Mercury Company II

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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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.

Drop The Mic

February 27 - June 30, 2021

Drop the Mic is 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;...

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Drop The Mic
The Vertical City

The Vertical City

April 24 - June 30, 2021

By Diana Burbano Directed by Dámaso Rodríguez Music Composition & Sound Design by Rodolfo Ortega & Jake Newcomb During the pandemic-disrupted 2020/2021 theatre season, ART and TAC shifted focus to theatre works adapted into digital mediums, and co-produced a new...

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The Carlalogues

The Carlalogues

May 22 - June 30, 2021

When you purchase a ticket for The Carlalogues you will also receive access to Anthony Hudson’s audio version of a monologue in pieces, Nobody’s going to fund this, featured in the ART Quarterly Magazine. written by Anthony Hudson Whatever Carla...

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Nobody’s going to fund this

Nobody’s going to fund this

May 22 - June 30, 2021

Nobody’s 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 producers,...

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Today is My Birthday

Today is My Birthday

July 1 - December 31, 2021

written by Susan Soon He Stanton Opening night event listening party is Sunday, June 27 at 3pm, doors open at 2:30pm (all times PDT). Release to the general public on Thursday, July 1st. Emily is a would-be writer whose bubble...

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Flower Joy

Flower Joy

In Development

Flower Joy was a project in Mercury II (November 2020) written by Vin Shambry a story about the road to wholeness “I was the young, homeless boy getting clothes from the Salvation Army on N. Williams Avenue in the Winter,...

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The Great Divide

The Great Divide

In Development

The Great Divide is a TRS Commission written by E.M. Lewis Co-commissioned with Oregon Shakespeare Festival On January 2, 2016, an armed militia group seized control of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in eastern Oregon, and held it for sixty-one...

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American Girl

American Girl

In Development

American Girl was a project in Mercury II (November 2020) written by Mikki Gillette Transgender teen Nikki Kuhnhausen was murdered in Vancouver, WA in 2019. Authorities suspect her death was a hate crime, and her family members, friends and activists...

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Mars on Life

Mars on Life

In Development

Mars on Life was a project in Mercury I & II (June 2020/November 2020) written by Susannah Mars Taking care of your child-prodigy, opera-diva mother and comedic genius movie star father could easily detour a person from finding her voice...

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The Hustle

The Hustle

In Development

written by John San Nicolas What began as a writing exchange with Barbie Wu quickly evolved into a full-length play comprised of a dozen (so far) short plays related to the hustle that is working in the entertainment industry. Written for...

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Performance in a Box

Performance in a Box

In Development

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...

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Refugee Rhapsody

Refugee Rhapsody

In Development

Refugee Rhapsody was a project in Mercury II (November 2020) written by Yussef El Guindi Sakinah, an Arab American woman, undergoes a mental health evaluation to determine what led to the violent crime she committed against Emily, a rich heiress....

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The Simple Truth

The Simple Truth

In Development

written by Ken Yoshikawa The Simple Truth is both a prequel to Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night and a story of struggle and revolution. We follow Sebastian and Antonio to Antonio’s home city of Bonavia, where there stands a beautiful city and...

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Trubador

Trubador

In Development

Trubador was a project in Mercury II (November 2020) written by Val Landrum What happens when Trauma grows arms and legs and invites you to toe up with it on the dance floor? TRUBADOR tells the story of a young...

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Untitled Revenge Short

Untitled Revenge Short

In Development

written by Dawn Jones Redstone A young woman returns home for her Uncle Ron’s birthday after being away for some time.

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Why This Night

Why This Night

In Development

Why This Night was a project in Mercury I & II (June 2020/November 2020) written by Dan Kitrosser It’s 1881 and Motke, the neerdowell alcoholic jewish homosexual novelist who can’t quite finish his novel, returns to his parents’ shtetl on the...

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See Me

See Me

Premiered at Portland International Film Festival (PIFF)

Written By Kisha Jarrett, Dawn Jones Redstone, Aki Ruiz, Josie Seid, and Vin Shambry Directed By Dawn Jones Redstone Creative Producer Kisha Jarrett Daily routines intersect with the turmoil of the world outside as three Black Portlanders go about their...

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The Killing Fields

The Killing Fields

In Development

written by Anya Pearson For Cly, the news of her husband’s early release from prison threatens to unravel everything she’s worked for. Set in East Oakland in the midst of the 1980’s crack epidemic, The Killing Fields re-imagines the story of Agamemnon through...

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The Revolution of the Unbearable Departed Yearning

The Revolution of the Unbearable Departed Yearning

In Development

The Revolution of the Unbearable Departed Yearning was a project in Mercury I & II (June 2020/November 2020) and now Mercury III written by Lava Alapai, Linda Alper, Anthony Hudson, Dan Kitrosser, Susannah Mars, Luan Schooler, Josie Seid The old...

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