Artists Rep's Commitment to New Work
Since its founding in 1982, Artists Rep has been committed to bringing never-before-seen plays to Portland audiences. Over the years, we are proud to have produced more new work than any other company in Portland.
Over the history of Artists Rep, we have produced 26 world premieres. From the 2001/02 season to the 2012/13 season, we have produced 13 world premieres, so HALF of all our world premieres have been in the past 10 years!
In addition to introducing local audiences to the newest and hottest plays from the national scene through Pacific Northwest, Oregon, and Portland Premieres, Artists Rep also cultivates brand new work with World Premiere productions and workshop productions.
Have a play you want to be considered for an Artists Rep production?
As part of its commitment to the process of creating new work, Artists Rep participates in the citywide Fertile Ground Festival of New Works each January and also hosts its own workshops throughout the year.
JANUARY 24 - FEBRUARY 3, 2013
This year Artists Rep will produce two productions as part of the festival:
Fully Staged World Premiere
Venue: Artists Rep's Alder Stage
Festival Dates: Jan 24, 25, 26, 27, 29, 30, 31, Feb 1, 2, 3 @ 7:30pm; Jan 27, Feb. 3 @ 2pm
In a culture of fear and exhibitionism, who preys upon whom? A 4-year-old boy is snatched and ransomed by down-on-their-luck roustabouts. His father, the police and P.T. Barnum attempt to outsmart the captors using newspaper headlines, trains and death-defying trickery, while a mother mourns what she has lost. Meanwhile, Tiny Tim, the Strong Man, a trapeze artist and a Circassian psychic create their own acts at the boy’s expense. Loosely based on true story, this media frenzy and entertainment spectacle of 1874 is a tightrope mystery where a boy’s life hangs in the balance amid the self-serving interests of white collars and circus-folk vying for the upper hand.
Venue: Artists Rep's Morrison Stage
Festival Date: Jan 26 @ 2pm
C. S. Whitcomb sets her latest play in 1955, in the tiny Welsh border village of Chippingon-Wye. Cordelia arrives from America unannounced, to rent one of the hotel rooms above the 300-year-old pub, the Cap and Bells. The sleepy little village is virtually unchanged in hundreds of years. Its only claim to fame is a small volume of poems celebrating it written by Findlay Snowden, a young American poet who was stationed at a nearby U.S. Air Base in WWI. Cordelia is searching for a connection to her past, and she’s guided along the way by amiable and flirtatious Jonty, who sets out to show Cordelia The Seven Wonders of Chipping.