March 4, 2012

Bob Keyes: Actor returns for some home cooking at Portland Stage

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Sarah Lord and Justin Adams walk the railroad tracks in a scene from "This Property is Condemned," one of the one-act plays featured in Portland Stage Company's new production, "Hidden Tennessee," by Tennessee Williams.

Photo Courtesy of Portland Stage Company / Darren Setlow

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Sarah Lord, in character, in "Hidden Tennessee." "I knew I wanted to act when I was 10 years old in my first-ever play," Lord said. "I was in 'Pinocchio' at the Children's Theater of Maine. That was it. From that point on, I was always in plays."

Couresty photo from Darren Setlow Photography

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PORTLAND STAGE COMPANY presents "Hidden Tennesee"

WHEN: Through March 18

HOURS: Performances at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday-Friday; 4 and 8 p.m. on Saturday; 2 p.m. on Sunday

TICKETS: $17.50 to $39; Call 774-0465 or visit

Back then, she and her acting friends discovered every nook and cranny of the building. She had fun rediscovering those old hiding spots "and the same evocative qualities" of the building during the rehearsal process for "Hidden Tennessee."

This is her first experience with Tennessee Williams. "Hidden Tennessee" combines three short plays and a short story, interwoven with biographical material about the playwright. It's presented in two acts, with a cast of four. Lord appears prominently in two of the pieces – the one-act "This Property Is Condemned" and the short story "The Field of Blue Children."

She's thrilled to finally have the opportunity to work on a Williams piece. "He is one of the best playwrights, if not ever, then certainly in American theater. There are not a lot of roles for little old me in a lot of his best works, so this is a very special opportunity."

Not surprisingly, Lord's first theater experience with Williams came at Portland Stage. She watched from the audience when it presented "The Glass Menagerie" many moons ago. She also saw "A Streetcar Named Desire" by Mad Horse.

She feels grateful for the chance to work in Portland again.

"The talent in the theater community here has always been amazing," she said. "Working in Portland is what gave me such a great foundation, and prepared me for working in New York.

Staff Writer Bob Keyes can be contacted at 791-6457 or:

Twitter: pphbnkeyes 

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