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:
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.
Partner Venue: Portland Tennis & Education (St. Johns)
A teacher’s vivid memories return to him amid a classroom’s empty desks.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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 rising star 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:
by Anupama Chandrasekhar
Directed by Snehal Desai
Set/Costumes by Stephanie Kerley Schwartz
Sound Design by Sharath Patel
Lighting by Katelan Braymer
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.