How We Got On

How We Got On

by Idris Goodwin

October 3 – October 31

Directed by Jen Rowe 


Three teenagers in the suburbs of the Midwest dream of their beats and rhymes making them famous, in hip-hop’s golden age of the late 80’s. Hank, Julian, and Luann battle their Midwestern upbringing, their peer’s derision, and their own self-doubt in this musical coming-of-age story, while our modern day narrator and DJ, “The Selector”, gives us a hip-hop history lesson. Our teenage heroes try to find a way to break into the urban scene and get signed to a major label, pushing through the negativity and learning to breathe in joy.


Joe Gibson – Hank

Chip Sherman – Julian

Ashley Williams – Luann

Ithica Tell – Selector 


Jen Rowe – Director

Mic Crenshaw – Music Director

Meredith Matthews – Stage Manager

Sarah Gehring – Dramaturge

Daniel Meeker – Scenic Designer

Jennifer Lin – Lighting Designer

Ashton Hull – Costume Designer

Em Gustason – Sound Designer

Appears as courtesy of Actor's Equity

Portland Playhouse Apprentice Company Member

Former Portland Playhouse Apprentice Company Member

Thank you to our Sponsors

Presenting Season Sponsors
Producer Sponsors: Harold Goldstein & Carol Streeter,
Ronni Lacroute, and Philip Terranova

Playwright Sponsors:
Ellen Bye, Steve and Elsie Weaver, Barry Bloom, Wrather Family Foundation, Raymond Family Foundation, Jeff and Esther Clark

Show Sponsors:
 Karen and Dave Johnson, MKM Design

This project is supported in part by a grant from the Oregon Cultural Trust. 

Portland Playhouse receives support from the Oregon Arts Commission, a state agency funded by the State of Oregon and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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We are always looking for volunteers as well as apprentices, crew members and corporate partnerships.

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