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.
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
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
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
“(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 Portland Observer ran an interview with me about The Box Marked Black as their cover story! Read the interview…
The Box Marked Black:
Tales from a Halfrican-American growing up Mulatto.
With sock puppets!
Thursday November 1, 7:30pm & Friday November 2, 7:30pm
Please join us for a talkback following both performances
Run time 55 minutes
Tickets available at the door, or online at
What does it mean to be black?
Is it the shade of your skin? The kink of your hair? Is it learned?
“Yes, I knew the issue of diversity was important, but not till Damaris Webb in The Box Marked Black did diversity, dance, sing, do a puppet show– and winningly speak from, and to, the heart.” – Michael Wolk, Executive Director, All For One Theater Festival NYC
“Damaris Webb is a truly integrated contemporary artist and The Box Marked Black is an important work in the evolving dialogue of race in this country. Both the subject matter and the artistry appeal to and bring together a wildly diverse audience through laughter and humble admission of raw truths. As a believer in the power of art to build bridges and heal communities, I highly recommend this work to people of all age and color.” – Mizu Desierto, Co-Founder and Artistic Director, The 1Festival/Water in The Dessert Portland, OR
“The Box Marked Black is educational theatre at its best. That is to say, it is good theatre that has the added advantage of being educational. With theatrical sensibility as a creator and versatility as a performer, Damaris Webb crafts moments that range from touching to zany. At once personal and historical, The Box Marked Black offers a unique perspective, teaching you things you might not learn elsewhere, while making you think with your heart as well as your mind.” – Cynthia Ward, Educational Director, Boulder International Fringe Festival
The Box Marked Black is a tender solo performance piece, tracing the experience of growing up mulatto in the pre-Huxtable era. With only Jenny Willis from The Jeffersons as a guide, our multi-disciplinary storyteller creates narrative from the perspective of both sides of her interracial family, embodying multiple characters, childhood memories (including a “Roots” sock puppet re-enactment) and fantasy.
written and performed by Damaris Webb
directed by Debra Disbrow
dramaturgy by Ashley Hughes