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The Mercury Company
For the month of June, over 50 writers, directors, educators, actors, technicians, designers, and producers (including several ART staff) were hired to collaboratively create theatre-inspired work that moves beyond the traditional form in response to shelter-in-place orders and public assembly restrictions. Individuals were involved in a multitude of projects, forming a rapidly assembled repertory company dubbed the ART: Mercury Company. Projects were developed independently, or via collaborative meetings in Zoom and in-person recording and filming sessions under strict physically distanced work protocols. Artists Rep will begin releasing its Mercury created content during Summer and Fall of 2020. The theatre seeks funding to continue this method of collaboration and content creation throughout the duration of the pandemic, and beyond.
“The pandemic has forced the disruption of our operating assumptions. Rather than waiting it out, we are testing new ideas for pursuing our mission and are re-imagining what ART will be whenever it is safe for audiences and artists to gather again. Thanks to the nimble work of our team–who wrote dozens of contracts, purchased equipment, made and remade schedules while quickly learning new ways of working online and in person–we were able to use Payroll Protection funds to hire artists on mostly full-time salaries comparable to our mainstage programming,”
ART Artistic Director, Dámaso Rodríguez.
The Berlin Diaries Audio Drama
Lacroute Playwright-in-Residence and three-time Oregon Book Award winning playwright Andrea Stolowitz’s The Berlin Diaries, the autobiographical story of Andrea’s quest to untangle her family’s history using her German-Jewish great-grandfather’s real life diary, to be released to ART audiences prior to...learn more
Untitled Site Specific Project
An untitled outdoor site-specific piece (in which the audience moves through a series of staging locations) featuring the work of playwrights Lava Alapai, Linda Alper, Dan Kitrosser, Josie Seid, Susannah Mars, and Anthony Hudson, directed by ART Director of New...learn more
The Writer’s Room
In the month of June, Artists Repertory Theatre commissioned 12 playwrights who wrote, developed, and refined 11 distinct projects. The individual projects with writers include: WHY THIS NIGHT Written by award-winning screenwriter (We the Animals) and playwright, Dan Kitrosser, Why...learn more