Portland Civic Theatre Guild 2015-16 Season

Descriptions & Schedules of the 2015-16 Readings:

October 6th, 2015
Broadway Bound
by Neil Simon

Eugene and Stanley Jerome attempt to break into show business as radio comedy writers just as their parents’ marriage is falling apart.

Novenber 3rd, 2015
Pilgrims Musa & Sheri in the New World
by Yussef El Guindi

With humor and pain doled out in equal measure the author explores the challenges and choices faced by recent Egyptian-­Muslim immigrant to America.

December 1st, 2015
Holiday Radio Hour!
presented by Willamette Radio Workshop

Warm up the Philco and gather ‘round as Willamette Radio Workshop ushers in the spirit of the holidays with a selection of stories presented in the style of an old time radio show. Laughter, tears, and sound effects!

Join us for the Fertile Ground 2016 Festival!
January 25th, 2016
Fertile Ground Presentation:
Cerimon House @ 7pm
Rimbaud’s Daughter in Lousiana (or The Drunken Pirogue) by Steve Patterson
For Tickets go Here

January 26th, 2016
Fertile Ground Presentation:
The Old Church
Rimbaud’s Daughter in Lousiana (or The Drunken Pirogue) by Steve Patterson
For Tickets go Here

Steve Patterson’s Rimbaud’s Daughter in Louisiana (or The Drunken Pirogue) is the winner of the Portland Civic Theatre Guild’s New Play Award. The story takes place in the 1890s when a free-spirited French woman, in the company of a down-to-earth Cajun woman, sets off on a picaresque quest through Louisiana in search of the man she suspects is her father: the notorious symbolist poet Arthur Rimbaud.

February 2nd, 2016
Dear Elizabeth
by Sarah Ruhl

A portrait of the 30 year friendship between two of America’s most honored poets, Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell, drawn from their letters to each other.

March 1st, 2016
by Harold Pinter

Beginning at the end of a romantic triangle filled with love, guilt and passion, Pinter uses reverse chronology to explore the devious workings of the human heart.

April 5th, 2016
Lettice and Lovage
by Peter Shaffer

Lettice Douffet, a docent at Fustian House, one of England’s most boring historical homes, decides to liven up her tours by inventing wildly theatrical “histories” in this charming and hilarious British comedy originally written for Dame Maggie Smith.


May 2, 2016, Monday evening, 7:00 pm at Cerimon House

May 3, 2016 Tuesday morning, 10:30 am at The Old Church.

The Off-Broadway Musical, JOHN & JEN, a truly original work about connections, commitments and the healing of the human heart, will be the May reading selection for the  Portland Civic Theatre Guild.

JOHN & JEN will be presented twice in two different locations. Here are the details

JOHN & JEN, by Andrew Lippa and Tom Greenwald

Directed by Adair Chappell

Starring Meredith Kaye Clark as Jen and Drew Harper as John

Brian Michael on Piano

Liz Byrd on Cello

Sponsored by Stevens Integrated Systems and Chown Hardware


Monday, May 2nd @ 7:00pm at Cerimon House 5131 NE 23rd Avenue

Tickets $15 at the door. Wine, Beer and treats available.


Tuesday, May 3rd @ 10:30am at The Old Church 1422 SW 11th Avenue

***We will also be having an auction to finish off the season…please bring to donate and win one of these surprise secret auction items. ****

Coffee and treats at 10:00. Tickets $10 at the door.

JOHN & JEN is a truly original musical honoring brothers and sisters and parents and children, set against the background of a changing America between 1950 and 1990, JOHN & JEN is a gem of a show brimming with intelligence, wit and beautiful melodies.

This is the story of Jen and her relationships with the two Johns of her life: her younger brother, who was killed in Vietnam, and his namesake, her son who is trying to find his way in a confusing world. Jen and her younger brother John are growing up in the ever-changing world of mid-century America. As the country becomes divided over the war in Vietnam, so does the family and battle lines are drawn between the once-close siblings. When John is killed in Vietnam, Jen is left to reconcile her memory of their fractured relationship along with his namesake, her son, who is trying to find his way in a confusing world.

With a cast of only two people, JOHN & JEN is a tour-de-force for two actors who take them from childhood, through adolescence and beyond. A chamber musical beautifully scored for piano, cello and percussion, John & Jen is a musical about connections, commitments and the healing of the human heart.

Readings are presented at the Old Church, 1422 SW 11th (at Clay)
Coffee at 10:00AM
Performance at 10:30 AM
Season Tickets:$49
Single Performances: $8.00 except May Musical: $10.00
Tickets available at the door or send a check to:Portland Civic Theatre Guild PO Box 6711, Portland, OR 97228 www.PortlandCivicTheatreGuild.org
In the event of bad weather the reading will be canceled and re-scheduled accordingly.