Sweet and Sad

September 27, 2013 - October 20, 2013

Winningstad Theater - 1111 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97205

It’s the 10th Anniversary of September 11 and the Apple family finds itself gathered together in Rhinebeck, NY for an impromptu lunch before heading off to an afternoon memorial service. While Uncle Benjamin rehearses for a reading, the Apples catch up on politics, tell ghost stories, tease each other mercilessly, and confront the difficulties of loss. Filled with humor and sorrow, Sweet and Sad celebrates the challenges and joys of life in the 21st century and features the returning cast from last season’s hit show, That Hopey Changey Thing.


This is at its heart a family drama, and the play beautifully weaves together the political and the personal…The actors inhabit their roles fully…Nelson, the playwright, is a master at raising provocative questions without giving any easy answers…Next year’s Apple family gathering can’t come soon enough.

Willamette Week


  • Writer Richard Nelson
  • Director Scott Yarbrough
  • Stage Manager Jory Bowers
  • Assistant Director Brandon Woolley
  • Scenic Designer Tal Sanders
  • Costume Designer Emily Horton
  • Lighting Designer Kristeen Crosser
  • Sound Designer Scott Thorson
  • Props Master Drew Danhorn
  • Dramaturg Brian Myers
  • Dramaturg Ellen Walkley


  • Benjamin Apple Bruce Burkhartsmeier
  • Tim Andrews Isaac Lamb
  • Jane Apple Rebecca Lingafelter
  • Barbara Apple Jacklyn Maddux
  • Richard Apple Michael O'Connell
  • Marian Apple Platt Maureen Porter