|Readers Theatre Gresham returns anew posted on 10/01/2022|
Michael Streeter, Readers Theatre Gresham’s (RTG) Artistic
Director, wants to grow the audience for the monthly staged readings, with
actors reading a play with scripts in hand on a bare stage and minimal props.
And with RTG returning after a two-year hiatus due the coronavirus, there are a
number of changes taking place to help achieve that goal, including a new space
(the Center of the Arts Little Theatre at 333 N. Main Avenue in Gresham),
serving beer and wine, a new sponsor (Center for the Arts Foundation) and a new
approach to selecting plays.
Streeter noted that previously, RTG focused on the American
classics, including Neil Simon for comedies and dramatic playwrights such as
Arthur Miller and Tennessee Williams. And while this season does offer some
greats of American drama, the offerings will include other classics from throughout
the world, including William Shakespeare’s “Macbeth,” Martin McDonagh’s “The
Beauty Queen of Leenane” and Augusta, Lady Gregory, and W.B. Yeats’ “Cathleen
“The overarching theme for me when selecting a season, do we
have quality plays that directors are passionate about doing,” Streeter said.
“That usually turns out to be top quality material. I like to lean toward
Pulitzer Prize nominees and winners.”
To lead off the season on Monday, Oct. 3, RTG will offer
“Macbeth,” the tragedy about a Scottish general who is spurred to kill the King
of Scotland to take the throne himself and is then consumed by paranoia and
must kill more people to protect himself. Streeter will direct the reading and
play the titular role, and the play has a special place in his heart as he met
his wife in a production of “Macbeth” decades ago when he was an actor and she
was a makeup artist.
“It’s a show that I’ve been passionate about for over 30
years,” Streeter said, adding that this reading will feature just six actors
who will all play multiple roles.
Streeter also sees the new location as a boon to the
theater, as there is ample and convenient parking, plus theater patrons can
easily go out for dinner at a nearby restaurant and also get a show in.
“There’s a lot of pent-up demand,” Streeter said.
RTG’s readings will happen on the first Monday of every
month, starting with “Macbeth” at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 3. Tickets are $9 at
the door, with tickets for Mt. Hood Community College students available at
half price. For more information, visit www.readerstheatregresham.org or email
2022-23 Readers Theatre Gresham season
- Oct. 3: “Macbeth,” by William Shakespeare.
- Nov. 7: “The Last Night of Ballyhoo,” by Alfred Uhry.
- Dec. 5: “The Dock Brief,” by John Mortimer.
- Feb. 6, 2023: “Crossing Delancey,” by Susan Sandler.
- March 6, 2023: “The Beauty Queen of Leenane,” by Martin
- April 3, 2023: “Cathleen ni Houlihan,” by Augusta, Lady
Gregory, and W.B. Yeats.
- May 1, 2023: “‘Night Mother,” by Marsha Norman.
- June 5, 2023: “I Never Sang for My Father,” by Robert
Three productions end in early October
Clackamas Repertory Theatre presents the comedy, “The Book
Club Play,” through Sunday, Oct. 2, at the Niemeyer Center on the Oregon City
campus of Clackamas Community College, 19600 Molalla Avenue in Oregon City.
Show times are 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and 2:30 p.m. on
Sunday. Ticket prices are from $30-40. For more information, visit
clackamasrep.org or call 503-594-6047.
Nutz-n-Boltz Theater Company presents “Hello Dolly!” through
Sunday, Oct. 16, at the Boring Grange, 27861 Grange Street in Boring. Show
times are 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets are
$18 for adults and $15 for children and seniors, and $13 for law enforcement.
For more information, or to make reservations, call 503-593-1295 or visit
Sandy Actors Theatre presents “Rumors” through Sunday, Oct.
16, at 17433 SE Meinig Avenue in Sandy (behind Ace Hardware). Show times are
7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and 3 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets are $18
general admission, $13 for children and $15 for seniors, first responders,
students and veterans (reservations are recommended). For more information, or
to make reservations call 503-936-4378 or visit https://sandyactorstheatre.com.
By Garth Guibord/MT