Deep in the Heart of ’Merica

Conversations across a divided country with Dan Hoyle

dan hoyle the real americans

Arts & Books
Dan Hoyle says his epiphany came the day the journalist and playwright found himself sitting in a little garage cafe in San Francisco being offered sensitively prepared food crafted from morally conscious ingredients to help benefit the children of the Taliban, or "something to that effect." “I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, what is America coming to?" recalls Hoyle. "I need to find the real America. ...   More
 
Friday, September 9, 2011 PENELOPE BASS

Portland Center Stage Announces Departure Of Executive Director


Arts & Books
Portland Center Stage has just announced that the company's executive director, Greg Phillips (pictured above with writer Marc Acito in 2008), is leaving the company. Phillips, who joined PCS in 2007, a year after the opening of the theater at the Armory, will pursue unspecified "other opportunities" in arts administration. Prior to moving to Sauvie Island, Phillips worked with several arts presenting ...   More
 
Tuesday, October 5, 2010 BEN WATERHOUSE

Portland Center Stage Announces Layoffs, Eliminates Literary Department


News
Portland Center Stage announced layoffs yesterday, including an unknown number of 1.5 positions in the box office, one in IT and, most notably, the entire two-person literary management department. Literary Manager Mead Hunter and his assistant, Megan Kate Ward, are both out the door. This is bad news for a company that prides itself as an incubator for new work through the annual JAW playwrights ...   More
 
Tuesday, March 31, 2009 BEN WATERHOUSE

2009 Drammy Awards: The Winners


News
Last night's 30th Anniversary Drammy Awards was, as usual, a rowdy, largely inebriated affair, though (thank heavens!) shorter than last year. Attendants at the annual ceremony recognizing "outstanding achievement in Portland theater" wore outlandish costumes, most everyone appeared to have a good time, and no one from Artists Repertory Theatre bothered to show up to collect the company's four awards. ...   More
 
Tuesday, June 9, 2009 BEN WATERHOUSE

Woop! Woop! Theater Deals!


News
Both Portland Center Stage and Opera Theater Oregon are offering great deals on tickets these days. PCS is selling tickets to both Ragtime and Ben Franklin: Unplugged for $20 on Halloween night (order online with the coupon code "SPOOKY"), with a post-show party featuring a costume contest and free beer. OTO is offering two-for-one tickets to the opening night of The Beggar's Opera tonight (order ...   More
 
Thursday, October 22, 2009 BEN WATERHOUSE

Crazy Again: Will Storm's NYC production boots PCS' Coleman from director's chair?


News
When Storm Large's Drammy-winning one woman show Crazy Enough, which premiered at Portland Center Stage last March, hits New York stages, the production will not include Crazy Enough director Chris Coleman. The buzz from theater industry sources is that negotiations with New York producers to stage the one-woman show have hinged on booting the director from the production, a development that's ...   More
 
Wednesday, January 6, 2010 KELLY CLARKE

Curtain Raiser: Season announcements, handcuffs and more Fall of the House


News
Hi there! It's been a long time. Your weekly theater columnist has been slacking. But there's plenty to report, so we're back. There's good stuff on stage this weekend: The opening of Portland Center Stage's production of The 39 Steps (the massively successful, absurdist stage adaptation of the curious 1935 Hitchcock spy comedy, using four actors to play over 100 parts); The return of Action/Adventure's ...   More
 
Friday, February 26, 2010 BEN WATERHOUSE

Press Release Of The Week: Mr. T's Comin' To Town—To Sing. For Cheap.


News
Mr. T—the Mr. T—has been cast in Portland Center Stage's upcoming production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, the company announced today. He will sing. About spelling. In drag. "Not only does T bring to the project the cachet of a true musical theater genius," PCS Artistic Director is quoted as saying in the press release, "but his spelling prowess is legendary." The ...   More
 
Tuesday, March 30, 2010 BEN WATERHOUSE

Portland Center Stage, Defunkt Theatre Sweep 2010 Drammy Awards


News
Portland's largest theater company and one of its smallest were the big winners at last night's Drammy Awards. The annual event, a presentation of the Portland Civic Theatre Guild, honors outstanding achievement by actors, directors, designers, playwrights and just about everyone else involved in creating live theater in the Portland area. The Drammy winners are choses by a committee of 15 (of which ...   More
 
Tuesday, June 15, 2010 BEN WATERHOUSE

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