If you’ve been wishing Grimm’s Sasha Roiz and Silas Weir Mitchell (Captain Renard and vegan Blutbad/ werewolf-type guy Monroe) shared more plotlines in the Portland-filmed NBC hit drama, you’re in luck – kinda. It may not be screen time, but the two will be sharing a Portland stage this month, meaning they’re—happily—stuck in Stumptown for some time to come.
“I do feel a little bit like a prisoner, but it’s a beautiful prison,” joked Mitchell, who will appear alongside Roiz in Portland Center Stage’s production of Three Days of Rain. “I realized at some point maybe six weeks before we finished Grimm, I’m not going to get to leave Portland for the next 26 weeks! But that’s tongue in cheek because this isn’t an opportunity I’d pass up for anything.”
Still, at a recent press meet, he said Roiz was to blame for his incarceration, as did their fellow cast-member Lisa Datz—though she took a swipe at fate, too. The story goes: Roiz, missing the stage, contacted director Chris Coleman and started to look for a project, and then roped in his Grimm friend Mitchell. The three threw around several ideas—they joked that The Odd Couple was a contender at one point—and landed on Richard Greenburg's Three Days of Rain.
Meanwhile, on the East Coast, Datz, herself also a TV veteran seen most recently on FOX's Bones, had a conversation with the universe about her future, expressing her wish to work in “a beautiful place, on material that feeds my soul, and with people who inspire me.” Along came Captain Renard, whose approach Datz calls “kismet.”
Described by Coleman as layered, complex, and meticulously crafted—though he would say that, wouldn’t he?—Three Days of Rain was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1998 and has over the years starred the likes of Julia Roberts, Paul Rudd, and Bradley Cooper. Billed as a “generational mystery,” the actors play their own parents in the second act, set roughly thirty years earlier in 1960s New York.
The fact that this Portland production has come together with the Grimm stalwarts on board may well have been kismet, or just really good timing; rehearsals for Three Days started just days after Grimm wrapped, and their television shooting schedule picks back up again right after the play closes, so there’s no chance for an extension. But, says Mitchell, “If you’re going to take your hiatus to work, it should be something that really feeds you as an artist.” Hey Monroe! Grimm fans and theater goers are getting hungry too . . .
Three Days of Rain plays at Portland Center Stage from May 17–June 21.