Sunday, July 11, 2010

A Not-to-miss Event

If you're in the Portland, OR, area on August 15th, this is a not to be missed event. Unfortunately, I am already scheduled for work or I would defninitely be there.

This has been one of the highlights of my year for the last few years: The Richard Foreman Mini Festival, sponsored by Linda Austin of Performance Works Northwest.

There are two performances - mostly different, with one or two overlaps - that have been on separate nights. This year there are two performances on one date.

This event is great for writers, performers, musicians, visual artists, playwrights - anyone who likes creativity and performance. This mini-festival has it all and I love the premise.

A phenomenal lineup of venturesome theater, dance, video and literary artists from Portland have accepted PWNW's dare to put together a short performance piece in ten days based on text selected from the notebooks of avant-garde writer/director Richard Foreman.

At 12:01 am on August 5, the performers will be given the text plus a few simple restrictions; ten days later audiences will be amused, bemused, shocked, and/or enlightened by the performance, dance, video that overflow the Someday Lounge stage. This year's text---which the artists will have the freedom to cut, paste, rearrange, and add to from other sources---will be selected and the rules of engagement devised by Chris Piuma.
Richard Foreman's "notebooks," which he makes available for anyone to use, are available to peruse here:

Event: 8th Annual Richard Foreman Mini-Festival
Time: Sunday, August 15 at 5:00pm - 9:30pm
Where: Someday Lounge
Purchase Tickets: Brown Paper Tickets