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Seven Guitars Profile: Taylore Mahogany Scott

The story has it that August Wilson wrote the early versions of Seven Guitars for an all-male cast. Then, Vera arose in his creative consciousness to tell her part of the story. That August Wilson carefully wrote Vera’s story down inspires Taylore Mahogany Scott as she plays Vera in PassinArt’s production of Seven Guitars. “It’s […]

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Seven Guitars Profile: Telvin Griffin

Telvin Griffin is channeling David Ruffin as he plays Floyd “Schoolboy” Barton in PassinArt’s production of Seven Guitars by August Wilson. Ruffin, one of the Temptations’ classic five, had such a captivating, charismatic style.  “We call it swag now,” Griffin says.  “It’s what makes people want to take that ride with you. Floyd wants you […]

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Seven Guitars Profile: William “Bill” Earl Ray

William “Bill” Earl Ray has the challenging task of playing Hedley in August Wilson’s Seven Guitars, a mystery and mediation on seven Black lives in Pittsburgh in 1948. Unlike the other characters, Hedley isn’t recently arrived from the Deep South. He’s from Haiti, roots that result in a different perspective from the others. “If all […]

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Seven Guitars Profile: Jill Giedt

Assistant director and choreographer Jill Giedt contributes a unique set of focused skills to PassinArt’s coming production of Seven Guitars by August Wilson. Along with a directing degree from Roosevelt University in Chicago, she brings 13 years of experience teaching musical theater – and yoga! – to teens at Park Academy in Lake Oswego. Giedt’s […]

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Seven Guitars by August Wilson

directed by William (Bill) Earl Ray Previews: March 15 & 16Runs: March 17 – April 9, 2023 Seven Guitars is the sixth of 10 plays in August Wilson’s Pittsburgh Cycle, a decade-by-decade representation of African Americans’ experiences through the 20th century. Set in 1948 in Pittsburgh’s Hill District, Seven Guitars opens just after a funeral. […]

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Seven Guitars Actor Profile: Josie Seid

When the lights go up on PassinArt’s forthcoming production of August Wilson’s Seven Guitars, Josie Seid enters singing an old Fats Waller song. “Anybody here wanna try my cabbage just step this way. Anybody here like to try my cabbage just holler hey.”  Although it might seem that Seid’s character, Louise, is singing to us […]

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Black Nativity 2023

By Langston HughesDirected by Jerry FosterNovember 25 – December 10, 2023 Brunish Theatre4th Floor, 1111 S.W. Broadway Ave.Portland, OR 97205 PassinArt: A Theatre Company presents Black Nativity by poet and playwright Langston Hughes. Based on the traditional Nativity story, the spirit-filled, inspiring gospel song play features traditional Christmas carols performed in a gospel style with a […]

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PassinArt: A Theatre Company presents the 2022/2023 Theatre Season

A Song for Coretta by Pearl Cleage directed by William (Bill) Earl Ray Preview: September 21, & 22Runs: September 23 – October 9th, 2022 Black Nativity by Langston Hughes directed by Jerry Foster December 1 – December 4, 2022 PassinArt: A Theatre Company presents Black Nativity by playwright and poet Langston Hughes. Based on the […]

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Summer Intensive Acting Workshop

3 Day Intensive Acting Workshop taught by William (Bill) Earl Ray Dates: July 15, 16, 17, 2022  Locations:  Friday, July 15th 6612 SE Ogden St.  Saturday, July 16th and Sunday, July 17th   412 NW Couch St. Suite 301 Each day will consist of an 8-hour day with a 1 hour lunch break  Day one Concentration  Memory […]

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