Imago Theatre

Location

17 SE 8th Ave.
Portland
,
OR
97214
,
US

Website

Description

IMAGO THEATER Biography Since 1979, Imago has been creating transformative theater that crosses boundaries traditionally associated with language, age and the physical realm. None other than the New York Times said of their work: “Theater like this opens the eyes to the possibilities of exploration in the vast realm of imagination.” The company’s trademark style – which combines masks, dance and slapstick with witty social commentary on the human condition – is the direct result of over thirty years of study, development, and practice. Not easily pigeon-holed, Imago has repeatedly proven unique in its ability to create both popular family-oriented fare as highly regarded as its critically acclaimed (and ambitious) productions for adults. Imago has toured globally for over three decades, with numerous multi-national visits to Asia and Europe. Two of the company’s most lauded production, FROGZ and ZooZoo, have played at Broadway’s esteemed New Victory Theatre while another, No Exit, was revived at Harvard’s American Repertory Theatre and the Hartford Stage Company. Working out of a large 18,000 square foot theatre laboratory in Portland, Oregon, under the artistic direction of Carol Triffle and Jerry Mouawad, Imago’s ensemble of actors, dancers, designers, fabricators and musicians become alchemists seeking fresh perspectives of performance. The company has been honored for mask theatre pieces which have appealed to a wide age range, and for innovative works that push the boundaries of form, design and story. With its ongoing mission to create theater that transcends language, age, and gravity (and other laws of the real world), Imago has repeatedly entertained multicultural, multigenerational audiences with its inventively mind-bending productions. While the company’s approach has long been grounded in the rigorously physical techniques of the late Jacques Lecoq – an influential theater theoretician for whom Imago co-founder Carol Triffle served as assistant --- Imago has developed a distinctly theatrical approach all its own, one that’s equal parts dance, design, circus, music, text, and illusion. Jerry Mouawad’s neo-vaudevillian treatment of Sartre’s existentialist masterpiece No Exit was hailed for its “skin-tingling tension” (Boston Globe) while Triffle’s The Dinner was cited as “the most original and inspired theater you'll see” (The Oregonian).

Future Events

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Past Events

Sunday
Jul
19
2015
Sunday, July 19, 2015 from 2-4:30pm
2-4:30pm
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Imago Theatre
Imago artists present Imago Soiree #1 5 (directors) + 6 (works) July 17-19 Friday & Saturday at 7:30, Sunday at 2PM Soiree #1 will include Baudelaire movement theatre, surreal animation, classic experimental theater, and eccentric original works. Tickets are pay what you can ($10 to $20). Poetic kinetics, lo-fi animation, Handke inspired work, and outlandish originals fill this eclectic production. With Light Design by Jon Farley. For tickets call 503.231.3959 or TicketsWest at 503.224.8499 or online at ticketswest.com. Tickets also available at the door.
Saturday
Jul
18
2015
Saturday, July 18, 2015 from 7:30-9:30pm
7:30-9:30pm
Venue:
@
Imago Theatre
Imago artists present Imago Soiree #1 5 (directors) + 6 (works) July 17-19 Friday & Saturday at 7:30, Sunday at 2PM Soiree #1 will include Baudelaire movement theatre, surreal animation, classic experimental theater, and eccentric original works. Tickets are pay what you can ($10 to $20). Poetic kinetics, lo-fi animation, Handke inspired work, and outlandish originals fill this eclectic production. With Light Design by Jon Farley. For tickets call 503.231.3959 or TicketsWest at 503.224.8499 or online at ticketswest.com. Tickets also available at the door.
Friday
Jul
17
2015
Friday, July 17, 2015 from 7:30-9:30pm
7:30-9:30pm
Venue:
@
Imago Theatre
Imago artists present Imago Soiree #1 5 (directors) + 6 (works) July 17-19 Friday & Saturday at 7:30, Sunday at 2PM Soiree #1 will include Baudelaire movement theatre, surreal animation, classic experimental theater, and eccentric original works. Tickets are pay what you can ($10 to $20). Poetic kinetics, lo-fi animation, Handke inspired work, and outlandish originals fill this eclectic production. With Light Design by Jon Farley. For tickets call 503.231.3959 or TicketsWest at 503.224.8499 or online at ticketswest.com. Tickets also available at the door.
Thursday
Mar
13
2014
Thursday, March 13, 2014 at 4pm through Sunday, March 23, 2014 at 4pm
4pm through Sunday, March 23 at 4pm
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Imago Theatre
Feb 27 to Mar 23

 Thurs. 7:00, Fri.-Sat. 8:00, Sun. 2:00
 Imago's Jerry Mouawad directs renowned performer Allen Nause, former Artistic Director of Artist Repertory Theatre, playing the lead role of Davies in Harold PInter's Masterpiece The Caretaker. Jeffrey Gilpin will play Mick, one of two brothers who care and menace the enigmatic Davies. Gilpin was recently acclaimed in Imago's The Lover (also Pinter and also directed by Mouawad) Jacob Coleman, a founding member of PETE, Portland Experimental Theatre Company (which recently jolted the Portland theatre scene with his company's production of Richard III) will play Aston the lost yet enlightened brother who brings Davies home one day. As Mouawad accomplished with The Lover he will attempt to do again with The Caretaker juggling humor and tragedy within the brillance that is Harold Pinter. Recommended for adult audiences. “I started to take notes …. I folded up my little notebook, clicked my pen closed, and just watched. I don’t do this very often…Funny!.... Creative and exciting, nano-second to nano-second!” Barry Johnson, Oregon Arts Watch "Overwhelming! Startling! Beautiful!" Carol Wells, The Oregonian "Evocative! Mundane & Bizzare! Quicksilver! Wicked Humor! Profoundly Human!" Rebecca Jacobson, Willamette Week "Exceptional! Perfect! Provocative!" Denis Sparks
Friday
Dec
13
2013
Friday, December 13, 2013 at 7pm through Sunday, January 5, 2014 at 8:30pm
7pm through Sunday, January 5, 2014 at 8:30pm
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Imago Theatre
Imago's signature work returns! Alligators, haunted strings, musical windbags and an endless cowboy are just a few of the incredible creatures that come to life in this fantastical show that has been acclaimed worldwide for over three decades. Recommended for ages 4 and older. Dec. 13th at 7pm, Dec. 14th at 12pm & 3pm, Dec. 15th at 2pm, Dec. 20th at 7pm, Dec. 21st at 12pm & 3pm, Dec. 22nd at 2pm, Dec. 23rd at 2pm, Dec. 24th at 12pm & 3pm, Dec. 26th at 12pm & 3pm, Dec. 27th at 7pm, Dec. 28th at 12pm & 3pm, Dec. 29th at 2pm, Dec. 31st at 2pm, Jan. 1st at 12pm & 3pm, Jan. 2nd at 2pm, Jan. 3rd at 7pm, Jan. 4th at 12pm & 3pm, Jan. 5th at 2pm
Thursday
Dec
5
2013
Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 8pm through Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 9pm
8pm through Saturday, December 21 at 9pm
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Imago Theatre
Imago Theatre has added the kinky one-act by Harold Pinter "The Lover" to its December lineup. Pinter's intriguing examination of marriage and relationship portrayed by two individuals who inhabit a husband and wife both of whom are faithful yet seemingly unfaithful to one another. A one-act frenzy of sexual and romantic turns and twists performed by Imago favorite Anne Sorce (as Sarah) joined by Jeffrey Gilpin (as the multi-faceted Richard.) Comedic and provocative all under 60 minutes. Jerry Mouawad directs. Recommended for adults. 12/5/13 at 8pm, 12/6/13 at 9pm, 12/7/13 at 8pm, 12/12/13 at 8pm, 12/13/13 at 9pm, 12/14/13 at 8pm, 12/19/13 at 8pm, 12/20/13 at 9pm, 12/21/13 at 8pm
Friday
Nov
15
2013
Friday, November 15, 2013 at 7:30pm through Sunday, November 24, 2013 at 8:30pm
7:30pm through Sunday, November 24 at 8:30pm
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Imago Theatre
Tears of Joy Theatre presents The Reluctant Dragon, November 15 - 24th. The first show of the 2013/2014 Season will also be the launch of Tears of Joy’s new performance venue at Imago Theatre, 17 SE 8th St. What happens when a dragon moves into the neighborhood? Find out in this delightful play based on the story by Kenneth Grahame. Our dragon, as magnificent as any dragon who ever took the stage, is not the fearsome type. He, like the boy who befriends him, is more interested in art and poetry. The villagers, however, assume that they are in grave danger and send for Sir George, the renowned dragon slayer. This is a classic tale of “never judge a book by its cover,” told through music, charming table-top puppets, and a spectacular “full-sized” dragon puppet. Visit www.tojt.org for dates and information.