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

directing LEFT HOOK staged reading Friday, 10/13


LEFT HOOK a staged reading of a timely drama about gentrification and community displacement in 1970’s Portland, set in an Albina boxing club. Written by Rich Rubin Directed by Damaris Webb.

PLeftHook_VanportMosaic_BoxingHand_ShawnteSimmsresented by Westminster Presbyterian & The Vanport Mosaic.


Reservations recommended: lefthookpdx@gmail.com
Suggested donation $10. Run Time: 2 hours with intermission.

Left Hook offers a window into the personal hardships experienced when a thriving community is torn apart by outside forces. We are asked to bear witness to this challenging local history — a start to understanding the intentional and systemic choices that lead to the continued displacement of the African American community in Portland.

In this time of engaged discussions about gentrification, affordable housing and displacement, theater can be a catalyst for asking the critical questions that must be addressed in order to move forward. Left Hook provides that springboard, particularly timely in light of recent initiatives such as Right of Return a Portland Housing Bureau policy which gives housing subsidy preference to persons and their descendants who were displaced by urban renewal and subsequent gentrification, and The Albina Vision, a bold new plan for restoring the historic Rose Quarter neighborhood. Please join us for a curated conversation post performance featuring Kent Ford, Ray Lampkin Jr. & Stanley Dunn.
Featuring: Anthony P. Armstrong, Jocelyn Seid, Jasper Howard, James Savannah, Mario DePriest, Paige Moreland & Kenneth Dembo
Stage Design: Lara Klingeman Costume Design: Wanda Walden Stage Manager: Judith Yeckel

The Vanport Mosaic is a community driven, artist-led, multi-disciplinary non-profit that produces, curates, and creates collaborations with storytellers, media makers, artists, historians, and educators to engage the public in remembering silenced histories of the Pacific Northwest to better understand our present.- Co-Directors Laura Lo Forti & Damaris Webb

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