Category Archive: Backstage

An appropriate revenge

The Secretaries is one of the most uproarious plays staged in Portland in recent memory.”

CLICK HERE to read the Portland Mercury review by Bennett Campbell Ferguson

“Loud, Lewd, and Gleefully Weird”

CLICK HERE to read The Oregonian review of The Secretaries by Ben Waterhouse


In Their Own Words

We asked Lisa Kron to contribute some words about The Secretaries, 25 years later!  Enjoy reading what she shared and learn about the origins of this groundbreaking project.

“The Secretaries” premiered in New York City 25 years ago. Wow! That’s so hard to believe, in so many ways! Mostly, I think (I hope!) the play holds up, though, of course, there are some elements that date it (most notably the frequent references to word processing codes that long ago were swept into the dustbin of technology). But the issues and dynamics that drive the play have remained surprisingly topical – disconcertingly so, really. But rather than parse that further, I thought instead I’d like to offer some background on the play’s genesis by way of the introductory notes the Brothers put together when the play was first published, way, way, way back, such a long time ago! I hope you enjoy. Thank you so much for coming!” -Lisa Kron, May 2018

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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

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.

Portland Mercury Review

Wednesday, February 7th, 2018

by Megan Burbank

“Undeniable and frightening political resonance”



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”



“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


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