Artists Rep’s new series features internationally acclaimed artists who are breaking new ground in theatrical creation and presentation. This inaugural season features innovative works by internationally acclaimed artists from London, Vancouver, B.C. and Los Angeles.
by Deborah Pearson
December 1 – December 4
In THE FUTURE SHOW, Deborah Pearson attempts to predict her entire future from the moment the show ends and the audience begins to clap. The piece is obsessively rewritten for each new performance and consequently each new future.
LISTEN HERE as Resident Artist Susannah Mars chats with writer Deborah Pearson about THE FUTURE SHOW for her Artslandia podcast "Adventures in Artslandia." They discuss what Deborah will consider as she re-writes her show for Portland audiences at this moment in time in a fascinating and far-reaching conversation.
READ this interview by Shannon Gormley of Willamette Week who spoke with Deborah a week before her first show in Portland.
“Unmissable. ****” –The Herald
“A beautiful, accomplished, bittersweet philosophical work on love, loss and memory.” –Total Theatre Magazine
“An intensely emotional and intellectual evening. The show dug deep and emerged fiery.” –Steel Bananas, Canada
“A theatrical dynamo.” –Lynn Slotkin, The Slotkin Letter
Created and performed by Marcus Youssef and James Long
Produced by Theatre Replacement and Neworld Theatre in association with Crow’s Theatre
March 24 – March 26
Winners and Losers is a staged conversation performance piece in which theatre artists and long-time friends, Marcus Youssef and James Long, sit at a table and play a game they made up called ‘winners and losers’. In it, they name people, places or things – Beyoncé, their fathers, rainforests, druids, etc. – and debate whether these things are winners or losers. Is Joe Biden a loser? Is Kanye West a winner? What about microwave ovens, Goldman Sachs or Mexico? With debate subjects updated for every city, what starts out as a friendly competition between friends quickly becomes personal as they unpack layers of privilege, class and status each seeking to defeat the other.
RUN TIME: Approximately 90 minutes with NO intermission.
created & performed by Roger Guenveur Smith
April 21 – April 23
“…less a performance than it is a prayer.” – Roger Guenveur Smith
Fresh off show tours to Oakland and L.A., Smith unravels the myth of “the first reality TV star” in his riveting one-man performance Rodney King tells the story of a flawed, good-hearted everyman – from his harsh entry into the national spotlight to a lonely death at the bottom of his swimming pool. It’s been 25 years since the media turned the spotlight to Rodney King’s brutal treatment at the hands of four police officers and their subsequent acquittal that sparked riots in L.A. opening eyes across the world. Now, Smith asks us once again, “Can we all get along?”
Let’s talk about it.
This story that started decades ago will open conversations about right now. Plan to stay for post show discussions moderated by The Color of NOW Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights, or attend on Sunday afternoon for a movement-based “Move Back” conversation with Chisao Hata.
PRE-SHOW: Spoken word youth artists from Spit/WRITE will perform.
STUDENT EXHIBIT: Organic reflections from students at Roosevelt High School about the legacy and impact of Rodney King will be on display in the lobby.
Netflix will release the new film RODNEY KING, directed by Spike Lee, starring Roger Guenveur Smith on April 28.
Artists Rep is honored to host the final stage performance of this piece, ever.
Artists Rep screening Let It Fall: Monday, May 1 @ 7pm | Morrison Theatre | FREE POSTPONED
We are pleased to announce that Artists Rep has received special permission from ABC to screen Let It Fall: Los Angeles 1982-1992 directed and produced by John Ridley (American Crime, 12 Years a Slave) with ABC’s Lincoln Square Productions. This feature-length documentary, tied to the 25th anniversary of the Los Angeles uprising, airs on ABC Friday, April 28 (9:00 – 11:00 p.m. EST). TRAILER HERE
John Ridley’s Let It Fall: Los Angeles 1982-1992 is a feature documentary that looks at the years and events leading up to the April 1992 riots after the Rodney King verdict. Let it Fall features exclusive interviews with eyewitnesses and people directly involved in the events from diverse neighborhoods across the city, including black, white, Hispanic, Korean, and Japanese Americans.