Artists Rep’s new series features internationally acclaimed artists who are breaking new ground in theatrical creation and presentation. This inaugural season features innovative works by internationally acclaimed artists from London, Vancouver, B.C. and Los Angeles.
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by Deborah Pearson
December 1 – December 4
In THE FUTURE SHOW, Deborah Pearson attempts to predict her entire future from the moment the show ends and the audience begins to clap. The piece is obsessively rewritten for each new performance and consequently each new future.
LISTEN HERE as Resident Artist Susannah Mars chats with writer Deborah Pearson about THE FUTURE SHOW for her Artslandia podcast "Adventures in Artslandia." They discuss what Deborah will consider as she re-writes her show for Portland audiences at this moment in time in a fascinating and far-reaching conversation.
READ this interview by Shannon Gormley of Willamette Week who spoke with Deborah a week before her first show in Portland.
“Unmissable. ****” –The Herald
“A beautiful, accomplished, bittersweet philosophical work on love, loss and memory.” –Total Theatre Magazine
“An intensely emotional and intellectual evening. The show dug deep and emerged fiery.” –Steel Bananas, Canada
“A theatrical dynamo.” –Lynn Slotkin, The Slotkin Letter
Created and performed by Marcus Youssef and James Long
Produced by Theatre Replacement and Neworld Theatre in association with Crow’s Theatre
March 24 – March 26
Winners and Losers is a staged conversation performance piece in which theatre artists and long-time friends, Marcus Youssef and James Long, sit at a table and play a game they made up called ‘winners and losers’. In it, they name people, places or things – Beyoncé, their fathers, rainforests, druids, etc. – and debate whether these things are winners or losers. Is Joe Biden a loser? Is Kanye West a winner? What about microwave ovens, Goldman Sachs or Mexico? With debate subjects updated for every city, what starts out as a friendly competition between friends quickly becomes personal as they unpack layers of privilege, class and status each seeking to defeat the other.
RUN TIME: Approximately 90 minutes with NO intermission.
by Roger Guenveur Smith
April 21 – April 23
“…less a performance than it is a prayer.” – Roger Guenveur Smith
Fresh off show tours to Oakland and L.A., Smith unravels the myth of “the first reality TV star” in his riveting one-man performance Rodney King tells the story of a flawed, good-hearted everyman – from his harsh entry into the national spotlight to a lonely death at the bottom of his swimming pool. It’s been 25 years since the media turned the spotlight to Rodney King’s treatment at the hands of four police officers, the subsequent acquittal of the involved police officer that sparked angry riots in L.A. and opened eyes across the world. Now, Smith asks us once again, “Can we all get along?”
Let’s talk about it.
This story that started decades ago will open conversations about right now. Plan to stay for post show discussions moderated by The Color of NOW Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights, or attend on Sunday afternoon for a movement-based “Move Back” conversation with Chisao Hata.
Netflix will release the new film RODNEY KING, directed by Spike Lee, starring Roger Guenveur Smith on April 28.
Artists Rep is thrilled to host the final stage performance of this piece, ever.