Kissing the Witch
by Emma Donoghue
Directed by Lava Alapai∼
Apr 3 – 26, 2020
Thu – Sat @ 7:30pm, Sun @ 2pm
Canceled due to COVID-19 precautions.
Fairy tales in the face of pan-cultural misogyny.
“When a boy changes his life, it’s called an adventure. When a girl does the same, it’s only a fairy tale.” A magical web of interconnected stories about power, transformation, and choosing one’s own path in the world. These age-old fairy tales are given a new feminist spin as women young and old tell their own stories of love, hate, honor and revenge, and passion and deception. The particular becomes universal — the world is reimagined through a lens of equity.
Show sponsors: Hugh & Mair Lewis
Season sponsor: Ronni Lacroute
CREATIVE TEAM AND CREW
Kayla Hanson is an actor and interdisciplinary artist with a BA in theatre arts, emphasis on performance and film studies. She is the current managing director and a founding member of the Red Balloon Theatre Collective. She’s been onstage in Portland with Third Rail Repertory Theatre, Shaking the Tree Theatre, Rutabaga Story Co., and Theatre Vertigo. She was last seen in The Red Balloon Collective’s Fertile Ground premiere of The Ways We Cope as an actor and its movement director.
A renaissance woman of the theatre and a proud member of Actor's Equity, Jamie has had the pleasure of exploring this powerful tool for connection and change for over 20 years. She has studied the work of Sanford Meisner & Robert Bray with Barry Hunt & Sowelu Theatre Ensemble; Suzuki Technique & Anne Bogart's Viewpoints with the SITI Company (NYC); Rhythm Tap with Savion Glover's teacher Lady Diane Walker & Lane Alexander, founder of the National Tap Dance Festival in Chicago; and Devising Theatre with the late Scott Kelman of Joseph Chaikin’s Open Theatre (NYC). Seen previously as Kelly in Corrib Theatre’s, The Hen Night Ephiphany, Jamie is thrilled to return to Corrib’s stage with another all-female team of powerhouses. She was seen last season as Olympe DeGouges in Artist Repertory Theatre’s The Revolutionists, Amy in Profile Theatre’s In the Wake, and as Dawn in Profile’s The Secretaries. Additional local favorites include Macbeth in Macbeth & Kristine (Drammy award, Best Supporting Actress) in A Doll’s House (Shaking the Tree Theatre), Anna (Drammy Finalist, Best Actress) in The Snowstorm (CoHo & Many Hats Productions), Mary Shelley in Bloody Poetry (NW Classical Theatre Co), and Gabriella in References to Salvador Dali make me hot (Milagro). She is co-founding Artistic Director of the Beirut Wedding World Theatre Project.
Diane Kondrat is delighted to appear for the first time with Corrib Theatre. Living in Portland since 2013, she's most recently worked with Third Rail Repertory in Mother, Come Home and John; Defunkt Theatre in Girl in the Red Corner (Drammy for Best Supporting Actor); and Coho Productions' Radiant Vermin. She honors Dionysian chaos by regularly performing with Sam Dinkowitz's sketch comedy monster Spectravagasm, and coaches actors in the Open Hearts Open Minds' Shakespeare program at Two Rivers Correctional Institution. She will be seen in the upcoming season of NetFlix's Trinkets. Years of performing, from complicated professional productions to bare-bones shows in prisons, have instilled in her a steadfast respect and an unquenchable yearning for the mystery and inspiration of theatre. dianekondrat.com
Heath was last seen in Coho Theatre's production of The Found Dog Ribbon Dance and is a 2019 Drammy recipient for his work in Jason and the Argonauts for Oregon Children's Theatre. He has worked locally for numerous companies, including Artists Rep, Theatre Vertigo, Northwest Children's Theatre, Lakewood Theatre, and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Some of his TV and film credits include: Grimm, The Librarians, The Wonderland Murders, and Hatched. He is a BFA graduate of Southern Oregon University and would like to dedicate basically everything in his life to Mom, Clara, Rosalind, and Nyx.
Lava is so happy to be directing her first show at Corrib Theatre! She has been creating theatre in Portland for over a decade. Some of her recent directing credits include School Girls, Or; The African School Girls Play for Portland Center Stage, Is God Is for Washington Ensemble Theatre, The Revolutionists and An Octoroon (co-director) for Artists Repertory Theatre, and Columbinus, Charlotte's Web, and Locomotion for Oregon Children's Theatre. She is a proud member of the Stage Directors & Choreographers Society (SDC). She would like to thank the amazing team and beautiful cast for giving her the opportunity to spend this time with them, and her wife Alex for supporting her always.
Kyra Sanford is a freelance scenic designer, props master, carpenter, and painter in the Portland area, working for theatres such as Staged!, Theatre Vertigo, Defunkt Theatre, Profile Theatre, Portland State University, Clark College, Lincoln High School, Shaking the Tree Theatre, Third Rail Repertory Theatre, and various others. She received her BFA in scenic design from The Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University. sanfordscenic.com
Sarah Gahagan is a multimedia artist and costume designer for theatre and dance, as well as a design instructor and resident costume designer at Portland Community College. Sarah has collaborated with many of Oregon's beloved arts organizations, including: Artist Repertory Theatre, Oregon Children's Theatre, Profile Theatre, Miracle Theatre Group, Oregon Contemporary Theatre, Oregon Ballet Theatre, and Michael Curry Design. Sarah has received five Drammy Awards for her costume design work on Eurydice, James and The Giant Peach, Trojan Women, El Quijote, and A Year with Frog and Toad. She has also received national grants and awards, such as the Tobin Theatre Arts Travel Award. Her design work was featured internationally at the 2007 Prague Quadrennial’s Scenofest Exhibit. Her costume design work has been seen in issues of both American Theatre and Theatre for Young Audiences Today. Sarah attended the University of Oregon, where she received a BS in theatrical production design and a BFA in textiles.
Jeff is a Portland-based designer, with over 200 shows to his name. Since 1996, Jeff has worked with many Portland favorites (past and current) including Artists Repertory Theatre, Profile Theatre, triangle productions, Stark Raving Theatre, Shaking the Tree, Theatre Vertigo, CoHo Productions, and Oregon Children’s Theatre. He is also a three-time Drammy Award recipient. Recent designs include The Revolutionists at Artists Rep, Shiver: A Musical Ghost Story for Oregon Children’s Theatre, Hedwig and the Angry Inch at triangle productions, and Luna Gale for CoHo Productions. Jeff lives in Portland with his wife, son, and a few cats.
Amir Shirazi (they/them/theirs) is an active composer, arranger, sound designer, music director, and songwriter. Their theatrical credits include productions with Portland Actors Ensemble (for which they won the Outdoor Shakespeare Festival Award in 2012 for Best Sound Design for PAE's production of Twelfth Night), Post5 Theatre Company, Milagro Theatre (for which they won a Drammy Award in 2015 for Outstanding Achievement in Original Music for Milagro's production of ¡O Romeo!), Jewish Theatre Collaborative, Corrib Theatre (Lifeboat), and most recently Portland Center Stage (Macbeth, Hedwig and the Angry Inch). Amir serves as artistic director to Transpose PDX, which is a non-profit choral arts organization serving the transgender, non-binary, and gender non-conforming community. They graduated from Boston College with a B.A. in Music, concentrating in composition and theory. amirbshirazi.com
Shira Goldeen is a local stage and production manager who has worked with companies in Portland and elsewhere, including Artists Rep, Portland Center Stage, Pacific Repertory Theatre, Live Arts, and Milagro. She is excited to be working on her first production with Corrib Theatre. She hails from Virginia but has grown rather fond of the Portland rain. Shira studied theatre arts and music at Virginia Tech before moving to the West Coast to pursue a career in professional theatre. When she's not working on a show, Shira can be found playing with dogs, salsa dancing, and singing medieval choral music with Radix Women’s Ensemble.
Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States, appearing under a Special Appearance Contract.
The Director is a member of the STAGE DIRECTORS AND CHOREOGRAPHERS SOCIETY, a national theatrical labor union.