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

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…

The Willamette Week calls The Box Marked Black “delightful”!

Read the entire review…

Box Marked Black receives RACC Grant for Feb 8-24th run in Portland

THE BOX MARKED BLACK 
Tales from a Halfrican-American growing up Mulatto. With sock puppets!
 
FOUR SHOWS PER WEEK FEBRUARY 8th – 24th!
Friday 2/8 at 7:30, Saturday 2/9 at 3:00 & 7:30, Sunday 2/10 at 7:30
Friday 2/15 at 7:30, Saturday 2/16 at 3:00* & 7:30, Sunday 2/17 at 7:30
Friday 2/22 at 7:30, Saturday 2/23 at 3:00 & 7:30, Sunday 2/24 at 7:30 
Join us for talkbacks after each Saturday matinee, * 2/16 matinee sign interpreted
 
Presented at Ethos/IFCC 5340 N Interstate Ave Portland, Oregon 97217
ADA accessible, Tickets are $15 general, $10 students/seniors 
and are available at the door for cash purchase 30 minutes before curtain, 
or in advance at brownpapertickets
 
“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
 
What does it mean to be black?
Is it the shade of your skin? The kink of your hair? Is it learned? 
What is its language, both in the body and on the tongue? 
 
written and performed by Damaris Webb, 
directed by Debra Disbrow, dramaturgy by Ashley Hughes
The Box Marked Black is funded in part by the Regional Arts & Culture Council.

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The Box Marked Black November 1st & 2nd in Denver, CO

The Box Marked Black:
Tales from a Halfrican-American growing up Mulatto. 
With sock puppets!

Presented at CCD Studio Theater
in the King Center on the Auraria Campus
855 Lawrence Way Denver CO 80204

TWO PERFORMANCES
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

http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/269036

What does it mean to be black?
Is it the shade of your skin? The kink of your hair? Is it learned?

What is its language, both in the body and on the tongue?

“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

Heading off to Greece with tdmas for somaphrase

somaphrase: dancing the translation

join me with the modern dance awareness society for a unique workshop and site specific performance opportunity on the island of Andros, Greece.  August 16 – 31 2012

The Box Marked Black in Portland & Boulder

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

What does it mean to be black?
Is it the shade of your skin? The kink of your hair? Is it learned? What is its language, both in the body and on the tongue? 

 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.

 “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

IN PORTLAND, OREGON

Saturday, June 2nd at 5pm, Sunday, June 3rd at 7pm, Monday, June 4th at 9pm

Presented by The 1 Festival at The Headwaters Theater 55 NE Farragut #9

Tickets $15 & $10 Buy Tickets https://www.boxofficetickets.com/go/event?id=184445

Directions http://theheadwaters.net/?page_id=23

AND

IN BOULDER, COLORADO

Saturday, June 16th at 7pm & Sunday, June 17th at 3pm

Presented by We’re House at the We’re House Theater 5763 Arapahoe Ave. Unit P / Tickets $10 Buy Tickets http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/245695

Directions http://www.thewerehouse.org/Directions.html

New Ensemble play I have co-created! Thursday May 17th at Dixon Place

Check out Crosstalk Coconut-
Created and performed by the Stenographers-
Téana David, Debra Disbrow and Damaris Webb
Dramaturgy by Ashley Hughes

syn·es·the·sia
1. (noun) from the ancient Greek “syn”, (together), and “aisthesis”, (sensation), is a neurologically based condition in which stimulation of one sensory or cognitive pathway leads to automatic, involuntary experiences in a second sensory or cognitive pathway.
2. The poetic description of a sense impression in terms of another sense, as in “a loud perfume.”

CROSSTALK COCONUT, a submersion into the neurological condition of synesthesia, is a visceral and stimulating romp examining known synesthetes such as Vladimir Nabokov, Joan Mitchell, Marian McPartland and others. This interdisciplinary theater piece with a winning DIY aesthetic by the Stenographers invites the audience to question: how much do our sense perceptions affect the way we want to communicate with the world?

What if you had no choice but to taste a personality? Or see explosions of magenta every time a word is spoken?

CROSSTALK COCONUT at Dixon Place,
161A Chrystie St. (between Rivington and Delancey)
THURS, MAY 17, 9:30 PM (One night only!)
https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pe/9665654

THE STENOGRAPHERS is a new performance collective that builds interdisciplinary collaborative works, with a focus on documentary dance theater. Members Téana David, Debra Disbrow and Damaris Webb’s combined credits reflect original performance for Joyce Soho, Undergroundzero Festival, Movement Research, New York Int’l Fringe, Live Arts, Earthdance, Estrogenuis, NY Musical Theater Festival, and New Dramatists, amongst others. The three met while earning their MFA’s in Contemporary Performance at Naropa University. The Stenographers have developed the ensemble piece, HUETOPIA for the Fury Factory in San Francisco, and the solo piece THE BOX MARKED BLACK for Dixon Place.

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