Audience Enrichment Programs

This summer, Portland Shakespeare Project will be offering a variety of programs intended to make your viewing of The The Tempest and The Admirable Crichton even more enjoyable. 

Friday and Saturday Pre-Show Discussions:  
On Friday and Saturday evenings, from 6:55 pm to 7:15 pm, before
 performances of The Tempest, Kate McMullan, a graduate of Linfield College and a dramaturge for Portland Shakespeare Project, will discuss the plot, key passages to look for, character development and overarching themes and explain what makes this production unique.  This pre-show discussion 
will take place in the Alder Lobby.

Watch the Show Like A Director:  On Sunday, July 20, before the matinee performance of The Tempest, Directors Michael Mendelson, Jon Kretzu and Professor Michael Nehring will share with you their ideas and suggestions for how to get the most out of the performance you are about to see.  This program will run from 12:15 pm to 1:15 pm in the Morrison Lobby.  Then, you will be able to join the presenters at the July 20 performance and enjoy the show with them.

Watch the Show Like A Shakespearean Scholar:  On Thursday, July 24, before the performance of The Tempest, Scholar in Residence Dr. Daniel Pollack-Pelzner will share with you his ideas and suggestions for how to get the most out of the performance you are about to see.  This program will run from 6:15 pm to 7:15 pm in the Morrison Lobby.  You will then  be able to join Dr. Pollack-Pelzner at the July 24 performance and enjoy the show with him.

After The Show Wine and Hors D’Oeuvres:  On Sunday, July 27after the matinee performance of The Tempest, please join our Scholar in Residence, Dr. Daniel Pollack-Pelzner, Assistant Professor of English at Linfield College, Artistic Director Michael Mendelson and Associate Artistic Director/Education Director Michael Nehring for wine and hors d’oeuvres.  Dr. Daniel Pollack-Pelzner and Messrs. Mendelson and Nehring will discuss the show and answer your questions.  If you would like to join us, the price of event is $15.

All Pre-Show Discussions:
The Tempest:  Friday, July 11, at 6:55 pm (with Kate McMullan)
The Tempest:  Saturday, July 12, at 6:55 pm (with Kate McMullan)

The Tempest
:  
Wednesday, July 16, at 6:30 pm 
(with Dr. Pollack-Pelzer)
The Tempest:  Friday, July 18, at 6:55 pm (with Kate McMullan)
The Tempest:  Saturday, July 19, at 6:55 pm (with Kate McMullan)
The Tempest:
 
Sunday, July 20, 12:45 – 1:45 pm (Watch the Show Like A Director)
The Admirable Crichton:  Tuesday, July 22, at 6:30 pm – 7:15 pm (with Dr. Pollack-Pelzer)
The Tempest:  Thursday, July 24, 6:15 – 7:15 pm (Watch the Show Like A Shakespearean Scholar)
The Tempest:  Friday, July 25, at 6:55 pm (with Kate McMullan)
The Tempest:  
Saturday, July 26, at 6:55 pm (with Kate McMullan)
The Tempest:  
Friday, August 2, at 6:55 pm (with Kate McMullan)
The Tempest:  Saturday, August 3, at 6:55 pm (with Kate McMullan)

All Post-Show Discussions: 
There will be post-show discussions with the actors and the directors following all matinee performances of The Tempest on the following Sundays:  
July 13  (with Director Michael Mendelson and the actors)
July 20  (with Director Michael Mendelson and the actors)
July 27 (After the Show Wine & Hors D’Oeuvres)
August 3 (with Director Michael Mendelson and the actors)

Our  Scholar In Residence:


Dr. Daniel Pollack-Pelzner, Assistant Professor of English at Linfield College, received his Ph.D.  from Harvard, where he helped to edit the Norton edition of Shakespeare’s complete works. He has published and lectured widely on Shakespeare and British literature and is currently writing a book about Shakespeare adaptations. A Portland native, he also trained as an actor with Tygres Heart, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and the Yale Shakespeare Company.  He loves talking about Shakespeare with newcomers and aficionados alike.  

Our Dramaturge:

Kate_McCullan Kate McCullan is a graduate of Linfield College with a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature, where she served as a Teaching Assistant to Dr. Daniel Pollack-Pelzer; her focus at Linfield College was on the adaptation of plays by William Shakespeare. She was the Dramaturge for The Taming of the Shrew and she returns this summer as Dramaturge for The Tempest. She is interested in helping audience members get the greatest enjoyment possible when they are watching a Shakespeare play.