New. Now. Necessary.
“Our 2017/18 season includes of some of the most provocative, talked about and acclaimed new plays in recent memory. These seven playwrights are urgently responding to our complicated times and will make you think, feel and start a conversation,” said Dámaso Rodríguez, Artists Rep’s Artistic Director. “I am especially proud that Artists Rep will take on the challenge of producing the timely world premiere of Oregon playwright E.M. Lewis’ extraordinary epic Magellanica, a play with the immersive grip of a great novel. It will be an unforgettable theatre experience.”
The 2017/18 selections emphasize a strong commitment to reflecting the world we live in today through a wide variety of voices. This group of plays is unflinching, topical and designed to create robust dialogue.
Artistic Director Dámaso Rodríguez recently stated for the company’s 2017 The Ghostlight Project ceremony:
“We believe that it is the special role of theatre to create art that illuminates our commonality, seeks truth, promotes empathy and encourages connection. It has always been our responsibility as art-makers to do that. For us, the key to fulfilling that potential lies in using the power of theatre to share and amplify many perspectives, voices and points of view. We reaffirm our commitment to our mission statement: to produce intimate, provocative theatre and provide a home for artists of varied backgrounds to take creative risks …with renewed urgency.”
Artists Rep’s productions feature the work of the Resident Artist Company, alongside guest artists from Portland’s professional theatre community and beyond. Now comprised of more than two dozen theatre practitioners, Artists Rep’s Resident Artists represent some of Portland’s finest talent, in a variety of theatrical disciplines.