A little while ago, I noted that Portland Theatre Works will be presenting a free reading of my play “Next of Kin,” which is my first new full-length since “Lost Wavelengths” in 2006. Info on the production follows below. Just as a note: even though “Next of Kin” is an extremely heavy play, dealing with Iraq, the costs of war, veterans issues, and so on, it has a weird, sneaky thread of gallows humor running through it. The show is Monday, 10/20, at 7:00 PM in Profile Theatre, 3430 SE Belmont, Portland.
Hope to see you there….
FreshWorks@Profile in October
October marks a return visit for Steve Patterson in FreshWorks. In 2006 we read his play Lost Wavelengths which went on to be selected for that year’s JAW Festival at PCS and which has now been nominated for an Oregon Book Award (see more on that below). This month we’re proud to present Next of Kin:
Mike is a Marine Casualty Assistance Officer who informs parents and spouses their loved one has been killed. Mike’s brother Rich is a Marine recruiter trying to fill his quotas. Their sister Angie was left at home to care for their father, a Vietnam Vet and former Marine, who now lies in a coma having attempted to kill himself. Reuniting over their father’s deathbed, they are forced to face the complex relationships they have with each other as they pick up the pieces their father left behind.
Portland playwright Steve Patterson, has written over 25 plays, with works staged in Portland, Los Angeles, Chicago, Detroit, Austin, Tampa, and other cities in the U.S. as well as in Canada and New Zealand. The Centering, a one-man play he co-wrote with Portland actor Chris Harder, has been featured at the Edmonton Fringe Festival and the Boulder Fringe Festival, and, in 2007, Mr. Harder won a Drammy Award for Best Actor for his performance of the play. His full-length works include Waiting on Sean Flynn, Malaria, Altered States of America, The Continuing Adventures of Mr. Grandamnus, Turquoise and Obsidian, Bombardment, and Delusion of Darkness.
The cast will include Garland Lyons, Lindsay Matteson, and Nick Zagone.
Next of Kin by Steve Patterson
7 p.m., Monday, Oct 20th
Profile Theater at Theater!Theatre! (3430 SE Belmont St., Portland, OR)
FREE and open to the public
The FreshWorks program is designed to give playwrights to the opportunity to hear a draft of their play read by some of Portland’s finest actors. FreshWorks readings are free and open to the public.
These readings will take place at 7 p.m. on the 3rd Monday of every month in the Theatre Noir at Theater!Theatre! in southeast Portland. We’re very pleased to be partnering with Profile Theater in presenting this program.
Congrats to Steve Patterson and Francesca Sanders!
Steve and Francesca have both been named finalists for the Angus L. Bowmer Award for Drama for the 2008 Oregon Book Awards. Steve’s finalist play Lost Wavelengths was given a FreshWorks reading in May of 2006 and Francesca’s play I Become a Guitar was developed through a workshop way back in May of 2004. Portland Theatre Works is a big fan of Steve’s and Francesca’s work and very proud to have been a part of the development of these 2 outstanding plays.