Month: April 2014
TODAY at The Majestic Theatre, 115 SW 2nd St, Corvallis, OR
at 3pm and 7pm. Tickets available at the door.
What do you get when you combine 10 regionally authored plays, 10 local actors and a thoughtful audience? You get Conversations Before and After We Bare Our Souls. These one-act plays provoke our ideas of what it means to be honest. Inspiring art allows us to ask more questions than give us answers. These plays not only ask us soul-baring questions, they allow us to reflect on our own choices in how we engage with the people and the world around us.
Relationships are complicated and require intentional communication. The Project, written by local author Dorrie Board, reflects the challenges two friends face when putting together a ‘do-it-yourself’ project. It isn’t always as easy as it seems. Wake Up explores the intimacy between a man and a woman who are friends, and after sleeping together, they parse out feelings that come from a new level of commitment. We ask ourselves, “What do friends with benefits really mean?” In Undressed, lovers peel back the layers of stories underneath the skin. There is so much more beneath the surface when we are willing to ask and listen.
Several other plays look at relationships between fathers and sons, a professor and his student, and a baseball player and his fans. Each play has an unusual twist that doesn’t provide easy answers. Every person has his or her own values and ethics, drawing the lines where he or she sees fit. How do we function in a society that has a wide spectrum of established values, and at the same time gives us the freedom to choose how we act? Ultimately we have the responsibility to accept the consequences of our decisions.
Not all of the plays reach down and grab our souls for deep introspection. Some of the plays make us laugh heartily, catching us off guard from our initial expectations. Clown Camp by Dan Borengasser and I Didn’t Ask for the Anal Probe by Michael Winder (also directing and acting in this show) lifts our spirits to see the comedic aspects of life.
The actors bring these plays to life with their talented abilities. They adeptly take on the essence and subtle actions that reflect the feelings of their characters. Each actor, as an individual, gives special gifts to each role, and as a cast they demonstrate the reward of authentic communication.
Regardless of tragedy or comedy, everyday life or fictional fantasy, these plays teach us that there is always more to the story than first glance. We encourage you to continue having conversations with each other, before and after we bare our souls.
Conversations Before and After We Bare Our Souls: Original One Act Plays
Johanna Spencer is an Albany based actor, director and playwright. Her work in acting and directing has appeared at The Enchanted Forest Theater, Portland State University, The University of Oregon, Oregon State University, Albany Civic Theater, The Majestic Theater, The Corvallis Barn Theater (later Corvallis Community Theater) and many other local theaters. She will be directing Sylvia by A. R. Gurney for The Majestic Reader’s Theater Company in August. This will be her first play that has been performed by real live people, other than by herself in her bathtub.
Dorrie Board is new to the world of writing, and is excited yet nervous to see her work on stage.
Dan Borengasser, who likes to refer to himself in the third person, has written numerous award-winning stage plays and screenplays. A number of Borengasser’s stage plays have been produced and/or have received staged readings. Three of his plays – A.R@UNI.GOV, The Kindness Of Strangers and Sense & Insensibility – have been published. Several ten-minute plays have been produced across the country, from New York to Los Angeles, as well as in Australia, New Zealand and India. www.danborengasser.com.
Mike Aronson has been acting since the eighth grade. He probably learned that from obeying his mother’s directive to, “Stay in your room until you learn how to act like a young man.” His first job out of college was as a rocket scientist. (No, really.) He worked on the third stage of the Saturn Rocket for Douglas Aircraft Company. He organized the Clackamas Repertory Theater in Oregon City when he moved there to take a job as a physics instructor at Clackamas Community College. Since moving permanently to Corvallis in 1990, he has played numerous acting roles for mid-valley community theaters and directed nine shows for the Main Stage of the Majestic Theater. He likes to direct a play rather than act in one because the director gets to play all the roles. Now he is a member of the Majestic Community Theater Work-group and the co-founder of the Majestic Readers’ Theater Company which began its season last September.
With all this he still works four days a week as the Software Manager of Lucidyne Technologies, Inc. a Corvallis engineering company that serves the Forest Products Industry.