The Monster-Builder
January 28, 2014 - March 2, 2014
By Amy Freed
Directed By Art Manke**

A maniacal scheme of fantastical proportions lurks deep inside world-renowned mega-architect Gregor Zubrowski’s post-modern steel and glass structures.  His commanding presence and curious creative process both titillate and manipulate design professionals and patrons alike into submission. After he casually steals a career-making project, two fledgling architects dare to challenge this monster-builder at his own game. Expect the unexpected from this absurdly funny, wickedly smart new comedy.
World Premiere • Pulitzer Prize Finalist • nationally renowned playwright • A hit at the Pacific Playwrights Festival


Gregor Zubrowski   Michael Elich*
Rita  Allison Tigard*
Dieter Gavin Hoffman*
Pamela Robin Goodrin Nordli* 
Andy Don Alder*
Tamsin  Bhama Roget*







Scenic Designer  Tom Buderwitz
Costume Designer Darrin Pufall
Lighting Designer  Kristeen Willis Crosser^
Composer/Sound Designer   Rodolfo Ortega^
Props Designer Rusty Tennant
Dialect Coach Mary McDonald-Lewis
Stage Manager & Production Manager  Stephanie Mulligan* 
Assistant Director Elizabeth Klinger 
Dramaturg  Mead Hunter
Fight Director Jonathan Cole







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

ADDED PERFORMANCES! We have added a 2pm show on Saturday, Feb. 15, a 7:30pm performance on Tuesday, Feb. 25 and a 2pm show in Saturday, March 1. 


February 23, after the 2pm performance. Approximately 4pm. FREE.
Join us for a robust conversation with local architecture and development experts. It has always been playwright Amy Freed’s desire that this play create dialogue about the role of architects and architecture in the modern world; how and why work is created and funded, and the ethics and philosophies considered. This event is an opportunity to open a conversation. 
Brian Libby, moderator, architecture journalist at
Professor B.D. Wortham-Galvin, Assistant Professor, PSU School of Architecture
Peggy Moretti, Executive Director, Restore Oregon
Kevin Cavenaugh, Tenpod/Guerrilla Development
Stefee Knudsen, Architect, THA Architects; American Institute of Architects, Portland, Board President
Damaso Rodriguez, Artistic Director, Artists Repertory Theatre

Other panelists TBD


VIDEO! Click here for a behind-the-scenes look into rehearsals and an interview with playwright Amy Freed.

PLAYBILL! Click here to download the playbill complete with bios, a Q&A with the director and playwright and so much more! 

Join the cast and crew for post-show discussion after the 2pm matinees on February 2, 9, 12, 16, 23. 

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

Click here to read a detailed synopsis of The Monster-Builder. SPOILER ALERT!

STUDY GUIDE! Click here to download the Study Guide for this production. A great resource for all!

Learn more about this stellar cast! Click here to read the actors' bios.

Artists Rep presents the world premiere production of The Monster-Builder

AMY FREED is the author of You, Nero, Restoration Comedy, The Beard of Avon, Safe in Hell, Freedomland,The Psychic Life of Savages and other plays.  Selected regional credits include productions at Arena Stage, South Coast Rep, Seattle Rep, Woolly Mammoth, ACT, The Goodman, Yale Rep, Berkeley Rep, Portland Center Stage and many others. In New York, her work has been produced at New York Theater Workshop, Playwrights Horizons and The Flea. Freed was a Pulitzer Finalist for Freedomland, and has been the recipient of many other playwriting awards including the Joseph Kesserling Award (NYC) and the Charles MacArthur Award (Washington DC) and has several times been a recipient of the LA Critics Circle and Bay Area Critics Circle Awards.  She recently completed a Mellon Foundation Playwriting Residency at DC’s Arena Stage. Freed is an Artist in Residence at Stanford University.

Art Manke is a five-time winner of the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award. Manke is a nationally recognized director of classics, musicals and new work, whose recent productions include The Three Musketeers, The 39 Steps, The Miracle Worker, and the world premiere of Great Wall Story for the Denver Center Theatre Company; Sense and Sensibility at the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre; numerous productions for South Coast Repertory including his award-winning Bach at Leipzig, Noises Off, Taking Steps, The Wind in the Willows, Lucky Duck; and a string of Noel Coward comedies for the Pasadena Playhouse including Private Lives, Fallen Angels, the American premiere of Star Quality, and the upcoming A Song At Twilight. Mr. Manke is a co-founder of A Noise Within, L.A.’s acclaimed classical theatre company, where he served as artistic director for the first 10 seasons (1991-2001) overseeing more than 50 productions, statewide touring and a full roster of educational programs. Among the plays he directed for the company are The Winter’s Tale, Hay Fever, Pericles, Oedipus the King, Cymbeline, Cyrano de Bergerac, The Importance of Being Earnest, Tartuffe, The School for Wives, Romeo & Juliet, Volpone, The Merchant of Venice and Hamlet.  Other credits include work with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Mark Taper Forum, American Conservatory Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Laguna Playhouse, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Santa Fe Stages, American Players Theatre, California Shakespeare Festival, and Maui’s Studio H’Poko where he served as Principal Guest Director from 1992-2002. He is a frequent guest lecturer at universities and conservatories throughout the country and directs for television. Originally from Chicago, Mr. Manke holds a BFA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and an MFA from the American Conservatory Theatre.

Dates: January 28 - March 2
Performances: Wednesdays - Sundays @ 7:30pm & Sundays @ 2pm
Opening Night is Saturday, February 1 





 The Oregonian


The Reviews...

“... a penetrating thesis drama, a gothic melodrama, and a salient satire of artistic and intellectual elites all rolled into one … This is a play that entertains, but also leaves one with much to mull over afterwards,” wrote Richard Wattenburg for The Oregonian.  Read it here. 

 “Hysterical and poignant. That’s a rare – and great – combination.” - Audience Member

“Over-the-top melodrama, (literal) cliffhangers, some mystery, and a lot of crackling one-liners are laced through the play, and director Art Manke keeps it all rolling with a keen eye toward the timing and swiftness of farce,” wrote Bob Hicks in a beautifully written ArtsWatch review. Read it here.

 “OMG, I don’t think I remember laughing so hard. It was absolutely phenomenal.” - Audience Member

"Freed's script is a fast-paced riff on ambition, selling out, artistic pretension, and the subjectivity of taste, among other things—it's a comedy that wants you to know it's smart, too," wrote Alison Hallett for the Portland Mercury. Read it here. 

 “This is the best show I have ever seen here. Sign me up for everything!” - Audience Member

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