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Licking Batteries A World Premiere Production from Playwrights West’s Ellen Margolis

June 1, 2013
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Licking Batteries
A World Premiere Production from Playwrights West’s Ellen Margolis


Playwrights West in association with CoHo Productions proudly presents Licking Batteries, a world premiere play by Drammy award-winning playwright Ellen Margolis.

When Lucy’s mother undergoes a treatment that renders her unrecognizable, Lucy begins a quest to understand the intimate impact of electricity. The key players: exposed wiring, the secret lives of household objects, and whatever grown-ups do behind closed doors…. Growing into young adulthood, Lucy gains know-how and determination, but risks letting love and life slip away. Her mother Louise, meanwhile, grasps at connections to begin making her way home. Through alternating currents of comedy and drama, realism and fantasy, Licking Batteries confronts the nature of complex grief and the irresistible urge to stand in a thunderstorm.

The Chair of Theatre & Dance at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon, Ellen Margolis has had plays produced throughout the United States, including in Portland, New York, and St. Paul, Minnesota. Her work has been published by Playscripts, Inc. and Smith & Kraus.

Ryan Reilly, whose work often has been seen in New York and Chicago, directs Licking Batteries. The cast includes: Alex Kirby, David Knell, Summer Olsson, Rachel Rosenfeld, and Rebecca Toland. Designers include: set design by Tal Sanders, light design by J.D. Sandifer, and sound design by Em Gustason.

Licking Batteries opens August 9, 2013, and runs through August 31 at CoHo Productions (2257 NW Raleigh St, Portland, Oregon). It plays 7:30 PM on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, with Sunday matinees at 2:00 PM. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday tickets are $25, or $20 for students, educators, and distinguished citizens (age 60+). Thursday performances are Pay-What-You-Will. Post-show discussions will be held on the following Saturday evenings: August 10, 17, and 24. The performance will run 90 minutes without an intermission.

For further information about EllenMargolis, RyanReilly, and Playwrights West, please see the accompanying Licking Batteries Fact Sheet.

For more information, contact StevePatterson at (503-312-6665) or Andrew Wardenaar at (971-570-9273).


Solo Summer 2013

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For immediate release
Media Contact:
Eleanor O’Brien

5 weekends, 5 artists, 5 phenomenal solo shows!

PORTLAND, OR – Coho Productions is proud to bring you the cream of the crop! See five of Portland’s finest solo artists perform their smash hits. From the drammy-award winning My Mind Is Like an Open Meadow to the sold-out GGG:Dominatrix for Dummies to the critically acclaimed Mr. Darcy Dreamboat, every one of these shows is a proven success and every one of these artists is a tour de force. Now they are all gathered together in one curated festival that celebrates the brilliance and creativity of these exceptional women. If you missed any of these shows the first time around, now is your chance to see what everyone was raving about.

Coho Theater
2257 NW Raleigh St. Portland, OR 97210
Thursday – Sunday, June 13th-July 14th (no show on July 4th)
All shows start at 7:30pm
Tickets – $15/ per show, festival pass $50
(advance tickets available

June 13th -16th GGG: Dominatrix for Dummies – Eleanor O’Brien
June 20th – 23rd Threads – Tonya Jone Miller
June 27th – 30th My Mind Is Like An Open Meadow – Erin Leddy
July 5th – 7th Til Death: The Six Wives of Henry VIII – Tara Travis
July 11th – 14th Mr. Darcy Dreamboat – Camille Cettina

Girls'GuidePublicityPhotoJune 13th – 16th GGG: Dominatrix For Dummies – The legendary show returns! Don’t miss Eleanor O’Brien’s hilarious tale of training to be a dominatrix in NYC. Far from a simple guide to whips and chains,
there is a love story woven into the fabric of the S&M adventure. From the agony of junior high dances to the inner sanctum of a professional dungeon, enemas to ecstatic dance, GGG: D4D explores what it means
to fall in love with yourself, and how everyone wants to be wanted.
Quite a remarkable bit of theatre…it’s a captivating, wholly uplifting experience” (Edmonton Sun) “Surprisingly touching…beautifully tender and erotic” (Edmonton Journal)
Find out more at




Threads1200x1200June 20th – 23rd Threads – In August of 1968, Donna Miller, a farm girl from rural Indiana stepped off a plane in Saigon. The people and events that led her there, and her ensuing adventures, make for “a wondrous ride” (Vue Weekly) that “quietly and effectively builds to a truly emotional conclusion.” (Orlando Sentinel). Based on a series of interviews with her mother, Tonya Jone Miller’s beautiful solo show Threads celebrates the humor, hope, love and courage that get us through tragedy. The story is a haunting reminder of how connected we are, how we never know the influence a seemingly small action might have, and how in the span of an instant, some people change our lives forever. “Miller has created a true object of beauty – don’t miss the chance to witness it.” (Winnipeg Free Press). Find out more at

Photo credit: Katie Kiehl

Photo credit: Katie Kiehl

June 27th – 30th My Mind Is Like An Open Meadow – The winner of the 2010-11 Portland Drammy for Outstanding Production of the Year, Erin Leddy’s solo show has been called “something quite
extraordinary” (Seattle PI) and “an oddity to be treasured” (New York Post). In 2001, Erin lived with her grandmother for a year and recorded her memories. These tapes form the bones for this solo performance, a sonic-driven meditation on consciousness, memory and things passed down through generations. Erin has toured to New Orleans, Vancouver BC, Seattle, Massachusetts and New York City, and is delighted to bring
the show back to Portland. Find out more at

taraJuly 5th – 7th Til Death: The Six Wives of Henry VIII– Tara Travis wowed the Canadian fringe festival circuit with her extraordinary show in which she portrays ALL of Henry VIII’s 6 wives. Lauded as “…one of the most impressive acting feats in the festival!” (Winnipeg Free Press), this show sold-out city after city. In this highly comedic historical romp, the action takes place in the afterlife. One by one, the wives of Henry VIII arrive, much to the shock and dismay of each previous wife. What culminates is the heated frenzy of an ex-wives club where these women swap stories, toss Anne Boleyn’s head around, and fight for the right to be acknowledged as Henry’s true bride and eternal partner. But when Henry arrives…everything changes. “The idea is as brilliant as the execution is funny!” (CBC). Find
out more at

Photo credit: Gary Norman

July 11th – 14th Mr. Darcy Dreamboat – Catch a ride on the Dreamboat with all your literary crushes in Camille Cettina’s original one-woman show.  A visceral celebration of the joy of reading books, this literary frolic is a mash up of books and characters – from Nancy Drew to JD Salinger, T.S Elliot and the romance and fantasy of Jane Austen. Audiences embark on a journey through literary worlds they have known and loved, guided by “the kind of instantly charming performer that any theatergoer might be happy to watch”. (The Oregonian) Find out more at


CoHo Closes 2012/2013 Season with Crooked by Catherine Trieschmann

CoHo Productions, Ltd
Main: 503-220-2646

Crooked by Catherine Trieschmann captures the angst and delight of adolescence and a
multi-dimensional mother-daughter relationship in this funny and heart-wrenching story

March 4th, 2013 – PORTLAND, OR.
In Crooked, life sucks for fourteen year old Laney who, besides dealing with typical teenage angst is afflicted by a muscle disorder called dystonia, which causes her posture to angle to one side as her back muscles fight with themselves even while at rest. Her mother Elise is recently divorced, in crisis, and has moved herself and her daughter to Oxford, Mississippi where the question “Have you found a church?” is considered polite conversation. Laney has a burning desire to be a writer and she uses her active imagination to write vividly violent short stories. When she befriends Maribel, the open-hearted daughter of an evangelical preacher, Laney uses her penchant for fiction to reinvent herself with actions as rebellious as they are cries for acceptance. This sensitive story of sexual and spiritual awakening follows Laney as she battles her inner demons in her quest to be loved.

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A distinctive new voice in American Theatre, Treischmann’s work is quickly becoming known for its smart, humorous dialogue and intriguing female characters set against the backdrop of the Deep South. In Crooked, she creates three full and diverse roles for women exploring themes of spirituality, sexuality, alienation and identity.

“I think Portland needs to see more theatrical stories with a female perspective. Catherine’s play is about the aspirations of women and I am ecstatic to spend several months living with it.”
director Philip Cuomo, fresh off the critical and popular success of A Noble Failure by Susan Mach.

CoHo’s offering features a well-crafted story centered on the multi-dimensional needs and desires of women of different ages. This female-driven story is presented in a time when cries for increased opportunities for female artists are growing louder. However, this play’s characters, events and language succeed in providing insight into larger social and spiritual issues recognizable to all audiences regardless of gender: issues of family, friendship, grief, and finding a place to belong.

Recieving its debut at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Crooked is the first professionally produced play by Trieschmann in Portland and it has garnered international acclaim:

“Trieschmann shows a precise understanding of the female heart…A play of immense psychological shrewdness.” – The Guardian

“fluent, funny and sometimes fearlessly cruel dialogue…” – NY Times

“fiercely idiosyncratic, funny and touching play“ – The Daily Telegraph

“Crooked provides an unflinching dissection of the terrors that shadow so many teenage girls but are seldom depicted honestly in the theater or onscreen.” – Chicago Reader

“Gloriously funny, Crooked takes on serious issues of religion, mental health and Sapphic sexual awakening…” – OMH London

Director and co-producer Philip Cuomo is the Executive Director of Portland Actors Conservatory (PAC) overseeing a nationally accredited institution. He is an award winning director, theatre teacher and actor and was last month appointed the newest member of CoHo Productions’ Board of Directors. Maureen Porter, co-producer and playing the role of Elise, is an award winning actor, gracing all of the major Portland stages and is one of our city’s most decorated and respected performers. Kayla Lian won over ArtistsRep’s audiences in And So it Goes… and she will melt your heart as Laney. Meghan Chambers plays Laney’s love interest, Maribel, and has recently completed the Portland Playhouse Acting Apprenticeship program.

Production Team

Stage Manager
Production Manager
Scenic Design/Tech Director
Light Design
Sound Design
Costume Design
Sascha Blocker
Jennifer Lin
Demetri Pavlatos
Daniel Meeker
Annalise Albright Woods
Casey Ballard
Larkin Sackett






Show times are 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, with 2pm matinees on Sundays. Talkbacks with the director and cast will follow the performances on May 19th and 26th and June 2nd. Tickets may be purchased online at or by phone at 503.220.2646. CoHo Theatre is located at 2257 NW Raleigh Street.



CoHo Productions Announces
Election of New Board of Directors

Corinne Gayle Lowenthal
Marketing & Development Strategist
CoHo Productions, Ltd
Main: 503-220-2646
Direct: 971-223-9032

February 18, 2013 – PORTLAND, ORE. Last Thursday evening, the CoHo Board of Directors conducted a meeting of reorganization, renewal and celebration as many long-standing board members retired from the board, two new members were welcomed into board service and the election of new officers was conducted.

Current board member Mary Blair was elected Board President and was joined by newly elected members Don Blair as Secretary/Treasurer and Philip Cuomo as Member-At-Large. The current Artistic Council, comprised of Mead Hunter, Karin Magaldi, Chris Murray, Liane Hilling-Shah, Laura Faye Smith and Stephen Weeks, remains unchanged.

Mary Blair has been a CoHo board member since 2011 and is a three-year member of the JAW Reading Committee at Portland Center Stage. As CFO of Nike, Inc., and a current board member at Portland Center Stage, Don Blair brings extensive business and financial experience to the Board. Finally, Philip Cuomo has been a member of the Portland theater community since 2003. He is an actor, an award winning director, a core company member of Third Rail Repertory Theater and the current Executive Director of Portland Actors Conservatory.

The retiring board members include President Scott Stephens, CoHo Co-Founder Robert Holden, Secretary Ruth Fredine, Treasurer Lee Kurtz and Leslie Houston. “We are so grateful for the guidance, hard work, and countless hours of time and resources dedicated to CoHo by Scott, Robert, Ruth, Lee and Leslie. They’ve all served s a vital resource to artists who strive to produce projects they are deeply passionate about and will be missed,” said Artistic Council Member Laura Faye Smith.

“As a co-founder of the company, Robert Holden’s contributions to CoHo have been immeasurable,” said new Board President Mary Blair. Holden directed CoHo’s very first production, Bodyhold, in 1995 at the Benson Hotel and was the co-producer/director for one of the company’s most successful shows, William S. Gregory’s Mary Tudor. He was also instrumental in developing the acclaimed CoHo Theater, now in its 12th year. “It is fitting that as Robert leaves the board, he is returning to the director’s chair

where he began with the Company,” said Blair. Robert Holden is directing the upcoming production of Bill W. and Dr. Bob.

“Leslie Houston, Ruth Fredine, Lee Kurtz and most notably Scott Stephens, must also be saluted for their invaluable service to CoHo,” continued Blair. “Many in the community are well aware of the tremendous work all of these individuals have devoted to CoHo over the years, especially in this last season as we have operated without a Managing Director and all aspects of CoHo’s operations fell to this truly “working board”. The fact that CoHo still exists today is a credit to their tenacity and a reflection of the real passion each holds for CoHo. The Portland theater community is only richer for their gift of time and talent.”

“As a new board, we are very optimistic about the continued success of CoHo. We have just signed a new lease on our theater and our near term priority is to build the financial and operational health of the Company while maintaining a strong commitment to CoHo’s artistic mission,” said Blair. Artistic Council Member Smith adds, “We are incredibly enthusiastic and energized about what the future will hold with Mary, Don and Philip on the Board. Their combined professionalism, intelligence, experience and passion bode well for CoHo’s ability to attract and support the best our artistic community has to offer.”

CoHo’s Productions’ mission is to produce high quality and affordable theater in Portland in an intimate setting under a unique collaborative model known as co-production. CoHo invites local theater artists to propose plays for production to an Artistic Council, consisting of established Portland theater artists of all disciplines, who select three shows per season. CoHo provides the venue, funding and marketing support for the show, thereby freeing its co-producers to focus on the artistic and technical aspects in which they excel.


LAUGH UNTIL YOU CRY WITH THE WORLD PREMIERE OF International Falls at CoHo Productions


Corinne Gayle Lowenthal
Marketing & Development Strategist
CoHo Productions, Ltd
Main: 503-220-2646
Direct: 971-223-9032

International Falls
at CoHo Productions

Photo by Gary Norman

Photo by Gary Norman

December 9, 2012 – PORTLAND, ORE. Write down everything and something is bound to be funny. Or at least that’s standup comedian Tim’s philosophy in International Falls by Thomas Ward. CoHo Productions, as part of the Fertile Ground Festival, will produce the World Premiere. A pay-what-you-will preview performance will be held on January 24th, with opening night on January 25th. The hilarious new show will run Thursday through Sunday through February 16th. Tickets start at $20 with discounts available for students, educators and seniors. Those with a valid International Falls, MN driver’s license will receive free admission (pending availability).
In the depths of winter, Tim and Dee find themselves together in a small motel room after Tim’s side-splitting
stand-up comedy performance. A philosophical discussion of comic theory, marriage, parenthood, and a few bodily function jokes blurs the line between comedy and tragedy as both are forced to ask, “Now what?” Playwright Thomas Ward (a Professor at Baylor University and former stand-up comic) has carefully crafted the beginning of one journey and the end of another as the pair grapple with each other and their lives. Show times are 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, with 2pm matinees on Sundays. Talkbacks with the director and cast will follow the performances on February 2, 3 and 9. A panel discussion with area stand-up comics moderated by Isaac Lamb will follow the Sunday, February 10 matinee performance. Tickets may be purchased online at or by phone at 503.220.2646. CoHo Theatre is located at 2257 NW Raleigh Street.
Brandon Woolley (Company Manager, Portland Center Stage) makes his Portland directorial debut and has cast an exceptional duo of Portland favorites to take on this dark comedy. Tim, a burned out standup comedian will be played by Portland’s own comedic actor, Issac Lamb (pictured above) of Third Rail Repertory Theatre. Laura Faye Smith (The ReceptionistSpinning into Butter) returns to CoHo as Dee, the disenchanted motel clerk.
The small Minnesota motel comes to life through Scenic Designer Cameron McFee (Animals and Plants, Body Awareness). Jennifer Lin (Lime Tree Bower) and Em Gusterson set the scene as Lighting Designer and Sound Designer respectively. The production team is deftly rounded out with Amber Peoples as Stage Manager.
CoHo Productions continues its 17th Season: It’s about Identity, still utilizing the unique coproduction model that has sustained its efforts to support the artistic community. CoHo provides the funding, venue and complete administrative support, allowing our co-producers to focus on creating the artistic vision. This combination has produced 23 Drammy awards and 10 world premieres, despite the completely unpredictable nature of each season. Located on the edge of the vibrant NW District and in the midst of the 10-year Conway redevelopment project, CoHo Theatre is an intimate 99-seat black box theatre residing in a former book bindery.


CoHo Productions regretfully announces the cancellation of Mars on Life: Holiday Survival Guide.

Corinne Gayle Lowenthal
Marketing & Development Strategist
CoHo Productions, Ltd
Main: 503-220-2646
Direct: 971-223-9032

CoHo Productions regretfully announces the cancellation of Mars on Life: Holiday Survival Guide.

Due to current economic instabilities and amidst our own ongoing company reorganization, the Board of Directors has released a statement regarding the production of Mars on Life which can be read in its entirety below.

“Dear CoHo Supporter,

We are deeply sorry to announce that our scheduled holiday show, Mars On Life: Holiday Survival Guide, has been cancelled. All current ticket holders are being contacted and their monies will be refunded.

Although we just completed a successful run of Annie Baker’s Body Awareness and some local businesses/individuals have been extremely generous in helping us to improve the theater, our finances have become very challenged. As a result, we have returned to a completely volunteer organization and came to the realization that we could not afford to fund the Mars On Life production.

We are especially sorry for the impact that this difficult decision has had on Susannah Mars and all the creative staff affiliated with the show. The fact that CoHo needed to cancel the production in no way reflects on the talent, professionalism and commitment of these individuals. We are humbled with how gracious they all have been in accepting this disappointing turn of events.

The CoHo theater is now dark for December and early January but we feel confident that our winter show, International Falls by Thomas Ward will go forward as scheduled and open on January 25th.

Once again, we sincerely apologize to all for the cancellation of our holiday production and ask for your continued support of CoHo as we battle these tough economic times.

Scott Stephens
Board President, CoHo Productions


CoHo Productions Continues 2012-2013 Season with World Premiere “International Falls” by Thomas Ward

Corinne Lowenthal
Marketing & Development Strategist
CoHo Productions, Ltd

CoHo Productions Continues 2012-2013 Season with World Premiere “International Falls” by Thomas Ward

International Falls by Thomas Ward


Event: International Falls (Second Mainstage Season Co-Production for CoHo Productions, 2012-2013 Season)
Location: CoHo Theatre; 2257 NW Raleigh, Portland, OR 97210
Disabled Access: Yes
Dates: January 25th – February 16th 2012 [January 24th (Preview)]
Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30 pm
Sundays at 2:00 pm
Cost: $20 – $25 General Admission
Advance tickets at:
or call (503) 715-1114
Press Contact: Corinne Lowenthal
(503) 220-2646
Photographs: One attached; additional available upon request

International Falls

by Thomas Ward
directed by Brandon Woolley

Issac Lamb
Laura Faye Smith

Production Team
Brandon Woolley, Director
Thomas Ward, Playwright
Cameron McFee, Scenic / Sound Designer
Amber Peoples, Stage Manager
Jennifer Lin, Lighting Designer

About CoHo Productions
CoHo Productions continues its 17th season, still utilizing the unique co-production model that has sustained it. CoHo provides the funding, the theater, the marketing and promotion, the administrative support, the ticketing, and front-of-house support. Its co-producers provide the production team – cast and crew – that put together the show. The combination has produced 23 Drammy awards and 10 world premieres, despite the completely unpredictable nature of each season.

About International Falls
Tim, a burned out standup comedian has a gig at a motel in International Falls, Minnesota. Aspiring comedian and motel desk clerk, Dee, ends up in Tim’s room one night after his performance. The night turns into a philosophical discussion of comic theory, marriage, parenthood and religion. The line between comedy and tragedy is blurred as both characters are forced to ask , “Now what?” The Dallas Morning News wrote of the workshop production, “International Falls is so much fun to watch and so painful when it wraps itself up,” and D Magazine called it “blazing good.” CoHo is proud to present International Falls as part of Fertile Ground, Portland’s city-wide festival of new works. Purchase Fertile Ground passes through this link, and tell them we sent you! When you do, CoHo will receive credit for your purchase.