Rob Katsuno

Or listen to Rob below tell a story about how his arguments with his Brazilian wife escalate out of control, also performed at Back Fence PDX.

Broadway actor Greg Watanabe will perform a reading of “American Spirit,” a one-person comedic drama, at Artists Repertory Theatre in downtown Portland, Oregon on Tuesday, October 17 at 7:30pm.

“American Spirit,” written by Rob Katsuno and directed by Adriana Baer, explores how America’s aspirational culture shapes Rob’s vision of his ideal self until America’s individualism inspires him to discover his true spirit.  His journey provides a window into the Japanese-American experience and mines his marriage to his Brazilian wife for laugh-out-loud humor.

Greg Watanabe is an accomplished stage actor nominated for Ovation, L.A. Drama Critics Circle, and San Diego Theater Critics Circle awards.  He made his Broadway debut in Allegiance, starring George Takei and Lea Salonga.  His credits include a regular role in the sketch comedy series “Off Limits” and a recurring role on the soap opera “Watch Over Me.”  He is starring in Artists Repertory Theatre’s “Caught” throughout October.

Rob Katsuno is an award-winning local author.  Lauren Weedman says about him, “My God - what a talent and force Rob is.”  Back Fence PDX Host and Executive Producer B. Frayn Masters says about his Back Fence PDX performance, “It’s one of my favorite stories of all time.”

Award-winning and esteemed director Adriana Baer served as Artistic Director of Profile Theatre between 2012 to 2015 and will be directing “Between Riverside and Crazy” at Artists Repertory Theatre in 2018. This event is free to attend.  No registration required.  Includes adult themes.  Artists Repertory Theatre is at 1515 SW Morrison St., Portland. OR 97205. The reading will be performed in the Alder (lower) lobby.


Watch Rob’s story about his plan to wear frontal enhancement underwear during his Brazilian in-laws’ visit.  He performed this story in front of 350 people as part of Back Fence PDX, a curated storytelling event.  (NSFW.)