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Oct 15, 2011|

A discussion with Erin Lucas and Chris Harder, of CoHo Productions, about their upcoming theater season and an exciting fundraiser/performance, coming up on October 24th. www.cohoproductions.org

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You're listening to -- -- -- the series of interviews with people of interest in northwest Oregon and southwest Washington. I'm your host -- Douglas. As I've mentioned many times on the show before I AME huge huge huge proponent of the arts in this town especially theater arts is near and dear to my heart so it is a big pleasure to have with me today. Erin Lucas and Chris harder from -- productions are wonderful -- organization. He could find them between 22 -- -- third on northwest Raleigh highly encourage you to go see a show there but welcome guys -- -- Great -- absolutely. To get things kicked off lets give our listeners a little bit of background. Your cells in how you both came to be with our -- productions -- let's start with you. Great so I've been doing theater. -- artistic side and it's the administrative staff. For -- about twelve years mostly in the city of Philadelphia. My -- recently moved. To Portland can have gotten involved with a couple of principal -- here. I'm very excited -- -- as a managing director -- just this last April tools and just so excited to be part of a company that does. The unique work that comes -- There's really nobody else in the country that I whereas that emphasizes. You know providing a platform for local theater artists to get their their products that their most passionate. Out into the world. At least no one that that does as successfully as co -- Yeah definitely yeah I'm really proud of what we've been able to accomplish and hopefully it. We'll keep Roland. And Chris I know all about Jim -- a little kids but I do -- for the audience. Well I'm an actor and -- maker and I teach. She and Cole has always been good to meet what they do and. And so that you know -- I know you do a lot of theater work but I really do associate you with co productions. More that's cool I think myself as an independent artists and coalition just spend. Of great supportive organizations perform my art so. I definitely. Feel at home here and I am proud to be associated with them so that's cool. The very cool William -- is they have big fund raiser coming up certainly in the world of feeder fund raising He has a very very important part of all of it. And it's called a feast on -- home fresh local feeder coming up Monday October 24 630 there is reception and silent auction and 730 there's a performance. So tell us about what this event is going to be. Yeah. And -- it isn't happening. There and perhaps other Curacao where it is so excited about it. Chris and his lovely wife now lived around another agrees local actors. I can look at this has really had no idea to get how are -- really talented local directors and performers. Together to view -- in their own net original work. And it is so basically. We were playing with the idea of it being kind of piece of talent because there's so lose so much local talent to pull from. And we elegant to kind of showcase their own unique take on and their artistic. So the idea is basically. That we have eight director. And they have eight minutes. And they all have the same eight ingredients which we're not gonna tell you about the best friend's house and they are each. Putting their own spin on this idea and creating original work. -- know when you say eight ingredients what do you mean by that. Without telling us what those ingredients are. Well an ingredient could be anything from an action and like a flat across the face. I'm so the so if that weren't ingredients He should director would have to include slap across the -- again it's -- In their piece that's common ingredient but. Or prompt. Say -- chair before. -- a funny lamb pork. -- sound effect the sound of birds perhaps could be an ingredient. What are you what each director would have to include all of them all eight of those ingredients in the peace. And by doing that your blog ensuring that these are going to be original pieces and certainly no one's gonna accidentally have a piece ready to go colleague of those agreement until the most immediate thing that happened yeah. That's the thing. So -- what brought about this idea you said that it was sack christened vowels concoction here but is this of these guys do every year or -- says there are certain impetus to broader on this year. Well. You know -- there's a trend I think there's a trend in Portland. For creating original work and I've played around with this concept similar to this before. And in the past workshops and some other -- events. And we -- we a lot of fun it's fun for the audience. You could look for those ingredients you know was simple I saw that and that last piece that maybe that's an ingredient that make it again the next piece. -- you don't you don't actually tell -- in advance now they got to figure it out to the performance. That's pretty cool and hysteria in the that's that's that's one way to engage people. And that's what we -- it is something that was. That included a number of different artists and included artists with different skill sets. So each director we tried this kind of pick. The directors who have from different genres of -- important thanks and it is it also fits with the cold omissions supporting artists. Speeding -- artists an opportunity to create work you know create our community is something that was low impact for the artists and also I. And right driver coming up on the beginning of the season so -- news into our guess we've already passed it. This is probably a lot of these people are working pretty hard on stuff aren't aren't. Yeah highway I was actually hoping does take part -- myself but I'm working on a show site is that I just didn't have the time. Really an awesome awesome awesome to. So let's talk about some of these directors you've got working on this in the they're people who do work with. Some great people -- -- O'Brien. She's seen as a company called -- -- production should create a lot of of original work herself. Page Jones as an actress and talent she's also a singer Christina miles as an actress. And actually paying shouting just added. A partner you've heard Melissa hi there. I'm so it's basically the two of them that are going to be performing because they were just didn't -- rehearsing today -- have -- -- -- a dancer. And she also has feeder companies actually creates a lot of original work in town Sean McGrath and you know you don't -- you -- these get -- you work with a company called wet -- live wire. John call or. Is a stage combat. Yeah yes so that -- interest to you know be -- miracle. Makes Philip Cuomo is Serb rail company number He teaches at Portland actors conservatory he's cloned He loved working with clowns so. We know we contacted -- refinement. Addition and then I'm gonna create a piece. And you've got enough skills so who knows what you're gonna make. I know I know I'll tell you why Alan Ball -- A painter a senior designer -- painter ten. An actress who plays the harp. Untrue rumor. I got an eleven year old kid she's a vibrant kid actress. And my waist belt and actresses who. Yes quite personal since. -- did you have a concept and you brought people together for the concept -- challenge yourself by putting all those things in the mix. -- like to put those people in the mix -- -- Starwood characters we create characters first and then we kind of get together brainstorm about what those. What narrative -- story might come out of -- of that and then now we just go for it. Very cool and you mentioned shot and there are Sean McGrath has worked with live wire radio which brings -- your your host for the evening Tyler Hughes at -- of live wire and -- lit -- Tyler. Tyler is hilarious yes. Yeah we're really excited as one of our board members. I can't had announced He has been involved with -- it's time. We love her she's. And officiated we have to get Tyler. He has hosted so many events and and has been sort of the warm up guy at live wire for a long time and has done a lot of his own sketch comedy and still does provide this it is amazing comic energy that will -- to keep the night flowing and keep everybody entertained as we need transition between the pieces are excited about Tyler. Yeah he's very very cool guy I love being around Tyler when He goes on because He he's kind of a mild mannered kind of quiet guy when you're just talking to him but the second steps on stage. Man -- accident showman extraordinaire. -- didn't think. Improvising mind just -- over and and it's Bryant. -- I had -- a -- a good time -- and working with him in the past -- a great -- if you're just joining -- you're listening to make your -- a series of interviews with people of interest to northwest Oregon and southwest Washington I'm your host -- Douglas I'm speaking with Aaron -- the managing director of -- productions as well as -- harder. In actor who often works with -- who is putting together with his wife Val land drum. Haiti fund raiser for Coho called feast on Coho fresh local theater. It is on Monday October 24 inserts -- 6:30 PM they'll be reception and silent auction for an hour and then the performance starts at 730. You can find out all about it at -- productions dot -- -- their website and you can also find out about their season. As well which is hasn't already kicked off. We actually open animals and plants by Adam -- this Friday. Oh yeah our very Staley got a great team is together. Couple members of third rail. Michael O'Connell stressed being serious acting and we've got Nicky Weaver from Portland -- house -- acting so this is gonna be a fun that kind of dark quirky comedy yeah. Nice collection of talent -- yeah what else do you have coming up in the season. We have some not so much variety and so much talent this year I'm just jumping out of my guess. That we've got in February -- new play by a local or playwright and actor -- if this fiscal they have the -- And he's he's sort of it's favorite over -- concert stage he's. Performed over there for years but he's also a screenwriter and playwright Richard don't know a lot of people now He broad. -- This because -- I did on that yeah I think the world's interest single -- Eddie and we're gonna get to see both sides of him if -- actually performing in -- to play with Laura -- -- LA Tex around there exactly and keeping it and so that's a great group. There's -- that's sad to learn. Am very and we closed the season the wind is an adaptation of Charles dickens' hard times. And that's gonna be performed -- -- actors that are associated with the former Salem repertory -- so we've got instead -- Adelaide. And a bunch of other great performers doing servant. Updated take on Charles dickens' classic. Very cool Leo that's quite a variety of shows. Yeah house and that's you know that's thing you should expect from how how we deal let local talent wants to do we -- -- project we think are most promising and say he's kind of -- you're just going to get and that's cool varieties. And it's such unique space when guys have there in the -- kind of three quarter thrust although really call -- thrusts instruction purposes -- gets the ball right. Ha ha how many -- is the season there 1999. Very cool and it's so what that says is that. When you go to C show there it's very intimate you know Marty you're almost sitting on the stage. Yeah I think that's something. That we really tractor that this base and why people come to us. The co produce or even just surrendered base because they're so what you can do with that and you're you're really involved in the audience and getting them right up in the -- yourself. You have seen everything in their from you know comedies too hard dramas do sketch comedy and it all feels really cool because He indeed -- it's a whole different thing when you could see a live performance you can see the sweat on the -- -- Your in the mix. So looking into backwards what are some of the the bigger projects evasive worked on there -- -- that to have our listeners made no about the none lesser lea associate with come up. Well -- funny you can't pull it out the project he's done with Kyle well yeah last season's Valentine a co produced. So pleased by Tim shepherd -- fool for love. That's really the one I was talking about -- C in the sweat on the actors' foreheads yeah that's a good thing yeah that was that was a scary situation to be near. Yes that's fun yeah it's fun it's fun to be an actor in this space do you mean it's just. -- -- yeah I I I can't I mean just to kind of. Reiterate that I guess the spaces is it's a great theater and discuss. -- -- What -- -- -- also been really supportive of me in the past with some of -- out of her or access. Written a couple one man shows and co -- and really supportive send them. Hosting solution it was in this space defense I tend to kind of gravitate here when one. Do my own work. Well I think that's important dizzy you are somebody who is very into creating your your own pieces and here's a -- that is all about that so it seems like a nice fit. Media pressure stuff. And -- let people know this about but we've actually been. Don't launching pad for a couple of theaters that have beat. You know really grown a reputation in Portland profile theater. And third round both started. Their first production. As co productions that go well. So we if. And now they've gone on to be pretty big power houses in the -- are. But they keep coming back to us -- these bad actors from from third relatives this season and I think they always will consider -- a home right it's pretty cool. Yes a love about the space that then you can open up that that top area -- -- kind of a multi level performance basin drilling so unique. And we had people really do creative things. We recently had to very successful production called reasons to be pretty which is that we'll be played it was directed by Gretchen Corbett and featured. I'm really talented cast all of whom won Grammy Awards this right ourselves and they they just made such credence to the states that I think people were really impressed by that. As well as the acting and directing. And for those listening -- don't know what Grammy Award at this the local. -- A. Nice honor it's really make you recognize I think for people who win an award it doesn't really you know I mean it's it's it doesn't mean that you're the back. Or your better than everybody else -- it's -- to be recognized you know yeah we all appreciate. You've done good kids yeah okay yeah. It's so we've talked about kind of what did the ingredients are the directors the performers the d.s subject matters are right it has not that it matters but. You know -- using a prop for. -- line our movement or whatever for these individual -- at this fund raiser what else is going on there's this hour before hand reception -- and silent auction what's going on there over. -- could be at locating get over it DL on my studio occurred in -- the armory. That's Portland center stage. From a year and had the beautiful downstairs space. Lived downstairs studio space and we're gonna be on the set of the real Americans which is it's been doing really well. But we start the events. Up on the mezzanine which is just -- gorgeous place to have an event. Yeah we'll have really -- reception. Tutored side -- -- stage crew there and we're doing a really -- silent auction basically we're we're taking it have a different approach because these mysterious eight ingredients. For the performance and so He can't be auctioned items is going to be kind of a mystery box and people. Will be bidding on and something that looks to -- on the they won't know exactly what it is to have a word we're getting donations from a lot of different. Places you know restaurant gift certificates a lot of performing arts. Organizations are donating tickets so we have problem -- we have an art museum -- cut all live in theaters. So no matter what you bid on your gonna get a cool bunch of stuff. Local wineries are donating -- it'll be surprised. I say yeah all the part of the scene there. Very cool and that is as -- a very very beautiful space that the lobby area there of decorating is is just gorgeous. And that downstairs -- Bennett performed that last season and it is say hopeful wonderful space -- -- -- She reminds me kind of an expanded version of your co host -- It is kind of aspect I -- as they arrived so yeah. So again that fund raiser. For -- productions is feast on call fresh local theater it's coming up Monday October 24. It starts at 630 go to and have some 63730 is the reception and silent auction and is 730 the performance again and they performances. Are it's eight local directors and their own crew of actors and performers they each are given eight. Mystery ingredients that they all they're all -- the same ingredients and nobody knows what it is and nobody will know until after the fact and -- -- to create an eight minute piece for the show so it's going to be a very tricky odd night of theater very engaging night of theater. And you've got everything from. Dancers to fight choreographers do comedians who did your basic hit the theater director. All putting together these these pieces so it's going to be an eclectic very very interest in very entertaining evening. How can one buy tickets. The best thing to do that is to either call fighter history teaches 02646. That's the total box office. -- you can also buy them online -- that coastal protections such authority. And Coho is just CEO HL that's right very skilled production has. They're coming up on the end of our times are losing us He is -- the cover before we -- I didn't just thinking about how. I don't often mentioned what what -- -- is how cool is unique import brands. The minute we get but it sounds. We'll certainly can be hit again if we did. -- people what truly cool vocal is artist is it is if say I have passion project to play that I wanted to -- wanna produce. IE can submit coming up here in November solutions are coming out November. 10 and these -- something or wherever there. And I can submit a proposal to go and say hey I wanna do this play into this this is my boy did these all the artists that I I would like to involve. And it would be awesome piece of art will you help me make this piece of art and then go old need to have a series do. Steps that they go through in her name February or so they select. So -- project that they wanted to gone for the season. And basically the way it works -- code 08 is that finance her so they have these days produced the show the day oversees the budget. That the artist. May be -- And it's really cool vocal critic of really cool calm ultimate that's no one else who don't know that and it is really cool so. Very -- I've seen I've seen -- wide wide wide variety of performances there echo hollow and it always delights so I think that speaks well of you're organization and the process you guys go through to that out projects. Well I think even more it speaks to the level talent in this town. Yeah cherishes -- old. So much talent and we're very lucky to get to post. A lot of back and complete this project that we think are really worth seeing scenes. Very cool well thank you both for coming on the show today thank you thank you absolute lips with. And that best of luck with seed with the event unfortunately I have a rehearsal that night so Russian ethnic. Couldn't that. All the best in you know broken legs and all that. Damon embedded all right that'll do it for this edition a match is gonna open Entercom communications public affairs program I've been your host -- Douglas. If -- nonprofit or public affairs organization they would like to let others know about please email me at microscope @entercom.com. And air comes starts as an. And please put metro scope in the subject line so dozens gets snagged by my spam filter. According go directly to the station's website click on the community link and submit your information there. Also be like to hear this program against you can visit our podcast major metro scope PBX dot com where you'll find this and the last couple months of episodes. And please feel free to post -- your FaceBook or MySpace or blogger Twitter your school plus through writer on a bathroom wall -- -- -- let's get this information out to as many people as possible thank you again aryan and Chris. 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