Portland Premiere


February 3 - March 8, 2015
Alder Stage

By Nina Raine
Directed By Dámaso Rodríguez
Designs by Resident Artists Kristeen Willis Crosser & Sharath Patel

A scintillating contemporary drama centered around Billy, the only deaf member of his family, whose search for family acceptance as he delves into the Deaf Community sparks often funny but fierce tensions at home. Grappling with the significance of language and the urge to belong, this Portland debut follows triumphant productions Off-Broadway, at London’s Royal Court and Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre.

2012 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play

Stage and Studio Interview
For your listening pleasure…here’s a podcast link to a wonderful interview with Dámaso Rodríguez and Stephen Drabicki about “Tribes.” This interview by Sarika Mehta aired this morning on KBOO’s Stage and Studio.

Study Guide
Download it here.

Alder Stage

1515 SW Morrison St, Portland, OR 97205


”pitch-perfect acting and a fascinating challenge.”

Ramona DeNies, Portland Monthly

“Tribes will speak to anyone who’s ever belonged to a family, be it a family of blood relatives, close friends, or comrades in arms.”

Broadway World

“The best-written, best-plotted, deepest, most daring, and funniest, new play in recent years”

Paul Levy, Wall Street Journal



Production Team

Tal Sanders
Scenic Designer
Kristeen Willis
Lighting Designer
Sharath Patel
Composer / Sound Designer
Natalie Rae Heikkinen
Props Designer
Michelle Jazuk
Production Stage Manager
Jessica Evans Irvine
Assistant Director
Val Landrum
Assistant Director
Jory Bowers
Production Assistant
Justin Coleman
ASL Dialogue Coach
Dot Hearn
ASL Dialogue Coach / ASL Interpreter
Richard Hall
ASL Interpreter



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