Romantic comedy features a post-show talk, backstage tour

by: PHOTO: TRAVIS NODURFT - Kory Keeney, as Porter, and Brianna Rouse, as Heather, explore a relationship in CRT's 'Lonely I'm Not.'Clackamas Repertory Theatre’s fourth annual staged play-reading series “Sundays at Three” concluded on May 5 with “Lonely I’m Not,” by Paul Weitz.

The staged play-reading was in the Osterman Theatre at Clackamas Community College.

Directed by CRT company member Travis Nodurft, the show featured CRT company members Ernie Casciato and Cyndy Smith English, along with Brianna Rouse and Kory Keeney.

The Sundays at Three performances feature new works by American playwrights. The shows are staged, but the actors carry their scripts. The plays include lively post-show discussions, refreshments and a backstage tour.

At an age when most people are just discovering what they want to do with their lives, Porter has been married and divorced, earned seven figures as a corporate “ninja,” and had a nervous breakdown. It has been four years since he's had a job or a date, and he's decided to give life another shot.

“Lonely I’m Not” is a comic journey that follows Porter as he meets an ambitious, sightless young businesswoman who is overcoming her own obstacles to emotional success.

Nodurft said the first time he read through the script, he was drawn to the relationship that Porter and his father have, but now he can't make up his mind what he likes best about the play because “there are so many wonderful parts in the show.”

Nodurft described “Lonely I'm Not” as a romantic comedy, “filled with 'broken' characters having great conversations.”

The unusual format of the play allowed Nodurft to do some creative staging.

“There are 35 scenes in the show, most under five minutes, and each scene has a title. I thought it would be important to make the scene titles visually pleasing to enhance the show, so we got together as a cast and shot images for the titles. They will be accompanied by songs fitting to each title. I think it's going to look awesome,” he said.

Another factor leading to the success of the show is the fact that most of the cast members are CRT stage veterans.

“When directing a reading, it's important to have professional actors. We are going to be putting this show together in four rehearsals. It's going to be a wild ride,” Nodurft said.

Chris Cook, from the Oregon Commission for the Blind, will participate in the post-show talkback.

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