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Event Listings

Upcoming Artists Rep events are listed below.


An Octoroon
2017-2018 Artists Rep
An Octoroon

September 3, 2017 – October 1, 2017

An Octoroon is a raucously irreverent Gone with the Wind meets Looney Tunes mash-up that The New York Times calls “…this decade’s most eloquent theatrical statement on race in America today.” Riffing off a 19th Century hit set on a Louisiana plantation, Jacobs-Jenkins offers a brazen, metatheatrical melodrama that twists a funhouse world of larger-than-life stereotypes into blistering social commentary. It’s gasp-inducing satire from one of America’s most thrilling writers.




Caught
2017-2018 Artists Rep
Caught

October 1, 2017 – October 29, 2017

An installation of visual art and live theatre presented in partnership with The Chújú Gallery/SF and The Geezer Gallery

Ripped from today’s headlines and breaking the theatrical mold, artist Lin Bo’s work, Qín (Caught), presents a sly philosophical puzzle that investigates the murky intersections of fact and fiction in the crafting of art … and news. The show features Lin, a dissident visual, performance and conceptual artist whose piece, Shìwei (‘Rally’) led to his arrest and two-year detention by the Chinese government in 2012. After his release, Lin moved to San Francisco and launched a traveling exhibition of his work to Vancouver BC, Tacoma, Portland, Las Vegas and Minneapolis. In each city, Lin is partnering with theatre companies rather than traditional gallery spaces; in Portland, Artists Rep is hosting the exhibit.




2017 Gala
Fundraising Event
2017 Gala
Traverse the tundra without leaving Portland and support Artists Rep's mission of producing intimate, provacative theatre and providing a home for local artists and audiences of varied backgrounds to take creative risks. Together we will champion new work and nurture new perspectives in an evening honoring creativity and the stage.


The Humans
2017-2018 Artists Rep
The Humans

November 19, 2017 – December 17, 2017

It’s the small family dinner that made big waves on Broadway. Enclosed in a basement apartment, a middle-class family gathers to christen Brigid and Richard’s new digs with a fancy Thanksgiving dinner on paper plates and undertake their holiday ritual of smashing the peppermint pig. With darkness falling and mysterious bumps from above, the lights ominously flicker on the Blake’s family banter. While Momo mumbles quasi-prophetic gibberish from her wheelchair and Aimee makes urgent trips to the bathroom, the world creaks curiously around them and layers of their fragile lives and lurking secrets are revealed.




Magellanica
2017-2018 Artists Rep
Magellanica

January 20, 2018 – February 18, 2018

In 1985, scientists and engineers from around the world converge at the South Pole Research Station to figure out, among other things, if there really is a hole in the sky. In the darkest, coldest, most dangerous place on Earth, eight imperfect souls are trapped together. Utterly isolated from the outside world for eight and a half months, this research team must face life or death challenges, their own inner demons and depend upon each other for survival.




Between Riverside and Crazy
2017-2018 Artists Rep
Between Riverside and Crazy

March 4, 2018 – April 1, 2018

Meet Walter “Pops” Washington, retired after 30 years from the NYPD after being shot by a white, rookie cop. Holding court from his recently deceased wife’s wheelchair over a motley crew of housemates, he righteously, tenaciously, holds out for a police department settlement until an ecstatic experience shakes him from inaction. For once, “Pops” will make it go how he wants it to go while everyone else hustles to get what they think they deserve. A well-lived life can’t only be eating Ring Dings, drinking whiskey all day and living in a ramshackle palace on Riverside Drive, now can it?




The Holler Sessions
2017-2018 Frontier Series
The Holler Sessions

March 8, 2018 – March 11, 2018

An explosive Kansas City DJ broadcasts his articulate, profane and impassioned testimony to American jazz in an 80-minute music-filled interactive experience. Created in collaboration with the TEAM.




The Thanksgiving Play
2017-2018 Artists Rep
The Thanksgiving Play

April 1, 2018 – April 29, 2018

A group of mismatched teachers and actors have been charged by the school district to devise an ethnically sensitive play to somehow celebrate both Thanksgiving and Native American Heritage Month. In order to be as respectful and accurate as possible, the three white actors defer to the only Native American in the room for guidance and find their expectations of her insights are wildly misguided. In this wickedly funny satire, this foursome must find their way through a hilarious thicket of assumptions, historical perspectives and school district policies as the absurd pageant must go on!




White Rabbit Red Rabbit
2017-2018 Frontier Series
White Rabbit Red Rabbit

April 12, 2018 – April 15, 2018

No rehearsals. No director. No set. Every night a new actor opens an envelope and encounters the script for the first time. Will you participate? Will you be manipulated? Will you listen? Will you really listen?




I and You
2017-2018 Artists Rep
I and You

May 20, 2018 – June 17, 2018

Two teens – a sick and snarky girl who hates poetry, and a sweet and sporty boy who just wants to get his class work project done – are thrust together to work on a school project about Walt Whitman’s poems. Like boxers in a ring, the mismatched pair spar their way through Whitman's epic Song of Myself into an uneasy friendship. With growing urgency and searing poignancy, I and You is a funny, tender and surprising journey about the strange beauty of human connectedness.