Oregon Children’s Theatre presents

Einstein is a Dummy

  • An exhilarating and hilarious musical
  • An Oregon Premiere!

Portland, OR – Drammy Award winning Oregon Children’s Theatre presents Karen Zacarías’ original play, Einstein is a Dummy, May 4, 10, 11, 17 & 18 (Saturdays at 2:00 & 7:00 pm, Sundays at 2:00 & 5:00 pm) at the Winningstad Theatre, 1111 SW Broadway.  Tickets are $19-$24 for adults and $16-$20 for children and seniors.  Box Office: 503-228-9571 or through TicketMaster (503-790-ARTS or  General information:  Recommended for ages 8 & up.  Sign interpreted performance: Sat., May 10 at 7:00 pm. 

Einstein is a Dummy by Karen Zacarías and Deborah Wicks La Puma, the team that brought Ferdinand the Bull, presents a fictional day in the life of Albert Einstein as an awkward twelve year old.  Einstein struggles with all the usual issues of a pre-teen: keeping up with violin lessons, impressing the girl next-door and, oh yeah, comprehending the fundamental relationship of space and time to the speed of light. This uplifting play confirms that each of us is both ordinary and special. With an engaging, original score, a healthy dose of imagination, and the help of a mysterious cat, Einstein is a Dummy reveals life’s atomic possibilities. 

Written by Karen Zacarías, with music composed by Deborah Wicks La Puma, Einstein is a Dummy is directed by Stan Foote.  The play stars David Cole as Albert Einstein and Gary Brickner-Schultz as Herr Schloppnoppdinkerdonn.  Set Design is by Mark Haack, Lighting Design by Don Crossley, Sound Design by Rody Ortega, and Costume Design by Stan Foote

Stan Foote, Artistic Director, Oregon Children’s Theatre

Stan Foote has been the Artistic Director since the 2001-2002 Season but has directed for Oregon Children’s Theatre for 18 years. Stan received his BA in Theater from Sacramento State University and has been directing, teaching and acting for 28 years. In that time, Stan spent three years serving on the Artistic Committee for Artists Repertory Theatre in Portland and has received Drammy Awards for Outstanding Direction for OCT’s Stuart Little and The Gondoliers at Mock’s Crest. His production of Kiss of the Spider Woman, originally produced by Miracle Theatre Group and remounted for Borderlands Theater in Tucson was named the Outstanding Drama of the 2002-2003 Season in Tucson. 

Stan has orchestrated and directed five original adaptations of children’s literature in his tenure at OCT, including Eric Coble’s critically acclaimed adaptation of Lois Lowry’s book The Giver and Lowry’s own adaptation of her novel Gossamer (to premiere in October 2008).  Stan also collaborated with Coble on Sacagawea, presented at the Kennedy Center’s New Visions/New Voices 2002. The production featured seven Native American actors and dancers. Stan directed and toured Professor Bodywise’s Traveling Menagerie for Kaiser Permanente’s Educational Theatre Program. OCT has recently partnered with Kaiser Permanente to reintroduce ETP to the Northwest Region. Other directing projects include Cyrano, Ferdinand the Bull, Jesus Christ Superstar, Into the Woods, Blue Plate Special, Psycho Beach Party, Strange Snow and Pump Boys and Dinettes. Stan co-authored one play, Karaoke at the Casa De Chin, which has been produced twice and continues to collect dust in hopes of being rediscovered. 

Karen Zacarías, Playwright

Karen is the Founding Artistic Director of Young Playwrights' Theater in Washington, DC.  This season, Karen will have three world premieres: The Book Club Play at Round House Theater (also selected for the 2007 Eugene O’Neill conference and developed with PWC), Chasing George Washington: A White House Adventure at the Kennedy Center, and Looking for Roberto Clemente at Imagination Stage. Karen is the winner of the 2006 Francesca Primus Award for her play, Mariela in the Desert. Mariela is also the winner the 2005 TCG/AT&T First Stages Award, the 2004 National Latino Playwrights’ Competition, finalist for the 2004 Susan Smith Blackburn prize, and short listed for 2005 Kesselring Prize. Her play, The Sins of Sor Juana won Outstanding New Play at the 2000 Helen Hayes Awards and has been produced throughout the country. Her musical plays for young people have enjoyed productions at The Goodman Theater, The Coterie, Chicago PlayWorks, The Alliance Theatre, Imagination Stage, Arden Theater, Cleveland Playhouse, and St. Louis Rep. 

Founded in 1989, Oregon Children’s Theatre is Oregon’s largest non-profit professional children’s theater company and a resident company of the Portland Center for the Performing Arts.  Performances are held weekdays for school audiences and on weekends for family audiences.  OCT serves more than 111,000 children of all ages each year.  OCT offers numerous school services including in-school workshops and an extensive outreach program.  OCT’s year round Acting Academy offers theater classes for children ages 4-17.  

Einstein is a Dummy is sponsored by Mentor Graphics & The Boeing Company.

This project is also supported in part by a grant from the Oregon Cultural Trust, investing in Oregon’s arts, humanities and heritage.  OCT is funded in part by the Regional Arts & Culture Council and Work for Art with additional underwriting support by the Oregon Arts Commission. 

Tickets are now on sale and can be ordered by calling

Oregon Children's Theatre at 503-228-9571. 

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