Jon Kretzu on Directing & Occupy Art
Tuesday Nov. 15th 11am on Stage & Studio, Dmae Roberts sits down with Associate Artistic Director Jon Kretzu of Artist Repertory Theater. Jon is in his 19th season with ART, where he has directed over 40 productions for the company. He tours the set of his latest production, Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Carol and talks about the art of directing. And later, Dmae presents a piece about the art of Occupy Portland.
Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Carol by Seattle veteran playwright John Longenbaugh, premiered at Taproot Theatre Company in Seattle to standing room only houses for the 2010 holidays and received excellent reviews. This is its second production and first production outside of Seattle.
For the last couple decades, Jon Kretzu has been one of the busiest and energetic theatre directors in Portland. This season at ART he's also directing a new adaptation of The Duchess of Malfi and the Tony-award-winning Next To Normal. Jon also travels around the country to work on shows and to see as much new theatre as possible. We'll hear about his style of direction and his recipe for a successful production.
The play's witty and seamless cross pollination of two well-known characters, Sherlock Holmes and Ebenezer Scrooge, asks the question "how would Sherlock Holmes fare after a Christmas Eve of supernatural visitors and profound reflection?"
Billed as "an unusual holiday show," the production runs from November15-December 24th. Tickets to Sherlock Holmes are $25-$50; Students $20 and can be purchased online, or by calling 503 241-1278. Artists Repertory Theatre is located in downtown Portland at 16th and Alder St.
And in the last part of the show, Dmae gives us a feature piece on the artwork at the Occupy Portland site. She took a walk on a peaceful sunny day before occupiers received the eviction notice.
Dmae talked with people at the art tent and talks about the power of art to soothe and enliven the spirit during difficult times. Check out the photos below of Dmae's experience.
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