It's 1964. As race riots blaze on the streets outside his Harlem home, painter Bill Jameson works feverishly to complete a triptych depicting his vision of Black womanhood. While he struggles to find his final muse — the “messed up chick” — his friends discover the perfect model in Tommy, a woman they meet at a bar after she’s been burned out of her home in the riots. However, Tommy is more than she seems, and her presence changes everything. Celebrated writer Alice Childress offers an intimate and raw study of race, gender, and class that explores how the Black community perceives, defines, and affirms itself from within.
With a nod to the beauty and wonder of a traveling show, Sávila presents Earth Without Borders/Tierra Sin Fronteras, a recorded musical journey celebrating the plant and animal life that thrives along the Mexico/U.S. border. Weaving together song, dance, and visual poetry, this original work carries us through the cycle of a day as the earth spins.
The searing production that took Portland by storm gets its streaming debut! Dael Orlandersmith’s solo show explores the social uprising following the shooting of teenager Michael Brown. Produced by ALL ARTS and Rattlestick Playwrights Theater.
The Role of the Artist in Revolution: Panel discussion with CLASSIX featuring Intisar Abioto and James R. Dixon
Discover the story of the #MaskOutHate community and their approach to outreach and creative collaborations during this panel discussion featuring Founder Sophia Austrins, Co-Founder Karim Hassanein, Mind-Body Facilitator Kulsoom Shah, and artists Wendi YuLing and Kayin Talton Davis. Spanish translation provided by Diana Marcela Cuartas. View the virtual exhibit and learn more about the #MaskOutHate artists and workshops.
Dive into the work of Alice Childress and Wine in the Wilderness in this livestream discussion with members of CLASSIX, an artist group that explores the classical canon of dramatic works by Black writers. Moderated by PCS Literary Manager Kamilah Bush.
Learn how meditation and thoughtfulness can help center wellness in BIPOC communities in this discussion with moderator Ruby Joy White and Touk Keo, of Radical Meditation for BIPOC, as part of our seasonal Health & Wellness series. This three-part Health & Wellness Series features free, livestreamed public discussions that center wellness resources for the BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) communities of Portland and around the globe.
Explore Radical Rest with moderator Ruby Joy White and somatic therapist Aisha Edwards as part of our seasonal Health & Wellness series. This three-part Health & Wellness Series features free, livestreamed public discussions that center wellness resources for the BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) communities of Portland and around the globe.
Dive into Black femme creativity and wellness with moderator Ruby Joy White and artist/curator Christine Miller, as part of our seasonal Health & Wellness series. This three-part Health & Wellness Series features free, livestreamed public discussions that center wellness resources for the BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) communities of Portland and around the globe.
As part of the 2021 Fertile Ground Festival, Portland theatermakers discuss inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility (IDEA) in our collective spaces and on our stages. The panel of artists and administrators includes Chip Miller (Portland Center Stage), Samson Syharath (Artists Repertory Theatre), Kisha Jarrett (Artists Repertory Theatre), Alec Lugo (Bag & Baggage Productions), Dana Walls, and moderator Ruby Joy White, sharing how their organizations are currently grappling with this work.
As part of an ongoing series with Portland artists, we partnered with multi-disciplinary visual artist Daren Todd, who created a colorful portrait of the iconic James Baldwin. See an amazing video by Daren documenting his process, including a time-lapse of the mural's creation!
Hilarious and deliciously biting, this play brings love, piñatas, and donuts to the fight against injustice, hatred, and oppression in all its flavors (but especially the orange-tinged variety). Using poetry, stand-up comedy, and sweaty go-go dance vibes, writer, performer, and comedian Baruch Porras Hernandez shares stories of his journey as a Queer Latino boy growing up in Toluca, Mexico, and immigrating to California. Grab your party hat and get ready to take a bite of this deep-fried, frosted goodness!
As part of the programming for Día de Muertos (Day of Dead) this year, Maria Garcia, founder of La Malinche, hosted an artist talk with Alejandro IV Barragan to discuss the history of Day of Dead ceremonies. As part of the discussion, Alejandro shared a short documentary he filmed on location in Mexico.
Join us for a special Birthday edition of the improvisational VNPRT & Friends music performance. This will be a live streaming music performance featuring Portland-based DJ and musical curator VNPRT presenting a collaborative DJ set accompanied by live instrumentation from Brown Alice (of Brown Calculus), Charlie Brown III on keyboard, Noah Simpson on trumpet, Cary Miga on bass, Shook Black on drums with special guest Adriana Wagner.
Portland Center Stage at The Armory is committed to identifying & interrupting instances of racism & all forms of oppression, through the principles of inclusion, diversity, equity, & accessibility (IDEA).