The debut of Ten Chimneys by Jeffrey Hatcher, marks Artists Rep’s first change into a new direction with soon to be artistic director Dámaso Rodriguez. Join Dmae Roberts in an engaging talk with Rodriguez and veteran actress Linda Alper who appears in the West Coast premiere of Ten Chimneys under Rodriquez’ direction. Find out more about the play and what’s in store for the future at Artists Rep.
Dámaso Rodriguez is a Co-Founder of Furious Theatre Company, an ensemble-driven theatre committed to daring, socially relevant new plays of visceral impact, where he served as Co-Artistic Director from 2001-2012. From 2007-2010 he served as Associate Artistic Director of the Pasadena Playhouse. His directing credits include work at the Pasadena Playhouse, Intiman Theatre, South Coast Repertory, Laguna Playhouse, and Furious Theatre. Dámaso is a recipient of the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award, the Back Stage Garland Award, the NAACP Theatre Award, and the Pasadena Arts Council’s Gold Crown Award. In 2010, Furious Theatre Company was named to LA Weekly’s list of “Best Theatres of the Decade.” In 2012, he was honored as a finalist for the Zelda Fichandler Award. More information at: www.damaso-rodriguez.com.
Linda Alper has played leading roles at The Intiman, Portland Center Stage, Off Broadway, Mark Taper Forum, Seattle Rep, Baltimore Center Stage and other theatres, including 23 seasons with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. At Artists Rep, she appeared in Superior Donuts and as Ranevskaya in The Cherry Orchard. Linda co-wrote five adaptations produced at OSF, including Napoli!, co-translated with Beatrice Basso, which will be produced by ACT in San Francisco. The Three Musketeers, adapted with Penny Metropulos and Douglas Langworthy, has also been produced by The Denver Center, many Shakespeare festivals and The Acting Company. Linda has been chosen for critics awards for performance, a National Science Grant for a visiting artist to Taiwan, Fulbright Travel Grant, Fulbright Specialist Roster and an Oregon Arts Commission Individual Artist Fellowship. A graduate of The Juilliard School, she is a Fulbright senior scholar.More info at www.lindaalper.com.
More about the Ten Chimneys: Summer, 1938. Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne, the two most revered stars of the Broadway stage, have decided to perform Anton Chekhov’s The Sea Gull. But first they must retreat to “investigate” the play at Ten Chimneys, their sprawling Wisconsin estate, surrounded by actors, family and hangers-on. When a young actress named Uta Hagen arrives, a romantic triangle begins to mirror the events in Chekhov’s play about passion and art.
Ten Chimneys by Jeffrey Hatcher and directed by Dámaso Rodriguez features Linda Alper as Lynn Fontanne and Michael Mendelson as Alfred Lunt. Performance Dates: April 23 – May 26, Wednesday through Sunday at 7:30pm, Sunday at 2:00pm. Opening Night is Friday, April 26. Performances are at Artists Repertory Theatre – Alder Stage (16th and Morrison St.) Tickets: $25-$50. For more info or reservations call 503.241.1278 or visit www.artistsrep.org
And in the latter part of the show,we bring you a commentary from Bing Bingham who lives on a remote ranch in northern Central Oregon where he works as an independent writer, photographer and radio producer.
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