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

Friday
Jan
19
2018
Friday, January 19, 2018 from 7:30-9pm
7:30-9pm
Venue:
@
Imago Theatre
Dolores visits a reunion of a high school she did not attend as a cacophony of characters try to determine her identity. Live music, physical comedy and absurdity run rampant. January 12-20, 2018 Imago Theatre – 17 SE 8th Avenue Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm and one matinee performance at 2pm on Sunday, January 14th ABOUT THE PLAY John, her husband, is continually ignored. Dolores, his wife, tells all she meets that she’s dying. The soon-to-be-gone and the invisible, Carol Triffle’s motifs, are lightly cloaked in this existential comedy of bad manners at a high school reunion. Triffle’s universe questions, comments, and insults with fire-words skewering each character. All are alone and desperate for companionship yet bound by their aloneness. Live music jolts the absurdity to bubbly heights and side tracks serious moments into comedic ditches. "The Reunion" can’t be codified and flies like a wild aircraft ricocheting off muddy memories, regrets and the uncertainty of hope. Dolores is an enthusiastic but reluctant pilot of her life. On her one and last night’s voyage, Dolores refuses to touch down. Nonetheless, all is good when she lands smoothly, easily and unharmed (almost). The cacophony and absurdity is accented as the ensemble of six each joins in as members of the reunion’s cover band.
Saturday
Jan
20
2018
Saturday, January 20, 2018 from 7:30-9pm
7:30-9pm
Venue:
@
Imago Theatre
Dolores visits a reunion of a high school she did not attend as a cacophony of characters try to determine her identity. Live music, physical comedy and absurdity run rampant. January 12-20, 2018 Imago Theatre – 17 SE 8th Avenue Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm and one matinee performance at 2pm on Sunday, January 14th ABOUT THE PLAY John, her husband, is continually ignored. Dolores, his wife, tells all she meets that she’s dying. The soon-to-be-gone and the invisible, Carol Triffle’s motifs, are lightly cloaked in this existential comedy of bad manners at a high school reunion. Triffle’s universe questions, comments, and insults with fire-words skewering each character. All are alone and desperate for companionship yet bound by their aloneness. Live music jolts the absurdity to bubbly heights and side tracks serious moments into comedic ditches. "The Reunion" can’t be codified and flies like a wild aircraft ricocheting off muddy memories, regrets and the uncertainty of hope. Dolores is an enthusiastic but reluctant pilot of her life. On her one and last night’s voyage, Dolores refuses to touch down. Nonetheless, all is good when she lands smoothly, easily and unharmed (almost). The cacophony and absurdity is accented as the ensemble of six each joins in as members of the reunion’s cover band.
Thursday
Jan
25
2018
Thursday, January 25, 2018 at 7:30pm through Saturday, February 10, 2018 at 9pm
7:30pm through Saturday, February 10 at 9pm
Venue:
@
Imago Theatre
From the team that brought you last year's renowned production "Jesus Christ Superstar" Experience the Shakespeare you’ve never experienced. Opening January 25th, Imago Theatre will host +Street Scenes’ unique theatrical production of William Shakespeare’s long poem “The Rape of Lucrece". With music by Matt Insley in collaboration with Jessica Tidd and a tour-de-force performance by both, this show is an exciting and remarkable opportunity to experience the poetry of Shakespeare in an accessible form. Until the original production, this poem has never been performed as a drama in the Pacific Northwest. The chamber art musical “The Rape of Lucrece” is an intense, intimate production featuring a combination of spoken word and song. This two-thousand-year-old timely story will be an emotional and compelling evening of theater. "The Rape of Lucrece" "... is a remarkably potent and necessary piece in light of its current context. The daily onslaught of headlines about the sexual assault of women by more powerful men - from movie moguls and actors to journalists and politicians - provides an effective backdrop for a piece that explores Shakespeare's mythic reworking of an ancient Roman tale." Prahlad Srihari December 06, 2017. Join us for a special benefit performance on February 1st when all proceeds will go to Sexual Abuse Survivors Movement/Process Group of Portland. The show runs Thursdays through Saturdays until February 10th. Curtain for all shows is 7:30 PM. Runtime is an hour and twenty minutes. Admission is $15 - $25. Tickets will be available at the door or may be purchased at www.boxofficetickets.com/bot/wa/event?id=325843 As the title suggests, this show has adult content and is not recommended for children. CDs may be purchased at the show. Contact Michael Streeter at CWPeducation@gmail.com for further information.

Past Events

Sunday
Jan
14
2018
Sunday, January 14, 2018 from 2-3:30pm
2-3:30pm
Venue:
@
Imago Theatre
Dolores visits a reunion of a high school she did not attend as a cacophony of characters try to determine her identity. Live music, physical comedy and absurdity run rampant. January 12-20, 2018 Imago Theatre – 17 SE 8th Avenue Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm and one matinee performance at 2pm on Sunday, January 14th ABOUT THE PLAY John, her husband, is continually ignored. Dolores, his wife, tells all she meets that she’s dying. The soon-to-be-gone and the invisible, Carol Triffle’s motifs, are lightly cloaked in this existential comedy of bad manners at a high school reunion. Triffle’s universe questions, comments, and insults with fire-words skewering each character. All are alone and desperate for companionship yet bound by their aloneness. Live music jolts the absurdity to bubbly heights and side tracks serious moments into comedic ditches. "The Reunion" can’t be codified and flies like a wild aircraft ricocheting off muddy memories, regrets and the uncertainty of hope. Dolores is an enthusiastic but reluctant pilot of her life. On her one and last night’s voyage, Dolores refuses to touch down. Nonetheless, all is good when she lands smoothly, easily and unharmed (almost). The cacophony and absurdity is accented as the ensemble of six each joins in as members of the reunion’s cover band.
Saturday
Jan
13
2018
Saturday, January 13, 2018 from 7:30-9pm
7:30-9pm
Venue:
@
Imago Theatre
Dolores visits a reunion of a high school she did not attend as a cacophony of characters try to determine her identity. Live music, physical comedy and absurdity run rampant. January 12-20, 2018 Imago Theatre – 17 SE 8th Avenue Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm and one matinee performance at 2pm on Sunday, January 14th ABOUT THE PLAY John, her husband, is continually ignored. Dolores, his wife, tells all she meets that she’s dying. The soon-to-be-gone and the invisible, Carol Triffle’s motifs, are lightly cloaked in this existential comedy of bad manners at a high school reunion. Triffle’s universe questions, comments, and insults with fire-words skewering each character. All are alone and desperate for companionship yet bound by their aloneness. Live music jolts the absurdity to bubbly heights and side tracks serious moments into comedic ditches. "The Reunion" can’t be codified and flies like a wild aircraft ricocheting off muddy memories, regrets and the uncertainty of hope. Dolores is an enthusiastic but reluctant pilot of her life. On her one and last night’s voyage, Dolores refuses to touch down. Nonetheless, all is good when she lands smoothly, easily and unharmed (almost). The cacophony and absurdity is accented as the ensemble of six each joins in as members of the reunion’s cover band.
Friday
Jan
12
2018
Friday, January 12, 2018 from 7:30-9pm
7:30-9pm
Venue:
@
Imago Theatre
Dolores visits a reunion of a high school she did not attend as a cacophony of characters try to determine her identity. Live music, physical comedy and absurdity run rampant. January 12-20, 2018 Imago Theatre – 17 SE 8th Avenue Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm and one matinee performance at 2pm on Sunday, January 14th ABOUT THE PLAY John, her husband, is continually ignored. Dolores, his wife, tells all she meets that she’s dying. The soon-to-be-gone and the invisible, Carol Triffle’s motifs, are lightly cloaked in this existential comedy of bad manners at a high school reunion. Triffle’s universe questions, comments, and insults with fire-words skewering each character. All are alone and desperate for companionship yet bound by their aloneness. Live music jolts the absurdity to bubbly heights and side tracks serious moments into comedic ditches. "The Reunion" can’t be codified and flies like a wild aircraft ricocheting off muddy memories, regrets and the uncertainty of hope. Dolores is an enthusiastic but reluctant pilot of her life. On her one and last night’s voyage, Dolores refuses to touch down. Nonetheless, all is good when she lands smoothly, easily and unharmed (almost). The cacophony and absurdity is accented as the ensemble of six each joins in as members of the reunion’s cover band.
Sunday
Jan
7
2018
Sunday, January 7, 2018 from 5-6:30pm
5-6:30pm
Venue:
@
Imago Theatre
IMAGO THEATRE presents the return of FROGZ by Carol Triffle and Jerry Mouawad FROGZ is Imago Theatre’s signature work. It has been described as Cirque Du Soleil-evoking acrobatics mixed with Mummenschanz-like mime, set in a unique –yet accessible- French-influenced avant-garde playground. It is an unforgettable experience for children and adults alike and has been seen on stage and television by over a million people. The ingenious masks, mesmerizing movement, outlandish costumes, and original music score create a carnival of the absurd, presenting universal themes with a light touch, as animals take on human characteristics and inanimate objects, like orbs and slinkys, engage in silly humanistic movements. FROGZ is penguins playing musical chairs, a cat trapped in a giant paper bag, orbs running wild through the audience, and a madcap revue of illusion, comedy and fun that has inspired audiences worldwide. FROGZ has been performed in China, Europe and at some of North America’s most revered festivals.
Sunday, January 7, 2018 from 2-3:30pm
2-3:30pm
Venue:
@
Imago Theatre
IMAGO THEATRE presents the return of FROGZ by Carol Triffle and Jerry Mouawad FROGZ is Imago Theatre’s signature work. It has been described as Cirque Du Soleil-evoking acrobatics mixed with Mummenschanz-like mime, set in a unique –yet accessible- French-influenced avant-garde playground. It is an unforgettable experience for children and adults alike and has been seen on stage and television by over a million people. The ingenious masks, mesmerizing movement, outlandish costumes, and original music score create a carnival of the absurd, presenting universal themes with a light touch, as animals take on human characteristics and inanimate objects, like orbs and slinkys, engage in silly humanistic movements. FROGZ is penguins playing musical chairs, a cat trapped in a giant paper bag, orbs running wild through the audience, and a madcap revue of illusion, comedy and fun that has inspired audiences worldwide. FROGZ has been performed in China, Europe and at some of North America’s most revered festivals.
Saturday
Jan
6
2018
Saturday, January 6, 2018 from 3-4:30pm
3-4:30pm
Venue:
@
Imago Theatre
IMAGO THEATRE presents the return of FROGZ by Carol Triffle and Jerry Mouawad FROGZ is Imago Theatre’s signature work. It has been described as Cirque Du Soleil-evoking acrobatics mixed with Mummenschanz-like mime, set in a unique –yet accessible- French-influenced avant-garde playground. It is an unforgettable experience for children and adults alike and has been seen on stage and television by over a million people. The ingenious masks, mesmerizing movement, outlandish costumes, and original music score create a carnival of the absurd, presenting universal themes with a light touch, as animals take on human characteristics and inanimate objects, like orbs and slinkys, engage in silly humanistic movements. FROGZ is penguins playing musical chairs, a cat trapped in a giant paper bag, orbs running wild through the audience, and a madcap revue of illusion, comedy and fun that has inspired audiences worldwide. FROGZ has been performed in China, Europe and at some of North America’s most revered festivals.
Saturday, January 6, 2018 from noon-1:30pm
noon-1:30pm
Venue:
@
Imago Theatre
IMAGO THEATRE presents the return of FROGZ by Carol Triffle and Jerry Mouawad FROGZ is Imago Theatre’s signature work. It has been described as Cirque Du Soleil-evoking acrobatics mixed with Mummenschanz-like mime, set in a unique –yet accessible- French-influenced avant-garde playground. It is an unforgettable experience for children and adults alike and has been seen on stage and television by over a million people. The ingenious masks, mesmerizing movement, outlandish costumes, and original music score create a carnival of the absurd, presenting universal themes with a light touch, as animals take on human characteristics and inanimate objects, like orbs and slinkys, engage in silly humanistic movements. FROGZ is penguins playing musical chairs, a cat trapped in a giant paper bag, orbs running wild through the audience, and a madcap revue of illusion, comedy and fun that has inspired audiences worldwide. FROGZ has been performed in China, Europe and at some of North America’s most revered festivals.
Friday
Jan
5
2018
Friday, January 5, 2018 from 7-8:30pm
7-8:30pm
Venue:
@
Imago Theatre
IMAGO THEATRE presents the return of FROGZ by Carol Triffle and Jerry Mouawad FROGZ is Imago Theatre’s signature work. It has been described as Cirque Du Soleil-evoking acrobatics mixed with Mummenschanz-like mime, set in a unique –yet accessible- French-influenced avant-garde playground. It is an unforgettable experience for children and adults alike and has been seen on stage and television by over a million people. The ingenious masks, mesmerizing movement, outlandish costumes, and original music score create a carnival of the absurd, presenting universal themes with a light touch, as animals take on human characteristics and inanimate objects, like orbs and slinkys, engage in silly humanistic movements. FROGZ is penguins playing musical chairs, a cat trapped in a giant paper bag, orbs running wild through the audience, and a madcap revue of illusion, comedy and fun that has inspired audiences worldwide. FROGZ has been performed in China, Europe and at some of North America’s most revered festivals.
Monday
Jan
1
2018
Monday, January 1, 2018 from 3-4:30pm
3-4:30pm
Venue:
@
Imago Theatre
IMAGO THEATRE presents the return of FROGZ by Carol Triffle and Jerry Mouawad FROGZ is Imago Theatre’s signature work. It has been described as Cirque Du Soleil-evoking acrobatics mixed with Mummenschanz-like mime, set in a unique –yet accessible- French-influenced avant-garde playground. It is an unforgettable experience for children and adults alike and has been seen on stage and television by over a million people. The ingenious masks, mesmerizing movement, outlandish costumes, and original music score create a carnival of the absurd, presenting universal themes with a light touch, as animals take on human characteristics and inanimate objects, like orbs and slinkys, engage in silly humanistic movements. FROGZ is penguins playing musical chairs, a cat trapped in a giant paper bag, orbs running wild through the audience, and a madcap revue of illusion, comedy and fun that has inspired audiences worldwide. FROGZ has been performed in China, Europe and at some of North America’s most revered festivals.
Sunday
Dec
31
2017
Sunday, December 31, 2017 from 2-3:30pm
2-3:30pm
Venue:
@
Imago Theatre
IMAGO THEATRE presents the return of FROGZ by Carol Triffle and Jerry Mouawad FROGZ is Imago Theatre’s signature work. It has been described as Cirque Du Soleil-evoking acrobatics mixed with Mummenschanz-like mime, set in a unique –yet accessible- French-influenced avant-garde playground. It is an unforgettable experience for children and adults alike and has been seen on stage and television by over a million people. The ingenious masks, mesmerizing movement, outlandish costumes, and original music score create a carnival of the absurd, presenting universal themes with a light touch, as animals take on human characteristics and inanimate objects, like orbs and slinkys, engage in silly humanistic movements. FROGZ is penguins playing musical chairs, a cat trapped in a giant paper bag, orbs running wild through the audience, and a madcap revue of illusion, comedy and fun that has inspired audiences worldwide. FROGZ has been performed in China, Europe and at some of North America’s most revered festivals.