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

PEP TALK celebrates coaches, teams, and everyday heroes. Combining the bravado of Muhammad Ali and the gravitas of Vince Lombardi with the unique skills of Hand2Mouth’s veteran performers, PEP TALK creates an art/sport atmosphere that inspires audiences to reflect on the past, cheer on the present, and step from passive observers to active participants.

 

CREDITS

DIRECTOR Jonathan Walters*

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

DRAMATURG Jessie Drake*

COLLABORATING WRITER Andrea Stolowitz^

STAGE MANAGER Chelsea Lowrie PRODUCTION & TECHNICAL MANAGEMENT Molly Gardner

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.

Reviews and Previews (tour)

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Previews

Performance Dates

  • 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 Theare, June 15-18, 2016:  San Francisco, CA
  • 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