Mistakes Were Made
September 24, 2013 - October 27, 2013
By Craig Wright
Directed By Michael Mendelson

Felix is a NYC theatre producer about to blow a gasket. Jabbing at the hold button as he negotiates with a playwright, a movie star, a deep-pockets funder and an agent, all while mediating a Middle East crisis (involving sheep and militant rebels), this non-stop, fast-talking chameleon is bound for no good. With his overweight pet fish, Denise, as his only confidant and the weight of the world on his shoulders, the stage is set for a high-speed comedic train wreck of a tale.
Northwest Premiere • Off-Broadway Hit • Multiple Award-winning playwright & TV screenwriter


Date & Cast change!
Michael Mendelson will step in to play the lead role of Felix Artifex, as Todd Van Voris must leave the production due to a family emergency. Artistic Director Dámaso Rodriguez will now direct Mendelson and guide the show to opening as the production’s Associate Director.

The play opens on September 28 and closes October 27.

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Felix Artifex   Michael Mendelson*^ 
Esther Lucy Paschall+
Puppeteer Liz Ghiz





Associate Director Dámaso Rodriguez**
Scenic Designer  Jeff Seats
Costume Designer Russel Terwelp
Lighting Designer  Kristeen Willis Crosser^
Composer/Sound Designer   Rodolfo Ortega^
Props Designer Rusty Tennant
Puppet Designer Jane Clugston
Stage Manager Carol Ann Wohlmut* 
Production Manager Kelly Zakis* 
Production Assistant    Will Bailey








Member of Actors Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States
** Member Stage Directors & Choreographers Society 
^ Artists Rep Resident Artist




Join the cast and crew for post-show discussion after the 2pm matinees on September  29 & October 2, 6, 13 & 16. 

TRAILER! Check out the video trailer for Mistakes Were Made here then share it with your friends!

Click here to see photos from the production by Owen Carey.

Happy Hours, Surprise nights and Book clubs oh my! Click here for a full schedule of activities sure to make your theatre experience even more rewarding. 

Bios, Q&As, trivia and so much more! Click here to check out the production's playbill.

Click here to read a detailed synopsis of Mistakes Were Made. SPOILER ALERT!

STUDY GUIDE - Click here to read the extensive study guide for Mistakes Were Made - a great resource!

PRODUCTION HISTORY: Mistakes Were Made received its world premiere at A Red Orchid Theatre in Chicago in 2009 featuring Oscar Nominee Michael Shannon and directed by Dexter Bullard. It made its Off Broadway premiere at the Barrow Street Theatre, with the same cast and director, in November 2010. It made its West Coast premiere at Cygnet Theatre in San Diego in Fall 2012.  

ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT: Craig Wright's plays include Lady, Grace, The Pavilion, Melissa Arctic, Orange Flower Water, Recent Tragic Events and The Unseen. He has received several awards for his writing, including the Helen Hayes/Charles MacArthur Award for Best New Play (for Melissa Arctic) and has been the recipient of fellowships from the McKnight Foundation, the Jerome Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. For his work on Six Feet Under, he received an Emmy nomination, and a Writer’s Guild of America award for his work on Lost. He created Dirty Sexy Money for ABC and is currently an Executive Producer of the upcoming Tyrant on FX.


Michael Mendelson, Director & Felix Artifex

Michael Mendelson is classically trained and is well known in the Portland theatre community as an actor, director and teacher. He is an Artistic Associate and Resident Artist at Artists Repertory Theatre and a member of Actors’ Equity Association. He has served on the Board of Directors of PATA and is on the faculty of the Portland Actors Conservatory. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Wayne State University and a Master of Fine Arts from The University of Washington Professional Actor’s Training Program under Jack Clay. While in New York City, he studied with Tanya Berezin, a founding member and an Artistic Director of Circle Repertory Theatre. Mendelson has directed As You Like It, Lear’s Follies and The Taming of the Shrew for Portland Shakespeare Project, Love’s Labour’s Lost at Northwest Classical Theatre Company, Stones In His Pockets at Public House Theatre, As Is at Key Productions, The Meaning of Prayer at Verbatim Productions and staged readings of Botticelli at Profile Theatre and Dinner With Friends at Mt. Hood Repertory Theatre. His acting credits at Artists Rep include Alfred Lunt in Ten Chimneys, Andrei Borchevsky in Red Herring, Sherlock in Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Carol and Alan Raleigh in God of Carnage. Prior credits at Artists Rep includeThe Cherry Orchard, Superior Donuts, Othello, Design for Living, Holidazed, Becky’s New Car, Three Sisters, Eurydice, House and Garden, Orson’s Shadow, Mr. Marmalade, Theater District, Present Laughter and Love! Valour! Compassion! Other local credits include King Lear and Betrayal  (Oregon Shakespeare Festival/Portland); Burn This, The Lisbon Traviata, Klonsky and Schwartz and The Glass Menagerie (Profile Theatre); Fuente Ovejuna (Miracle Theatre); Edward II, Bent and Jeffrey (triangle productions!); As You Like It and The Winter’s Tale (Tygres Heart Shakespeare); The Rivals, Comfort and Joy, Macbeth and Mrs. Warren’s Profession (Portland Center Stage); A Christmas Carol (A Contemporary Theatre) and A Hatful of Rain, Laughing Wild, and The Importance of Being Earnest (New Rose Theatre). New York credits include The Merchant of Venice (Revolving Shakespeare Co.); Leontes in The Winter’s Tale (Theatre 1010); The Normal Heart (Lincoln Center/Clark Studio Theatre); Behind These Eyes (Genesius Guild) and Rebecca In Waiting (The Barrow Group). Regional credits include work at PCPA Theatrefest, Paper Mill Playhouse, Saint Michael’s Playhouse, Penobscot Theatre Company, Arkansas Repertory Theatre, First Stage Milwaukee, Idaho Rep, Attic Theater and Wisconsin, Utah and Berkeley Shakespeare Festivals. In addition to the role of Felix Artifex in Mistakes Were Made, Mendelson will appear in Artists Rep’s April production of The Quality of Life.


Dates: September 24 - October 27
Performances: Wednesday - Sunday @ 7:30pm; Sunday @ 2pm
Opening Night is Saturday, September 28



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 The Oregonian

The Reviews...

" … a true tour-de-force by a master!” says Dennis Sparks of Michael Mendelson’s performance. He continues to say, “When you experience his world, you can’t help but be moved, shaken and amused by it.” Check out the review here.

“An amazing show about a show.  Watching Michael hopscotch through the whole thing was spectacular.” - Audience Member

Barry Johnson, editor and founder of ArtsWatch and former longtime Arts and Theatre critic for The Oregonian fully explores Mistakes Were Made in his thoughtful and splendid review here.

 “Michael Mendelson is amazing.  This is a play with 10 or 12 characters, but you only see two of them.  Michael brings the rest of the characters and their situations to life.  It’s really an amazing piece of work!” - Audience Member

Kristopher Haines also weighs in on the show in a review on his blog The Crippled Critic. He writes “ ... Mendelson should be awarded a medallion which declares, 'World’s Greatest Actor' to be worn unashamedly throughout the run.”

"I wish I had time to see it again.  Michael Mendelson's  performance was absolutely smashing, totally enthralling, a true tour de force." - Audience Member

"Wright has long proven himself one of the theater's best dialogue writers, and the script is filled with many a gem worth remembering and repeating…it would be a mistake to miss MISTAKES WERE MADE and the extraordinary performance at its center." — TheaterMania

"Craig Wright's MISTAKES WERE MADE is 90 furious, fulminating, very funny minutes of American hucksterism in extremis…What distinguishes it is Wright's savory language, his antic pessimism, his lyric ear for colloquial emotional distress." — New York Magazine

"An exquisite piece of comic writing…I won't be missing anymore of his plays, and neither should you." — The New Yorker

"I can't remember the last time I laughed so hard and so often at the theater. Gentlemen, my hat isn't just off; it's yet to come to earth… — BackStage

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