For 19 years, CoHo Productions has pioneered artist led co-production as a model of creating theatre. Each season, CoHo solicits scripts and project proposals from Portland’s community of theatre professionals and selects three to produce in partnership.
The artistic vision is democratic, reflecting the tastes of the Portland theatre community from the ground up.
Seasons are diverse and unpredictable; the sole quality nurtured and insisted on is excellence.
THE HISTORY OF COHO
CoHo’s first show, Bodyhold, took place in the basement of the Benson Hotel in 1995. Penned by Gary Cole and directed by Robert Holden, the company’s co-founders, Bodyhold enjoyed a colorful and successful run, in part fueled by solid beverage sales and the arrival of the Portland police one evening in response to a hotel guest’s worry over hearing gun shots (the play was set in the middle of a Third World revolution!). It was quite the auspicious beginning for a theater company whose first production literally opened “on Broadway”.
Two Pearl District storefronts, one empty warehouse, one art gallery, a business office and one NW storefront later, you sit tonight in a former bookbindery that became CoHo’s permanent home in 2000. Partial credit for the search for a real home must be given to the poor actress who was forced to quit the last storefront production halfway through the show’s run due to an asthmatic reaction to dust and grime.
Now in our 18th season, CoHo can boast 48 productions, 13 world premieres, and 26 Drammy awards. Our productions have represented well-established playwrights like David Mamet and Eugene O’Neill but have also provided a forum for local Portland luminaries like William S. Gregory and Ebbe Roe Smith to bring their work to life. Our stage has been the early stomping grounds for once fledgling companies like Third Rail Rep and Profile Theatre Company who have gone on to their own tremendous successes in the world of Portland theater.
CoHo Productions – truly an adventure in COlaborative HOme-grown theater!
Our sincere thanks for joining us on this journey, as you, our audience members and supporters, have always been a critical part of our collaborative process.