Portland, Oregon’s Profile Theatre has announced plans to dedicate 18 months of programming—a complete double season— to works by influential playwrights Lisa Kron and Anna Deavere Smith.
The 2018-2019 double season will include early plays representing Kron’s work with The Five Lesbian Brothers, as well as recent works including a six-actor staging of Smith’s Let Me Down Easy.
Newly appointed Profile Theatre Artistic Director Josh Hecht conceived the ambitious project as an artistic conversation between the two playwrights' work, which will feature several productions running in repertory. “I wanted to do something extra ambitious: a special double season featuring two of our most celebrated, most important national playwrights in conversation for a full eighteen months,” Hecht said in a statement. “Two writers at the peak of their powers whose work over the last twenty-five years will seem shockingly urgent and relevant and taken together, will connect us with Americans of every shape, size, creed and color and remind us of the tapestry in which we live.”
The 2018 season will include 2.5 Mile Ride by Kron (January 25-February 11, 2018); The Secretaries by The Five Lesbian Brothers (June 14-July 1); Fires in the Mirror by Smith (October 24–28); and Kron’s In the Wake (November 28-December 16).
The spring 2019 season (with dates to be announced) includes a repertory run of Smith’s Let Me Down Easy and Kron’s Well, which will be performed by the same cast of six actors.
Additional programming will be announced.