2015 – Proscenium Live – A Festival of New Work




Three Nights of Staged Readings of New Plays
July 14, 19 and 20, 2015
7:30 pm
Alder Stage, Artists Repertory Theatre

All performances are free

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Photo Credit to David Kinder, kinderpics photography, www.kinderpics.com, (503) 292-4621

Proscenium Journal, in partnership with Portland Shakespeare Project and with the support of a generous grant from Stanford University’s Haas Center for Public Service, will present three evenings of staged readings of new plays, July 14, 19 and 20, at Artists Repertory Theatre.

All performances are readings of plays that have been published or will be published by Proscenium Journal, the first free journal of new theatre works.  Proscenium Journal is also commissioning a play specifically for this event.  In keeping with Proscenium Journal’s mission to expose playwrights and new plays to the largest audience possible, all performances are free!


Act I of Pericles, by William Shakespeare
Pericles Wet,
 by Ellen Margolis 
A Commissioned Adaptation of Act I of Pericles, by William Shakespeare
Tuesday, July 14, 7:30pm

Alder Stage, Artists Repertory Theatre
Directed by Michael Mendelson
Cast:  Dave Bodin, Chantal DeGroat, Heath Koerschgen, Kayla Lian, Ryan Tessler, and Ashley Williams

Proscenium Journal and Portland Shakespeare Project present a staged reading of Act I of Pericles by William Shakespeare, together with an adaptation of Act I of Pericles, written by Ellen Margolis, and specifically commissioned by Proscenium Journal for this summer event.

ellen-margolisEllen Margolis is Chair of Theatre & Dance at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon. Her plays include How to Draw Mystical Creatures (2004 NY Fringe Festival Award for Excellence in Playwriting, 2004 Jane Chambers Finalist, produced by ToyBox Theatre and Theatre Limina of St. Paul); Trying Not to Stare (Workshop, Portland Theatre Works through a grant from the Oregon Regional Arts & Culture Council); Picking Up the Baby (2006 NY International Fringe Festival); American Soil (Produced by Vital Theatre, New York); A Little Chatter (Commissioned and produced by Mile Square Theatre, produced by City Theatre, Finalist 2008 National 10-Minute Play Contest, forthcoming Playscripts, Inc.); When It Stands Still (produced by ToyBox Theatre); and others that have been produced throughout the United States. Some of her monologues have appeared in the Smith & Kraus Audition Arsenal series, and she is the editor of two recent volumes, Singular Voices: Monologues from the International Centre for Women Playwrights and The Politics of American Actor Training. Ellen is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild.

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An Evening of Original One-Acts
Sunday, July 19, 7:30pm

Alder Stage, Artists Repertory Theatre
Black Coffee Green Tea, by Damon Chau
Directed by Steve Rathje
Ski Lift, by Chris Holbrook
Directed by Paul Angelo
Tango Mike, by Aleks Merilo
Directed by Paul Angelo

Please join us  for staged readings of three new one-acts, all of which have been published recently in Proscenium Journal.

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The Widow of Tom’s Hill, 
by Aleks Merilo
Monday, July 20, 7:30pm

Alder Stage, Artists Repertory Theatre
Directed by Jillian Gibson
Cast:  Nick Ferrucci, Claire Rigsby, and Ashley Williams

Proscenium Journal and Portland Shakespeare Project will present a staged reading of The Widow of Tom’s Hill by Aleks Merilo.  See it before it heads to Off Broadway this fall.

aleks-meriloAleks Merilo is a Portland-based playwright and drama teacher. Originally from Palo Alto, CA, he holds a BA in Theater, and an MFA in playwriting from The UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television. Merilo’s scripts include Exit 27 (Performed at the Landing Theatre in Houston, Texas, and The Sanguine Theatre Company in New York City), Blur In the Rear View (Winner of the James Rodgers Playwriting Contest, premiered at the University of Kentucky, Lexington) and Little Moscow (Winner of Dubuque Playwriting Contest). His plays have been performed/developed with the aide of CoHo Productions, Furious Theater at the Pasadena Playhouse, The Old Globe Theater, The Fertile Ground Festival, The Pittsburgh New Works Festival, Ross Valley Players, The Moving Arts Theater, The UCLA New Play Festival, and Portland Readers Theater, among others.

About Proscenium Journal
As the first free journal of new theatre works, Proscenium’s  mission is to showcase the freshest voices in contemporary playwriting.   

Proscenium publications are free of charge and readily accessible online at prosceniumjournal.com

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