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

The Box Marked Black

Tales from a Halfrican-American growing up Mulatto.
With sock puppets!

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? 

7pm Wednesday April 15th
Oregon Episcopal School’s Great Hall 
6300 NW Nicol Rd, Portland 

as part of OES 2015 Culture Shock programming

written and performed by Damaris Webb, 
directed by Debra Disbrow, dramaturgy by Ashley Hughes

“A look at race in a way that’s open hearted and even handed…(Webb) proves to be a highly likable performer”
-The Oregonian

-The Willamette Week

“(The Box Marked Black) inspires joy, pride, and wonder in our America. Webb can hold the audience close with just a whisper
…this is a new local artist to watch”
– Portland Theater Scene

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 NYC



TheBoxMarkedBlackHorse“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





“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


photo credits: Laurie Anne Lynch


Previous Engagements
Monday, February 24th at 11:30am
PCC Cascade Campus
705 N Killingsworth St
Moriarty Arts & Humanities Auditorium 104
Tickets Free to the public, first come first served
Wednesday, February 26th at 7:00pm 
The Little Church
5138 NE 23rd Ave. (at NE Sumner)
Tickets $20 suggested donation, sliding scale at the door
Limited seating! Reservations: reservations@cerimonhouse.org 
Sunday, February 23rd at 2pm
North Portland Library
512 N Killingsworth Street
Tickets Free to the public, first come first served Event Link 
Friday, May 30 at 7:00pm
Cerimon House 
5131 NE 23rd Avenue
(one block north of Alberta)
Suggested donation $20/ sliding scale at the door 
Limited seating! Reservations: reservations@cerimonhouse.org 
Friday, October 24 @7:30pm –  SOLD OUT
Saturday, October 25 @7:30pm
Willamette University’s M. Lee Pelton Theater
289 12th St SE, Salem, OR
Buy Tickets
7pm Friday March 6th
at Westminster Presbyterian Church – Upstairs in the Great Hall
1624 NE Hancock Street
admission is a can of food to be donated to the Northeast Emergency Food Program
stay for community discussion with dessert & coffee – presented by Westminster Cloisters Arts Ministry