Theatre Thesis Festival at Lewis and Clark College: April 24-27

Surely you’ve heard about the annual theatre festival that happens every April in Portland?

No?

Here’s a hint. This year, these plays will be on stage:

The Lonesome West by Martin McDonagh
Woyzeck by Georg Buchner
How I Learned to Drive by Paul Vogel
Italian-American Reconciliation by John Patrick Shanley
And Baby Makes Seven (selected scenes) by Paula Vogel
Thom Pain (based on nothing) by Will Eno

There are also readings of two new plays:

The Waiting Room by Brian Cutler
Small Screen by Corey O’Hara

And there are presentations on design, sound, puppets, and more.

All that over four days toward the end of April.

Still can’t place it?

Why it’s the Theatre Thesis Festival at Lewis and Clark College.

And this year’s roster is packed with good stuff.

Lots coming up the end of April at L & C.
Lots coming up the end of April at L & C.

The show before the show

Director Rebecca Lingafelter put together an interesting panel discussion on Sarah Kane and British playwriting in the 90’s before Saturday night’s performance of 4.48 PSYCHOSIS at Lewis and Clark College.

Talkbacks and discussions like this add a lot to the experience of going to the theatre and are everywhere in Portland.

In the black box at Fir Acres Theatre.
In the black box at Fir Acres Theatre, Lewis and Clark College.

There’s another panel next week before the Saturday show:

Cultural Construction of Otherness
Saturday March 16
6-7pm
Fir Acres Black Box Theater
Sarah Kane’s play 4:48 Psychosis delves into questions of otherness and its representation in our culture. What are the signs we use to telegraph an individual’s seperation from social and cultural norms? How do we represent otherness in our art and our culture and how does this representation begin to define what otherness is? This panel will focus on the different ways that our culture represents, understands and constructs otherness.

Moderator: Tom Schoeneman, Professor of Psychology, Lewis and Clark College

Panelists: Reiko Hillyer, Assistant Professor of History, Lewis and Clark College, Rishona Zimmring, Associate Professor of English, Lewis and Clark College, Rebecca Lingafetler, Assistant Professor of Theatre, Lewis and Clark College