Put Boom Arts on your calendar


That’s the sound of a most impressive 2013-14 programme arriving in the line up from Boom Arts.

Run by Ruth Wikler-Luker, the small Portland arts group has been around for almost three years and produces innovative and socially relevant theatre with a strong international current.

Details of Boom’s 2013-14 season have been sent out by email but are not yet up on the web site. But you’ll want to put these dates on your radar ASAP.

Yaroslava Pulinovich – THE NATASHA PLAYS – Girlhood and the class divide in Russia

When: Thursday-Saturday, November 21-23, 2013, at 7:30pm
Where: Lincoln Hall Studio Theatre, Portland State University
How Much: Free/donation suggested. Reserve at http://www.boomarts.org.
What: In The Natasha Plays, two short plays presented in counterpoint, the realities of Russia’s stark class divide emerge through the perspectives of two 16-year old girls from different backgrounds, each of whom will stop at nothing to achieve her goal.
Who: Playwright Yaroslava Pulinovich (Russia); Translator John Freedman (Russia); Director Karin Magaldi (PDX).
Conversations: special guests will join us following each performance to respond to the play through a variety of lenses. November 21: contemporary Russian drama and theatre (with playwright Yaroslava Pulinovich, via Skype). Nov. 22: gender issues (with Prof. Ann Mussey, Portland State University, and Prof. Tatiana Osipovich, Lewis & Clark College). Nov. 23: inequality in contemporary Russia (guest TBA).
Partners: Portland State University’s School of Theatre and Film; World Affairs Council. Produced by special arrangement with Agency North Ltd., agencynorth.com.

Alicia Jo Rabins – A KADDISH FOR BERNIE MADOFF – Spiritual implications of the financial collapse

When: Thursday-Sunday, February 6-9, 2013, at 7:30pm. An work-in-progress showing will be held the previous week for Fertile Ground Festival passholders only.
Where: Portland Playhouse, 602 NE Prescott Street, Portland OR.
What: A Kaddish for Bernie Madoff is a new music theatre work by acclaimed indie rocker, poet, and Torah scholar Alicia Jo Rabins (Golem, Girls in Trouble). Through electro-acoustic music, documentary theatre, and meditative poetry, Rabins views Bernie Madoff and the system which allowed him to function through the lens of ancient Jewish and Buddhist texts on financial ethics, ecology, and cycles. West Coast premiere.
Who: Creator/performer Alicia Jo Rabins (PDX/NYC); Director Maureen Towey (SF/NYC; Sojourn Theater; Arcade Fire); Original Animation by Zak Margolis (PDX).
Conversations: TBA
Partner: Portland Playhouse

Deborah Assimwe – APPOINTMENT WITH GOD – The US visa process from an African perspective

When: Friday, April 11 & Saturday, April 12 at 7:30pm; Sunday, April 13 at 2pm.
Where: Lincoln Hall Studio Theatre, Portland State University
What: Award-winning Ugandan playwright Deborah Asiimwe’s witty ensemble play Appointment with gOD takes place in the waiting room of a US embassy in an unnamed “developing country” after 9/11. A motley crew of visa applicants make their appeals to the visa-bestowing “gODs” behind the counter.
Who: Playwright Deborah Asiimwe (Uganda); Director Emily Mendelsohn (NY/LA).
Conversations: TBA
Partners: Portland State University School of Theatre and Film; World Affairs Council of Oregon.

Plus: Artist Talk Series

Theatre of Global Engagement: International Collaboration & Social Change
Friday, February 21: Bond Street Theatre (NYC/International)
Monday, April 7: Cooking Oil (Emily Mendelsohn & Deborah Asiimwe, NY/Uganda)
Where: Lewis and Clark College
Partners: Lewis and Clark College; World Affairs Council of Oregon