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2015-2016 Season Announced!

2015-2016 Season: A Change of Heart

We are thrilled to announce the shows we have on tap for our next season! We are book-ending the season with two very different takes on a classic you may have heard of by Will Shakespeare: Hamlet. You may also notice that we’ve added a couple of special events for holidays that are falling on weekends this year and are even adding a talent show – more fun for everyone. See you  soon at the theatre!

I Hate Hamlet
By Paul Rudnick
Directed by Paul Roder
Sept. 4 – 20, 2015

HART Full of Stars
Talent Show & Fundraiser
Sept. 26, 2015

Page to Stage IV: A Playwrights’ Showcase
Oct. 17, 2015

The Foreigner
By Larry Shue
Directed by Sarah Ominsky
Oct, 23 – Nov. 8, 2015 (except 10/31/15)

Halloween Night Special Event
Oct. 31, 2015 (Saturday)

Forever Plaid: Plaid Tidings
Book by Stuart Ross
Directed by Matt Russell
Nov. 20 – Dec. 20, 2015

Valentine (Annual) Benefit & Auction
Feb. 13, 2016 (Saturday)

Women and Wallace
By Jonathan Marc Sherman
Directed by Stephen Kelsey
Feb. 19 – 28, 2016

Storytelling Fundraiser
Batya Podos
March 3, 2016

Becky’s New Car
By Stephen Dietz
Directed by Dorinda Toner
March 18 – April 3, 2016

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
By Tom Stoppard
Directed by Peter Stein
May 27 – June 19, 2016

Page to Stage Selection
Show and Director to be determined
July 8 – 24, 2016

Tickets for individual shows will be available online effective August 15!

“Colors of the Jungle” – Parrots on parade at HART!

Hyacinth MacawParakeets, cockatoos, parrots, macaws – what do they have in common, besides being gorgeous birds? They’re all part of the show “Colors of the Jungle”, produced by zoologist, behaviorist and wildlife educator Karl Anderson, otherwise known as the Oregon Birdman.

This show is coming to HART Theatre, as a benefit for the company, on Saturday, Dec. 13 at 2:00 PM. It runs about an hour, it’s for all ages, and all tickets are $10.00. You can call our box office or click “Buy Tickets” to reserve your seats today.

It’s an excellent alternative to the normal holiday fare, and a great way to spend an afternoon with the family, while supporting HART Theatre.

See you there!

Page to Stage Playwrights Announced!

Are you planning to come out to the HART 3rd Annual Page to Stage: A Playwright’s Showcase evening? Curious to know whose work you’ll be enjoying? Some of these playwrights are new to us all and others have been included in prior Page to Stage events, but the works are ALL new! See you at HART on Saturday, October 18th!

From the Ruby Lounge by William Thomas Berk
Book of Revelation by Rich Rubin
If There are Any Heavens by Donna Barrow
Maverick by Sarah McKenney
The Prayer by Karlyn Weaver
Agatha On the Rise by Sally Stember
The Canterville Ghost by Kurt Misar & Russ Cowan

Page to Stage Entries being taken through Sept. 15!

Calling All Playwrights – It’s YOUR Time Again!

 For the past two years in October, Hillsboro Artists’ Regional Theatre (HART) has presented Page to Stage: A Playwright’s Showcase, taking a unique look at the creative process which takes a playwright’s work from the page up onto the stage, with readings from these new works. Everyone has a great day; lots of interaction between the playwrights, audience, and the actors. We’ve made it an annual event – and now is when we need to hear from you!

 Thanks to a grant from the Hillsboro Arts & Culture Council (HACC), we were able to fully produce one of the shows from our Page to Stage event in July 2014. Although we don’t have a grant this year, we still want to bring one of the shows to life, so we’ve added it to our season! We are so excited to share this opportunity with you and eager to begin reading your submissions, so with no further ado, here are the details:

  • Local playwrights should submit scenes from a new, unproduced work, no longer than 15 minutes. Musicals, Drama, Comedy; you write it and we’ll accept it for review! A committee will select 6-8 scenes to present as staged readings in an evening that encourages a dialog between playwright and audience members.
  • Each playwright may submit up to 3 scenes for review. They need not be from the same show. NOTE: If you are submitting a musical, we will need a libretto, score, and (ideally) a recording of the songs for our performers to familiarize themselves with before the Showcase. Music will be rehearsed in advance.
  • There is no limit on the size of the cast in your scenes.
  • Submissions will be accepted beginning August 25th through midnight of Monday, September 15th. We will let you know whether your scene has been chosen by email before the end of that week.
  • Send scenes electronically to HART.Page2Stage@… with the subject “Playwright’s Showcase 2014″. Include a short summary of the play, and your contact information (phone number, email, etc.).
  • On Saturday, October 18th, from noon – 5:30 PM., you will have the opportunity to work with the actors (both male & female) who will be reading your script. Dinner is provided for participating actors and playwrights, and the Showcase begins at 7:30 PM. A detailed schedule will be provided to the playwrights whose works are chosen.
  • If you have any additional questions, please send them to HART.Page2Stage@… with the subject “Playwright’s Showcase 2014″.

One of these new productions will be a part of HART’s 2014-2015 season! Our goal is to give local playwrights an opportunity to get input from a live audience on their new works in progress. It is the playwright’s choice to use the feedback in editing their works or not.

 Hillsboro Artists Regional Theatre (HART) is Hillsboro’s only community theatre celebrating its nineteenth year. We have an ongoing commitment to local artists, producing new works by local playwrights, providing training for technicians and actors, and encouraging young directors.

Crazy Old Man – making the News happen!

Have you seen it yet? A nice little article on – check it out here! The article was even mentioned in the Daily Community Theatre News. For details on our playwright, check out the article in the Washington County Summer Arts Guide. And the first show hasn’t even happened yet! 

Come be a part of the excitement – Crazy Old Man is opening Friday, July 11, 2014. An all original work by Darrell Baker, Tina Arth, & Carl Coughlan the production of which is being funded by the Hillsboro Arts & Culture Council, it can truly be said to be a local success story. We can’t wait to see it shine!

In the meantime, meet a couple of our cast members!