_____ the wolf Conceived and Directed by Samantha Van Der Merwe Devised | Word Crafting and Poetry by Anya Pearson October 5th - November 3rd 2018
Thursday - Saturday Evenings at 7:30 Sundays at 2pm (no show on Sunday 10/7) Running time: 90 minutes, no intermission
"In the middle of our walk of life, I found myself within a forest dark, for the straightforward pathway had been lost." - Dante, The Divine Comedy
_____ the wolf is a visual and auditory exploration of desire, longing, and miscommunication of the sexes through the fairytale lens. Inspired by Charles Perrault’s Le Petit Chaperon Rouge (Little Red Riding Hood), _____ the Wolf invites the audience to happen in on five living dioramas, go on a forest walk, and ask “what if?”
The Dioramas The Unmothered Mother Little Red- The Good Girl Mère-grand- The young Grandmother Our Lady of the House of Ill Repute The Wolf
The Other Side of the Story The Forest Dark
What People are saying about _____ the wolf
Audience Members "Incredible" "Still digesting and savoring every aspect." "So beautifully unorthodox. I've never seen anything like it."
"Another timely and timeless work by this amazing theater. One of the most visceral theater experiences I’ve had and one of the most thought provoking. This piece is evidence of the importance of live theater and theater’s ability to create social change. See it."
"Crazy props to the cast and crew of @shakingthetreetheatre for opening night of ______ The Wolf! It grabs you immediately and is funny, intense, and compelling—we’ve been discussing it since last night, from the deft character work from the cast (all excellent) to the stunning sets and structure. It’s unconventional theatre for anyone, and my favorite STT show since Head Hands Feet."
"A real stunner, in which art, artistry, ideas, and execution, all come together in a glorious whole. I loved it. Please try to see it if you can."
Press "______ THE WOLF exemplifies why Shaking the Tree is the most interesting place in Portland to see theatre. The approach is unflinching, the performances are strong, and the set is incredible." - Krista Garver, Broadway World READ MORE HERE
"An inventive and often beautiful 90-minute journey through a very dark forest." -Ben Waterhouse, Oregonlive (*This review contains spoilers*) READ MORE HERE
Cast and Creative
Cast Jean-Luc Boucherot, Kayla Hanson, Anya Pearson*, Alex Ramirez de Cruz, Briana Ratterman Trevithick *Member of Actors' Equity Association
Creative Elyse Grimaldi, Meg Nanna, Kyra Sanford, Trevor Sargent, Miles Sennett, Natasha Stockem, Samantha Van Der Merwe, Tim Wagoner, Lenore Wan, Michael Wax, Jennifer Wyant
Internships Anjelika Keil, Tim Wagoner
_____ the wolf is sponsored by Bob Conklin, and generously supported by our season sponsors: Ronni Lacroute, Jessie Jonas & Ellyn Bye. Major support is also received for this year's season by AGE (Advanced Gender Equity in the Arts) We'd also like to thank members of Shaking the Tree's Board, as well as many other individual supporters. To support this show, or any others in our season, please click for more info.
Shaking the Tree Theatre is located at 823 SE Grant St. Portland, OR 97214
Oue main office is located at 2136 SE 8th Ave Portland, OR 97214
For our theatre: Look for the Big Blue Warehouse on the corner od SE 9th and Grant and enter through the gate. For our main office: look for the beautiful mural on the corner of SE 8th and Grant. Entrance is on SE 8th.
Major Funding provided by
The Regional Arts & Culture Council, including support from the City of Portland, Multnomah County, the Arts Education & Access Fund, Prosper Portland, the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation, the Marie Lamfrom Charitable Foundation, the Shubert Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Collins Foundation, the Oregon Cultural Trust, the Oregon Arts Commission, the Rose and David Dortort Foundation, supporting organization of the California Community Foundation, Portland Events and Film, and the Multnomah County Cultural Coalition.