WilsonvilleSTAGE, Wilsonville's only theater company, is determined to thrive and to that end is dedicated to taking our theater "to our Community"!

Our pending to-our-community-venues include those that featured our hugely successful 2016 February-March's production of A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE by Arthur Miller at The Wilsonville Grange, Charbonneau's Club House, Trudy's Living Room, Meridian United Church of Christ, and Coffee Creek Correctional Facility.  
Plus pending new to-the-community-venues: The Wilsonville Library - Oak Room, Wilsonville Community Center, SpringRidge ... and ...

2016-2017 Season

 THE CEMETERY CLUB

THE LARAMIE PROJECT

PRESENTS: NAKED DARROW


NAKED DARROW

By GARY ANDERSON

Opens June 2 to June 17

WilsonvilleSTAGE presents NAKED DARROW,  June 2- June 17.   Naked Darrow is a provocative look at our most hated and revered attorney, Clarence Darrow, as his great mind slips away.

Darrow was best known for defending killers Leopold and Loeb and for defending the science teacher in the Monkey Trial. Now Darrow reveals his very private life, his trials, his personal demons and his jury-tampering charges. Personally reckless and professionally fearless, he now stubbornly faces his two greatest opponents: disease and death. Knowing the odds were against him to the end, he remained Clarence Darrow . . . an American Iconoclast.

 Gary L. Anderson has his work characterized in newspapers across the country as “Anderson’s Darrow is in the same league as Holbrook’s Mark Twain.” He is the CEO of the Clarence Darrow Foundation, and a member of the Screen Actors Guild. An award-winning stage actor, he has appeared in several television series and as Darrow in the documentary, Assassination: Idaho’s Trial of the Century airing annually on PBS. 

Praise for NAKED DARROW and Gary Anderson

Gary Anderson deserves his place in New York theatrical history, for his not-to-be-missed work of theater – Naked Darrow. This is a special play that will leave a lasting impression, one, like Darrow, that will not be easily forgotten..…                                                                                Kelly Aliano, New York Theatre Wire

'Naked Darrow is a delight. It captures Darrow in all his depth and complexity, and makes his wisdom meaningful for today. There is no better performance about the Attorney for the Damned than Anderson’s Darrow.'…                                                                                       Edward Larson – Pulitzer Prize Winning author of: Summer for the Gods  

Anderson’s solo show, Naked Darrow, conjures a man brimming with accomplishment but harried by his own demons. This production focuses squarely on the aspects of Darrow that are most problematic. It’s a warts-and-all portrait compelling in its Complexity and its humanity…  Lisa Brock Minneapolis Star


What You Missed...


THE LARAMIE PROJECT  

By Moises Kaufman    Directed By Terry D Kester

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WilsonvilleSTAGE presents THE LARAMIE PROJECT,  Feb. 16- March 4.   A play about the 1998 brutal “hate murder” of Mathew Shepardin Laramie-WY.  Author-Artistic Director, Moises Kaufman, + members of NYC Tectonic Theater, went to Laramie to interview 200 citizens, thus creating this poignant, powerful play. A play that reveals the consequences when we stoop tohate one another.  Hate, such as in our state, as we led America with the highest per capita hate incidents in the 10 days after the election -- in America over 3,900 incidents.

AND this play begins our new relationship with The Wilsonville Campus-Clackamas Community College who will be hosting WilsonvilleSTAGE!

Reviews of The Laramie Project:

THE SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE.  A bracing wholly or original and deeply affecting piece of theater. It radiates integrity, an aching collective need to understand in comprehensible events.  It portrays an American town with grace, truth, theatrical economy, compassion, wit, despair and love.  It proves that theater can serve as witness to our deeds.  It's we who must answer one by one, for what we all create and what we destroy.

NEW YORK MAGAZINE.  The Laramie Project is a terrific piece of theater, history, and life ... There emerges a mosaic as moving and important as any you will see on the walls of the churches of the world...  You should not miss a theatrical and human event that deserves standing up for, with applause, or better yet, silently, taking an important lesson profoundly to heart.  

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The Cemetery Club by Ivan Menchell

Directed by Terry D Kester

Three distinctly different widows, Ida, Lucille, and Doris, meet monthly to have their tea and then to venture to their local cemetery to visit their departed husband’s graves. Their friendship is everything from tender to hilarious . . . until . . . Sam, a widower, the local butcher, arrives to morn his “ex” . . . and perhaps to find a new romance. From this moment on everything escalates as we move from devoted friendship to romance competition between the ladies -- all leading to a very touching end.

 

Chapter Two by Neil Simon

Directed by Dave DeHart

Recent widower, George Schneider, is encouraged by his younger brother Leo to start dating again, which sends George into even deeper depression after a series of bad matches. Then, Leo comes up with Jennie Malone and she's a keeper. Still, it is a bumpy trip on the road to Dreamland for these not-so-young lovers. George and Jennie stumble on, overcoming both their hesitation on the rebound and emotional neediness. In a hilarious, farcical subplot, Leo has a fling with Faye, Jennie's neurotic married friend.