World premiere of 'Kodachrome' opens at The Armory
Love appears in unlikely places in Adam Szymkowicz's new play, "Kodachrome," which makes its world premiere at The Armory in Portland, directed by Associate Artistic Director Rose Riordan.
The production opens Friday, Feb. 9, with previews beginning Saturday, Feb. 3, and performances running through March 10 in the Ellyn Bye Studio. "Kodachrome" was developed at The Armory's JAW: A Playwrights Festival in 2015 under the title "Colchester" and will be the company's 26th world premiere production.
"During the (JAW) Big Weekend of public readings, it became clear that this play was special and one we wanted to premiere in an upcoming season," said director Rose Riordan, who helped found JAW and serves as the JAW festival director. "I like plays that ponder existence through small ordinary moments. Each of the characters in the small, Northeastern town of Colchester are trying to connect — to love, to themselves, to someone else — or, in some cases, to disconnect."
Welcome to Colchester, a small town where everybody knows each other and the pace of life allows the pursuit of love to take up as much space as it needs.
Our tour guide is Suzanne, the town photographer, who lets us peek into her neighbors' lives to catch glimpses of romance in all its stages of development. A play about love, nostalgia, the seasons and how we learn to say goodbye.
Lena Kaminsky takes on the central role of The Photographer, who observes the small town's inhabitants through her camera lens.
Kaminsky made her debut at The Armory in 2012 as Susannah Mullally in "Black Pearl Sings!" She is joined by four cast members who also are returning to The Armory: Tina Chilip, John D. Haggerty, Sharonlee McLean and Ryan Tresser.
Two cast members make their company debuts: Ryan Vincent Anderson and Kelly Godell.
The cast also includes Ryan Vincent Anderson as The Policeman and The Hardware Store Owner; Tina Chilip as The Librarian, The Waitress and Friend; Kelly Godell as Marjorie and The Young Woman; John D. Haggerty as The History Professor, The Perfume Maker and EMT 1; Lena Kaminsky as The Photographer; Sharonlee McLean as The Mystery Novelist, The Florist and EMT 2; and Ryan Tresser as The Gravedigger and The Young Man.
About the playwright
Bringing the small town of Colchester to life is Director Rose Riordan; Scenic and Lighting Designer Daniel Meeker; Costume Designer Alison Heryer; Resident Sound Designer Casi Pacilio; Projection Designer Will Cotter; Composer Jana Crenshaw; with Stage Manager Janine Vanderhoff and Production Assistant Jordan Affeldt.
Regular tickets start at $25.
Tickets may be purchased at www.pcs.org, or by calling 503-445-3700, or in-person from the box office, 128 NW 11th Ave., Portland.
General performance times are Tuesday through Sunday evenings at 7:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. and Thursday matinees at noon.
The production is recommended for those 12 and older.
Learn more about the production online at pcs.org or call 503-445-3700.