Sunday, August 10, 2008

And............................................................scene.



Harrumph. My previous post about Sunny is certainly a disappointment. I hoped it would scare up a few haints from my Storefront days who remember Sunny fondly, but alack the day, there really are very few of us left in the theater. Some; there is the fabulous Robin Lane from Do Jump! We met whilst working on "my" opera, Epsilon Eridani, where she introduced this brand new thing called a bungee cord. Eric Overmyer has long since moved on to “other media” (he was actually just in one show, I think, The Tooth of Crime). Plus there's the fabulicious Wendy Westerwelle! Actors Ted Schulz and Ted Roisum are here in town again, and are at the top of their game. Likewise with John Steinkamp (who was a teenager at the time), all grown up now and a consummate actor working mostly with Third Rail Rep.

I was barely out of my teens myself when I worked at Storefront Actor's Theatre. It was a vivid time, one I've often likened to living in The Rocky Horror Picture Show. And of all the people associated with the place back then, I was probably the last anyone expected to be a lifer.

Life’s funny. Is it not.

Well. If it feels like this blog’s currently taking a netherward twirl, you could try one the Crow started, Portland Dramaturgy Cabal, which I’m trying to resuscitate. Give it a look-see.

6 comments:

splattworks said...

Maybe you're just in the post-JAW torpor. Doesn't seem dull to me. Storefront was pretty played out by the time I came to town--I saw "Lie of the Mind" there, which I think was one of the last shows they did. But Deb remembers them well and still says "Short Eyes" was one of the most devastating pieces of theatre she's ever seen. So there you go....

k. crow said...

evil evil evil EVIL!

Mead said...

Moi?

cynseattle said...

I was here for Ric Young's last piece, "Passion for Fresh Flowers," which I can still see in my head...and then their last season in the Winnie. I'm sorry not to have been here for more work from the company...

MightyToyCannon said...

You may be amused to discover that a few relics of Storefront performances are posted on YouTube (transferred from Super-8 film). I particularly enjoyed one from Ric Young's play "Tolerance," featuring an over-the-top portrayal of Sarah Bernhardt (what else?), and the line, "You are not a lesbian fashion model for Coco Chanel! You are an actress!"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rWIuUfXLQEM

I arrived in Portland after Storefront's demise, so have only heard stories -- and some wild ones at that.

Mead said...

Wow, we are now watching MTC-TV! (get the obscure cultural referent??) THANK YOU! I think I ran lights for Tolerance, with Adrienne Hurrell, but I wouldn't bet on it at this late stage...