Runs: 07/29/10 — 08/14/10
Opening Night: 07/30/10
Event Time: All performances at 7:00pm
Twelfth Night, or What You Will, by William Shakespeare was written in 1601 as a celebration of the end of the Christmas Season and is one of the Bard’s best loved and best known comedies! After a tragic shipwreck, Viola finds herself washed ashore on the beach of Illyria having lost her twin brother Sebastian in the storm. Masquerading as a young boy, Viola enters the service of the Duke. Duke Orsino is in love with the lady Olivia and the Duke charges the disguised Viola to help him win Olivia’s hand. Olivia, in pure Shakespearean style, falls in love with the disguised Viola who, in turn, has fallen in love with the Duke! Combine this wonderful and charming romantic comedy with the hysterical figures of Malvolio, Sir Andrew Aguecheek and Sir Toby Belch, and you have one of Shakespeare’s most riotous comedies of mistaken identity!
As is the norm for Bag&Baggage, this summer’s production ofTwelfth Night will be unlike anything you have ever seen! Adapted and directed by Artistic Director Scott Palmer, Bag&Baggage has relocated the action in time and place, to the height of the roaring twenties…think Shakespeare meets The Great Gatsby…and will transform the Tom Hughes Civic Center Plaza into an East Coast garden party that even F Scott himself would be proud of! In addition, the script has been trimmed and adapted to include some of the original source material Shakespeare used when writing his play, including the Italian comedy Gli Ingannatori (The Cheats), the short story “Of Apollonius and Silla” by Barnabe Rich (which, in turn, was inspired by a story by Matteo Bandello!).
Amanda Washko – Olivia
This is Amanda’s second summer Shakespeare show with B&B. Last summer she was Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet, doubling as fight choreographer for the show. Amanda recently graduated from Willamette University with her BA in Acting and will be attending the California Institute of the Arts in September to pursue her MFA in Acting. Some of Amanda’s recent roles include Creon in Antigone (Willamette U), Macbeth (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art), Betty in The Beaux Defeated (LAMDA), Viola in Twelfth Night (WU), Mary Haines in The Women (WU), Cecily in The Importance of Being Earnest (WU) and Usugumo in the world premiere production in English of kabuki play, The Sardine Seller’s Net of Love. Amanda is an Advanced Actor Combatant, and has achieved recommended passes in all eight weapons certifiable through the Society of American Fight Directors (SAFD). She most recently choreographed OSU/Bard in the Quad’s Macbeth playing August 4-15. Other fight credits include assistant choreographer for Artists Repertory Theatre’s Othello.
Brooke Markham – Maria
Brooke is ecstatic to be making her second appearance with Bag&Baggage! She was last seen on the Bag&Baggage stage as Biondella and Livia in the production of The Taming of the Shrew/The Woman’s Prize. Other credits include Angela in the world premiere of Gracie and the Atom (Artists Repertory Theatre), Nadia in bare: a pop opera (Blue Monkey Theater Co.), Frankie the Frog in Sleeping Beauty (Broadway Rose), Mootilda in Jack and the Beanstalk (Broadway Rose), and Tricia/Sheila in A Chorus Line (Stumptown Stages). Many thanks to her beautiful family for their endless support and to her amazing friends, you’re the best a girl could ever ask for. “I love you!”
Gary Strong – Sir Toby Belch
Gary has decided that this summer is going to be “Gary’s Summer of Outdoor Shakespeare.” Apart from being in Bag&Baggage’s Twelfth Night, Gary is also performing with the Original Practicing Shakespeare Company’s in Much Adoe about Nothing at various parks throughout Portland and Vancouver. This will be Gary’s third time performing for Bag&Baggage in a Scott Palmer adaptation of a Shakespeare classic. He has a B.A. in Theatre Arts from WOU.
Ian Armstrong – Malvolio
Ian is very excited to be back for his second production with Bag and Baggage this year after debuting with the company in Shrew/Prize as Grumio. Ian is a graduate of the University of Oregon where he received his Bachelor of Arts in Theatre. Favorite roles include: Michael in The Pillowman and Lord Arthur in West Moon Street both for the Lord Leebrick Theatre. Ian is a founding member of Pardon My Juice – a sketch comedy group.
Jon Younkin – Valentine
This is Jon’s first show with Bag and Baggage productions. He received his BA in Theatre Arts from the University of Oregon where he performed roles including Daddy in The American Dream, Mr. Williams in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and Borachio in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. He participated in the Summer Shakespeare at Amazon Park program in Eugene where he played Proteus in Two Gentlemen of Verona and Polixenes in A Winter’s Tale. His favorite role has been Stevie in George F. Walker’s Escape From Happiness at the Lord Leebrick Theatre. He is also one of the founding members of Pardon My Juice, a sketch comedy group in Portland.
Sarah McGregor – Antonia
Sarah is thrilled to be making her first appearance with Bag & Baggage Productions. Since arriving in Portland a few years ago, Sarah has acted a variety of roles with several Portland companies including Our Shoes are Red/The Performance Lab, Arts Equity, the Tragedies, and Masque Alfresco. Favorite roles include Ursula in Ursula, Leslie Ann in Hot-N-Throbbing, Youngest in Minutes from the Blue Route, and Anna in Burn This. Sarah holds an M.A. in Theatre Arts from PSU and a Certificate in Acting from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York.
Sean Lindsay – Sebastian
Sean is excited about making his professional debut with B&B. Although coming to Pacific University to play baseball, and graduating this spring with a Bachelors in Physics, acting has been his lifelong passion. Having grown up in Juneau, Alaska, he acted with Perseverance Theatre as a child. After a brief hiatus, a high school production reignited his interest in theatre. During his sophomore year in college, he made the tough decision to give up baseball and focus on theatre. At Pacific, he starred in the last four main stage productions where he was trained by Ellen Margolis, and was able to work with guest directors such as Randall Stuart and Matthew B. Zrebski. He is also a founding member of the artistic collective Subversive, based out of Portland, OR. He thanks B&B for this amazing opportunity and his family and friends for their support.
Scott Palmer – Director
Directing outdoor summer Shakespeare is Scott’s great passion, and this will be his 27th producti on of a Shakespearean adaptation performed in the glorious summer sun. As the founding Artistic Director of Bag&Baggage Productions, Scott is responsible for all play selections, has directed all of the company’s productions but one, and acts as an advocate for the company, and the arts, throughout his community. Scott is a member of the Hillsboro Arts and Culture Council, the Westside Cultural Alliance, regularly sits on grant panels for both the Oregon Cultural Trust and the Oregon Arts Commission, and is the recent recipient of the City of Beaverton’s Arts Leadership Award. Scott is also the founding Arti sti c Director of Glasgow Repertory Company, Scotland’s national Shakespeare theatre, and is a proud graduate of both Oregon State University and the University of Oregon.
Maggie Chapin – Assistant Director, Voice Coach
Maggie has been with Bag&Baggage Productions since it was just a cool idea being tossed around a table at a pub. As a founding company member, Maggie has filled a hefty part of her acting resume with B&B shows, seen recently as Rita in Educating Rita, Kate/Maria in Taming of the Shrew/The Woman’s Prize and Linda Loman in Death of a Salesman. After a very busy season, she is savoring the chance to spend the summer behind the scenes as assistant director & voice coach. This is her fourth summer season as voice coach for Scott Palmer’s amazing outdoor Shakespeare extravaganzas, and she looks forward to many, many more to come. Maggie’s training includes an MFA in Theatre Performance from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and a BA in Theatre Arts from Western Oregon University.
Gregory Pulver – Scenic Designer, Costume Designer, Props Master
Gregory is currently Western Washington University Theatre Arts Associate Professor of Costume Design, and a freelance costume and scenic designer. He teaches courses in Costume Design I, II & III, Costume History, Millinery, Stage Makeup, Design Communication and Puppetry. Gregory holds an MFA in Costume Design and Choreography from Humboldt State University, CA. He is the 1993 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival National Costume Design Winner for his work on Three Penny Opera. Gregory serves as a member of the Last Frontier Theatre Conference International Advisory Board, devoted to the development new American Playwrights. He has several Art Direction credits for independent films and commercials in the Washington State. Locally Gregory has designed for Artists Repertory Theatre,., Bag and Baggage Productions, Broadway Rose Theatre and is on the Junk 2 Funk Advisory Board. Gregory is also an actor and choreographer and continues his endeavors in all forms of theatre arts and design.
Karen Johnson – Assistant Stage Manager
Karen is pleased to be returning to Bag & Baggage after working on previous productions Educating Rita, The Taming of the Shrew/The Woman’s Prize and last season’s The Importance of Being Earnest. She is an alumna of Willamette University where she studied history and theatre and in addition to her alma mater, she has also worked with CenteRepertory, Contra Costa Civic Theatre, and Act Now!
Lisa Montoya – Stage Manager
Lisa is thrilled to be back with Bag&Baggage to stage manage the second annual outdoor Shakespeare production. A recent college graduate from Whitworth University, Lisa is thankful for the opportunity to work with such wonderful and talented artists. Lisa stage managed Bag&Baggage’s 2009 outdoor production of Romeo and Juliet, and is proud to be a part of Twelfth Night this year. Lisa would like to thank her family and friends for all of their love and support, and Bag&Baggage for this wonderful opportunity.
Sarah Layton – Assistant Stage Manager
Sarah Layton. Sarah is a recent graduate from Pacific University where she received her B.A. in Theatre. She stage managed three of her four years at Pacific, shows including The Laramie Project and the world premiere of Rubber ‘n’ Glue, written and directed by Matthew B. Zrebski. Sarah was also a co-producer for Pacific’s LunchBox Theatre, a student-run, student-produced lunchtime show. At the end of her schooling at Pacific she received the Barbara Story Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Theatre Department. Sarah has a great love of the theatre and is excited to be joining Bag & Baggage for the first time as an assistant stage manager.
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