ABOUT THE PLAY
Please Underestimate Me is an autobiographical sketch comedy-style theatrical event based on Jay Flewellingâ€™s personal essays. Throughout his life, whether he was surviving a Christian elementary school, traveling internationally, or jogging on a public street, Jay has been underestimated. But is being the underdog actually an advantage? Five actors and an ASL interpreter alternately embody Jay and a host of other characters throughout a series of funny, bizarre, and touching situations both scripted and devised.
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT AND DIRECTOR
JAY FLEWELLING is a cornerstone performer at Curious Comedy Theater and a member of the powerhouse improv troupe J Names (SF Sketchfest, Out of Bounds Comedy Festival). Jay is a multi-talented comedian and storyteller who has been featured on PRIâ€™s Live Wire!, Kevin Allisonâ€™s RISK!, and Mortified. He has performed with Kevin McDonald (The Kids in the Hall) and Colin Mochrie (Whose Line is it Anyway?), and performed his one-man show Work Shmerk in Portland and at the Sand Diego Fringe Festival. Jay produced the short films The Collector and Birthday Boss, which won â€œBest in Humorâ€ at Dan Savageâ€™s 2015 and 2016 HUMP! Film Festivals respectively. Learn more at jayflewelling.com.
JASON ROUSE is a well known Portland writer, actor, and director. He is the writer and director of the monthly sketch show Shirts and Skins at Curious Comedy Theater, and the creator of Wonderland. Jason has appeared onstage with Portland Playhouse and Hand2Mouth, in television commercials and series such as Grimm and Leverage, and he can be seen in the upcoming feature film Lean on Pete. Additionally, he spent six years as writer/announcer for PRIâ€™s Live Wire!, and recently directed Bri Pruettâ€™s one-woman show Stellar.
Each performance will be ASL interpreted. Interpreter Blake Wales is fully integrated into the play, creating a more accessible experience for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community.
The paperback and audio versions of Jay Flewellingâ€™s essay collection Please Underestimate Me will be available for purchase at pleaseunderestimateme.com beginning on opening night of the live show, October 25, 2017.