The Oldest Profession
The Oldest Profession by Paula Vogel
Directed by Jamie Rea
August 5–15, 2021
at the Barge Building at Zidell Yards
What is the retirement plan for the oldest profession? As Ronald Reagan enters the White House, five aging practitioners of the oldest profession are faced with a diminishing clientele, increased competition for their niche market, and aching joints. With wit, compassion, and humor, they struggle to find and learn new tricks as they fight to stay in the Life.
“an absorbing, compassionate vignette from Reagan-era America.” –Variety
Profile is teaming up with Portland Opera and Portland State University to create a new venue inside the historic Barge Building at Zidell Yards this summer! Be the first to experience this new open-air venue when you see The Oldest Profession by Paula Vogel this August! This semi-outdoor space is well ventilated and allows for social distancing. Seating is limited to approximately 750 for the entire run of eight performances. Read more about the Old Moody Stages venue here and check out the photo and renderings below to get idea for the aesthetic!
Opera a la Cart
Join us Friday, August 6th at 6:30 for a free pre-show concert from Portland Opera before The Oldest Profession, exclusively for Profile ticket-holders!
Inspired by Portland’s food cart culture, Opera a la Cart is a mobile performance venue that brings live opera performance directly into the community spaces where people gather. You’ll find us at farmers markets, city parks, neighborhood festivals, street fairs, wineries and other public events through the Portland metro area and region. Designed and built by architecture students at Portland State University, the cart features a fold-out stage and a “menu” of operatic specials of the day to be sung by Portland Opera artists.
Purchase tickets for the August 6th at 7:30pm preview of The Oldest Profession and come by for a FREE concert from Portland Opera starting at 6:30! (There will be a 15-minute intermission between the concert and the play).
JoAnn Johnson (Vera) is a professional actor and director. She has appeared onstage in many memorable roles, including Vivian Bearing in Wit, Sister Aloysius in Doubt, Madam Arcati in Blithe Spirit, Big Mama in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, and Kate Keller in All My Sons. Among her recent work are Mother in The Undertaking with Many Hats Collaboration, Vi in Escaped Alone with Shaking the Tree and Beckett Women with PETE. She is a Resident Artist at Artists Rep, where she most recently played Katherine Gerard in Mothers and Sons and directed I and You. Other directing credits include King Lear, Blackbird, boom, The School for Lies, Big Love, Grand Concourse, Macbeth, Eurydice, Richard II and The Turn of the Screw. JoAnn has also worked regionally and internationally, touring with Artists Rep to Asia, Africa and the Middle East and teaching in Bangladesh. Her regional credits include many seasons with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.
Former Portlander Amalia Alarcón Morris (Edna) is an actor of Cuban-Ecuadorian descent, now living in the Republic of Panama. During her time in Portland, she collaborated with Teatro Milagro on many shows, including Watsonville, the original musical Oye Oya, both bilingual productions; and Contigo Pan y Cebolla, a classic Cuban Spanish-language play. Amalia can also be seen in the Indie film Zilla and Zoe. This is Amalia’s first production with Profile Theatre, and she is grateful for the opportunity and to her husband James for his support. Without him it would not be possible.
Jane Bement Geesman (Lillian) is a teacher, director, and Drammy-winning actor with 40 years’ experience in the performing arts. This is her second appearance with Profile Theatre, having last appeared in their production of In the Wake. Jane has performed in numerous theatres in Portland over the years, including Artists Rep, Shaking the Tree, Vertigo, and NW Classical. She’s had featured roles in television commercials and series, including Leverage and Grimm. She is a guest faculty member at the Haven Institute in British Columbia, where she co-leads, with Sarah Lucht, personal-development workshops using principles of actor training to deepen self-knowledge and spark creative energy. Jane is utterly delighted to be working with this fabulous group of women and is oh so grateful to be back onstage before a live audience. Hooray!
Elizabeth Elias Huffman (Ursula) is an award winning director, actor, costume designer and playwright as well as a classical theatre teacher. She is currently developing her musical The Shakespeare Cafe in Pittsburgh and will be performing her solo show, Not My Revolution, also in Pittsburgh in 2022 at Carnegie Stages. She appeared with Profile Theatre in the Sam Shepard Festival a few years back and is happy to be back treading the boards with this group of fabulous women.
Brenda Phillips (Mae) is known for No More Pity Party Blues, (ONE WOMBMAN SHOW) Written by Brenda Phillips, IFCC Theater. A Lesson Before Dying, Miss Emma, Profile Theatre. Gem of the Ocean, Aunt Ester, Portland Playhouse Theater. Distracted, Nurse/Teacher/Therapist, Artists Repertory Theatre. Perfection, the elder Anna May Dobbs, IFCC. Menopause the Musical, Power Woman, Portland Center Performing Arts. Having our Say, Sara Delaney, Artist Repertory Theatre. Little Shop of Horrors, Chivon, Portland Civic Theater. A Raisin in the Sun, Lena Younger, Artists Repertory Theatre. The Little Foxes, Mammie, Portland Black Rep. Theater. Long Time Since Yesterday, Laveere, PassinArt Theater Co. Stories About the Old Days, Addy, Oregon Stage Co. Mrs. Bob Cratchit’s Wild Christmas Binge, Ghost of Christmas Past, Artists Repertory Theatre. Ain’t Misbehavin’, Amelia, Artists Repertory Theatre. The Resurrection of Lady Lester, Sarah/Agatha/Tuta, IFCC. Wine in the Wilderness, Tommie, Artists Repertory Theatre. Photographs Lovers In Motion, Sarah, PassinArt Theater Co. The Colored Museum, Aunt Ethel/Last Mama on the Couch/Topsy Washington (Received the Drammy Award for Best Actress in a Musical), IFCC.
Jamie M. Rea (director) As a renaissance woman of the theatre, Jamie has had the pleasure of exploring this powerful tool for connection and change for over 20 years. After directing in LA, New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Ohio, New York City, and Portland, she now serves as founding co-artistic director of The Beirut Wedding World Theatre Project. Recent local credits include Profile’s Hot ‘N Throbbing, Jesus Hopped the A-Train, CoHo/Beirut Wedding, Topdog Underdog (Street Scenes), and Made to Dance in Burning Buildings with Shaking the Tree. An arts based trauma facilitator, Jamie has focused much of her community engagement efforts in communities of young womxn where our country’s institutionalized misogyny is often manifesting through eating disorders, cutting, and other forms of self-harm. She is grateful to this company of wise womxn for celebrating themselves in the fullness of their lived experience, allowing us to witness the power of womxn claiming the right to take up our own space.