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Upcoming Events

Puck's Goblin Market: a benefit for A Midsummer Night's Dream
July 29, 2017 · 7:30 pm · 11:30 pm
The steep and thorny way to heaven
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“We must not look at goblin men,
We must not buy their fruits:
Who knows upon what soil they fed
Their hungry thirsty roots?”

Saturday, July 29th
7:30pm-11:30pm
$10-25 sliding scale
$5 for members and Speculative Drama Patreon supporters (http://patreon.com/speculativedrama)
cash bar for nonmembers

Come one, come all: to Puck’s Goblin Market!

Indulge in all manner of unearthly delights, from faerie food to pixie performers as our host, that merry wanderer of the night, opens the Summerland doors for a ONE NIGHT ONLY night market of otherwordly proportions!

With goods to touch and taste and buy, a faerie feast, and performances at each hour all night long, Puck invites you to drop in for a moment, an hour, or an evening. Just be sure to wash it all down with Oberon’s herbs, lest you wake up a hundred years, and not day, from when you entered!

The doors to Faerie open July 29th to support Portland’s only immersive Shakespeare company, Speculative Drama, and their upcoming production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. All door proceeds, raffle and silent auction purchases, and direct donations go toward production and performer/crew costs for this immersive and site-specific production of one of Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies.

Follow us into the forest, for a midsummer’s evening you aren’t soon to forget!

Performances and silent auction donors TBA

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 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.
Brickbat Mansion presents Anthony Jones & Monica Richards
September 1, 2017 · 9:30 pm
The steep and thorny way to heaven
Brickbat Mansion and The Steep And Thorny Way To Heaven are proud to announce a very special live appearance from Anthony Jones & Monica Richards (Faith and the Muse).

Friday, September 1st
SE 2nd & Hawthorne
21+
$13 GA, ($10 cash tickets available at Brickbat Mansion 7/7 and 8/4)
Deluxe packages: $19/person includes general admission + CD, poster; $35/person includes VIP admission + signed CD & coloring book.
cash bar for nonmembers
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MONICA RICHARDS

Performing in Portland for the first time in 9 years, Monica Richards is best known for her musical work as half of the critically acclaimed duo, Faith and the Muse. Much of the spectrum of her creative work is centered around the Feminine and the Familiar: Matriarchal mythological themes with all the cultural echoes and seasonal faces they present.

In over twenty-five years as a front woman in Underground music, Monica Richards has a far reaching reputation of the highest respect for her powerful voice and theatrical stage presence. An old school punk rocker who began writing songs at the age of 15, her sharp, intelligent lyrics and musical talents are the highlights of Faith and the Muse, as well as her solo music under the moniker 'InfraWarrior'.

A graduate of American University with honors in Literature, Monica has self-published illustrated books of tales & poetry. Her first published work, The Book of Annwyn, based on Welsh Mythology, is a full reworking of ancient Celtic tales.

Monica is also a multimedia visual artist and graphic designer. Her illustrations, graphic collage and original artwork have graced books, CD covers, magazine articles and gallery walls. She began creating Adult Coloring Books as of 2015, beginning with The Goddess, through publisher, ZED Presents.

ANTHONY JONES

San Francisco-based Anthony Jones is the voice of performance art project Monastic, having also been a composer and vocalist for Alaska Highway with Mike Best of Among The Weeds and The Point of Reflection with John Koviak of Sub-Version. Anthony's solo albums feature old world instrumentation fused with darkwave synths and beats. His album sales and concerts have all been used to raise funds and awareness for the Wolf Mountain Sanctuary in Lucerne Valley, Ca.

BRICKBAT MANSION

Since 2009, Brickbat Mansion has been one of Portland's best nights for ethereal, shoegaze, darkwave, post-punk and goth, paying tribute to influential artists and showcasing unforgettable live performances. Led by DJ Wednesday, who co-founded legendary club night Violaine and is a former resident DJ at Bar Sinister in LA as well as many other clubs up and down the west coast, and DJ Curatrix, whose talent for spinning ethereal music ranges from the giants of the genre to the contemporary.

The Steep and Thorny Way to Heaven is Portland's boutique venue for the arts, bringing high-quality independent performances to inner southeast industrial. We are proud to host Brickbat Mansion every First Friday.