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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Introducing Three New Portland Theater Companies

Posted by Alison Hallett on Wed, Dec 7, 2011 at 10:59 AM

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In descending order of legitimacy (based on what I know about 'em):

PETE—Three Fever Theater alums teamed up with Portland Playhouse's Cristi Miles and Rebecca Lingafelter of NYC's Performance Lab 115 to form the Portland Experimental Theatre Ensemble. I always looked forward to Fever's shows (apparently they called it quits a few months ago); I loved their last show, Smiling in the Dark/Alone Together, which just so happens to have been created by the three ensemble members (Amber Whitehall, Kate Sanderson Holly, and Jacob Coleman) who are joining forces on this new project. They're holding a fundraising event tonight, which promises a silent auction, a "ghost story booth," a tarot reader, and a preview of their first show, Summerland; that's from 6:30-9:30 pm on the roof of the Indigo West building. Details here.

Monkey with a Hat On—This company has produced six shows since May, only one of which I saw: The plays in their recent Portland Ten Minute Play Festival were, pretty much across the board, earnest but markedly inexperienced. But if a whole buncha hipsters wanna get earnest about theater, I'm not gonna be mad. Their new show The Moon in the Triangle opens on Sunday:

The production will feature digital light projections, ballet, film, and a live band playing the underscore and sound effects. We are mixing all available medias into one theatrical experience to provide something that people have never seen before—a multimedia Kung-Fu play. And we think it's going to be dope.

Epiphany Theatre Company—A new geek-oriented company (heads up, Browncoats) formed "to engage, challenge and captivate our community by producing innovative adaptations of works of speculative and fantastical fiction—both obscure and well-known." Their season is scheduled to kick off in March with Spider Baby, the Musical.

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