Badass Theatre Company's inaugural production is INVASION! by Jonas Hassen Khemiri and translated by Rachel Wilson-Broyles. It is directed by Antonio Sonera. INVASION! is an uproarious tornado of words, images and ideas, all centered around a magical name: Abulkasem. The play assaults our deepest prejudices about identity, race and language. At once hilarious, unsettling and poignant, this deeply subversive play deconstructs a threatening identity – the Arabic male – and forces us to confront our own cultural identity.
Here is what the critics have said:
"Jonas Hassen Khemiri's inventive tragicomedy "Invasion!" hits all the right notes on the way to its moving conclusion, managing to infuriate, then amuse, then enthrall without ever seeming disjointed or unsure."
-Sam Theilman, Variety
"An agressive work of theatre. Compelling contemplative drama. A testament to the living, breathing use of spoken words in the theatre. There is art, heroic art to be mined from the struggle to speak the unspeakable."
-Ben Brantley, NY Times
"Exposes a truth that might not be intuitive-theatre can be subversive, even defiant, and at the same time sweetly charming. Highly theatrical and original."
INVASION! will run at the Miracle Theatre in Portland Oregon (525 SE Stark) from June 6th through June 29th. Thursday through Saturday @ 8pm Sunday @ 2pm. It features Gilberto Martin del Campo, Nicole Accuardi, John San Nicholas, and Chantal DeGroat. Tickets will be $15 for students and $20 for general admission.
BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!!!
Selected as BEST PRODUCTION 2013
by Willamette Week.
INVASION! by Jonas Hassen Khemiri and translated by Rachel Wilson-Broyles. It is directed by Antonio Sonera. INVASION! is an uproarious tornado of words, images and ideas, all centered around a magical name: Abulkasem. The play assaults our deepest prejudices about identity, race and language. At once hilarious, unsettling and poignant, this deeply subversive play deconstructs a threatening identity – the Arabic male – and forces us to confront our own cultural identity.
Last summer’s original cast returns! John San Nicolas, Chantal Degroat, Gilberto Martin Del Campo, and Nicole Accuardi will return to the Milagro stage for a short three week run from June 11th through June 27th.
Milagro Theatre 525 SE Stark TICKETS $20
WHAT THE CRITICS ARE SAYING
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“Invasion!...boldly theatrical, thrillingly thought provoking”
Marty Hughley, The Oregonian
“Invasion! is excellent.”
-Allison Hallett, Portland Mercury
“Badass has cast some of the most versatile and dynamic actors in town.”
-A.L. Adams, Oregon Arts Watch
“Invasion!..packs an emotional wallop…is a gutsy play.”
-Bob Hicks, Oregon Arts Watch
SANS MERCI by Johnna Adams
Sans Merci continues Badass Theatre Company’s explosive and challenging ways, directed by Badass co-founder and Producing Artistic Director, Antonio Sonera, and starring Jahnavi Caldwell-Green, Jessica Tidd and four-time Drammy Award winning Portland icon, Luisa Sermol.
Sans Merci by Johnna Adams. An idealistic young woman – the sole survivor of an ambush by South America revolutionaries – is visited three years later by the conservative mother of the other attack victim. Slowly, the two dance through their grief, while negotiating the truth of what brought the two young women together, why they undertook their dangerous humanitarian mission, and what happened on that final day. Sans Merci is a drama about love, a tragedy about loss, and a celebration of courage in the darkest heart of the human condition.
Sans Merci previews September 11th, and runs September 12th - October 11th Portland Actors Conservatory 1436 SW Montgomery.
Shows are Thursday through Saturday at 7:30pm and 2 pm Sundays.
Tickets are now on sale! Purchase tickets by clicking on the date you are interested in to the right and follow the instructions or 503-358-4660
Tickets are $15 for students and $20 for general admission.
by Johnna Adams
directed by Antonio Sonera
Jessica Tidd and Nathan Dunkin
World Builders is a quirky romantic dramedy with a psychiatric twist. Max and Whitney both have schizoid personality disorder and live in their own, imaginary worlds. They are both patients in a clinical trial experimenting with a new drug – a treatment that will cure them of their schizoid dreams and flights of fancy – that will make them functioning members of society. As the pills take effect their fantasies fade. And amidst their struggles to preserve their illusions they fall in love. Max and Whitney must choose between a love that is real and the worlds that they have built.
June 14th to June 30th
Thur - Sat @ 7:30pm, Sun @ 3pm & 7:30pm
Shaking the Tree Theatre, 823 SE Grant
Tickets $20 General Admission
Discounts available for students, seniors, artists, and groups
Tickets are now on sale! Purchase tickets by clicking on the date you are interested in to the right and follow the instructions or call 503-358-4660
Sponsored by Ronni Lacroute
Additional sponsorship provided by Bob Conklin and Milagro Theatre