Portland pros Doren Elias and K.B. Mercer, who have stormed Portland Theatre since relocating from San Diego four years ago, will take on the demanding roles of George and Martha in Edward Albee’s masterpiece “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” The Clackamas Repertory Theatre (CRT) production opens Sept. 23 in the Osterman Theatre at Clackamas Community College.
The play is the winner of the Tony and New York Drama Critics Circle Awards and consistently listed as one of the 10 most important American plays ever written. “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” will close CRT’s seventh season.
CRT Artistic Director David Smith-English is taking a different tack than the famous film version, which appears to be about a bad marriage going to a noisy death in an eddy of dysfunction. Smith-English will bring out the strong comedic elements in the play and the depth of the relationship between George and Martha. Albee himself has said, “People who think “Virginia Woolf” was a love story are a lot closer to the truth than those who think it was a tragedy. At least there was communication in that marriage."
Elias has performed, directed and written for Artists Repertory Theatre, Oregon Children’s Theatre, the Jewish Theatre Collaborative, Classic Greek Theatre and others. Mercer has performed several roles at both ART and Portland Playhouse, where she is a company member. This is their third season in a row at CRT playing husband and wife, having performed as Tevye and Golde in last season’s hit “Fiddler on the Roof” and Senex and Domina in “Forum.” The couple is married in real life and had never played a married couple before being cast at CRT. Also starring are Drammy award-winner Dennis Kelly as Nick and CRT company member Annie Rimmer as Honey.
Award-winning set designer Chris Whitten will create the lights and set, and resident costumer Alva Bradford will design the costumes.Reed College theater professor Kathleen Worley will provide commentary at 6:45 p.m. before the Saturday evening performances. The lecture is free to attendees.
The show runs Thursdays through Sundays, Sept. 23-Oct. 9, with a special-priced preview on Sept. 22. The show begins at 7:30 p.m., Thursdays through Saturdays, and at 2:30 p.m. Sundays. Tickets run $12 through $22 and may be purchased online at Clackamasrep.org or by calling 503-594-6047.
For more information, contact Cyndy Smith-English at 503-594-3915 or by cell at 971-270-6381. Email Smith-English at firstname.lastname@example.org