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ART presents

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.

Magellanica Audio Drama

Date: TBD

Get your ticket to the Virtual Release Party Join us Sept. 27 at 2pm and experience the story virtually as originally presented with four 10 minute intermissions during the play’s 5 1/2 hour running time.   Magellanica, the Audio Drama...

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Magellanica Audio Drama
The Berlin Diaries Audio Drama

The Berlin Diaries Audio Drama

Date: TBD

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...

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Better Maybe

Better Maybe

Date: TBD

A video project of Obie Award winner Caridad Svich’s short play Better Maybe that will be shared this summer and features the entire company. Originally commissioned by the Play At Home project, the piece is a choral poem and features...

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Oxygen

Oxygen

Date: TBD

A devising group named OXYGEN, made up of nine Black artists in the company. The name OXYGEN is in honor of the many black people whose final words were, “I can’t breathe” before being killed by police. Produced by ART...

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Untitled Site Specific Project

Untitled Site Specific Project

Date: TBD

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...

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The Chinese Lady

The Chinese Lady

Date: TBD

Pre-rehearsal work for a production of Lloyd Suh’s The Chinese Lady, which ART will produce in the 2020/21 season either in person or as a filmed performance starring Resident Artist Barbie Wu and directed by Resident Artist Lava Alapai. Playwright...

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The Writer’s Room

The Writer’s Room

Date: TBD

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...

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