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Fall 2013

A Weekend to Celebrate the new Performing Arts Building

September 20-22
Please see this link for a full schedule of events and performances to celebrate the opening of our new building:

Golden Motors
by Derek Bermel and Wendy Walters
Directed by Johanna McKeon '02

September 21, 2pm and 7pm.
Reed College Diver Studio Theatre: Performing Arts Building.

The work is in the form of a book musical with a wide range of interstitial, instrumental music crossing among distinct genres including jazz, classical, and rhythm and blues. The score evokes the sounds of the city during the ’80s, and the lyrics capture the struggles of a working class family pinioned by the declining auto industry. Music for Golden Motors is composed by Derek Bermel, artistic director of the American Composers' Orchestra; lyrics are by Detroit poet Wendy Walters. The Broadway cast is under the direction of Reed alumna Johanna McKeon ’92.

Staged Readings by Reed Playwrights
By Lee Blessing '71, Bret Fetzer '87, Dominic Finocchiaro '11, Robert Quillen Camp '99, Kate Tarker '08, Anne Washburn, '91, and Tina Satter '04 MALS.
Directed by Kate Bredeson
, Kate Duffly, and Kathleen Worley

September 21, 2pm and 7pm.
Reed College Black Box Theatre: Performing Arts Building


Our Town posterOur Town

By Thornton Wilder
Directed by Kate Bredeson

November 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16 at 7:30pm
Reed College Studio Theatre: Performing Arts Building

To inaugurate the opening of Reed's new Performing Arts Building, we present one of America's great classic plays, a plea for awareness of the beauty of the everyday in our community and our larger world. When stripped of its cultural baggage, Wilder's play is elegant in its simplicity, lyrical in its meditation on living life in the moment. The occasion of this Our Town is a celebration: on one level, of our new gorgeous laboratory for making theatre at Reed, and on another, of Wilder's mandate for all of us to wake up. On the occasion of the seventy-fifth anniversary of the play, Reed Theatre proposes the opportunity to re-see the play that we all think we know from high school productions and pop culture references. In the words of playwright Donald Margulies, "Welcome—or welcome back—to Our Town."

Reed Theatre's Our Town company invites you to see two other Portland Our Town productions by our friends at PSU and Liminal. The weekend of November 14-16 you can even see all three productions:

Our Town at PSU
Our Town at the Headwaters

We are delighted to be a part of a city-wide conversation about Wilder's tremendous play. Congratulations to our colleagues and fellow artists at PSU and Liminal!


Meridith MonkGreenberg Distinguished Scholar Program: Meredith Monk with Katie Geissinger in Concert

November 11 at 7:30pm
Kaul Auditorium

Included in the concert is a performance of "Panda Chant II" featuring Reed College students. The Greenberg Distinguished Scholar Program aims to bring visiting scholars to campus to stimulate and support the work of students and provide faculty with the opportunity for in-depth intellectual exchange with a prominent member in their field.


Performances in Process:

November 21, 22, 23 at 7:30pm
Performance Lab: Performing Arts Building
Free admission

The first public viewings of a new play by Rebecca Thurber and a solo performance piece by Corinne Bachaud will be presented in the Performance Lab. Each will be followed by a brief discussion with the audience. There will be an intermission between the two pieces, which will play in alternating order for three nights. Though admission is free, it will be a ticketed event as seating is limited.

Rebecca's play in progress (not yet titled) aims to replicate the way the mind processes experiences. It centers around the development of a single relationship, and expands out to weave a performance of love, resentment, fear, nostalgia, and lost wonder. Laws of the world do not necessarily apply on the stage of the conscious mind: here there is a stranger form and reason.

Corinne's performance piece is an exploration of self through the embodiment of other characters. In a rehearsal of identities from Alice in Wonderland to cartoon character Finn the Human, the main character searches for some sense of self. The piece will be about 30 minutes in length and includes language some may find offensive.


The Successful Life of 3

by Maria Irene Fornes
Directed by Walker Holden

December 5, 6, and 7 at 7:30pm
Reed College Black Box Theatre: Performing Arts Building

"Think life is too long
to be a whale in a cubicle.
" –Andrew Bird

It takes seven years for every cell in your body to replace itself. But the characters of Maria Irene Fornes' The Successful Life of 3 aren't waiting around. Crashing and careening through the scenes of a life scarred by social doctrine and personal insecurity, the three lost souls of Fornes' exuberant comedy find solace in one another as they pick apart the puzzles of capitalism and patriarchy and throw them to the wind. This naïve ménage-à-trois will teach you to love play, to never doubt your own road to success, and to take pleasure in failure. By the end of our time together, you too will sing, "I want to be wrong!"

Spring 2014

How To Be Fabulous: Performing the Self From the Street to the Nightclub

A lecture by Madison Moore (PhD, Yale; Postdoc, University of Richmond)

January 30 at 5pm
Performance Lab: Performing Arts Building
Free and open to the public.

From club kids to pop divas, and from street style stars to drag queens, "fabulousness" is a term we think just has to do with being over-the-top -- that or an unhealthy interest in the self. But what we don't realize is the way that being fabulous works as a radical way of belonging and self-actualization for queer people, people of color, and queer people of color. This presentation introduces "fabulousness" as an important theoretical framework for understanding minoritized bodies and performance. This event is free and open to the public


Janie Geiser posterA Screening of Experimental Films by Janie Geiser

Followed by a conversation and question and answer with the artist.

Thursday February 20th, 6:30pm
Choral Rehearsal Room, Performing Arts Building
Presented by the Reed College Division of the Arts Speaker Fund and Organized by the Department of Theatre.

"Geiser shares with filmmakers such as Jan Svankmajer the rare ability to make children’s toys and seemingly innocent objects... resonate with the most unsettling, arcane, and adult fears.  Better still, Geiser gives voice to the reaches of the unconscious, pointing to the abandoned splendor that exists prior to the rules of society and language."
(Holly Willis, Res, 2004)


Doctor Faustus posterDoctor Faustus Lights the Lights

Directed by Alan Cline

February 27, 28, and March 1 at 7:30pm
Reed College Black Box Theatre: Performing Arts Building

"After all, human beings are interested in two things. They are interested in the reality and they are interested in telling about it." -Gertrude Stein

What is a play. What is a legend. What is one when there are two. And how do you know. Gertrude Stein, the modernist mother of the American avant-garde, took up these questions in her 1938 retelling of the legend of Doctor Faustus. The language in her electrifying vision of the tale, penned as a libretto for a still uncomposed opera, dances beautifully and dizzyingly around questions of knowledge and self. Stein's play is a radical reimagining of dramatic narrative and structure, occupying the particular space between poem, prose, and play. This production explores the ever-present pale white electric lights of the digital age; a reflection on personal identity in a time of rapid technological advancement, where the old meets the new, and both meet the self. God and man, man and dog—and what, after all, is the use of light?


An Evening of Performance

March 6, 7, 8 at 7:30pm
Performance Lab: Performing Arts Building
Free and open to the public

My Queer Body? is a solo exploration of self and performance using performance artist Tim Miller's piece My Queer Body as a jumping off point. Through characters like Alice in Wonderland and Tank Girl, thesis candidate Corinne Bachaud pushes the boundaries of character to create something "real" and figure out what that really means. Contains language that some may find offensive or disturbing. Directed by Meghan Comer and Gracie Rittenberg.

For the Sake of Harmony by thesis candidate Rebecca Thurber aims to replicate the way the mind processes experiences, and to examine the correlation between mental processing and performance. Set in the confines of the mind, the play centers around the initiation of a single relationship and an awareness of the limitations inherent in thinking and being. It expands out to weave an exposition of love, resentment, fear, nostalgia, and lost wonder. Directed by Henry Cordes with the assistance of the playwright.


Julius Ceasar posterJulius Caesar

by William Shakespeare
Directed by Kathleen Worley with designs by Peter Ksander and Cara W. Carr
Sound design by thesis candidate Jennifer Lindell '14

April 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12 at 7:30pm
Reed College Studio Theatre: Performing Arts Building

What happens when a charismatic figure rises to power? What happens when that figure is gone? In a play full of ambiguities and intricacies of character and relationship, Shakespeare shapes historical events for his own dramatic purposes. This production, set in a Rock 'n' Roll Rome, investigates the "star power" of Caesar.

Thesis Shows
$5.00 General admission
$3.00 All students, Reed faculty and staff, and seniors (over 62)

Faculty Shows
$7.00 General admission
$5.00 Seniors (over 62) and non-Reed students
$3.00 Reed students, faculty, staff and alumni

Performances begin at 7:30pm unless otherwise noted.

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