The Open space Residency is for new work by emerging artists that needs a container for exploration and play, a place to move and test out the work on its feet. Shaking the Tree offers artists an open space and a platform for sharing the work that has been created.
You my Love at Home Again by Devan Wardrop-Saxton November 22nd & 23rd at 7:30pm
YOU MY LOVE AT HOME AGAIN is a play with songs about Liria, a young woman who was once a wolf, and her mother-in-law Menna as they reach across barriers of language, fear, and pride to cope with an unthinkable loss. No longer fully a wolf and not really fully human, Liria must decide where she belongs: with Menna, a human who may never truly understand her? Or with the wolf pack that has been circling closer and closer and is howling at the door? The Open Space Residency will allow Devan to focus on the movement elements of the piece and give those intrinsic components the time they deserve.
Devan Wardrop-Saxton is a Portland-based playwright & songwriter originally from the City of Subdued Excitement (otherwise known as Bellingham, WA). Raised in the Pacific Northwest folk music community, she writes intimate, fantastical works that engage the full breadth of live performance’s imaginative possibilities to explore tensions of cross-cultural communication, personal identity, and what it means to belong to a community. A graduate of Lewis & Clark College’s Theatre and German programs, she is a grateful recipient of a 2018 artist residency at Hungary’s D’Clinic Studios and a proud associate artist of String House Theatre. www.devankws.com
Aubrey Jessen - Velvet TBA
Velvet is the story of a woman finding herself caught up in a thrilling, boundary-pushing new friendship. The growing body count is probably unrelated...
Aubrey Jessen is a Portland-based performer, director, and writer. She acted in and wrote for Action/Adventure Theatre's popular serialized comedies Fall of the House, Sidekicks, and Mars One&Two. Also for Action/Adventure, she wrote the original script Ghost Town, and co-wrote/directed Hawthorne, which was nominated for a Drammy award for original script. Aubrey's scripts have also been seen at LiveOnstage, Profile Theatre, and Vancouver School of Arts and Academics. Additionally, Aubrey has worked as a teaching artist for Oregon Children’s Theatre, where she is helping to pilot programming for students with disabilities.