Mercury Company 2 Trailer
From audio dramas to short films, and plays written for post-pandemic production, a repertory company of over 90 artists were hired to create 20 projects in a six-week period in October and November of 2020.
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The Mercury Company
For six weeks during October and November 2020 (building upon the collaborative process established in June 2020’s Mercury Company I), Artists Repertory Theatre hired nearly 90 writers, directors, educators, actors, technicians, designers, and producers (including several ART staff) to create theatre-inspired work that moves beyond the traditional form in response to public assembly restrictions. Individuals were involved in a multitude of projects, forming a repertory company dubbed ART: Mercury II.
COVID has been a transformative experience creating unprecedented uncertainty. In the inaugural Mercury Company, ART found a model to employ with confidence as the pandemic timeline continues to shift. Individual donors, along with State of Oregon distributed COVID relief grants, funded the additional round of creative work that took place during the six-week intensive process (20 projects were worked on by nearly 90 artists). A series of audio dramas and experimental short films will be released to audiences in the winter, spring, and summer of 2021. ART is planning its next Mercury Company development process which will occur in the spring of 2021.
“We are not paused and waiting for a return to pre-pandemic normal. Instead, we are fully immersed in a period of transition and transformation. We are using the time to re-imagine the way we work. At the forefront of it all is dismantling biased systems that have held theatres back from achieving the diverse, welcoming, accessible, and equitable spaces to which we aspire.”
ART Artistic Director, Dámaso Rodríguez.
Mercury Company I Trailer (June 2020)
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Magellanica Audio Drama
September 27 - June 30, 2021
By E.M. Lewis Directed by Dámaso Rodríguez Composition and Sound Design by Rodolfo Ortega The audio drama is on sale now with pricing options available. A sample of the audio drama is posted further down in the video section. Magellanica the...learn more
The Berlin Diaries Audio Drama
January 25, 2021
By Andrea Stolowitz Directed by Dámaso Rodríguez Composition and Sound Design by Rodolfo Ortega The virtual release party is Sunday, January 24th @ 3:00pm. (Pacific Time) Join us for the Virtual Release Party event from the comfort of your home. You’ll...learn more
Nobody is Going to Fund This
Nobody is Going to Fund This was a project in Mercury II (November 2020) written by Anthony Hudson What started as a quarantine diary turned into something else when writer/performer Anthony Hudson began to recognize and confront years of abuse from...learn more
Performance in a Box
created by Lava Alapai, Bobby Brewer-Wallin, Sarah Gahagan, E.M. Lewis, Rody Ortega, Sharath Patel, Megan Wilkerson, Kristeen Willis An exploration of an idea to create an object that can be used to make a performative, at-home experience for patrons. Five...learn more
The Revolution of the Unbearable Departed Yearning
The Revolution of the Unbearable Departed Yearning was a project in Mercury I & II (June 2020/November 2020) written by Lava Alapai, Linda Alper, Anthony Hudson, Dan Kitrosser, Susannah Mars, Luan Schooler, Josie Seid The old mill town of Cabbotville,...learn more
The Vertical City
During the pandemic-disrupted 2020/2021 theatre season, ART and TAC have shifted focus to theatre works adapted into digital mediums, and will co-produce a new audio drama starring 2nd-Year Conservatory students. This 60-minute audio drama is being written specifically for seven...learn more
Drop The Mic
A storytelling project collaboration with Artists Rep and Back Fence PDX featuring the work of some of Portland’s best storytellers: Chris Williams, Darshanpreet Gill, Katie Nguyen, Kisha Jarrett, Lauren Modica, Monica Choy, Shauna Hahn, and Vin Shambry; co-produced and co-hosted...learn more