In conjunction with the traveling visual art exhibition, “We the People,”—running through November 26 at the Newport Visual Arts Center—the Blackfish Gallery of Portland will perform Bertolt Brecht’s one-act play, The Informer, in the Runyan Gallery at the VAC. The performance will be held on Sunday, November 19, starting at 1pm. The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts is pleased to bring live theater to the VAC’s largest visual art exhibition space. Seating will be in the round, on a first-come first-served basis, with a capacity of 50 seated attendees. Admission is based on a $5 suggested donation.
The Informer examines the devastating effect of a totalitarian regime on an ordinary, Lutheran family. Bertolt Brecht wrote the play in exile from the Nazi government, though he was considered one of the Germany’s greatest artists, even at the time. The play takes place during a sleepy Sunday afternoon, which turns terrifying as two middle-class parents become convinced their young son may be informing on them. Merridawn Duckler, a Portland poet and playwright, has created a wry, chilling and physical adaptation of The Informer designed to provoke conversation, reflection and community responses across the current political spectrum. This acclaimed production was covered in The Oregonian and The Mercury and was a Willamette Week best pick during its run in Portland (September 2017).
The Informer runs twenty minutes and includes a talk-back. It is intended for adults but is suitable for teenagers and mature middle-school students. The performance will include three award-winning actors from the Portland area: Jamie M. Rea, Sean Doran and Madelyn Clement. Jamie M. Rea is a four-time Drammy award winner for Best Supporting Actress, Best Actress, Best Production, Best Ensemble and Best Devised Work. Sean Doran earned his BFA in theatre from The College of Santa Fe. Doran is an actor, writer, designer and producer as well as a founding member of the multi-award winning companies The Other Side Theatre, defunkt theatre and The Reformers. Madelyn Clement can be seen on TNT’s The Librarians as often as she can found be onstage–appearing in the Northwest’s famed Fertile Ground Festival of New Work and the one and only Kilroy’s Festival–focusing on the work of female playwrights.
Merridawn Duckler is a poet and playwright from Portland. She has a BA in literature from Reed College and a degree in theology from Hebrew College. She was a finalist for the Oregon Play Prize. Duckler is an editor at Narrative Magazine and the international philosophy journal Evental Aesthetics and a member at Blackfish Gallery in Portland, Oregon.