With The Ways We Cope, Red Balloon Theater Collective—RBTC for short—declared that they were a legit new experimental ensemble to be reckoned with, capable of multidisciplinary performances full of wit, insight, and humor. And in the theater season since, several Balloonists have done astonishing work onstage in other companies’ productions and solo shows. In short, they are Young Creatives To Watch, and helping to drive the Portland theater scene into newer, more explorative territories.
Yellow Yellow Yellow is their newest jam and promises to be a fun, emotional Venn diagram of Charlotte Perkins Gilman, a big-top circus, and group therapy.
Artpunk Club asked RBTC and their Yx3 collaborators to answer a handful of questions about the show, their experiences in theater, and the Portland arts scene.
You've seen Myia Johnson onstage in a variety of productions with PETE and Anonymous, as well as taking part in 2019's inaugural SoLowFestPDX. She's contributing her singular stage presence to Yellow Yellow Yellow in the role of La Luna.
What's the best thing about theater to you as a performer?
Escaping social norms.
What is the best thing about theater to you as an audience member?
Discovering the moment with the performer.
Which performances in the 2018/2019 Portland Theater season did you crush on the hardest?
(Note: please do not choose another Red Balloonist’s performance—too easy!)
Booty Candy directed by James Dixon as a part of Fuse Theatre’s OUTwright Festival.
What should audiences expect from Yellow Yellow Yellow?
Mixed up feelings.
You have 3 genie wishes to be used on the Portland Theatre Scene. What do you wish for? (No monkey paw catches)
a. Found spaces!
b. Weed onstage!
c. More theatrical improv!
Yellow Yellow Yellow runs Thursday/Friday/Saturday August 22nd to 31st, so hustle & get your tickets here! Performances are at Wild Lilac, 3829 SE 74th in Portland, 8pm. Tickets Here!