Two theatres in Portland, OR, have announced their celebratory 1997-98 seasons. Portland Center Stage celebrates its 10th anniversary with an expanded playbill, and The Musical Theatre Company, currently in its 15th season, honors its 16th with a "Season of All-Time Favorites. "
Portland Center Stage's season will begin in its home, the Intermediate Theatre of the Portland Center for the Performing Arts, with an original adaptation of The Bachhae, by producing artistic director Elizabeth Huddle. To create an ongoing vision of ecstatic dance, Huddle will collaborate with Portland's Imago, a performance collective ranging in style from masks to modern dance to satire, to develop a "movement chorus." The Bacchae runs Sept. 27-Oct. 25.
After a successful run in London and then on Broadway, Skylight by David Hare, will light up PCS. Skylight, running Nov. 1-29, asks whether or not two people who have different values, opinions and beliefs can live together in peace and harmony.
Last season PCS had enormous success with its run of A Tuna Christmas. This season, the Jaston williams, Joe Sears, and Ed Howard special will be cooked again, Dec. 6-Jan. 3.
Next, PCS will produce two plays that had successful runs at Broadway's Manhattan Theatre Club. Athol Fugard's Valley Song is a South African story of a grandfather who learns to let go of his beloved granddaughter, running Jan. 10-Feb. 7. A.R. Gurney's Sylvia follows, and the comic conflict about a man, his dog, and his wife runs through Mar. 14. PCS closes its season Mar. 21-Apr. 25 with "the Scottish play," Macbeth by William Shakespeare. Jane Wagner's The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe currently plays at PCS through March 8. For tickets or more information, please refer to the Portland Center Stage regional listing on Playbill On-Line.
This Musical Theatre Company will be moving it's home, from the Center for the Performing Arts, to Eastside Performance Center, 531 SE 14th off Stark. According to general director Jutta Allen, "The overhead associated with staging musical theatre at the Portland Center for the Performing Arts would force us to increase ticket prices to unacceptable levels, and deny our performances to hundreds of individuals throughout the local and regional community."
The "1997-98 Season of All-Time Favorites" opens with Meredith Wilson's The Unsinkable Molly Brown. running Oct. 3-26. It continues with Boch and Harnick's Fiddler on the Roof Nov. 21-Dec. 14, followed by The Mikado by Gilbert and Sullivan, Feb. 20-Mar. 15. The season closes Apr. 24-May 17, with Rodgers and Hammerstein's The Sound of Music.
--By Blair Glaser