PEP TALK

"It's a pep rally for people who hated pep rallies, a simultaneous goof on the trappings of team spirit and sincere acknowledgment that teams can be families, coaches can be life changing, and motivational speeches get people going for a reason." -Portland Mercury

Hand2mouth blows the whistle and pulls a red card on 2016 for being a year of fumbles, foul balls and piss poor attitudes. Get off the bench and into the theatre because H2M’s coaches are back after 3 years on tour with a lean, mean, road-tested PEP TALK! This show will boost team spirit, celebrate heroes, identify obstacles and ask the game-changing question: “What are you going to do?”

THIS SHOW IS CURRENTLY AVAILABLE FOR TOUR

PEP TALK is currently touring Oregon schools, community organizations, theatres and colleges. The show is customized for each audience, making it specific to each community.

"Like any good spirit squad, they had me roped in from the get go for their joyous descent into that pillar of American culture: the motivational pep talk." (Aaron Scott, Portland Monthly)

FULL CREDITS

DIRECTOR: Jonathan Walters*

PERFORMER/CREATORS: Julie Hammond*, Liz Hayden*, Erin Leddy*, Maesie Speer*

DRAMATURG: Jessie Drake*

COLLABORATING WRITER: Andrea Stolowitz^

LIGHTING DESIGNER: Christopher Kuhl^ ASSISTANT LIGHTING DESIGNER Katelan Braymer^

SOUND DESIGN & IMAGINEER: Casi Pacilio ASSISTANT SOUND DESIGNER: Nicholas Erickson

COSTUME DESIGNER: Kate Fenker ASSISTANT COSTUME DESIGNER: Jayme Hansen

SCENIC DESIGNER: Peter Ksander

MOVEMENT DIRECTOR: Rich Brown

TRAILER PRODUCTION: Runaway Mustache (Alex Huebsch & Marc Friedman)

PHOTOGRAPHER: Anna M. Campbell

*H2M Company Member ^H2M Resident Artist

THIS PRODUCTION WAS SUPPORTED IN PART BY: the Regional Arts & Culture Council and Work for Art; the Oregon Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts; the Autzen Foundation; the Kinsman Foundation; James F. & Marion L. Miller Foundation; the Oregon Cultural Trust: Oregonians sustaining, developing, participating in our arts, heritage and humanities; Portland Parks and Recreation; & H2M season sponsor Ronni Lacroute.

THIS PRODUCTION WAS PRESENTED IN: foolsFURY'S 2016 FURY FACTORY and On the Boards' 2014 NW New Works Festival.

Reviews and Previews (tour & homecoming show)

Reviews (premiere)

Previews

Performance Dates

  • The Homecoming Show @ Coho Theatre, February 2017: Portland, OR
  • Alliance of Artists Communities Annual Conference, October 7, 2016: Portland, OR
  • The Autorino Center for the Arts & Humanities, University of Saint Joseph, September 16-17, 2016: West Hartford, CT
  • Fury Factory Festival of Ensemble and Devised Theatre, June 15-18, 2016:  San Francisco, CA
  • National Performance Network Annual Meeting, December 12, 2015, Lincoln Hall, Portland, OR
  • Surplus Space, April 25, 2015: Portland, OR (4 hour durational version performed as part of Over & Back)
  • Oregon Contemporary Theatre, April 19, 2015: Eugene, OR
  • Linfield College, April 3, 2015: McMinnville, OR
  • Coffee Creek Correctional Facility, April 1, 2015: Wilsonville, OR
  • Sisters Middle School (sponsored by the Americana Project), February 7, 2015: Sisters, OR
  • Lakeview High School, February 6, 2015: Lakeview, OR
  • Paisley School, February 5, 2015: Paisley, OR
  • Western Oregon University, January 26, 2015: Monmouth, OR
  • Springdale Job Corps, July, 2013: Springdale, OR
  • Northwest New Works Festival, On the Boards, June 14-15, 2014: Seattle, WA
  • Peninsula Park Community Center January 22 - February 16, 2014: Portland, OR