Category Archive: Backstage

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

http:/?.m.portlandobserver.com/news/2018/apr/10/voices-riots

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

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.

www.americantheatre.org/2018/01/30/portlands-space-race/

Portland Mercury Review

Wednesday, February 7th, 2018

by Megan Burbank

“Undeniable and frightening political resonance”

https://www.portlandmercury.com/theater/2018/02/07/19660118/roller-coasters-emotional-and-otherwise-in-25-minute-ride

 

 

Willamette Week Review

Wednesday, February 7th, 2018

“A scalding standup routine and a love letter to her father.”

“Packed with affectionate jabs”

“A spectacular showcase for the talents of actress Allison Mickelson”

“2.5 Minute Ride” Recalls a Drug-Addled Trip to an Amusement Park and a Sobering Journey to Auschwitz

Profile Theatre’s new production juggles those seemingly contradictory parts with grace to create an uproarious and cathartic whole.

(David Kinder)
“A scalding standup routine and a love letter to her father.”

“Packed with affectionate jabs”

“A spectacular showcase for the talents of actress Allison Mickelson”

http://www.wweek.com/arts/theater/2018/02/07/2-5-minute-ride-recalls-a-drug-addled-trip-to-an-amusement-park-and-a-sobering-journey-to-auschwitz/

 

 

“A sift and savvy ride” Oregon Artswatch review

A comprehensive introduction to and review of 2.5 Minute Ride.

“A journey worth taking”

“Powerful in its simplicity”  

“Very funny”

“Mickelson makes the perfect Lisa”

A swift and savvy ride

The Oregonian previews the 2018-19 season

Thanks to Amy Wang at The Oregonian for a lovely preview of the 2018-19 season, beginning with 2.5 Minute Ride on January 25th!

Read the full article HERE

 

Playwright Profile: Lisa Kron

By the end of our 2018-19 Double Season, you and Lisa Kron will feel like old friends.  Here’s an introduction to her life and work:

Lisa Kron grew up in Lansing, Michigan and like many artists, moved to New York after college. As a teenager and young woman in Michigan and in New York, she pursued acting in straight plays, increasingly dissatisfied with the roles for women, and especially LGBTQ women. Seeing the work of the  pioneering group Split Britches had a profound impact. Lisa writes, “it was so beautiful and complete and so utterly unlike anything I had ever seen before. It was strange yet totally familiar. Funny and heartbreaking and so sexy.  It was non linear – that blew my Midwestern MIND. And – they made it themselves. To me this was a revelation.”

Through Split Brithes, Lisa found her way to the WOW Cafe, a hot-bed for experimental lesbian-centered work in the New York’s East Village, the city’s bohemian heart. At WOW’s tiny storefront theatre she found a like-minded tribe of theatre-makers devising their own work, writing their own plays,  sometimes in a few months, sometimes in a few days, with sets and costumes made from found materials. It was here that she started doing her own solo work. And it was here that she, her girlfriend Peg Healy, and friends Maureen Angelos, Babs Davy, Dominique Dibbell, formed the Five Lesbian Brothers. Throughout the ‘90s, both Lisa’s solo work and the plays created with the Brothers gained increasing prominence, and were produced throughout New York at PS 122, The Kitchen, Dixon Place, HERE Arts Center and eventually at large off-Broadway venues like New York Theatre Workshop and in 1997 The Public Theater, where 2.5 Minute Ride opened to rave reviews, winning OBIE, Drama-logue and GLAAD Awards.

The Public Theater became an artistic home for Lisa, developing and producing her plays Well, which transferred to Broadway, earning Tony nominations for Lisa and co-star Jayne Houdyshell; In The Wake, Lisa’s most traditionally well-made play; and Fun Home, her musical written with Tony-winning composer Jeanine Tessori, which also transferred to Broadway, winning 5 of its 12 Tony nominations, including Best Musical of 2015.

Throughout it all, what makes Lisa’s writing indelibly Lisa’s is her interest in the mix of theatrical forms — from the straight play to solo story-telling to ensemble-generated work, sometimes co-existing in the same piece — her commitment to politically-engaged work, and her conviction that laughter and tears, joy and sorrow, can inhabit the same moment. You’re in for a wildly funny and deeply moving ride.

-Josh Hecht, Artistic Director

2.5 Minute Ride Cast & Creative

Allison Mickelson

Lisa

Allison Mickelson is honored to debut at Profile Theatre with the brilliant writing of Lisa Kron. Favorite roles include Alison in Fun Home (Portland Center Stage, OR), Mother in Ragtime (Surflight Theater, NJ), Lola in Damn Yankees (Allenberry Playhouse, PA), Emily in Elf The Musical (National Tour), and Mame in Mame (Allenberry Playhouse and Riverside Center for the Performing Arts, VA). Allison has written and performed numerous solo cabarets in NYC, MA, PA, SD and OR. She teaches music and yoga, conducts choirs, and works with art and worship at Middle Collegiate Church, a progressive worshiping community in the East Village. Special thanks to Jane Unger, Josh Hecht, the creative team and the crew. Profile Theatre’s Diversity and Inclusion Initiative warrants high praise and Mickelson thanks patrons for supporting live theater and the highlighting of these voices.

Jane Unger

Director

As the founding Artistic Director of Profile Theatre Project, Jane is delighted to return to Profile and usher in this extraordinary season featuring Anna Deveare Smith and Lisa Kron with Kron’s 2.5 Minute Ride. During her fifteen years at the Profile helm she had the pleasure of producing and directing seasons by playwrights Arthur Kopit (inaugural season), Arthur Miller, Tennessee Williams, Constance Congdon, Romulus Linney, Harold Pinter, Edward Albee, Terrence McNally, Lanford Wilson, Wendy Wasserstein, John Guare, Neil Simon, Horton Foote, Lee Blessing and Athol Fugard, working directly with many of these writers on new play development. Recently in Portland at Artists Repertory Theatre, Mothers and Sons by Terrence McNally and the world premiere of The Talented Ones by Yussef El Guindi. Other directorial work: Triad Stage, The Inge Festival, Creede Repertory Theatre, Idaho Theatre for Youth, Great Plains Theatre Conference and in Portland Storefront Theatre, Miracle Theatre, CoHo Productions, JAW at Portland Center Stage and New Rose Theatre. She adapted and directed Carver Country for Literary Arts, based on Raymond Carver short stories and worked as a consultant with Book-It Repertory Theatre in Seattle on The Financial Lives of the Poets and The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay. As an actress, Jane worked in the New York area at theatres including Manhattan Theatre Club, Manhattan Punch Line and Hartford Stage. Among the awards Jane has received, she is especially proud of her Drammy Award for Best Director for Wings and the Drammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

 

Peter Ksander, Scenic Design

Sarah Gahagan, Costume Designer

Miranda k Hardy, Lighting Designer

Casi Pacilio, Sound Design

Jana Crenshaw, Composer

Kyra Bishop, Props Master

Carol Ann Wohlmut, Stage Manager

Rory Breshears, Production Manager

Charlie Capps, Production Assistant

PRESS Reviews, mentions and more

Profile doubles the impact

Richly rewarding productions of Quiara Alegría Hudes’ “Water by the Spoonful” and “The Happiest Song Plays Last” open in rep

Read it here: OREGON ARTSWATCH


Stage and Studio Interview

With Dmae Roberts on KBOO

November 7th, 2017

Director Josh Hecht and actor Anthony Lam were guests on the show.  They shared insights into working on Water by the Spoonful and The Happiest Song Plays Last.  Anthony plays the leading character of Elliot in both productions and opened the season in the title role in Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue.

Listen to the full interview HERE


Pulitzer winner Quiara Alegria Hudes expands the idea of family in ‘Elliot Trilogy’

October 21, 2017 //BY LEE WILLIAMS // FOR THE OREGONIAN // OREGONLIVE

 Read it here: THE OREGONIAN