Category Archive: Staged Readings

Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992

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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



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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

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