Portland Shakespeare Project & Proscenium Journal Host Second Annual “Proscenium Live” Free Festival of New Work August 18-21 at Artists Repertory Theatre

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Portland Shakespeare Project & Proscenium Journal

Host Second Annual “Proscenium Live”

Free Festival of New Work

August 18-21 at Artists Repertory Theatre


PORTLAND, OREGON | July 25, 2016. Offering different plays every night from five outstanding playwrights, Portland Shakespeare Project and Proscenium Journal will host the second annual Proscenium Live Festival of New Work, from August 18 to 21 on Artists Repertory Theatre’s Alder Stage.


This unique, free, four-night festival features new plays written by Amy Freed, C.S. Whitcomb, Ellen Margolis, Simon Fill, and Wei He, performed in a staged reading format and drawing on the talents of more than 20 experienced Portland actors including Gavin Hoffman, Tobias Anderson, Michael Mendelson, Danielle Weathers, Crystal Munoz, Ben Newman and many others.


All performances are free and begin at 7:30pm. Seating is general admission, no reservations. Artists Repertory Theatre is located at 1515 SW Morrison Street, Portland, Oregon.


The festival is supported by a generous public service grant awarded to Steve Rathje by the Donald A. Strauss Foundation and by Portland Shakespeare Project.



August 18 @ 7:30pm | Dracula’s Father by C.S Whitcomb


August 19 @ 7:30pm | An Evening of New One-Acts featuring plays by Amy Freed, Wei He, Simon Fill


August 20 @ 7:30pm | Them That Are Perfect by Amy Freed. Directed by Jon Kretzu**


August 21 @ 7:30pm | Pericles Wet by Ellen Margolis. Directed by Matthew Zrebski



August 18 & 20 @ 6:30 | Artist receptions for the Geezer Gallery’s “Celebrating Portland!” installation in Artists Rep’s Morrison Lobby. Find more information about this exhibit here.



Tobias Anderson*

Orion Bradshaw*

Joe Costa*

Robert Hamm*

Gavin Hoffman*

Chris Karczmar*

Michael Mendelson*

Ben Newman*

Ariel Puls*

Amanda Soden*

Ryan Tresser*

Lolly Ward*

Danielle Weathers*

Don Burns

Lucy Paschall

Rebecca Ridenour

Helena Fischer-Welsh

Crystal Munoz


*Member, Actors’ Equity Association

** Member, Stage Directors and Choreographers Society



Portland Shakespeare Project is a nonprofit theatre company in residence at Artists Repertory Theatre dedicated to educating, enriching and entertaining audiences by producing classical works and contemporary works associated with classical material. Since its founding in 2010 by Michael Mendelson and Karen Rathje, more than 4,000 people have enjoyed the company’s productions of William Shakespeare’s As You Like It, King Lear, The Taming of the Shrew, The Tempest, Twelfth Night and The Turn of the Screw, as well as a many audience enrichment and education events.


Portland Shakespeare Project offers classes and educational programs for students, actors and audience members designed to raise proficiency, broaden knowledge and enrich understanding of classical material and contemporary works that honor the traditions of classical theatre.


Portland Shakespeare Project: Igniting a passion for the classics. More information at www.portlandshakes.org



Proscenium Journal’s mission is to support emerging playwrights, make new plays easier for producers to discover, and make theatre easily accessible to new and wider audiences.


Proscenium is the first free literary journal dedicated to publishing plays. Proscenium publications are free of charge and readily accessible online, allowing playwrights to share their work with a large, web-based audience. Proscenium publications are also now available in print. Proscenium Journal has been read by over 33,000, has received over 1300 play submissions, and has an acceptance rate of about 1%.


Proscenium Journal: Supporting playwrights. Encouraging discovery. Making theatre accessible. More information at prosceniumjournal.com.

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