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Theatre Vertigo Presents The Velvet Sky

February 15, 2013 - March 16, 2013

By Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa

Directed by Jane Bement Geesman



February 15, 2013-March 16, 2013

Thursday – Saturday Eves @ 8:00 p.m.

Special Monday Performance Monday, March 4, 2013 @ 8:00 p.m.




Thursdays are PWYW










The Arena Stage

Theatre Theatre!

3430 SE Belmont Street

Portland, OR




Poor Bethany Palmer hasn’t slept in thirteen years. When her husband steals their son away in the middle of the night, her already fragile grip on reality starts to weaken, and she sets off on a nightmarish phantasmagoria through an urban dreamscape. Chronicling Bethany’s desperate flight, The Velvet Sky is a dark fairytale for grown-ups about the stories and lies adults tell children to keep them safe from the things that lurk in the dark. “Aguirre-Sacasa’s The Velvet Sky blends childhood fantasies with adult nightmares into a dark and surreal adventure laced with just enough honesty that it’s absolutely, terrifically terrifying…” – Metroweekly




Jane Bement Geesman is a director, actor, and teacher, with over 30 years’ experience in the performing arts. She has appeared in such plays as Twelfth Night, Old Times, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Sideman, Book of Days, Trifles, Riches, and A Chorus Line.  Jane has an M.F.A. in Theatre/Directing, and her directing credits, in both Portland and the Bay Area, include Stop Kiss, Our Town, Master Class, Visiting Mr. Green, No Exit, Small Tragedy, Collected Stories, Living Out, and The Memory of Water. Last year Jane directed Theatre Vertigo’s The Adding Machine. Jane is a presentation coach for business professionals, and is on the guest faculty of the Haven Institute, in British Columbia, where she leads personal-development workshops using principles of actor training to deepen self-knowledge, build confidence, and spark creative energy.



DESIGN TEAMStage Manager:          Nicole Gladwin

Production Manager:  Annalise Albright Woods

Set Design:               Larry Larsen

Lighting Design:        Jeff Woods

Costume Design:       Ashton Edmonds

Sound Design:           Richard Moore

Properties Design:     Beatrice Yanazzo

Technical Director:    Winston Bischof

Photographer:           Gary Norman

Poster Design:           Mario Calcagno


CASTBethany Palmer … Karen Wennstrom*

Warren Palmer … Tom Mounsey*

Andrew Palmer … Nathan Berl

Bus Woman/Margaret Little/Usherette … Beth Thompson*

Officer Russel/Bookstore Man … Mario Calcagno*

Bathroom Man/Mugger Man/Movie Man/PI Guy/Sandman … Andy Lee-Hillstrom*


*Denotes member of the Theatre Vertigo Acting Ensemble



February 15, 2013
March 16, 2013
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