Special Events

Get more info about Special Events like NW10, Talk-backs, Experience OCT, and more!

Click here for more on Special Events!

Volunteer

We have lots of volunteer opportunities!

Learn more about volunteering

Connect with Us

e-Newsletter

Subscribe Here
Blue Door

April 14 - April 30, 2017

Lewis, an African-American professor with all the conventional trappings of success, finds his personal and professional lives thrown into turmoil when he refuses to attend the Million Man March. Unable to sleep, he is visited by ancestorsmen who fought to be free, to vote, to obtain justice. Two exceptional actors embody three generations in this powerful play.

Infused with abundant humor, and woven through with original songs, Blue Door is a searing examination of family and identity that will resonate with anyone who has ever struggled to live with-or escape-the past.

Produced in collaboration with Profile Theatre

“...razor-sharp, funny and poignant...alternately ironic [and] touching" Seattle Times

“Intelligent...unfailingly thought-provoking...Barfield poses sharp questions and counter-questions on contemporary black identity. Her vision is fearless and humane."Los Angeles Times


Production Sponsor:

TANYA BARFIELD (Playwright) is a graduate of the Juilliard School's Playwriting Program and a recipient of the Helen Merrill Emerging Playwrights Award. An internationally produced playwright originally from Portland, OR, Barfield is a member of New Dramatists and serves on the membership committee at The Dramatist Guild. Her plays include: Of Equal Measure, Blue Door, Dent, The Quick, The Houdini Act, 121° West, Defacing Patriotic Property, Foul Play, Medallion, Of Girl Wolf and Wanting North, Pecan Tan, Snapshot, Without Skin or Breathlessness, and The Wolves. She wrote the book for the Theatreworks/USA children's musical Civil War: The First Black Regiment. Barfield was a recipient of the 2003 Helen Merrill Award for Emerging Playwrights, 2005 Honorable Mention for the Kesselring Prize for Drama, a 2006 Lark Play Development/NYSCA grant, and she has been twice been a Finalist for the Princess Grace Award. Barfield has been commissioned by Playwrights Horizons, Center Theatre Group, South Coast Repertory, Primary Stages and Geva Theatre Center.

BOBBY BERMEA (Director) is co-artistic director of The Beirut Wedding World Theatre Project, a founding member of Badass Theatre Company, a proud member of Sojourn Theatre and a long-standing member of Actors Equity Association. Bermea has appeared in theatres across the country from New York, NY, to Honolulu, HI. He is a three-time Drammy Award winning actor (Lead, The Brother/Sister Plays; Supporting, A Raisin in the Sun; Ensemble, The Set-Up). On Portland stages, Bermea has performed with Artists Repertory Theatre, El Teatro Milagro, Portland Center Stage, Cygnet Productions, Tygre’s Heart, the Jewish Theatre Collaborative and Sojourn Theatre. As a director, Bermea has recently helmed productions of My Soul Grown Deep and The Green Book with BaseRoots Theatre, Hollow Roots with BoomArts, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and The Sexual Neuroses of Our Parents with Theatre Vertigo, and Reborning with Beirut Wedding. He was a Drammy Finalist for Best Director for Wait Until Dark and took his first run at Blue Door with Profile Theatre. Bermea is super excited to be making his Oregon Contemporary Theatre debut.

BOBBY BERMEA (Lewis; Director) is co-artistic director of The Beirut Wedding World Theatre Project, a founding member of Badass Theatre Company, a proud member of Sojourn Theatre and a long-standing member of Actors Equity Association. Bermea has appeared in theatres across the country from New York, NY, to Honolulu, HI. He is a three-time Drammy Award winning actor (Lead, The Brother/Sister Plays; Supporting, A Raisin in the Sun; Ensemble, The Set-Up). On Portland stages, Bermea has performed with Artists Repertory Theatre, El Teatro Milagro, Portland Center Stage, Cygnet Productions, Tygre’s Heart, the Jewish Theatre Collaborative and Sojourn Theatre. As a director, Bermea has recently helmed productions of My Soul Grown Deep and The Green Book with BaseRoots Theatre, Hollow Roots with BoomArts, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and The Sexual Neuroses of Our Parents with Theatre Vertigo, and Reborning with Beirut Wedding. He was a Drammy Finalist for Best Director for Wait Until Dark and took his first run at Blue Door with Profile Theatre. Bermea is super excited to be making his Oregon Contemporary Theatre debut.

SARAH GAHAGAN (Costume Designer) is a multimedia artist as well as costume and puppet designer for theatre, dance, festivals and stop-motion animation film as well as being an adjunct theatre instructor and resident costume designer at Portland Community College. She has done costume design and collaboration work with many of Oregon's beloved arts organizations including Artists Rep, Oregon Children's Theatre, Miracle Theatre, Oregon Contemporary Theatre, Oregon Ballet Theatre, and Michael Curry Design. Sarah has received Drammy Awards for her costume design work on Eurydice, James and the Giant Peach, Trojan Women, El Quijote, and A Year with Frog and Toad.

RODOLFO ORTEGA (Composer/Sound Designer) received his Bachelor’s degree in Music from the University of Arizona and his Master of Music degree from Manhattan School of Music, where he studied piano and composition. Recently, he has composed music and designed sound for Artists Rep’s Feathers and Teeth, Trevor, Broomstick, The Understudy, and The Liar. Additionally, he has composed several musicals for Northwest Children’s Theatre, including Hansel and Gretel, Snow White, Pinocchio, El Zorrito, Little Mermaid, and Peter Pan. Rodolfo has also composed the scores for The Monster Builder at Aurora Theater, Tenth Muse for OSF, and Romeo and Juliet and The Three Musketeers for Denver Center. He has also composed many of the productions at Santa Cruz Shakespeare, where he is the Associate Artist in Composition, including their recent productions of Hamlet, Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Henry IV Part One and Part Two. Rodolfo is a Resident Artist at Artists Rep.

MICHAEL PETERSON (Lighting Designer) returns to Oregon Contemporary Theatre to design his fourth show of the 2016/17 season. Previously, he has designed the lighting for: Melancholy Play, The 39 Steps, The Big Meal, Silent Sky, The Last Five Years, A Christmas Carol, The Great Gatsby, and Next to Normal. Other companies that Michael has designed for include: American Players Theatre, National Tour of City of Angels as a lighting design assistant, Valley Music Festival - Solvang, CA (David Crosby & CPR, Michael McDonald & Christopher Cross), Solvang Country Music Festival (Suzy Boggus, Desert Rose Band, Zaca Creek), Eugene Ballet, Eugene Concert Choir, Eugene Opera, Eugene Symphony, New Hope Christian College, Northwest Christian University, Oregon Bach Festival, PCPA Theaterfest, Skylight Opera, U of O – School of Music/Opera Department, Willamette Repertory Theatre, Willamette University, Diablo Valley College, Allan Hancock College Dance Department, The Music Academy of the West, San Jose Rep, and S.B.C.L.O.

JAMIE REA (Assistant Director)


MEGAN WILKERSON (Scenic Designer) is a professional scenic designer based in Portland, and a Resident Artist at Artists Repertory Theatre (X-Mas Unplugged, Exiles, Cuba Libre, The Skin of Our Teeth, American Hero, Feathers & Teeth and The Importance of Being Earnest). In addition to her involvement at Artists Rep. Megan is a member of the women’s theatre company The Rivendell Theatre Ensemble in Chicago, a founding member of the artistic collective Bad Soviet Habits and the Resident Scenic Designer for Bag&Baggage Productions in Hillsboro. Since arriving in Portland Megan has had the pleasure of working with local companies including Profile Theatre (The Call, The Blue Door), Third Rail (The Realistic Joneses), Teatro Milagro (Opcion Multiple, American Night), Portland Center Stage (Assistant Designer - Clybourne Park), deFunkt (The Children’s Hour, Betty’s Summer Vacation), Theatre Vertigo (Jekyll & Hyde, The Sexual Neuroses of Our Parents), Northwest Classical Theatre (Wait Until Dark, Mary Stuart) and Bag&Baggage Productions (The Crucible, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Moby Dick). Prior to Portland Megan spent 10 years in the Midwest where she worked with the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Renaissance Theaterworks, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, Next Act Theatre, The Skylight Opera, First Stage Children's Theatre, Michigan Opera Theatre, Pittsburgh Public Theatre and the Rivendell Theatre Ensemble. As a Design Assistant Megan spent two seasons at The Oregon Shakespeare Festival (American Night, The Music Man, Ruined) she is a proud member of United Scenic Artist Local 829. Her portfolio can be found online at www.meganwilkerson.com.

 

© Copyright  Oregon Contemporary Theatre. All rights reserved.

Custom Web Design by HEROweb     Content Management System by MightyMerchant v5.1

Share