Imago Theatre presents
Written and Directed by Carol Triffle
Dolores visits a reunion of a high school she did not attend as a cacophony of characters try to determine her identity. Live music, physical comedy and absurdity run rampant.
January 12-20, 2018
Imago Theatre – 17 SE 8th Avenue
Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm
and one matinee performance at 2pm on Sunday, January 14th
ABOUT THE PLAY
John, her husband, is continually ignored. Dolores, his wife, tells all she meets that she’s dying. The soon-to-be-gone and the invisible, Carol Triffle’s motifs, are lightly cloaked in this existential comedy of bad manners at a high school reunion. Triffle’s universe questions, comments, and insults with fire-words skewering each character. All are alone and desperate for companionship yet bound by their aloneness. Live music jolts the absurdity to bubbly heights and side tracks serious moments into comedic ditches. «The Reunion» can’t be codified and flies like a wild aircraft ricocheting off muddy memories, regrets and the uncertainty of hope. Dolores is an enthusiastic but reluctant pilot of her life. On her one and last night’s voyage, Dolores refuses to touch down. Nonetheless, all is good when she lands smoothly, easily and unharmed (almost).
The cacophony and absurdity is accented as the ensemble of six each joins in as members of the reunion’s cover band.
ABOUT THE PRODUCTION
Carol Triffle was recently hailed as “Portland’s most prominent stage absurdist.” Her canon of comedic absurd originals began in 2006 with «Hit Me in the Stomach» and often featured Danielle Vermette as her lead clown-heroine. Vermette returns to the boards after a six-year hiatus. She last appeared as a reluctant murderer in «Splat.» This time, Vermette returns as “Dolores” and is supported by Artistic Co-Director Jerry Mouawad, who plays her husband “John,” in Triffle’s latest work «The Reunion.» The characters “John” and “Dolores” last appeared together (with Vermette and Mouawad in the roles) in Triffle’s «The Dinner» in 2008. The Reunion premiered at Imago in June of 2017 and returns to the stage with the original cast.
CAST OF CHARACTERS
Dolores: Danielle Vermette
John: Jerry Mouawad
Brittany: Megan Skye Hale
Duke: Kyle Delamarter
Floyd: Sean Bowie
Tek: Jon Farley
Written and Directed by Carol Triffle; Band Leader Kyle Delamarter; Light Design Jon Farley; Stage Management Nathan Hansen
Tickets are $10-$20 pay-what-you-will and can be purchased by calling Imago at 503.231.9581 or TicketsWest at 503.224.8499 or online at ticketswest.com/events/the-reunion/214912/.