Stage and Studio on 06/26/12
Coho Productions is going solo this summer with four one-person shows. Dmae Roberts features two of the shows and performers, Stacey Hallal in the comedic Irregardless and Elizabeth Huffman in the moving You Belong To Me.
Stacey Hallal (featured left photo) in Irregardless combines stand up, songs and storytelling exploring topics like marriage, robots, grammar, sex and tatoos. Her presentation and perspective are fresh, but what makes her funniest is that she hits a common chord that resonates with the audience not only in the moment, but also well beyond the end of the show.
Hallal trained at the famed Second City in Chicago and founded Curious Comedy Theater in Portland. Bob Hicks of the Oregonian says, "Comic actress Stacey Hallal has a face that can rise like a puff pastry or fall like a mob informer with an anvil tied 'round his feet. Her eyes can pop like a Looney Toons critter's, and she can stretch a grin as crazy-wide as Jack Nicholson's in "The Shining." Her voice has the same cockeyed flexibility, and she uses both to highly amusing effect...in other words, she's a genuine talent."
Show dates are July 5th-14th Thurs-Sun. Find out more and reserve tickets here.
Elizabeth Huffman (featured photo below) performs in You Belong To Me by Steven Wolfson. The play is about several women on the precipice of monumental personal change. Two of the women Huffman plays are: The Actress who struggles to hold onto her sanity when her life is ravaged by divorce and addiction and Aspasia, a high-priced courtesan who shares the bed of ancient Greece's most powerful politician, seeks to influence the destiny of her country and its women.
Though separated by two thousand years, these women are inexorably linked by their unyielding passion for Euripedes’ Greek tragedy, The Trojan Women. The Actress re-imagines the play nightly and inhabits its characters as a way of understanding her unraveling life...while Aspasia, present during the play's creation, inspires Euripides to dig deeper into the psyches of his war-ravaged characters even as a war in their own time rages all around them.
Since this is a work-in-progress, audiences will find something new in each performance as Huffman and the playwright Steven Wolfson find new words and characters as they work together.
You Belong To Me explores such timeless themes as democracy, gender politics, marriage, desire and whether our own personal and political histories are linear or unbroken circles, forever dooming us to repeat the same mistakes
Show dates are June 28th – July 1st Thurs-Sun. Find out more and reserve tickets here.
Show times for all shows are Thur-Sat. 8pm and Sundays at 2pm
Tickets can be purchased by calling 503-715-1114 or 503-220-2646 or ONLINE
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