Damaris Webb: Bicoastal Performer, Teaching Artist, and Theater Maker

Come to the beach and practice forms of deep play

I am teaching a Deep Play Workshop at Manzanita’s Center for the Contemplative Arts on Saturday, April 19, 1 – 4 pm. If you would like to know more about the practice of Deep Play, please visit my webpage on workshops for the performer.

 

Three Performances of The Box Marked Black this week!

The Box Marked BlackRead about This week’s Box Marked Black performance times & locations!

Sunday, Feb. 23rd at 2pm - North Portland Library

Monday, Feb. 24th at 11:30 - PCC Cascade Campus

Wednesday, Feb. 26th at 7:00pm -The Little Church Presented by The Cerimon House

Join American King Umps playwright for a talk-back

American King Umps is back on the boards with it’s closing week and live talk-back with the playwright, Don Wilson Glenn, after our final matinee.

Final shows:
Thursday 2/13 at 7p
Friday 2/14 at 7p
Saturday 2/15 at 3p (ASL interpreted)
Saturday 2/15 at 7p
Sunday 2/16 at 3p followed by a talk-back with the playwright!

AMERICAN KING UMPS

A Midsummer Nights Melodrama on the Tragedy of Slavery

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A new play by Don Wilson Glenn, directed by Jaye Austin Williams.

Presented by Damaris Webb in association with PassinArt
funded in part by the Regional Arts & Culture Council

Willamette Week chooses American King Umps as a Fertile Ground pick!
Listento our director being interviewed by KBOO’s Dmae Roberts, Producer/Host of Stage and Studio along with Nicole Lane of The Fertile Ground Festival & Bruce Livingston of PlayWrite, Inc.The Oregonian chooses American King Umps as a Fertile Ground Pick!

January 30th – February 16th

  • 1/30 – 2/2: Thur, Fri, Sat 7pm, Sun 3pm
  • 2/6 – 2/9:Thur, Fri, Sat 7pm, Sun 3pm
  • 2/13 – 2/16:Thur, Fri, Sat 7pm, Sun 3pm

and added Sat 2/15 3pm ASL performance playing at Ethos/IFCC as part of The Fertile Ground Festival.
5340 N Interstate Avenue

Set during the Civil War on the King Cotton Plantation in West Texas, the story of American King Umps begins as the Master of the Plantation, fearing the oncoming of the Union Army, sells his large holding of slaves and and sets fire to the cotton fields. In the Master’s absence the slaves are left both to govern themselves, and define their own identities.King Umps is high comedy and satire from beginning to end, a mash up of Gone With the Wind and Comedy of Errors meets Roots.

Incorporating the playwrights Great-Great-Grandfathers stories of slavery with mistaken identities, vaudeville and farce, this celebration of Juneteenth allows us, through humor, a deeper journey into the tragedy of slavery and a chance to reflect on how this chapter of the American Experience continues to impact us today.

Tickets are $20 general, $10 students/seniors, and are available at the door for cash purchase 30 minutes before curtain, or in advance at brownpapertickets.

with: Kenneth Dembo, Jennifer Lanier, Kourtney Newell, Paul Susi, Harold Warren and Damaris Webb

design: Lara Klingeman and Wanda Walden

Production Stage Manager: Nathan Brauner

photo credit: Lara Klingeman

Performances are ADA accessible.

Box Marked Black at Cherry Lane in NYC

The Box Marked Black

Join me Thursday November 7th for an excerpt of The Box Marked Black as part of the All For One Festival Salon at The Cherry Lane Theater in NYC. 38 Commerce Street. Free!

see me in 12th Night of the Living Dead

12nightCome see me eat flesh off the coast of Illyria!

12th Night of The Living Dead runs Friday 10/16 – Thursday 10/31, all shows are at 7:30. The director refers to the show as a low budget, old school, campy haunted house production, and that’s about right. An homage to the zombie film genre and pretty decent Shakespeare as well!

Performances are at The Venetian Theatre, located at 253 E. Main Street, Hillsboro, OR 97123.  Show time is less than one hour.

Life.Art.Being

I am offering a four-day workshop in the practices of Deep Play Tuesday 7/16 – Friday 7/19 from 2-5pm  as part of Be Space’s Integrative Arts Summer Festival.  Earlybird (by July 6th) open festival pass is $150, $200 thereafter. Also, there will be a Warrior Artistry Panel Discussion held at The Portland Shambhala Center on Thursday the 18th.

Day One: The Four Postures of Mindfulness & Little Disciplines / solo quad practice

Day Two: Corridors / contemplative dance practice

Day Three: Red Square / contemplative dance practice

Day Four: Aunts/Menus / contemplative dance practice

American King Umps:  A Midsummer Night’s Melodrama on the Tragedy of Slavery

PassinArt & Damaris Webb present
                   a reading of a new play by Don Wilson Glenn 

American King Umps 
A Midsummer Night’s Melodrama on the Tragedy of Slavery

Set during the Civil War on the King Cotton Plantation in West Texas, the story of American King Umps begins as the Master of the Plantation, fearing the oncoming of the Union Army, sells his large holding of slaves and then attempts to burn the entire plantation. In the Master’s absence the slaves are left both to govern themselves, and define their own identities. King Umps is high comedy from beginning to end, a parody of Gone With the Wind and Comedy of Errors meets Roots.

Incorporating the playwright’s Great-Great-Grandfather’s stories of slavery with mistaken identities, vaudeville and farce, this celebration of Juneteenth allows us, through humor, a deeper journey into the tragedy of slavery and a chance to reflect on how this chapter of the American Experience continues to impact us today.

Run time: 2hrs including intermission

With:
Noah Cotter, Ricardy Fabre, Jerry Foster,
Jennifer Lanier, Anya Pearson and Damaris Webb

Come celebrate Juneteenth!
Saturday June 1st, 3pm

Reading held at Redeemer Leaven Church
5431 NE 20th Avenue at Killingsworth
Free to the public

The Oregonian calls The Box Marked Black “a look at race in a way that’s open-hearted and even-handed..”

Read The review…

“(Webb) proves to be a highly likable performer, subtly illuminating some thematic contours through stylized movement, but relying mostly on a personable way with anecdotes and a real knack for varied character voices and accents.”

The Box Marked Black as The Portland Observer’s cover story

The Portland Observer ran an interview with me about The Box Marked Black as their cover story! Read the interview…

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