Play to be followed by workshop as part of Williams Lecture Series
The Oregon Coast Community College Foundation is proud to present Bi- on Thursday, May 24, at 7pm, as part of the Williams Lecture Series. The bilingual English/Spanish play runs approximately one hour and will be followed by an interactive workshop designed to help attendees explore the concept of identity.
Bi- (be) is about embracing the complexity of the greatest bipedal organism: the human. Inspired by Edwin Abbott’s novel Flatland, Bi– will break open the boxes of selective classification and raise the question: “What is your ‘bi-dentity?”
Set in the year 2089, the characters of the fictitious Tierra Plana inhabit a place where everything is determined by a pre-recognition of their individual categories. Four friends, Fig, Noir, Isa and Hex, are preparing for the day they receive their identity bracelets. Nervous about not fitting in, they escape to the desert and discover the mystery of the past hidden in boxes from the U.S. census’ bureau; boxes filled with the stories of people from across the binary. With the help of a two-spirit guide, they realize that it is possible to break down the boxes of classification, so that they can just be.
The actors play a variety of roles and movement/dance is a large part of that expression, which is very well choreographed by Portuguez. Escobar has chosen a very eclectic and talented cast to mold her vision around. – Dennis Sparks
Charles gives a breakout performance as the sassy and subversive Noir and Tripathi does a fine job as the anxious Fig. The strength of the show is its sincerity. In a time of walls going up in our country, it asks us look past them and see the beauty of in-between. – Oregon Arts Watch
The 2018 world premiere of Bi– is devised and directed by Georgina Escobar, and developed with Dañel Malán and Ajai Terrazas Tripathi through a collection of personal interviews, and choreographed by Gabriela Portuguez. Teatro Milagro’s new touring actors, Justin Charles, Kenyon Acton and Sierra Brambila round out the creative ensemble.
The 2018 National tour of BI– is funded in part with support from the Juan Young Trust, EC Brown Foundation, Bloomfield Family Foundation, Oregon Arts Commission, Cow Creek Umpqua Indian Foundation, Templeton Foundation, Autzen Foundation, Carpenter Foundation and The Ventura Group Inc.
This presentation will be the 31st in the Williams Lecture Series since its inception in the spring of 1993. Wendy Williams created the Williams Lecture Series in honor of her husband, William Appleman Williams, a noted historian. Williams was known as the “Father of Revisionist History.” He taught American diplomatic history and foreign policy for over 30 years as OSU. His last teaching assignment was at OCCC, where he taught maritime history. Ms. Williams made a donation to the OCCC Foundation to create a fund for the lectures.
For more information about the May 24 presentation or the Foundation, call 541-867-8531 or visit www.oregoncoastcc.org/foundation