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“The Typographers Dream” Cast and Creative Team

Posted by Allyson Walters | 18 September 2014

The Typographer's Dream
By Adam Bock 
Directed By Rose Riordan


Sharonlee McLean*...................Margaret the Typographer  

Laura Faye Smith*.....................Annalise the Geographer             

Kelsey Tyler..............................Dave the Stenographer            


Creative Team

Adam Bock.............................Playwright

Rose Riordan .........................Director and Costume Designer

Daniel Meeker........................Scenic and Lighting Designer

Scott Thorson........................Sound  Designer  

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

Rose Riordan.........................Casting


*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.
Cast Biographies


Sharonlee McLean
Margaret the Typographer
The Typographer’s Dream will be Sharonlee’s  22nd production here at PCS. She just completed her 10th summer participation in JAW – as part of the cast of Adam Bock’s play A Life. Throughout the years, here in Portland, there have been projects performed at theaters like Artists Repertory Theatre, CoHo Productions, Portland Playhouse, Clackamas Repertory and Portland Repertory Theatre. Her last feature film: Extraordinary Measures playing Sheri Thompson, Harrison Ford’s secretary. Her last television series: guest starring as Mrs. Cox on Leverage. Drammy Awards: A Question of Mercy at Artists Repertory Theatre (1999), The Thugs at Portland Center Stage (2007), The Receptionist at Portland Center Stage (2009), Body Awareness at CoHo Productions (2013). PAMTA Awards: nomination for Fiddler On The Roof at Portland Center Stage (2014). Sharonlee comes to Portland from Hollywood. In her 30 something years she did her share of film, television and stage. Nominated for a Day Time Emmy for the role of Annie Degeralamo on the soap Santa Barbara.    


Laura Faye Smith
Annalise the Geographer
Laura Faye Smith is so grateful to be collaborating on her sixth Adam Bock production in the company of this particular creative dream team. She has previously appeared at PCS in Anna Karenina, Pride and Prejudice, The Thugs, How to Disappear Completely and Never Be Found, Frost/Nixon, A Christmas Carol, The Receptionist, A Christmas Story and JAWin 2008-2014. Other theatrical credits include God of Carnage at Gulfshore Playhouse; International Falls, Day of the Docent, The Receptionist, Boy Gets Girl and Spinning Into Butter at Coho; The Scene at Portland Playhouse; Last of the Boys at Third Rail Repertory; Mr. Marmalade at Artists Repertory Theatre; The Heiress at Triangle! Productions; and The Trip to Bountiful at Profile Theatre. She won a 2005 Drammy for her work in The Heiress, and a 2010 Drammy for The Trip to Bountiful. Her television credits include NBC’s Grimm and TNT’s Leverage. She is the current voice of Princess Rosalina for Nintendo, and has narrated several audio books that are available on Audible.com, iTunes, and Amazon.com.  


Kelsey Tyler
Dave the Stenographer
Kelsey was last seen at Portland Center Stage in Adam Bock’s workshop reading of A Life at JAW. Other PCS credits include Nephew Fred in A Christmas Carol, Bart in The Thugs and Mr. Bingley in Pride & Prejudice. Other favorite Portland credits include Romeo in Shakespeare’s R&J, Gaveston in Edward II, Brad in The Rocky Horror Show (Triangle Productions), Glen in The End of Sex and Algernon in The Importance of Being Earnest (Theatre Vertigo and Anonymous Theatre). Kelsey was also an ensemble member for the Drammy award-winning Seven Great Loves produced by Sojourn Theater. Favorite credits outside Portland include Paul in A Chorus Line (Lane County Arts), Alan in Equus (Spontaneous Productions), Bobby in Company and Arlechino in The Venetian Twins (Summer Circle Theatre).


Creative Team Biographies

Adam Bock 
Adam Bock’s plays include The Colby Sisters of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Tricycle Theater, London), Phaedra (Rose Riordan - director, Shotgun Players, 8 BATCC nominations), A Small Fire (Playwrights Horizons, Drama Desk nomination for Best Play), the book for We Have Always Lived in the Castle, with music by Todd Almond (Yale Rep), The Receptionist (MTC, 2008 Outer Critics nomination, Best Plays of 2007-2008, The Evidence Room with Megan Mullally), The Drunken City (Playwrights Horizons, 2008 Outer Critics nomination), The Thugs (Soho Rep, 2007 OBIE Award for Playwriting, JAW: A Playwrights Festival 2005), The Shaker Chair (2005 Humana Festival, Kesselring nomination), Swimming In The Shallows (Shotgun Players, Second Stage Uptown, 2000 BATCC Award, Clauder Prize, GLAAD nomination), Five Flights (Encore Theatre and Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, 2002 Glickman Award), The Typographer’s Dream (Encore Theatre/Shotgun Players) and Three Guys and a Brenda (Heideman Award). Adam is the resident playwright at Encore Theatre and a Shotgun Players Artistic Associate. He is a 2012 Guggenheim Fellow, a NEA grantee, a three-time Sundance alumnus, a Guernsey Award-winner, a three-time resident at Yaddo, a former member of the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab, and a TDF Open Doors mentor. Adam’s plays are published by Samuel French, Dramatists Play Service and Playscripts, Inc. He is an alumnus of New Dramatists. Portland Center Stage has previously produced Adam’s A Small Fire (2014), The Receptionist (2010) and The Thugs (2007). His work has also been featured at three JAW festivals, including the new play, A Life, which was commissioned by Portland Center Stage and the Perkins Coie’s “Innovative Minds” program.


Rose Riordan 
Director and Costume Designer
Rose is in her 17th season at Portland Center Stage, where she serves as associate artistic director. At PCS she has directed LIZZIE, A Small Fire, The Mountaintop, The People’s Republic of Portland, 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: Bo-Nita, 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 and Lighting Designer
Previously at PCS, Dan designed the set for The People's Republic of Portland and Red (Drammy Award), the lighting for Twist Your Dickens and I Love to Eat, and the set and lighting for 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, Ramona Quimby for Oregon Children's Theatre, and Twist Your Dickens, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike and The People’s Republic of Portland for Portland Center Stage. 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.


Scott Thorson
Sound Designer

Scott Thorson has been living the dream as a sound engineer at Portland Center Stage since 2010. PCS credits include live audio engineer for the world premiere musicals of Somewhere in Time and LIZZIE, sound designer for The Mountaintop, live translations for Chinglish, associate sound designer for The People's Republic of Portland and three seasons of JAW. Other Portland designs include Third Rail Rep's Sweet and Sad and Noises Off,  Hand2Mouth's Uncanny Valley, and Fish Girl as part of the Fertile Ground Festival (Best in Fest, San Francisco Fringe).  He holds a degree in architecture from the University of Oregon and is a proud Kenton resident. Many thanks to Casi for her mentorship and much love to Alice.


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 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.
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