2017/18 Frontier Series

Artists Rep’s Frontier Series presents internationally acclaimed artists who are reimagining how theatre is created and shared. The second year of this groundbreaking series features bold new work from New York, Seattle and Iran. These are limited, one weekend engagements, offering Portland audiences access to exciting touring performances from around the world. The Frontier Series is curated by Jerry Tischleder (Risk/Reward Festival). 



They, Themself and Schmerm

Written and performed by Becca Blackwell

Co-Presented with PICA's Time-Based Art (TBA) Festival

September 8 – September 11

Part standup comedy special, part teen zine confessional, They, Themself and Schmerm is Becca's disturbingly hilarious personal tale of identity, abuse, sexuality and gender. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll question what bathroom to use.

"A singular sensation!" — New York Theatre Review

The Holler Sessions

Written, directed and performed by Frank Boyd

Created in collaboration with the TEAM

March 8 – March 11

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

"An intense and invigorating crash course in music appreciation." — The New York Times (Critic's Pick)

"A euphoric and heartrending experience" — Culturebot

White Rabbit Red Rabbit

A play by Nassim Soleimanpour

April 12 – April 15

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?

"Playful, enigmatic and haunting." — The New York Times

"A theatrical high-wire act. I can't wait to see it again." — The Hollywood Reporter

"A dazzling, transcendent piece of alive-and kicking-theatre" — Entertainment Weekly




Susannah Mars (April 12), John San Nicolas (April 13), Ayanna Berkshire (April 14), and Darius Pierce (April 15).

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