Spring has sprung at Boom Arts – Three events coming soon

If, despite all the notices and plugs here, despite what you’ve heard from friends and family, despite the planes flying back and forth over downtown trailing large banners. If, despite all THIS you somehow remain oblivious to what Boom Arts is. Well, then you may be among that hypothetical segment of the market that are unreachable by anything short of a neutron bomb.

And that’s a pretty heavy-handed way to get you out of the house. Not that we wouldn’t try it if that’s what it takes.

But aside from this lunatic fringe, surely YOU, dear reader, know about the fabulous local Portland outfit that is Boom Arts.

Therefore be it resolved – we will spend no more time asking whether you know them.

Instead we shall cut right to what’s coming up next at Boom.


Appointment with gOD by Deborah Asiimwe

The US Visa Process from an African Perspective
April 11 & 12 at 7:30pm, April 13 at 2:00pm, 2014
Lincoln Hall Studio Theatre, Portland State University

Join us for workshop performances of Appointment with gOD, Ugandan playwright Deborah Asiimwe’s funny, insightful exploration of the US visa process from an African perspective. A group of visa applicants anxiously await their fate in a US embassy waiting room in a developing country, and compare strategies and experiences with one another between appointments with the “gODs” behind the counter.

These performances will follow a week-long Boom Arts artist residency at Portland State University with Asiimwe and her collaborator, NY-based director Emily Mendelsohn. They will feature dynamic Portland actors Victor Mack, Ithica Tell, and Damaris Webb, as well as drummer Alex Addy of the Obo Addy Legacy Project, plus student and community performers. Each performance will be followed by curated community conversations about what it means to encounter and enter the United States– and the roads new Portlanders have taken to get here.

Theatre in Uganda & Rwanda: Commemoration, Complexity, & Collaboration

An Artist Talk by director Emily Mendelsohn (NYC) & playwright Deborah Asiimwe (Uganda)
Monday, April 7, 2014, 7:00pm
The Fir Acres Main Stage Theatre, Lewis & Clark College

What does long-term artistic collaboration between the US and Africa look like? Hear from US-based director Emily Mendelsohn and her collaborator of seven years, acclaimed Ugandan playwright Deborah Asiimwe as they discuss their five-year, binational creation process for Cooking Oil, a play exploring the grassroots politics of foreign aid, as well as the upcoming work Maria Kizito, being developed in Rwanda by US, Rwandan, and Ugandan artists on the subject of the Rwandan genocide. Discover these artists’ extraordinary work and learn what it takes to connect, listen, and create across cultures.

A Kaddish for Bernie Madoff by Alicia Jo Rabins

Spiritual Implications of the Financial Collapse
MAY 8, 10, & 11 7:30pm & MAY 11 2pm
Lincoln Hall Studio Theatre, Portland State University.

A Kaddish for Bernie Madoff is an original music theatre work by acclaimed Portland-based indie rocker, poet, and Torah scholar Alicia Jo Rabins. 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.