N. Oregon Coast Coaster Theater reopens with ‘Dorian Gray’
Posted 9/20/21 3:36 AM PDT
By Oregon Coast Beach Connection Staff
(Cannon Beach, Oregon) – Live theater is back in a hot spot on the North Oregon coast, with the reopening of the Coaster Theater Playhouse in Cannon Beach with the drama “The Picture of Dorian Gray.”
The slow return to normal is not without restrictions, however, the mask and vaccination requirements are fully in place.
The play will be presented at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays until October 30. Admission is $ 20; tickets can be purchased at the theater box office (503-436-1242) or online at coasterheatre.com. Space is limited as the seats will be socially distanced by the groups.
The original was written by Oscar Wilde and here it is adapted by Gloria Gonzales, with this timeless supernatural story of a young and handsome man whose thirst for eternal youth horribly corrupts him. It centers around the wealthy Dorian Gray, who worries his youth and good looks will fade over time. After sitting down for a portrait, he curses him, believing that one day he will haunt him by showing the beauty he has lost. In a fit of distress, he engages his soul if only the painting bears the weight of age, allowing him to remain eternally young. Thus, a pact with the devil is made.
This puts Dorian on a dark path that rots his soul as he maintains the appearance of youth and beauty through the decades to come.
The executive director of the Coaster Theater, Patrick Lathrop, directs the play. The cast includes Katherine Lacaze (Dorian Gray), Margo McClellan (Margaret), John Hoff (Lord Henry Wotton), Rhonda Warnack (Lady Henry Wotton), Terri Baier (Sybil Lane) and Margaret Hammitt-McDonald (Mrs. Lane).
Team members include Colleen Toomey, stage manager; Judith Light, costumes; Mick Alderman, scenographer and light and sound designer; Juan Lira, scenery painter; and Nancy McCarthy, cabin lighting operator.
It’s been 18 months since the Oregon Coast monument closed due to COVID-19 restrictions, making it a special display for the famous art venue.
Historical and current photo courtesy of the Coaster Theater
Still, precautions must prevail, so to ensure everyone’s safety, patrons must prove they are fully vaccinated when entering the Coaster Theater. They can present proof of vaccination with the original vaccination record, a legible copy of their vaccination record or a legible digital copy of their vaccination record in addition to a corresponding photo ID.
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