WHEN: Friday-Sunday September 11-13
TIME: 7:30 THIS IS AN EARLIER CURTAIN for RTR
WHERE: Blackfish Gallery, 420 NW 9th Ave, PDX OR 97209
HOW MUCH: Friday $15.00; Sat-Sun $8.00
RESERVATIONS: 971.266.3787, firstname.lastname@example.org
September 11th-13th launches Readers Theatre Repertory’s 15th season in a very special way. “We are honoring Harry Widman, a dear friend of our company, a longtime Blackfish Gallery member and famed Oregon artist,” says director Mary McDonald-Lewis, “while also raising funds for an important cause.” The production is themed “A Time in September: Remembering Harry Widman.” Harry passed away in October of 2014 of Alzheimer’s disease.
Two plays, Steering into the Skid by Arnold Johnson and Deborah Ann Percy and In the Garden by Matthew Widman will be staged to support Memories in the Making, an Oregon-based program aiding Alzheimer patients and caregivers through art.
Friday’s performance includes a wine and cheese reception; a silent art auction of art by Harry Widman and Mardy Widman and Blackfish Gallery artists, along with other items, and a talkback on Memory, Love and Loss with an Alzheimer’s expert and Harry’s wife and caregiver, Mardy Widman. The Saturday production features a silent auction and talkback, with Sunday’s performance including an intimate conversation with Mardy about Harry.
Proceeds will be donated to Memories in the Making, a program of Alzheimer’s Association of Oregon. “This vanguard program has proven beneficial to patients and the people who love them,” says McDonald-Lewis. “We’re thrilled to remember Harry by supporting this art-based therapy.”
Mardy, herself a noted artist, chose to honor Harry by placing a conversation about Alzheimer’s center stage using art as the medium, working with Blackfish Gallery’s in-house theatre company, Readers Theater Rep. Says Mardy, “Using art to tell the story of Alzheimer’s is in keeping with Harry’s life, and my own. We understand the power of art to lead patients, families and caregivers through the challenges. To move from very real darkness, to the light.” Especially poignant is that one play, In the Garden, was written by award-winning playwright Matthew Widman: Harry’s son.
Sponsors include Blackfish Gallery, RTR, and World Foods Portland.
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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