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“The People’s Republic of Portland” Cast & Creative Team

Posted by Alice Hodge | 17 March 2015


CAST
Lauren Weedman*.................................................................As Herself

 

CREATIVE TEAM
Lauren Weedman..................................................................Writer

Rose Riordan.........................................................................Director

Daniel Meeker.......................................................................Scenic Designer

Jeff Cone................................................................................Costume Designer

Don Crossley..........................................................................Lighting Designer

Casi Pacillio...........................................................................Sound Designer

Kelsey Daye Lutz*..................................................................Stage Manager

Lydia Comer...........................................................................Production Assistant
 

The Actor and Stage Manager employed in this production are members of Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.


Lauren Weedman
Writer and Performer

Lauren Weedman is an award winning comedic actress, playwright and author. Between 2001 and 2008 she wrote, produced, and performed five one woman shows, earning her vast critical acclaim, including The Seattle Times’ “Best of Arts” award, The Alpert Award for the Arts in Playwriting, publication in Women’s Playwrights: Best of 2002, and the cover of LA Weekly’s comedy issue. In 2007, Sasquatch Books released her first book, a collection of comedic essays, A Woman Trapped in a Woman’s Body (Tales From a Life of Change) which the Kirkus Review identified as one of the Top Ten Indy Books of 2007. Her other solo plays include Amsterdam the Musical, If Ornaments Had No Lips,Huu, Rash, Wreckage, Bust and No … You Shut Up.

Weedman made her television debut in 2001 on Comedy Central’s Emmy-Award winning The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, as a featured Correspondent. During that time, she was a regular on NPR’s national, political satire show Rewind and appeared in her solo show, Homecoming, Off-Broadway at the Westside Theatre. The New York Times said of Lauren and Homecoming, “like Bob Newhart in his early stand-up routines, she’s particularly good at making her points – and making us feel clever. Most important, she’s just plain funny, physically and verbally.” 

Since that time, Weedmanhas appeared in a wide variety of roles, guest starring on Masters of Sex, Dads, New Girl and Arrested Development in recent years. She has also appeared on True Blood, Reno 9-11, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and as the recurring show stealer “Horny Patty” in HBO’s Hung. For two years, she was a cast member for the long running local-turned-national comedy show Almost Alive for Comedy Central. In film, she has earned acclaim for her role in the Judd Apatow-produced The Five-Year Engagement, opposite Eddie Murphy in Imagine That for Paramount, and opposite Tina Fey and Steve Carell in the Fox feature Date Night

She currently plays Doris, the lovable best friend on HBO’s dramedy Looking. As one of the only women in the cast, Weedman’s unique and energetic persona in a role she calls “essentially a version of myself,” earned her a Critic’s Choice nomination and a returning spot as a series regular in the show’s second season, which launched in January2015. @laurenweedman

 

Rose Riordan 
Director

Rose is in her 17th season at Portland Center Stage, where she serves as associate artistic director. At PCS she has directed Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, The Typographer’s Dream, LIZZIE, A Small Fire, The Mountaintop, The People’s Republic of Portland (2013), The Whipping Man, The North Plan, Red, One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, A Christmas Story, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Receptionist, A Christmas Carol, Frost/Nixon, How to Disappear Completely and Never Be Found, Doubt, The Underpants, The Pillowman and The Thugs, which won four Drammy Awards, including Best Ensemble and Best Director. She has also recently directed, for various other theaters, Adam Bock’s Phaedra, The Passion Play, Telethon and The Receptionist. In 1999 she founded Portland Center Stage’s annual JAW: A Playwrights Festival. JAW has been instrumental in developing new work for the PCS repertory: Threesome, Bo-Nita, The People’s Republic of Portland, The Body of an American, The North Plan, Anna Karenina, Outrage, Flesh and Blood, Another Fine Mess, O Lovely Glowworm, Celebrity Row, Act a Lady, The Thugs and A Feminine Ending. Rose has also directed some of the staged readings for JAW festivals—The Thugs (2005), Telethon (2006), A Story About a Girl (2007), 99 Ways to F*** a Swan (2009), The North Plan (2010), San Diego (2012), The People’s Republic of Portland (2012), Mai Dang Lao (2013) and A Life (2014). She enjoys being part of a company committed to new work and having a beautiful building in which to work.

 

Daniel Meeker
Scenic Designer

Previously at PCS, Dan designed the set for The People's Republic of Portland (2013) and Red (Drammy Award), the lighting for Twist Your Dickens and I Love to Eat, and the set and lighting for Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, The Typographer’s Dream, LIZZIE, The Last Five Years, Bo-Nita, The Mountaintop, The Real Americans and Mike's Incredible Indian Adventure. Other recent credits include lighting design for the Pickathon Festival; set and lighting design for The Light in the Piazza, Detroit, Mother Teresa is Dead, The Huntsmen and Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson at Portland Playhouse; set design for Fancy Nancy and The Stinky Cheese Man for Oregon Children's Theatre; and set design for The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at the Pioneer Theatre Company. Upcoming projects include The Other Place at Portland Playhouse and Ramona Quimby for Oregon Children's Theatre. Daniel is a member of the faculty of Portland State University. He is a graduate of Ithaca College and the Yale School of Drama and a member of United Scenic Artists.

Jeff Cone
Costume Designer

Jeff Cone is the costume shop manager at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia. Before moving to Atlanta, Jeff spent 16 seasons as PCS’s resident costume designer and costume shop manager. In that time he designed costumes for over 75 productions. Of those shows, over 50 were in PCS’s first eight seasons at the Armory. Favorite PCS productions include West Side Story, Cabaret, The 39 Steps, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Sometimes a Great Notion, Snow Falling on Cedars, The Imaginary Invalid, Black Pearl Sings!, Venus in Fur and Clybourne Park. Jeff received Drammy Awards for his costume designs for Dirty Blonde, Act A Lady and Shakespeare’s Amazing Cymbeline.

 

Don Crossley
Lighting Designer

Don is excited to re-create his design for The People's Republic of Portland. Don has served as a lighting designer for JAW: A Playwrights Festival, and was PCS’s master electrician from 1996-2007. Previous PCS lighting designs include: The Santaland Diaries (2009-2014),The People’s Republic of Portland (2013), The Receptionist, Act a Lady, The Thugs, Fully Committed, Another Fine Mess, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and TheSantaland Diaries/A Christmas Memory that earned Don one of his seven Drammy Awards for Lighting Design. Don has also designed lighting for Portland Opera Association, Oregon Children’s Theatre, Artists Repertory Theatre, CoHo Productions, Broadway Rose Theatre Company and Third Rail Repertory Theatre.

 

Casi Pacilio
Sound Designer

Casi keeps busy with a variety of work and play in Portland and around the country. PCS credits include Threesome, Dreamgirls, The Last Five Years, Othello, A Small Fire, Twist Your Dickens (2013 and 2014), The Mountaintop, The People’s Republic of Portland (2013), Fiddler on the Roof, Oklahoma!, The North Plan, Shakespeare’s Amazing Cymbeline, Black Pearl Sings!, Opus, Ragtime (PAMTA Award 2010), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps, Snow Falling on Cedars, Crazy Enough, The Little Dog Laughed, Sometimes a Great Notion, Cabaret, The Pillowman, I Am My Own Wife, West Side Story and Celebrity Row; Other Desert Cities,Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Chinglish and futura with composer Jana Losey; and eight seasons of JAW. National shows: Holcombe Waller Surfacing and Wayfinders; Hand2Mouth Theatre credits: Left Hand of Darkness, My Mind is Like an Open Meadow (Drammy Award 2011), Something’s Got Ahold Of My Heart and PEP TALK. Other theatrical credits include Squonk Opera’s Bigsmorgasbord-WunderWerk (Broadway, PS122, national and international touring); I Am My Own Wife, I Think I Like Girls (La Jolla Playhouse); 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.

 

Patrick Weishampel
Multimedia Designer

Patrick is an award winning filmmaker, the creative director of BLANKEYE, and a kick-ass video and motion graphics editor who has directed, designed motion graphics and edited more than 10 films. Previously at Portland Center Stage, he has designed video for Sunset Blvd, The Chosen, Frost/Nixon, and was video assistant on One Night with Janis Joplin. Recent collaborations have been with Spin Film as editor on the documentary Metolius and Finding Face. He is currently co-producing and editing 101 Seconds, a documentary film surrounding the gun debate.

 

Kelsey Daye Lutz
Stage Manager

Kelsey Daye is a North Carolinian dairy farmer’s daughter. New York credits include Off-Broadway work with The Actors Company Theatre; off-off-Broadway work with Theatre for the New City and The Internationalists. Regional credits include stage manager for Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, The Typographer’s Dream, The Last Five Years and A Small Fire and production assistant for Clybourne Park, Venus in Fur, Midsummer Night’s Dream, 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 boys for all their unconditional love, and Shamus for being wonderful. 

 

Lydia Comer 
Production Assistant

Lydia is excited to be returning as the production assistant for The People’s Republic of Portland! In her 5th season with the company, Lydia has spent the last two years as the production coordinator. Prior to that, she was a production assistant for 10 shows at PCS starting in 2010. Lydia would like to thank Christopher Brislin for letting her take a break from the desk and head backstage again. She would also like to thank the stellar PCS stage management team. Lydia especially looks forward to taking Lauren out to all the best dive bars Portland has to offer (again).  

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