WHO: Readers Theatre Repertory SPECIAL PRESENTATION
WHAT: World Premiere Staged Reading of Theodore & Di at 2014 Fertile Ground Festival
WHEN: Special times: Sun., Mon., Tues., Jan. 26, 27, 28 – 7:30 PM
WHERE: Special location: Northwest Academy Blue Box Theatre, 1130 SW Main St, Portland, OR 97205
TICKET PRICES: $10.00 in advance, $12.00 at the door
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Readers Theatre Repertory is proud to present Theodore & Di, a world premiere romantic-tragedy-melancholy-comedy during the 2014 Fertile Ground Festival.
Diana is a driven and overachieving professional; Theodore an eccentric video store clerk with a unique and sometimes troubling set of social skills. The couple’s awkward and often hilarious early romantic misfires develop into an unexpected bond that’s as deep as it is fragile.
“This is a play about relationships,” says Portland-based writer David Berkson. “You’ve got a cast of four, and only two actors ever appear onstage at the same time.” Berkson cites the play’s pair of unlikely influences as “Dostoyevsky and Cameron Crowe. I’m a sucker for romantic comedies,” he confesses. “But beyond that, I wanted to create a character who didn’t have any filters. A genuinely kind and awesome human being who both charms and makes people uncomfortable with his frankness. That’s where I got the character of Theodore; he’s sort of a weird combination of (John Cusak’s character) Lloyd Dobler in Say Anything and Prince Myshkin in The Idiot.”
“David has done a phenomenal job of creating someone who is sweet and unassuming, but also has a darker edge,” says actor Andy Lee-Hillstrom of Theodore – a part that was written specifically with the actor in mind. “I don’t think that’s a quality a lot of playwrights put into their characters.”
“The first time I read the script I was hooked by page three,” says Elizabeth Garrett, who plays Diana (a role also created for her) whom she says “felt very real to me. I felt like I knew her and could understand her choices, her insecurities, her sense of humor and how she lets herself get into this kind of funny and sweet, but also very precarious, dating situation. I also love how this play shows how valuable relationships are, and how our friends help us learn things about ourselves we had forgotten or didn’t know.”
Theodore & Di is directed by David Berkson, and stars Andy Lee-Hillstrom, Elizabeth Garrett, Christy Drogosch and Jeffrey Arrington.
Shows start at 7:30 PM and run about two hours. Admission is $10.00 in advance, $12.00 at the door.
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 mainstage season is at Blackfish Gallery in Portland’s Pearl District. For more information about RTR, visit http://www.readerstheatrerep.org or on Facebook or at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Readers-Theatre-Repertory/124232100940070