The Armory
128 NW Eleventh Ave, Portland, OR 97209 · 503-445-3700 ·
The Armory

Wild and Reckless: A New Concert Event with Blitzen Trapper

March 16 – April 30, 2017

On the U.S. Bank Main Stage

A World Premiere!
Blitzen Trapper mined their lyrical storytelling and Oregonian roots to create a story for the stage that fuses the energy of a rock concert with the imaginative possibility of the theater. Wild and Reckless traces the unforgettable tale of two kids on the run, in a futuristic vision of Portland’s past. Evoking a bygone era of Portland, this sci-fi love story features a rock-and-roll score that pairs unreleased songs with favorites from the band’s catalog, including “Black River Killer” and “Astronaut.” Portland Center Stage at The Armory commissioned Wild and Reckless as the second world premiere in its new “Northwest Stories” series, dedicated to developing and producing stories about, or by artists from, the northwest region.

This show runs in repertory with Lauren Weedman Doesn't Live Here Anymore on the U.S. Bank Main Stage. Click here to view a calendar showing both shows' performances.

Who’s Who:
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Run Time:
Approximately 85 minutes; no intermission.

Recommended for ages 17 and up. Contains theatrical haze, strobe-like lighting effects, mature content, explicit language and adult situations. Children under 6 are not permitted at any production.

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Wild and Reckless: A New Concert Event with Blitzen Trapper

Previews are Mar. 16-23 | Opening night Mar. 24
Written and Performed by Blitzen Trapper
Co-Directed by Rose Riordan and Liam Kaas-Lentz

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Reviews for "Wild and Reckless"

"Blitzen Trapper’s folky rock songs carried the audience to a different place in time"

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Resource Guide for Wild & Reckless: The World of the Play

A conversation in play development with Blitzen Trapper and a look into the world of the play

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Behind the Scenes of "Wild and Reckless"

Get a sneak peek look into the making of Blitzen Trapper's world premiere new musical Wild and Reckless.

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Songs from "Wild and Reckless"

In Wild and Reckless, Blitzen Trapper weaves together new music with favorites from the band's catalog. Here's a preview of some of the tunes that will be featured in the production.

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"Wild and Reckless" in Development

Before rehearsals began for Wild and Reckless, we checked in with Blitzen Trapper about their foray into the world of theater.

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"Wild and Reckless" Cast and Creative Team

Learn about the members of Blitzen Trapper and the fabulous cast and creative team we've assembled for the world premiere of Wild and Reckless.

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Portland Before Portlandia

As our city moves further away from its working class roots, guest blogger Nicole Hunt explores Blitzen Trapper's futuristic look at Portland's past in Wild & Reckless by reminiscing about things lifelong Portlanders miss about Portland before Portlandia.

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Taste of Oregon at The Armory

Join us for Taste of Oregon, a series of complimentary wine, beer and cider tastings prior to select performances of Wild & Reckless, Blitzen Trapper's new piece in our Northwest Stories series.

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In Photos: Spring Musicals Kick Off

Rehearsals are underway for two(!) rocking world premieres this spring – Blitzen Trapper's Wild and Reckless and Lauren Weedman Doesn’t Live Here Anymore. Earlier this week, the entire Portland Center Stage crew gathered in our rehearsal hall for a Meet & Greet.

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In Photos: "Wild and Reckless" Early Development

Check out photos from Blitzen Trapper's early development of Wild and Reckless during JAW: A Playwrights Festival July 2016.

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