A Modern Day Musical Love Story
Music by Joshua Salzman
Book and lyrics by Ryan Cunningham
September 22 – October 16, 2011
It’s New York City, and Austin has just discovered the woman he planned to spend his life with has other plans. His brother, Jeff, decides it’s time to get back into the dating scene and arranges dates for them both through an online dating service. Jeff and Diana hit it off straight away – after all, they’re only after a bit of fun. Things don’t go as smoothly for free-spirited Marcy and straight-laced Austin. Full of mishaps, misunderstandings, and mistakes, I Love You Because is a fun, contemporary, romantic comedy.
Parental guidance suggested.
Performances held at the New Stage, 12850 SW Grant Avenue, Tigard.
Directed by Dan Murphy
Musical Direction by Mont Chris Hubbard
Set Design by Megan Wilkerson
Lighting Design by Chris Sackett
Costume Design by Gregory Pulver
Prop Design by Coral Hurley
Sound Design by Cecil Averett
Megan H. Carver (Diana) is delighted to return to the Broadway Rose stage. Megan has been acting professionally across the Northwest for over a decade, and feels blessed to be doing what she loves. Some favorite past shows include Hairspray (Penny – Broadway Rose Theatre Co.), 99 Ways to F*$# a Swan (Mary – Vertigo Theatre), Forbidden Broadway (Broadway Rose Theatre), Curtains (Bambi – Lakewood Theatre Co.), Rocky Horror Show Live (Columbia – Harlequin Theatre), and The Producers (Ensemble – Lakewood Theatre Co.) to name a few. Megan can also be seen in season four of the hit TNT series Leverage. Visit her webpage for more information on upcoming projects at www.megancarver.com
Joshua Stenseth (Austin) is a North Dakota native who studied theater, music, and improvisation in Minnesota before migrating to Portland, OR. Josh is also a puppeteer, having worked with Tears of Joy Theatre, Comedy Sports, and The Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta. He currently performs improve comedy on the Curious Comedy house team, “Uncle Peanut.” Josh last appeared on the Broadway Rose stage in his debut performance as Eddie, the PennyWise Music Hall bartender, in the world premiere of Ripper.
Rebecca Teran (Marcy) has been learning and teaching dance, voice, and acting since she was three years old. She earned her B.F.A. in music theater from Shenandoah Conservatory and has served as the artistic director and instructor for the ACEjr Youth Academy and Children’s Theatre. She has performed with Staged! Musical Theatre in Songs for A New World, Many Hats Collaborations in Find Me Beside You, and the Broadway Rose as Barbara Streisand (and other various Broadway hacks) in Forbidden Broadway. Rebecca created the role of Erica in Carnies: The Musical with Action/Adventure Theatre and created the role of Kate Eddowes in the world premiere production of Ripper at Broadway Rose. She is currently developing the role of Girly with Portland’s TIGHTROPE Theatre Company on their flagship production of The Happy Family.
Robert Winstead (Jeff) is very pleased to be making his Broadway Rose debut! Robert graduated with a degree in music from New Mexico State University before doing some traveling, which landed him in Kansas City where he worked for several years with The New Theatre and Kansas City Repertory, and performed improv with Full Frontal Comedy. Here in Portland he has made a few appearances in local commercials while keeping up his vocal chops with the Portland Symphonic Choir. Recent roles include Farleigh in The Scarlet Pimpernel, Benjamin in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Scrooge as a young man in A Christmas Carol, the barbershop quartet in Music Man, and The Specialist in The Who’s Tommy.
Chrissy Kelly-Pettit (New York Woman) is so pleased to be joining this talented cast. As a native New Yorker, she finds the role to be a pretty good fit. As a native Upstate-New Yorker, she knows that anyone from the city will call her bluff. Past Broadway Rose roles include Patty Andrews in Sisters of Swing and Christmas of Swing, Honey in Bingo!, Woman in COLE, and ensemble roles in Ripper and Les Misérables. Chrissy has also performed locally with CoHo Productions (Heart Beatings), The Public House Theatre (It’s a Wonderful Life and The Illusion), Lakewood Theatre (The Secret Garden and Greenwillow), Bag & Baggage (Taming of the Shrew/Woman’s Prize) and with many other companies in Eugene, London, Florida and New York. Chrissy holds a B.A. in theatre arts from the State University of New York at New Paltz, and also studied at Middlesex University of London and Disney University.
Sammuel Hawkins (New York Man) is delighted to be back for his third show with Broadway Rose. He was last seen as a member of the ensemble in Ripper, and made his debut with the company in 2010 as Sir Edward Ramsey in The King and I. Sammuel studied at Augustana College, in Sioux Falls, SD, where he achieved his B.A. in theatre and music. Locally, he has worked with many Portland companies both as a designer and actor. Favorite roles include Cioffe in Curtains at the Lakewood Theatre Company, Cain in Children of Eden at Horsefeathers and Applesauce Summer Dinner Theatre, and Wilfred Shadbolt in The Yeoman of the Guard at Mock’s Crest.
Thursday, September 22, 7:30 PM PREVIEW (SOLD OUT)
Friday, September 23, 7:30 PM OPENING NIGHT
Saturday, September 24, 7:30 PM
Sunday, September 25, 2:00 PM (SOLD OUT)
Thursday, September 29, 7:30 PM (SOLD OUT)
Friday, September 30, 7:30 PM
Saturday, October 1, 2:00 PM
Saturday, October 1, 7:30 PM
Sunday, October 2, 2:00 PM (SOLD OUT)
Thursday, October 6, 7:30 PM
Friday, October 7, 7:30 PM
Saturday, October 8, 2:00 PM
Saturday, October 8, 7:30 PM
Sunday, October 9, 2:00 PM
Thursday, October 13, 7:30 PM
Friday, October 14, 7:30 PM
Saturday, October 15, 2:00 PM
Saturday, October 15, 7:30 PM
Sunday, October 16, 2:00 PM
Photos courtesy of Craig Mitchelldyer