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Yohen: A play by Philip Kan Gotanda

directed by Dmae Lo Roberts The odds are against this intriguing pair. A Japanese wife and her Black husband struggle against the headwinds of racism, cultural misunderstandings, and the passage of time that have worn them and their 30-year marriage to the bone. But she’s not content to toss it all out like a pot […]

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Yohen

A play by Philip Kan Gotanda, directed by Dmae Lo Roberts The odds are against this intriguing pair. A Japanese wife and her Black husband struggle against the headwinds of racism, cultural misunderstandings, and the passage of time that have worn them and their 30-year marriage to the bone. But she’s not content to toss […]

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PassinArt: A Theatre Company presents the 2023/2024 Theatre Season

“Change Gonna Come” STAGE PRODUCTIONS Blues for an Alabama Sky by Pearl Cleage directed by William (Bill) Earl Ray Previews: September 27 & 28September 29 – October 22, 2023 Black Nativity by Langston Hughes directed by Jerry Foster Preview: November 22November 25 – December 10, 2023 Yohen by Philip Kan Gotanda Co production with Portland Playhouse […]

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Blues for an Alabama Sky by Pearl Cleage

Blues for an Alabama Sky

Directed by William (Bill) Earl Ray Previews: Sept 27 & 28 Sept 29 – Oct 22, 2023 Brunish Theatre, 4th Floor, 1111 S.W. Broadway, Portland THE STORY: It is the summer of 1930 in Harlem, New York. The creative euphoria of the Harlem Renaissance has given way to the harsher realities of the Great Depression. […]

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Seven Guitars Profile: Tyharra Cozier

Of the many female personalities in August Wilson’s plays, Ruby in Seven Guitars is the woman who has the men standing beside themselves. Men who will shoot somebody and go to jail over her, for example. “She is a commanding character,” says Tyharra Cozier, who’s playing Ruby in PassinArt’s production of Seven Guitars. “When she […]

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Seven Guitars Profile: Sophina Flores

When the lights go up for PassinArt’s forthcoming production of Seven Guitars, it will be lights Sophina Flores designed, illuminating a set that she helped build.  Seven Guitars is Flores’ third production with PassinArt. She designed lights and built sets for A Song for Coretta, and worked as master electrician on Black Nativity. “I’m really […]

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Seven Guitars Profile: Kenneth Dembo

Kenneth Dembo

During his 26 years with PassinArt: A Theatre Company, Kenneth Dembo has worn pretty much all the hats: actor, director, board member, stage manager, production manager. He’s bringing these last two talents to PassinArt’s current production of Seven Guitars by August Wilson. “I love watching people excel at what they do best,” he says of […]

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Seven Guitars Profile: Shoushane Ray

Shoushane Ray

Some people are born singing. They make making music look easy.  Shoushane Ray, PassinArt’s Music Director for Seven Guitars, is one of those people. “When you’re given a gift, you’re blessed,” the multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and vocalist   says.  “It’s your job, then, to bless other people with your gift.” The gifts Ray brings to this […]

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Seven Guitars Profile: Kristeen Willis

Kristeen Willis

Imagine taking a black sheet of paper and using white chalk to draw something. This is Kristeen Willis’ basic perception when she’s designing theater lights.  “It starts with seeing,” she says. “We tend to see shadows. It’s important to reverse that. You have to see light as a character.” Willis is designing the sets and […]

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Seven Guitars Profile: James Dixon

James Dixon

James Dixon’s portrayal of Canewell in PassinArt’s forthcoming production of Seven Guitars, will be his third role with Oregon’s longest producing Black theater company. And it will be his second written by August Wilson. His first, playing Sterling in Two Trains Running, ” was life-changing for me,” Dixon says. “A rite of passage.” Two Trains […]

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