WHEN: Fri & Sat, Apr 10 & 11, 8PM
WHERE: Blackfish Gallery, 420 NW 9th Ave., PDX 97209
HOW MUCH: $8.00
THE BEST WAY TO GET READY FOR THE WORST
April 10th and 11th Readers Theatre Rep saves its audience from disasters of all kinds with a survival seminar disguised as a very, very funny play: Jane Anderson’s Tough Choices for a New Century, directed by Bob Martin. The month’s production is themed THE WORST OF TIMES AND THE WORSER OF TIMES. “This play is as dark as it is funny,” says Martin. “You’re laughing while you’re recognizing the crazy world we live in.”
An entry in the Annual Humana Festival of New American Plays, Tough Choices is fashioned as a seminar with a lecturer offering preparedness advice, while his wife/assistant seems to be in the midst of her own personal catastrophe. A much more charismatic lecturer makes an argument for drastic measures in these drastic times: an eerie presentiment of our post-911 life (the play was written in 1997).
“Jane Anderson predicted the future with this play,” Martin says. “And like any good comedy writer, she wants us to wake up – but still have hope. There’s a lot of truth underlying these laughs.”
Jane Anderson is an award-winning screenwriter and playwright, earning Emmy Awards for her writing and directing, Emmy, Golden Globe and Penn nominations, and Directors Guild Awards and Writers Guild of America Awards for her work on Mad Men and Olive Kitteridge.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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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