This project is supported in part by a grant from the Oregon Cultural Trust.
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.
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
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
Thank you to our Sponsors
Presenting Season Sponsors
Producer Sponsors: Harold Goldstein & Carol Streeter,
Ronni Lacroute, and Philip Terranova
Ellen Bye, Steve and Elsie Weaver, Barry Bloom, Wrather Family Foundation, Raymond Family Foundation, Jeff and Esther Clark
Karen and Dave Johnson, MKM Design
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.
Interested in Getting Involved?
We are always looking for volunteers as well as apprentices, crew members and corporate partnerships.