By Donald Margulies
Lincoln Hall Studio Theatre
1620 SW Park Ave, #115 Portland, OR 97201
Performs Thursday, October 20th through Saturday October 29th, 2011
at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday through Saturday performances and 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 23rd
General Admission tickets: $6
Students and Seniors: $4
Portland State University's Department of Theatre and Film opens the 2011-2012 season with Sight Unseen by Donald Margulies, directed by Masters candidate Kristin Heller, in partial fulfillment of the requirement for the MA in Theater Arts.
Cubist painter Jonathon Waxman — a superstar of the art world who's paintings command extreme prices before they are even seen — experiences an unexpected crisis of identity. On the eve of his European debut in London, Jonathan, recovering from the recent death of his father and about to become a father, takes the opportunity to reunite with his former lover and model, Patricia. Margulies reconstructs the life story of a man on the cusp of middle-age who is grappling with his life, in a manor that mimics the cubist art he paints. The story unfolds backwards, forwards and back again allowing the history to be analyzed from multiple viewpoints. Like the painting that remains unseen, emotions and sub-text intersect at strange angles and interweave relationships between characters who remain interlocked and yet completely disconnected.
"When you stop to ponder these character ambiguities, you'll find that they make watching this play akin to looking at a painting, an experience that depends on your own interpretation for its fullest satisfaction -- which is no doubt exactly what the playwright intended." - CurtainUp
"The emotional interchanges as written are so complex that assigning blame for the failure of the relationship becomes as hard as judging the quality of paintings we never see." -The Village Voice
"Young, idealistic characters destined to tarnish." -NY Times
Kristin Heller completed her undergraduate studies at Bowling Green State University. She recently directed the Sherwood Arts Festival production of The Sound of Music. She was the Assistant Director for the Opera Theater Oregon's production of Out of Eden and the 2010 PSU Music Department's production of The Merry Widow.
*Please call (503) 725-4612 for more information, or visit www.theaterarts.pdx.edu