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Upcoming Events

The Skin Coat
March 2, 2017 · 8:00 pm -
March 11, 2017 · 9:30 pm
The steep and thorny way to heaven
Speculative Drama’s third production in a series of devised movement plays based on lesser-known fairytales, The Skin Coat is a reimagining of the less familiar Cinderella variant Thousandfurs inspired by Icelandic imagery and music, and Norse fairytale styling.

$20 seated, $12 standing
Thursdays - Saturdays March 2nd - 11th
8pm Show, 7:30pm Doors (no late seating)
** Not recommended for children under 12 **

In this retelling of the classic tale, Speculative Drama’s collaborative ensemble explores the original story, full of threatened incest, impossible decisions, magical clothing, and a princess’ tale of love disguised as a monstrous beast. We aim to look at this story through the lens of the princess’ (known only to most versions as Catskin, The Bear, or Allerleiraugh - “Thousandfurs”) agency: claimed by fleeing her kingdom and taking her fate into her own hands, as well as her relationship with the prince both in disguise as a beast, and as the princess he sees her as.

By taking inspiration from Icelandic imagery and music, we draw on their legacy of folklore and magical creatures, while constructing an original world rich in mystical characters, spells, and an acceptance of the extraordinary as ordinary.

This piece is silent and movement-heavy, drawing on the principles of mask and physical theatre, using stylized makeup and costume to create a sumptuous visual world. The Skin Coat is a totally immersive show featuring standing room areas and found-object seating, and the audience is placed directly into the action with performers moving around and through them to convey the story. (Due to the unique nature of the audience placement and seating arrangement, please contact the venue at events@thesteepandthornywaytoheaven.com for detailed accessibility information.)

Ensemble: Peyton McCandless, Zed Jones, Kirsten Webb, Nathan H.G., and Megan Skye Hale
Artistic Director and Director: Megan Skye Hale
Creative Director and Sound Designer: Myrrh Larsen

Speculative Drama was founded to explore the intersection of classic stories and immersive theatre. Helmed by Artistic Director and London-trained classical and movement actor Megan Skye Hale and Creative Director, Sound Designer and Portland-based musician Myrrh Larsen, Speculative Drama aims to reclaim the relevance of myths, fairy tales, and Shakespeare through movement theatre, immersive staging, and site-specific production. In an ongoing collaboration with local underground performance venue The Steep and Thorny Way to Heaven, we place the audience directly into the action of our productions. Combining the principles of site-specific theatre, rich and immersive soundscapes, and an extremely intimate setting, we create an atmosphere of innovation while honoring and maintaining the original texts or source materials.