The VLT
2022/2023 Season Announcement
On Thursday, May 26 at 7PM, we brought you to the theatre for a virtual Season Announcement of our 94th season! Watch the live broadcast again on Facebook. Season brochures will be sent to past season ticketholders in mid-June, and tickets will go on sale in July.
Season 94
Little Women the Musical
August 5-20
Little Women Logobook by Allan Knee
lyrics by Mindi Dickstein
music by Jason Howland
directed by Kari Bolden Welch
Closed down on its opening night of March 13, 2020, this beloved musical is back! The well-known story of Jo March and her sisters is a family favorite, and we are thrilled to share that we have retained over half of the original cast from the March 2020 production. This musical really is "Astonishing!"
Season 94 Stage Left
Salmon is Everything
September 23-25
Little Women Logoby Theresa May
directed by Theresa May
Minority Voices Theatre is proud to present illioo Native Theatre's staged reading of Salmon Is Everything, a moving story of three families on the Klamath River during the drought, salmon crisis, and devastating fish kill of 2002. Its message about the kinship among salmon, people and the land is as relevant today – for all great rivers in the Pacific Northwest -- as it was 20 years ago.
Season 94
Murder on the Orient Express
October 14-29
Orient Express Logoby Ken Ludwig, adapted from the novel by Agatha Christie
directed by Maggie Hadley
Just after midnight, a snowdrift stops the Orient Express in its tracks. An American tycoon lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside. Isolated and with a killer in their midst, the passengers rely on detective Hercule Poirot to identify the murderer – in case they decide to strike again. This new adaptation by Ken Ludwig perfectly balances mystery and humor to create a deeply enjoyable evening at the theatre.
Season 94 Stage Left
Nat Turner's Last Struggle: Finding His Way Home
Hattie's Vote
November 11-13
Nat Turner logoby P.A. Wray and Dorothy Velasco
directed by Stanley Coleman and Hershell Norwood
This staged reading, produced by Minority Voices Theatre (a project of VLT), is an evening of two one-acts. Hattie's Vote, by local playwright Dorothy Velasco, is about Hattie Redmond, a Black woman who was a leader in the fight for Oregon women's suffrage. Nat Turner's Last Struggle: Finding His Way Home by P.A. Wray, is about Nat Turner, an enslaved preacher who led one of the bloodiest slave rebellions in the American South, on the evening before his execution.
Season 94 Stage Left
Ladies Shakespeare Club
December 9-17
Shakespeare logoby Dorothy Velasco
directed by Karen Scheeland
Ladies Shakespeare Club takes place between 1920 and 1963, with a brief epilogue in 2000. Raucously funny and a bit bawdy (even though members aren't supposed to swear in meetings), the play is full of action, surprises, and laughter through tears. When a character goes into labor near the end of scene one, she believes she sees the ghost of Shakespeare. The invisible Shakespeare returns in each scene, and shows himself to the character who needs his comfort the most. Over the years the women realize that a passionate study of Shakespeare's works enables them to strive for women's rights and to nurture enriching friendships while facing life's afflictions with dauntless humor.
Season 94
A Lesson Before Dying
January 20 - February 4
Lesson Logoby Romulus Linney
directed by Hershell Norwood
Jefferson, an innocent young Black man, is condemned to death in backwoods Louisiana in 1948. At the trial his lawyer, trying to save his life, called him no more a human being than a hog. In prison, he acts like one, insisting that he will be dragged like that hog to his death in the electric chair. His godmother asks a schoolteacher to teach him to die like a man. The teacher, Grant Wiggins, struggling to quit his poor parish school and leave the South, faces both Jefferson and himself as execution day arrives. Ernest J. Gaines’ celebrated novel makes an engrossing, moving and deeply important play for the stage.
Season 94
Prelude to a Kiss
March 17 - April 1
Prelude Logoby Craig Lucas
directed by Darlene Rhoden
This is the story of Peter and Rita, a couple that falls in love despite the woman's pessimistic fear of the world. Shortly after their wedding, a supernatural event tests the strength of their love and commitment to each other. At times funny, heartbreaking, and revelatory, Prelude to a Kiss explores themes of love and loss, and the many ways we view the people dearest to us.
Season 94 Stage Left
Cat Lady
Apr 14-22
Cat Lady Logoby Jen Ferro
directed by Kali Kardas
Another show that was "pawsed" by the pandemic, Cat Lady is the story of a woman who can't help herself because she helps everyone else. The actors play both cats and humans in this hilarious play by local playwright Jen Ferro; the script contains some slightly adult humor and language, and is being staged in our black-box theatre, Stage Left.
Season 94
Xanadu
May 12-27
Xanadu Logo book by Douglas Carter Beane
music & lyrics by Jeff Lynne & John Farrar
directed by Russell Dyball
Based on the 1980 cult classic of the same name, this musical is sure to "roll" into your hearts at the first note! It's your typical story: boy meets Muse, Muse inspires boy, Muse and boy team up to create GREAT ART in the form of converting an old theatre into a roller disco. Pull out your legwarmers and neon jackets for this Tony Award-nominated musical and our 94th season finale!
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