FIRES IN THE MIRROR

“I can't recall the last time I saw a performance as good as Rue's. It's a masterpiece. Using only a few props (hats, a scarf), he transforms into around 30 distinct characters -- young, old, men, women, African-American, Jewish. He has compassion for every single one of them, and as an audience member, I couldn't help but feel that compassion as well. Rue made my heart swell and break, and then swell and break again.” - Broadway World

If you have time to see only one play this weekend, make it Anna Deveare Smith's FIRES IN THE MIRROR at Profile Theatre. It's a series of 30 or so monologues, all performed by Seth Rue, in response to the Crown Heights riot of 1991. Even though the central events occurred almost three decades ago, FIRES IN THE MIRROR's exploration of racial tensions could not be more timely. Also, Rue's performance will knock your socks off.” - Krista Garver, BWW

“Rue creates vivid, crisply delineated characters of many sorts. He sketches the attitude of the writer Ntozake Shange with a hand on a cocked left hip, words coming in rhythmic feints and rushes. As the director George C. Wolfe, he’s doubly voluble, talking quickly with mouth and hands. His Rev. Al Sharpton sits with feet splayed wide, suggest the necessary room for both a belly and an ego. And so on. He’s terrific at the nuances of the black American dialects, and the distinctions between Caribbeans and Africans.” - Oregon Arts Watch

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FeNCes

What a ride! An incredible cast and team created a transcendent production - an experience I won't soon forget. Through this play, I've grown as an actor and as a person. I understood the story, the characters and their relationships to new depths and it became all so real in my own life. I hope it touched some of you in similar ways.

"I can't imagine a better production of Fences than the one at Portland Playhouse. Each member of the cast was superb, and they were even more amazing as an ensemble. Seth Rue was mesmerizing. Seth brought a quiet dignity to [Lyons], allowing the audience feel his emotions and struggles without the drama and discourse afforded the other characters. Seth's nuanced portrayal allowed the character to deepen throughout the play. It was a joy to watch." - Audience Reviewer

"Portland Playhouse's phenomenal production of Fences is a potent reminder that beneath it all, we're all just trying to figure out where to cross lines and where to draw them, hoping to keep the good stuff close and the bad stuff out." - Willamette Week

"Portland Playhouse hits it out of the park with August Wilson's 'Fences'! Fine direction and excellent performances make a must-see out of this deeply moving portrayal of a flawed man's efforts to do right by himself and his family amidst the oppression of 1950s Pittsburgh." - The Oregonian

"As Troy, Purry is equal parts charming, heartbreaking, and terrifying, while LaVonn is the perfect blend of strength and weariness, the hallmarks of a woman who has spent a lifetime making the most of difficult situations, particularly difficult men. The rest of the cast -- including Bobby BermeaSeth Rue, and La'Tevin Alexander -- is just as fine." - Broadway World

blue door

 
To be working with two of my artistic idols in Victor Mack and Bobby Bermea was a dream come true. This was an extremely challenging and totally humbling experience. I fell in love with this script after the first time I read it - Tanya's work is consistently incredible. This is such an important story, celebrating self-love and acceptance, family, our journeys of identity, ancestral and spiritual vitality, and of the depth, diversity and beautiful – and often painful – complexity of Blackness in America. So many props to Profile Theater for bring Barfield's work back to Portland for an entire season!
"The shining star of Profile's production is Seth Rue, who plays all of the ancestors. He moves among them deftly, while also developing them so completely that they all become real, human people -- falling in love, experiencing violence and loss. Mr. Rue is responsible for bringing most of the humanity and the emotional charge to this production, and he does it incredibly well." - Broadway World
"All other characters are played by Seth Rue, who brilliantly embodies children, adults, multiple regional accents, and shares each different personality as if that's the only thing he's got going on. Rue switches between characters and ages in a flash, utterly convincingly. His performance is astounding. I will be looking for chances to see both of these fine actors again." - Edge Media
"The force behind these ghost relatives is actor Seth Rue, the perfect counterpart to Mack's tempered, unadorned performance. Rue is a whirlwind, moving between characters, dialects, and time periods with staggering agility." - Portland Mercury

Nominated for a Drammy for Best Actor!

 

 

district merchants

Working on Aaron Posner's fascinating retelling of the Shakespeare classic was an incredible experience. The talent in the room and on the stage was astounding and an experience I won't soon forget. We were fortunate enough to have Ruth Bader-Ginsberg join us for opening night, and with a standing ovation, no less!

"Rue’s portrayal of Bassanio is on point, particularly when it comes to his internal conflict of finding his place in the world. His initial aside is riveting as it addresses the vicious cycle of the black man trying to take up the opportunity that America offers to him but simultaneously will not let him have." - Theatre Bloom
"Seth Rue's Benjamin Bassanio matures, developing depth and understanding as the play progresses. DISTRICT MERCHANTS is a fascinating and complex exploration of fear and prejudice; of what unites or divides us." - Broadway World
"As efforts go in making Shakespeare’s thornier plays more digestible, its concerns more relevant to contemporary playgoers, you’d be hard pressed to find a more admirably intelligent reworking of “The Merchant of Venice” than playwright Aaron Posner’s “District Merchants,” now having its world premiere at Folger Theatre." - Washington Post
"His Portia (Maren Bush) too, is a much more fully realized and three-dimensional character, her loyalties and priorities torn over revelations in regards to the origins of her lover Benjamin (Seth Rue). Bush and Rue have a crackling chemistry, and their playful scenes, with their quickly and constantly shifting power dynamics, are among the show’s highlights." - DC Theater Scene

Mirror, Mirror Pilot

So excited to have been involved in the pilot episode of "Mirror Mirror," produced by the Asian American Film Lab. It's a new comedy that centers on Cici, a "diversity and equity consultant for some of the area's largest organizations," as she navigates and combats misogyny in the workplace. I had the great pleasure to play her "gentle and loving husband with an edge," Ed. Can't wait to see how it comes out!!

The Piano Lesson

 

This was my first opportunity to work on the Century Cycle, and it was an amazing experience. The musical lyricism in Wilson's text and the deft of the wonderful actors on the Portland Playhouse stage made for a beautiful dance that I'll never forget. 

"Seth Rue is a winning presence as Lyman, Boy Willie's friend, whose main interest in life seems to be female companionship; he seems to be there just to listen to the others, but then he too gets a chance to open his heart, and the simple way he states his desires is beautifully played." - Broadway World
"Seth Rue strikes an affecting mix of loneliness and hope as Boy Willie's friend, Lymon." - The Oregonian
"Best Theater of 2014!" - Willamette Week

Nominated for 3 Drammy Awards, 2014

 

 

Dontrell Who kissed the sea

 

This is such a beautiful piece! Magical, musical and important. Nathan Alan Davis does so much and allows for so much creativity within his world. So grateful to have been involved in this production at OCT!

"Rue gives wings to the joyful language of Robby." - Eugene Weekly
"Seth Alexander Rue provides perfect hip-hop comic relief as Robby. Dontrell Starts with a song and ends in a dream. Go see it and be transported." - Eugene Art Talk

 

 

Taming of the Shrew

 

This was my first experience with Shakespeare, but with such a fantastic cast and the expert and visionary Patrick Walsh directing, it was a blast and certainly a success!

"It is a beautiful story hilariously told by an amazingly talented group of actors." - Patrick Walsh