Flash Reads

FLASH READS is intermittent program at Artists Rep born of the desire to open the theatre and provide a platform for playwrights, companies and artists closely associated with Artists Rep to informally share new scripts with the public. FLASH READS are scheduled on relatively short notice and are presented simply, with just a few hours of rehearsal.  The readings provide an opportunity to hear a new work, with the entire focus on the actor and the text. A post-play discussion, moderated by a dramaturg, will follow each and every Flash Reading. 

“These Flash Readings not only support the development of a new work, they nurture our community of artists, and provide a spontaneous, fun and inexpensive night at our theatre,” said Dámaso Rodriguez. “2014 may see as many as a dozen FLASH READS, each presented in partnership with writers, directors, actors and fellow theatre companies who have a strong connection and history with Artists Rep.”

We won’t always know ahead of time what the script will be but we do know that it will be a stripped-down version of a brand-spanking new play presented by local playwrights, producers, directors and actors. Flash Reads are simply presented – no set, basic lights, stools and music stands – with the focus on actors reading a script at the start of its development.

FLASH READS are FREE and seating is first-come, first-served.

For more info, call the Artists Rep Box Office at 503.241.1278.



2016 Fertile Ground Festival FLASH READS @ Artists Rep

Apple Season
By E.M. Lewis
Directed by Michael Griggs 

January 25 @ noon

Type of Production: Reading

Duration: Approximately 80 min.

Tickets:  Free

Lissie and her brother ran away from home 20 years ago, and she's never stopped running.  After her father's funeral, a neighbor makes an offer on the family farm, and Lissie has to decide if the past is something she's ready to let go of.  An Oregon play.


Psychic Utopia
Created by Hand2Mouth with Dramaturg Jess Drake and Collaborating Writer Andrea Stolowitz.

January 25 @7:30pm

Type of Production: Workshop Production

Duration: Approximately 45 min.

Tickets:  Free

A new performance that explores real life accounts of people who seek out utopian existence in intentional communities in the Northwest, with a focus on the Rajneesh religious movement that settled near Antelope, Oregon in the 1980s. Psychic Utopia will explore what draws people to devote themselves to experiments in group living, and consider why so many alternative communities have chosen to settle in Oregon.

Ophelia in Oblivion
By S. Renee Mitchell

Festival Dates:  January 26 @Noon

Type of Production: Reading

Duration: Approximately 90 min.

Tickets:  Free

Written to make you think, laugh and wonder, this full length play is about family dysfunction, multigenerational secrets, the power of love, the gift of forgiveness and a reminder that we never fully know the ways in which karma can sneak up and kick us in the ass.


The Dark Rider
By C.S. Whitcomb

Directed by Tobias Anderson

Starring Dave Bodin

Festival Dates:  Jan 26 @7:30pm

Type of Production: Reading

Duration: Approximately 100 min.

Tickets:  Free

When a prima ballerina finds herself paralyzed in a wheelchair with no medical cause, her psychiatrist is sent on a journey of exploration into uncharted waters.  This baffling case  calls into question the nature of Multiple Personality Disorder. Could it be something other than a divided personality?  Or someone other?


American Atlas
By Rob Katsuno
Directed by Chris Harder*

January 27 @Noon

Type of Production: Reading

Duration: Approximately 75 min.

Tickets:  Free

Rob is a Japanese-American with a creative spirit. When he marries his Brazilian wife she forces him to navigate the minefield where Latin, Asian, and American cultures collide. This one-man comedy takes you on a heartfelt journey of self-discovery and reveals the challenges of articulating love.

*Artists Repertory Resident Artist


Stone Poop
By Val Landrum*

January 28 @Noon

Type of Production: Reading

Duration: Approximately 60 min.

Tickets:  Free

The story of a woman who needs to take a poop and the man who helps her.

*Artists Repertory Resident Artist


Crackin’ the Code: A Comedy of Questionable Morals
By Steve Coker

January 29 @Noon

Type of Production: Reading

Duration: Approximately 90 min.

Tickets:  Free

A pop culture, modern comedy about the unwritten “male code of conduct.”  Bill struggles with his loyalties when his best friend’s (soon-to-be) ex-wife comes on to him. Can Bill circumvent The Code and get the girl without losing his friends?







By Blair Fell
directed by Thomas Chapman
produced by Fuse Theatre Ensemble and The OUTwright Festival
Date: June 23
Time: 730pm
Venue: Artists Repertory Theatre, Morrison Stage

New York-based playwright Blair Fell furthers the dialogue on Shakespeare's sexual identity with this highly thought-provoking and intelligent piece of theatre. Join Oscar Wilde as he pieces the puzzle together in front of our eyes. Directed by Tom Chapman's articulate hand, this is a part of the story we should all know. Presented as part of Artists Rep's Flash Read Series, there will be a panel discussion immediately following the show entitled The Master-Mistress of our Passion: Gender and Sexuality in Shakespeare

INFO: www.outwrightfest.com

Panel Discussion: The Master-Mistress of Our Passion: Gender and Sexuality in Shakespeare

Date: June 23
Time: immediately following Naked Will
Venue: Artists Repertory Theatre, Morrison Stage

Come join the conversation with some of the area's foremost voices on Shakespeare and gender/sexuality issues.


By J. Julian Christopher
directed by Rusty Tennant
produced by Fuse Theatre Ensemble and The OUTwright Festival
Dates: June 16
Time: 730pm
Venue: Artists Repertory Theatre, Morrison Stage

2013 OUTwright Theatre Festival favorite J. Julian Christopher is teaming up again with Fuse Artistic Director Rusty Tennant, and this one will blow your socks off. Last year we tackled the bear community and identity issues. This year we are tackling bug chasing. Come for the play; stay for the post-show discussion as Julian will once again be joining us to discuss his play. Presented as part of Artists Rep's Flash Read Series, this is a DO NOT MISS for those who like their theatre with an edge.

INFO: www.outwrightfest.com

Panel Discussion: Talk-Back with the Playwright

Dates: June 16
Time: immediately following Animals Commit Suicide
Venue: Artists Repertory Theatre, Morrison Stage

J. Julian Christoper returns to Portland to discuss the issues tackled in his play Animals Commit Suicide, the story of one man's attempts to infect himself with HIV, a startling phenomenon of the "post-AIDS" world. We know you have them, so come share your opinions in a forum other than Facebook.

Badass Theatre Company

Badass Theatre Company presented two plays by Stephen Adly Guirgis, playwright of The Motherfucker With the Hat that ran on our Morrison Stage Feb. 25-March 30, 2014. 

The Last Days of Judas Iscariot by Stephen Adly Guirgis

Set in a time-bending, seriocomically imagined world between heaven and hell, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot is a philosophical meditation on the conflict between divine mercy and human free will that takes a close look at the eternal damnation of the Bible’s most notorious sinner. Judas Iscariot feels alone. Vilified by all Christians for the last 2,000 years for his betrayal of Jesus Christ to the Roman authorities for 30 pieces of silver. For that act and for his subsequent suicide he has allegedly been condemned to hell for all eternity. It is a story with which we are all familiar. Perhaps the time has come for a reprieve? Many others had their sins washed away by Jesus: many others were given the opportunity to start again. And are there not other figures that should bear their share of the blame? And where better a venue for such a case to be tried than in a courtroom delicately poised between heaven and hell: as the attorney for Judas’ defense states, “This is Purgatory, …I’ve got all day.” The Last Days of Judas Iscariot is not a play about one man’s guilt and another’s forgiveness; rather that through such a contemporary dramatic exploration of an ancient debate about celebrated figures, we as an audience are able to re-examine our own betrayals, our own personal lapses of belief, and who we need to look to for forgiveness.

The Last Days of Judas Iscariot

Directed by Elizabeth Huffman
Satan: Rodney Hicks
Bailiff/ Jesus:  Heath Hyun
Cunningham: Adrienne Flagg
Gloria/Mother Therese: Sharon Lee Mclean
Yusef El Fayumi: Ian Goodrich
Judas: Ben Newman
Henrietta Iscariot:  Alyson Osborn
Santa Monica/Soldier 1: Ithica Tell
Judge Littlefield/Caiaphas/St Matthew: Michael Fisher Welsh
Simon the Zealot/Soldier 2- Matt Dibiasio
Mary Magdalene/: Nicole Accuardi
Sigmund Freud/Pontius Pilate/ - Todd Van Voris
Saint Peter/Saint Thomas/ Uncle Pino- James Peck
Matthias of Galilee/Butch Honeywell /Soldier 3: Jeff Gorham
Loretta: Tiffany Groben

Jesus Hopped the A Train by Stephen Adly Guirgis

Angel Cruz is a 30-year-old bike messenger from NYC who has lost his best friend to a religious cult. At the opening of the play, he is in his second night of incarceration, awaiting trial for shooting the leader of that cult in the "ass." He is on his knees, alone and terrified, trying to say a prayer he no longer remembers to a God he has all but forgotten. Angel's public defender is Mary Jane Hanrahan, still relatively young but very nearly disillusioned. At their first meeting, she mistakes Angel for another case. Wounded by her pride and Angel's sharp attacks, she mangles this initial interview and walks out. A crisis of conscience and an unresolved connection to her childhood brings her back, and Angel's heartfelt, persuasive arguments against the cult leader persuade her to champion his cause. By this time, the cult leader, Reverend Kim, has died on the operating table, and the charge against Angel is now murder. Angel has been beaten regularly by other inmates and is discovered in his cell barely conscious with a bed sheet tied around his neck. He is transferred to a special 23-hour lockdown wing of protective custody. His jailer is Valdez, a brutally direct prison guard who believes in a world of black and white only. No grey areas permitted. Valdez has taken the post of Charlie D'amico, a guard Angel never meets. For one hour a day, Angel experiences daylight from a cage on the Riker's Island Prison roof. His only source of human contact is the lone inmate who is also in protective custody. Lucius Jenkins, a.k.a. "the Black Plague," works out furiously in the cage next to Angel. A sociopathic serial killer awaiting extradition to Florida, Lucius pauses from his workouts only to chain smoke and to "save" Angel. Lucius Jenkins has found God, and Angel's life and the course of his trial will be changed forever. 

Jesus Hopped the A Train

Directed by Jamie M, Rea
Lucius Jenkins: Bobby Bermea
Angel Cruz: Ben Newman
Valdez: Stephen Lisk
Mary Jane Hanrahan: Deanna Wells
Charlie D’Amico: Antonio Sonera


A new play by Ellen Margolis
Directed by Gemma Whelan
January 27 @ 7:30pm
Adult Content

Based on a real-life crime of passion, Calumnies is a tale of sex and scandal, race and revenge.  The story unfolds in 1820s Kentucky, where old-world society meets wild western free-for-all, and the only thing rougher than the politics are the love affairs. Scraping by on the outskirts of Frankfort, Olivia Burke leads a precariously independent life. Her father is dead, her mother is bedridden, and her affair with Leopold Brass, a family man and aspiring politician, cannot end well.  Enter Obediah Dupree, a naïve and feverishly romantic young man who would like to cast himself as the hero in her story.  When Olivia becomes pregnant, the pressures increase--and secrets, lies, and slanders become the currency of her world.  

Cast: Matthew DiBiasio, Kayla Lian, James Peck, Jameson Tabor, Ithica Tell   

Carter Hall

A new play by Claire Willett
Featuring the music of Steeleye Span
Directed by Megan Kate WardMusic
Performed by Claire and Ken Willett
January 28 @ 7:30pm

Janet Carter and her young daughter Lucy spend every summer in a vacation rental cottage at Carter Hall, the crumbling old manor that once belonged to Janet's family and is now a Historical Society-owned tourist trap.  Janet has nothing more pressing in mind for the next few months than lazy time with her daughter (a hyper-imaginative child whose hobbies include practicing exorcisms and pretending to be a ninja),  reminiscences with Alec, the ancient gardener who has known her all her life - and perhaps a little summer flirtation with Alec's handsome new assistant Thomas.  But when the boy in the cottage next door goes missing on Midsummer Eve, Janet and Lucy are pulled headlong into a supernatural mystery that forces them both to confront the hidden reality that magical forces are at work in their daily lives.  To rescue the boy, Thomas risks losing Janet forever by revealing the truth about who he really is – a fugitive from the fairy underworld hiding under Alec's protection.  Janet, Thomas and Lucy set forth on a dark and dangerous quest to the mist-shrouded land of the fairies, braving dangerous creatures, impossible riddles, and the darkest secrets of their own hearts to rescue the missing child and bring him home.