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

Performing in a choral poem at Portland Actor’s Conservatory

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by Larry Beckett
directed by Lorraine Bahr

 

Saturday, October 17th
7:30 pm
$15

at the
Portland Actor’s Conservatory
1436 SW Montgomery Street

reservations recommended
503-869-1030

US Rivers is made of braid of odes and breath songs. Each coming from an American nexus: A place where history, legend and songs mysteriously cross, when all times coexist.

Rebecca Ridenour, Damaris Webb, Jim Davis,
Jane Ferguson, Larry Beckett, and fiddler Lisa Marsicek

Join me for a reading of a choral poem at Portland Actor’s Conservatory

unnamedA choral reading from the book-length poem
US Rivers Highway 1
by Larry Beckett
directed by Lorraine Bahr

 

 

Saturday, October 17th
7:30 pm
$15
The Portland Actor’s Conservatory
1436 SW Montgomery Street

reservations recommended
503-869-1030

US Rivers is made of braid of odes and breath songs. Each coming from an American nexus: A place where history, legend and songs mysteriously cross, when all times coexist.

Rebecca Ridenour, Damaris Webb, Jim Davis,
Jane Ferguson, Larry Beckett, and fiddler Lisa Marsicek

Look Me In The Eye: Portrait Performance Project

LookMeInTheEyeIf you missed it this summer at City Hall, you have a chance to catch some of the stories again!

Over the past year, Reeva Wortel has been painting portraits and interviewing families in Portland. In this process she has gathered images and stories of the politics, history, and culture of Portland as well as stories of survival, love, and transformation. One of these life size painting portraits & interviews is with myself & my Dad, Ben Webb:

October 3
6:00-7:00 PM
The Webb Family Portrait with Anna Fritz on cello

 

The bar will be open, and the first drink is on Portland Center Stage! There will be light hors d’ouevres.  Also, you can receive $10 off tickets to any performance of Our Town with the promotion code “REEVA”.

I will also be one of the local actors involved in the performance event on September 27th (as well as October 3rd), please see full schedule below:

Lobby of the The Gerding Theater at The Armory
128 NW 11th Ave, Portland, OR 97209

Free event!

Here is the schedule of events for the next two weeks:

September 22
6:00-7:00 PM
Bob and Alazar Manning Portrait with Anna Fritz on cello

September 24
6:00-7:00 PM
The Gavin Family Portrait with Leon Cotter on saxophone

September 27
12:00-1:00 PM
The Wortel Family Portrait and The Damien, Acacia and Bronsin Portrait with Anna Fritz on cello

October 1
6:00-7:00 PM
The Cushman Family Portrait with Leon Cotter on saxophone

October 3
6:00-7:00 PM
The Webb Family Portrait with Anna Fritz on cello

October 4
12:00-1:00 PM
The Brings Plenty Family Portrait and The Cushman Family Portrait with Anna Fritz on cello

 

 

Here is the link to the blog http://www.pcs.org/blog/item/wortel/

Creative Face Time with Portrait Artist Reeva Wortel

Over the past year, artist Reeva Wortel has been interviewing and painting portraits of families in Portland, Oregon. Wortel was awarded a grant from the Regional Arts & Culture Council for this project, in which she collaborated with Portland City Hall to create a portrait installation and interactive performance about the city’s politics and culture, development and gentrification. The project examines disparities and similarities of family life in Portland, told through stories of survival, love, and transformation. In this reprise exhibition, Wortel will host her portrait subjects, and discuss with guests the process and relevance of docu-drama work in today’s creative landscape.

 

Reeva Wortel is an interdisciplinary artist who creates narrative portrait-based projects that combine interviews, social commentary, performance, and large-scale installation. Driven by a commitment to develop the technique of portraiture beyond its traditional limits, Wortel has worked in communities as a social worker and teaching artist, honing a technique to narrate the individual stories of our time through her portraiture work, a process that involves in-depth interviewing, photography, painting, performance, and installation. In 2014 Wortel completed her work on SPILL, a play based on interviews and an installation of life-size portraits of people affected by the Deepwater Horizon tragedy and subsequent BP oil spill in the south coast of Louisiana. For SPILL, Wortel collaborated with the Laramie Project  head-writer Leigh Fondakowski. SPILL premiered in the spring of 2014 in Louisiana and will premiere in Chicago in the fall of 2015 and in New York in 2016. She lives in Portland, Oregon.

Teaching in Be Space’s 2015 Life.Art.Being Integrative Arts Festival

deep play practices: contemplative dance practice immersion at Be Space2015 Life.Art.Being Festival
Tuesday – Thursday, July 28-30
2:00 – 5:00 pm

Deep Play Practices as well wishers & onlookers:
active witnessing through the act of creation

Deep play clears the way for pure invention

Deep Play, built on the foundation of Barbara Dilley’s Contemplative Dance Practice, is a path to manifesting our birthright as creative physical beings. By learning to slow down, we enliven our responses to the stories that space inherently holds, cutting through obstacles that cloud our direct perception of the current moment.

Improvisation is a fundamental skill for creative process. Using everything we already know, we put our aesthetic judgements on the back-burner and agree to enter a space of not-knowing. Flashes of insight arise while we’re playing, messing around in our sand box of “expressive techniques”. We are surprised, momentarily shocked out of our habitual responses and impulses by surrendering ourselves fully to the present moment. We learn to deeply play, delighting in our curiosity, joining the insight and knowledge of bodymind through a deep listening on many levels of perception.

Come as you are – no experience necessary

Day One: The Four Postures of Mindfulness & Little Disciplines
Day Two: Red Square / contemplative dance practice
Day Three: Corridors / contemplative dance practice

Included in festival pass.  You can also register separately for the Deep Play series, $75.

Look Me In The Eye July 14th at City Hall

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Over the past year, Reeva Wortel has been painting portraits and interviewing families in Portland. In this process she has gathered images and stories of the politics, history, and culture of Portland as well as stories of survival, love, and transformation.

One of these life size painting portraits & interviews is with myself & my Dad, Ben Webb. I will also be one of the local actors involved in the performance event.

Look Me In The Eye
The Portland City Hall
1221 SW 4th Portland, Oregon 97204

Tuesday, July 14th opening reception and performance event
3:30-4:30 local actors will read excerpts of the interviews
accompanied by the amazing Anna Fritz on cello

The Paintings will continue to be exhibited July 14th–July 24th Monday-Friday 9am-5pm
Hope to see you there!

 

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

DamarisWebb02-18-12familyphoto7pm Wednesday April 15th
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 

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