How We Got On

by Idris Goodwin
Directed by Jen Rowe

Three teenagers in the suburbs of the Midwest dream of their beats and rhymes making them famous, in hip-hop’s golden age of the late 80’s. Hank, Julian, and Luann battle their Midwestern upbringing, their peer’s derision, and their own self-doubt in this musical coming-of-age story, while our modern day narrator and DJ, “The Selector”, gives us a hip-hop history lesson. Our teenage heroes try to find a way to break into the urban scene and get signed to a major label, pushing through the negativity and learning to breathe in joy.

Boston Globe Review of Company One’s 2014 production
Columbus Dispatch review of Available Light Theatre’s 2014 production


Joe Gibson - Hank
Chip Sherman - Julian
Ashley Williams - Luann
Ithica Tell - Selector

Creative Team

Jen Rowe - Director
Mic Crenshaw - Music Director
Meredith Matthews - Stage Manager
Sarah Gehring - Dramaturge
Daniel Meeker - Scenic Designer
Jennifer Lin - Lighting Designer
Ashton Hull - Costume Designer
Em Gustason - Sound Designer

Extended through October 25th!

Wednesday - Saturday at 7:30pm
Sunday at 2:00pm

602 NE Prescott St.
Portland, OR 97211

Special Events

10/3 - Opening Night

10/4 - Ice cream social post-show

10/10 - Post-show Q&A
with playwright Idris Goodwin

10/13 - Northwest Mixtape:
Hip Hop Culture and Influences

A Conversation Project facilitated by Donnell Alexander, Hosted by Oregon Humanities and Portland Playhouse. Read more...
Free (reserve tickets here)

10/14 - City Club event and post-show discussion with Artistic Director Brian Weaver

10/17 - Post-show reception
with Emmett and Karen Wheatfall 

Presenting Season Sponsors
Producer Sponsors: Harold Goldstein & Carol Streeter,
Ronni Lacroute, and Philip Terranova
Playwright Sponsors: Ellen Bye, Steve and Elsie Weaver, Barry Bloom, Wrather Family Foundation, Raymond Family Foundation, Jeff and Esther Clark

This project is supported in part by a grant from the Oregon Cultural Trust.

Portland Playhouse receives support from the Oregon Arts Commission, a state agency funded by the State of Oregon and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Show Sponsors:  Karen and Dave Johnson, MKM Design