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

Come see me in Bag&Baggage’s Production of “Our Country’s Good”

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Our Country’s Good
May 14 – 31, 2015
The Venetain Theatre
253 E Main Street, Hillsboro
bagnbaggage.org / 503 345 9590

Our County’s Good is a compelling examination of the transformative power of theatre, and is an adaptation of the Thomas Keneally novel The Playmaker by one of England’s most popular female playwrights…making it an ideal script for Bag&Baggage to end our seventh season!

The Oregonian says, “It’s a powerful, gritty play…with almost every minute rich with the fabric that transforms a group of disparate criminals into a theatre cast with a common goal that is stronger than their individual needs…You expect them all to be good, and they don’t disappoint…Our Country’s Good is the type of production that is the foundation of meaningful theater. There is value in not only what the story says, but also how it makes you think.”

The Portland Tribune says, “Our Country’s Good couldn’t be better! It is a superb piece of theatre…there are no weak links in the cast…remarkably evocative…it is very, very good and should NOT be missed.”

Broadway World says, “This Bag&Baggage production is a masterpiece – well staged, well acted, well directed…The play is about more than the redemptive power of theatre. At its core, it’s about what makes us human…It’s about believing in something bigger and more important than ourselves, even if that thing is a play.”

Miles from their homeland, a boat full of Royal Marine officers and convicts arrives on the Australian shore in 1789, forced to create a community in a fledgling penal colony. Amid the brutal conditions of the settlement, a determined lieutenant volunteers to direct the convicts—a collection of murderers and thieves—in a comedic stage play.

With no support from his fellow Marines and the leading lady’s imminent execution, it’s questionable if the show will go on…

Winner of the Olivier Award for Best Play, the New York Drama Critics Award for Best Foreign Play, the BBC Award for Best West End Play of the Year (all in 1988) and nominated for 4 Tony Awards in 1991, including Best Play, Our Country’s Good is one of the most celebrated English dramas of the last century.

“…a backstage play with a social conscience, demonstrating the redemptive power of theater and of education.” – The New York Times

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Cottonwood in the Flood at Westminster Presbyterian

In honor of the 1948 Memorial Day Flood of Vanport
Westminster Cloisters Arts Ministry presents

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Cottonwood in the Flood 
a staged reading of a new play about The Vanport Community

written by Rich Rubin
directed by Damaris Webb, technical design by Lara Klingeman

 

Westminster Presbyterian Church
1624 NE Hancock Street
2pm Memorial Day, Monday May 25th

$5 suggested donation
or two canned food items to be donated to The Oregon Food Bank
no one will be turned away for lack of funds
Reservations encouraged
by emailing secretary@westprespdx.org

with:
Anthony Armstrong, Jeb Berrier, James Dixon, Adrienne Flag,
Joe Gibson, Wrick Jones, S. Renee Mitchell & Jocelyn Seid
Stay to share stories with the artists and Vanport Survivors

“Maybe the finest acting I’ve ever seen at a staged reading”
-Brett Campbell of Oregon Arts Watch

“It’s got that very particular quality so often crowed about in art, so rarely actually seen: capital-I importance”
-The Portland Mercury’s Megan Burbank

Co-winner, 2012 Fratti-Newman Political Play Contest (Castillo Theatre, New York)
& Finalist, 2012 JAW Festival (Portland Center Stage), capacity performances 2015 Fertile Ground Festival.

The Box Marked Black tonight at Oregon Episcopal School

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Oregon Episcopal School’s Great Hall
6300 NW Nicol Rd, Portland

as part of OES 2015 Culture Shock programming

The Box Marked Black:
Tales from a Halfrican-American growing up Mulatto.
With sock puppets!
written and performed by Damaris Webb,
directed by Debra Disbrow, dramaturgy by Ashley Hughes

Directing a staged reading of Tanya Barfield’s THE CALL for Clackamas Rep

Sat 3/21 at 7pm, Sun 3/22 at 3pm
At Clackamas Rep 19600 Molalla Avenue

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featuring: Joshua Adeusi, Jeb Berrier,
Kristin Warren, Josie Seid & Anne Sorce

A white American couple decides to adopt a baby from Africa. Their friends, a black lesbian couple are all for it vowing to help adapt the child to the American way of life. Initially the gesture seems compassionate but as the concept becomes closer to reality the questions and concerns it raises stir in a mix of racial and domestic tensions and anxieties as these two widely different worlds collide.

 

The Box Marked Black TONIGHT at 7p!

show gallery

The Box Marked Black: Tales of a Halfrican-American Growing up Mulatto. With Sock Puppets!

7pm Friday March 6th
at Westminster Presbyterian Church
1624 NE Hancock Street
Upstairs in the Great Hall

Make a reservation at secretary@westprespdx.org by March 3rd
Admission: can of food or other nonperishable item welcome and will be donated to the Northeast Emergency Food Program

Stay for community discussion with dessert & coffee
Presented by Westminster Cloisters Arts Ministry 

Cottonwood in the Flood returns to the stage next week AND two reviews!

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Cottonwood in the Flood
by Rich Rubin
directed by Damaris Webb

“maybe the finest acting I’ve ever seen at a staged reading”
– Brett Campbell Oregon Arts Watch

“It’s got that very particular quality so often crowed about in art, so rarely actually seen: capital-I importance”
– The Portland Mercury’s Megan Burbank

Thursday 2/19 7:30 evening
Saturday 2/21 2:30 matinee
Sunday 2/22 2:30 matinee
Monday 2/23 7:30 evening

The Little Church 5138 NE 23rd Avenue (1 block North of Alberta)
tickets $15 general, $5 students & seniors

to reserve tickets please write to reservations@cerimonhouse.org

Technical Design by Lara Klingeman

with:
Anthony Armstrong, Jeb Berrier, Joe Gibson, Wrick Jones,
Kristen Lang, S. Renee Mitchell, Seth Rue, Jocelyn Seid & Shelley B Shelly

An engrossing full-length drama about the African American experience in 1940’s Oregon and the rapid rise – – and even more rapid fall – – of the city of Vanport. Co-winner, 2012 Fratti-Newman Political Play Contest (Castillo Theatre,
New York) & Finalist, 2012 JAW Festival (Portland Center Stage)

 

Review of Deception

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directing Cottonwood in the Flood – a new play about The Vanport Community

 

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January 22-24, 2015 Fertile Ground 

An engrossing full-length drama about the African American experience in 1940’s Oregon and the rapid rise – – and even more rapid fall – – of the city of Vanport.

I’m directing a staged reading of this wonderful new play by Rich Rubin, co-winner, 2012 Fratti-Newman Political Play Contest (Castillo Theatre, New York) & Finalist, 2012 JAW Festival (Portland Center Stage).
Thursday January 22nd at 7:30
Friday January 23rd at 7:30
Saturday January 24th at 2:30 
join us for a talk-back panel following the matinee

at Performance Works Northwest 4625 SE 67th Avenue  
Tickets $5 cash at the door
Manage your Fertile Ground pass at boxofficetickets.com
or email fertileground@boxofficetickets.com

with: 
Anthony Armstrong, Jeb Berrier, Joe Gibson, Wrick Jones, Kristen Lang, S. Renee Mitchell, Seth Rue, Jocelyn Seid & Shelley B Shelley. Technical design by Lara Klingeman, PSM Cassie Skauge

produced in Association with PassinArt & the 2015 Fertile Ground Festival

The Box Marked Black at Willamette University – EXTENDED DUE TO HIGH DEMAND

Friday, October 24 @7:30pm –  SOLD OUT
Saturday, October 25 @7:30p
Willamette University’s M. Lee Pelton Theater
289 12th St SE, Salem, OR
Buy Tickets

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Two Reviews in for “Good People” playing now through October 5th

Broadway World says “Clackamas Rep Deftly Depicts the Struggles of GOOD PEOPLE” & Oregon Artswatch reports “GOOD PEOPLE at Clackamas Rep has some spine beneath the laughter!”

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