Success Story: Scarlet Sails Brings Russian Theater to Portland
Question: What do Kate Winslet, Marlon Brando, and Daniel Day-Lewis have in common?
Answer: Russia! More specifically, Russian theater. As Method actors, they immerse themselves fully in a character according to a highly influential system of dramatic training developed by famed character actor and director Konstantin Sergeevich Stanislavsky in the early 20th century.
Question: Do I have to go to the movies–or to Moscow–to see great, Russian-influenced theatrical performances?
Answer: Nope! We got ’em right here in town, thanks to professional actress Olga Sotiriadi, who moved to Portland from Russia six years ago. In 2017, Olga enrolled in Mercy Corps Northwest’s IDA Program, taking Business Foundations, creating her business plan, and improving her credit score. She then used her IDA grant to buy professional stage equipment, and the rest is history.
Scarlet Sails will be performing the French comedy Blaise on February 23 at the Oregon Latvian Community Center in SW Portland.
Don’t speak Russian? Don’t worry! The show has subtitles. (French comedy. Russian soul. What’s not to love?)