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Curtain opens on 'Philadelphia Story'

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO: TRAVIS NODURFT - From left, Dennis Kelly, Jayson Shanafelt, Tom Watson and Hillarie Putnam in Clackamas Repertory Theatres production of The Philadelphia Story, which opens June 27.

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Clackamas Repertory Theatre opens its 10th season June 27 with Philip Barry’s classic American screwball comedy, “The Philadelphia Story.”

The production features Portland newcomer Hillarie Putnam as Tracy Lord, Clackamas Rep favorite Jayson Shanafelt as Mike Connor, Tom Walton as C.K. Dexter Haven and Ernie Casciato as Uncle Willie. Doren Elias directs this sophisticated, classic romantic comedy-farce of love and marriage, human growth and class distinctions, featuring a spoiled, arrogant socialite, Tracy Lord.

Barry wrote “The Philadelphia Story” especially for Katharine Hepburn who backed the play and took a percentage of the profits in lieu of salary. The show opened in 1939 and ran a full year. Her good friend, Howard Hughes, bought the royalties for her, which she subsequently sold to MGM on the condition she star in the film and have veto power over the producer, director, screenwriter and cast. It was a hit that reinvigorated her career; she was no longer labeled “box office poison.”

Barry was noted for his satiric view of the upper classes and liked to skewer the rich and fashionable. He is credited with 24 plays, 11 of which were made into films.

Hillarie Putnam, CRT’s Tracy, is originally from Wasilla, Alaska, but has worked in Los Angeles for several years, appearing in films with John Cusack, Nicholas Cage, Ted Danson and Drew Barrymore, and on television shows including “Entourage.”

“The Philadelphia Story” runs through July 20. Clackamas Rep continues its season in August with “Carousel” and concludes with the comedy/drama “Good People” by Pulitzer Prize-winner David Lindsay-Abaire, in late September.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and at 2 p.m. Sundays. Performances are in the Osterman Theatre at Clackamas Community College. Purchase season tickets and single tickets at clackamasrep.org or call 503-594-6047.

For more information contact Managing Director Cyndy Smith-English at 503-594-3915.



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