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Wednesday, February 8, 2012
CAST Theatre presents
Photos by ADAM LAPIERRE
A glimpse at love and lust, truth and trust
By JULIE RAEFIELD-GOBBO
News staff writer
I Feb. 9-11 and 16-18
Love, lust and deceit; truth, perception and desire: How can the average couple navigate the oftenmurky waters churned up by the heart? Pivotal questions and points of departure are equally explored in Steven Dietz’s deftly written play, “Private Eyes,” opening this weekend at CAST Theater. For director Tom Burns, first and foremost, the dramatic-comedy is about entertainment. “The audience will have great fun. At its core, this play is about love,” said Burns. “But ultimately, through the course of the show, we gain a better understanding about the importance of truth in our relationships.” The unique and interesting thing about “Private Eyes” is the twisting route it takes in bringing the audience to that insight. “It is a comedy, but not a Neil Simon type,” Burns says. “It is full of magic and misdirection for the audience. There are surprises and the audience can’t really be sure what is real and what is not.” But what we can tell you is this: There is a play within a play. Or is there? There is an actress, a director, a husband and a mysterious woman who seems to be stalking the others. There is, at the very least, a play under discussion and an affair taking place. Or perhaps the affair is just part of the play being rehearsed. Or maybe it is just fodder for a therapy session. Oh, and there could be murders involved — one, two, three or perhaps none at all. “Private Eyes” is a play in which nothing is what it seems and where comedy can be found in the deleterious effects of suspicion on love. Cast members bringing the story to life include: Gregory Baisden as Adrian, Jessica Metta as Lisa, Tom Butler as Matthew, Lisa Roth-Baisden as Cory and Kathleen Morrow as Frank. John Metta designed lights with costumes by Robin Allen. Adri-
at 7:30 p.m. and Feb. 12 at 2 p.m. I Tickets are $15 for adults; $12 for students and seniors and are available at the door or by presale at Columbia Arts, Waucoma Bookstore or online at: www.showtix4u.com. I CAST Theater is located at the Columbia Center for the Arts, 215 Cascade Ave.
PRIVATE EYES scenes (top to bottom) are: Jessica Metta and Gregory Baisden, playing Lisa and Adrian, at odds with what to do in their predicament; Lisa Roth-Baisden as Cory, Tom Butler as Matthew and Metta at a point in the performance when things get really interesting; Metta again; (below) Butler as his character contemplates what to do with his unfaithful wife; Kathleen Morrow playing the part of Frank, an observer and psychiatrist; Baisden in distress and (bottom right) Roth-Baisden with the wedding ring of her husband’s lover.
Art imitates life?
While trying to ferret out the elusive, convoluted truth in “Private Eyes” it may add to the fun in knowing some behind-the-scenes intrigue as well. There are two couples in the play – each with questions of fidelity. There are two couples on the production team, hopefully very secure in their relationships. Jessica Metta (actress) and John Metta (on lights) are working alongside Lisa Roth-Baisden (actress) and Gregory Baisden (actor). And here is where the cross-channels begin. There are several points in the show where real-life couples are witnessing their spouses on stage “in the clinch” with someone else’s spouse. In addition to this unusual coincidence, there are two men named Tom involved the play (director Burns and actor Butler), two Adrians (one a character and the other a crew member), two Lisas (one a character and the other an actress), and two “Kathys” (one an actress and one a crew member). In addition, Tom Butler’s wife, whose name is Catherine, is the theater manager. To top it all off, one of the Kathys (Kathleen Morrow) is playing a character named Frank. Mysterious!
an Chaton serves as stage manager and Kathy Williams as producer. Crew members include Anna Taylor and Dell Charity. “Everything changes when we put our hearts on the line,” Burns says as he describes the struggles of the characters in the play as well as the strengths of his production team. But Burns, who holds a master’s degree in directing, could also be talking about a more personal experience that informed his work as director for “Private Eyes.” “Right around Thanksgiving, just after we started rehearsals, I had to
have an emergency quadruple bypass,” Burns shared. “Luckily, we had planned to have a four-week break from rehearsals and so I was able to recover in that time.” Return he did; and right on time. Amazingly, Burns was not shaken in his vision for this production by his own close call of the heart. In fact, observing his detailed work with the cast, it is evident that Burns has a clarity of vision that may have been keenly sharpened by his recent experience. Please see EYES, Page B10
Hood River News, Wednesday, February 8, 2012
State CASA program gains Ford grant
More than 8,000 children in Oregon are in foster care on an average daily basis as a result of abuse and neglect. This violation of children’s basic human rights is the focus of Court Appointed Special Advocates. Last year Oregon CASA programs across the state advocated for over 5000 children. A CASA volunteer has received specialized training to speak out and act in the best interests of abused and neglected children. They are trained to work within the child welfare and family court systems and are appointed by judges to individual children. CASA organizations improve outcomes for children and increase the likelihood that a child will grow into a successful adult despite great hurdles. The CASA volunteer becomes a trusted adult empowered to ensure that each child is well cared for and able to find a safe, loving, permanent home. The Oregon CASA Network, a newly formed organization, was developed to increase effectiveness and efficiency of each independent CASA organization with a goal of an advocate for every child in need. Twenty-nine programs serve all counties in Oregon. The OCN has entered into a partnership with the National CASA Association, linking together leadership and technical assistance resources to provide better support for local CASA programs. National CASA recently launched its “I am for the Child” campaign, a national effort to make sure every eligible child is being served by a CASA advocate by 2020. As a result of this recent collaboration, the Ford Family Foundation has awarded OCN a two-year project grant totaling $445,000. Funding will support multiple activities, aimed at strengthening the newly launched network while motivating local participation in systems-building work led by both the OCN and National CASA. “This grant award is great news for local Oregon CASA organizations and we are excited to share this new with our community,” said Susan Erickson, executive director of Columbia Gorge CASA.
All calls were responded to within the City of Hood River Jan. 25-Feb. 5. I Assaults, harassment, menacing and domestic violence: Feb. 1 — Bonneville Drive at Tucker Road — Officers respond to an assault. Feb. 5 — 15th Street at C Street — Hood River male arrested for menacing another person with a knife. I Controlled substance violations (non-DUII): Jan. 28 — Second Street, 100 block — Adult male cited for possessing less than one ounce of marijuana. Feb. 4 — Highway 35 at Lower View Point — Adult male cited for the possession of less than an ounce of marijuana. I Disorderly conduct, mischief, criminal trespass and vandalism: Jan. 25 — Cascade Avenue, 2300 block — Male was arrested and charged with probation violation and criminal mischief. Jan. 28 — Second Street, 100 block — Male was arrested for disorderly conduct II. Jan. 28 — 12th Street, 1500 block — Officer responded to a report of security officers using a taser on a subject at the Hood River Armory. Multiple subjects appeared to be fighting. Two subjects fled the scene. Suspects were located in the yard of a nearby residence and taken into custody and charged with disorderly conduct II and minor in possession of alcohol by consumption. Both were lodged at NORCOR. I Driving under the influence of intoxicants: Jan. 27 — Cascade Avenue at 10th Street — Female arrested for DUII. Jan. 30 — Seventh Street at Cascade Avenue — Male was arrested for DUII, reckless driving and attempting to elude police during traffic stop. He registered a BAC of .09. I Identity theft or credit card fraud: Jan. 27 — Eighth Street, 1100 block — Officer made contact with Hood River resident regarding identity theft. Fe b. 2 — O w n e r o f Heights Shell contacted about an adult male writing checks on an account that was not his. Feb. 3 — 13th Street, 1400 block — Officer took report of possible fraud ring out of New Hampshire. The victim shipped a solar RV kit to an unknown buyer at a UPS store who was using a stolen credit card. I Motor vehicle crashes, offenses and impounds: Jan. 26 — 12th Street at Eliot Drive — Officer responded to a two-car motor vehicle crash. Jan. 27 — Button Bridge Road at Toll Booth — A Hood River man drove in a manner which endangered his two children in the vehicle, other motorists on the roadway, and damaged property at t h e H o o d R ive r To l l Bridge. I O u t s t a n d i n g wa r rants, parole, probation or terms violations: Jan. 31 — Oak Street, 100 block — Female was arrested for outstanding warrant. She was transpor ted to NORCOR and lodged. Feb. 3 — Fifth Street at Oak Street — Male was arrested for outstanding warrant. I Theft, burglary or robbery: Jan. 28 — Cascade Avenue, 3600 block — Women was issued a citation for theft II after taking a $204 lottery machine ticket from a patron of a bar. She was allowed to leave the scene. Ticket was retur ned to owner. Jan. 28 — Cascade Avenue, 2000 block — Two Hood River females were arrested after shoplifting in multiple stores and getting into a physical confrontation with store personnel when confronted. I Sex offenses: None reported I Other: Jan. 25 — Fifth Street, 1100 block — Officer responded to a report of endangering the welfare of a minor and child abuse. Jan. 25 — Officer contacted female at the Child Advocacy Center about possible sexual assault. Jan. 30 — Prospect Avenue, 1200 block — Officer took report of juvenile runaway. Female juvenile left her home at about 11 p.m. Officers searched surrounding areas but could not locate the female. At about 1:30 a.m., her parents called to say she’d returned. Jan. 31 — Ninth Street, 1500 block — Officer took complaint of telephonic harassment.
Photo by Adam Lapierre
A LITTLE POISON is all it takes for Matthew, played by Tom Butler, to get revenge on Adrian, played by Gregory Baisden.
Continued from Page B1 When talking with the cast about working with Burns, one senses that each and every actor or crew member appreciates Burns’ leadership and insight into the play’s messages. “Tom is a creative, talented, imaginative guy with a vision,” said Roth-Baisden, who plays the mysterious woman. “He is precise and knows what he wants from us.” Williams, who is producing the show and works on the technical crew, was absolutely clear that it was “the opportunity to work with Tom” that got her involved. Charity, who was recently vaulted into theater participation for the first time playing the pastor in “To Kill a Mockingbird,” joined the crew as well. “Tom makes us feel like this is family here.”
“This production is like putting together a life-size 3D puzzle,” said Williams, who also appreciates the magic that is worked between the playwright’s words, the actors and the crew — all under the direction of Burns. With scenes following convoluted time sequences, and hidden fantasies replacing apparent truths, it is a good thing that Burns is guiding the tiniest details of the script into the final production. Burns has most certainly ensured the audience will succeed in their role as junior detectives, taking away the many engaging surprises the author intended.
All calls were responded to within the County of Hood River Jan. 30-Feb. 5. I Assaults, harassment, menacing and domestic violence: Feb. 1 — Tucker Road — Female juvenile was arrested for menacing and lodged at NORCOR. I Controlled substance violations (non-DUII): Jan. 31 — Highway 282 and Summit Road — Male was cited for possession of marijuana and paraphernalia. I Disorderly conduct, mischief, trespass and vandalism: Jan. 31 — Indian Creek Drive, 1000 block — Attempted break-in was reported. I Driving under the influence of intoxicants: Feb. 5 — Tucker Road, 1300 block — Male was arrested for DUII following a traffic stop. Suspect breath test yielded at BAC of .16 percent. Suspect was lodged at NORCOR. I Identity theft, bank or credit card fraud: Feb. 1 — S.E. Sunset Avenue, 300 block, Cascade Locks — Female reported exhusband using a joint account that was closed over a year ago to make purchases. Feb. 2 — N.W. Lakeside Drive, 0-100 block, Cascade Locks — Resident reported identity theft and forgery. Feb. 3 — Tucker Road, 1600 block — Business reported receiving several invalid checks from an adult male. The checks were all returned as un-payable to prior account closure. I Motor vehicle crashes, offenses and impounds: Jan. 31 — Maple Road, 3200 block — Resident reported hit-and-run to a vehicle with damage. Feb. 3 — Indian Creek Road at Tucker Road — Officer investigated a motor vehicle accident. Feb. 4 — Highway 35 north of Endow Drive — Officer investigated a motor vehicle accident. Feb. 4 — Mt. Hood Meadows access road — Officer took a phone report of a single-vehicle accident. Feb. 4 — Pacific Avenue at Tucker Road — Driver was cited for no operator’s license and driving uninsured after r unning into a guardrail in front of the Shell gas station. I Outstanding warrants, parole, probation or terms violations: Feb. 2 — S.W. WaNaPa Street, 700 block, Cascade Locks — Male was arrested on a parole violation and lodged at NORCOR. Feb. 3 — Tucker Road at Schull Drive — Following a traffic stop, adult male was arrested for parole violation and lodged at NORCOR. I Theft or burglary: Jan. 30 — Belmont Drive, 2500 block — Theft from a residence was reported. Feb. 2 — Wy’east Road, 3000 block — Male juvenile was cited for theft of an iPod from school student. I Sex offenses: None reported
I Other: Feb. 4 — Milepost 47 under the overpass of I-84 — Officer found a commercial tire chain.
To watch a short video featuring Bur ns and his thoughts on directing the show including short clips of the action, see: youtube.com/watch?v=7dC1 7PL0aZ0.