Weekend Picks | The great indoors calls: PETE, Risk/Reward, The Kilroy Festival

Even when the biggest star in town is holding court every day (and up until about 9 PM each night) all summer long in Portland, The Dock isn’t the only place to be.

There are also a few cool, dark places to explore indoors.

You know – theatre spaces.

And lo! This weekend suddenly has a boat load of good summer time picks for you.

So give up your space on The Dock for a few hours. It’ll be there when you get back. Plus you know the Willamette is a super fund site, right?

This weekend holds nothing less than this in store for you: The latest from Portland Experimental Theatre Ensemble, Portland’s coolest summer performance festival Risk/Reward, and a showcase of Kilroy plays from the brand new Hearth Collective.

All in one weekend! You can ping pong back in forth between all of those like a sun-drenched sailor.

7.9-12 PETE Ensemble – DROWNED HORSE TAVERN
7.10-18 Risk/Reward
7.12 The Hearth Collective – THE KILROY FESTIVAL

If that’s not sufficient, you may consider moving to Bly, Oregon. Where you might catch something at the Star.

And in future, you don’t have to wait breathlessly for these scintillating blog posts to stay current on cool weekend stuff. Oh no. You can see the list of recommended shows any time under your very own click power – any time. We aim to please.

The Star Theater in Bly, Oregon.
The world famous Star Theater in Bly, Oregon.

A desperately needed break from straight theatre | ENTER THE NIGHT by Maria Irene Fornes at Portland Experimental Theatre Ensemble

Jack’s play within a play could use work. The larger structure is somewhat rambling and confusing, but the live experience is top notch. Paramount in any PETE show is the moment – what is happening RIGHT NOW. Watching these three (and particularly Coleman) weave their uneven way provokes thought, creativity, questioning.

Thru Feb 7

It’s going to sell out faster than you can say “To Moscow!”

8.6.2014 UPDATE THE THREE SISTERS is sold out!

So don’t be left behind wishing you could have gone.

THE THREE SISTERS by Anton Chekhov at Portland Experimental Theatre Ensemble, on now in the beautiful Diver Studio at Reed College, is a stealth midsummer theatrical gift. If you’re not paying attention, it would be very easy to miss. But you do NOT want to miss this.

You don’t get to see theatre like this every day in Portland.

Or anywhere.

So onwards – to Eastmoreland!

(Except actually do go there – don’t just talk about it…)

Only 10 shows left.

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.

Looking for somewhere cool to go this August? Try THE THREE SISTERS. As in the Chekhov play – not the wilderness area

While Portlanders may initially think of a stunning Central Oregon wilderness area when they hear the handle “Three Sisters”, there is also a certain Chekhov play by the same name. And it’s coming to town. According to a completely apocryphal but exciting legend, the wilderness area was actually named after the play. But that’s a whole ‘nother story…

Point being: There’s an all new translation of THE THREE SISTERS (the play) hitting the stage at Portland Experimental Theatre Ensemble August 2-17. So load up the back pack, get out the compass, and find your way to this backcountry wilderness of words (and those pregnant Chekhovian pauses, of course) over at Reed College.

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First three photos: Owen Carey

Three Sisters Pics 2

Three Sisters Pics 3

Three Sisters Pics

Two of the “other” three sisters – Middle and North. They have plenty of their own drama.

Work in progress showing of MOTHER MOTHER at Portland Experimental Theatre Ensemble this weekend

March 22 & 23 at 2 PM

Portland Experimental Theatre Ensemble

10 SE Madison St. #11

MOTHER MOTHER

Directed by Kate Sanderson Holly

Key collaborators include Hannah Treuhaft (Sojourn Theatre); Catherine Ming T’ien Duffly (Assistant Professor of Theater at Reed College); and ensemble members Aiyana Cunningham, Sofia Dubrawsky, and Nikki Weaver (Co-Founder of Portland Playhouse).

MOTHER MOTHER is a journalistic theater piece about contemporary parenthood, based on interviews with a diverse group of mothers. Mother, Mother examines the issues of gender equity, economic disparity, and cultural pressure that disproportionately impact many of today’s mothers. We are collecting interviews in a variety of locations throughout the United States, as well as in Sweden. Through examining the daily lives of mothers in these very different cultures, we ask:

“Whose responsibility is it to respond to the changing needs of mothers and families?”

March 22nd Performance will be followed by a panel discussion on Contemporary Motherhood, featuring guest panelists from Family Forward Oregon.

SONG OF THE DODO coming in November from Portland Experimental Theatre Ensemble

Coming soon.

The latest project from Portland Experimental Theatre Ensemble.

If you saw PETE’s R3 at Headwaters last year, you know they’re doing some of the most exciting work in town.

Their second show “…adopts the structure of traditional Greek tragedy to explore contemporary notions of death, grief, and extinction…. and asks how our personal relationship with death and loss relates to larger patterns of mass extinction and environmental destruction.”

With the success of R3, which was the company’s first production, DODO is likely to fill fast.

So don’t miss out.

Nov 9-24 at Studio 2.
Nov 9-24 at Studio 2.

50 words: R3 at Portland Experimental Theatre Ensemble

When in the theatre – do what can only be done in the theatre. PETE reminds that a small space is infinitely expansive once we have been transported by word and image. Meticulously realized, gorgeously stylized experience unlike anything else you will (normally) see. A world of possibility. Incredible sustained intensity.

Thru 2.3

Another full house.
Another full house at Headwaters.

Shakespeare in the 21st Century – Panel discussion at Portland Experimental Theatre Ensemble

Before this evening’s performance of the intensely imagined R3, PETE hosted a lively discussion about Shakespeare, how and why Wild Bill remains so relevant (and popular) today, and specific nuances involved when producing his work in our time.

Erin Boberg (PICA), Kate Sanderson Holly (PETE), Cristi Miles (PETE), Michael Mendelson (Portland Shakespeare Project), Kate Bredeson (Reed College), Lue Douthit (Oregon Shakespeare Festival)), Stephen Weeks (Lewis & Clark)
L > R: Erin Boberg (PICA), Kate Sanderson Holly (PETE), Cristi Miles (PETE), Michael Mendelson (Portland Shakespeare Project), Kate Bredeson (Reed College), Lue Douthit (Oregon Shakespeare Festival)), Stephen Weeks (Lewis & Clark)

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