An Englishman Abroad

Life is rarely a straightforward journey. Often it’s a series of switchbacks and detours, late starts and unexpected arrivals. Just ask Phillip Keiman. The Seattle-based actor has had a career with as many different twists and curves as you could imagine before depositing this Derby-born Englishman into the center of the Pacific Northwest. “It’s got quite a close connection to … Read More

Backstage at the New BRASS Christmas Play!

Since October of this year we’ve been in rehearsal for “The Christmas Case: A Lady Brass Mystery.” The show opens in Portland’s Chapel Theatre on the day after Thanksgiving and runs through till December 21st with shows on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, with a Saturday matinee and one Wednesday performance on December 19th and none on the 20th). It’s been … Read More

Moore, Please! An Interview with Terry Edward Moore

There’s a deft sort of patrician air about Terry Edward Moore. He is very adept at playing the man with all the answers–the detective, the father, the thoughtful authority figure. Even if, as in his devastating performance of the father of a severely disabled daughter in A Day in the Death of Joe Egg in Seattle in 2013, his answers … Read More

Matthew in the Middle(ton)

On stage, Matt Middleton is Mr. Nice Guy. He’s tremendously good at creating characters who though often deeply flawed, still remain relatable. There’s an aspect of easy-to-reach vulnerability in his work that’s appealing from a tall, good-looking man, a sort of benevolent if tentative attempt to Get It Right, whatever It might be. Regrettably for dramatic irony, Middleton is also, … Read More

An Ear for Composition

You may have noticed a new BRASS theme for Season 3. in fact, you may have noticed a lot of new music in our latest episodes, from stingers to a slightly raucous piano player in a London pub, and even a hymn played on the organ of Westminster Abbey that sounds familiar, even though you won’t find it in any … Read More

Depicting a Demagogue

Season Three of BRASS introduces a new character, Lord Trent, a dissolute aristocrat who’s catapulted to political prominence as part of the machinations of the Crime Minister. Before you protest that such a thing is too fantastical, let’s just say that despite current political events, there’s little new in the biographies and methods of demagogues. (Though yes, it’s perhaps true … Read More

A BRASS Hatter Tea Party!

Recently the Brass family, as represented by Lady Madelyn and Gwendolyn, sat down for Decedent Tea (that is, tea at 6:00 PM, as the fashionable are calling it) with the Sir and Lady Knightsbridge Family at B.F. Fuller’s Mortar and Pestle Tea Shop in Fremont. The evening, the fulfillment of a long-anticipated social encounter between these two storied lineages, included … Read More