Reading of Black Box by Gary Cole
October 22nd, 8pm

CoHo Productions co-founder Gary Cole will read from his debut novel, BLACK BOX, at CoHo Theater on Monday, October 22 at 8pm. $5 from every copy of the book purchased that evening will be donated to CoHo. Gary Cole has pledged to donate a minimum of $500 to CoHo Productions, regardless of the number of books sold.

Read the interview with Gary Cole by Win Goodbody here.
Read the preview of the event by Marty Hughley here.

Set almost entirely in Portland, BLACK BOX is a story of players, on stage and off, making deals to save or sell their souls. An actress, a critic, and a patron form a dramatic triangle whose ambitions collide within the confines of a “black box” theater – an unadorned performance space enclosed by black walls. BLACK BOX probes the power of performing art, as well as the price some pay for its pursuit.

Ned Prince, the protagonist of BLACK BOX, leads an enviable life. An acclaimed young writer and heir to an ample fortune, he spends a handsome allowance playing at working. But when tragedy strikes Ned’s father, leaving a depleted estate, Ned is forced to take a real job as a theater critic. He is mesmerized by an actress who has sold herself to a financier for a stage of her own – a black box. After all off-stage attempts fail, Ned resorts to theater to avenge his father and liberate the actress.

“BLACK BOX is a nicely paced tale, told with insight and affection for both the theater and suspense genre
– a nifty mash-up of Ibsen, Shakespeare, and Mickey Spillane.”
Deep Dish Theatre Company Artistic Director Paul Frellick

To RSVP for the reading, please call (503) 220-2646 or send an e-mail to Refreshments will be served. There is no charge for the reading. If you are unable to attend, you can purchase copies of BLACK BOX and ARTLESS at and ensure a donation to CoHo by entering “152” as the Partners in Performance no. on checking out.

Gary Cole is a theater entrepreneur and attorney. Gary practiced law at the Central Intelligence Agency before writing a play based loosely on his Agency experience. While in private practice in Portland, Gary co-founded CoHo Productions and was actively involved in developing the black box theater in which the company performs. Portland State University’s Ooligan Press published Gary’s memoir, ARTLESS, about his unique odyssey through the arts and politics. Gary now lives in North Carolina, where he launched a theater festival called Theater of the American South.

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