Apprentices around town
From directing their own work to staring in other theatre productions to running their own theatre companies, many past Portland Playhouse apprentices are active members of the Portland theatre scene. Check out the work of our past apprentices now appearing in a theatre near you.
HANDS UP: 7 PLAYWIRGHTS, 7 TESTAMENTS
Directed by Kevin Jones, Featuring La'Tevin Alexander (Season 8 apprentice)
Multnomah Arts Center, Sep 22 and 23 at 7:30 pm and Sep 24 at 3 pm
A powerful set of monologues commissioned by The New Black Fest in the wake of police shootings of Mike Brown in Ferguson, Mo., and John Crawford III in Beavercreek, Ohio, and others.
Seven black playwrights have been commissioned to write monologues that explore their feelings about the well-being of black people in a culture of institutional profiling.
By Branden Jacobs-Jenkins
Co-Directed by Lava Alapai & Dámaso Rodríguez
Starring Alex Ramirez (Season 4) apprentice) and Andrea Vernae (Season 8 apprentice)
Artists Repertory Theatre Sept. 3 – Oct. 1
An Octoroon is a raucously irreverent riff off a 19th Century hit melodrama set on a Louisiana plantation. Branden Jacobs-Jenkins offers a brazen and metatheatrical experience that twists a world of larger-than-life stereotypes into blistering social commentary. It's a hilarious and gasp-inducing satire from one of America's most thrilling writers.
Book by Christy Hall - Music by Jeff Thomson - Lyrics by Jordan Mann
Featuring Quinlan Fitzgerald (Season 8 apprentice) and Rachel Lewis (Season 9 apprentice)
Broadway Rose Theatre - Sept. 21 - Oct. 22
After a dozen years of silence, an unexpected meeting between childhood friends Mike and Seth leads the pair to fulfill a promise made in their youth: to hike the Appalachian Trail together. As they traverse the 2,000 miles from Georgia to Maine, powerful memories surface, leading the men to confront their past, themselves, and the haunting secret that kept them apart for so long.
Captivating audiences with its deeply-moving and inventive tale of love and loyalty combined with an enchanting original score, Trails offers a profound exploration of the lengths we’ll go to keep from losing what we cherish the most.
By James Webb Directed by La'Tevin Alexander
Presented by Confrontation Theatre at Cerimon House Oct 14-29
A play about siblings in the South, forced to deal with each other amid the backdrop of death - told through a series of vignettes.
About Confrontation Theatre: Founded in 2016 by La'Tevin Alexander (Season 8 apprentice), Confrontation Theatre’s mission is to present excellent, affordable theatre from and about the African diaspora.