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The People’s Republic of Portland: Meet the Cast

Posted by Desirae MacGillivray | 08 April 2013

The People's Republic of Portland

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
  
Bryan Burch*..........................................................................Stage Manager
 
Lydia Comer...........................................................................Production Assistant
 
 
*Member of the Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.
 
Cast Biography
 

Lauren Weedman (As Herself)
Lauren is an award winning comedic actress, playwright and author. She has written and performed eight solo plays (Homecoming, Amsterdam the Musical, If Ornaments Had No Lips, Huu, Rash, Wreckage, Bust, No…You Shut Up).  Her first show, Homecoming, began as a 15-minute performance art piece at Seattle’s On the Boards and went on an off-Broadway run in New York City.  Bust, about her work in the LA county jail, was awarded a MacDowell Fellowship for Playwriting by the Alpert Awards, as well as several "best of the arts" across the nation.  Her television credits include The Daily Show, True Blood, United States of Tara, Reno 911, Curb Your Enthusiasm, New Girl, Arrested Development and Horny Patty on HBO’s Hung. Film credits include Imagine That, Date Night and Judd Apatow’s The Five Year Engagement starring Jason Segal.
 
Weedman’s first book, A Woman Trapped in a Woman’s Body: (Tales from a Life of Cringe), is a collection of comedic essays and was named by Kirkus Review as a Top Ten Indie Book for 2007 and was optioned by Fox TV for a pilot.  Weedman lives in Santa Monica (at least at the time this bio was written….hmmm) and is the host of the popular Moth Storytelling series in LA.  
 
 

Creative Team Biographies


 
Rose Riordan (Director)
Rose is in her 16th season at Portland Center Stage, where she serves as associate artistic director. At PCS she has directed 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. Recently she has directed, for various theatres, Adam Bock’s Phaedra, The Passion Play, Telethon and The Receptionist. Born and raised in Alaska, Rose began her career in theater before she had acquired a lexicon for describing the work. Her first “professional” play, an intense examination of six stewardesses and their “man troubles,” was presented at Eagle River Elementary School. It solidified Rose’s commitment to a pursuit of theater with the sole desire to illuminate and be illuminated. 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: 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 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)  and The People’s Republic of Portland (2012). 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 has created lighting design for I Love to Eat, set design for Red and set and lighting design for The Real Americans and Mike's Incredible Indian Adventure. Other recent credits include lighting for Disconnect and The Understudy at San Jose Repertory Theatre; set and lighting design for Mother Teresa is Dead, The Huntsmen, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson and The Brother Sister Plays at Portland Playhouse; set design for The Stinky Cheese Man for Oregon Children's Theatre; set and lighting design for Body Awareness at COHO; set design for The Black Lizard at Imago Theatre; lighting design for the South Korean Tour of Brooklyn, New York-based choreographer Young Soon Kim and her company White Wave. Upcoming projects include Crooked at COHO, The Pickathon Music Festival and The Mountaintop here at PCS. 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)
This is Jeff’s 14th season at PCS. In that time he has designed costumes for over 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.
 
Don Crossley (Lighting Designer)
Don is excited to work on The People's Republic of Portland. Don serves as the lighting designer for JAW: A Playwright’s Festival, and was PCS’s master electrician from 1996-2007. Previous PCS lighting designs include The Receptionist, Act a Lady, The Thugs, Fully Committed, Another Fine Mess, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and The SantaLand Diaries/A Christmas Memory, which earned Don one of his seven Drammy Awards for Lighting Design. Other recent design projects include Penelope (Third Rail Repertory Theatre, where he is a Core Company Member), Galileo Galilie (Portland Opera Association) and The Storm in the Barn (Oregon Children’s Theatre). Don has also designed lighting for Artists Repertory Theatre, CoHo Productions, Broadway Rose Theatre Company and The Miracle Theatre, among others.
 
Casi Pacillio (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 upcoming PEP TALK. Other theatrical credits include Squonk Opera’s Bigsmorgasbord-WunderWerk (national and international touring); I Am My Own Wife, I Think I Like Girls and 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.
 
Patrick Weishampel (Multimedia Designer)
Patrick is an award-winning filmmaker and the multimedia designer for Portland Center Stage.  Aside from creating photography and video content for PCS marketing, he has designed video for Sunset Boulevard, The Chosen and Frost/Nixon. He was the was video assistant for One Night with Janis Joplin.  Beyond directing a handful of independently produced films, such as transfer, he has edited commercials and programs for OPB, in addition to feature-length documentaries such as Finding Face. 
 
Bryan Burch (Stage Manager)
Bryan Burch is an active volunteer with the Portland Urban Forestry Commission, Friends of Trees and the Tree Steward Coalition. He is a novelist working on his second book. Bryan stage managed the Broadway productions of Cats, Crazy For You, Aspects of Love and Les Miserables. He is very happy to working at PCS.
 
Lydia Comer (Production Assistant)
Lydia is grateful to be in the midst of her third season as a production assistant for PCS.  Previously, Lydia was a production assistant for Sweeney Todd, Black Pearl Sings! (as well as playing the prison guard), Red, The Santaland Diaries (2011),  The Real Americans, Opus, The Imaginary Invalid and An Illiad.  Lydia started at PCS as the audience recruiter for The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. A recent graduate, Lydia received her B.F.A. in Theatre, specializing in production and management, from the University of Victoria. University credits include stage managing La Ronde and Romeo & Juliet. For the last two years of university, she also served as the assistant technical director and master electrician for her program. Lydia would especially like to thank Mark Tynan and Emily Wells as well as Jeremy Eisen, Kailyn McCord and Kelsey Daye Lutz.
 
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