Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Hamilton Might Be Coming To a City Near-ish You!!

Posted By on Tue, Mar 15, 2016 at 2:56 PM

If you want to check out Hamilton on Broadway, it is going to take a while. Tickets are sold out through June or July (depending on who you ask), and the touring company doesn't start for another six months. In Chicago. Basically, there will be an open-ended run beginning in the fall in the Windy City, followed by a 21-week run in the Orpheum in San Francisco. There will be other locations across other dates, but this is what we get for now. 
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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

"Dearly Departed" brings authors of yesteryear to Tin Pan Theater

Posted By on Wed, Mar 11, 2015 at 2:00 PM

Tomorrow night at 7:00 pm a group of wildly famous, uber-talented authors will be hanging out at Bend's Tin Pan Theater. And, get this, they're all dead. Writers such as Oscar Wilde, Gerturde Stein, and Dorothy Parker will be brought to life again by students of the OSU Cascades Low Residency Creative Writing MFA Program—and hopefully a few non-student lit-geeks—as part of their "Dearly Departed" tribute to authors of yesteryear. The cost is a mere $5 suggested donation and if you act fast, you might still be able to join the roster. 

I interviewed Irene Cooper, Creative Writing MFA student who will be making her impostor debut as American satirist and poet Dorothy Parker.

Source Weekly: How does "Dearly Departed" support the MFA Program's philosophy— to "teach ourselves to play outside our comfort zones" and "celebrate our own and each others' adventures in self-expression"?

Irene Cooper: "Dearly Departed" is a whimsical way to tap into some of our literary lineage. I say whimsy, but costumes are a funny thing. Some people feel liberated by costumes, some feel protected by them and others feel entirely exposed by dress-up. "Dearly Departed" is a fabulous opportunity to explore our literary icons as people to whom we have a connection, without worrying about egos, because, you know, they're dead.

This demure lady's got one sharp tounge - DOROTHY PARKER VIA PHOTOPIN (LICENSE)
SW: Who will you be channeling and how will you prepare for the event?

IC: I am almost completely certain I will come to play as Dorothy Parker. I have selected a few poems that may be read under the allotted time (I sense that Mrs. Parker was punctual, among her other celebrated qualities). I screened Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle a while back and I watched Anne Hathaway read one of Parker's essays (no help at all). I have a wig.

SW: What kind of creative and artistic license does this kind of literary event afford participants and audience members that a more traditional reading does not?

IC: There is a certain protocol to a so-called traditional reading that is hard to put aside without some major shift. If the reading is of someone else's work, I think the reader aims to honor the writer in a sincere manner. So, someone stands at the front of the room, others sit and listen respectfully. One might shake it up by changing the space or in some way re-drawing the boundaries.The costume, here, is the shift. It provides a chance to embody the artist, to run some blood and oxygen through the material, and to perhaps take a little liberty with one's interpretation. We love them, we respect them, but again, they're dead, and we're not, and most of this stuff is now public domain.

Irene Cooper is a Creative Writing graduate student at the OSU-Cascades Low Residency MFA Program.
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Friday, August 22, 2014

PICK: The Wizard of Oz

Posted By on Fri, Aug 22, 2014 at 3:21 PM


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Wizard of Oz

—In the 75 years since L. Frank Baum's 1900 children's novel was immortalized on the silver screen by Judy Garland and her ruby slippers, the story has taken on a life of its own with numerous film, novel and stage interpretations. Thoroughly Modern Productions offers one of its own, with a performance that combines adult and youth casts.

7:30 pm. Summit High School Auditorium, 2855 NE Clearwater Dr. $15-$20.

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Monday, January 27, 2014

Fear and Zombies in Las Vegas

Posted By on Mon, Jan 27, 2014 at 2:47 PM

Former Source film reviewer Jared Rasic, has written a screen play. It's about zombies. He and a crew of local actors including co-writer Nick Saraceno, Prairie Carrie, Cletas Emrich, Todd Hanson, Amber Dawn Hanson, A.J. Cowan and Tori Miller will be performing said script at Tin Pan Theater tonight at 8 pm. Here's what Rasic had to say about the reading:

Nick Saraceno and I wrote a script a few months ago that is sort of a mashup of 28 Days Later, Fear and Loathing and The Grapes of Wrath. It starts out as an homage to Fear and Loathing and then morphs into something no one has ever seen before. I would definitely classify it as a road trip zombie flick!!


"Fear and Zombies in Las Vegas"
TONIGHT! Tues., Jan 28
Tin Pan Theater, 869 NW Tin Pan Alley
8 pm. Free.

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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Local Theater is Drawing Big Crowds

Posted By on Tue, Oct 1, 2013 at 12:04 PM

Last week, Stage Right Production's Spamalot set September attendance records bringing nearly 3,000 people to the Tower Theatre.


Between September 13-21, Spamalot sold out six performances drawing 2,765 attendees.

Meanwhile, Cascade Theatrical Company has sold out four of seven total performances during their run of Dixie Swim Club, (read the Source's review here) and have scheduled an additional performance on Sunday, Oct. 6 at 2 pm. Tickets are available online at

Congratulations to Stage Right Productions, the Tower Theatre and Cascade Theatrical Company on their success. If you haven't gone to see a play recently, this is a big hint that local groups are doing great work.

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Thursday, September 12, 2013

Opening Night Spamalot Tickets FOR FREE!

Posted By on Thu, Sep 12, 2013 at 3:30 PM

Do you like Monty Python? Are you free Friday night? Do you want to see one of the biggest theatrical productions of the year at the Tower Theatre?

The Source
has you covered. We have two tickets to opening night of Monty Python's Spamalot produced by Stage Right Productions at the Tower Theatre. Friday Sept. 13, 8 pm. Woo hoo!

Comment with your favorite Spamalot gag or song below and we'll choose a winner tomorrow morning and send you an email. Read more about the play here.

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Thursday, April 19, 2012

NOSTRAFILMUS: Waiting for Godot

What matters is those words.

Posted By on Thu, Apr 19, 2012 at 8:12 PM


The thing about Waiting for Godot is this: it doesn't matter what it's about. Is it purgatory? Hell? An allegory for the cold war? Are they all facets of a broken mind? Does Beckett just hate us and want to show us he's as smart as Camus? Is it the Beyond section of a Bed, Bath & Beyond? No. Yes. Maybe. Who cares? It's not about that. I'm certainly not going to bore you with my interpretation (it involves pieces of all of those things combined with some Jungian theory). It doesn't matter. Waiting for Godot is about the work that you put into it and the context you decide to set it in. 
What also matters is those words. All those elegant, thought provoking, words making me question whether the nature of reality is relative, shared or vibrational. Words making me not ask whether God is dead, but whether he hates us with the cold patience of a thousand moons. Words written over 60 years ago and haunting me today as if they were written yesterday. I've heard the words be described as Shakespearean, but that is selling short the genius of Beckett, his words and the roles he created. 
It's just not that Andrew Hickman, Tim Blough, Liam Mykael O'Sruitheain and Alastair Morley Jaques are good. They're flawless. Hickman is captivating as he endows Vladimir with such a schizophrenic menace that his moments of lucidity are made all the more chilling by his Joker-like demeanor. Estragon is tricky because he can sometimes be played as such a cipher that we never fully get drawn into his pain. Tim Blough infuses him with such warmth and unpretentious pathos that (for the first time in one of my viewings of this production) I felt the pain in his feet and the confusion in his heart. Blough never once goes for the easy reaction or moment and plays 90% of the role in his eyes and I loved him for it. O'Sruitheain has been one of my favorite actors to watch in this town for a while now and somehow he managed to surprise me, make me laugh and break my heart all at the same time. Liam is remarkable always but tonight I felt privileged to witness his grace. Finally, Jaques gives one of the most physically demanding performances I've ever witnessed on stage and does it perfectly. He shows a range of concentration and depth that is staggering and watching him slowly bring himself to silent tears has been one of the most powerful moments I've had in a theater in years. 
Brad Hills directed this show with such a subtle hand that I don't think any of us outside of the cast will really ever know how impossible his job really was. So many directors try and add little hints throughout Godot to try and let the audience know where they stand on the meaning of Beckett's words. Hills doesn't give us an inch. He respects not only the words, but the audience enough to let us ruminate on the meaning of one of the finest plays of the 20th century. 
ITW's staging of Godot is one of the finest pieces of theater I've ever sat through. Not just in Bend, but in my life. My brain is open, my eyes can see and all I can think to myself is... what do we do now?

The show runs through Sunday, April 22 and tickets are available here!

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Friday, April 13, 2012

Godot ticket prices slashed!

Tickets to Waiting for Godot slashed to help keep Innovation Theater Works alive

Posted By on Fri, Apr 13, 2012 at 6:08 PM

Innovation Theatre Works is a pretty cool little theater company. They’ve done some daring, edgy shows in this town and they’ve done them pretty well.

But for a bunch of reasons, the nonprofit that got started here in 2009, is on the brink of going under and, as a news release they sent today shouts in capital letters, they WILL NOT GO DOWN WITHOUT A FIGHT.

They've got a play in production right now called Waiting for Godot—it’s one of the most important plays of the entire century by anyone’s mark—and they are so serious about selling tickets to this thing that they’ve cut the ticket prices to $15 when you buy them at their website.

Our reviewer saw the show and said the performances ranked right up there with some of the best theater she’s seen in the state.

So, go.


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Friday, February 3, 2012

The Bard in Bend: Shakespeare at Winterfest

Winter and summer, Billy Shakespeare lives on in Central Oregon.

Posted By on Fri, Feb 3, 2012 at 5:15 AM

Winterfest is fast approaching and this year the five day event includes a one-man show on Wednesday entitled, "Shakespeare on the Rocks: Good Will."

Grant Turner, the star of the show, is the artistic director of the Northwest Classical Theatre Company and will present an intimate look at the bard's life from his birth in 1564 to his death in 1616—a pretty cool way to learn from an expert what we all should have learned in eighth grade. The Oregonian gave Turner's show a very favorable review back in September.

And if experiencing the works of great playwrights is your thing, note that tickets for Bend's  Shakespeare in the Park went on sale today. Running from Aug. 23-Aug. 25 these tickets will go quickly ($20-$75 at This year's performance is Romeo and Juliet.


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Thursday, February 2, 2012

Local theatre director dies suddenly

Local theater director Pat Kmiec passes away unexpectedly.

Posted By on Thu, Feb 2, 2012 at 6:55 PM

Local theater director Pat Kmiec died overnight of an apparent heart attack, said friends Thursday morning.

Kmiec was directing Second Street Theater's production of Gina Galdi and Guest, which was to run for one month beginning Feb. 17. He was also set to direct And a Child Shall Lead for Bend Experimental Art Theatre. That show was set to run from May 10 through May 13.

Please check back for further information, which the Source will post as it becomes available.

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Friday, December 2, 2011

The Who's Tommy Comes to Life in Bend

The 2nd Street Theater brings the Who's Tommy to the stage in Bend.

Posted By on Fri, Dec 2, 2011 at 8:06 PM

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Quick! Shout out your favorite rock opera!

Did you just shout "Tommy" and cause the guy at the cubicle next to you or cafe table to look at you quizzically?  Well, that's what you should have shouted. If you said "Meatloaf's Bat Out of Hell" -- well, we feel sorry for you.

Anyway, fans of The Who's Tommy can rejoice because the 2nd Street Theater has announced that it will be bringing the 1969 classic to life on stage in Bend. Co-directed by the theater's Maralyn Thoma and Sandy Klein, the show is set to open on January 13 and run through January 28. This is the first in-house production for the 2nd Street since it folded the production side of the theater in 2010.

"It’s an ambitious project and it is all my fault," Klein joked, "I wanted a show that I’d enjoy as much as Evil Dead."

The production was also natural fit, considering Thoma actually appeared in a 1970 production of Tommy in Los Angeles, thus is certainly familiar with the material.

You can get an early look at this production on Friday, December 16  (8pm, $10) at a special Sneak Preview Concert at the 2nd Street that will feature a set from the Tommy band and other performances.

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Friday, August 26, 2011

Shakespeare in the Park: A Preview

A look at this weekend's Shakespeare in the Park event.

Posted By on Fri, Aug 26, 2011 at 10:24 PM

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I just got back from a dress rehearsal of A Midsummer Night's Dream, which is being performed tonight and twice tomorrow as part of the Shakespeare in the Park event.

A limited number of tickets are available at the gate for tonight's show. Tomorrow's 1pm matinee and 6pm evening show also still have open seats.

Overall, the play -- as performed by the Northwest Classical Theatre Company and directed by Grant Turner -- is delightfully well done.

I previewed the production in this week's paper, but it was awesome to see the set and these actors in person. The stage is set perfectly amidst the trees of Drake Park, making for the sort of whimsical environment Shakespeare set out to create when he penned this classic comedy nearly 500 years ago.

Here is some video and more photos from today's rehearsal.

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