Mapping the Woods- an informal discussion about _____ the wolf

Of all the shows we have presented at Shaking the the Tree, none have felt as timely and ripe for discussion as this one. We have had requests by a fair number of audience members for a follow up discussion. Please join us on Monday December 10th at 7pm

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The Ways we Cope

A devised workshop performance by the Red Balloon Theatre Collective

This gutsy all-female RBTC ensemble will use the phenomenal opportunity of the Open Space Residency at STT to devise a 30 min performance piece to workshop with our audience in December of 2018 titled THE WAYS WE COPE: a workshop. Through movement, poetry, and mixed-media, THE WAYS WE COPE will create an unconventional experience on themes of coping, solitude, and pure resilience. The goal of this workshop and collaboration is to create the bones and beginnings of a full devised production with the intention of submitting it to premiere during Portland’s Fertile Ground Festival in 2020. The group has teamed up with some amazing collaborators on this workshop opportunity, including Cambria Herrera, Trevor Sargent, some friends over at Third Rail, and more! The core of RBTC’s mission is to continually lean into honesty and vulnerability (or as they affectionately call it— to ‘stay soft’) and to encourage a dialogue between artist and audience alike. By utilizing resources and maintaining a stasis of empathy, the ensemble is beyond excited to have those who join them in December to be a breathing part of the creation for THE WAYS WE COPE.

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Made to Dance in Burning Buildings

by Anya Pearson, Directed by Jamie Rea

February 15th - March 16th 2019

Made to Dance in Burning Buildings is a fusion of poetry, theatre, and violent and visceral contemporary dance, which poses the question: how do we heal from trauma?

It's about Ava, a young black woman, who is raped by her boyfriend's friends while he watches; she develops PTSD as a result. Metaphorically, she fractures into five different women who each represent a different facet of her personality (Romance, Despair, Madness, Perseverance, and Missing You). Poetically, these women narrate her journey through PTSD while she, her first love, and her abusers explore through dance the trauma and the events leading up to it.

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Escaped Alone 

by Caryl Churchill, Directed by Samantha Van Der Merwe

May 3rd - June 1st 2019

“I’m walking down the street and there’s a door in the fence open and inside there are three women I’ve seen before. Three old friends and a neighbour. A summer of afternoons in the backyard. Tea and catastrophe.”
Escaped Alone premiered at the Royal Court Theatre, London, in 2016, in a production directed by James Macdonald.

"A menacing, joyous, brilliant return from the enigmatic Caryl Churchill." - Time Out London
CRITIC'S PICK! "The play’s combination of theatrical technique and untrammeled imagination, and of the personal and the universal, make you understand why Ms. Churchill is regarded by many (rightly, I think) as the most dazzlingly inventive living dramatist in the English language." - The New York Times

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General Admission: $30 
Senior (60 and up): $25 
Student: $10
Youth (21 and under): $10
Preview Special: $15

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