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.
What's the best thing about theater to you as a performer?
Answering as a designer: it’s so playful! I love finding the perfect pieces to incorporate into the world of the play.
What is the best thing about theater to you as an audience member?
When something pulls you in and you’re just sitting in the edge of your seat the whole time, and when it’s over you feel as if you’ve traveled through time!
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!)
Joellen Sweeney as Charlotte Courday in The Revolutionists.
What should audiences expect from Yellow Yellow Yellow?
Spectacle. Surprises. Spookiness.
What’s next for RBTC?
Fertile Ground 2020! We’re bringing our workshopped piece The Ways We Cope into a fully staged production.
You have 3 genie wishes to be used on the Portland Theatre Scene. What do you wish for? (No monkey paw catches)
- More rehearsal space for everyone!
- Theatre that inspires younger folks to come out to see and engage with.
- More period costume dramas, if only because I am a costume designer who wants to go bananas.
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!