Anna Karenina Now Playing at Book-It Repertory
Posted by Kinsley Suer | 01 March 2013
Kelley Curran and Michael Sharon in the PCS production of Anna Karenina.
Last April, audiences in Portland were treated to a stunning adaptation of Tolstoy's epic romance Anna Karenina. I'll bet that, reflecting back on it, a different part of the show stands out to everyone. For me, it was the costumes. Oh, those dresses! But did you know that the production here at Portland Center Stage was also the play's theatrical world premiere, the first time that Kevin McKeon's play was seen onstage, anywhere? (Of course, the exception would be that it was workshopped here at our JAW Festival the summer before.)
Now the play has moved on to a second production at Seattle's Book-It Repertory Theater
, where it will run through this weekend. The successful production has received raves in Seattle, just as it did here in Portland.
Photos of the production of Anna Karenina at Book-It Repertory. Photos by Alan Alabastro.
The moral of this story is that investing in new works for the stage is an incredibly important piece of today's theater puzzle, that theaters across the country aspire to complete. Here at PCS we've made it a big part of our mission to seek out new scripts and promising playwrights, to participate in both our annual JAW Festival and our regular season lineup. Our biggest goal is to create a environment for new plays to be nurtured and eventually released "into the wild," then picked up by other theaters across the country.
Through our investment in new work we hope to contribute to a thriving and exciting theater community, both here in Portland and across the United States. Long live theater!