We're All Mad Here Devised by Samantha Van Der Merwe & Matthew Kerrigan Directed by Samantha Van Der Merwe |January 27th - February 25th 2017|
Winner for Best Set Design- Drammy Awards 2017 Nominated for Best Devised Work- Drammy Awards 2017 Nominated for Best Solo Performance (Matthew Kerrigan)- Drammy Awards 2017
“Be silent and listen: have you recognized your madness and do you admit it?"
Tumble down the rabbit hole with us and embrace the madness within ourselves and our world, through a series of dream-like vignettes, inspired by Alice in Wonderland ~ Snippets and characters from the beloved story Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carrol appear and disappear as one man struggles to find meaning in a mundane existence, ruled by the clock, another man tries to understand his life, and identity as a gay man, through memory, and a third dares to face his deepest fears and uncover the truth hidden there. ~ "People will do anything, no matter how absurd, in order to avoid facing their own souls. One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious. ~Carl Jung
Here's what press and audience members are saying:
"Development for any play can be a messy business. And, much like Alice’s famous answer to the caterpillar, where this show ended up is not where it began." Jason Buehrer from Portland Monthly interviews Matthew Kerrigan READ THE INTERVIEW HERE
"In essence, Shaking the Tree, artistic director Samantha Van Der Merwe and Kerrigan have arranged for us a magic mushroom trip—a journey through confusion to new lightness and childlike clarity. " ~A.L. Adams, Oregon Artswatch READ MORE HERE
Matthew Kerrigan, Daeja Paschoal-Thiem (Alice), Celia wood (Alice)
Scenic Design- Samantha Van Der Merwe Costume Design- Alanna Hylton Lighting Design- Jeff Woods Sound Design- Annalise Albright Woods Stage Manager- Natasha Stockem Technical Director- Ted Gold Props Assistance- Anne Witt Child Minder- Rebecca Spining
We would like to send out a huge thank you to our season sponsor Ronni Lacroute, who has been such a wonderful supporter of our work from the beginning, as well as our anonymous and mystery donors who prefer not to be named, but are so incredibly valuable to us, as well as all the other wonderful donors who joyfully support our work. We can't do it without you! For a full list of our 2016 donors click HERE
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Shaking the Tree Theatre is located at 823 SE Grant St. Portland, OR 97214
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Shaking the Tree is in a warehouse space on the NW corner of SE 9th Ave and SE Grant St. The entrance is located just off the courtyard.
Major Funding provided by
Ronni Lacroute, Jessie Jonas, Ellyn Bye, The James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation, The Regional Arts & Culture Council, including support from the City of Portland, Multnomah County, the Arts Education & Access Fund,The Collins Foundation, Oregon Cultural Trust, The Oregon Community Foundation, Prosper Portland, The Rose and David Dortort Foundation, and AGE.