Blithe Spirit

By Noël Coward
Directed By Christopher Liam Moore

November 25, 2014 – January 4, 2015

Morrison Theatre

With ghosts who are decidedly not Dickensian, this comedic masterpiece will haunt our holiday season.  Vana O’Brien takes on a role she was born to play as Madame Arcati, the eccentric clairvoyant who inadvertently summons the titular spirit from the beyond. This mischievous supernatural farce invokes hilarity perfect for escaping the yuletide madness. Suitable for ages 8 and up.

  • Designs by Resident Artists Kristeen Willis Crosser & Rodolfo Ortega
  • Otherworldly Classic

 RUNNING TIME: Approximately 2 Hours and 45 Minutes with one intermission.

Cast and Production Team


Val Landrum +^


Michael Mendelson +*^


Allen Nause +

Dr. Bradman

JoAnn Johnson +^

Mrs. Bradman

Vana O'Brien +^

Madame Arcati

Sara Hennessy +^


Jill Van Velzer +



Christopher Liam Moore *



Scenic Designer: Alan Schwanke

Costume Designer: Nancy Hills

Lighting Designer: Kristeen Willis #

Composer/Sound Designer: Rodolfo Ortega #^

Props Master: Natalie Rae Heikkinen

Production Stage Manager: Carol Ann Wohlmut +^

Production Assistant: Jessica Evans Irvine

+ Member of Actors Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the U.S.

* Member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society

# The scenic, costume, lighting, projection & sound designers are represented by United Scenic Artists

^ Artists Rep Resident Artist

Production Media




"It's not often we get to see Coward plays anymore, but this comedy makes for a fun evening in the theater. There may be no Santa Claus or Scrooge in this play, but Artists Rep's "Blithe Spirit" should fit nicely into the holiday plans of many Portlanders — at least those who desire spirited urbane comedy spiced with warm-hearted laughter for their cold winter nights." - Richard Wattenberg, The Oregonian. Read the rest of the review here

“What an amazing production. I loved the special effects!” - Audience Member

"’s a comedy after all, and if a bunch of people in one house making fools of themselves and getting in petty arguments doesn’t conjure the holiday spirit, what will?" says Nathan Tucker of Portland Monthly Magazine. Read the full review here.       

“It’s so witty and clever. Great cast!” - Audience Member 

“…a magical finale…leaving the audience only with their own roaring laughter and applause.”  - Jen Scholten, Ambit Magazine

“It’s really funny and wonderful.” - Audience Member

“The time just flew! Very entertaining!” - Audience Member

"Stylistically, it is Coward's masterpiece: his most complete success in imposing his own view of things on the brute facts of existence." - The Times, 1976

"With Hay Fever and Private Lives, Blithe Spirit strikes me as being one of Coward 's three indisputable comic masterpieces. [It is] the outrageous frivolity with which Coward treats mortality that makes the piece so bracing." - The Daily Telegraph, 2004



If you want to know exactly what you are in for and really dig into the play, click here for a STUDY GUIDE but beware of major SPOILERS!