Runs: 05/09/12 — 05/27/12
Opening Night: 05/11/12
Event Time: 7:30pm (2:00 Sunday Matinees)
Tickets: $25 (adults), $19 (seniors & students), $12 (previews)
One of the most acclaimed scripts of the last 30 years comes to sexy, stylish life at The Venetian. Dangerous Liaisons tells the story of rivals Marquise De Merteuil and Vicomte de Valmont who use sex and passion as a weapon in their thrilling game of revenge and power. Our production will be one of the most jaw dropping and heart stopping versions of the play you will ever see!
In pre-Revolutionary France, the Marquise de Merteuil and her sometime lover the Vicomte de Valmont amuse themselves by plotting the seduction of two women of virtue: the virginal Cécile Volanges and the respectably married Mme de Tourvel. But as their cynical game proceeds, the players’ motives grow deeper – and more deadly.
This Olivier Award-winning drama is based on a sensationally popular novel so scandalous that it was banned in the 19th century as an outrage to public morality. Audiences may be familiar with the story through the 1988 film version starring John Malkovich and Glenn Close or the updated, modernized versionCruel Intentions starring Sarah Michelle Gellar and Ryan Phillipe in 1999.
Directed by Bag&Baggage regular Patrick Spike, with scenic design by Gregory Pulver (who was responsible for our stunning costumes and sets in The Importance of Being Earnest, Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night, and The Tempest) our Dangerous Liaisons will have all the passion, scandal and intrigue that only Bag&Baggage can bring!
Note: Dangerous Liaisons deals with mature subject matter and includes brief partial nudity and sexual content. The subject matter of this play is most appropriate for audiences ages 18 and older.
Adrienne Flagg – La Marquise De Merteuil
Adrienne trained in New York at SUNY Purchase and New Actors Workshop with Gene Hackman, Paul Sills, Mike Nichols, and Elaine May. While in NY she performed as April in Hot L Baltimore, Alex in On the Verge, and appeared in Sills’ improv shows. From 1994-2007 she directed/performed improv and new work with her own Portland, OR company Toad City Productions. She’s also directed forStark Raving Theatre, Integrity, JANE, and for young people at DaVinci Arts Middle School, and Young Musicians and Artists. She founded Portland Theatre Brigade in 1999. Favorite roles include Cat in References to Salvador Dali… (Miracle Theatre), Vanessa in Jingle Spree (CoHo), Izzy in Rabbit Hole(ART), Mom in Tales of A Fourth Grade Nothing (OCT), Camille inDeadly Murders (Lakewood), and she won a Drammy as the lead in The Waiting Room (Bump in the Road). She regularly improvises with The Relatives, and VOX spoken word ensemble.
Lori Van Dreal-Clark – Mme. de Volange
Lori is thrilled to be making her debut with Bag&Baggage. Lori earned her BA in Theatre at BYU, where she was seen in such shows as Buried Child, Til the Fat Lady Sings, and a stage adaptation ofThe French Lieutenant’s Woman. While in Utah, she also performed at Theatre 138 in Hay Fever and Summer and Smoke. Lori performed with Salem Repertory Theatre in their first production of A Christmas Carol and narrated (as Jean Louise Finch) a staged reading of To Kill a Mockingbird. Over the past 20 years, Lori has been involved with Pentacle Theatre in such shows as A Thousand Clowns, Bus Stop, City of Angels, Guys and Dolls andThe Real Inspector Hound. Lori is a teacher and lives in Salem with her husband and two pups.
Katie Mortemore – Cecile Volange
Katie Mortemore is honored to be making her debut with Bag&Baggage. She will be graduating from Pacific University this spring with a B.A. in Theatre and is very excited to be let loose into the “real world” along with all of her crazy artfulness. Katie has recently been seen in Heathen Valley by Romulus Linney and Private Eyes by Steven Dietz at Pacific U. There, she has been one of the central members of LunchBox Theatre, a student-run student-produced lunch time theater experience. She has acted in numerous LunchBox productions, produced, part-time directed and designed various shows. Katie also has a background in vocal performance, modern dance, and some minor acrobatic work; she is eager to be involved in as much theatre work as possible in order to utilize all of her talents. Katie would like to give a shout out to every theatre person everywhere for being so awesome.
Scot Carson – Le Vicomte de Valmont
Scot was last seen in B&B’s production ofThe Tempest, or the Enchanted Isle as Prospero, The Mystery of Irma Vep as Lord Edgar/Jane/Intruder, and as the title role in Macbeth. His most recent regional work includes Dogberry in Much Ado About Nothing (Northwest Classical Theatre Company), two seasons with the American Shakespeare Center on tour, and in residency at the Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Virginia, in roles including: Sly/Gremio, Antonio, Exeter, Ghost/Player king, Duke of Ephasus/Dr. Pinch, and Fezziwig/Topper. He has worked locally with Northwest Classical Theatre Company, Tygres Heart, American Heritage Theatre Project, NW Children’s Theatre, Classical Greek Theatre, Magdalene, and Portland Actors Conservatory (Guest Artist). Roles included Berowne, Apemantus, Talbot, Brutus, Gremio, King of France, The Duke in Big River, The Mad Hatter, Talthybius, Polyneices, and Horatio. He holds a BA in Theatre Arts from OSU. He wishes to thank his wife Kate, and daughter Ella, for their love and support and awesomeness.
Tylor Neist – Azolan
Tylor is a classically trained musician, but since appearing as Winthrop in at the age of ten, his love of the theatre never disappeared. Most recently, he performed with Bag&Baggage as Barnette Lloyd inCrimes of the Heart, Marley in The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge, Jim in The Glass Menagerie, Happy in Death of a Salesman, and Fred in A Christmas Carol(2009). On film, his latest project wasCoup De Cinema. As a musician, Tylor earned his Masters of Music from Manhattan School of Music and Bachelors of Music from Boston University. He studied violin with the virtuoso Midori and the former first violinist for the American String Quartet, Mitchell Stern. Chamber music is his professed musical passion, and he was fortunate to have studied with members of the Muir, Juilliard, Emerson, and American string quartets. Locally, Tylor has played with the Oregon Symphony, Portland Opera, Oregon Ballet, Eugene Symphony, and Spokane Symphony. He is a member of the piano trio Three Play and the artistic director of the classical music rebels Red Sneakers. Outside of music and theatre, Tylor trains actively in Aikido and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and resides in Hillsboro with his wife and two beagles.
Cassie Greer – La Presidente (Madame) de Tourvel
Cassie Greer is excited to be returning to the B&B stage after appearing in Crimes of the Heart and The Tempest. Favorite theatre credits include Helena inMidsummer, Sarah in Company, Jean inDavid’s Redhaired Death, Mrs. Van Buren in Intimate Apparel, Angel in Marisol, Hester in Hello & Goodbye, Bertha inAfter Mrs. Rochester, the title character inLysistrata, and the world premieres ofFear/Falling and KOLO. Cassie holds a BA in Theatre from Goshen College, an MFA in Acting from Florida Atlantic University, and is and is a certified Assistant Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework®. Cassie is thrilled to have had opportunities to teach acting, movement, and voice to young actors across the country, and is incredibly grateful to her family and friends for their continual love, support and energy.
Pat Lach – Mme. de Rosemonde
The “acting bug” actually bit Pat during her preteens and was sublimated for many years by participation in chorale and cabaret groups while active in her nursing career. Having determined to enter her “new” profession at an age when most people are retiring, Pat began immediately to study with those who would eventually become her best mentors and teachers. Challenged to audition for Annie, she landed the role of Miss Hannigan. Since then she has been Lady Bracknell, Julia Leverett, Sister Prudence, Eulalie Mackecknie Shinn to name a few. Among her TV credits are Third Rock From the Sun, Even Stevens, and Drew Carey. Films include: A Time of Fear, R3, and a multitude of graduate and thesis films. When asked if she prefers stage, TV, or film she enthusiastically responds “YES”! She is absolutely thrilled to be part of this production in one of her favorite theatres.
Megan Carver – Emile
Megan is excited to return to the Bag&Baggage stage with Dangerous Liasons; thank you Spike! Megan has been acting professionally across the Northwest for over a decade, and feels blessed to be doing what she loves. Some favorite past shows include A Christmas Carol (Actor 4 – Bag&Baggage), Hairspray (Penny – Broadway Rose Theatre), 99 Ways to F*$# a Swan (Mary – Vertigo Theatre),Forbidden Broadway (Actor – Broadway Rose Theatre), Curtains(Bambi – Broadway Rose Theatre), Rocky Horror Show Live(Columbia – Harlequin Theatre), and The Producers (Ensemble – Lakewood Theatre) to name a few. She has also appeared on the hit TNT series, Leverage, and in several local films. Megan thanks “the creative team”, Momma/Papa/J-bird, and her devastatingly handsome partner in crime, Ben. For Lauren and Sam. Please visit www.megancarver.com for more info!
Sean Lindsay – Le Chevalier Danceny
Sean is thrilled to be working with Bag&Baggage again and for the opportunity to perform on the Venetian stage. His last show with B&B was Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night in 2010 where he played Sebastian. Having grown up in a theatre family, he discovered his love for acting at a young age. He graduated in 2010 from Pacific University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Physics, with minors in Mathematics and Theatre. At Pacific, he studied under Ellen Margolis and Tal Sanders, and during his senior year, was fortunate enough to premier new works with guest directors Randall Stuart and Matthew B. Zrebski. He lives in Portland, and writes and performs with a number of hip hop groups as a lyricist. He would like to thank his family and friends for their support.
Patrick Spike – Director
Known as Spike to those close to him, has been directing since 1986 up and down the west coast. Former directing projects here at Bag&Baggage includeEducating Rita and The Mystery of Irma Vep. Spike additionally is a member of our board of directors, holding the title of Audience Development Chair who also suggested our highly successful special events of Love Letterswhich he directed, and Hillsboro Goes Hollywood. Earlier B&B audiences might also remember him in his teetering performance as Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest. Elsewhere, some of his favorite directing projects have includedThe House of Blue Leaves, Romance/Romance, Social Security,Greater Tuna, Return to the Forbidden Planet, Angry Housewives, and Vampire Lesbians of Sodom. He also had the distinct pleasure of being one of four professional directors invited to participate in Portland Center Stage’s first Commission/Commission event, working with world class authors. With extensive experience as a performing arts administrator, fundraiser, marketer, consultant and more, Spike is also Product Manager for Ticket Turtle, which provides patron management systems to performing arts organizations all over the US and Canada. Spike comments “I’m excited and honored to be able to work with such an illustrious cast and crew on this production. Thanks James, Max and Myko for holding down the fort while I’ve been away.”
Gregory Pulver – Scenic Designer and Co-Costume Designer
Gregory is a freelance designer and owner of Purpose Design and he is currently the Go-To-Market Integration Specialist for Nike Golf. He was recently a professor of Costume Design at Western Washington University Theatre Arts in Bellingham, WA, where he taught and designed for over 16 years. He will be joining the faculty at University of Portland Drama Department in August 2012. Gregory holds an MFA in costume design and choreography from Humboldt State University, CA and is the 1993 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival National Costume Design Winner for his work on Three Penny Opera. He has designed for several short films and TV spots in Washington, and for many professional and regional theatres. Gregory now lives in Portland, OR where he works as a professional costume designer, set designer, set dresser, actor and director. His design credits for B&B are The Importance of Being Earnest, Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night, The Tempest, or the Enchanted Isle, andShakespeare’s R&J; he also played Charles Dickens in A Christmas Carol.
Melissa Heller – Costume Designer
Melissa Heller is a local costume designer that had worked with several companies in town. With a life long interest in apparel, she always knew that her life would be devoted to fashion. But it wasn’t until college that her interest in costuming was born. Hailing from Oregon State University, with a B.S in Apparel Design (and several side projects with Oregon State University Theatres), she graduated in 2008 and promptly moved to Portland to pursue her career. After mucking about a bit, she began work with Oregon Ballet Theater, where she helped to create several productions for the stage. Recently, she has had the opportunity to design costumes for Bag&Baggage’s production of A Christmas Carol, which was met with critical acclaim. Looking forward, Melissa plans to continue her partnership with Bag&Baggage in their outdoor summer production of Titus Andronicus.
Kristeen Crosser – Lighting Designer
Kristeen Willis Crosser joins Bag&Baggage for the second time, her first being her design for Crimes of the Heart. She received her BA from Centre College in Danville, KY and received her MFA in lighting design from Wayne State University, Hilberry Company in Detroit, MI. She has designed lighting for several area theatres including ART’s The Cherry Orchard, Profile’s Theatre’s Thief River, Miracle Theatre’s Mariela in the Desert and Northwest Children’s Theatre’s Pinocchio. She would like to thank her husband Mike for all of his love and support.
Audra Petrie – Props Master
Audra has been B&B’s Production Manager since the start of the 2008-2009 season and the Company Manager since January 2011. She has also stage managed numerous Bag&Baggage shows in the past – most recently Shakespeare’s R&J. Audra has done other stage management work for CoHo Productions, Salem Repertory Theatre, and Willamette University. Audra also enjoys dabbling in props work. Besides this show, her prop credits at Bag&Baggage include: Shakespeare’s R&J, A Christmas Carol (both the 2009 and 2011 productions), Crimes of the Heart, The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge, Educating Rita,Taming of the Shrew and The Woman’s Prize, Death of A Salesman, Romeo and Juliet, The Importance of Being Earnest,The Comedy of Errors, and Steel Magnolias.
Becci Swearingen – Stage Manager
Nearly two years ago, when Becci Stage Managed her first production with Bag&Baggage, she didn’t know that it was the beginning of a relationship with a theatre company that would eventually feel like family to her. She is blessed and lucky to be a member of such a creative, thoughtful and talented company. Becci holds both a Bachelor’s and a Master’s Degree in Theatre Arts and eventually plans to go on to pursue a PhD. In the meantime, however, she is appreciating all that she is learning during this season in her life. Among all Bag & Baggage shows Becci has been a part of – both in the audience, and behind the scenes – her favorites include: (watching) Death of a Salesman,Educating Rita, Macbeth, and A Christmas Carol and (working)Crimes of the Heart, The Tempest: Or Enchanted Isle, The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge and Love Letters.
Demetri Pavlatos – Technical Director/Master Carpenter
This is Demetri’s second full season as Bag&Baggage’s Technical Director. He is also the Technical Director for Profile Theatre Company and Third Rail Repertory Theatre, works with the theatre students at Saint Mary’s Academy, and is the owner of Lunar Theatrical, a small set construction and technical services company. Demetri has recently worked with Stumptown Stages, Broadway Rose Theatre Company, and Pixiedust Productions.
Heather Taylor – Assistant Stage Manager
Heather is thrilled to be back at B&B for her second show. She was the ASM for this past winter’s A Christmas Carol here with B&B. She majored in theatre at Oregon State University, participating in more than 20 shows in her 4 years there, some of her favorites including Twelfth Night, Angels in America, andRumors. She is currently working as a pre-school teacher and a Mary Kay Beauty Consultant in Tigard and is excited to be involved in theatre again. She would like to thank her husband Kevin for all of his love and support.
Christopher Hampton (January 26, 1946 – ) is a British-born playwright, screen writer and film director. He is perhaps best known for Les Liaisons Dangereuses and the film versionDangerous Liaisons (for which he won the Academy Award for Best Screenplay) but has also gained international attention for his screenwriting, including Academy Award nominated film adaptation of Ian McEwan’s Atonement. Hampton also wrote the book for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical version of Sunset Boulevard and has translated a number of well known plays such as The Seagull, Uncle Vanya and Hedda Gabler.
Born in Faial, Azores, Hampton lived throughout the world until the age of 13 when he attended the independent boarding school Lancing College (with fellow dramatist David Hare). In 1964 he went to New College, Oxford to study German and French and where he wrote his first play, When Did You Last See My Mother, which was performed at the Royal Court Theatre in London in 1966, making Hampton the youngest playwright to have a work performed on that illustrious stage. From 1968–1970 he worked as the Resident Dramatist at the Royal Court and, since that time, has written more than a dozen plays and more than 30 screenplays.