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Clybourne Park: Cast and Creative Team

Posted by Kinsley Suer | 12 March 2013

Clybourne Park
Cast
 
Sal Viscuso*..........................................................Russ/Dan
 
Sharonlee McLean*................................................Bev/Kathy
 
Brianna Horne*.....................................................Francine/Lena
 
Andy Lee Hillstrom*..............................................Jim/Tom/Kenneth
 
Kevin Free*...........................................................Albert/Kevin
 
Gavin Hoffman*....................................................Karl/Steve
 
Kelley Curran*......................................................Betsy/Lindsey
 
 
Creative Team
 
Bruce Norris...........................................................Playwright
 
Chris Coleman........................................................Director
 
Michael Olich..........................................................Scenic Designer
 
Jeff Cone.................................................................Costume Designer
 
Eric Southern..........................................................Lighting Designer
 
Casi Pacilio..............................................................Sound Designer
 
Mary McDonald-Lewis..............................................Dialect Coach
 
John Armour...........................................................Violence Director
 
Jeremy Eisen*..........................................................Stage Manager
 
Kelsey Daye Lutz.......................................................Production Assistant
 
 
*Member of the Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.
 
 
Cast Biographies

Kelley Curran (Betsy/Lindsey)
Kelley Curran is overjoyed to return to PCS after appearing under the direction of Chris Coleman last season as Imogen in Shakespeare’s Amazing Cymbeline and Anna in Anna Karenina. Kelley’s Off-Broadway credits include The Atmosphere of Memory (LAByrinth, directed by Pam MacKinnon), Angels In America (Signature, directed by Michael Greif), Henry V (New Victory, directed by Davis McCallum), The Tempest, Jane Eyre, Moby Dick - Rehearsed, The Spy (The Acting Company) and Knives & Spoons Go on the Right (59East59), as well as work with the companies Exit Pursued By Bear and The Representatives. Regional work includes work with Shakespeare & Company, The Guthrie, The McCarter, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Arizona Theatre Company and The Barnstormers. Kelley has also appeared in the films Dear Santa and Still On the Road. She trained with Fordham at Lincoln Center, The Public Theater Shakespeare Lab and British American Drama Academy at Oxford. She was a 2005 Princess Grace Award Nominee. Kelley has performed in more than 85 theaters, across three countries and 43 states. Portland Center Stage is her favorite. Thanks for being here, and thanks for having me back.
 
Kevin R. Free (Albert/Kevin)
Kevin R. Free is so excited to be at Portland Center Stage! A writer and performer who has told stories on NPR and on the main stage at The Moth, Kevin is also an accomplished audio book narrator, having voiced more than 80 books, including Pulitzer Prize-winning The Known World and Rick Riordan's The Kane Chronicles. Favorite theater roles are Belize in Angels in America (Charlotte Rep), TonTon Julian in Once On This Island (Paper Mill Playhouse), and Dromio of Ephesus in The Boys from Syracuse (CENTERSTAGE). As a New York Neo-Futurist, he wrote more than 60 short plays for Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind and has written three full-length plays since leaving the company, one of which -- A Raisin in the Salad: Black Plays for White People -- is a semi-finalist for the 2013 Eugene O'Neill Playwrights Conference. Kevin was one of nytheatre.com’s “15 People of the Year” in 2010. Website: www.kevinrfree.com. Twitter: @kevinrfree.
 
Andy Lee Hillstrom (Jim/Tom/Kenneth)
Andy was last seen at PCS as Francis Flute in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Other recent Portland credits include The Centering (Drammy Award, Solo Performance); And So It Goes and The Cherry Orchard at Artists Repertory Theatre; Cloud 9, The American Pilot and The Velvet Sky at Theatre Vertigo; and The Tripping Point at Shaking the Tree; Dracula at Northwest Classical Theatre Co. (Drammy Award, Supporting Actor). Andy has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre from the University of Idaho.
 
 
Gavin Hoffman (Karl/Steve)
Gavin Hoffman is happy to be working at Portland Center Stage. Portland theater credits include Hank in A Noble Failure at Third Rail Rep; Frank in Body Awareness at CoHo Productions; Jefferson in Lear’s Follies at Portland Shakespeare Project; Ken in Fifth of July at Profile Theatre; The Captain in The American Pilot at Theatre Vertigo; Wolf/Red in To Cape and The Tripping Point (2012 Drammy Award, Solo Performance) at Shaking the Tree; Policeman in Ma Rainey's Black Bottom at Portland Playhouse; and Ellard in The Foreigner at Lakewood Theater Company (2011 Drammy award, Supporting Actor). New York credits include Leonine in Pericles, Boris in End of Summer, Orsino in Twelfth Night and Berowne in Love's Labours Lost. Regionally, Gavin has worked at Princeton Rep., The Shakespeare Theatre, D.C. and Tulane Summer Shakespeare Festival. On television, Gavin has co-starred on Grimm and guest-starred on Leverage. He is a graduate of PCPA and has a B.F.A. in acting from Ithaca College.

Brianna Horne (Francine/Lena)
Brianna is thrilled to be back at Portland Center Stage after debuting as Laurey in Oklahoma!. Other favorite regional theater credits are Best of Both Worlds (American Repertory Theatre), Johnny Baseball  (American Repertory Theatre), The Threepenny Opera (Arden Theatre), In Sun and Snow (Walnut Street Theatre) and All Shook Up (Ogunquit Playhouse). New York readings include Amber Street, Barnstormers, The Voice Within, Morgan Street and Jonestown. TV appearances include My Broadway Debut (CBS) and American Idol Season 8 (FOX).
 
Sharonlee McLean (Bev/Kathy)
Sharonlee has been working for Portland Center Stage since 1995. She was last seen in The Imaginary Invalid. She will also be performing in the upcoming production of Somewhere In Time. Shlee was born and raised in San Francisco. She studied at The American Conservatory Theatre. She then moved to Los Angeles, after a stint with a touring theatre company. She worked in Los Angeles for more than 30-something years as a full-time actor in television, film and on stage. She was nominated for a Daytime Emmy for her role of Annie in the soap opera Santa Barbara. Here in Portland, Sharonlee has worked at a number of theatres. With ten productions at Artists Rep, she was last seen in Ah! Wilderness. Her last production at CoHo Productions was Body Awareness. Shlee just closed The Huntsmen at Portland Playhouse. Earlier this year, she performed in Cabaret at Clackamas Rep. She has won three Drammy Awards; the first was in 1998 for her role as Suzzane in A Question Of Mercy.  

Sal Viscuso (Russ/Dan)
Moved by Ivan Dixon's Emmy-winning performance in The Final War of Olly Winter, Sal Viscuso enrolled in drama at U.C. Davis, and then studied with Olympia Dukakis at NYU.  On the TV series Soap his vocationally-challenged Father Flotsky drew national controversy. He also spent four years as the announcer on the loudspeaker of the 4O77th Compound on M*A*S*H*.   Lately he’s been seen on The Mentalist, Castle and Law and Order: SVU. Debuting in the original The Taking of Pelham 123, he’s also appeared in many films, including Spaceballs and Fatso. On stage, he played Richard Roma in Glengarry Glen Ross, and has worked with South Coast Repertory Theatre and the Laguna PlayhouseSal studies with Jeff Perry of Steppenwolf Theatre Company, and mentors at-risk youth through creative self-expression with The Unusual Suspects Theatre Company. Sal is also an accomplished painter.
 
 
Creative Team Biographies

 
Bruce Norris (Playwright)
Bruce Norris is an actor and writer whose plays include The Actor Retires (1992), The Vanishing Twin (1996), The Infidel (2000), Purple Heart (2002), We All Went Down to Amsterdam (2003), The Pain and the Itch (2004) and The Unmentionables (2006), among others. He is the recipient of the Whiting Foundation Prize for Drama (2006) as well as two Joseph Jefferson Awards for Best New Work and the Kesselring Prize Honorable Mention for 2006. As an actor he can be seen in the films A Civil Action and The Sixth Sense. He currently lives in Brooklyn.
 
Chris Coleman (Director)
Chris joined Portland Center Stage as artistic director in May 2000. Before coming to Portland, he was artistic director at Actor’s Express in Atlanta, a company he co-founded in the basement of an old church in 1988. In the 12 years of his leadership, the Express grew from a shoestring operation to one of the most highly regarded small theaters in the country. At PCS, recent direction includes Oklahoma!, Anna Karenina (world premiere adaptation), Shakespeare’s Amazing Cymbeline (which he also adapted), The Imaginary Invalid, Sunset Boulevard, The Chosen, Snow Falling on Cedars, Ragtime, Grey Gardens, Crazy Enough, The Importance of Being Earnest, Guys and Dolls, Cabaret, The Beard of Avon and The Little Dog Laughed.  He also made his Portland acting debut in Opus. Chris has directed at major theaters across the country, including Actor’s Theater of Louisville, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, ACT Theatre, The Alliance Theatre, Dallas Theatre Center, Asolo Center for the Performing Arts, Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, New York Theatre Workshop and Center Stage in Baltimore. A native Atlantan, Chris holds a B.F.A. from Baylor University and an M.F.A. from Carnegie Mellon. He has long been a public advocate for the arts, both locally and nationally. From 1998–2004 he served on the board of directors of Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national service organization for professional theaters, and he currently chairs the Creative Advocacy Network board. Since moving to Oregon, Chris has skied down Mt. Hood, rappelled in The Dalles, climbed a ropes course in Eastern Washington, kayaked down the Rogue, biked through most neighborhoods of the city and hiked all over the state. Chris’ favorite things about Portland:  farmer’s markets, Timbers games, Salt & Straw ice cream, zoo concerts, dog parks, food carts, and cars that stop for pedestrians.
 
Michael Olich (Scenic Designer)
Michael last collaborated with Chris Coleman on the scenic design for The Chosen at PCS in 2010. Currently an associate professor at Lewis & Clark College’s Department of Theatre, Mr. Olich has collaborated as both a designer and director with organizations and artists from coast to coast throughout the last 40 years, among them San Francisco’s American Conservatory Theatre, Houston’s Alley Theatre, The Guthrie Theatre, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, the Hartford Stage Company, Intiman Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, the Mark Taper Forum, Seattle Opera, Empty Space Theatre, Artists Repertory Theatre, New Haven’s Long Wharf Theatre, South Coast Repertory, Atlanta’s Alliance Theatre Company, the Children’s Theatre Company of Minneapolis, San Jose Repertory Theatre and more than ten years with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. In 1991 Michael originated the scenic installation for the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Kentucky Cycle that garnered the Los Angeles Critics Circle Award at the Mark Taper Forum in 1992 and was later produced at the Kennedy Center and on Broadway. His 2005 designs for The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?, also at the Taper, earned an LA Stage Alliance Ovation Award. Michael holds an M.F.A. from Carnegie Mellon, where he also served the School of Drama on its tenured faculty before moving to Portland.
 
Jeff Cone (Costume Designer)
This is Jeff’s 14th season at PCS. In that time he has designed costumes more than 60 productions. Of those shows, 40 have been in the last five seasons at the Armory. Favorite productions include West Side Story, Cabaret, Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Sometimes a Great Notion, Snow Falling on Cedars and The Imaginary Invalid. Jeff received Drammy awards for his costume designs for Dirty Blonde, Act A Lady and Shakespeare’s Amazing Cymbeline. In addition to his resident costume designer duties, Jeff is happy to manage the costume shop here at Portland Center Stage.
 
Eric Southern (Lighting Designer)
Eric Southern is a New York-based lighting and set designer. He is thrilled to be back at Portland Center Stage this season designing Venus in Fur and Clybourne Park, after designing Shakespeare’s Amazing Cymbeline last season.  Most recent work includes the world premiere of The Secret Agent by Michael Dellaira, directed by Sam Helfrich, which was seen at the Danny Kaye Playhouse in NYC, the Avignon Opera House and as part of the Armel International Opera Festival in Szeged, Hungary. Other operas include Die Fledermaus with Virginia Opera,  a fully staged version of Handel's Messiah at the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and a production of Cosi Fan Tutte at the Delaware Valley Opera. Eric also works extensively in theaters around the country including The Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, Kansas City Rep, The Magic Theater, The Atlantic Theater and the Juilliard Drama Department. 
 
Casi Pacilio (Sound Designer)
Casi feels so lucky to be in Portland, working at one of the best regional theaters and doing a job she loves. Portland Center Stage credits include Oklahoma!, The North Plan, Shakespeare’s Amazing Cymbeline, Black Pearl Sings!, Opus, futura (with composer Jana Losey), Ragtime (PAMTA Award 2010), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Chosen, Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps, Snow Falling on Cedars, Crazy Enough, The Little Dog Laughed, Sometimes a Great Notion, The Beard of Avon, Twelfth Night, Cabaret, The Pillowman, Act a Lady, I Am My Own Wife, West Side Story, Celebrity Row and seven seasons of JAW. Hand2Mouth Theatre credits are My Mind is Like an Open Meadow (Drammy Award 2011), Something’s Got Ahold Of My Heart and the upcoming PEP TALK. She also designed Squonk Opera’s Bigsmorgasbord-WunderWerk (Broadway, Off-Broadway, regional theaters, national and international tours). Other theatrical credits include I Am My Own Wife, I Think I Like Girls, Burning Deck (La Jolla Playhouse); and Playland, 10 Fingers and Lips Together, Teeth Apart (City Theatre, PA). Film credits include Creation of Destiny, Out of Our Time and A Powerful Thang. Recordings: Glitterfruit’s fruit snacks.
 
Mary McDonald-Lewis (Dialect Coach)
Mary McDonald-Lewis has been a professional artist since 1979. She resides in Portland and works nationally. She is dialect coach for Portland Center Stage, having coached Ragtime, Shakespeare’s Amazing Cymbeline, the historic all-African American production of Oklahoma!, and many more. She’s the series coach for the TV shows Leverage and Grimm, and also coaches Once Upon a Time, Being Human and films for Hallmark Hall of Fame. On stage, she has been found in everything from comedy to the classics, and was last seen in You Can’t Take It With You for Anonymous Theatre. Voice acting is Mary Mac’s day job, and she’s been heard by millions in her commercial and animation work, from “Lady Jaye” on GI Joe to the calming voice of “Lunesta.” Mary holds her M.F.A. in Theatre Arts from the University of Portland. She thanks Finnegan and Sullivan for always wagging.
 
John Armour (Violence Director)
John has been choreographing violence for more than 20 years. He is based in Portland, Oregon, where he choreographs for many local theater companies and teaches throughout the region at colleges, high schools and middle schools. John’s work has been seen regularly on stage at the Portland Opera, Portland Center Stage, Artists Repertory Theater, Oregon Children’s Theater, Miracle Theater and many others in the Portland metropolitan area. John’s work has twice been recognized within the Portland theater community for best fight design.
 
Jeremy Eisen (Stage Manager)
Jeremy is marking his 20th anniversary as a professional stage manager and a “theatrical” return to his hometown of Chicago with this production! In two seasons at PCS, he has stage managed The Body of an American, I Love To Eat, The Real Americans, The North Plan and Anna Karenina. Prior to that Jeremy spent 15 seasons with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland. His stage management credits there include To Kill a MockingbirdTwelfth NightPride and PrejudiceDeath and the King's HorsemanThe Clay CartHenry VIIIA View from the BridgeThe Cherry OrchardUPBy the Waters of BabylonNapoli Millionaria!The Comedy of ErrorsWild OatsFuddy MeersTwo Sisters and a PianoRomeo and JulietBus StopJulius CaesarA Raisin in the Sun and As You Like It. Other credits include productions with the Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Seattle Opera, Tacoma Actors Guild, Seattle Shakespeare Festival, The College of DuPage and Rocky Mountain Rep Theatre. Jeremy received his B.F.A. in Directing from Carnegie Mellon University, and has been a proud member of Actor's Equity since 2000.
 
Kelsey Daye Lutz (Production Assistant)
Kelsey Daye is a dairy farmer’s daughter and a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. New York credits include Off-Broadway work with The Actors Company Theatre, and Off-Off-Broadway work with Theatre for the New City and The Internationalists. Regional credits include: production assistant for The North Plan and Anna Karenina at PCS; stage management intern for Hard Weather Boating Party, Shipwrecked, A Raisin in the Sun and 43 Plays for 43 Presidents at Actors Theatre of Louisville; and assistant stage manager for A Beautiful Star and A Christmas Carol at Triad Stage. She would like to thank her Rottweiler, Boss, for all his love and support.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Comments (2)

Hi BJ,

Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts with us. I think we all go to the theater hoping to be entertained, and what we want out of that entertainment changes based on our taste, our mood, what is going on in our lives and the time of year.  But you are correct in assuming that I LOVE it when work that we produce engages audiences’ minds as well as their hearts.

Hope to see you here again soon,

Chris Coleman

  • Kinsley Suer
  • 24 Apr 13 04:15

For Chris Coleman.  I have been a season ticket holder for several years.  Now I am seriously considering dropping out for one reason.  I go to theater to be amused and laugh and have a good time.  I read that when selecting plays you are interested in getting people to THINK.  I heard Tobias Andersen say the same thing some years ago.  Well, Chris, I THINK hard enough in my everyday life and don’t want to go to the theater to THINK.
Thanks for listening, though I know you don’t agree.  BJ Barton

  • BJ Barton
  • Gresham, OR
  • 23 Apr 13 02:19

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