NW New Works 2017: Katie Piatt May 30, 2017
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 more than participation.
Katie Piatt is an artist living, playing dress-up, and telling jokes in Portland, Oregon. She explores the ideas of gender, body, sizeism, and queer identity with her participatory performance and storytelling/comedy practice. Using devastatingly honest humor and the art of spoken word, improvisation, and the awkward silence, she tells her stories of surviving religion, abuse, misogyny, and challenges the effects of growing up a fat girl in the conservative Ozark hills of southern Missouri. Katie has an MFA and has performed at the Banff Centre, Portland's Artist Repertory Theatre as part of the 2015 Risk/Reward Festival, PNCA, PSU, the street, at Portland's Siren Theater with her queer comedy collective That's What She Said, and most recently she did a rant about male fragility at PICA's new addition in NE Portland upon which this show is based.