The evening, themed A PIECE OF SHEPHERD’S WRY, includes 3 of Shepard’s earlier creations: Icarus’s Mother, 4H Club, and Red Cross. All are directed by Wendy Wilcox
“I love Sam’s early work because it mixes realism and absurdism into a messy dreamlike soup. Characters howling out their subtext at the moon.” Wilcox says, “It can be challenging but when you connect wit, it is is a very visceral experience.”
The New Yorker agrees, with critic Edith Oliver writing “Mr. Shepard is the most deeply serious humorist of the American theatre, and a poet with no use whatsoever for the ‘poetic.’ He brings fresh news of love, here and now, in all its potency and deviousness and foolishness, and of many other matters as well.”
The cast includes Brad Bolchunos, Christy Drogosch, Josh Rengert, Megan Skye Hale, and Patrick Tangredi.
Readers Theatre Repertory was founded in 2001 to tell “small stories with big ideas at their heart,” tales that alternately amuse, confront, assuage and inspire. Using one-act plays as the text, the company focuses on intimate human relationships to explore universal themes. Through these stories and through educational outreach and affordable ticket prices, RTR™ is committed to developing, expanding and diversifying Portland’s theatrical audiences. The company’s main stage season is at Blackfish Gallery™ in Portland’s Pearl District.
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