Our Town

A powerful, dramatic, heartfelt drama of small town America September 2014

By Neil Simon

September 25 - October 11, 2015

award winning science fiction by Terry Bisson, April 17 -May 10, 2015

A heart-felt 50 year collection of beautifully written missives
February 6 - 22, 2015

THANK YOU FOR COMING TO OUR TOWN!

God of Carnage Directed by Janet Gupton Chantal DeGroat Ted DeChatelet Kymberly Herbst

Betrayal

Molly Sweeney directed by Donna Gentry with Kymberly Herbst Jake Rossman James Halliday What happens to a blind woman who may have an opportunity to see again? Two men vie to control her fate. Should she stay in the world that she controls or live in a world where she has no power?

An original piece written and performed by Donna Gentry and Kymberly Herbst This production is presented as two pieces. One explores the relationships between brothers, the other between older best friends. All of it set in the a Brooklyn neighborhood's Irish bar.

A lovely evening of farce is presented as a Christmas Play within a Christmas play. Trying to put on a simple Christmas play proves daunting when temperamental actors refuse to go on stage, characters are reinterpreted and the entire set goes up in flames.

Two Women Performing CPR

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CPR - Our Town POSTER

Our Town by Thornton Wilder – Fall 2014

Our Town was first performed at McCarter Theater in Princeton, New Jersey on January 22, 1938 and won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. It is a 1938 three-act play by Thornton Wilder. Although set in the fictional American each coast town of Grover’s Corners, New Hampshire, it could just as easily have been set in the west coast town of Newberg OR. Our Town tells the story of a town’s citizens in the early twentieth century through the activities in their everyday lives. Joe Crowell, delivers the paper to Doc Gibbs, Howie Newsome delivers the milk, and the Webb and Gibbs households send their children off to school. The audience meets everyone in this town — the choir director, the undertaker, the high school baseball players, Joe Stoddard, and a young man Sam Craig. All of these characters and details are brought to life by actors and the narration of the Stage Manager, who shares the town’s history (1901 – 1913). To make it complete there is a love story between childhood sweethearts and all the drama of life and death…everything that one would expect to happen in Our Town.

Reviews of the performance

“I can’t tell you enough what a wonderful job all of you did with that wonderful play!  It is a powerful and moving piece to begin with, but the acting skill in bringing it to your small but dedicated audience was wonderful.  And that young Tia was astounding in her ability (of the young?) to keep that entire dialog in her mind while rendering it perfectly and with great emotion.  Still this morning I am sitting at my keyboard with tears rolling down my cheeks thinking back on so many of those heart-wrenching scenes.

How disappointing that there were so many competing events keeping people from your production.  But those of us who attended were treated to a first class production of a first class play, and those who missed out missed something very special.

Congratulations on a most wonderful effort by all of you!”

A friend and I saw the play last night and it was so well done that I want to see it again! The cast was terrific and the story thought-provoking! 

See the play ‘Our Town’ the next three weekends! And support this group — Chehalem Repertory Players! They put their heart and soul into this production!

Stage Manager:  Alyssa Frangipani
House Manager:  Debbie Liew
Box Office:  Jeanne Biggerstaff

Emily Webb: Tia Laulusa
George Gibbs: Luke Armstrong
Mr. Webb: Gerry Birnbach
Mrs. Webb: Carol Adams
Dr. Gibbs: Michael Swanson
Mrs. Gibbs: Kymberly Bollinger Herbst
Rebecca Gibbs: Madeleine Herbst
Simon Stimson: Jim Grino
Joe Crowell, Si Crowell, Wally Web: Nathan Gabrielsen
Howie Newsome, Sam Craig: Zach Warner
Constable Warren: David Harvey

An Empty Plate in the Café du Grand Boeuf by Michael Hollinger

Monsieur Victor is a millionaire, worships Hemingway, and owns his own cafe devoted solely to his gourmand needs. He returns from one his trips abroad, morose and downhearted, and informs the chef and staff that he has given up eating and plans to starve himself. Alarmed for both Victor and their own well-being, the restaurant staff concocts an idea to turn Victor around – they convince him to try one last, great meal – with the catch that he can’t eat it, they will only describe it to him.

An Empty Plate in the Café du Grand Boeuf is a comic tragedy in seven courses that celebrates the joys of cooking, sex, bullfighting, and the collected works of Ernest Hemingway.

Director: Donna Gentry
Cast: Jim Halliday, Jeff Sargent, Jaime Flatters, Nate Travers, Gerry Birnbach & introducing Karen Halliday
Stage Manager: Kathleen Buck
House Manager/Box Office: Jeanne Biggerstaff

God of Carnage by Yasmina Reza

Before the play begins, two 11-year-old children get involved in an argument because one boy refuses to let the other join his ‘gang’. The playground altercation brings together the two sets of Brooklyn parents for a meeting to resolve the matter. At first, diplomatic niceties are observed, but as the meeting progresses, and the rum flows, tensions emerge and the gloves come off, leaving the couples with more than just their liberal principles in tatters. Winner of the 2009 Tony Award, the original Broadway cast included Jeff Daniels, Hope Davis, James Gandolfini and Marcia Gay Harden.

Director: Janet Gupton
Cast: Ted deChatelet, Kymberly Herbst, JP Kloninger & Chantal DeGroat
Producer, Set & Costume Design: Donna Gentry
Stage Manager: Jennifer Dolphin
Properties: Kathleen Buck
Light & Sound Design: Josh Shambaugh
Strike Crew: Newberg High School Booster Club

Betrayal by Harold Pinter

The plot of Betrayal questions different permutations of betrayal relating to a seven-year affair involving a married couple, Emma and Robert, and Robert’s “close friend” Jerry, who is also married, to a woman named Judith.

For five years Jerry and Emma carry on their affair without Robert’s knowledge, both cuckolding Robert and betraying Judith, and then things and time really begin to unravel exposing more about all parties. Betrayal is almost more of a mystery than an a play about friends and adultery.

Director: Donna Gentry
Cast: Gerry Birnbach, Kymberly Herbst, Jake Rossman, and Nate Travers
Stage Manager: Michael Chapman
House Manager & Assistant Stage Manager: Jennifer Dolphin
Lighting Design: Josh Shambaugh
Sound and Special Effects Design: Jeremy McCamish
Set Design: Nic Wilson
Set Decoration: Kathleen Buck

Two Men Performing CPR by Donna Gentry & Kymberly Herbst

Another evening of original theater based on some of the men that Donna and Kym have known in their lives.  Using these men to create original characters, CPR presented an evening of fun, hilarious and at times poignant (but always entertaining) theater exploring the ways that men try to make sense of their world.

 

 

Cast: Donna Gentry and Kymberly Herbst
Lighting Design: Josh Shambaugh
Set Design: Nic Wilson
Set Construction: Jack Meng
Set Decoration: Kathleen Buck

Molly Sweeney by Brien Friel

Brian Friel, Ireland’s master storyteller (Dancing at Lughnasa) has devised a riveting drama about the terrible consequences of a medical miracle. Molly has lived in happy, capable, independent darkness since she was ten months old. When her husband, a restless, unemployed enthusiast makes her blindness his latest cause, he consults a once famous star surgeon who, despite being half drowned in whiskey agrees to attempt to restore Molly’s sight.
When the bandages come off, remarkable revelations ensue. The privacy of blindness is assaulted. Can one “learn to see”? Or will the shock of realization overwhelm a beautiful woman who has never seen her own face! Friel’s fascinating journey plunges deeply into the secrets and hearts of three extraordinary characters who lower the veil and allow us into their very private lives.

Director: Donna Gentry
Cast: Jim Halliday, Jake Rossman, Kymberly Herbst
Lighting Design: Josh Shambaugh

A Christmas Memory

A staged reading of Truman Capote’s largely autobiographical story which takes place in the 1930s and describes a period in the lives of the seven-year-old narrator and an elderly woman who is his distant cousin and best friend. The evocative narrative focuses on country life, friendship, and the joy of giving during the Christmas season, and it also gently yet poignantly touches on loneliness and loss.

Now a holiday classic, “A Christmas Memory” has been broadcast, recorded, filmed, and staged multiple times, in award-winning productions. CPR is excited to bring this story to life.

Cast: Tim Fodge, Donna Gentry, Kymberly Herbst, Gerry Birnbach
Lighting Design: Josh Shambaugh

Two Women Performing CPR by Kym Herbst & Donna Gentry

CPR’s initial offering featured the company’s two founders performing entirely original monologues (inspired by true events and real people).

Kym Herbst and Donna Gentry brought to life the personal discoveries, struggles and joys we experience in trying to understand our need to connect our past with our present while steering ourselves toward our futures. These reflective, hysterically funny, sometimes combative and often raw representations of life are seen through the prism of memory and emotion.

Cast: Donna Gentry and Kymberly Herbst
Lighting Design: Josh Shambaugh
Set Design: Nic Wilson
Set Construction: Jack Meng
Set Decoration: Kathleen Buck