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Our Mission

Post5 is a diverse company of theatre artists dedicated to the idea that classical theater is truly timeless and not dictated by the age of the script.

History

Post5 Theatre started in August of 2011 with three people in their mid-twenties and the dream of staging the beautiful classic- Romeo and Juliet. We picked the courtyard of Mile Post 5, an artist community in Portland, OR to launch our new company with a vision to produce fresh, youthful, ensemble based theatre

2015 saw Post5 moved to the Portland community of Sellwood. Just a short ten-minute drive from downtown, the new space has been a work-in-progress that continues to grow as a hub of creativity for the Portland theatre scene.

In the fall of 2015 Founding Artistic Director Ty Boice and Associate Artistic Director Cassandra Boice handed over the reigns to a new artitic team comprised of Paul Angelo, Rusty Tennant and Patrick Walsh. With new leadership comes new faces, new ideas, and new expectations. For years, the slogan of Post5 Theatre has been "Come play with us." We now hope you will "Come grow with us."

Our 2016 Season features three of Shakespeare's greatest tragedies, two hilarious adaptations of Shakespeare classics, a Dickensian favorite, and two contemporary classics we hope to share with you. Post5 aims to be a viable opportunity for professional theatre firmly rooted in developing the cultural landscape of the Sellwood community.

Over the years, Post5 has become known as a place to see the stories we have told for centuries (and are likely to tell for centuries to come) in new and exciting ways while still maintaining an edge of youthful energy. This is something that we hope will never change. Our intimate 99-seat theatre doesn't rely on the machinations that consume massive amounts of the budgets of some of the larger theatres. Instead, we focus our funds into the artists themselves, and then challenge them to create something memorable and special for our audiences.

Artistic Team

Paul Angelo:

Paul holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from SUNY Fredonia and an MFA in Performance from the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. In addition to serving as Co-producing artistic director for Post5 Paul is the associate artistic director of the musical theatre company Staged! as well as a director in residence with defunkt theatre. Directing credits for Post5 include Hamlet and Equivocation he has also been seen on stage as Brutus in Julius Caesar and Don Pedro in Much Ado About Nothing. Directing credits for Staged! include: Les Miserable awarded the PAMTA (Portland Area Musical Theatre Award) for Outstanding Ensemble and Outstanding Young Performer, Big River which was also awarded two PAMTAs, 13 , PAMTA nomination for Outstanding Direction, Drammy award for Outstanding Ensemble, Parade, PAMTA nomination for Outstanding Direction, awarded Outstanding Ensemble, and Dogfight. Defunkt credits include: The Homecoming, Let a Hundred Flowers Bloom, The Undiscovered Country and Blasted. Paul has been seen on many stages throughout the Portland area since 2005. www.paulangelo.net.

Rusty Tennant:

Rusty Tennant is Co-Producing Artistic Director of Post5 Theatre and Artistic Director of Fuse Theatre Ensemble. He has an MFA in Directing and Performance from the University of New Orleans. Selected Regional Credits include: The Reason for the Season (Director, Artists Rep), Ten Chimneys (Asst. Director; Damaso Rodriguez, dir., Artists Rep), A Streetcar Named Desire (Asst. Dir., Fight Choreographer, Jon Kretzu, dir. Artists Rep). As an Actor: Carousel (Gary English, dir. Connecticut Rep), House of Plunder (Ryan Rilette, dir. Southern Rep), Mother Courage (Robert Benedetti, dir. Nevada Conservatory Theatre). Recent Portland productions: Rope (Director, Bag&Baggage), The Last Days (Director, Post 5), Henry IV 1 (Falstaff, Post5), A Midsummer Night's Somnambulism (Bottom, Fuse), Sonnetscape (Fuse, Director/Performer), Suburban Tribe (Fuse, Director). Rusty serves as a regular adjunct faculty and guest artist at multiple local colleges and universities. He is also the Producing Artistic Director of The OUTwright Theatre Festival, a celebration of the LGBTQ contribution to theatre held annually in Portland, OR.

Patrick Walsh:

Patrick Walsh is the Co-Producing Artistic Director of Post 5 Theatre. Credits include: National Tour –You Say Tomato...; Portland Actors Ensemble –Taming of the Shrew; Two Rivers Correctional Institution –Hamlet;Theater Workshop of Nantucket –Red;Temecula Shakespeare Festival –Henry V,Compass Rose Theatre –Look Homeward, Angel;Manitou Stages –The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged); Hangar Theatre –Macbeth, The Empty Ocean, The Adventures of the Dish and the Spoon; Chautauqua Theatre Company –The Brothers Size; Victory Gardens –Push Comes To Shove; Rubicon Theatre Project –Lucy Dreaming; Theatre Building Chicago –Fifth of July, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest; Bailiwick Repertory Theatre –Two Spoons, Haram Iran; Mad Hatter Theatre Productions –Chicken Bone Beach; Props Theatre –Closer; Trail's End Theater – Into the Woods,A Midsummer Night's Dream. As Assistant Director: Guthrie Theatre; Goodman Theatre; Dallas Theatre Center; Steppenwolf Theatre Company;Chautauqua Theater Company, and Next Theatre. Patrick is a proud member of the 2009 Lincoln Center Directors Lab; the Recipient of a 2010 SDC Foundation Observership, as well as a 2011 Chautauqua Theatre Company Directing Fellowship, and a 2012 Drama League Directing Fellowship. www.patrickwalsh.org.

2016 SEASON


King Lear
By: William Shakespeare
Directed by: Rusty Tennant
Starring Tobias Andersen as King Lear
February 26 - March 19

"Nothing will come of nothing." It echoes throughout this timeless tale of murder and madness like a dare from the author himself. Well, Mr. Shakespeare, we accept your challenge. An empty space, amazing actors and some imagination is all weneed to tell you this truly classic story.

We introduce our 2016 Season with Shakespeare's master-work, King Lear, starring none other than the force of nature that is Tobias Andersen as the mad King who finds everything only when he's left with nothing.

Othello
By: William Shakespeare
Adapted and Directed by: Caitlin Margo Fischer-Draeger
Starring Ithica Tell as Othello
April 1- April 23

Post5 is proud to present a daring new take on a classic tale of jealousy and revenge. Caitlin Margo Fisher-Draeger returns to Post5 to direct Ithica Tell as Othello along with a predominantly female cast that includes Jessica Tidd as Iago and Lava Alapani as Cassio.

This Shakespearian classic known for its masculine language and underlying racial tension has been cracked open as we explore the role gender plays in our pre-conceived notions of violence in domestic abuse, contemporary expressions of racism and the devaluation of same sex relationships.

Desdemona, a play about a handkerchief
By: Paula Vogel
May 6 - May 28*

Women of Shakespeare's plays have often been as marginalized as women have throughout history. Come enjoy the tongue-in cheek, bawdy, humor of one of America's greatest living playwrights as she deconstructs OTHELLO from a feminine point-of view. All the while, raising serious questions about a woman's place in dramatic literature and in history.

Stupid Kids
By: John C. Russell
Co-Production with Fuse Theatre Ensemble
Part of The OUTwright Festival 2016
June 3 – June 25*

Stupid Kids follows four students at Joe McCarthy High School. Jim is the new guy in town: sexy, a rebel. Judy is the popular blonde cheerleader. Neechee and Kimberly are the resident outcasts, both of whom are secretly gay. Will Jim become popular? Will Judy give her virginity to Jim? Will Neechee and Kimberly confess they're gay? As USA Today says, "Don't be misled by the title: Stupid Kids couldn't be smarter."

The Bomb-itty of Errors
An "Add-rap-tation" of Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors
By: Jordan Allen-Dutton, Jason Catalano, GQ, and Erik Weiner
August 26 – September 17*

The Bomb-itty of Errors, an Add-Rap-Tation, is a hip-hop theatre retelling of Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors. Infectiously musical and fun for everyone, it was nominated for Best Lyrics at the Drama Desk Awards, nominated for Outer Critics Circle Awards, and received the Jefferson Award in Chicago and the Grand Jury Prize at the HBO US Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen.

Richard III
By: William Shakespeare
Adapted and Directed by Patrick Walsh
September 30 – October 22

What makes a villain? Is one born or forged? Come see one of Shakespeare's greatest villains in a new light, under the direction of new Co-Producing Artistic Director, Patrick Walsh.

Coyote on a Fence
By: Bruce Graham
Directed by Paul Angelo
October 28 – November 19

Does a lousy upbringing excuse heinous crimes? Is there room for mercy and repentance within the judicial system? And if Americans really knew the inhabitantsof death row, would they want to see them die? Coyote on a Fence explores one of the hardest questions we will ever have to answer: Can we accept the presence of innocence in the proven guilty?

A Christmas Carol
By: Charles Dickens
Adapted and Performed by Phillip J. Berns
November 25 – December 17

Post5 Company member Phillip J. Berns spins his own unique variation on this holiday theme. Intimate, articulate and truly festive, enjoy an evening around the proverbial fire with one of your favorite actors performing one of your favorite tales.

POST 5 THEATRE

1666 SE Lambert St
Portland, OR
Phone: 971-333-1758

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Due to illness, performances of King Lear on Saturdat March 12th and Sunday March 13th are cancelled. Please email PostFiveTheatre@gmail.com if you have tickets for these nights for a refund or rescheduling.