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  • BOOM ARTS 2016-2017 SEASON

    THE WONG STREET JOURNAL

    Kristina Wong

    Created & Performed by Kristina Wong
    Directed by Emily Mendelsohn
    October 13-15 & 20-23, 2016
    The Headwaters Theatre,
    55 NE Farragut St, Portland OR 97211

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    “Politically charged art with unapologetic humor.” – Bitch Magazine

    Performance artist, activist, and feminist comic Kristina Wong makes her Portland debut with this solo performance about her experience as a "voluntourist" in Northern Uganda. What happens, Ms. Wong asks, when our best-intentioned urge to lend a hand collides with the realities of global inequality? With a set made of hand-sewn felt, some surprisingly decent rapping by Ms. Wong, and irreverent jokes echoing the artist’s provocative yet self-deprecating sense of humor, The Wong Street Journal will make you laugh and think at the same time.

     

    This program is presented with project support from the Puffin Foundation, WESTAF, the Western States Arts Federation, & the National Endowment for the Arts.

    Photo by Allison Michael Orenstein

    ADRIENNE TRUSCOTT’S ASKING FOR IT: A One-Lady Rape About Comedy Starring Her Pussy & Little Else!
    +

    ADRIENNE TRUSCOTT’S A ONE-TRICK PONY ! (Or Andy Kaufman Is A Feminist Performance Artist and I'm A Comedian)

    Created & Performed by Adrienne Truscott
    December 8-11, 2016

    The Headwaters Theatre, 55 NE Farragut St, Portland OR 97211

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    "Firecracker wit, sophistication and luminous humanity.” –The Guardian 

    Following her electric Portland debut in 2015, Adrienne Truscott returns with encore performances of her daring, hilarious performance cocktail about rape culture, performed naked from the waist down and ankles up. See the show again—Ms. Truscott keeps it up-to-date, so it’s never the same piece twice--and bring your friends who missed it last year. Plus, catch Ms. Truscott's newest piece, Adrienne Truscott’s a One-Trick Pony:"a feminist masterpiece disguised behind dick-jokes and partial nudity. It’s brilliant!” (The Australia Times). Both works contain nudity.

    GLOBAL VOICES LAB:

    INTERNATIONAL PLAYS IN TRANSLATION

    Participating Directors (pictured): Alice Reagan, Tracy Cameron Francis, Nelda Reyes, & Elizabeth Huffman
    Featuring plays from from Austria, Peru, Turkey, & TBD
    February 3-5 & 10-11, 2017
    Lincoln Hall Studio Theatre, Portland State University (1620 SW Park Ave., Portland OR 97201) & Cascade Campus, Portland Community College (
    705 N Killingsworth St, Portland, OR 97217)

    International plays in translation offer a unique window into global perspectives. This two-weekend Lab connects visiting and local theatre directors with dynamic contemporary international plays in translation. Join us for readings and workshop performances, followed by conversations with artists and scholars, on two Portland campuses over two weekends, and discover timely new writing from Austria, Peru, Turkey, and other countries. Presented in partnership with the School of Theater + Film, College of the Arts, Portland State University, and the Cascade Festival of African Films.

    Photo by Lorenzo Mella

    CHIFLÓN: EL SILENCIO DEL CARBÓN
    (The Silence of Coal)
    Silencio Blanco

    Created & performed by Silencio Blanco (Chile)

    March 8 & 9, 2017
    Reed College Performing Arts Building,
    3203 SE Woodstock Blvd, Portland, OR 97202

    "An homage to coal miners...an incentive for the memory and history of our country... artistically and socially delicate and feelingful." Diario La Nación, Chile

    Internationally acclaimed Chilean puppet theatre company Silencio Blanco performs their deeply moving, hauntingly gorgeous puppet play about a Chilean miner and his wife. For 60 spellbinding minutes, watch as Silencio Blanco’s perfectly crafted, faceless white papier mâché puppets wordlessly navigate their tiny, simply and beautifully rendered world. Chiflón, based on a novella and developed through the company’s residency in the Chilean mining village of Lota, is a modern tragedy: a fable about hope, loss, and love, set in a contemporary context of poverty, risk, and exploitation. Presented in partnership with Reed College.

     

    Show sponsors: Harold Goldstein & Carol Streeter

     

    This engagement of Silencio Blanco is made possible through Southern Exposure: Performing Arts of Latin America, a program of Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.

    SPIRITRIALS

    Dahlak Brathwaite

    Created & Performed by Dahlak Brathwaite
    Directed by Marc Bamuthi Joseph & Sean San Jose

    Commissioned and produced by Youth Speaks
    April 21-22 & 27-30, 2017
    Plus: HIP HOP HISTORY FOR KIDS on April 23
    Disjecta Contemporary Art Center,
    8371 N Interstate Ave, Portland, OR 97217

    "Fresh, starkly honest poetic verse." - On Maui Magazine

    Our season concludes with Def Poetry Jam alum Dahlak Brathwaite’s hip hop theatre meditation on drug policy, racial profiling, and human imperfection. Spiritrials, based on Mr. Brathwaite’s personal experience of attending a court-mandated rehab program after being arrested, flows seamlessly between rap, song, and storytelling, accompanied by beats and samples spun live from the turntable by DJ Dion Decibels. Experience Mr. Brathwaite’s virtuosic and fiercely original creation, co-directed by Marc Bamuthi Joseph with lush projections by Joan Osato. Plus, as a special treat, Mr. Brathwaite will perform his family-friendly Hip Hop History for Kids in a special one-time matinee performance.

     

    This project is supported in part by grants from the Oregon Cultural Trust, WESTAF, the Western States Arts Federation, and the National Endowment for the Arts;

  • ABOUT BOOM ARTS

    Boom Arts, based in Portland, Oregon, is a boutique presenter and producer of contemporary theatre and performance from around the world. Founded in 2012, Boom Arts has reached over 5500 Portlanders with innovative presentations of vital and timely plays and multidisciplinary performances from countries like Japan, Egypt, Chile, Russia, Uganda, and the US. We’ve produced performances in theatres, galleries, public parks, living rooms, and other sites around the city. We’ve deepened the impact of our work through partnerships with local and regional arts and community organizations, colleges, and universities. Through performances and accompanying workshops, lectures, post-show discussions, community gatherings, and other events, Boom Arts is building cross-cultural bridges, sparking community conversations about important issues, connecting Portland performing artists with their national and international counterparts, and contributing to our city’s culture of compassion, curiosity, and creativity.

     

    Our Mission:

    Boom Arts serves diverse audiences with extraordinary arts experiences from around the world, illuminating crucial issues and ideas of our time through theatre, performance, and dialogue.

     

    "There’s only one arts organization in town producing this sort of multi-faceted, immersive, and intellectually captivating theater: Boom Arts.... it’s a small-scale, flexible model that lets this imaginative curator do essentially whatever she wants, on her own terms."

    -- Portland Monthly

     

    "A young organization that presents some of the more interesting and thought-provoking theater programming in Portland"

    -- Willamette Week

     

    "savvy and provocative programming"
    -- Oregon Arts Watch

     

    "There’s really no one else in town doing what Boom does, and their programming is consistently excellent."
    -- Portland Theatre Scene

     

    BOOM ARTS, INC.

     

    Board of Directors

    Cheryl Grossman, Chair
    Professor Emeritus, UM-Kansas City

    Harold Goldstein, Vice Chair
    CEO, OPAD Consulting

    Stanley Penkin, Secretary
    Community Activist/Arts Advocate
    Erin Zollenkopf, Treasurer
    Managing Partner, Susan Matlock Jones & Associates

    Lisa Donoughe

    Founder & Principal, Watershed Communications

    Kamla Hurst

    Development Consultant

    Soo Pak

    Marketing Consultant

    Pancho Savery
    Professor, Reed College

    Ruth Wikler-Luker

    Curator & Producer, Boom Arts

    Mark Williams
    Private Banker, First Republic Bank

     

    Staff & Team

    Ruth Wikler-Luker

    Curator & Producer

    Molly Gardner

    Production Manager

     

    Advisory Board

    Lane Czaplinski

    On the Boards

    Elyse Dodgson

    Royal Court Theatre

    Norman Frisch

    Dramaturg

    Frank Hentschker

    Martin E. Segal Theatre Center,

    City University of New York

    Melanie Joseph

    The Foundry Theatre

    Claudia Norman

    Lincoln Center

    Michael Rohd

    Sojourn Theatre/Center for Civic Practice

    Tanya Selvaratnam
    Writer/Actor/Producer/Activist

    Cathy Zimmerman

    MAPP International Productions

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  • THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

    Individuals, foundations, businesses, and public agencies make our work possible by providing crucial financial and in-kind support. Thank you, Portland, for helping Boom Arts bring relevant, global theatre to our community!

    Boom Arts Founding Circle

    Boom Arts gratefully acknowledges the support of its Founding Circle, a group of individuals gathering in support of Boom Arts’ vision, values, and potential to contribute to the cultural life of Portland by helping to sustain the organization in its first years of public programming.

     

    Founding Circle/Season Sponsor 2016-2017

    Ronni Lacroute
     

    Founding Circle Members

    Anonymous

    Linda & Scott Andrews

    Don & Mary Blair
    Theo and Nancy Downes-Le Guin

    Dania Caron

    Lisa Donoughe

    Harold Goldstein & Carol Streeter
    Fred & Cheryl Grossman

    The Mancini Family

    Lynn McDonald & Michael Edwards

    Stanley & Susanne Penkin

    Jane Schiffhauer

    Howard Shapiro

    Al Solheim

    Matthew & Gail Starr

    Daniel Wikler & Sarah Marchand

    Erin & Henk Zollenkopf

    Institutional Supporters of Boom Arts

    Special thanks to the following foundations, companies, & public agencies for supporting our work:

     

    Foundation & Nonprofit Supporters:

    The Oregon Community Foundation

    The Jubitz Family Foundation

    The Philip S. Harper Foundation

    The James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation

    Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation

    NPN (National Performance Network)

    Oregon Humanities

    Precipice Fund, the Calligram Foundation/Allie Furlotti, and the

    Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts

    Spirit Mountain Community Fund

    TCG (Theatre Communications Group)

    The Puffin Foundation Ltd.

    WAA (Western Arts Alliance)

     

    Public Agencies:

    Multnomah County Cultural Coalition

    Oregon Cultural Trust

    Regional Arts & Culture Council

    Work for Art

    WESTAF

    National Endowment for the Arts

     

    Corporate Sponsors (In-Kind):

    Watershed Communications

    Subway
    Smith Teamaker

    Stumptown Coffee Roasters

    NIKE

    Barre3

    Big 5 Sporting Goods

    Title IX

  • PAST PROJECTS

    TEATROSOLO/LONETHEATER

    Matías Umpierrez (Argentina)

    Performances April 30-May 15th, 2016, 11am-9pm, 5 sites around Portland
    Accompanying exhibition & free public programs at c3:initiative in St. Johns

    VIDEO TRAILER (2 mins)
    TeatroSOLO Project Web Site

    c3:initiative Web Site
    More on TeatroSOLO (LONETheater) Portland

     

    Boom Arts and c3:initiative present TeatroSOLO (LONETheater), a unique site-specific performance project for one spectator at a time created by acclaimed Argentine interdisciplinary artist Matías Umpierrez. TeatroSOLO has captivated residents of global cities from Buenos Aires to Sao Paolo to New York with its highly personal approach to storytelling, in which the city becomes a stage and the ordinary is made extraordinary through the power of human connection.

     

    Where will your adventure begin? Choose from five locations including the Portland Art Museum; the Multnomah County Library; public transport (downtown stops); Portland Tennis & Education at the St. Johns Racquet Center; and a Pearl District office. Buy or reserve your ticket; follow the access instructions sent to you via email; and venture out—on your own—to discover five stories hidden amidst the everyday.

      

    TeatroSOLO (LONETheater) Portland is performed by Nancy Ellis, Paige McKinney, Alex Leigh Ramirez, Paul Susi, and guest actress April Sweeney (NYC).

     

    TeatroSOLO (LONETheater) is comprised of five “hidden stories,” each performed for one spectator at a time in a specified Portland location. Each performance requires a separate ticket and lasts approximately 30 minutes. Choose from:

     

    PORTRAIT (Retrato)
    Partner Venue: Portland Art Museum*

    A woman looks to the museum’s walls for guidance as she attempts to change the course of her life.
    *A TeatroSOLO ticket for PORTRAIT (Retrato) comes with complimentary Museum admission for the day.

    SON (Hijo)
    Partner Venue: Portland Tennis & Education (St. Johns)

    A teacher’s vivid memories return to him amid a classroom’s empty desks.

     

    WISH (Deseo)*

    Partner Venue: Private Office (Pearl District; ticketbuyers will be informed of address via email)
    The routine of a young office assistant shifts when she discovers a new dimension of her present and future.

     

    WITNESS (Testigo)
    Venue: Public Transport (Downtown stops; exact location sent to ticketbuyers via email)

    Observing the lives of others is fascinating, but what happens when those stories become reflections of our own lives?

     

    MYTH (Mito)*
    Venue: Multnomah County Library

    Inspired by legends and novels, a woman tries to reconstruct the mythical landscape of her existence.
    Library performances of MYTH (Mito) will be offered free to the public.

     

    *World Premiere

     

    Boom Arts’ 2015-2016 Season is generously supported by Ronni Lacroute, the Boom Arts Board, the Boom Arts Founding Circle, and many other supporters. Boom Arts’ Spring 2016 International Series is generously supported by grants from the Jubitz Family Foundation, the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation, Oregon Community Foundation’s Small Arts and Culture Program, Spirit Mountain Community Fund, Oregon Humanities (OH), a statewide nonprofit organization and an independent affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, which funds OH's grant program. TeatroSOLO (LONETheater) is also supported, in-kind, by Watershed Communications.

    FREE OUTGOING

    Anupama Chandrasekhar (India)

    March 3-6, 2016: Thurs-Fri-Sat 7:30pm/Sun 2pm

    Lincoln Hall Studio Theater, Portland State University

     

    Boom Arts presents a riveting, fast-paced play from today's India about adolescence in the digital age. Modern technology and old-world values collide when a middle-class, single-parent home in Chennai is torn apart by an indiscreet cell phone video gone viral. Don't miss the US premiere performances of this “gripping and insightful”* play, directed by Snehal Desai and performed by a dynamic LA-based cast including Anna Khaja (TV's Quantico) and Anil Kumar (TV's State of Affairs and The Cape; cult film American Desi).

     

    Performances will be followed by post-show discussions with community guests. March 3: Sri Craven, Assistant Professor of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Portland State University. March 4: Vijendran Sathyaraj, teacher of History and Religion, Oregon Episcopal School. March 5: Anita Ramachandran, Co-founder of SAWERA & Social Entrepreneur at Mercy Corps. March 6: Priya Kapoor, Associate Professor of International Studies at Portland State University.


    *Time Out London

    FULL CAST & CREATIVE TEAM:
    FREE OUTGOING
    by Anupama Chandrasekhar
    Directed by Snehal Desai
    Set/Costumes by Stephanie Kerley Schwartz
    Sound Design by Sharath Patel
    Lighting by Katelan Braymer
    Featuring:
    Anna Khaja* as Malini
    Anil Kumar* as Ramesh
    Kavi Ladnier as Nirmala, Kokila, & Usha
    Karthik Srinivasan* as Santhosh
    & Kapil Talwalkar as Sharan

    *Appears Courtesy AEA

    Presented in collaboration with the School of Theater + Film, College of the Arts, Portland State University. Free Outgoing is Sponsored by Don & Mary Blair and Harold Goldstein & Carol Streeter. Boom Arts’ Spring 2016 International Series is generously supported by grants from the Jubitz Family Foundation, the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation, Oregon Community Foundation’s Small Arts and Culture Program, Spirit Mountain Community Fund, Oregon Humanities (OH), a statewide nonprofit organization and an independent affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, which funds OH's grant program. Free Outgoing is also supported by project grants from the Regional Arts & Culture Council, Work for Art, the Multnomah County Cultural Coalition, and the Oregon Cultural Trust.

    Film Screening: BASTARDY 

    + Discussion with Rachael Maza/ILBIJERRI Theatre Co. (Australia)

    Monday, February 1
    Reed College Performing Arts Building

    Reed College welcomes Boom Arts to campus for a free public screening of the acclaimed Australian film BASTARDY, by Amiel Courtin-Wilson. BASTARDY is an intimate portrait of Jack Charles, a residential school survivor and co-founder of Australia's first Indigenous theatre group whose struggles with drug addiction and homelessness lasted many decades. Jack Charles will introduce the film via Skype from Australia. Visiting director Rachael Maza-- Artistic Director of Ilbijerri, Australia's leading Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander theatre company--will be present to participate in a post-screening Q & A.


    This event is cosponsored by the Reed College English and Theatre Departments, and produced by Boom Arts with support from the Reed College English Department and through Boom Arts' participation in the Global Connections–ON the ROAD program, funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and administered by Theatre Communications Group, the national organization for the professional not-for-profit American theatre.

    NOISE IN THE WATERS

    Marco Martinelli/Teatro delle Albe (Italy)

    January 24, 2016
    Alberta Rose Theatre

     

    In a singular evening of timely international theatre underscored by new music by one of Portland's most exciting composers, Boom Arts brings attention to one of the most pressing international humanitarian issues of our time. Noise in the Waters is Italian theatre collective Teatro delle Albe’s homage to the many African migrants who search for a better future by making a treacherous journey across the Mediterranean. Bobby Bermea will perform the piece, about an Italian admiral stationed on a remote Volcanic island in the Mediterranean, in English translation and with music composed especially for this event by Ryan Anthony Francis.

     

    A pre-show lecture on the Mediterranean refugee crisis, past and present, was presented by World Affairs Council speaker Jamie Surface, doctoral candidate in the Public Affairs and Policy Program at Portland State University, whose research focuses on refugee and migrant affairs in the European Union.

     

    Text by Marco Martinelli/Teatro delle Albe (Ravenna, Italy)
    Translated by Thomas Haskell Simpson (Chicago)

    Directed by Cristina Miles

    Performed by Bobby Bermea

    Music by Ryan Anthony Francis

     

    Presented in Partnership with the World Affairs Council & Mercy Corps and supported, in part, by grants from the Jubitz Family Foundation, the Oregon Community Foundation Small Arts & Culture Program, the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation, Oregon Humanities, (OH), a statewide nonprofit organization and an independent affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, which funds OH's grant program, & the Spirit Mountain Community Fund. Image: Friderike Heuer, "Crossing the Sea," used with permission

    ADRIENNE TRUSCOTT'S ASKING FOR IT: A ONE-LADY RAPE ABOUT COMEDY STARRING HER PUSSY AND LITTLE ELSE!

    Adrienne Truscott

    October 15-17 & 21-24, 2015

    Music & Comedy Preshow by Am I Right Ladies?, curated by Jen Tam, at 7:30pm/Asking For It at 8:30pm

    Venue: The Headwaters

    Wau Wau Sister Adrienne Truscott’s internationally acclaimed performance art/comedy hour Is performed naked from the waist down and ankles up. Truscott’s unforgettable roast of the rape jokes popular among mainstream male comedians has caused a sensation throughout the English-speaking world, receiving ecstatic reviews and more than a little heckling. London’s The Guardian praised the work’s “sophisticated confrontationalism” in its five-star review: “It's so exhilarating to see the ugliness of rape discourse taken on, and bested…with firecracker wit, sophistication and luminous humanity.” As Truscott writes: “Can you make jokes about rape? She plans to, all night long. Even if you tell her to stop.”

     

    Nightly preshow featuring local music & comedy starts at 7:30pm, courtesy of Am I Right Ladies?. Curated by Jen Tam.

     

    FULL LINEUP HERE!

     

    Bagel Benefit: A Conversation with Adrienne Truscott and Sarah Levy (Bloody Trump), on Saturday October 24 at 11:30 am. Bagels and coffee included; donations requested.

    SHE IS KING

    Laryssa Husiak

    May 28-June 7, 2015

    Coho Theatre

    Learn more about the community-building aspects of this project here

    Listen to audio from She is King post-show discussions

    Watch Billie Jean King's Special Video Message for Portland

    Find out why Portland Monthly wants to crown Billie Jean King

    Find out how to take action on gender equity in sports!

     

    Boom Arts presents the West Coast premiere of She is King, a hilarious, heartbreaking multimedia documentary theatre production about pioneering American woman athlete and tennis legend Billie Jean King. In She Is King, acclaimed Minneapolis-based creator/performer Laryssa Husiak and New York director Katherine Brook recreate a series of King's real television interviews from the 1970s--complete with period video technologies, fake potted plants, and hairdos true to their time. As the cameras roll, we witness King’s resilience and courage as she boldly breaks the glass ceiling for women in sports amid rampant gender bias. Don’t miss this unique occasion to celebrate this true American hero and pass on an important part of women’s and sports history to up-and-coming generations.

     

    A CHANCE ENCOUNTER

    Mohammad Al-Attar (Syria)

    April 10-12, 2015 at Lincoln Hall Studio Theater, Portland State University

     

    “Fear is a human instinct, but the fear is no longer preventing people from doing things,” Syrian playwright Mohammad Al-Attar told The New York Times in June 2012. Now living in Beirut, Al-Attar continues to chronicle the human side of the Syrian conflict through his plays, commentary, and applied theatre projects. Find out how one brave artist is making a difference in this evening-length program of performance and discussion.

     

    Featuring actors John San Nicholas, David Meyers, and Alex Leigh Ramirez, under Tracy Cameron Francis' direction.

     

    Guest discussants:

    Friday, April 10: Dr. Patrick T. Hiller, Peace Scientist and Director, War Prevention Initiative, Jubitz Family Foundation; John Lindsay-Poland, human rights & peace activist; & Amy Spindler, Adolescent Girl and Youth Advisor, Mercy Corps

    *Special Post-Show Reception Friday Evening Sponsored by Nicholas Restaurant!

    Saturday, April 11: Dr. Thomas Bartlett, former President of the American University in Cairo, and Kanaan Kanaan, visual artist and educator

    Sunday, April 12: Dana Ghazi (Syria), M.A. Candidate in Conflict Resolution, Portland State University, and Pamela Slater - Program Officer, Middle East, Mercy Corps

    Tracy Cameron Francis will participate in all post-performance discussions. Mohammad Al-Attar will participate via pre-recorded video and/or Skype.

     

    Presented in partnership with the School of Theater and Film, College of the Arts, Portland State University, & the World Affairs Council of Oregon. Co-sponsored by the Arab American Cultural Center of Oregon.

     

    Presented with project support from the Jubitz Foundation, the Puffin Foundation, and the Global Connections program of TCG Theatre Communications Group.

    I'D RATHER GOYA ROBBED ME OF MY SLEEP THAN SOME OTHER SON OF A B*TCH

    Rodrigo García (Spain/Argentina)

    January 28-29 and February 5-7, 2015 at Disjecta Contemporary Art Center (January 28-29 performances are part of the Fertile Ground Festival)

    Read Robert Quillen Camp's special essay on Goya

     

    Boom Arts brings you internationally acclaimed Spanish-Argentine provocateur playwright Rodrigo García's Goya, a free-form, one-man fantasy about the value of art in a consumer society. Echoes of Ibero-American economic crises resound through García’s corrosive, poetic language as Goya asks how art can bring up the soul when the ATM has little left to give. Boom Arts' staging is inspired by UK director Jude Christian's explosive 2014 London production at the Gate Theatre. Starring acclaimed Portland actor Ebbe Roe Smith (Portlandia) and some very special porcine guests. Be shocked, surprised, provoked, intrigued: this piece is truly one of a kind.

     

    Running time is 45 minutes. Contains strong language and live animals.

    Play by Rodrigo García (Spain). Translation by William Gregory (UK). Directed by Jude Christian (UK). Featuring Ebbe Roe Smith (US).

     

    Post-performance programming:

    Reception after the show January 28

    Contemporary Theatre in Europe with Jude Christian after the show January 29

    Crossovers Between Theatre and Visual Art with Quill Camp after the show February 5

    Cross-disciplinary Viewpoints with art historian Abigail Susik (Willamette University) and economist Leopoldo Rodriguez (Portland State University) after the show February 6

    Economic Instability in Europe with economist John B. Hall (Portland State University) after the show February 7

     

    Boom Arts' presentation of Goya is generously sponsored by:

    Jan Valentine

     

    Presented with project support from Precipice Fund, the Calligram Foundation/Allie Furlotti, and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

    THE GOLDEN DRAGON
    Roland Schimmelpfennig (Germany)

    October 25-26, 2014 at Shout House

    Read the Portland Monthly season overview article here.

     

    "[An acquaintance of mine] charged me, though I couldn't conceive of it, to write something about illegal immigrants in Germany... These difficulties led to a critical reflection: how can one do this theme justice as a German theatre-maker?"
    -- Roland Schimmelpfennig on THE GOLDEN DRAGON, Theaterheute.

     

    Boom Arts teams up with Seattle’s Azeotrope Theatre and director Desdemona Chiang to bring you a Northwest premiere reading of The Golden Dragon, German playwright Roland Schimmelpfennig’s fast-paced, sophisticated rendering of contemporary life as defined by globalization and mass migration. An international sensation, The Golden Dragon is “a busy spider weaving a web of connections that spread right across the globe” (The Guardian, UK). Azeotrope Theatre, founded in 2010 by Seattle theatre artists Richard Nguyen Sloniker and Desdemona Chiang, creates spaces where audiences confront the marginalized and obscured, bringing visibility to the invisible.

     

    Play by Roland Schimmelpfennig (Germany). Translation by David Tushingham (UK). Directed by Desdemona Chiang (Seattle). Co-Production with Azeotrope (Seattle).

    Photo courtesy PortlandTheatreScene.com

    [Dialogue] Arts & Social Change: A Community Forum

    Saturday, September 20th, 11am-1pm
    FREE. No reservations necessary.
    At PICA, 415 SW 10th Avenue, Suite 300. Portland, OR 97205.

    A T:BA 14 Institute Festival Flight event
    Co-produced by the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA)

     

    60 artists, activists, and thinkers from Portland and beyond gathered for a participation-oriented community forum exploring ideas, practices, and possibilities within the shifting terrain of art and social change. More information here

     

    A KADDISH FOR BERNIE MADOFF
    Alicia Jo Rabins

    February 6-9, 2014, Portland Playhouse

    May 8-11, 2014, Lincoln Hall Studio Theatre, Portland State University

    December 3-6, 2015, Disjecta

    Read the Oregon Arts Watch review here.

    Read the Oregonian article about the piece here.

    Read the Willamette Week article about the piece here.

    Listen to OPB's radio feature about the piece here.

    Watch an excerpt from the piece here.

     

    Rabins creates a "rich sensory tableau" that is "measured, empathetic and elegant. It’s as emotionally haunting as it is intellectually resonant"

    -- A.L. Adams, Oregon ArtsWatch

    "Completely enthralling, and refreshingly original... A triumph of personal creation."

    -- Win Goodbody, Portlandtheatrescene.com

     

    A Kaddish for Bernie Madoff is an original music theatre work by acclaimed Portland-based indie rocker, poet, and Torah scholar Alicia Jo Rabins. Through electro-acoustic music, documentary theatre, and meditative poetry, Rabins views Bernie Madoff and the system which allowed him to function through the lens of ancient Jewish and Buddhist texts on financial ethics, ecology, and cycles.

    Created & performed by Alicia Jo Rabins. Directed by Maureen Towey. Original animation by Zak Margolis. Sound design by Casi Pacilio. Stage managed by Amy Vaught. Curated and produced by Boom Arts.

    Show Sponsors: Linda & Scott Andrews, Harold Goldstein & Carol Streeter, & Stanley Penkin.

    [Residency] Guillermo Calderón in Oregon

    Meet Chile's premier playwright through programs produced by Boom Arts at Reed College & the Cinema Pacific Film Festival, University of Oregon.

    Calderón at Reed College: April 22 & 23, 2014
    Calderón at University of Oregon: April 24, 2014

     

    Public Events:
    Tuesday, April 22, 5pm: Staged Reading of Villa, followed by Q & A with Calderón, Performing Arts Building, Reed College, FREE
    Wednesday, April 23, 7pm: Screening of Violeta Went to Heaven (Screenplay by Calderón), followed by Q & A with Calderón, Performing Arts Building, Reed College, FREE

     

    Co-Sponsored by the Division of Literature and Languages, and the Departments of English, Music, Political Science, Spanish, and Theatre. Supported by the Office of the Dean of the Faculty and the Office for Institutional Diversity. Produced by Boom Arts by special invitation from Reed College.

    And: Thursday, April 24, 3:30 & 7pm, program at University of Oregon as part of the Cinema Pacific Festival

    APPOINTMENT WITH gOD
    Deborah Asiimwe

    April 11 & 12 at 7:30pm, April 13 at 2:00pm, 2014
    Lincoln Hall Studio Theatre, Portland State University

     

    Join us for workshop performances of Appointment with gOD, Ugandan playwright Deborah Asiimwe's funny, insightful exploration of the US visa process from an African perspective. A group of visa applicants anxiously await their fate in a US embassy waiting room in a developing country, and compare strategies and experiences with one another between appointments with the "gODs" behind the counter.

     

    These performances will follow a week-long Boom Arts artist residency at Portland State University with Asiimwe and her collaborator, NY-based director Emily Mendelsohn. They will feature dynamic Portland actors Victor Mack, Ithica Tell, and Damaris Webb, as well as drummer Alex Addy of the Obo Addy Legacy Project, plus student and community performers. Each performance will be followed by curated community conversations about what it means to encounter and enter the United States-- and the roads new Portlanders have taken to get here.

    Presented in partnership with Portland State University's School of Theatre and Film, College of the Arts, with project support from the Multnomah County Cultural Coalition, the Oregon Cultural Trust, the Regional Arts & Culture Council, & Work for Art.

    [Dialogue] Theatre in Uganda & Rwanda: Commemoration, Complexity, & Collaboration

    An Artist Talk by director Emily Mendelsohn (NYC) & playwright Deborah Asiimwe (Uganda)

    Presented by Boom Arts, Lewis & Clark College Theatre Department, & the World Affairs Council of Oregon
    on the 20th Anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide
    Part of Boom Arts' Theatre of Global Engagement: International Collaboration and Social Change Arts & Lectures Series

    Monday, April 7, 2014, 7:00pm
    The Fir Acres Main Stage Theatre , Lewis & Clark College

     

    What does long-term artistic collaboration between the US and Africa look like? Hear from US-based director Emily Mendelsohn and her collaborator of seven years, acclaimed Ugandan playwright Deborah Asiimwe as they discuss their five-year, binational creation process for Cooking Oil, a play exploring the grassroots politics of foreign aid, as well as the upcoming work Maria Kizito, being developed in Rwanda by US, Rwandan, and Ugandan artists on the subject of the Rwandan genocide. Discover these artists' extraordinary work and learn what it takes to connect, listen, and create across cultures.

     

    [Dialogue] The Power of Performance: Theatre in Conflict Zones

    An Artist Talk by Joanna Sherman, Artistic Director of Bond Street Theatre
    Part of Boom Arts' Theatre of Global Engagement: International Collaboration and Social Change Arts & Lectures Series

    February 22, 2014 at 7pm

    Fir Acres Mainstage Theatre, Lewis and Clark College

    Co-presented by Boom Arts, Lewis and Clark College Theatre Department, and World Affairs Council of Oregon

     

    Joanna Sherman, internationally recognized pioneer in peacebuilding and the arts and Artistic Director of the MacArthur Award-winning New York-based ensemble Bond Street Theatre, presents a video-lecture exploring the impact and value of theatre as a tool for social improvement in global areas of conflict. For over three decades, Bond Street has used performance and theatre for healing and empowerment in some of the world’s toughest conflict zones, from the Balkans to the Middle East to Afghanistan. In her dynamic presentation, illustrated with riveting video footage, Sherman will show how Bond Street collaborates with local artists in high-need areas to apply "theatre-based" practices in working with communities such as street children, rural women, traumatized populations, and refugees. Discover why cross-cultural artistic conversation is crucial to mutual understanding, and how the practical applications of performance are a powerful means for bringing peace. Don't miss this chance to hear from a true visionary in the field of theatre and social change, speaking for the first time in Portland; one night only.

     

    The Natasha Plays:
    NATASHA'S DREAM and I WON
    Yaroslava Pulinovich (Russia)

    Thursday-Saturday, November 21-23, 2013. 7:30pm.
    Lincoln Hall Studio Theatre, Portland State University.

    The Natasha Plays on OPB radio's State of Wonder (07:30-18:50)

     

    Boom Arts presents The Natasha Plays, two short solo plays on girlhood and the class divide in Russia by 26-year old Russian playwright Yaroslava Pulinovich. Karin Magaldi directed workshop performances featuring actresses Lily Burnett and Anneke Wisner. Presented in an English translation by John Freedman.

     

    Performance evenings included both short plays, followed by curated talkback conversations on themes including:Russian theatre today with Yaroslava Pulinovich via Skype (Nov 21); girlhood and gender in Russia and the US with gender scholar Ann Mussey (Portland State) and Russian literature scholar Tatiana Osipovich (Lewis & Clark; Nov 22); and inequality in contemporary Russia with political scientist Sarah Henderson (Oregon State University), co-sponsored by the World Affairs Council (Nov 23).

     

    The Natasha Plays
    By Yaroslava Pulinovich
    Translation by John Freedman
    Directed by Karin Magaldi
    Featuring Lily Burnett & Anneke Wisner

    Presented in partnership with Portland State University School of Theatre and Film and World Affairs Council of Oregon. Produced by special arrangement with Agency North Ltd, www.agencynorth.com.

    VILLA
    Guillermo Calderón (Chile)

    Young Chileans and the Legacy of Pinochet

    Sunday, September 15th at 3pm (Reading) + 4pm (Panel). Reception following.
    The White Box at the University of Oregon in Portland
    24 NW First Avenue, Portland
    FREE. First come, first served.

     

    As part of the TBA Festival (Institute) and in partnership with TBA and The White Box at the University of Oregon in Portland, Boom Arts presented a reading of Guillermo Calderón’s Villa (2011). Three young women debate the future of the site of a former villa turned into a torture barracks by the military dictatorship. Originally performed inside the infamous Villa Grimaldi, this “spare, intense” play by one of Chilean theatre’s fiercest new literary voices grapples with the legacy of atrocity using “stark lyricism and dreamlike imagery” (LA Times).
    The panel discussion that followed asked how a new generation of Chileans—including the children of activists targeted by Pinochet and other younger artists, journalists, and activists—is making sense of their shared past within a post-Pinochet climate.

     

    A reception was hosted by The White Box, University of Oregon in Portland.

    Villa:
    By Guillermo Calderón
    Translated by William Gregory
    Directed by Tracy Cameron Francis
    Dramaturgy by Sarah Rose Leonard
    Featuring Rebecca Lingafelter, Cristi Miles, & Dana Millican

    Panelists:
    Guillermo Calderón (via Skype)
    Mariela Szwarcberg (Assistant Professor of Political Science at Reed College)
    Amalia Gladhart (Professor of Spanish and Head of the Department of Romance Languages at the University of Oregon)
    Moderated by Ruth Wikler-Luker (Boom Arts).

    VILLA was originally produced as co-production between Teatro Playa and Santiago a Mil International Theater Festival.

    This event was co-sponsored by PICA and The White Box as part of the TBA:13 Festival:
    http://pica.org/event/reading-of-guillermo-calderons-villa/
    http://pica.org/event/the-past-in-the-present/

    AMARILLO 

    Teatro Línea de Sombra (Mexico)

    Community Screenings Project/OntheBoards.tv

    In collaboration with OntheBoards.tv, an online, on-demand site for the best of contemporary performance, Boom Arts produced screening and discussion events bringing OntheBoards.tv's HD film of Mexican theatre troupe Teatro Línea de Sombra’s immigration-themed work Amarillo to five Pacific Northwest communities from April-June 2013.These events were hosted and co-curated with local arts partners and included bilingual discussions with scholars and community leaders.

    Cinema Pacific Festival, Eugene, OR: April 17
    Tieton Arts & Humanities at Mighty Tieton, Tieton, WA: May 10
    Milagro Theatre, Portland, OR: May 22
    Columbia Center for the Arts, Hood River, OR: June 5
    Ross Ragland Theater, Klamath Falls, OR: June 20

     

    The Community Screenings Project was an extension of the live performance of Teatro Línea de Sombra’s Amarillo, and was made possible by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and Southern Exposure: Performing Arts of Latin America, a program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation.

     

    TUNDE'S TRUMPET
    Chisa Hutchinson

    Boom Arts' West Coast premiere production of Chisa Hutchinson's puppet musical for kids and families toured to two community music schools and five city parks around Portland, Oregon in Summer 2013.

     

    Book by Chisa Hutchinson. Music by Elliot Goldman. Lyrics by Sarah Gancher. Originally commissioned by City Parks’ SummerStage. Directed by Lava Alapai. Music Direction Ezra Weiss. Puppets by Anna Cosper & Afsaneh Aayani. Featuring Afsaneh Aayani, Lexie Hull, Jocelyn Seid, Blake Stone, Ithica Tell and Jon Roberts on trumpet.

     

    Kelly Clarke wrote of the production in the Willamette Week:
    "A wild array of funky puppets annoy, cajole and distract a talented 10-year-old trumpet player in this short, jazzy kids production from Boom Arts. Tunde (Blake Stone) has the heart to become a true musician, but first he must vanquish five challenges, including frustration and jealousy, in order to reach his potential. Powerful singer and storyteller Ithica Tell and live trumpeter Jon Roberts help anchor the can-do story, while puppets cleverly crafted from old piano keys, bungee cords and bedsheets charm grade-school-aged viewers."

    This production was supported by the Regional Arts and Culture Council, Work for Art, the Multnomah County Cultural Coalition, the Oregon Cultural Trust, and the Boom Arts Founding Circle. It was presented in collaboration with Portland Parks and Recreation's Summer Free for All, Ethos Music Center, and the Community Music Center. In-Kind Sponsors: Putnam and Clackamas High Schools, Subway, Tears of Joy Puppet Theatre, Trinity Methodist Church, & Watershed Communications. Promotional Partners: August Wilson Red Door Project, Hand2Mouth Theatre, Northwest Children's Theatre, Oregon Children's Theatre, Portland Playhouse, Tears of Joy Puppet Theatre. Special thanks to Subway for providing complimentary sandwiches to family audiences at three parks performances.

    Salon Series 2012-2013: Living Politics

    Readings of four plays contemplating individual political identity, presented on the occasion of the 2012 election, October-November 2012.

    Staged in the living rooms of private homes:

    4000 Miles by Amy Herzog
    Elective Affinities by David Adjmi
    The Fever by Wallace Shawn

    Staged inside the visual art exhibition Kara Walker, More & Less, curated by Stephanie Snyder, at the Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery, Reed College:

    Hollow Roots by Christina Anderson

     

    The readings of Hollow Roots were presented by special invitation and with support from the Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery and the Office for Institutional Diversity, Reed College.

     

    Special thanks to our Salon hosts for 2012-2013.

    International Plays in Translation 2012-2013: Japan, Egypt, Argentina

    Staged readings of cutting-edge plays from around the globe.

    September 2012: Enjoy by Toshiki Okada at Portland Playhouse
    January 2013: Comedy of Sorrows by Ibrahim El-Husseini at Portland State University
    March 2013: The Coleman Family's Omission by Claudio Tolcachir at Portland Playhouse

     

    This series was co-sponsored by the World Affairs Council of Oregon and produced in partnership with PICA (Enjoy), Portland Playhouse (Enjoy & Coleman), & Portland State University's School of Theatre & Film (Comedy of Sorrows).