NW New Works 2017: Waxie Moon Jun 2, 2017

by jayme

NW New Works 2017: Waxie Moon


Next weekend we welcome Waxie Moon back to the OtB mainstage for NW New Works weekend 1 (June 10-11)! In After the Funeral, Waxie Moon, a widowed gender-blending burlesque artist, shares her Victorian secret.


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NW New Works 2017: PETE (Portland Experimental Theatre Ensemble) May 31, 2017

by jayme

NW New Works 2017: PETE


Want to pack a lot of art into one evening? OtB’s NW New Works gives you the opportunity to see short versions of longer experimental or in-progress projects.

As part of the Studio Theater Showcase for Weekend 1, Portland Experimental Theatre Ensemble (aka PETE) will present a 20-minute sample of Deception Unit — a kitchen-sink tragi-comedy and series of overlapping domestic narratives driven by the notion that our lives are fundamentally a series of well-constructed lies. 

What happens when we lose track of our tidy narratives — the lies we tell ourselves, each other, and the world — and truth exists only in the eye of the beholder? Examining the geopolitical through the lens of the quotidian, Deception Unit creates a world in which the audience’s...

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NW New Works 2017: Katie Piatt May 30, 2017

by jayme

NW New Works 2017: Katie Piatt


HELLO SUMMER! And hello to the 34th NW New Works festival! We're excited to showcase 16 artists and companies from around the region in OtB's annual festival of new and in-progress performance works. This week and next we'll be posting more about the artists and performers that are part of this year's line-up.




In the Studio Theater Showcase on Weekend 1 (Jun 9-11), Katie Piatt performs "Male Fragility: A Night of Rant & Reason" — a critical love letter to men. Patriarchy’s tradition of cutting off men from their feelings and solely rewarding aggression leaves us all with stories to tell, and sometimes, to rant. Or, to put it another way: You're very loved, but also accountable, and nothing helps us learn...

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Cubism points to a new dimension in TESSERACT May 19, 2017

by Koushik Ghosh

Tesseract invites us to move beyond two dimensional shapes into new dimensions and mysteries. Of course, the director, Charles Atlas, is there to assist you with the 'seeing,' with 3-D glasses. The experience is separated into two distinct segments. The movement, however, is continuously mediated, superimposed and purposely broken up by images and patterns.

In the first segment the movie collapses and expands space, with the movement serving as only a reference.

The spaces slice like a knife or turn psychedelic, kaleidoscopic and fractal and at some point become sinuous and continuous like the underworld of ancient Egyptians, or an old Jules Verne imagination of a world yet to be.

In the second segment, the dancers dominate. And, yet, the movement turns elastic, multiplicative like sprouting weeds that seek nourishment from unknown sources, making life busy, complicated and regular at the...

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by Petra Zanki

Charles Atlas/Rashaun Mitchell/Silas Riener: Tesseract (photo by Ray Felix/EMPAC)

Photo: Ray Felix/EMPAC.


A man in a crimson suit
comes to stage
And stands in front of us
right on the white mark
his eyes in between us and his camera
his body between us and his camera
we look at the man with his camera
his shoe, pitch-black on one side
and glittering on the other
that’s a quite peculiar shoe
and a bit demonic too
a man is thin, very thin, and tall
he might have walked out of Kafka’s novel

I have never seen a solo with a camera before
and it’s quite fascinating

and then the Roberta Flack song kicks in
and I am transported
on the back seat of my parents’ Zastava 101
my parents in front and the Roberta Flack song in front, too...

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Villanelle for Valerie: A Response to ‘The People’s Republic of Valerie’ May 6, 2017

by Natalie Singer-Velush

At some point we’ll wake up scattered to our being
Struggling to know as we circulate what’s real
Nurse says our thoughts reflect the things we’re seeing

Questioning the truth to which we cling
We float in space but rarely constellate each other
At some point we’ll wake up scattered to our being

We seek refuge in the unknown when grieving
I used to wonder who would guide my fate
Nurse says our thoughts reflect the things we’re seeing

Postworld, postmemory, postdetails, postmeaning
What if all these shit humans are inchoate, not final?
At some point we’ll wake up scattered to our being

At one point, at a certain point, in this moment, we sing
The fantasy of some savior come to evacuate us is real
Nurse says our thoughts reflect the things we’re seeing

The funny fairy tale of a bright future is freeing
But if we travel to the asterism can we repatriate...

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An open letter to artists about changes at OtB May 5, 2017

by Betsey Brock

Hi. You’re great and we love you. Seriously, we do. We want to make sure you’re in the loop on recent changes at OtB. We’ve got the road map of a smart strategic plan, the hardest working staff in show business, and board leadership that cares deeply about us.

After almost 15 years at On the Boards, Lane Czaplinski is leaving to become Director of Performance for the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, Ohio.  OtB has benefitted immensely from Lane’s talent and vision. He produced more than 80 new works, and created OntheBoards.tv, now used in 157 countries, all 50 states, and at 110 universities. Other initiatives sparked during Lane’s tenure — like Studio Suppers, The Ticket Bank, and the Ambassador...

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What is Happening Now: The People’s Republic of Valerie May 5, 2017

by Elissa Favero

Yesterday was a day. The U.S. House of Representatives voted in favor of the glibly named American Health Care Act, which, if approved by the Senate, would push back the Obama administration’s expansion of Medicaid and weaken protections for people with preexisting conditions, raising costs based on health history. For some healthcare companies, preexisting conditions include pregnancy and domestic violence. 

Republicans, we learned, listened to the theme from Rocky in a meeting prior to the winning vote. Afterwards, there were reports of beer being delivered to the Capitol for a GOP celebration. In Seattle, the skies opened and the rain came down hard. Lightening flashed and thunder rumbled. Political spectacle and smugness experienced via a screen gave way to a meteorological show I could see blaze and feel rumble. 

Later, at On the Boards, at the opening of The People’s...

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