In collaboration with The Actors Conservatory, as part of Mercury II

The Vertical City

April 24 - June 30, 2021

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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 audio drama starring 2nd-Year Conservatory students. This 70-minute audio drama was written specifically for seven students by acclaimed playwright Diana Burbano, and directed by ART Executive Artistic Director Dámaso Rodríguez. Award-winning sound designer Rodolfo Ortega (ART’s Magellanica) has created a cinematic soundscape and original score for the piece. Titled The Vertical City, the audio drama is a character study set in a future-Portland built to survive the effects of climate change, and imagines how technology might evolve society at the end of the 21st century, both for better and worse. 

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“a play with a soul worth decoding”

Bennett Campbell Ferguson

Cast

Creative

Diana Burbano
Playwright
Rodolfo Ortega
Sound Designer & Composer
Jake Newcomb
Sound Designer & Composer

Production Team

David Hoerz
Sound Engineer
Carol Ann Wohlmut
Line Producer
Em Gustason
Assistant Sound Designer

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