OCT 17 - NOV 10, 2019
525 SE Stark St.
Portland, OR 97214
"I miss her face, it's beauty... and it's beauty lost."
Milagro's 24th Original Día de Muertos Production
Directed by Elizabeth Huffman
Like a finely aged tequila, the love of long-lasting romance is sweet and heady. Hector and Rosalita's journey is full of highs and lows but they hold hands on the ride for decades, until the very last drop. Until one crosses over to el otro lado, the other side… That’s when Bombón steps in, the shape-shifter of the underworld, Huéhuécoyotl, to guide their hearts back to the place where death can never part them, in memories and dance, on el Día de Muertos.
ELISABETH HUFFMAN, DIRECTOR
Elizabeth Huffman has been performing since she was a child, first appearing as Hans Christian Anderson in The Ugly Duckling at age 6. She has had a very colorful and varied career: She performed and toured with Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus as a dancer and elephant rider. She was a professional dancer performing with Ballet Arts in West Palm Beach, Florida. Elizabeth also sang, acted and danced in many musicals regionally around the country including West Side Story, Damn Yankees, Once Upon a Mattress, & Guys and Dolls.
Elizabeth received her theatre training at The University of California in PA, in New York at the New York Academy of Theatrical Arts, and in Oxford, England with BADA. She frequently trained privately with many actors and directors from RSC, in London, NYC and Los Angeles
Artistic Director and Freelance Director
In NYC, Elizabeth created her first classical theatre company with her colleague Stuart W Howard called The Beacon Project with the focus on producing neglected classics alternating with new works. In production for five years and named “The exciting company to watch” by the New York Times, she acted in revivals of neglected classics The Lucky Chance by Aphra Behn, Hyde Park by James Shirley and in the premiers of new works: The Doorbell, Night Breath, 'Sarse, and Dream of Frankenstein. With the Beacon Project she also made her directing debut with her first production of The Revengers Tragedy, directing it again in Los Angeles for Pacific Resident Theatre.
She left New York for Los Angeles to play a recurring role on the TV soap General Hospital and while there was invited to act and direct with the prestigious Classical Theatre Lab then housed at LATC. She eventually became an Artistic Coordinator in 1997, guiding the company into some of its finest work. Directing projects with CTL include: The Liars, The Trojan Women, The Rehearsal, Co- director of The Iliad, The Tempest, The Roman Actor, Merry Wives of Windsor. Elizabeth also acted in many lab projects including The Libertine, The Iliad, Trojan Women at the Getty, Cat Amongst the Pigeons, The Bald Soprano, to name a few.
Her other directing productions in Los Angeles include The Man of Mode, Revengers Tragedy at Pacific Resident Theatre, As You Like it, Trojan Women, Iphigenia in Aulis, Two Noble Kinsmen at Theatre of Arts.
In 2005 Elizabeth formed her own international theatre company ICAP comprised of over 40 classically trained actors from around the world. For the next three years the company performed in their home theatre in Los Angeles and at festivals in Europe. Productions include Night Breath, Bon Temps Roulez at the Shakespeare Cafe, The Maids, Bury the Dead, The Way of the World, The Rope, Landscapes of Dreams in Seven Movements and Troilus & Cressida. She also produced an exchange artists program bringing two productions to Los Angeles from Germany: Courasche and Max und Mortiz.
In 2009, Elizabeth served as Interim Artistic Director for Classic Greek Theatre of Oregon in Portland where she now makes her home. With CTGO she directed Drammy Award winning productions Trojan Women and Oedipus The King. She also created the company's first festival of arts: "It's All Greek to Me" featuring performances nightly of theatre, dance, poetry, children's shows and new works.
Other productions in the Portland area include her 5 time Drammy Award winning production of Oedipus El Rey for Milagro Theatre, that same year her production of King John for Northwest Classical Theatre Company (NWCTC) was awarded another Drammy.
Other directing credits include a modern revisionist production of Lion in Winter for NWCTC,November by David Mamet for Jane, A Theatre Company, The Ladies Man by Charles Moray for Clackamas Rep, and she her premiered her own original play Bon Temps Roulez at the Shakespeare Cafe for Fertile Ground Festival at Post 5, Antony & Cleopatra for Portland Actors Ensemble, Mary Stuart by Peter Oswald for NWCTC & Cygnet Productions, and American Nightby Richard Montoya for Milagro Theatre Group. For Fusion Theatre in New Mexico directed two plays for their short play festival The Seven: Notes on Drowning for the Man Who Cannot Make the Journey by Jen Silverman and Somewhere Between the Sky and Sea by Alex Broun.
In Feb. 2016 Elizabeth created a multi ethnic professional weekly lab called The Asylum with over 50 actors of diversity in Portland. She is in the early stages of forming her own company, Chain Reaction Theatre with the Asylum actors.
Elizabeth most recently directed Bon Temps Roulez at the Shakespeare Cafe in Feb 2018 for it's international premier with The Bremer Shakespeare Company in Germany.
Elizabeth has been a professional theatre actor for over 40 years, around the country and internationally. Some favorite roles she has appeared include: Summertime at Boston Court, Charley's Aunt at International City Theatre, King Lear with James Gammon at the Met theatre, Under the Gaslight, Man of Mode, & Night Breath with Pacific Resident Theatre. She also appeared as Lady Macbeth in Jessica Kubzanski's acclaimed Macbeth at the Edinburgh Theatre Festival, The Way of the World with ICAP and appeared in Trojan Women at the Getty for CTL in Los Angeles as well as many other shows with the company including Elizabeth Barry in The Libertine, Helen of Troy in The Iliad- Books 1-9 and many more.
In 2008 Elizabeth traveled to Playmakers Rep in North Carolina to perform in the celebrated one-woman show 9 Parts of Desire by Heather Raffo, where she played 9 different women from Iraq. She restaged it for a tour, performing at the Theatertage Festival in Hanau Germany, The Elephant Theatre in Los Angeles, Center Stage Theatre in Santa Barbara and at Fusion Theatre in New Mexico.
Elizabeth has also appeared at the Fusion Theatre in Boston Marriage, Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike, and Year of the Rooster.
In Portland, Oregon she also appeared in Profile Theatre’s Festival of Sam Shepherd One Acts in the solo play Evanescence or Shakespeare in the Alley and at Artists Rep in String of Pearls. She also toured in a new solo show, written for her by Steven Wolfson, The Absence of Wanting, performing it at Coho Theatre in Portland, in Los Angeles and several cities in both west and east Germany. In 2015 she performed in a new solo play by Jennifer Le Blanc called We Made Bread playing 31characters from Kuwait for The Arabian Shakespeare Company in San Francisco.
Elizabeth wrote and performed in her new solo play, originally titled The Re-Imagining of French Gray by the Displaced Woman now called NOT MY REVOLUTION directed and devloped by Louanne Moldovan from Cygnet Productions. The play was workshopped for several presentations in Portland Oregon in 2016 and made it's Equity USA premier at Fusion Theatre in New Mexico in 2017 directed by Laurie Thomas. Not My Revolution made it's international premier in both Theatertage Festival in Hanau and for Bremen Shakespeare Company in Bremen Germany in October 2016, then under the title The Re-Imagining of French Gray by the Displaced Woman. Elizabeth recently performed Not My Revolution in NYC at The Theatre at St. John's and will be playing in Chicago later this year for Silk Road Rising.
Elizabeth recently filmed a guest starring role on episode 5 of Season 3 of The Librarians, and has appeared in a variety of independent films and television shows.
Elizabeth often travels to work in regional theatres as an actress, a director and costume designer and continues to teach classes and workshops whenever her schedule permits.