From out of the blue | Brandon Woolley to produce and direct THE GOD GAME at new Shaking The Tree space in February

Often in Portland theatre, the most passionate and authentic shows are created by the smallest companies in the smallest spaces. Over the years, more than a few season highlights have been the result of motivated artists making their own opportunities in this way. Free from the large house imperative to fill seats or slots, the small scale project-driven approach mounts a show only when a compelling concept appears.

Well, it looks like another one has appeared.

Brandon Woolley is going to produce and direct THE GOD GAME by Suzanne Bradbeer in the new Shaking The Tree space in February. The cast is a Portland dream team: Leif Norby, Laura Faye Smith and Kelsey Tyler. The play is an Ashland New Plays Festival winner and sounds like a topical and bracing ride.

So get out the new year’s calendar and find some room.

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Director and translator Stepan Simek finds the very heart of Chekhov’s THE THREE SISTERS at Portland Experimental Theatre Ensemble

Masterful. A living, breathing theater for the ages. Another knockout from PETE and an early defining production of new 2014-15 season. Classic under the radar, small space Portland theatre that c/should be headlining TBA:14. Outstanding ensemble and fresh translation give Chekhov’s characters clear trajectories. Immersive staging utterly transforms new Reed studio. Unmissable.

THE THREE SISTERS by Anton Chekhov at Portland Experimental Theatre Ensemble

In a new translation by Stepan Simek

Directed by Stepan Simek

Performed at Reed College Diver Studio

Thru August 17

Take a one day intensive Chekhov workshop with translator and director Stepan Simek on August 10.

For the next two weeks, what's going on inside is every bit as stunning as the outside.
For the next two weeks, what’s going on inside is every bit as stunning as the outside.

Interior of new Reed College Performing Arts Building.
Interior of new Reed College Performing Arts Building.