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Local theater company to stage play in Portland

'The Man Who Could See Through Time' runs Jan. 9-25


The next play out of Boring will actually be staged in Portland.

The Nutz ‘n’ Boltz Theater plans to reprise “The Man Who Could See Through Time” in Portland starting next weekend, notes Kelly Lazenby, who plays Ellen Brock, a sculptor and love interest of Professor Bates, played by her husband, Justin.

The play was staged in Boring last September.

“We wanted to move this play to Portland after it ran in Boring to make it available to a wider audience,” Kelly Lazenby says. “This is a very interesting, unique play, and we often lose our audience because the perception is that we are in ‘the middle of nowhere’. There are more regular theatergoers in Portland, too.”

“Time” will be staged at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at 3 p.m. Sundays Jan. 9-25 in Back Door Theatre, 4319 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd., Portland.

Tickets are $15 at the door, and group reservations may be made by calling 503-593-1295.

Lazenby adds that the production’s playwright, T.L. Wagener, will be here Jan. 9 to see the play, which “shows how art and science cannot exist without each other.”

Wagener, who’s worked on such movie scripts as the one for the 1991 “Fried Green Tomatoes,” resides in Hollywood and says she wrote the play 33 years ago and has re-written it a number of times.

Its current incarnation is her favorite version, she says, noting it was inspired, in part, by an old boyfriend who insisted “you’re either an artist or a scientist.

“I think artists and scientists are on one end of the spectrum,” she says, noting with a chuckle they both “live on grants, don’t take things at face value and think outside the box.

“Plumbing the depths of our minds and hearts is as important as exploring our oceans and our galaxies,” she adds.

Character studies

“Professor Bates has always been in the world of quantum mechanics and math, but he does not know how to live or relate to other people,” Lazenby says. “As he is aging, he realizes how hard it is to truly be alone. He has no friends, no relationships,”

Meanwhile, she adds, “Ellen is a sculptor of some renown, but she knows nothing about logic or science. However she is full of life, lots of friends, successful relationships. Neither of them have love in their lives.”

Wagener notes she also made sure her character of Ellen Brock was no flighty artist.

“She’s not just a dilettante. She’s a scholar of art history, and that’s what he would respect.”

What the play drives at, she says, is that artists and scientists have more in common than they might realize.

“Artists and scientists are always asking questions,” she says.

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