The Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare. Meyer MacLean Theatre, Ontario, Oregon. Katie’s concept production of The Comedy of Errors setting it in the Wild West of Ontario, Oregon, the site of a former Japanese-American Relocation Camp.
Overview: In this scene one twin (Antipholus) has fallen in love with his sister-in-law’s sister while the other twin (Dromio) is wooed by his brother’s fiancé, Nell.
Photo: The character of Adriana as an indigenous war bride played by BIPOC actor Deisha Rojas.
Katie is a frequent Portland director for PDX Playwrights, a playwriting group which meets bi-monthly at Portland Center Stage. Every January we present new work at the Hipbone Theatre as part of the Fertile Ground Theatre Festival in Portland, Oregon.
Tru Adoration, an absurdist romance, was a Winner 3rd place in Willamette Writer’s Kay Snow Competition 2022 and chosen to be produced as part of PDX Playwrights Zoom Shorts for the Fertile Ground Festival 2022. Written and directed by Katie Bennett.
A Fish, an Egg and a Tree Walk into a Cave, a short comedy written and directed by Katie in 48 hours as part of PDX Playwrights ZoomInstant Festival for the Fertile Ground Festival 2021.
Safe Distance by Brett Campbell, directed by Katie. Selected by PDX Playwrights as part of their series of Lunchtime Shorts on Zoom during the Fertile Ground Festival 2021.
The West One. Part of the Crazy Dukes playwriting competition also written by Katie. Production cast, written and performed at the Hipbone Studio before an audience all in 48 hours. January 2018.
The Egg. Part of the Crazy Dukes playwriting competition. A comic gender bender written and directed by Katie in 48 hours. January 2017.
Hollywood Syndrome by Alex Haslett. Katie directed. January 2016.
Pirates of the Red Skull by Katie Bennett – Table readings of this full length comedy play were presented in Ontario and New York, and a staged reading was produced by PDX Playwrights. January 2015.
Flim Flam and Irrespective Perspective by Brad Bolchunos – Katie directed these two absurdist plays by this award-winning playwright. January 2014.
Brad Bolchunos’ 2014 review from Oregon Artswatch:
Katie also directed The Strangest Story Ever Told by Clinton Clark. January 2014.
Temporal Powers by Teresa Deevy – Katie directed the West Coast premiere of this gem by a deaf Irish playwright whose work had previously been lost, but who was peer to Yeats and O’Casey at the Abbey.
Marshall Theatre, McMinnville, Oregon. March 2015.
Portland Community College
Almost, Maine 2017.
Chemeketa Community College
The Taming of the Shrew at Salem, Oregon. February 2005.
Treasure Valley Community College, Meyer MacLean Theatre, Ontario, Oregon. 2006-2012.