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Fire Walk With Me: a Twin Peaks night carnival
February 24, 2018 · 9:30 pm
The steep and thorny way to heaven
ʀsᴠᴘ ᴏʀ ᴀᴅᴠᴀɴᴄᴇ ᴛɪᴄᴋᴇᴛs ʀᴇǫᴜɪʀᴇᴅ.

They say if you confront the Black Lodge with imperfect courage, it will utterly annihilate your soul.

Saturday, February 24th
doors 9:30pm
$18 GA (standing room)
VIP packages $90: includes two tickets, VIP seating, and bottle service for two
cash bar for nonmembers

David Lynch’s surreal world of Twin Peaks is full of small town diners and dead bodies, conflicted detectives, and the occasional fish found in a percolator. This themed variety show and cocktail party invites you to don your own FBI uniform, wrap yourself in plastic, or find an owl friend (who isn’t what they seem) to join you for a night of revelry and rare and dark delights.

Join us for a journey through the sleepy town of Twin Peaks and into your own inner darkness to face the BOB within us all. And of course, don’t forget to stop by the Double R Diner for a slice of pie and some damn fine coffee on the way!

Bizarre and beautiful performances from circus and burlesque to music and dance, as well as curated surrealist cocktails await those brave enough to walk into these woods!

Come and go as you like, with performances running 10:30-11 and midnight-12:30 and DJ sets 11-midnight and 12:30-late, there is something for every member of the town in our very own Black Lodge. And if you come dressed as a character from the show you will be automatically entered in our Costume Contest Raffle!

Part world-class variety show, part costume party, the NIGHT CARNIVAL is your invitation to drink and dance alongside the city’s finest fringe artists, and enjoy a revue ranging from music and dance, theatre, circus acrobatics, and more.

Performances, ticketing link, and costume inspiration TBA
The White Hound of the North
March 16, 2018 · 7:30 pm -
March 24, 2018 · 9:00 pm
The steep and thorny way to heaven
In Irish fairytales, we often “go west”. To Faerieland, to paradise, to America: places from which we can never return. Or, if we do, a thousand years have passed and our children’s children’s children do not know our faces.

In The White Hound of the North, our ensemble explores these ideas of what it means to venture to unknown realms to find our destiny (and perhaps to lose ourselves in the process), how being true to our own priorities can lead us to treasures we never imagined, and what happens when we must give up everything we know in order to save what we love.

In this, Speculative Drama’s fourth movement theatre piece based on lesser-known fairytales, we embark on a journey, one which will deliver us into a life we could never have predicted. Join us as we watch our intrepid and determined Princess make magical wishes, discover friendships and love, and ultimately, sacrifice everything she is familiar with in order to save her beloved Hound.

Drawing inspiration from the Irish Diaspora, Appalachian and Irish-American music, Celtic myths and legends, and storybook imagery, The White Hound of the North transports us to an enchanted world full of shapeshifting animals, magical curses, and otherworldly obstacles that is surprisingly not that different from our own, at its center.

This production is “a play in movement”, drawing on the principles of mask and physical theatre and using a musical soundscape, stylized makeup, and detailed costumes to create a fully-realized and sumptuous world. The White Hound of the North is a wholly immersive show featuring standing room areas and limited seating, with the audience is placed directly into the action: performers move around and through the viewers to convey the story.

Thursdays through Saturdays March 16th - 24th
$20 seated, $12 standing
7:30pm Show, 7:00pm Doors (no late seating)
RSVP encouraged, not recommended for children under 12

Ensemble: Peyton McCandless, Zed Jones, Elizabeth Neal, Rega Lupo, Wynee Hu, Emily Hyde, and Kirsten Webb
Artistic Director, Devisement, and Director: Megan Skye Hale
Creative Director and Technical 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, Technical 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.