Writing from the Soles of Your Feet: A Writing and Creativity Adventure for Adults (age 16 and up)
Sunday December 10th 12-4pm 8 Students max This workshop will be held in Shaking the Tree's rehearsal/office space (2136 SE 8th Ave)
"The duende is not in the throat: the duende surges up, inside, from the soles of the feet.” —Federico García Lorca The great Spanish poet Federico Garcia Lorca described the duende as a mysterious and elusive force in art that arises from deep within the artistic soul. It's the passionate, authentic, and sometimes dark energy that infuses creativity with raw, honest emotion. It’s not about surface beauty or perfection, it’s about pouring your true self into your creations. In this multimedia workshop, you will be guided to explore your personal connection to duende through a series of writing prompts inspired by the work of García Lorca, and will have the opportunity to turn your words into works of visual artwork to be showcased in the Shaking Tree gallery space.
Stephanie Adams-Santos The work of Stephanie Adams-Santos spans poetry, prose, and screenwriting. Their work reflects a fascination with the weird, numinous, and primal forces that shape inner life. Stephanie is the author of several full-length poetry collections and chapbooks, including DREAM OF XIBALBA (selected by Jericho Brown as winner of the 2021 Orison Poetry Prize) and SWARM QUEEN'S CROWN (finalist for a Lambda Literary Award). Stephanie was a Staff Writer and Story Editor on the television anthology horror series TWO SENTENCE HORROR STORIES (CW/Netflix). In addition to their literary work, they are creating an original Major Arcana tarot deck called Tarot de la Selva. More about Stephanie and their work can be found at www.obscurobeach.com
Michelle Ruiz Keil (she/her) is a playwright, tarot reader, and the author of two novels, All of Us With Wings and Summer in the City of Roses, a finalist for the Ursula K. Le Guin Prize for Fiction. Michelle’s short fiction was featured most recently in the Buckmxn Journal and the anthology Dispatches From Anarres. Her most recent dramatic writing featured in the ensemble production Forbidden Fruit at Shaking The Tree Theater. She is a 2021 Tin House Scholar, a 2022 Regional Arts and Culture Council grantee, and the recipient of residencies from Hedgebrook, The Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, and the Bloedel Reserve. Born in San Francisco, Michelle has lived in Portland, Oregon for many years where she curates the fairytale reading series All Kinds of Fur and lives with her family in a cottage where the forest meets the city.
This free workshop is made possible by a generous grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
The House of Bernarda Alba Staged Reading
The House of Bernarda Alba by Federico García Lorca Translated and Directed by Dylan Hankins Saturday October 28th at 2pm
One of the three plays in Lorca's rural Trilogy, along with Blood Wedding. The House of Bernarda Alba, Lorca's extraordinarily powerful drama, the last he wrote before his assassination, explores the darkness at the heart of repression. When Bernarda's husband dies, she locks all the doors and windows. She tells her grown-up daughters to sew and be silent. “There are eight years of mourning ahead of us. While it lasts not even the wind will get into this house.” But locks can't hold back the growing tide of desire.
Cast Bernarda Rebecca Lingafelter Angustias/Woman 1/María JosefaPaulinaJaeger-Rosete Magdalena/Woman 2Kale'a Lee-Fleishman Amelia/Woman 3OliviaMathews Adela/GirlSofía Marks Maid/PrudenceKasiaCaravello La PonciaCristiMiles Martirio/Woman 4RachelWells
Yerma by Federico García Lorca, translated by Jo Clifford Directed by Joellen Sweeney Saturday October 21st at 2:00pm
One of the three plays in Lorca's rural Trilogy, along with Blood Wedding. Yerma is the tale of an impassioned childless woman living with her husband in rural Spain. Tortured by her incessant longing to conceive a child, she is driven by madness to commit a heinous crime.
Cast YermaTricia Castañeda-Guevara Maria/Washerwoman 3Leiana Petlewski Pagan Old Woman/Washerwoman 2MariaPorter Girl 1/Washerwoman 4KaylaHanson Girl 2/Washerwoman 1ClaireAldridge Male/Sister 1MoisésAraguaney R. Da Silva Female/Sister 2/Washerwoman 5BeccaWirta Dolores/Washerwoman 6JosieSeid Juan Phillip RayGuevara Victor/Shepherd AnthonyShepherd
Stage Directions Kai Hynes Stage Manager Emily Hogan
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
Ronni S. Lacroute Fund of Oregon Community Foundation, Jessie Jonas, Anonymous, Ellyn Bye, 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.