WHEN:      Fri & Sat, June 12 & 13, 8PM
WHERE:   Blackfish Gallery, 420 NW 9th Ave., PDX 97209
HOW MUCH:      $8.00 
RESERVATIONS:  971.266.3787, 

or readerstheatrerep@gmail.com or cleaningladywhipsthedogsofwar@gmail.com


Readers Theatre Rep brings a special project to its summer production of Cleaning Lady Whips the Dogs of War, by David Ritchie. Bob Martin directs this show, the third of Ritchie’s he’s mounted at RTR, which features some of RTR’s favorite actors. The production is themed THAT’S WHY THE LADY IS A SAGE.

The Cleaning Lady is a wise old woman who has been mopping up men’s wars for longer than she cares to remember. Now she’s pitching in at her daughter’s restaurant in Paris, where she dispenses vinegary wisdom along with the pomme frites and Pernod.  The seriously funny show explores what it is to have a mother who’s practically a saint, whether punk rock or bagpipes are better for one’s golf, and if one has an ethical duty to bring an arms dealer his chips.

RTR has produced two other Ritchie plays, and a few characters from the earlier productions reappear in Cleaning Lady, including the Lady herself. Martin says “It’s been a pleasure to watch David’s work evolve, and it’s as though these great characters have grown over time, too.”

The cast includes RTR rock stars Douglas Mitchell, Suzanne Owens-Duvall, Lucy Paschal, Randy Patterson and Gary Powell. “We are so fortunate to have these folks on our stage to tell this story,” says Martin. “We love them all, and both the playwright and myself are grateful they’re helping us develop this new play.”

Shows start at 8PM and run about an hour.  Admission is $8.00.

Reservations are strongly encouraged, and walk-ins should arrive by 7:30P. All reserved seats will be released to walk-ins at 7:55P sharp.

For information and ticket reservations: 971.266.3787, or readerstheatrerep@gmail.com

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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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