The Tragedie of King Lear in Lone Fir Cemetery15th Annual Twilight Tragedie - Thursday-Sunday, July 11th through August 4th
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The Tragedie of King Lear. In the Summer of 2019, see it as never before, among the tombstones at twilight in Lone Fir Cemetery. All performances are free to the public, and depend greatly upon free-will audience donations. Runs July 11th-August 4th, Thursday-Sunday evenings at 7 PM in the heart of Lone Fir Cemetery.
King Lear – Jim Butterfield
The Fool – Isabella Buckner
Goneril – Paige McKinney
Regan – Jill Westerby
Cordelia – Sam Reiter
Gloucester – Gary Powell
Edgar – Mickey Jordan
Edmund – Nik Horaites
Kent – Shandi Muff
Albany – Sam Levi
Cornwall – John Bruner
Oswald – Kaia Maarja Hillier
Chorus – Howard Larson and Kieran Andrews
Director- Patrick Walsh
Costume Designer – Alana Wight-Yedinak
Set/Props Designer and Technical Director – Kyra Bishop Sanford
Sound Designer/Musician – Signe Larsen
Violence Desiger – Jacob Camp
Stage Manager – Jenn Lindell
Assistant Stage Manager – Lizzy Knight
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Patrick Walsh (Director)
Patrick Walsh is an independent director and producer who lives in Portland, OR. His work has been seen locally at Northwest Classical Theatre Collaborative, Portland Actors Ensemble, Post5 Theatre, Bag&Baggage Productions, the Fertile Ground Festival, and at Two Rivers Correctional Facility where he volunteers through the Arts in Prison program. Work elsewhere includes credits at Chautauqua Theatre Company, The Guthrie Theatre, Goodman Theatre, Compass Rose Theatre, Theater Workshop of Nantucket, Steppenwolf Theatre, and the Hangar Theater. Patrick is a proud member of the 2009 Lincoln Center Directors Lab. He is also a recipient of an SDC Foundation Observership, a Chautauqua Theater Company Directing Fellowship, The Leslie O. Fulton Fellowship, and a Drama League Directing Fellowship.
For more information, visit www.patrickwalsh.org
Alana Wight-Yedinak (Costume Designer)
Alana Wight-Yedinak is a costume designer based in Portland, OR. Both and technician and a designer, she has been nominated twice for Best Costume Design by Broadway World Portland. Her work has most recently been featured in Experience Theatre Project’s Dorian Gray, Enlightened Theatrics’ Avenue Q, and Portland Actors Ensemble’s Troilus and Cressida. She has worked across many mediums (including wig and makeup design) and been lucky to be a part of a number of exciting projects, from devised pieces to musicals. She is grateful for her husband and daughter, without whom none of this would be nearly as fun.
Kyra Bishop Sanford (Set/Props Designer and Technical Director)
Kyra Sanford is a freelance scenic designer, props master, carpenter, and painter in the Portland area, working for theatres such as Vertigo, Defunkt, Profile, Portland State University, Clark College, Lincoln High School, Shaking the Tree, Third Rail, and various others. She received her BFA in scenic design from The Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University.
Signe Larsen (Sound Designer/Musician)
Signe Larsen holds a BFA in acting from Cornish College of the arts. She was recently seen in Mary Poppins at Northwest Children’s Theatre as Mrs. Correy/Ms. Andrew, Ensemble in Fuse’s Drammy winning Cabaret, and Phoebe in As You Like It at Bag&Baggage, where she is also the Resident Fight Director and an Associate Artist. When not on stage, she can be found playing fiddle with her band, working behind scenes in costume shops around town, or honing her Special Effects Makeup skills. The score for King Lear is dedicated to her Father, who instilled a deep love for her Norse heritage from a young age.
Jacob Camp (Violence Designer)
Jenn Lindell (Stage Manager)
Jenn is an immigration legal assistant and preschool event planner by day and a freelance stage and production manager on nights and weekends. Since graduating with a degree in theatre from Reed College in 2014, Jenn has been happily immersed in Portland theatre, working with companies such as Northwest Classical, Portland Actors Ensemble, Corrib Theatre, Coho Productions, The Reformers, Fuse Theatre Ensemble and Cygnet Productions. Jenn has also worked in Seattle, WA with The Driftwood Players for several summers and has a particular passion for theatre education.
Jim Butterfield (Lear)
Last seen with PAE as Pandarus in Troilus and Cressida, I am beyond thrilled to be allowed to take on the role of Lear. Thanks to Patrick for this opportunity, not only to measure myself against one of the great roles, but to work with this fine company and director. Other roles in the Portland area: Sir Toby in Twelfth Night (PSP). Duke Senior in As You Like It (Post5). Creon in Antigone (Twilight). I recently completed a stint as the Judge in To Kill A Mockingbird, with Mugford Street Players. Part of the recent nationwide firestorm. Still.
Isabella Buckner (The Fool)
Originally from Santa Fe NM, Isabella has called Portland home for the past 10 years. A proud graduate of the Portland Actors Conservatory, class of 2013 and current board member for PAE, Isabella has dedicated her summers to outdoor Shakespeare for the past 8 years. Having appeared as Mercutio last year in PAEs Romeo and Juliet, this is Isabella’s second show with the company and is thrilled to be working with such a stellar cast. Thank you all for supporting theatre in your community!
Paige McKinney (Goneril)
Paige McKinney is honored to help bring this ancient story to modern audiences with such stellar colleagues. Portland performances include Pontypool (CoHo Theatre); Distances (an indie installation with architects, a noise artist, and a chef); Slipping, The Pride, HIR and On the Edge (Defunkt Theatre); A Maze (Theatre Vertigo); Our New Girl (Corrib Theatre); TeatroSOLO (Boom Arts); [or, the whale], Drowned Horse Tavern, Song of the Dodo, and R3 (PETE); No Man’s Land (Action/Adventure Theatre). Paige is an AmSAT-Certified Alexander Technique teacher, audiobook narrator specializing in lesbian romance, and future primary care provider with a focus on rural family medicine.
Jill Westerby (Regan)
Jill has had the pleasure of performing all over the Portland area, including: Portland Center Stage, Artists Repertory Theatre, Profile Theatre, Portland Playhouse, The Broadway Rose, CoHo Productions, Voice for Voiceless Theatre, Live on Stage, Portland Shakespeare Project, Post 5, Northwest Children’s Theatre and Lakewood Center. Other credits include Cincinnati Shakespeare Festival, Capitol Playhouse and NBC’s Grimm. She has a BFA in Musical Theatre Performance from Western Michigan University and is also a Yoga instructor.
Sam Reiter (Cordelia)
Originally from Colorado, Sam Reiter is an actor/creator and teaching artist and is thrilled to make their debut with Portland Actors Ensemble as Cordelia. She has created and performed two solo shows: Manifesto with Solveig Esteva, and Baba Yaga, which they toured at the Windsor and Boulder Fringe Festivals. They have also been seen in She is Fierce with Enso Theatre Ensemble as Margaret of Anjou, Hattie in Above Between Below with OCT’s touring Educational Theatre Program, and Hannah in School Dance with Action/Adventure.
Gary Powell (Gloucester)
Gary Powell last appeared with PAE in Troilus and Cressida
Defunkt Theatre:Tragedy:a Tragedy
: Insignificance; Portland Actors’ Ensemble : Troilus and Cressida. Artists Repertory Theatre: History Boys; The Goat, or Who is Sylvia; A Delicate Balance; Fortinbras; Serenading Louie; The Sea; Terra Nova; Beast on the Moon; The Diviners; Lakewood Theatre Company: One Man Two Guvnors; Golden Boy; Present Laughter; Spider’s Web; Noises Off; A Midsummer’s Night Dream; Inspecting Carol; Ah, Wilderness; Arsenic and Old Lace; Perfect Crime Northwest Classical Theatre Company: Mary Stuart; King Lear; Othello; Cymbeline; Quintessence Theatre: Persuasion; Pride and Prejudice; Coho Theatre: Dear Galileo; Bill W. and Doctor Bob; Profile Theatre; Six Degrees of Separation: 2; Portland Shakespeare Project: The Tempest; Taming of the Shrew. (Many more which are too numerous to mention.)
Film: The Favor; Zig Zag; TV: Grimm; The Librarians; We the Jury; Hold Me; In addition, many industrials, voiceovers and commercials.
Guest artist at Portland Actors’ Conservatory Portland Community College and the Oregon Symphony.
Education: BA in English and MAT, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; MFA in acting, Virginia Commonwealth University.
Mickey Jordan (Edgar)
This will be Mickey Jordan’s last show in town, at least for the foreseeable future. Come August he and his cat are moving to Chicago in order to take part in the inaugural class of Northwestern University’s new acting MFA program. Mickey is attending Northwestern. Not the cat. Also, his girlfriend is going. In his time in Portland Mickey has worked with Profile Theatre, Shaking the Tree, Defunkt, and Northwest Classical Theatre Collaborative, among others. If he ever hits it really big, Mickey is moving to the moon. That’s going to be a thing soon.
Shandi Muff (Kent)
Sam Levi (Albany)
This is Sam’s third production with PAE, and he’s very proud to be a part of their 50 year mission to bring free Shakespeare to the public. He previously performed with PAE as Ceasar in 2014’s Antony and Cleopatra, and as Petruchio in 2015’s The Taming of the Shrew. A few of his other favorite roles include Edward in Sense and Sensibility, (Clackamas Rep.) Brian in Avenue Q, (Enlightened Theatrics) Baron Tuzenbach in Three Sisters, (Northwest Classical Theatre Collaborative) and Stevie in Good People. (Clackamas Rep.)
John Bruner (Cornwall)
John has performed in scores of plays with hundreds of actors in tens of companies across Portland, and Kay Olsen has seen them all.
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Kaia Maarja Hillier (Oswald)
Kaia is a Theatre Vertigo company member, a board and company member of the Pulp Stage, and a member of No Filter Improv. Kaia is also the co-creator of JK Squared: A Two Woman Sketch Comedy (***more is more) with her best friend, Jacquelle Cherise Davis. Recent credits include: Thalia in The Delays (Theatre Vertigo); Jessica in A Maze (Theatre Vertigo); Kate/Petruchio in The Taming AND the Shrew (Experience Theater); and Hebe in The Alien Chicken Remembers Galatea (Mofsec-2017 Scotland Fringe). Much love to mom, Clara, baby Pineapple, JQ, and the Shakespearian Wolf Pack.
Kieran Andrews (Chorus)
Kieran is excited to return for his second show with Portland Actors Ensemble. He is currently studying theatre at Reed College. Previous roles include Peter in Romeo and Juliet, Crick in Late: A Cowboy Song, Daddy Warbucks in Annie, and Billy Flynn in Chicago.
Howard Larson (Chorus)
I am thrilled to be part of the Portland Actors Ensemble (PAE) production of King Lear. My career as an Actor is really just beginning, after a very fulfilling professional career as a Corporate Trainer, Writer, Editor, and Co-Producer of training materials (including training films) for companies around the U.S. I thank PAE for the opportunity to pursue my lifelong love of Shakespeare in an exciting new way.