Stage and Studio on 07/09/13

Stage and Studio
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Tue, 07/09/2013 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
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A special hour-long show on summer Shakespeare.

Join Dmae Roberts at 11am  for a special hour-long show on summer Shakespeare. We'll hear about Portland Shakspeare Project's (SP)Taming of the Shrew and their companion play deconstructing Petruchio. And then we'll travel to Ashland for a talk with actress Nell Geisslinger who's performing a sizzling rocker Katarina in Oregon Shakespeare Festival's (OSF) Taming of the Shrew.

(upper left photo: Ted Deasy & Nell Geisslinger, OSF's Taming of the Shrew)

And at 11:30am, Ty Boice joins us from Post 5 Theatre's raucous comedy, The Complete Works of Shakespeare and finally Michael Godsey updates us on Portland Actors Ensemble's Cymbeline & Merchant of Venice. 

First up, artistic director Michael Mendelson is joined by Dr. Daniel Pollack-Pelzner who is the NEW "scholar in residence" at PSP to talk about this summers two plays: The Taming of the Shrew directed by Michael Mendelson and John Fletcher’s The Tamer Tamed (staged reading of a play first published in 1647), which continues Shakespeare’s story of Petruchio and his problems with his second wife, Maria, which began in The Taming of the Shrew.

Both shows are in rotating repertory at Alder Stage at Artists Repertory Theatre. Performances are Wednesday through Friday at 7:30pm, Saturday at 2pm and 7:30pm, Sunday at 2pm. Full schedule and more information at

William Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew, directed by Michael Mendelson. Featuring:Maureen Porter,* James Farmer,* Sam Dinkowitz, Nathan Dunkin, Nik Hoback, Joel Patrick Durham, Foss Curtis, David Heath, Peter Platt, Gary Powell, Grant Turner, Brian Harcourt, Ted Schultz, Rusty Tennant, Crystal Munoz, Hadley Boyd, Matt Kerrigan

Performance Dates:  July 10 – Aug 4  - Dates and Times: Ticket Prices: $30; $20 for students

John Fletcher’s The Tamer Tamed | staged reading
directed by Michael Nehring. Featuring: Kayla Lian, Peter Platt, David Bodin, Nathan Dunkin, Britt Harris, Heath Houghton, Holly Johnson, Gary Powell, Steve Rathje, Samson Syharath, Steve Vanderzee, Jane Vogel, Ashley Williams.  Ticket Price: $15 (adults & students)

All shows are at Artists Repertory Theatre, Alder Stage, 1515 SW Morrison, Portland, OR 97205 ">Tickets: Artists Rep Box Office at 503.241.1278 or online at:


And then we'll get some actor insight from Nell Geisslinger who's steaming and rocking the stage in OSF's The Taming of the Shrew. This is the first time this play has been staged in the indoor Bowmer theatre. Find how Geisslinger handles the famous "problem" speech at the end of show and just who really gets tamed in this rockabilly Coney Island re-imagining of Padua. The Taming of the Shrew runs through November 3rd and is directed by David Ivers, co-Artistic Director of Utah Shakespeare Festival in his directorial debut at OSF.

The cast of The Taming of the Shrew features Nell Geisslinger as Kate, Ted Deasy as Petruchio, Robert Vincent Frank as Baptista Minola, Royer Bockus as Bianca, David Kelly as Gremio, Tasso Feldman as Grumio, Christiana Clark as Biondello, Jeremy Peter Johnson as Hortensio, Wayne T. Carr as Lucentio, John Tufts as Tranio and Tyrone Wilson as Vincentio. Scenic design is by Jo Winiarski; costumes by Meg Neville; lighting by Jaymi Lee Smith; music and sound by Paul James Prendergast.


Then artistic director Ty Boice tells us about the Shakespeare parody, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare [abridged]  originally created and performed by the founding members of the Reduced Shakespeare Company. Three Actors perform a comic romp of several Shakepeare plays. 

Post5 Theatre presents The Complete Works of William Shakespeare [abridged]  written by Adam Long, Daniel Singer, and Jess Winfield, Directed by Ty Boice

The show runs Friday-Sunday July 5th through Aug 4th. ALL Shows at 7:30 PM at 850 NE Oregon St, 97213 located in Post5 Theatre's Courtyard Theater, 4 blocks South of the Red, Blue, and Green MAX Lines

ALL Shows are "Pay What You Can"- Reserve Tickets online at,

Finally, artistic director Michael Godsey of  Portland Actors Ensemble updates us on two free summer productions: “The Merchant of Venice,” and “The Tale of Cymbeline." All shows are free and open to all.

The Merchant of Venice runs through July 20 - see complete schedule below. Bruce Hostetler will direct the production.
July 11, 12, 13 – Washington Park, 7 pm
July 18, 19 – Washington Park, 7 pm
Friday, July 20 - Marylhurst University, 17600 Pacific Hwy., Lake Oswego, 6 pm

The Tale of Cymbeline will open Saturday, July 20 and will run Saturdays and Sundays through Labor Day, Monday, September 2. The classical production travels to different parks and will be directed by Portland newcomer, Douglas Lay. The park schedule is:

Saturday, July 20 - Maryhill Museum, 35 Maryhill Museum Dr., Goldendale, WA, 3 pm
Sat., July 27 and Sun., July 28 - Laurelhurst Park, 3 pm
Sat., August 3 - Marylhurst University, Lake Oswego, 6:00 pm
Sun., August 4 – Columbia Park, 1900 SW Cherry Park Rd., Troutdale, 6 pm
Friday, Aug. 9 - Post5 for the 2nd annual Portland Outdoor Shakespeare Festival, 900 NE 81st Ave., 7 pm
Sat., August 10, Sun., August 11 - Washington Park in the lower park, just North of the Holocaust Memorial (not in amphitheater), 3 pm
Sat., August 17 and Sun., August 18 - Gabriel Park, 3 pm
Sat., August 24, Sun., August 25 - Fernhill Park, 3 pm
Sat., Aug. 31, Sun., Sept. 1, Labor Day, Mon., Sept. 2 - Reed College, 3 pm
Addresses and directions to park locations at

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(Photos left to right below: Portland Shakespeare Project's "Taming of the Shrew," Post 5 Theatre's "Complete Works of William Shakespeare" and Portland Actors Ensemble's "Cymbeline."


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