Bag & Baggage Productions
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|Type||Non-profit, professional theatre|
|Scott Palmer, Artistic Director|
Bag & Baggage Productions is a professional theatre company based in Hillsboro, in the U.S. state of Oregon. Founded in 2005, the non-profit group presents about four productions per year. Their home theater is the Venetian Theatre, a 370-seat venue in downtown Hillsboro on East Main Street.
The company was co-founded in 2005 by several actors, including Scott Palmer, who graduated from Hillsboro High School in 1986. In the early years Bag & Baggage was a traveling theater group, making stops in communities around Oregon. Performances in Hillsboro were held at the Cornelius Pass Roadhouse and the Glenn & Viola Walters Cultural Arts Center. Other venues included the Hotel Oregon in McMinnville and the Withycombe Theatre in Corvallis, among others.
Through May 2008 the company had put on nine productions. In September 2008, Bag & Baggage became the resident theater company at the Venetian Theatre in Downtown Hillsboro. They opened their new season with Steel Magnolias. The Venetian had opened in June of that year in the space that had been a movie theater, but had sat vacant since 1996.
Season ticket sales stood at 220 for the 2007 to 2008 season, and grew to 450 for the 2008 to 2009 season. At the end of 2008 Bag & Baggage was only the second professional group for live theater in Washington County, the other being the Broadway Rose Theatre Company of Tigard. For Christmas in 2008, the theater company produced The Eight: Reindeer Monologues with four shows held at the Venetian.
In July 2009, the company put on the first outdoor Shakespeare production by professionals ever held in the city. Held at the plaza in front of the Hillsboro Civic Center, the play was Romeo and Juliet, with the production paid for in part by the city. In December 2009, they produced an adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.
Bag & Baggage produced William Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew and John Fletcher’s retort to that play, The Woman's Prize, in a combined play in February 2010. Theater critic Bob Hicks, writing about the performances for The Oregonian, said “... Bag & Baggage's doubleheader is more engaging in concept than onstage. As stimulating as the idea is, and as fun as the whole thing is in fits and starts, the carry-through can get tedious... ...too many balls in the air, not enough ease in the juggling...”. Their version of Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie later that year received a positive review by Holly Danks of The Oregonian.
Bag and Baggage hosted an Oscar party in March 2010 to show the 82nd Academy Awards live at the Venetian Theatre. The company hoped to make it an annual fundraiser and become an official Oscar party sanction by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Creative director Scott Palmer's adaptation of Dickens' A Christmas Carol was labeled as imaginative by Carol Wells in her review for The Oregonian in December 2011. The group was awarded $11,600 by the Regional Arts & Culture Council in July 2012, and introduced an adaptation of Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus entitled Kabuki Titus that borrowed elements from Kabuki theater. They collaborated with the Tears of Joy Theatre in December 2012 for an adaptation of The Velveteen Rabbit.
Bag & Baggage usually produces four plays each season, though they have had as many as seven in a single season. Although the resident theater company at the Venetian Theatre in Hillsboro, the group also performs at venues around Washington County including the fairgrounds, the Cornelius Pass Roadhouse, and the Kingstad Center (now closed), among others. Productions staged by the company have included The Importance of Being Earnest, Infinite Variety, Death of a Salesman, and others.
Bag and Baggage primarily puts on classic American and British dramas. The non-profit group is governed by a fourteen-member board of directors. The artistic director is Scott Palmer and Audra Petrie Veber serves as the production manager. They adopted the name of the company due to their early history as a traveling troupe. Bag and Baggage also helps educate local students about theater, including providing tickets to county high school students.
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- Suh, Elizabeth (May 15, 2008). "Metro West Neighbors: The play's the thing". The Oregonian. p. 14.
- Goetze, Janet (March 29, 2010). "Scott Palmer of Bag & Baggage Productions plays a role in downtown Hillsboro revival". The Oregonian. Archived from the original on April 2, 2010. Retrieved March 30, 2010.
- Raskauskas, Nancy (September 24, 2009). "Marion Rossi to star as Willy Loman in ‘Death of a Salesman'". Corvallis Gazette Times. Retrieved April 2, 2010.
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- "‘Steel Magnolias’ flowers in Hillsboro". The Forest Grove News-Times. September 10, 2008. Retrieved November 17, 2012.
- Navas, Melissa (July 16, 2009). "Metro West Neighbors: An Elizabethan flair in Hillsboro". The Oregonian. p. 1.
- Johnson, Holly (July 20, 2009). "Weekend Reviews; Theater; "Romeo and Juliet"". The Oregonian.
- Townsley, Nancy (December 17, 2009). "It’s beginning to look a lot like ... entertainment". The Forest Grove News-Times. Retrieved November 17, 2012.
- Hicks, Bob (February 14, 2010). "Theater review: Bag & Baggage's 'The Taming of the Shrew' and 'The Tamer Tamed' combo a good idea in theory, but ...". The Oregonian. Retrieved April 2, 2010.
- Johnson, Holly (September 26, 2010). "Theater review: 'The Glass Menagerie' at Venetian Theatre in Hillsboro hits the mark". The Oregonian. Retrieved September 28, 2010.
- Bania, Jessica (March 11, 2010). "Hollywood, meet Hillsboro". The Forest Grove News-Times. Retrieved November 17, 2012.
- Wells, Carol (December 10, 2011). "'A Christmas Carol' review: In Bag & Baggage's imaginative adaptation, Dickens writes a new tale". The Oregonian. Retrieved December 20, 2011.
- Stabler, David (July 2, 2012). "Regional Arts & Culture Council gives $1.7 million to 48 local arts groups". The Oregonian. Retrieved 4 July 2012.
- Hughley, Marty (June 29, 2012). "Bag & Baggage gives 'Titus Andronicus' a Kabuki twist". The Oregonian. Retrieved June 29, 2012.
- Hughley, Marty (July 6, 2012). "'Kabuki Titus' review: Bag & Baggage serves up a measure of Shakespearean revenge". The Oregonian. Retrieved July 7, 2012.
- Fuggetta, Emily (December 4, 2012). "Bag & Baggage teams with puppet theater for 'The Velveteen Rabbit'". The Oregonian. Retrieved 23 November 2013.
- "Shows: current & upcoming". Bag and Baggage Productions. Archived from the original on August 30, 2009. Retrieved April 2, 2010.
- "About Us". Bag and Baggage Productions. Archived from the original on August 30, 2009. Retrieved April 2, 2010.