The Portland Experimental Theatre Ensemble—that's PETE to their friends—stages inventive and unusual new works (Deception Unit, How We Learn) as well as fresh adaptations of more traditional fare (Uncle Vanya/a whole lotta Chekhov). But! PETE also offers a yearlong unique and intensive training program known as the Institute for Contemporary Performance (ICP). Each year’s cohort puts on a showcase at the end of their term. This year’s performance, Lost. Found., features the seven artists of the 2018/2019 cohort in an imaginative new work featuring clown ballet, an undetermined number of paper flowers, Ancient Greek stand-up, non-existent time, the grim reaper, and possibly 15-20 Styrofoam heads. We can't wait!
We asked each cohort member a handful of questions about the show, their experience in the program, and the Portland arts scene.
Pieces: FUNances for Artists
What is it about theater that really does it for you?
“It” for me is that which inspires and captures my imagination in a way I have no control over. I love in-depth character creation. The kind of character creation that can live both within a piece of theatre and outside of it. I’m also a physical comedy enthusiast.
What personal or professional goals inspired you to undergo an intensive yearlong training program?
It seemed like the right thing to do. I was looking for a physical theatre training program that would further develop my skills and push me out of my comfort zone.
What should audiences expect from Lost. Found.?
A collage of seven engaging pieces with a variety of aesthetics from seven different people. It’s amazing the little similarities in the pieces that could only be there after engaging in a year-long program together. Expect the night to bring a mirror which reflects parts of ourselves that are at times difficult to recognize.
As an audience member, what’s your favorite show from the last year of Portland theatre?
What’s next for you?
I need to see where life naturally takes me for a while. The program has definitely inspired me to pursue further instruction in the Alexander Technique. Also, in August I’m considering joining a fantastic group of people who clown every year in Peru for a week.
You have 3 genie wishes to be used on the Portland Theatre Scene. What do you wish for? (No monkey paw catches)
I wish to echo Julia’s first two wishes [about livable wage arts funding and affordable performance spaces] and then add even more imaginative play within the scene (I don’t think you can ever have too much of that).
Lost. Found. opens this Thursday at CoHo Theatre - 2257 NW Raleigh Street, Portland. The show runs for four performances through this weekend, May 16th, 17th, and 18th at 7:30 PM; Sunday, May 19 at 5 PM. Tickets are PWYC, starting at just $10!