And So It Goes...
September 4, 2012 - October 7, 2012
By Aaron Posner
Directed By Aaron Posner

Can we ever protect ourselves from the idiocy of our hearts?

Down a well-worn path, hand-in-hand, take a walk…through leaves and over bridges, breathe in the soul’s seductive moments through three love stories set in mythological small-town America. It’s 1962 New England when we join Tom, our tour guide, for a stroll with a host of hearts just like our own. Along the circuitous course of love we travel with our new friends hoping to catch a genuine glimpse of humankind’s most elusive sentiment in the wonderfully flawed characters muddling along before us. This quirky love letter to the human race flows from Vonnegut’s first collection Welcome to the Monkey House.
World Premiere.


Tom Newton  Tim True*
Kate Newton  Valerie Stevens*
Newt, Stage Manager, John   Andy Lee-Hillstrom+  
Catharine, Helene, Paula  Kayla Lian+
Harry, Roy Alex Hurt*
Verne, George Leif Norby*
Doris, Gloria Sarah Lucht*








Set Designer  Jeff Seats
Lighting Designer  Kristeen Crosser
Sound Designer Rodolfo Ortega
Costume Designer Nancy Hills
Props Designer Rusty Tennant
Dialect Coach  Mary McDonald Lewis
Assistant Director Louanne Moldovan
Stage Manager Stephanie Mulligan* 
Production Assistants  Megan Sweigert & Kristen Mun






Song "And So It Goes" composed by James Sugg

*Member of Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States


Amanda of Artslandia got some brilliant interview footage at Opening Night last Friday night. Turn up your volume, click here and tune into the buzz going on that night!

Join the cast for a Post-Show Discussion after the 2pm matinee performances on September 9, 16, 23, 26.

Click here to see photos from the show by Owen Carey!

Happy Hours, Surprise Nights and Book Clubs! Click here to see a full schedule of Audience Enrichment Events.

Click here to read a detailed synopsis of our productions.

STUDY GUIDE! Click here to read the extensive study guide for this production. A great resource for all!


Kurt Vonnegut’s collection of short stories, Welcome to the Monkey House, was first published in August 1968 in publications as diverse as “The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction” and “The Atlantic Monthly.”  The stories, ranging from wartime epics to futuristic thrillers, are marked with the satire and unique edge that characterizes Vonnegut’s work.  Vonnegut was one of the premiere American novelists and essayists of the 20th Century, who explored a blend of humanism, science fiction, and dark, satirical comedy in literary forms as varied as novels, articles, short stories, plays and poems. The title of Posner’s play echoes Vonnegut's famous phrase, "So it goes", used ironically in reference to death in the author’s most well-known novel, Slaughterhouse-Five.  Welcome to the Monkey House was also adapted into a Canadian TV series called “Kurt Vonnegut's Monkey House.”  It aired in 1991 and ran for two seasons, featuring such names as John Cryer, Frank Langella and Madeline Kahn.  In 1999, Vonnegut’s illustrious place in space and time was secured when an asteroid was named in his honor: 25399 Vonnegut.



Aaron is a freelance director and playwright, an Associate Artist at both the Folger Theatre in Washington DC and the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, and is a founding Artistic Director of Philadelphia's Arden Theatre Company and former Artistic Director of Two River Theater. Aaron has directed at major regional theatres from coast to coast including Actor’s Theatre of Louisville, American Player's Theatre, Alliance Theatre, Arizona Theatre Company, Barrington Stage, Cal Shakes, Children's Theatre Company, Cleveland Playhouse, Portland Center Stage, Seattle Rep, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Studio Theatre, Theatre J, Woolly Mammoth and many more. Aaron won Barrymore Awards for A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Best Director), and The Chosen (playwright), both at the Arden. He has won the Helen Hayes Awards for Best Director three of the last eight years, all for work at the Folger: Measure For Measure, The Two Gentlemen of Verona and Cyrano – which has had more than 50 professional productions nationally and internationally. His many published and produced adaptations include another Chaim Potok novel, My Name Is Asher Lev, Who Am I This Time? (and other conundrums of love) adapted from Kurt Vonnegut stories, Ellen Foster adapted from Kaye Gibbons, Third & Indiana adapted from Steve Lopez, Brief Interviews With Hideous Men adapted from David Foster Wallace, and Sometimes A Great Notion adapted from Ken Kesey. His musical adaptation of Mark Twain’s A Murder, A Mystery & A Marriage (with James Sugg) was nominated for 10 Barrymore Awards and the Helen Hayes Award for Best New Play. His new adaptation of Chekhov’s The Seagull, entitled Stupid Fu*king Bird will premiere at Woolly Mammoth Theatre in May of 2013. Aaron is an Eisenhower Fellow, holds a B.S. in Performance Studies from Northwestern University, is from Eugene, Oregon, and lives in Maryland with his wife, actress Erin Weaver, and his tiny daughter, Maisie.


Dates: September 4 - October 7
Performances: Wednesday - Sunday @ 7:30pm; Sunday @ 2:00pm
Opening Night is Friday, September 7 


 The Oregonian


The Reviews...

"Wherever Posner and his cast were going to take me, I realized, the trip was going to be a good one.... All I had to do was relax and enjoy the ride."
- Bob Hicks, Artswatch. Click here to read the full review.

“Artists Repertory Theatre has been around now for 30 years and is celebrating with a play just as long in the making," writes Marty Hughley in The Oregonian last week after sitting down with Director and Playwright Aaron Posner. Read more about that conversation here.

“Every single word that comes to mind to initially describe this play would be a cliché if it were not absolutely true.  It’s funny; heartwarming and charming.  It brings the truth about who we are and how we love into the spotlight!” - Audience Member

"Love and theater go hand-in-hand gracefully here...," said Marty Hughley in a review for The Oregonian. Click here to read the rest. 

 “I have never laughed so hard and for so long!’ - Audience Member

"As a romantic triptych in its own right, the show is really enjoyable: a warm, wise, engaging series of sketches with undeniable "date night" appeal..." said Anne Adams for Portland Monthly Magazine's Culturephile. Read the review here.

 “There was so much depth, yet it was so simple.  It was lovely.” - Audience Member

"And So It Goes, which opens Artists Repertory Theatre’s 30th season, takes love as its subject and handles it with the utmost skill...The overwhelming message, though, is one of hope, delivered with humor and heart by a marvelous cast," wrote Rebbeca Jacobson for the Willamette Week. Read the full review here.

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