return to Profile Theatre and work on this brilliant play. AT PROFILE: The Call (Barfield), Bright Half Life (Barfield), Valley Song (Fugard). LOCAL: PCS, Artists Repertory Theatre, Portland Playhouse, Badass Theatre. SEATTLE: Seattle Repertory Theatre, Intiman, Hansberry Project, upstart crow, and Seattle Shakespeare Company. TEACHES WITH: The August Wilson Red Door Project, Seattle Rep. TRAINING: Shakespeare & Company, Emerson College.

Elyse Grimaldi, Costume Designer

Kristeen Crosser, Lighting Designer

Phillip Johnson, Sound Designer

Karl Hanover, Dialect Coach

Breydon Little, Stage Manager

Jamie Rae, Production Manager

Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992

Page banner

Los Angeles, April 1992: Riots break out after the acquittal of four LAPD officers charged with use of excessive force in the arrest and beating of Rodney King.

Broadway, April 1994: Anna Deavere Smith premiers her pioneering work for which she interviewed over 200 people directly impacted or involved in the unrest.  Recreating their accounts and personalities verbatim, she revolutionizes storytelling.

APRIL 2018 nearly 25 years after it rocked Broadway, we remounted this Tony-nominated play with Portland favorite Chantal DeGroat, who transformed herself into dozens of real-life witnesses to the Rodney King riots that rocked LA — and the country — to its core.


This stripped-down CONCERT STAGING was a fully-rehearsed, book-in-hand presentation designed to place the focus on the actor and the words. An intimate theatrical experience that was not to be missed.


“An American masterpiece…the heart and soul of an American tragedy, as expressed by the hearts and souls of the people who were part of it.”  -Newsweek

“Extraordinary and haunting” -People Magazine


April 15th, 16th & 17th 7:30pm 

Alder Stage at Artists Rep

Run time: 2hrs 30mins with 1 intermission.



Starring Chantal DeGroat



Twilight composite

IN DIALOGUE: The Book of Joseph

By Karen Hartman
Directed by Josh Hecht

March 19th & 2oth  7:30 pm, Alder Stage at Artists Rep   

The Book of Joseph

The Book of Joseph was commissioned by the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, where it premiered last season. Profile patrons will recognize Karen Hartman as the co-author (with Tanya Barfield) of 2016’s Antigone Project and author of the play SuperTrue, which Profile presented as an In Dialogue Reading alongside the 2015 Sarah Ruhl season.

Every family has its secrets. The Hollander family’s spanned three generations and two continents, from World War II Poland to present-day America, all locked in a suitcase in Joseph Hollander’s attic. When his son, Richard, uncovered the suitcase, he found more than just Swastika-stamped letters and legal documents—he found a family he never met, and a father’s legacy that was never mentioned. A family torn apart by war, fighting to escape and survive, an unplanned immigration and quest to stay in the US, and a tale of love lost and found, were all captured in letters uncovered a generation later, which became the book Every Day Lasts a Year. Now adapted into The Book of Joseph, the Hollander family journey offers a story for each of us.

“★★★★ This real-life story … reminds an audience to pay attention to changes in the world.” -Chicago Tribune

“A simple yet wondrous insight into the nature of those who not only survived against all odds, but prevailed.” -Chicago Sun-Times

Free and open to the public – General Admission



Karen Hartman KAREN HARTMAN had four productions of three world premieres in 2016-2017, all with productions in 2017-18 as well: Roz and Ray at Victory Gardens and Seattle Repertory Theater (Edgerton New Play Prize), Book of Joseph at Chicago Shakespeare Theater, and Project Dawn at People’s Light (NEA Grant, NNPN Rolling World Premiere). Other works: Goldie, Max, and Milk (Steinberg and Carbonell Nominations), SuperTrue (Kilroy’s List), Gaza Rehearsal (Victory Gardens Ignition Fest), Goliath (Dorothy Silver New Play Prize), Gum, Leah’s Train (Weissberger Finalist), Going Gone (NEA Grant), Girl Under Grain (Best Drama, NY Fringe), ALICE: Tales of a Curious Girl (Music by Gina Leishman, AT&T Onstage Award), Troy Women. New York: Women’s Project, NAATCO, P73, Summer Play Festival. Regional: Center Stage, Cincinnati Playhouse, Dallas Theater Center, the Magic, and elsewhere. Publications: TCG, Dramatists Play Service, Playscripts, Backstage Books, NoPassport. Honors: McKnight Residency, New Dramatists, Bellagio, Helen Merrill Foundation, Hodder Fellowship, Jerome Fellowship, Fulbright Scholarship. Prose: New York Times and The Washington Post. Ms. Hartman is Senior Artist in Residence at University of Washington, Seattle.




Joseph cast

Cast: (L-R)

Jaclyn Maddox
Samson Syharath
Josie Seid
Jason Glick
Jamie Rea
Murri Lazaroff-Babin

Crystal Ann Muñoz
Anthony Green
Patricia Hunter

Stage Manager: Kira Atwood-Youngstrom

Portland’s Space Race

Profile is featured in this article written for American Theater Magazine by local arts writer TJ Acena.  Learn more about the transitions coming at Artists Rep as well as the dire need for art spaces in Portland.