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Where We Belong

The title "Where We Belong" overlaid on a photo of a woman, her eyes closed, standing between fluorescent lights hanging at waist level.
February 25 – March 26, 2023
On the U.S. Bank Main Stage

An Indigenous theater-maker journeys across geographic borders, personal history, and cultural legacies in search of a place to belong.

In 2015, Achokayis, a Mohegan theater-maker, moves to England to pursue a Ph.D. in Shakespeare, grappling with the question of what it means to remain or leave, as the Brexit vote threatens to further disengage the UK from the wider world. Moving between nations that have failed to reckon with their ongoing roles in colonialism, she finds comfort in the journeys of her Native ancestors who had to cross the ocean in the 1700s to help their people. In this intimate and exhilarating solo piece directed by Mei Ann Teo, playwright Madeline Sayet asks us what it means to belong in an increasingly globalized world.

“An important story — thought-provoking, respectful, and alive.” –MD Theatre Guide

Where We Belong

  • Portland Center Stage presents the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company production of Where We Belong in association with Folger Shakespeare Library
  • By Madeline Sayet
  • Directed by Mei Ann Teo
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Where We Belong Reading List

Calling all readers! Multnomah County Library put together a reading list inspired by our production of Where We Belong.

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Live Podcast: Klyph Notes with DJ Klyph with guest Bocha

Mon, Feb 20, 8 p.m.  •  FREE

DJ Klyph is a staple of the Portland scene and consistently provides local hip-hop communities through terrestrial radio (XRAY.FM) and live events (My People's Market, The Numberz FM, etc.). The Klyph Notes program is now coming to Portland Center Stage with an opportunity for fans to be a part of a live recording of the podcast and interact with host Klyph, resident DJ O.G.ONE, and special guest Bocha.

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March First Thursday with DJ Gila Suspectum and DJ Lapaushi

Thu, Mar 2, 5 p.m.  •  FREE

Join us for March First Thursday featuring DJ Gila Suspectum (UwU PDX collective member and Director of the Portland Two Spirit Society) and DJ Lapaushi (Noche Libre DJ collective) as they spin music that spans across varied genres and geography.

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Pre-show Author Talk with Anthony Hudson

Thu, Mar 9, 6:30 p.m.  •  FREE

Anthony Hudson, the human avatar for Portland's own Carla Rossi, will share a selection of material written for the Clown Queen herself before diving into the first-ever public reading from his forthcoming book Looking for Tiger Lily, a new memoir adapted from Anthony's internationally-touring solo stage show.

Preview image for The People's Party: BIPOC Affinity Night for *Where We Belong*

The People's Party: BIPOC Affinity Night for Where We Belong

Sat, Mar 25, 7:30 p.m.  •  Sliding scale tickets start at $25*

We invite all who identify as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color), and their guests, to attend a performance of Where We Belong.

In the News

Seattle Times interviews Mohegan theater artist Madeline Sayet about her solo show Where We Belong. View the feature.

Critic Reviews

“An important story — thought-provoking, respectful, and alive.” –MD Theatre Guide

“Will inspire and demand your utmost attention, from beginning to end.” –Times Square Chronicles

"Where We Belong illuminate[s] a culture, in the past and in the present, that we should know more about." –New York Theater

“There are stories of her mother, her elders, her responses to Shakespeare, and the ways she believes that her culture’s insights can transform theater.” –DC Metro Theater Arts

“Witnessing that kind of passion for storytelling on stage is theater magic.” –BroadwayWorld

"Where We Belong belongs to the realms of both theatre and lecture, cultural retrospective and personal memoir." –New York Theatre Guide

Where We Belong tells [the tale] with grace and humanity.” –Metro Weekly

National Audience Raves

"I love being challenged, educated, and exploring our world through your plays. This play will stay with me a while."

"This was a spectacular production, and I'm so, so glad I saw it."

"I love, love, loved the show. Sayet is brilliant, and this was a moving, thoughtful, sharp piece."

"Wonderful and very meaningful performance! I normally struggle with one-person shows, but this show was extremely engaging and I was riveted from start to finish."

"Madeline's performance really shook me — in the best possible way, and made me do a lot of reflection after."

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