Shaking the Tree melds the boundaries of theatre and visual art by presenting audiences with unconventional theatrical experiences in our non-traditional warehouse space. Founded in 2003, Shaking the Tree uses innovative ways to inhabit space, and positions itself at the intersection of innovation, activism and groundbreaking theatricality to allow audiences to experience a deeper, more active connection to the work.
How did the name Shaking the Tree originate?
Shaking the Tree's name comes from a mishmash of mythology and fairytale: The Bodhi Tree, The flowering Apple Tree, the Silver Pear Tree, but mostly the Golden Apple Tree from the Grimm Brothers’ fairy tale, Mother Holly. In this tale the young heroin comes up to a tree laden with apples. The Tree says "Shake me. Shake me. We apples are all ripe." So she shakes the tree until the apples fall as though it were raining golden apples. When there are none left in the tree, she gathers them into a pile, and then continues on her way.
"I love this idea of the young heroine doing her soul work in the underworld of Mother Holly. The important and necessary work of imagining and creating." ~Samantha Van Der Merwe
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Box Office: 503.235.0635
Shaking the Tree Theatre is located at 823 SE Grant St. Portland, OR 97214
Look for the Big Blue Warehouse!
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.