The fall theatre season is heating up and several shows are helping out KBOO’s Fall membership drive. Dmae presents a special one-hour edition with Nikki Massoud and Sathya Sridharan, who play Emily and George in  Portland Center Stage’s multicultural OUR TOWN, Don Horn of Triangle Production’s LOOPED featuring Margie Boule’ and Michael Mendelson director of Artists Repertory Theatre’s THE UNDERSTUDY. We’ll offer tickets to all of these shows plus ARTs’s CUBA LIBRE’ for your membership.

(Aired 11am Tues 9/15/15 on KBOO 90.7FM or always on

Call 877-500-5266 or visit with your show of support and membership! Ask if there are any tickets left and mention you’re supporting Stage & Studio!

More about the featured shows:

Portland Center Stage cast of OUR TOWN
Portland Center Stage cast of OUR TOWN

Portland Center Stage’s 2015-2016 season opens on September 18 with the ground-breaking American classic, Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Our Town. Preview performances begin September 12, with performances through October 11 on the U.S. Bank Main Stage. PCS Associate Artistic Director Rose Riordan will direct the iconic work: “Our Town is about paying attention. Paying attention to every detail of our ordinary lives. ” The cast includes exciting PCS debuts and beloved returning artists. Making their debuts are Paul Cosentino, Gina Daniels, Shawn Fagan, Holden Goyette, John D. Haggerty, Chris Karczmar, Nikki Massoud, Gary Norman, Sathya Sridharan and Aida Valentine. Artists returning to the PCS stage are Tina Chilip, Ricardy Charles Fabre, Henry Martin, Sharonlee McLean, Lauren Modica, Chris Murray, Leif Norby, Vin Shambry and Laura Faye Smith.

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at, 503.445.3700 or in person at the Gerding Theater at the Armory box office, 128 NW Eleventh Avenue. Regular tickets start at $37. Preview performance tickets start at $29. Rush tickets are $20. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays (excluding September 27, 29 and October 11); 2 p.m. matinees on select Saturdays and Sundays; and matinees at noon on select Thursdays. More information at

Sathya Sridharan and Nikki Massoud make their Portland Center Stage debuts as George Gibbs and Emily Webb in Our Town. Photo: Kate Szrom.
Sathya Sridharan and Nikki Massoud make their Portland Center Stage debuts as George Gibbs and Emily Webb in Our Town.
Photo: Kate Szrom.

OUR TOWN transports us to Grover’s Corners, a small New England town at the turn of the twentieth century whose secret desires, family conflicts, loves and losses are resoundingly familiar to us today.  The production marks the PCS debut of a Thornton Wilder play.

PLAYWRIGHT THORNTON WILDER (1897-1975) was an accomplished novelist and playwright. The Bridge of San Luis Rey, one of his seven novels, won the Pulitzer Prize (1928), and his next-to-last novel, The Eighth Dayreceived the National Book Award (1968). Two of his four major plays garnered Pulitzer Prizes, Our Town(1938) and The Skin of Our Teeth (1943). His play The Matchmaker ran on Broadway for 486 performances (1955-1957), Wilder’s Broadway record, and was later adapted into the record-breaking musical Hello, Dolly!. Wilder also enjoyed enormous success with many other forms of the written and spoken word, among them translation, acting, opera librettos, lecturing, teaching and film (his screenplay for Alfred Hitchcock’s 1943 psycho-thriller, Shadow of a Doubt, remains a classic to this day).

Nikki Massoud & Sathya Sridharan
Nikki Massoud & Sathya Sridharan


Marge Boule' as Tallulah Bankhead in LOOPED!
Marge Boule’ as Tallulah Bankhead in LOOPED!

Triangle Productions! begins its 26th season with this Northwest premiere

Written by Matthew Lombardo
Directed by Donald Horn
with David Sargent as Danny Miller   and James Sharinghousen and Steve, the sound technician
Tony-nominated comedy based on a real event.

All performances at The Sanctuary @ Sandy Plaza
1785 NE Sandy Blvd., Portland, OR 97232
Performances through September 26, 2015!
Thursdays-Saturdays at 7:30pm, Sunday matinees at 2 pm
For tickets/information: 503-239-5919 or
All seats are reserved. Ticket prices $15 – $35
Group rates are also available upon request

Synopsis of LOOPED!: By 1965 Tallulah had dominated the talent industry, from talk shows, to plays, to a movie with Alfred Hitchcock (Lifeboat). She was the center of attention and center of controversy. Nobody stole the spotlight like Tallulah Bankhead. Except maybe the pills, the alcohol, and the cocaine. Tallulah was the original party girl, making her all the more troublesome to her political and powerful family.

In the summer of 1965 and inebriated Tallulah Bankhead stepped into the recording studio to tape one line of dialogue for her latest movie Die! Die! My Darling! By the 8th hour, they had finally gotten it. In between takes, Tallulah tells her story while popping pills and pouring herself a few drinks. Through honestly and hilarity, we hear her thoughts and advice about the world she once dominated. As the audience watches the show unfold, they also start to see a star fade.


The Understudy
by Theresa Rebeck

Directed by Michael Mendelson

Gavin Hoffman & Ayanna Berkshire in THE UNDERSTUDY
Gavin Hoffman & Ayanna Berkshire in THE UNDERSTUDY

An understudy rehearsal for a fictional Kafka play on Broadway teeters on the edge of reality when Harry – the understudy for Jake, who is the understudy for Bruce, a Hollywood action star about to land a multimillion-dollar part – must work with the ill-fated production’s exasperated stage manager whose life he ruined long ago. The Understudy is a raucously funny existential exposé on human motivation that examines the underbelly of the theatre business and the personal drama behind the curtain. Off-Broadway and regional theatre hit comedy from the writer of TV’s Smash.

Shows run through October 4, 2015
Artists Repertory Theatre, Alder Stage, 1515 SW Morrison Street, Portland
TICKETS:  $48 regular price, students, under 25

Cuba Libre
Book & additional lyrics by Carlos Lacámara
Music by Tiempo Libre

Directed by Dámaso Rodriguez
Music Direction by Jorge Gómez
Choreography by Maija Garcia

2-2015-art-photo300dpi-cuba-libre-no-crThe irresistible rhythms of Cuban music drive this riveting, universal story of a man caught between countries, losses and loves, and his search for freedom. Set in America and Cuba, this timely tale reverberates across politics, ambition and romance with quick-witted dialogue, joy-filled dance and Latin-fusion beats. This Broadway-scale, contemporary musical features the internationally acclaimed, three-time Grammy nominated band Tiempo Libre with a company of 21 actors, dancers and musicians – a not-to-be-missed theatrical event.
• Portland’s Broadway-scale World Premiere
October 3 – Nov 8
Portland’5 Winningstad Theatre, 1111 SW Broadway Ave. 


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