Runs: 07/05/12 — 07/14/12
Event Time: All performances at 8:00pm. General admission seating area opens at 7:30pm.
Tickets: $16 per person
First performed in July of 2002, Scott Palmer’s powerful and haunting adaptation of Shakespeare’s bloodiest tragedy has been called “a fascinating and striking performance” by The Scotsman, and “a playing style powerfully fitting to this awesome tale” by the Edinburgh Guide. Using Japanese Kabuki-influenced movement and dance techniques accompanied by an original score by Tylor Neist of Red Sneaker Chamber Orchestra, the performance will star former Oregon Ballet Theatre principal dancer Anne Mueller as Lavinia, daughter of the Roman general Titus Andronicus. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see one of Palmer’s most moving, evocative and powerful adaptations of Shakespeare.
We’ll be performing Kabuki Titus outdoors at the Tom Hughes Civic Center Plaza in downtown Hillsboro, located on E. Main street between 1st and 2nd. Public parking is available at the SW Corner of the Civic Center off of SE Washington street & 1st Ave and some nearby street parking is also available.
Please bring blankets or folding chairs for your seating, and blankets and jackets for warmth in the evening. Picnics are allowed and encouraged, but no alcohol is permitted.
The Music of Kabuki Titus: The music of “Kabuki Titus” will be available on CD in just a few months (by approximately late September)! Order your copy of the haunting, beautiful, and moving score, composed by Tylor Neist, to add to your music collection! Featuring performances from the ensemble of musicians who performed live, each night, during the summer shows!
We will mail your CD(s) to you when they are ready. Click here to purchase CDs.
Ty Boice – Titus Andronicus
Ty is the current and founding artistic director of Northeast Oregon’s Post5 Theatre. As an actor Ty’s regional stage credits include: Joseph Merrick in The Elephant Man, Boo Radley in To Kill A Mockingbird, Tom Joad in The Grapes of Wrath, Dan in Closer, Andrew Rally in I Hate Hamlet, Austin in True West, and Claudio in Much Ado About Nothing. His recent Portland credits include Romeo inRomeo and Juliet at Post5 Theatre, Billy in Deadly Murder at Lakewood Theatre, and Stephen in The Irish Curse at Triangle Productions. Ty is elated to be working with Bag&Baggage a theatre whose work he greatly admires. Ty is grateful to Scott for this wonderful opportunity! Ty can be seen next as Hal in Post5 Theatre’s Henry IV part One and he is thrilled to be playing Lysander in Portland Center Stage’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream opening in November.
Benjamin Farmer – Marcus Andronicus
Titus marks Ben’s 4th production with B&B, having been in the last 2 summer Shakespeare productions as Duke Orsino in Twelfth Night and Prince Ferdinand inThe Tempest or the Enchanted Isle, as well as appearing in last year’s production of A Christmas Carol as Peter, Fred, and the Ghost of Christmas Future, among others. A graduate of AMDA in New York City, Ben is heavily invloved in Portland’s professional film scene, with numerous feature film, televison, commercial, and industrial credits under his belt. Thank you to Scott and Audra for having him back for another summer in the sun, and to the wonderful and inspiring cast and crew of Titus for this unique opportunity. To Megan, my heart.
Anne Mueller – Lavinia Andronicus
Anne is delighted to make her return to the stage with Bag&Baggage. She retired from a 15 year career with Oregon Ballet Theatre last May (principal dancer from 2007-2011) and looks forward to exploring live performance in a new medium. Her dancing was noted for its witty, thoughtful and assertive style and her skills of characterization were best seen in roles such as The Novice in The Cage, the Angry Girl in The Concert, as Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and in numerous roles created for her by Artistic Director Christopher Stowell, most notably in Eyes on You andRite of Spring. Anne serves on the staff of Oregon Ballet Theatre as Artistic Coordinator and enjoys pursuing choreographic opportunities in her spare time. She would like to thank her husband for his unending supply of creativity, support, and enthusiasm.
Melissa Murray – Tamora, the Queen of the Goths
Melissa Murray, originally from Memphis, TN, received her BA in Theatre Performance from Marymount Manhattan College in NYC. She went on to tour the country for two years with the Hangar Theatre and the Missoula Children’s Theatre. It was during these travels that she first encountered Portland, became immediately smitten, and shortly after finishing her tour, moved across the country so they could be together. Local credits include Gabriella in Gracie in the Atom at Artists Repertory Theatre, Essie in As You Like It for Theatre Vertigo’s Anonymous Theatre, and as a creative ensemble member of GRUB with tEEth. This fall she is delighted to be beginning a year as a Portland Playhouse Apprentice.
Branden McFarland – Chiron, Tamora’s youngest son
Kabuki Titus marks Branden’s first show with Bag&Baggage, and he couldn’t be more excited. He has been seen before with Clackamas Repertory Theater as a Butler in The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde, and last summer as Sam in CRT’s production of Oklahoma!, by Rodgers and Hammmerstein. Branden has also been seen in Clackamas Community College’s theater in 2012 as Thomas Viscount Aimwell in the adapted The Beaux’ Strategem by George Farquhar, Thornton Wilder, and Ken Ludwig; Parris in The Crucible by Arthur Miller; and both Joe & Si Crowell in Our Town by Thornton Wilder. Last year, Branden was seen at CCC as Prologue in Will Eno’s The Flu Season, and as Peter Quince in A Midsummer Night’s Dreamby William Shakespeare. He would like to thank his family and his friends for their unending support that has made this possible.
Nevan Richard – Demetrius, Tamora’s son
Nevan is proud to be making his Oregon acting debut with Bag&Baggage! Nevan recently finished an Acting Apprenticeship with the Portland Playhouse, understudying in Angels in America, Part 1 (Roy Cohn) and Gem of the Ocean(Rutherford Selig.) Prior to this, he had worked as a resident actor and public outreach coordinator for the Contemporary Theater Co. in Wakefield, Rhode Island. CTC credits include Romeo and Juliet,Rumors, Waiting for Godot,Metamorphoses, Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged), and others. Originally from Connecticut, he also enjoys working with animals and biking to new places. Nevan would like to thank the cast and crew of Kabuki Titus for making his first show here a blast, and his family and friends for their love and support. Enjoy the show!
Scott Palmer – Director and Adapter
Scott is the founding Artistic Director of Bag&Baggage and has directed and produced critically acclaimed theatrical productions in the United Kingdom, New Zealand and the United States (including Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit and Private Lives, Ben Jonson’s The Silent Woman, the Reduced Shakespeare Company’s The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged), the North American premiere of Adrian Osmand’s Just One More Dance for OSU’s Holocaust Memorial Week and the world premieres of original adaptations of Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, Much Ado About Nothing, Twelfth Night, The Tempest, or the Enchanted Isle, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and A Christmas Carol. Scott is a Hillsboro native, a graduate of Hillsboro High School, has a B.S. from the University of Oregon, an M.A.I.S. from Oregon State University and studied for his PhD in Contemporary Theatre Practice at the University of Glasgow, Scotland. Scott is the founding Artistic Director of Glasgow Repertory Company, and is a member of the Westside Cultural Alliance.
Melissa Heller – Costume Designer
With a lifelong interest in apparel, Melissa always knew that her life would be devoted to fashion. 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 costumes for several productions for the stage during their 2010/2011 season. Recently, she has had the opportunity to design costumes for Bag&Baggage’s production of A Christmas Carol, and Dangerous Liaisons. Melissa will continue her partnership with Bag&Baggage in their 5th season as their resident Costume Designer.
Tylor Neist – Composer and Director of Red Sneaker Chamber Orchestra
Tylor is a classically trained musician, but since appearing as Winthrop in The Music Man at the age of ten, his love of the theatre never disappeared. So in 2004, after making the cross-country move from Manhattan to Portland for a year-long gig with the Oregon Symphony, Tylor began pursuing his other passion. Most recently, he performed with Bag&Baggage Productions as Azolan in Dangerous Liaisons, Barnette Lloyd in Crimes of the Heart, Marley in The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge, Jim in The Glass Menagerie, Hap in Death of a Salesman, and Fred in A Christmas Carol (2009). On film, his latest project was Coup 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 ThreePlay 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.
Audra Petrie – Stage Manager and Props Master
Besides being the Company/Production Manager for Bag&Baggage, Audra has also stage managed numerous B&B shows in the past, such as Shakespeare’s R&J, The Tempest, or the Enchanted Isle, Love Letters (2011), A Christmas Carol(2009), The Eight: Reindeer Monologues, Steel Magnolias, Infinite Variety, and The Complete History of America (abridged). Other regional stage management credits include By the Bog of Cats(CoHo Productions) and Private Lives (Salem Repertory Theatre). At Willamette University in Salem, Oregon, Audra stage managed several shows including The Game of Love and Chance, Dear Charlotte, and Raised in Captivity. Audra also enjoys dabbling in props work. Besides this show, her Prop Master credits at Bag&Baggage include: Dangerous Liaisons, Shakespeare’s R&J,A Christmas Carol (2011), Crimes of the Heart, The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge, Educating Rita, Taming of the Shrew and The Woman’s Prize, A Christmas Carol (2009), Death of A Salesman,Romeo and Juliet, The Importance of Being Earnest, The Comedy of Errors, and Steel Magnolias.
Kirk Webster – Co-Stage Manager
Starting when he was eleven with a summer program, Kirk has been working in, with and for theatres for the last 14 years. His experience and curiosity has taken him from onstage to backstage, from stage hand to House Manager, and to lighting design and sound. Kirk served as a Technical Director for the Corvallis School District while, as Assistant Technical Director of the Majestic Theatre in Corvallis, he oversaw the operational details of a myriad of live performances, adding his lighting and sound expertise to many productions. For Bag&Baggage Productions, Kirk served as Stage Manager for A Christmas Carol(2011) and was Assistant Stage Manager for Shakespeares R&J,The Tempest, or the Enchanted Isle, The Mystery of Irma Vep,The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge, and The Glass Menagerie. He is excited to be working on his second summer show with the Bag&Baggage.
Dallas Myers – Voice Coach
Dallas is honored to be spending another summer doing one of his favorite things: being a part of Shakespeare with Bag&Baggage. He has been part of the Bag&Baggage team since the traveling beginnings, with roles in Complete History of America (abridged), The Eight: Reindeer Monologues, The Comedy of Errors, Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night, and The Tempest, or the Enchanted Isle. Dallas has been teaching theater for two years now at McNary High School in Keizer where he lives with his eternally supportive wife, Kelsie, and beautiful daughter, London. Summer might be time for teacher vacations, but not for this teacher. Summer is time for Shakespeare!
John Armour – Fight Choreographer
John has been choreographing violence for more than 20 years. He is based in Portland, Oregon where he choreographs for many local theater companies and teaches throughout the region at colleges, high schools and middle schools. John’s work was last seen at Bag&Baggage in Dangerous Liaisons, Shakespeare’s R&J, and Macbeth. He regularly choreographs for Portland Opera, Portland Center Stage, Oregon Children’s Theater, Miracle Theater and many others in the Portland/Vancouver metropolitan area. John’s work has twice been recognized within the Portland theater community for best fight design.