Theater

The Endurance of The -Ism Project

How a monologue series about race, gender, and sexual identity leapt from stage to screen.
Marilyn Karr, here with her border collie Journey, plays two roles in “The Dog Logs”: Savoir Faire, a single-minded greyhound, and Maddie, a golden retriever, who finds life, especially boy dogs, strange. Photo courtesy: Riverbend Players

Riverbend Players goes to the dogs

After a quiet year, the Nehalem theater company is back with a play in which all the characters are canine.

Untriggering life and the memories of trauma

Actor Keith Mascoll digs into the issue of childhood sexual abuse in "Triggered Life," from Portland Playhouse.

Ross McKeen, beloved arts leader, dies

McKeen, who helped lead Oregon Children's Theatre to national prominence, dies of pancreatic cancer.

Seeking Refuge: Enjoy a live performance again

Shaking the Tree’s new multimedia installation offers the electricity of in-person theater in a safe viewing experience.

Wanda Walden on Stage & Studio

Dmae Roberts moves her essential performance podcast to ArtsWatch. Up first: Costumer deluxe Wanda Walden.

Spotlighting the lives of Black Portlanders in the pandemic

Theater goes to the movies: "See Me," from Artist Rep’s DNA: Oxygen group, is premiering at the Film Festival.

Ashland’s season to shake it up

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival meets the times with a hybrid season of new and old: video now, maybe onstage later.

Enter laughing: A world of clowns

In a world of trouble, Clowns Without Borders lightens the load. At the benefit Pandemic Pandemonium, you can pitch in.

Bard to the bone: A Star (Wars) is born

Ian Doescher has built a mini-empire of modern pop tales retold Shakespeare style. May ye Force be withe hym.

Fertile Ground 2021: The Aftermath

Covid changed the game for the new-performance festival. But going virtual was a renaissance, not a retreat.

Belling Shakespeare’s cat

Fertile Ground 2021: Sue Mach's "Madonna of the Cat" fills in the 16-year gap in Shakespeare's "Winter's Tale."

My few brief minutes with Christopher Plummer

Veteran Portland actor Tobias Andersen remembers talking with Plummer about how to play Prospero.

Looking for light, packing a punch

Fertile Ground 2021: In "Livin' in the Light," opera singer Onry seeks a space for a Black man to breathe.

Days of Fezziwig past

Fertile Ground 2021: An overlooked character from "A Christmas Carol" gets his close-up in "Fezziwig’s Fortune."

A room with a redemptive view

Fertile Ground 2021: "The November Project," which takes place in a bathroom, has roots in a life-turning crisis.

A ‘Hot Mess’ of a zombie jamboree

Fertile Ground: Mark LaPierre and Ian Anderson-Priddy's zombie comic-book musical will make your pulse rush. If you have one.

The rhythm and meaning of Lilies

Fertile Ground 2021: Joni Whitworth and Hannah Piper Burns find the mythic amid the reality of Covid-19.

Tough questions, tough answers

Fertile Ground 2021: Lisa Collins' "Be Careful What You Ask For" delves into a Portland killing and issues of race.

Martha Bakes in Black & White

Fertile Ground 2021: Don Wilson Glenn and Damaris Webb take a spin through the first First Lady's kitchen.