Wau Wau Sister Adrienne Truscott’s internationally acclaimed performance art/comedy hour Asking For It: A One-Lady Rape About Comedy Starring Her Pussy and Little Else! 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.”
Back by popular demand for two performances only, A Kaddish for Bernie Madoff is the stunningly original creation of poet, violinist, and Torah scholar Alicia Jo Rabins, written and performed by Rabins on processed violin and vocals and scored by full-length projected animation by Portland artist Zak Margolis. Hailed by the Willamette Week as “Probably the best experimental song cycle about financial corruption ever created” and among its Top 5 Portland Theatre Productions of 2014, this beautiful, haunting music theatre work looks at the intersection of spirituality and finance in contemporary American culture.
In a singular evening of gorgeous world music and timely international theatre, Boom Arts and Portland’s acclaimed Al-Andalus Ensemble join forces to bring attention to an ongoing human rights crisis that has reached US headlines only recently. 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. Performed in English translation, Boom Arts and Al-Andalus’ staging will be underscored by Tarik and Julia Banzi’s cultural melding of musical styles and traditions from North Africa, the Middle East, and Mediterranean Europe.
In this riveting contemporary play about adolescence in the age of the Internet, a cell phone video of the sexual indiscretion of a teenage girl and her boyfriend goes viral. As modern technology and old-world values collide, mother Malini realizes she must do anything to protect her daughter. London critics loved Free Outgoing when it premiered at the Royal Court Theatre, calling the play “fast, watchable” (The Daily Mail), “gripping and insightful” (Time Out London) and “engagingly shrewd” (The Independent). Experience this universal story from Chennai, India in its first-ever US presentation, directed by Snehal Desai, a rising star in the Los Angeles theatre scene.
Presented in Partnership with the School of Theater + Film, College of the Arts, Portland State University
“All the world’s a stage,” wrote William Shakespeare, and in TeatroSOLO, this is literally true. A series of site-specific theatre pieces written and directed by Argentine interdisciplinary artist Matías Umpierrez, TeatroSOLO has been the talk of the town in six global cities prior to Portland, from Brazil’s Sao Paolo to San Sebastián, Spain. Five short plays performed especially for you— this is one-on-one theatre, designed to be performed for one spectator at a time—will pop up in sites around the city, creating magical moments that will illuminate the hidden stories in our own community. Choose your own theatrical adventure: TeatroSOLO will be offered in a range of Portland zip codes, with performances in English or Spanish.
Collaborating artist: Patricia Vazquez Gomez (PDX, Mexico)
Presented in Partnership with c3:initiative
Ruth founded Boom Arts in 2012 and has curated and produced all of its projects, earning a reputation as an "imaginative curator" (Portland Monthly). Previously, Ruth produced public programs on international theatre at the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center, The Graduate Center, CUNY. Her past work in the performing arts includes artistic creation and production in theatre, physical theatre, and contemporary circus; theatre scholarship; and arts administration for international and community-based arts organizations in New York City, Argentina, and the UK. Ruth is a published writer and translator, mother of two, and speaker of five languages.
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).
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
A reception was hosted by The White Box, University of Oregon in Portland.
By Guillermo Calderón
Translated by William Gregory
Directed by Tracy Cameron Francis
Dramaturgy by Sarah Rose Leonard
Featuring Rebecca Lingafelter, Cristi Miles, & Dana Millican
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:
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.
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
Special thanks to our Salon hosts for 2012-2013.