My Life in the Theatre
So I am super excited to begin directing Antony and Cleopatra and to invite you all to come and see it. Rehearsals commence on May 12th and we open this huge play on June 19 at Laurelhurst Park in Portland with a truly stellar ensemble. Below is a brief description that lists the cast and crew as well.... and it is free!
Describing the play as a culture clashing, political love story, director Elizabeth Huffman draws on her Arabic roots, her lifelong fascination with Roman history and an avid interest in today’s multicultural landscape to examine Shakespeare’s most complex adult love story.
For this production she weaves together elements of three periods of time: the ancient world of the play, the Shakespearean world that it was written in, and the modern world that we live in now to illuminate the themes and questions embedded in the play: What happens when two powerful rulers from vastly different cultures, ideologies and political agendas dare to fall in love? Is it romantic destiny or political suicide? Have we changed the way we deal with that question today?
Featuring live Arabic and contemporary music, an
outstanding international cast, a mystical Soothsayer, additional text from Kahil
Gibran and John Dryden’s play All for
Love, combined with a stellar design
team and a beautiful evening setting in the park, we are excited to share this
unique production with you.
- Enrique Andrade, Chris Beatty, DC Copeland, Sofia May -Cuxim, Matt DiBiasio, Antony Green, Sam Levi, Kristopher Mahoney-Watson, Tom Mounsey, Sarah Peters, Josh Rice, Josie Seid, Lawrence Siulagi, Andrea White, Anna Xenocrati and Haedar Feres playing the oud.Creative team
- Chris Beatty: Composer
- Sarah Lydecker: Set Design
- Kate Schroeder: Costume Design
- Arabic Consultant: Israa Hasani
- Dramaturg: Alex Diaz-Hui
- Production Manager: Valerie Lenz
So hopefully you can see the video and read the reviews on my home page that Bon Ton Roulet has become a big hit here in Portland! I am blessed to have had the chance to mount my play, to have an extraordinary cast and crew on this show.
We are still developing the play but it is my hope to ready it for festivals worldwide. Toward that end I am working hard! Let me know out there if you are interested in hearing more about it or want the script.
Up next is Antony and Cleopatra that I am directing with another fantastic cast, opening outdoors ( yes, in Oregon...the theatre gods help me...praying for a good summer) in June. In between that I am designing costumes for A Quality of Life at ART and Macbeth for NWCTC. More to come later in the year! Stay well and huzzah Post 5 Theatre for taking the Bon Ton on!
The 2013-2014 season happily has been a very busy one for me so far. I recently returned from playing Cassandra in the first regional production of Christopher Durang's play Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike at the Fusion Theatre in New Mexico which was a total blast We toured the show, playing in four different venues from Albuquerque to Sante Fe to Las Cruses, packing the houses and getting standing ovations for nearly every show!
I just opened Lion In Winter for Northwest Classical Theatre Company, and I have to say this is a production that I am very proud to have worked on. I directed, designed the costumes, set and props and was lucky enough to grab a brilliant cast headed by Portland favorites Victor Mack and Marilyn Stacey as well as my favorite sound designer Sharath Patel and lighting designer Taiga Christie. The show is playing to sold out houses and reaching a whole new audience. I have updated the time period to today with an interracial family in power and the audience response has been just wonderful. Especially gratifying are the young 20- 25 year old audiences who have been so receptive to the production that they have been heard as they leave the theatre quoting their favorite lines verbatim, which means they are listening and enjoying!
I am now in rehearsals for my play Bon Ton Roulet at the Shakespeare Cafe which will open the Fertile Ground Festival on Jan 23rd. I have another stellar cast and this will mark it's premiere full production, having done a workshop production in Germany and Los Angeles, I have added a new character and have a great design team on this show as well.
In March I will design costumes for The Quality of Life for Artists Rep in Portland and in late April I begin directing Antony and Cleopatra for Portland Actors Ensemble, which I am currently casting. That show opens on June 19th in a an outdoor venue which we hope will be Laurelhurst Park.
Later in the year I will act in Profile Theatre's Sam Shepherd's one act festival and hopefully travel to Germany with one of those shows in Oct.
I will round out the season with directing Mary Stuart by Peter Oswald, starring Luisa Sermol as Mary, Queen of Scots and an all star Portland cast opening for NWCTC in Dec! So all in all I am blessed this year with projects to work on and amazing people to work with. Stay tuned..I will try to update more often!
Just a quick update for you! It was a whirlwind month in London, ( saw tons of great theatre and friends) and the performances in Hanau and Eisenach of Absence of Wanting went well. Steven and I are back in the workshop stage again, having learned much of what worked and what still needs work. Many more changes to the script ahead and we hope to premier a very new version sometime next year in Portland.
I am in LA doing my decorating work...I have done makeovers for four clients while here and will be working on a personal makeover in the new year. Due back in Portland to work on a new play The Invisible Hand at ART and who knows what else is coming down the path for 2013! I wish you all a happy, safe and love filled holiday and new year ahead!
As you will have noticed we have changed the title of the play from You Belong to Me to The Absence of Wanting. We are so excited about the change and the many new revisions in the script that have deepened and in some cases, completely changed the direction of the play!
Working on a new piece is always so challenging and I have been blessed by the participation of not just one, but two brilliant directors, Jane Bement Geesman and Debra Deliso, not to mention the astounding talent of Sharath Patel whose sound design is an integral part of this play. Steven Wolfson has written a timelessly beautiful story and I am so honored to perform this inspiring and profound new work.
We are working hard now to get it ready for the preview in LA before taking it to Eruope. If you are in town, please come and see it. I need an audience to play with!
See you at the Lounge Theatre in Hollywood on Sept 9 & 10!