A fantastic night at The Venetian! The wine was flowing, the VIPs were dressed to the nines, the board was busy schmoozing and selling season tickets, and a good time was had by all! Another incredible event for Bag&Baggage at The Venetian for our official Season Announcement!
So…enough about how much fun we had, right? Let’s get to the good stuff…the actual season itself!
Since becoming the theatrical production company-in-residence of Hillsboro’s classic Venetian Theatre in 2008, Bag&Baggage has drawn ever-increasing audiences for each season’s slate of plays. Each season has a pattern: The first show is an American classic, such as last season’s Death of Salesman; the second is a highly unique Christmas play, or a clever adaptation of an old favorite; the third is a special Bag&Baggage version of a Shakespearean play; and the fourth is often a comedic classic with British overtones.
For the 2010-2011 season, Bag&Baggage will present:
September 22–October 10, 2010: The Glass Menagerie
Tennessee Williams rewrote his short story “Portrait of a Girl in Glass” into the classic, autobiographical, The Glass Menagerie
, which won the prestigious New York Drama Critics Circle Award in 1945. The Wingfield family: Mother Amanda, daughter Laura, and son Tom (Tennessee Williams’ given name), struggle with the difference between dreams and reality, broken promises, failure and reconciliation. Tom is our guide through the play: “Yes, I have tricks in my pocket; I have things up my sleeve. But I am the opposite of a stage magician. He gives you illusion that has the appearance of truth. I give you truth in the pleasant disguise of illusion.” Directed by Marion Rossi, prominent OSU theatre professor and last season’s Willy Loman in Death of A Salesman
December 8–23, 2010: The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge
It’s the Trial of the Century! A year after his miraculous transformation, Ebenezer Scrooge is back to his old ways and is suing Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future for breaking and entering, kidnapping, slander, pain and suffering, attempted murder and the intentional infliction of emotional distress. The ghosts employ Solomon Rothschild, England’s most charismatic, savvy, and clever barrister. Scrooge, that old penny pincher, represents himself. B&B Artistic Director Scott Palmer will direct. Marion Rossi, who played Scrooge in 2009’s A Christmas Carol, plays him again in this hilarious Carol sequel.
March 9–27, 2011 Macbeth
If Macbeth did it all for the glory of his lineage…where are the children? Bag&Baggage always does something original with Shakespeare, giving rise to the company’s tagline, “See a classic again for the first time.” For this new adaptation of “The Scottish Play,” artistic director Scott Palmer delves into the same source materials that the Bard used to craft his story, and emerges with a Macbeth that remains true and fatally fascinating, with a bloody new twist. Palmer also directs.
MAY 11–29, 2011 The Mystery of Irma Vep: A Penny Dreadful
In The Mystery of Irma Vep, playwright Charles Ludlam managed to parody at least a dozen literary and cinematic paragons, including Joyce, Wilde, Poe and Ibsen (the play steals its opening lines directly from Ghosts), classic horror movies, Gaslight, Wuthering Heights, Gothic novels and the movie Rebecca, which provides the basic plot points. Two intrepid actors portray eight characters, changing identities at lightning speed. New York Times critic Clive Barnes told his readers not to read his review, just to buy tickets…we recommend you do the same.
Each play will be integrated with outreach into schools and have a designated charity night, in which $5 of every ticket sold goes to benefit a local 501 C 3 organization.
Don’t miss out! Buy season tickets on the Bag&Baggage website—www.bagnbaggage.org—or by calling 503-345-9590.
Four-show season ticket: $51-64 per person for the entire season! About a 25% discount—four plays for the price of three—and access to special events and discounts not offered to the general public.
Three-show flex pass: $47-$59 per person for your choice of three plays, about 20% the single ticket price, and access to special events and discounts not offered to the general public.
Bag&Baggage was created in 2005 as a professional theatre company based in Hillsboro, Oregon, to produce live theatre in Oregon communities without a resident professional company of their own. The company is now the theatre-in-residence at the historic Venetian Theatre in downtown Hillsboro. We focus on the classics of English and American drama. As a text-based company, we hew to the playwright’s vision for the play, always seeking to bring a fresh look—we call it, “Seeing a classic again, for the first time.” We always partner our work with educational programs for local students. Our mission is to inspire Oregonians to engage in creative, accessible and moving live-theatre experiences. Bag&Baggage is a 501c3 non-profit organization.