Devised by Shaking the Tree Words by Sara Jean Accuardi Directed by Samantha Van Der Merwe March 5th - April 2nd 2022
Thursdays-Saturdays at 7:30pm Sundays at 5:00pm Running time: 90 mins (no intermission) Installations are on view half an hour before showtime. Shows begin promptly at 7:30pm & 5:00pm. No late seating. *Recommended for ages 16 and up
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What people are saying:
"Stunning","Riveting","Electric" "Very, very alive and present work. Really stunning."- Patron
"I have been going to the theatre for a long time, and for me -- "Chick Fight" is right up there with Peter Brook's "Mahabharata." Every single beat was alive and full and shimmering with energy. Congratulations to all -- it is really wonderful work. Thank you." - Patron
"Every time I see a Samantha Van Der Merwe show at Shaking The Tree Theatre, it's like I'm watching the very boundaries of the live theatre medium get pushed in some bold new direction." - Patron "That sense of underlying danger is Chick Fight’s greatest asset: this is a devilishly unpredictable evening at the theater. Chick Fight is a risk, a deliberately discomfiting statement in a time when comfort is at a premium. You should see it as soon as you can." - Conner Reed, Portland Monthly Read more HERE
"If you're lucky and you act quickly, you might still be able to score a ticket to CHICK FIGHT,...IMO it's also the first must-see theatre event of 2022...It's an exhilarating, thought-provoking, and necessary piece." -Krista Garver, Broadway World Read more HERE
"Chick Fight is an example of devised theater doing what it’s supposed to. Between the lighting by Griffin Dewitt, the cello by Armon LaLonde, and the words by Sara Jean Accuardi, it feels like an organic, integrated, singular, vision." -Chris Gonzalez, Willamette Week Read more HERE
"Chick Fight's set, video and sound design converge to create the sparse, sci-fi world the two phenomenal actors inhabit. Passionate, hilarious, heartbreaking, lingering. At its conclusion, we sat mute with awe. Our long ride home was spent in silent contemplation broken only by outbursts of excited what-abouts. I don’t wanna give anything away and tell you what we were contemplating." - Patron
"What a creative and excellent devised show featuring two women, a male voice, a cellist, a series of dioramas, projections, constant movement, and some very provocative exchanges of words." - Patron
Photos by Hanan Margoles
About CHICK FIGHT
Part installation, part smackdown. Two terrifying Femme Fatales find themselves center ring, battling it out for the victorious title of Most Diabolical Woman of all Time.
The list of treacherous women who have been desired and reviled for their wicked deeds stretches back to the beginning of time, but who is the very worst? Come see some of the most notable on display and witness the ultimate fight that will determine who is deadly enough to rank among them. Who will win, who will die, who will join her sisters in the infernal halls of disgrace?
SHE, a monstrous thing: Kayla Hanson HER, a monstrous thing: Rebby Yuer Foster HIM, a constant presence; plays the cello: Armon LaLonde VOICE FROM ABOVE: Sam Dinkowitz UNDERSTUDY: Leiana Petlewski
Director & Set Designer: Samantha Van Der Merwe Lighting Designer: Griffin Dewitt Video Engineer: Trevor Sargent Sound Designer: Matt Wiens Costume Designer: Alison Heryer Assistant Costume Designer & Graphic Designer: Anand Boucher- Colbert Fight Choreographer: Kristen Mun Technical Director & Set Design Collaborator: Victoria Hilton Master Carpenter: Adrian Cadena Master Electrician: Spencer Fork Stage Manager: Emily Hogan Assistant Stage Manager: Pedro Dominguez Dramaturg: Pancho Savery Front of House Manager: Kai Hynes
CHICK FIGHT is generously supported by our major donors; Ronni Lacroute, Jessie Jonas, Ellyn Bye, Ed Hamilton, and the Rose and David Dortort Foundation. We'd also like to thank the foundations listed below, 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 visit our SUPPORT page.
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.