Bess Rous and Mercedes Ruehl in "The How and the Why" by Sarah Treem, at the McCarter Theatre in 2011. (Photo by T. Charles Erickson)

CoHo Productions Slates 4 New Plays for 2016–17 Season

The season will feature plays about gun control, evolutionary biologists, con artists, and leading ladies onstage.

PORTLAND, ORE.: CoHo Productions has announced its 2016–17 season, featuring four contemporary plays.

The season will begin with E.M. Lewis’s The Gun Show (Sept. 9–Oct. 1), presented with Shawn Lee. The playwright will sit in the audience for the interactive show, which shares five of her personal stories about guns—from learning how to shoot on a date to working at a bookstore during an armed robbery to the harrowing story that inspired her to write this play. The play will feature Vin Shambry, and Lee will direct.

Following will be Sarah Treem’s The How and the Why (Oct. 20–Nov. 19), about two evolutionary biologists, at different points in their careers, who focus on the female reproductive system, but are not in agreement on a hypothesis about menstruation. Karen Trumbo will star, and Philip Cuomo will direct.

Next up will be Tommy Smith’s db (Jan. 13–Feb. 4, 2017), presented with Isaac Lamb and Rebecca Lingafelter, a true story about a man who hijacks a plane for $200,000 in 1971. Lingafelter and Dana Green will star, and Lamb will direct.

Next will be Playhouse Creatures (March 17–April 8, 2017), by April De Angelis and presented with Brenan Dwyer and McKenna Twedt. The play centers on the pioneering actresses of Restoration England’s theatres. The production will feature an all-female cast, crew, and production team. Dwyer and Twedt will star, and Alana Byington will direct.

CoHo Productions, founded in 1995, is an artist-led company that coproduces shows with Portland-based artists.

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