THE SUBMISSION by Jeff Talbott opens October 11 at defunkt

Alright, enough already with the warm fuzzy nostalgia plays, jolly musicals, and eat-pray-love performance pieces.

Don’t mean to burst your bubble. But it’s time to start some trouble.

Good theatre should make you as mad as an underemployed, overshared poster on PDX MyStage.

So to puncture that shiny happy bubble you’ve been so busy decorating, here’s defunkt theatre’s production of THE SUBMISSION by Jeff Talbott.

The Story A struggling white gay playwright writes a wonderful play about an African American family trying to escape inner city poverty. To increase its chances of getting produced he submits the play to a prestigious theater festival under the pseudonym of Shaleeha G’ntamobi. When it is accepted, he hires an African American actress to assume the role of his invented pen name. What follows is a searing, no holds barred exploration of racism, homophobia, sexism, affirmative action and hypocrisy in modern America. An electrifying new play from a fresh new voice in American theater, The Submission is the winner of the 2012 New York Outer Critics Award for Best New Play and a Portland Area premiere.


Let the shit storm begin. Photo: Andrew Klaus-Vineyard.
Let the shit storm begin. Photo: Andrew Klaus-Vineyard.

October 11-November 16 2013
Thursdays – Sundays at 7:30 pm (no show Sunday October 13 or Thursday October 31 )
At the Back Door Theater • 4319 SE Hawthorne Blvd. Portland, OR
Pay-what-you-can Thursdays & Sundays, Sliding Scale $15-$25 Fridays and Saturdays
Special post show Talk Back Event October 26 with The August Wilson Red Door Project

Danny…………………. Matthew Kern
Trevor…………………..Matthew Dieckman
Pete……………………..Bjorn Anderson
Emilie………………….. Andrea White

directed by Andrew Klaus-Vineyard

Stage Manager: Elizabeth Esch Brown
ASM/Technical Director: Zachary Hryndej
Scenic Design: Megan Wilkerson
Lighting Design: Vanessa Pearl Janson
Costumes: Lori Sue Hoffman
Sound Design: Ron Mason Gassaway
Props: Elizabeth Esch Brown
Violence Design: David Bareford
Dramaturg: Sarah Armitage