The best art for your buck in Portland, for the week of April 29th–May 4th 2019
WEDNESDAY, MAY 2ND @ 7:30 (Preview)
Wolf at the Door
A Latinx Fairy Tale
525 SE Stark St
Isadora finds the strength to stand up to her abusive husband Septimo when he forces the very pregnant Yolot to stay against her will. While Septimo makes plans for the baby, Isadora and Yolot devise one of their own. And as a pack of wolves closes in on the hacienda, Isadora must decide what price she’ll pay for her own freedom.
Milagro is one of four theatres producing Wolf at the Door as part of the National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere. The other participating theatres are New Jersey Repertory Company in Long Branch, NJ; Kitchen Dog Theater in Dallas, TX; and Halcyon Theatre in Chicago, IL.
Bonus! Wine tasting starting at 6:30 PM courtesy of Coopers Hall !
Why we're excited: This season's theme at Milagro is fairy tales, and Wolf at the Door closes out the season. If you caught La Segua (swoon!) you know that Milagro does an amazing job of staging at times complex fables. And their subtitling of Spanish-language dialog makes the work completely accessible to those of us still struggling through DuoLingo lessons.
Bonus: If you see a lot of Portland theatre, this season you might have noticed something of a trend. Wolf at the Door is the third original wolf show we are seeing this year, making it kind of the closing show in a secret, accidental season-within-seasons that follow a kind of Portland Wolf Zeitgeist. This fall, Shaking the Tree presented ______ the Wolf, a devised piece whose Wolf (played by the decadent, fabulous, Jean Luc Bucherot) was introspective, romantic, and lonely. This winter, Artist's Rep produced the world premiere of Wolf Play, whose titular wolf is an eight-year-old boy looking for his pack amid staggering uncertainty. We are looking forward to exploring deeper with Wolf at the Door, and to seeing Milagro's take on one of the most enduring and universal archetypes in this brand new fairy tale.
THURSDAY, MAY 2ND @ 7:30PM (Preview)
Shaking The Tree
823 SE Grant
“I’m walking down the street and there’s a door in the fence open and inside there are three women I’ve seen before. Three old friends and a neighbour. A summer of afternoons in the backyard. Tea and catastrophe.”
Escaped Alone premiered at the Royal Court Theatre, London, in 2016, in a production directed by James Macdonald.
"A menacing, joyous, brilliant return from the enigmatic Caryl Churchill." - Time Out London
CRITIC'S PICK! "The play’s combination of theatrical technique and untrammeled imagination, and of the personal and the universal, make you understand why Ms. Churchill is regarded by many (rightly, I think) as the most dazzlingly inventive living dramatist in the English language." - The New York Times
Why we're excited: For a show that's only an hour long, Escaped Alone digs deep into female friendship, what we fear, and the end of the world. Shaking the Tree is known for staging unconventional works in a cool, inner-Eastside warehouse space, and we are SUPER excited to see this all-female cast of four Portland theatre legends onstage together.
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FRIDAY + SATURDAY, MAY 3RD + 4TH @ 7:30PM
Kelly Koltiska and Amelia Unsicker
4625 SE 67th Ave
Kelly Koltiska and Amelia Unsicker are sharing an evening of choreography, which embraces the pathways and influences that we build throughout life. Our work looks at relationships and how we effect one another; how internal and external stimuli shape how we present ourselves to the world.
Dance Artists: Sissy Dawson, Kasy Martinez-Musgrave, Megan Memphis, Patsy Morris, Nicholas Petrich, Willow Swanson, Elizabeth Whelan
Come enjoy an evening full of thoughtful, beautiful, intriguing, quirky movement.
Why we're excited: We've said it before and we'll say it again: you really can't go far wrong at PWNW. If you are into dance, and enjoy seeing works by emerging and underrepresented choreographers, you really have to check them out. We haven't seen work by Koltiska or Unsicker yet, and that's kind of the point--the venue is a hotbed of discovery and exciting talent. We love the theme of the show... a quirky dance piece about connection sounds beautiful and buoyant, and we can't wait to see!