reading Woman's Honor - part two of ...she wrote

We believe to be "public" is to take an active part in the world - not to create art inside a self-serving, inward-focused bubble - but to look beyond ourselves, ask questions, and search for answers.
Simply put, we want to produce theatre that engages our community, that doesn't shy away from difficult and controversial topics, and that challenges audiences with complex portrayals of human nature and society.
For us, the personal is political - and we most enjoy small, intimate stories that have huge things to say about us and our world. From The Maids, where two sisters are trapped in a hopeless cycle of servitude, to Dealing With Clair, a biting black comedy examining our capability for selfishness, greed, and moral apathy, we've focused on pieces that bring humanity center stage.

"The play, which is rife with ambiguity as characters slip in and out of their ritual acting roles, is a difficult one, but Public Citizen gets so much right... Public Citizen Theatre achieves the nuance and dark humor of Genet's classic play at a moment when wealth disparity and its effects are critically topical."

- Portland Mercury

"...if you like twisted psychological portraits of disturbed people, then this show might be for you ... it was solid, especially for the inaugural production of a fledgling company."

- Broadway World Portland

cast and crew of  The Maids

the team.

Aaron Filyaw

Aaron is a producer, director, and actor based in Portland, Oregon. He directed and co-produced PCT’s inaugural production of The Maids, in a translation by Martin Crimp. As an actor he has appeared with various companies throughout the area, including Chehalem Players Repertory, Polymath Art Theatre, and Theatre in the Grove. Favorite roles include Chris in Arthur Miller’s All My Sons, Eilert in Hedda Gabler, Macbeth in Macbeth: A Dark Retelling, and Orlando in As You Like It. He has studied acting and theatre at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York City and holds a degree in English and American Literature from New York University. He believes that theatre is crucial in these precarious and unsettling times, and hopes that through our work as theatre artists we can inspire empathy and understanding in our audiences.

“Trust your own instinct. Your mistakes might as well be your own, instead of someone else’s."

- Billy Wilder

Donna Gentry

Donna has been involved in theater all of her life. She studied with Gloria Maddox and Terry Schreiber at the Terry Schreiber studio in NYC. She has written 3 plays and a one-woman show. She was co-founder of Chehalem Players Rep, semi-pro theater company in Newberg where she acted, directed and produced.  Donna appeared in numerous production in New Orleans' famous Le Petit Theater, Children's Corner and the CAC. During her 24 years in NYC she performed her one-woman show "Love is A Many Splintered Thing" as part of the One series Off Broadway at the Jose Qunitero Theater.  She also performed at Westbank and Westbeth theaters as well as Theater for the New City. For many years she could be seen performing stand-up comedy and running open mic at the Duplex and Don't Tell Mama in Greenwich Village.

"Some people never go crazy. What truly horrible lives they must lead."

- Charles Bukowski

Amanda Mehl

A Portland native, Amanda left briefly to earn a BA in Theatre from the University of Southern California, but quickly returned. She's been active in the Portland theatre community ever since - acting, producing, and serving in various organizations, such as the Portland Area Theatre Alliance. Companies she's performed with include Northwest Children's Theater, Northwest Theatre Workshop, PDX Playwrights, Polymath Art Theatre, Magenta Theater, Twilight Theater Company, Hillsboro Artists' Regional Theatre, and more. She performed as Solange in PCT's debut production of The Maids, which led to the birth of Public Citizen Theatre.

"We all have a fight - some an easy one, and some a big one, and if you have formed the idea that there is a kind of dividing line in the world, and that on the one side is the good, and on the other side the bad, why, all I can say is that you have a wrong notion of things."

- Susan Glaspell
 

What is a "public citizen?"

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