Lighthouse Arts Presents

Adroit Maneuvers

A New Play by Michael Bertish

WORLD PREMIERE!

Preview Performance Thursday, July 5

IMAGO THEATRE 

17 SE 8th Avenue

Portland, OR 97214

 

#ADROITPDX

Lighthouse Arts Presents

Adroit Maneuvers

A New Play by Michael Bertish

WORLD PREMIERE!

IMAGO THEATRE 

17 SE 8th Avenue

Portland, OR 97214

 

#ADROITPDX

ABOUT THE PLAY

“When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross.”

This well-known anonymous statement from the 1930s (often erroneously attributed to American novelist Sinclair Lewis) is a prophetic warning about the rise of authoritarian regimes. With the recent tragic events of Charlottesville and other flashpoints of intolerance in the news, assaults on members of the LGBTQ community and racial, religious and ethnic minorities, attacks on a free press, and the rise of voices advocating extreme nationalism throughout the civilized world, many say that our current time is reminiscent of the advent of World War II. However, the real test of our time is to avoid the trap of reactionary fear and to commit to healing change. Adroit Maneuvers offers a compassionate, hopeful perspective on bridging these divides that threaten to fracture our humanity.

The play is set in New York City in 1996 at the Dinger family home. The story revolves around an elderly grandmother, Tilde, and her adult grandson, Micky, who comes back to the city for a final visit. Micky is determined to get Tilde to open up about her experiences during the Anschluss in Vienna. Until this point in her life, Tilde has never spoken about living through the Nazi invasion and World War II. As Tilde tells her story, her memories come to life and the characters from her past enter to relive vignettes from the golden era of Vienna’s famous café society. Micky discovers Tilde’s acts of selfless courage and her friendships with world-class figures of the day: Sigmund and Martha Freud, Albert Einstein, and members of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. Tilde’s story is interwoven with true historical events, and hearing her story gives Micky the courage to be open for the first time about his own deep-rooted secrets.

This timely and thought-provoking drama portrays a very different view of the personal impacts of war in a touching study of intergenerational trauma and the painful dysfunctions that continue to haunt an entire family. The play is full of music, and  discussions of art, philosophy, culture, science and politics on a world stage. As details of the story lay out the facts of the past, the audience can’t help but be reminded of the political climate of the present.

In October 2017, actor/director Tom Hanks said, “If you’re concerned about what’s going on today, read history and figure out what to do because it’s all right there.”  Adroit Maneuvers delves into the history of intolerance and brings us to the realization that we have the power to rise above it all through devoted relationships, humility, compassion and forgiveness.

In The Press

Presented by:

Michael Bertish, playwright, director, producer of Adroit Maneuvers, graduated with honors from the University of Illinois with a Bachelor’s Degree of Fine Arts in Theatre. This production marks the premiere of Adroit Maneuvers, the script having been developed for the past three years. Other works include A Spoonful of Little Hot Peas, produced as part of a festival of one-acts and directed by Douglas Anderson, depicting cultural differences between a woman and her illegal immigrant maid; Twisted, produced as a staged reading by Illinois Repertory Theatre, based on characters developed in Lecoq maskwork; a musical adaptation of The Muppet Christmas Carol, which he designed and directed with singing puppets while playing Scrooge; The Jasmine Flower, a one-man shadow-puppet Kabuki play for which he designed the stage mechanics and performed all the character voices in a fabled story of a Chinese concubine. Michael has performed in a wide variety of roles in theatres across the country, including musicals, Shakespeare, children’s theatre, modern American classics in repertory theatres, Kabuki and Bunraku (Japanese puppetry).  He is an accomplished painter and sculptor, a passionate history buff, an advocate for civil rights and social justice, and an environmental activist. His passionate motivation driving the creation of Adroit Maneuvers is to be a voice for those who preceded us through histories of brutal times so we can be reminded of our better selves, even in the face of bigotry, ignorance, and prejudice.
Content Advisory:  Not suitable for children.  Addresses themes of sexuality, war, family strife.
  • The show will be presented in two acts, with one intermission.
  • The length of the show is approximately 2 hours.

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  Paid Preview:

  • Thursday, 7/5 – 7:00 PM

Performances:

  • Friday, 7/6 – 7:00 PM (Opening)
  • Saturday, 7/7 – 7:00 PM
  • Sunday, 7/8 – 2:00 PM
  • Wednesday, 7/11 – 7:00 PM (tentative)
  • Thursday, 7/12 – 7:00 PM
  • Friday, 7/13 – 7:00 PM
  • Saturday, 7/14 – 7:00 PM
  • Sunday, 7/15 – 2:00 PM
  • Wednesday, 7/18 – 7:00 PM (tentative)
  • Thursday, 7/19 – 7:00 PM
  • Friday, 7/20 – 7:00 PM
  • Saturday, 7/21 – 7:00 PM
  • Sunday, 7/22 – 2:00 PM (Closing)
As the sole playwright of Adroit Maneuvers, Michael Bertish reserves all rights to produce this script free and clear.  The first draft of Adroit Maneuvers was certified with the U.S. Register of Copyrights on November 15, 2015, Registration number PAu3-803-928. The second draft of Adroit Maneuvers was re-registered on February 12, 2017, Agency ID 1- 21AOD4C. The production at the Imago Theatre will be the world premiere.

ABOUT THE PLAY

“When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross.”

This well-known anonymous statement from the 1930s (often erroneously attributed to American novelist Sinclair Lewis) is a prophetic warning about the rise of authoritarian regimes. With the recent tragic events of Charlottesville and other flashpoints of intolerance in the news, assaults on members of the LGBTQ community and racial, religious and ethnic minorities, attacks on a free press, and the rise of voices advocating extreme nationalism throughout the civilized world, many say that our current time is reminiscent of the advent of World War II. However, the real test of our time is to avoid the trap of reactionary fear and to commit to healing change. Adroit Maneuvers offers a compassionate, hopeful perspective on bridging these divides that threaten to fracture our humanity.

The play is set in New York City in 1996 at the Dinger family home. The story revolves around an elderly grandmother, Tilde, and her adult grandson, Micky, who comes back to the city for a final visit. Micky is determined to get Tilde to open up about her experiences during the Anschluss in Vienna. Until this point in her life, Tilde has never spoken about living through the Nazi invasion and World War II. As Tilde tells her story, her memories come to life and the characters from her past enter to relive vignettes from the golden era of Vienna’s famous café society. Micky discovers Tilde’s acts of selfless courage and her friendships with world-class figures of the day: Sigmund and Martha Freud, Albert Einstein, and members of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. Tilde’s story is interwoven with true historical events, and hearing her story gives Micky the courage to be open for the first time about his own deep-rooted secrets.

This timely and thought-provoking drama portrays a very different view of the personal impacts of war in a touching study of intergenerational trauma and the painful dysfunctions that continue to haunt an entire family. The play is full of music, and  discussions of art, philosophy, culture, science and politics on a world stage. As details of the story lay out the facts of the past, the audience can’t help but be reminded of the political climate of the present.

In October 2017, actor/director Tom Hanks said, “If you’re concerned about what’s going on today, read history and figure out what to do because it’s all right there.”  Adroit Manuevers delves into the history of intolerance and brings us to the realization that we have the power to rise above it all through devoted relationships, humility, compassion and forgiveness.

ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT

Michael Bertish, playwright, director, producer of Adroit Maneuvers, graduated with honors from the University of Illinois with a Bachelor’s Degree of Fine Arts in Theatre. This production marks the premiere of Adroit Maneuvers, the script having been developed for the past three years. Other works include A Spoonful of Little Hot Peas, produced as part of a festival of one-acts and directed by Douglas Anderson, depicting cultural differences between a woman and her illegal immigrant maid; Twisted, produced as a staged reading by Illinois Repertory Theatre, based on characters developed in Lecoq maskwork; a musical adaptation of The Muppet Christmas Carol, which he designed and directed with singing puppets while playing Scrooge; The Jasmine Flower, a one-man shadow-puppet Kabuki play for which he designed the stage mechanics and performed all the character voices in a fabled story of a Chinese concubine. Michael has performed in a wide variety of roles in theatres across the country, including musicals, Shakespeare, children’s theatre, modern American classics in repertory theatres, Kabuki and Bunraku (Japanese puppetry).  He is an accomplished painter and sculptor, a passionate history buff, an advocate for civil rights and social justice, and an environmental activist. His passionate motivation driving the creation of Adroit Maneuvers is to be a voice for those who preceded us through histories of brutal times so we can be reminded of our better selves, even in the face of bigotry, ignorance, and prejudice.

Presented by:

Cast & Creatives

Creative Team
  • Michael Bertish – Producer/Director/Playwright
  • Kim Freimoeller – Production Stage Manager
  • Laura Fraley – Assistant Stage Manager
  • Cameron McFee – Set Design/Technical Director
  • Emily Trimble – Props Designer
  • Alana Wight – Costume Design
  • Diane Trapp – Wigs/Makeup/Prosthetics Design
  • Jeff Forbes – Lighting Design
  • Richard E. Moore – Sound Design
  • Cooper Poole – Assistant Sound Designer
  • Sue Vanlaanen – Props Assistant & Runner
  • Alan Cline – Projection Design
  • Kevin Young – Master Electrician
  • Barry Blanding – Photographer
  • Bridgetown Marketing – Web Design, Ticketing, Graphic Design

IMAGO THEATRE 

17 SE 8TH AVENUE

PORTLAND, OR 97214