Profile Theatre is the only professional theater in the country that shows love to a sole contemporary playwright per season, showcasing the power in the coherence of a single mind. With each season spanning from January to December, subscribers have a yearlong, high-caliber experience with one writer’s voice, vision, and world view.
Profile continues its three-consecutive-year commitment to featuring playwrights of color and/or women writers. The first year, 2016, featured Tanya Barfield, 2017 featured Quiara Alegría Hudes, and now an 18-month double season of Lisa Kron and Anna Deavere Smith begins January 2018.
The company celebrates its 20th anniversary season with its most ambitious project yet: staging Pulitzer Prize-winner Water By the Spoonful and The Happiest Song Plays Last in rotating repertory with the same director, designers, and cast. It’s the first time that these two plays will be presented this way, and Profile will be one of the few theaters nationally to produce the complete trilogy. Hudes herself will give a special reading for Portland audiences in the fall.
Profile’s history of fostering community engagement brought the return of award-winning writers from the Writer’s Guild Initiative Portland to mentor local veterans in the art of sharing their stories and culminates in the staging of excerpts of the work, directed and read by professionals. Artistic Director Josh Hecht predicts it’ll be “an exciting way to close out our 20th anniversary season.”