Dramatic Repertory Company On Stage

Performance Times

Thurs. May 29 @7:30pm
Fri. May 30 @7:30pm
Sat. May 31 @7:30pm
Sun. June 1 @2pm

Wed. June 4 @7:30pm**
Thurs. June 5 @7:30pm
Fri. June 6 @7:30pm
Sat. June 7 @7:30pm
Sun. June 8 @7:30pm

** Discount Wednesdays

FREE for 25 & Under with ID

Carrie Bell-HoerthCarrie Bell-Hoerth (Judith) is beyond excited to be working with DRC for the first time! Past shows include The Terrible False Deception (Ellipsis Productions - PortFringe 2013), Les Miserables (The Theater Project), and A Midsummer Night's Dream (The Theater Project). In her spare time, she can be found playing saxophone with the instrumental band Pokelogan and watching “Mystery Science Theater 3000.”

Peter BrownPeter Brown (Shag & Co-director) is a long-time devotee of the works of William Shagspeare (one of the spellings of the Bard's name recorded at the time of his marriage to Anne Hathaway) and honored to be taking part in this production. He is thrilled to be partnering once again with Keith Powell Beyland and DRC, after appearing in Swimming in the Shallows and Life During Wartime. Peter holds a BA in Drama (Acting & Directing) from Dartmouth College. Peter is an Affiliate Artist at Portland Stage Company and former Associate Artistic Director of Mad Horse Theatre Company, where he acted in many productions including The Late Henry Moss, The Normal Heart, The Pillowman, Long Day's Journey Into Night, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead and Cloud 9. Peter recently directed his 10th production (Twelfth Night) for the Portland High School Shakespeare Club, and this summer he will be directing As You Like It for Fenix Theatre Company in Deering Oaks Park. Peter wishes to thank his sister- and brother-in-law Carolyn & Steve Willeby for gifting him a copy of the official script of Equivocation on his birthday during its original production at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Love, as always, to RJ.

Ian CarlsenIan Carlsen (Sharpe, Tom, James ++) is pleased to be making his debut with DRC. Local credits: Gargantua! (Lorem Ipsum), Romeo & Juliet (Fenix Theater), Our Late Night (Lorem Ipsum), A Christmas Carol (Portland Stage), Eurydice (Theater Project), Dr. Faustus Lights the Lights (PortFringe 2012), The Threepenny Opera (Lorem Ipsum) and The Maids (Mad Horse/Lorem Ipsum). Ian is a founding member (and the resident birder) of the Lorem Ipsum theater collective. Look for him in the upcoming reading of Tess Van Horn's May Day (PortFringe 2014), Dancing at Lughnasa (The Originals) this fall, and in the Gum Spirits feature film, Anniversary, in 2015.

Matt DelamaterMatt Delamater (Armin, Catesby, Coke ++) is very excited to be working with DRC once again and to be back working on such a crazy and exciting script. Matt has been seen before at DRC as The Shark in Swimming in the Shallows, Tommy in Life During Wartime and Carson and several other roles in Gross Indecency. Other regional roles include Owen Glendower in Henry IV and The Aviator in The Little Prince at Theater at Monmouth; Vladimir in Fenix Theatre's Waiting for Godot, Brandon in Good Theater’s Next Fall; Ray Moss in Mad Horse's The Late Henry Moss, Nephew Fred in The Public Theater's A Christmas Carol, and Biff Loman in Out of the Box Theater's production of Death of a Salesman. Matt would like to thank Peter and Keith for the chance to work with such an incredible cast, and his beautiful wife Emily and amazing parents for always supporting his passion. www.matthewdelamater.com

Chris FitzeCHRIS FITZE (Rhodes & Foley/Sound Design) is very pleased to be working with the DRC! Over the past 20 years, Chris has designed shows for several different venues including: Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette, Children's Theater of Maine, St. Lawrence Performing Arts Center, and Portland Stage Company. He serves as Technical Director at both Waynflete and Morse High School in Bath where he oversees a crew of 30 kids. He also designs and builds sets. He send his love to Jessica, Martin, and Arthur.

Corey M. GagneCorey M. Gagne (Cecil, Nate ++) was born and raised in Fort Kent, Maine. His favorite color is pink. He trained at Mountview Theater Conservatory in London. His favorite sound is his sister's laugh. Mr. Gagne has performed in London, New York City, Philadelphia, Austin and Portland. He loves cold weather...and The Replacements.

Christopher HoltChristopher Holt (Richard, Father Henry Garnet ++) is very happy to be working with DRC again, having last appeared as Bob in Swimming in the Shallows (2013 PEER Award for Best Supporting Actor). He was recently seen as Charlie in the critically-acclaimed AIRE production of Da. Chris is a graduate of the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre, and has lived in Portland since the turn of the century.

Jesse LeightonJesse Leighton (Cooke ++ & Fight Captain) has previously appeared with DRC as Zack in Tigers Be Still. He performs in the rhythm section for the marshy instrumental band Pokelogan. He will also, always, accept a queen trade. (That is absolutely and maddeningly true - KPB)

Bill Cain (Playwright) Recent plays: How to Write a New Book for the Bible (Seattle Rep), Equivocation and 9 Circles. Equivocation (which premiered at Oregon Shakespeare Festival) and 9 Circles (which premiered at Marin Theatre Company), both received the American Theater Critics, Association/ Steinberg Award, the first time ever that an author received the award in consecutive years. Stand-Up Tragedy was awarded best production honors in Los Angeles and Washington, DC, and the Joe A. Callaway Award for its Broadway production. Bill's work for television (including the ABC TV series "Nothing Sacred") has been honored with the George Foster Peabody, Humanitas, and Writers, Guild Awards.

KEITH POWELL BEYLAND (Co-Director) recently directed the critically-acclaimed DRC productions of My Name Is Rachel Corrie, A Bright New Boise (co-production with Fenix Theatre, Theatrical Highlight of 2013 - Portland Phoenix), Topdog/Underdog (Best Production - 2013 PEER Award, Theatrical Highlight of 2012 - Portland Phoenix), [title of show], Tigers Be Still, Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde, Life During Wartime and Blue/Orange. Keith spent the last two decades working on and off Broadway with respected organizations like Roundabout Theatre Company, Manhattan Theatre Club, Signature Theatre Company (NY), The New Group, Berkshire Theatre Festival and Irondale Ensemble Project. Keith studied with Athol Fugard, John Patrick Shanley, Paula Vogel, Maria Irene Fornes, Anne Hamburger, Carey Perloff and Venable Herndon, among others. He holds a degree with Honors from the Dramatic Writing Program at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. Always for Keely.

JOHNNY SPECKMAN (Assistant Director / Stage Manager) is a local theatre artist who is excited to be working with DRC on another amazing project. Past directorial endeavors include Twelfth Night, Jane Eyre (musical), Jekyll & Hyde (musical), and The Merry Wives of Windsor, with personal favorites also being Macbeth and Les Miserables. With his brother he has co-founded The Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday Theatre Company which has produced Sex AKA Wieners and Boobs (Portfringe'12), Mr. Marmalade (Portfringe'13), The Brown Clouds of Courage (colon) The Musical (an original company written show, PSC StudioRep) as well as two short films For the Love of Michael York, and Finesse...(48 Hour Film Fest). Look for their upcoming Portfringe'14 show The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon. Thank you for supporting the arts!

MICHAELA WIRTH (Lighting Designer in Residence). Rarely seen in the full light of day, this designer is delighted to be working once again with DRC. When not in the darkness of the theatre, she can often be found in the darkness of the projection booth of the Nicklelodeon... planning the lights for the next DRC show!

Travis M. Grant (Costume Designer in Residence) Previous Shows with DRC: Swimming in the Shallows, Topdog/Underdog, Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde. Travis is an accomplished costume designer and the recipient of the 2008 Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival Region I Barbizon National Design Award for Excellence in Costume Design for the Maine premiere of Last Easter (University of Southern Maine). Other design credits include: Gypsy (City Theater, Biddeford); Side Show (Portland Players); The Wedding Singer (University of New England); The Wild Party (University of Southern Maine School of Music), Enchanted April (Oxford Hills Music & Performing Arts Association); Inook and the Sun (USM); The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Maine Premiere, USM School of Music); Moonchildren (USM); The Full Monty; Leading Ladies (New England Premiere) (Arundel Barn Playhouse); The Full Monty (Portland Players); The Full Monty; The House of Frankenstein; Picasso at the Lapin Agile; Godspell; Play On! (Waldo Theatre, Inc.) and many more. Travis has had the great pleasure of working as a costume technician for such local companies as Maine State Music Theater, Maine State Music Theater Costume Rentals and Portland Players.

Sally Wood (Fight Choreography) is thrilled to finally be working with Keith and the DRC. Sally is an actor; fight choreographer, director & visiting assistant professor at Bowdoin College. Locally Sally has designed fights for Fenix Theatre Company, Mad Horse Theater, The Theater at Monmouth and Portland Stage Company. Sally provides fight workshops throughout the state & loves designing fights (especially when 8.5 months pregnant).

MAY 29 - JUNE 8, 2014

with an ensemble of some of Portland's most arresting actors...a dream ensemble of actor's actors...
- Portland Phoenix, June 6, 2014 
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There's much to ponder in this play, but there are also some laughs...There are sword fights, brawls, scenes of torture and hangings to go along with the general comings and goings of actors who change costumes at the sides of the stage.”
- Maine Sunday Telegram, June 1, 2014
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New England Premiere

by Bill Cain
directed by Keith Powell Beyland & Peter Brown

with Carrie Bell-Hoerth, Peter Brown,
Ian Carlsen, Matt Delamater,
Chris Fitze, Corey M. Gagne,
Christopher Holt, Jesse Leighton

Truth will out in this bloody fun romp through imagined history.

London, 1606: William Shagspeare (after a contemporary spelling of the Bard's name) is commissioned by the King, via Sir Robert Cecil, to write a new play. The play will be the "true historie" of the recently foiled Gunpowder Plot...a terrorist plot to assassinate King James I and blow Parliament to kingdom come with 36 barrels of devilish gunpowder...and it has to have witches! The King wants witches!

But as Shag and the acting company of the Globe, under the direction of the great Richard Burbage, investigate the plot, they discover that the King's version of the story might, in fact, be a cover-up. Shag and his actors are confronted with the ultimate moral and artistic dilemma. Speak truth to power - and perhaps literally lose their heads? Or take the money and lie? Or...is there a third option - equivocation?

A high-stakes political thriller with biting humor and contemporary resonances, EQUIVOCATION gallops from the great Globe to the Tower of London to the halls of Parliament to the heart of Judith, Shag's younger daughter, who finds herself unexpectedly at the very heart of the political, dramatic and... ultimately... human mystery.

“No need to equivocate: Bill Cain's EQUIVOCATION... is one of the most bracingly intelligent, sizzlingly theatrical American plays in a decade... it's an experience no serious theatergoer will want to miss.”
— Variety

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517 Forest Avenue, Portland, Maine

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The Portland Ballet Studio Theater entrance is at the end of the wide alley between 509 and 517 Forest Avenue (across from the Mobil station). Look for the Portland Ballet and Casco Bay Movers signs, and head toward the light!

There is free street parking on Forest, Dartmouth and Belmont. There is also a free lot available on Ashmont Street. Turn left at the light after Portland Ballet onto Ashmont St. You may park in the second lot on the right hand side - there is a large green sign at the entrance that says "Parking for Casco Bay Movers." Click here for a map to the lot.

PREMIUM SEATING – Get a reserved Front & Center seat without having to arrive early! Select Premium Seating and we will reserve your seat up until 5 minutes prior to the printed curtain time. If you arrive after that time, your reserved seat may be released, but you will still be able to see the show. There will be no refunds for late arrivals. $15 of your Premium Seat purchase counts as a tax-deductible donation to Dramatic Repertory Company.

DISCOUNT WEDNESDAYS – All seats to Wednesday Evening performances are $10!

FuturePatrons – if you are age 25 or under, see DRC shows for FREE!! FuturePatron tickets are available day-of only, and require government-issued photo ID as proof of age. Seating is first-come, first-served and subject to availability.

William Shagspeare Sir Robert Cecil King James I
Judith Shagspeare Richard Burbage Robert Armin
Gunpowder Plot
Father Henry Garnett Edward Coke Mac Bethad mac Findlaích
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