Written by EM Lewis Directed by Tina Polzin January 29 – February 9Glenn Hughes Penthouse Theatre Wednesday-Saturday at 7:30pm, Sundays at 2pm

The opportunity to bring a brand new play from page to stage is rare for student directors. With Reading to Vegetables, Tina Polzin, a student in our Professional Director Training Program (PDTP), will work directly with Portland-based playwright EM Lewis to create a Hitchcockian world of suspense on stage for the very first time. Inspired by Milgram’s famous “Obedience to Authority Studies” of the 1960s, this psychological thriller centers on a pre-med student, working as a research assistant, who poses as a coma victim. Her test subjects unwittingly share their secrets, and when a terrible accident occurs, the audience is left to decide who is responsible. The heightened stakes of this reality-based drama irrevocably lead to the question, “What would you do?”

A post-show talk will be held on Saturday, February 1.



Photo Credit: Mike Hipple



Moises CastroKen
Christopher DonoghueTom
Sunam EllisDr. Janoviak
Amanda Hilson Beth
Anna Lamadrid Rachel
Darius Mousavi Keller
Joe NgoDr. Bennett

Creative Team

Tina PolzinDirector
Phillip LienauScenic Design
Melinda HareCostume Design
Paul ArnoldLighting Design
Andrew SwanSound Design/Stage Manager