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Mar 21, 2013|

A discussion with Don Horn, the Artistic Director for Triangle Productions, about the history of his theater company and their latest production, “In The Next Room or The Vibrator Play,” playing through the end of March. www.tripro.org

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You're listening to mattress -- a series of interviews with people of interest in northwest Oregon and southwest Washington I'm your host -- Douglas now I've spoken a lot on the show at various times about my theatrical endeavors -- my sketch comedy -- to third floor and today I have with me I guess that that actually plays a very pivotal part in the history of my -- he is the man that gave us our very first performance space to Plant City he -- quite a lot to -- and is responsible for a lot of what. Came after -- -- due course about the fantastically. Wonderful mr. -- -- who runs triangle productions a company has been running for her is -- 23 years now -- we're -- three years do we -- and it is huge variety of different types of stage work in we're gonna get into that and what they're currently working on a wonderful player I had the benefit of seeing this last week and called in the next room or until vibrator play. And it is running through march 31 Thursday Friday Saturday -- 7:30 PM and Sunday -- is at two and that's all at -- sanctuary at sandy plaza which is 1785. Northeast sandy boulevard you can find out all about it -- try pro dot com that's TR -- PR OL dot com. Hey Don how -- yet. When you automatically plays showed up or down or excuse me tonight it's a nonprofit. Yes you get Dior and congratulations on that thing that the thank you so much for -- for joining me today. And so let's keeping softly giving people little bit of background on yourself and how are you keen to run your own theater company. Well I start as an actor in Portland Oregon and my -- 'cause I'm in the parlance of the theater which is no longer here there's firehouse theater. And I wrote a play I'm about aids and nobody wanted to do -- so -- produced it. As well as writing it and it became an instant hit I didn't understand why you know first timeout to have ahead. I moved very thankful and that's how -- back in 1989. OK so you know we've been very very much a self starter in this world -- a lot of people theater people can talent. So how do you see triangle or how would you define trying to productions is there has this control mission -- -- central seemed to work you do. Well I think it's interesting to say about that a couple of years ago we're writing big grand. And one of the things that we got back -- -- you're the quirky theater company. I think that that make sense knowing your your body of work. Give people -- an idea of what what types of shows have you done over the last still let's say five years. Well you know I'm 23 years of body work I may have done everything from vampire -- into the bottom. Beirut with Dan reed. We can read. You know the boy next door. And -- Tony go until which is about bare back sex we've done everything so yeah. And -- Do we -- avenue Q this past chair to the Broadway hit. So our body work it literally goes from one side the other -- like Driving Miss Daisy. Bright and -- as well I can be no rocky horror picture show Hedwig and the angry and should be isn't done. Such are so wide variety of things and -- selector under the blue room -- which stirred. My cohort in comedy Andrew Harris and your current -- current show Jane we should tell us Blanchard exactly. So you like to keep a lot of the same people around you kind of have built the company of sorts over the years. It's funny because people there -- theaters in town but do you know I have company yeah I factors. I don't call these people would have got to show preview wanna do it and they say yes or no and then you know like I just -- it -- -- -- today about another shuttle. And marketed to other shows from me and called Helen raptors for the last week. Who did a couple of shows for me I think all the people and I have got to show you -- -- and a lot of times this Fisher site over the the company of people it's quite find the right show for them. -- series your pals you're happier people the -- day you know -- -- there's a certain short and the come along with work with people you've worked with multiple times before. I'm a whole process leisure. Well but I also try to find new people to like we're doing a show called -- and as we -- -- Maria. And I am trying to find new people so with that -- it's a new work trying to find new people to work on the show is a little harder. Because some people don't trust companies because they again they have their companies they wanna work where I you know. Right right. So you leave that door open is this a bit revolving that a lot of people keep coming back towards -- -- which has a lot about you. It has a lot about his the thank god because -- I think. Sometimes you wonder are they ever gonna see -- -- try to do you know it's like a family it's nice to call your -- of your friends have been -- your relative up and say hey would you help me out here would you like to be in the show. That says something -- about the work we did is they do come back. Right now when I first met UN and got to know you around the time that my -- sketch of the starting up. You were at the main street Playhouse underneath the museum. And that closed up you move to -- -- -- Which you were that you were there for quite a long time. And then. You are -- did you -- the short retirement of sorts that didn't last very long to try and this gets us. -- -- -- I feel good going in Belmont Peter Peter building and the -- so that I had this money in about a housing grease everything was going great. I'm Valentine's Day might sound kind of the auto accident on -- And one a one over issues CME was in a coma and 48 days later he came out of this common you know multiple problems with the body sure and I love how much money. It's kind of helping him. You know with his hospital bills from the air fare and all that and I hadn't essential that I needed to do something because my life is really devastated. And he was the only thing that really gave me -- I'm Jeff I wanna get back in Greece. -- -- -- you know -- and his -- hello you know me. -- about the same time I I'm grateful that they still got to stay and do this because look at the work that I've gotten to do. -- -- today you moved over to space you bad for what three years now your peers said the sanctuary at sandy plaza. And again at 1785 northeast sandy boulevard and that's where your current shows going on in the next room or the vibrator play. How much did not always clearly it. Now it's a little turned political analysts there it did. It takes very fairly innocuous title like in the next room and gives it some context which is nice six background and a little bit of mystery because what does that mean the vibrator play. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- And that we're pals -- Joseph Healey as well please mr. Daldry Tunisian people coming in and I gotta tell you Don. I walked in and I saw this Victorian set -- doubt in my stomach dropped a little bit because this is the time period that doesn't speak to me very much. I like no no. This let's -- is does the vibrator play whether book and then no sat down and watched it and boy did it win me over just very very delightful time a nice mix very easy mix of drama and comedy -- little bit of farce in there. And just with alt millions of being a lovely romantic story. Well my told the cast upon it said. This can be played out as far as what you're saying America completed a comedy or drama left to play it real. But to the audience and let beyond society what is funny what is not. I think that helped the show give it death and his balance. Yes it is -- could be played many different ways and I read a lot of reviews aside at this point I think it's a real life because it has issues about race. Homophobia that I just keeps going and there's so much inept and I think would give it to -- audience the whole peace and see what they've decided. Yeah yeah I can see that completely. It and there are other little things that popped up -- issues and this is not an issue play it just has it -- touches on a lot of different areas and anything got into you know mothers judging mothers which. -- no matter -- my wife tonight we have a four year old and a two year old and whom we deal with that go to the park and getting that type of judgments of that was in there. Just kind of some very simple marital issues -- about there being connecting with your partner and day and sometimes losing that connection because of work and and other things various commitments and kind of taking each other for granted a -- really there's this is a really rich play a lot a lot of stuff in there and I thought that your. You're actor's real the until lovely job of fighting in their own -- with him all of that claim each of them very truthfully and -- just hit on so much say it was a it was very very very rich experience and not one that I was expecting. Kris -- aren't they don't parliament saying correctly that thing says that it had two sides say they have done. They have the living room and and at the doctor's office or the next -- right so you've got to direct two sides of this stage at all times. And that played lovely job of that because second often times -- -- device used in shows there's multiple rooms going on I think you become quite distracting. And you really denies Java staging this -- that you're paying attention to where he needed to be paying attention all the time always aware of what's happening in the in the next room. But paying attention to where you need to which is which is you know an easy thing to do in filmed as you can focus the camera on one character or another but onstage. That can be real difficult task indeed did it with out a whole lot of lighting tricks and such a lot of times you'll have the light come on one side of the stage or another. They're often very even sliding yet -- the way the -- block the scenes and and director of the performers the attention was where needed to be. Thank you in nineteen when I first read the play the first plane hit me with how the light electricity collate all the started at this time of Americana. And so that senator. The whole that it is a lamp out with a light -- And no one's ever commented about that even though that was a huge thing for me solidarity -- that nobody had to me oh my god that -- Alexander focus that is but it does help the action go back and forth. Absolutely well I mean you start the show -- the first lines are about. The light -- and that lamp. And electricity and at the electricity of course. -- huge part in this because we'll get to why this is parenthetically called the vibrator play. This is about the the doctor that invented. Library actually it's not about two minutes the doctor invented it actually went and England. -- old movie called hysteria about this with Maggie Gyllenhaal. OK yes and it -- -- -- new York and this stock here again just earlier there was an earlier it was a Doctor Who heard about those who use this device instead of doing it has a hand. I'm position that he's -- do. Keep found electricity was very dynamite and and getting people. To be released from near hysteria entry and a half minutes is -- about our. Hard for -- which of course coming from the place where we all know we know now. Is is quite quaint and hilarious. -- -- that it's so Isaac Newton electricity has and has got to the point -- at this point the show where. Where it is in people's homes they're beginning to light streaks with it. Although aware and what street is lit actually comes into play in in the show in a pivotal spot at the end but it's starting to become more more pervasive. Which shoot the leases doctor to -- use this equipment. The other thing -- say to -- that. Down a lot of houses still didn't have election this is right after the civil war. And things that were being invented words in the first with a sewing machine electric then the fan than that she -- -- the toaster. And so -- things in the kitchen and things that women use -- like to stand up for the whole family worked to make life easier. And offensive line was the vibrator before that vacuum -- before they elect. -- -- -- -- -- Priorities done well yeah I know that women don't like I -- tired and wanted to kind of -- sure sure you but of course and you know this was -- introduced as a pleasure device he was introduces us as a medical device. -- -- a medical devices there's actually -- somebody brought in on Friday this vibrator with the whole booklet that says. Rheumatism -- right has been following hair growing children. You know and prostate enlargement all of those things forcing. God if you had vibration. Would heal or Q are. Right right. And is a spoken every day in this show. It's kind of letting things flow better and releasing some of that tension within. If there's -- woman is suffering from hysteria. Boy do we have a cure. Well on the I think it is that we also during the rehearsal take out your course that. You know. And leave that alone. -- heard a lot of women because. Bondage basic of their bodies. He wasn't normal to have so much tightness around here you're wasting your lungs and stuff like that so we understood it. Why women had to release. Their attention to American. Of course we ended ended its very quietly commented on in the show when the doctor tells -- please undress. It takes two minutes three minutes to get all of those layers off and you realize just how constrained. They were at that time and -- just to get dressed for the day well. And the interesting thing what we were going through this process. Jamie also across from the show yes fantastic Constance and moms her mom said well I have a pair of bench -- bloomers that women wore. Democrats went. Oh my goodness they were -- because women after all of those -- years and they sense how do that I can somehow they couldn't show. Spend five minutes. -- about his comeback kid he was sure. So it that in our game we did a lot of research on how things were back then to honor that period of time. So of course you don't have in this parent article titled these these the vibrator play into. Kind of throw that out as this hook to get people in the door at the show and have been a lot more. About. -- the relationship of this doctor and his wife. And her relationships with the people that that come in and out of their home. And also that she feels like she's a lot to try to can't keep these people walking through the living room. And you know seeing people walked back out happy and she turned noted that her life doesn't have a happiness that they are happening. And so she asked her husband is there any way to give me that it goes oh darling you -- you know your normal you don't have this problem. Well he doesn't see the truism in front of him. Right -- -- interest in that says that -- living or nor the stage is set up you have I'm looking at a from the audience is pitched perspective over on the right in this entryway or you've come into the house. You have the living room in the middle and then you have the next room that the doctor's office the operating theater. On the left hand side of the stage and so she is always in the living room which is kind of this way station between the outside world and her husband's world. And he is either in that room or he's always off to the club right. The very seldom does he actually stay there to be with his wife and with their newborn child that's another element to sit here. As they have a newborn child and she her her milk does not -- -- of the babies at least not latching on so she's feeling loss from her child. I mean there's just there's so much going on in this since it's really. I I can see why this show is one of the most produce shows in America are now. Amp -- on the other hand look at that is that she kisses him and he says. You know let's go upstairs -- -- what are we keep coming militant commanders believe Ingraham right split like that's not proper yeah I thought how interesting you know. Times have changed but not changed. Yes. Yes absolutely and you know agent Don you have kids under I don't know if you had the same experience we have. No we my wife and I you know once we had children you know women we are younger boy it was like Chad anywhere in the house as well as ever -- what you have kids it's like -- this is kind of the kids area this is awkward to rewrite history -- kind of this. Sacred place of what you have we don't want to Sully the family area -- and a head that sort of thing and you know -- we've had a few drinks and you know -- -- But that isn't very much at play here that the -- living room becomes it's it's not only a place where it's family now but it's also the visiting area there's a piano when there's a there's a formality to it. And it's also his waiting room. All of those things and end to have those walls broken down I wanna get -- to spoilers what happens in the show where we end up. But is very much about breaking down some of those walls some of the things that seems very incidental at the beginning of the show become very very important. And our. -- -- -- Well and the thing is that she romanticize -- about going to wait -- Paris was the -- tremendous size is about cabinet full body that the baby will suck her -- Tremendous size of other things and then she asked eyes and tell me. Tell me about why you love me why would you marry me to begin with what was all this stuff and he -- don't laugh at me. And I think Gupta will touching moment because a lot of people don't say please tell me why you married me. Why are we in his relationship. And I think this show even an 1880 class. Still says that same thing we stated day one that we -- where we together. Right if you just joining us you're listening to -- scope a series of interviews with people of interest in northwest Oregon and southwest Washington. I'm your host had Douglass my guest today is -- horn he is the artistic director and well just -- who love triangle productions. How wonderful -- theatre company here in town. And they have a show going on right now called in the next room or the vibrator play. It -- through march 31 Thursday Friday Saturday night at 7:30 PM Sunday mayonnaise -- to at the sanctuary at sandy plaza. That's 1785. Northeast sandy tickets for anywhere from 35 to fifteen dollars minority set. And really could not recommend this show more I really really really enjoyed it and you can know -- buy tickets that tried pro dot org that's TO RI PO RO. Dot or so we've been talking a lot about kind of that in various plot points of the show but I also wanna make sure that -- tiger about these dramatic elements. The show is also very funny. Play -- there's more I wanted to say one thing did you notice deciding he's only got between that all of the other hand until buying me. Wow so if you think of a little sheet of paper that is not even -- -- by a you know move by name. -- either individually and stamped finally won the political week that is -- shows I'm glad. Yeah if they'd actually did truly is set is lovely and I'm Andy you know a lot of times you can. They see a lot of theater a lot of times you can suggest things onstage a budgetary concerns limits eccentric. I can keep you from from -- whole hog on the set the dissent is beautiful. Don't know that it's very very nice and and actually though the wallpaper as a where I mean did stand out to be and -- could -- it was like. You know that. We'll -- -- really helps make sense so that's a real you to -- -- -- comment that so I'd say there's a lot of work on the air but I'm going back. Had a comedy in there would never be a drama without comment or vice Versa I think what happens in life if we are so down in the dumps. Just look around and sees somebody tripped and -- whatever you want to. So I think with this kind of show and hope and pray they don't get hurt with the kind of showed period the trauma of the drama that whatever the same time there's so -- comedy. You know. Panic especially as we know the one vibrator. Is that we won't mention. -- I never will until I mean in that really was built from. -- sketch so we got from the archive. Right and I love the innocents that are really comes at these says devices with -- you know like Sharon this is a medical device absolutely let's see how this goes doctor and that's. The -- does that realization of fun my job what does this miss read it this is more than just a medical device. And then of course the need to get back to it has often as possible. Well and you know as you noted that in the one scene alone that mrs. Allred comes back and she has three Oregon -- in one day since its. This is a day I don't know how well the average with our program I have corporate my gloves ever gotten it out. So that they break into member they'll have break again yes you know yeah they do -- this is of scouts Connecticut oh my god this is Nancy do you wanna try to sure get -- -- and I thought they actually -- these because of the comedy IA I think that. At the beginning of the show. There is conversation about procuring a wet nurse because the main character Catherine giving -- She's talking about how she has a need for a well wet nurse and what qualifications. They might want to find enough in a wet nurse for them. And there is the talk about a dead baby right. And it played for laughs. At least it didn't beside me and my wife and I laughed because of the way then Jamie spoke and this is the broke perfect inflection on -- and we laughed and got his left with -- and then I had just terrifying plot my head of like. We -- and is is a comedy we just laugh at something that's not supposed to be funny. And it it instantly put this. Tension in the room that was really lovely so when the next flash came there was this release of phone my got in his company OK we're good reporter could collapse at this. It's hard to because I don't think that it's written I mean Jamie had a hard time without -- because just I'm gonna talk about a dead baby yeah. How may have to deal with this woman says they don't honestly what you would talk about a dead dog or something like that. And she said that makes more sense than not because. There is an elephant in the room. And you might bullet killed an out and if you don't then you got a problem and I think Terry did a very nice job of bringing about. Yes yeah and I that think did that -- A plane to the truth of it and allowing the audiences decide whether to laugh or not instead of stepping on the laugh. You know really but the battle around six telling this video and try to find the right people to do a show yes. Jamie was my first choice and only choice to play -- -- Yeah this year and she's perfect -- because she can play the dramatic moment so very very well. And she's got such a sly touch when it comes -- comedy you don't see it coming which of course makes it all the fun there. And it don't they know -- where are you dead yes yeah. So nobody can stay with us. Well we're we're coming up here on the end of our time -- is -- anything else you want people to know about the show about triangle productions by yourself. Now I do I am so proud that we can stay here for 23 years that we're not just a newbie here on the block. And out you know we try to do quality work and it sounds like you enjoyed the show and that's what we're trying to accomplish. I just want people to come and enjoy some people will not like that show because Arabian Sea. But for the most part we hear so many people coming back and think thank you for doing this kind of show. Yeah yeah and then do what's lovely about triangle productions we spoke a little bit earlier about is a wide variety of shows the guys have done everything from. Musicals too big heavy drama as to the vibrator play and everything in between that the one thing that's in common with all your shows is that euros and go and have a good time. There are always fun then that seems to be something -- that is commonplace in trying to productions. Yes absolutely. Well I wanna encourage everybody once again to go see in the next room or the vibrator play. It's running through march 31 Thursday Friday Saturday night at 7:30 PM Sundays at 2 PM. At the sanctuary -- -- plaza 1785. Northeast -- boulevard you can find out all about the show and of course upcoming productions and next season -- -- -- At trying pro dot org TR hi. PR OO dot org Don thank you so much for taking the time to be on the show today Iran. It's been -- great time and mole we'll have you back in a few months he was a stripped of Ontario. All right that'll do it for this edition of -- just -- Entercom communications public affairs program I think your host Ted Douglas if given nonprofit or public affairs organization they would like to let others know about please email me at mattress company entercom.com and intercom starts -- an. And please put microscope in the subject line so don't get snagged by my spam filter where -- directly to the station's website click on the community Lincoln cement your information there. Also if you like to hear this program again you can visit our podcast page -- -- -- scope PDX dot com where you'll find this in the last couple months -- the episodes. And please feel free postage your FaceBook you MySpace or blogs and Twitter you Google+ whatever you got. The strength of this information after this many people as possible and all of -- got to buy ticket to the show it's really really great track -- dot org. All right thank you Don thank you all so much for listening. This is thin -- --