In the theatre world we have, a handful of franchised shows from New York play regional theatres struggling for relevance. As the lights go down on that mass produced version of BAD DATES, VENUS IN FUR, etc., you could be anywhere. Welcome to Olive Garden.
In the theatre world we need, instead of taking up the assignment as conveyor belts in a creaky colonial system, local companies instead create their own new work – stuff you can find nowhere else. They engage with their community. They make place and time specific art. Their shows then travel the OPPOSITE direction – from the hinterlands toward larger cultural centers, where audience members feel they have sampled something original. Something authentic. Welcome to Higgins, Pok Pok, Lincoln.
On that note, the noise in the underground laboratory of one of Portland’s unique theatre groups has been steadily increasing, and smoke and sparks have been seen shooting out of taped over windows late at night. That’s because they’re working on a new show in there. One that has never been seen. And in a few short weeks – just in time for Christmas – you will have a chance to behold the new. Bonus: it’s at one of the coolest venues in town.
That’s right – the next show from Liminal is coming down the tracks.
R. W. Fassbinder’s
Marilyn Monroe contre les vampires
an immersive video opera
seven shows, one weekend only
Celebrate the holiday season this December with Liminal’s immersive opera update of Fassbinder’s 1972 black comedy for the stage.
Audiences are invited to wander through a Fassbinder fantasia as Liminal combines performance art, video, and opera into a unique, immersive experience, a hybrid of theatre and gallery installation, of live performance and video.
In this (literally) biting social satire, Phoebe Zeitgeist is an alien agent sent to Earth to investigate human democracy in action. Unfortunately, Phoebe has a problem—she knows our language, but can’t figure out US. Then the vampires show up.
TRIGGER WARNINGS: substance abuse, sexuality, semiotics, societal complacency, firearms, fetishes, structuralism, choking, privileged classes behaving badly, suicide, Hegel.
Carissa Burkett (soprano) as Phoebe Zeitgeist
With Linda Austin, Evan Corcoran, Carla Grant, Wayne Haythorn, Eleanor Johnson, Don Kern, Alex Reagan, Danielle Ross, Todd Van Voris
Written by Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Translated by Denis Calandra
Direction and Media Design by John Berendzen
Developed by John Berendzen, Evan Corcoran and the ensemble
Original music by John Berendzen and Carissa Burkett
Costume by Faerin Millington and Manot VonRocket
Crew Jared Lee, Sharon Porter, Nancy Novotny
Featuring Fassbinder zines by Going Places