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Upcoming Events

A Midsummer Night's Dream - FIRST TWO WEEKS
September 21, 2017 · 7:30 pm -
October 1, 2017 · 4:00 pm
The steep and thorny way to heaven
Thurs-Sat September 21st- October 14th
Speculative Drama and The Steep And Thorny Way To Heaven Present:
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
(RSVP or advance ticket encouraged)
SE 2nd & Hawthorne
$22, $10 standing-room rush
Doors 7pm, Show 7:30pm, No Late Seating

What do you get when you combine Portland’s best underground performance venue, an immersive theatre company, and one of Shakespeare’s most magical comedies? We suspect it involves some mystically grungy urban fantasy, eclectic and otherworldly faeries, and a corrugated steel “forest” full of lost lovers and (sometimes literally) transformative experiences!

Local theatre company Speculative Drama, known for its immersive re-imagining of classic stories, and in an ongoing collaboration with underground arts venue The Steep and Thorny Way to Heaven, offers Portland an ambitious and alluring site-specific production of A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM this fall.

Watch as our ensemble, co-directed by Speculative Drama creative director Myrrh Larsen and Readers’ Theatre Repertory core director Wendy Wilcox, explores the comedy, physicality, and magic of this enchanted forest dream. Speculative Drama’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream brings our audience right into the faerie forest, with Oberon, Titania, and the rest of the faerie court directly involved in guiding the story. With deeper themes exploring the daring choices we make to keep our love, what happens when an overbearing regime attempts to regulate who you can be with and how, and the difference between love and obsession, this production touches upon something relevant to our world today: while losing none of the laughter and fun intrinsic to this beloved Shakespearean comedy.

Bringing aerialists, parkour artists, dancers, and both professional and community theatre players together, this immersive and site-specific production invites The Steep and Thorny Way to Heaven’s wider performance community to be a part of our world. And a special surprise awaits audience that attends more than once, with some of Portland’s best actors joining us as rotating guest performers each night!

Taking advantage of a compact 20 seat house as well as immersive standing-room zones, we invite the audience to join our four lovers and gaggle of “rude mechanicals” in giving in to the spell of transformation and discovery of the faerie realm.
Through discrete playing spaces and immersive staging, audience members are encouraged to follow our lovers into a forest of mischievous tricksters, magical flower potions, and just a touch of danger and whimsy as they escape all that they have known to discover who they are meant to be.

Directors: Myrrh Larsen and Wendy Wilcox
Cast: Elisha Goodwin, Elizabeth Neal, Emily Helliwell, Emily Hyde, Katie Mortemore, Kirsten Webb, Matt Ostrowski, Megan Haynes, Megan Skye Hale, Myia Johnson, Peytie McCandless, Rega Lupo, Rhansen Mars, Telo Walden, Tora Holmes, and Zed Jones
Stage Manager: Ian Hale (no relation to Megan Skye Hale)
Costumes: Megan Skye Hale and Kim Anderson
Sound Design: Myrrh Larsen
Speculative Drama Artistic Director: Megan Skye Hale, Creative and Technical Director: 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 local 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 environmental 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.