Cerimon House is proud to welcome the Portland Civic Theatre Guild's presentation of "JOHN & JEN" to our building on Monday, May 2nd, 2016 at 7:00 P.M.
JOHN & JEN, by Andrew Lippa and Tom Greenwald
Directed by Adair Chappell
Starring Meredith Kaye Clark as Jen and Drew Harper as John
Brian Michael on Piano
Liz Byrd on Cello
Sponsored by Stevens Integrated Systems and Chown Hardware
Monday, May 2nd @ 7:00pm at Cerimon House - 5131 NE 23rd Avenue
Tickets $15 at the door. Wine, beer, and treats available.
Tuesday, May 3rd @ 10:30am at The Old Church 1422 SW 11th Avenue
Coffee and treats at 10:00. Tickets $10 at the door.
JOHN & JEN is a truly original musical honoring brothers and sisters and parents and children, set against the background of a changing America between 1950 and 1990, JOHN & JEN is a gem of a show brimming with intelligence, wit and beautiful melodies.
This is the story of Jen and her relationships with the two Johns of her life: her younger brother, who was killed in Vietnam, and his namesake, her son who is trying to find his way in a confusing world. Jen and her younger brother John are growing up in the ever-changing world of mid-century America. As the country becomes divided over the war in Vietnam, so does the family and battle lines are drawn between the once-close siblings. When John is killed in Vietnam, Jen is left to reconcile her memory of their fractured relationship along with his namesake, her son, who is trying to find his way in a confusing world.
With a cast of only two people, JOHN & JEN is a tour-de-force for two actors who take them from childhood, through adolescence and beyond. A chamber musical beautifully scored for piano, cello and percussion, John & Jen is a musical about connections, commitments and the healing of the human heart.