Cerimon House welcomes artist Annette Sabater, who as a parent of a transgender young woman, made peace through her art with the mysteries and lessons involved. AN IRIS STANDS TALL is a month long art exhibit, with three special At The Hearth Series Tuesday night forums to discuss the issues of transgender transitions.
Join us for an epically-sized theatrical adaptation of Shakespeare's late-career romance The Winter's Tale, focusing on the deeper female story-lines of the characters Paulina, Hermione, and Emelia. This commission is by playwright Jennifer Le Blanc, and is a staged reading featuring a large cast of beloved Portland actors.
Cerimon House is thrilled to welcome back Mark Shapiro of LAIKA to share with us all a presentation on the history of LAIKA and how their dynamic & magical films are made, frame-by-frame. A Q&A will follow Mr. Shapiro's presentation on Tuesday, December 27th @ 7:30pm at Cerimon House. Don't miss this amazing opportunity to catch the "behind the scenes" action of LAIKA films!
Cerimon House is excited to welcome back The Meriwethers for two magnificent performances of Songs of Discovery. This musical, artful foursome presents original songs and a multimedia song-scape that tell the epic story of Lewis & Clark and the Corps of Discovery. Join us for an evening performance on Friday, November 18th at 7:00PM or for our matinee performance on Sunday, November 20th at 2:30PM.
Join us in welcoming our 2016 Artist in Residence, Jennifer Le Blanc, returning to Cerimon House for a staged reading of her newest play: Winter's Passage, a beautiful adaptation of Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale retold from the perspective of the female characters in the play. December 2-5, 2016. Featuring a cast of 12 marvelous actors, and original design by Sarah Gahagan.
Please join us on Thursday, April 28th at 7:30pm for a live performance by Lisa Lynne & Aryeh Frankfurter, playing celtic harps, sharing rare instruments, and telling wondrous stories. Cerimon House is delighted to host these magnificent performers, touring to Portland all the way from San Francisco. This is a night not to be missed.
Cerimon House welcomes back our esteemed colleague, Megan Cole, for a one night solo performance of Still Life. This poignant piece is based on Nighthawks by Carolyn Barbier, and explores the subject of life on a ventilator and end-of-life choices. The evening will also feature live harpists Lisa Lynne & Aryeh Frankfurter.
This, dear friends, is the best of the immensely popular “Today I Am…” daily feed on Facebook, where classic artworks get mashed-up with bold new stories. An annual offering at Cerimon House, the six themed exhibits are displayed in a treasure hunt of the virtual art world – with creator & curator Bob Hicks as host & speaker.
300,000 Clicks of a Camera:
How LAIKA Makes An Animated Film
What happens behind the scenes of a major stop-motion production? Mark Shapiro from LAIKA, the Oregon-based animation studio, took us through the process. Cerimon House (we’re mad for puppets!) was delighted to introduce you to Mark this Autumn.
Building entire worlds by hand, piece by piece, learn how LAIKA creates life in 24 frames per second, including their 3 Oscar-nominated feature films: Coraline, ParaNorman, and The Boxtrolls. Founded in 2005, the studio’s fourth feature Kubo and the Two Strings will premiere in theaters worldwide in Summer 2016.
We are so delighted to bring programming of national impact to the newly renovated Cerimon House. Thank you to Mark Shapiro, the many LAIKA fans, and all who joined us for this whimsical & wonderful event.
Cerimon House hosted the West Coast premiere of Charles Addams: Family & Friends – 52 original pieces of pen & ink cartooning by the master of the macabre, featuring images from The Addams Family as well as famed covers from the New Yorker magazine. We so enjoyed a spooktacular and dead-pan-funny Autumn with Mr. Addams.
This thrilling art exhibit arrived with the permission of the Tee and Charles Addams Foundation in New York, and was displayed in the newly renovated Cerimon House art gallery. New friends of all ages wandered the halls of our sanctuary for the Humanities, and naughty giggles ricocheted about.
October 29 through December 13, 2015
With thanks to our terrific community sponsors: Pomegranate, SET, Concordia Neighborhood Association, Concordia University, and KBOO Community Radio.
Cerimon House is, as always, honored to present the incomparable actor, speaker & citizen: Megan Cole. Each year she supports our mission by offering a solo performance, full of heart & meaning. From The Wisdom of Wit, to Now I Must Begin Again, to Don Juan In Hell, her greatly anticipated appearances are a highlight for our audiences.
And how perfect, as we were at our very own turning point: the beginning of a construction and renovation period of our own campus. This special performance allowed the audience to pull-up a chair and revel in Ms. Cole’s Story Time for Grown-Ups series. Laughter and tears emerged, every which way, turning and re-turning.
This benefit, Turning Points, also occurred at a pivotal moment in our history: our 6th birthday, which coincided with hearing the news of our permits for construction. And the next time we turn-around, we will be 7, and back in our home to welcome you in. (A happy re-turn indeed.)
The novel Moll Flanders was a sensation in 1722 when Daniel Defoe presented it to a voracious readership. Bawdy and true, daring and ribald, this “morality tale” shows an independent woman of spirit making her way through a man’s world. Regional theatre artist Jennifer Le Blanc brings the work to life, in a frolicsome and bracing adaptation.
Ms. LeBlanc is an annual creative collaborator, having penned three popular offerings for Cerimon House: Persuasion (Austen’s masterpiece re-awakened) and The One You Feed (a look at violence in society) and an upcoming commission, adapting The Winter's Tale (Shakespeare's beautiful story of redemption.) The Cerimon House Artists Residency shepherds new adaptations of literature by women – and we are thrilled when they move on to success in new markets, as Jennifer’s have.
The Cerimon House cast included: Diane Kondrat, Sydney Somerfield, Lauren Bloom, Rändi Douglas, Gretchen Rumbaugh, Lauren Modica, Danielle Chaves, Danielle Renella, Cassie Skauge, Lily Burnett, William Wilson, Lawrence Siulagi, Rollin Carlson, Joey Copsey, Richie Bowen, Karl Hanover, Todd Van Voris
Known internationally, Tillie Olsen is honored for her powerful, poetic writing depicting the lives of working-class people, women, and people of color – with respect, profound understanding, and deep love. Her books, Tell Me a Riddle, Yonnondio from the Thirties, Silences, and her essays and lectures, have been translated into twelve languages.
A century after her birth, Tillie’s award-winning writings are newly available in an expanded collection, including the haunting “lost” story Requa I. We presented a retrospective, featuring the actors Sandy Kelly Hoffman, Gretchen Rumbaugh, Dawn Lisell, Andres Alcala, Paul J. Susi, Lawrence Siulagi, Fernanda Stier, and Lauren Modica.
The evening included an aural sampling of Tell Me A Riddle, I Stand Here Ironing, I Want You Women Up North To Know, O Yes, The Strike, Requa I, and featured special guest Kathie Olsen (Tillie’s daughter) sharing stories of her Mom’s life and times.
Revival planned for 2016
Dignity and Healing
Dorothy Pitkin was a writer & photographer who chronicled her last months in a nursing home. Fiercely funny & brave, she struggled with the stripping away of dignity so common to drawn-out end-stage disease, while also living with a fervent love of life in all of its terrible beauty.
Award-winning actor of stage & screen Megan Cole performs her transcription of Pitkin’s final writings in this moving solo monologue, followed by a symposium on the topic of “aging in place.” Ms. Cole has crafted a remarkable career, balancing a life in the Cultural Arts and the Medical Arts.
Megan has been a stalwart supporter of Cerimon House (performing with us annually,) and her newest work in the field of medical empathy includes the solo presentation Still Life, a compelling piece about ventilators and their uses.
Letters from Famous People about their Favorite Poem
Conceived & directed by Gemma Whelan, this special event opens-up the conversation about World Hunger. The presentation featured a powerhouse cast of local readers – and we were thrilled to welcome Oregon Poet Laureate Paulann Petersen.
Lifelines is a collection of revered poetry, gathered by school students in 1985 who wrote to famous people, asking them what their favorite poem was – and why. The published collections which followed raised significant funds for famine victims in developing countries. poetry to feed the mind.
Presented at the Alberta Little Church in partnership with the Oregon Food Bank and Mercy Corps.
The Lifelines II ensemble included: Andrea Hollander Budy, Brooke Budy, Avery Hill, Mary McDonald-Lewis, Sharon McDonald, Vana O’Brien, & Ted Roisum.
Humans & Monsters May Bite
The new play The One You Feed by J. Pizarro, is a spine-tingling allegory of howling town-folk who are on-the-loose. A symposium The Beast Within followed the presentation, to discuss the escalating violence in our society, and how the Arts might provide viable and creative solutions.
This Cerimon House commission emerged out of a search for a modern American ghost story with a moral, and brought together a large circle of local artisans.
Direction by Randall Stuart, masks by Jane Clugston, musical score by Katy Stephan, photography by Travis Williams, and Art Show by Mr. Riddle
The ensemble included:
Gretchen Rumbaugh, David Buttaro, Cecily Overman, Dawn Lisell, Dave Bodin, Jennifer Le Blanc, Diana Boos, Gilberto Martin del Campo, Sascha Blocker, Lily Burnett, Kate Lacey, Cassie Skauge, Sean Lindsay, Aron Farrar, Jeffrey Gilpin
An Evening of Steinbeck
Meet the iconic Trask twin boys, their surrogate parent Mr. Lee, and witness their naming. A sharing of four short sections from the classic Pulitzer Prize-winning novel East of Eden, rich in American prose. Adapted, directed, and co-produced by Gilberto Martin del Campo.
Lee, Adam & Sam (The Sons of Cain) was a special Autumn 2012 revival of one of our most beloved presentations from Spring 2012, and was presented at the Alberta Little Church as part of our Salons & Symposia series. The return engagement allowed the artists to dig deep into the text, and mine Steinbeck’s words.
The Ensemble: Dawn Lisell, Paul J. Susi, Kevin-Michael Moore, Cassie Skauge, Amaya Villazan, Aron Farrar
Puppetry: Sarah Gahagan
Photography: Travis Williams
Amaya Villazan & Craig Stewart
A journey to the Other Side
A re-telling of the compelling Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Bridge of San Luis Rey featuring the fascinating characters of Clara, Pepita, the Marquesa, Perichole, Uncle Pio & the Abbess, in a story of just ‘one split second’. Adapted by theatre artist Dawn Lisell for Cerimon House.
“There is a land of the living and a land of the dead and the bridge is love, the only survival, the only meaning.” – Thornton Wilder
The Cerimon House ensemble: Amaya Villazan, Debbie Hunter, Dawn Lisell, Gretchen Rumbaugh, Eva Rotter, Gilberto Martin del Campo, & Sam A. Mowry.
Cerimon House stands at a wonderful bridge of its own, in the Alberta Arts District of Portland – and we are sure of our footing. And we hope you’ll join us there in the Concordia neighborhood for even more connection to the Humanities – and soon, within our very own restored building.
Photography by Gary Norman
A Jane Austen Dream, with the Rustling of Paper
This buoyant new adaptation of Jane Austen’s Persuasion by Jennifer Le Blanc, featured an epic staging at Cerimon House. The words swept off of the pages – and up into the air – while the actors were beautifully wrapped in paper!
The audience assembled at the environs of the historic Ainsworth House in Oregon City. And yes, the costumes were created of cardboard, paper, tyvek & buckram, and stenciled with tempura paint by award-winning costume designer Sarah Gahagan. Ms. LeBlanc’s adaptation has, to date, gone on to four professional regional theatre stagings.
The Cerimon House ensemble featured: Brenda Hubbard, Sascha Blocker, Gemma Whelan, Jennifer Le Blanc, Amanda Soden, Cassie Skauge, Adair Chappell, Gilberto Martin del Campo, David Bodin, Joel Morello, Paul J. Susi, Rollin Carlson and Kevin Yell.
With original piano composition by Adam Stockman. Photography by Gary Norman.
Letters From Famous People About Their Favorite Poem
This mellifluous performance was conceived and directed by local theatre artist Gemma Whelan– featuring nine wonderful local voices, and opening-up the conversation about world hunger.
Lifelines is a truly remarkable collection of poetry which was created when a group of secondary school students in Ireland wrote to famous people, asking them what their favorite poem was (and why) – and then published the collection to raise funds for famine victims in developing countries.
The Cerimon House Lifelines I ensemble included:
Ted Roisum, Mary McDonald-Lewis, Victor Mack, Gilberto Martin del Campo, Lynne Foster, Gemma Whelan, Sharon McDonald – with vocalist Colleen Raney & harpist Kerryann Foley.
Performed at Stonehenge Studios.
A heartfelt plea to fix gun checks in America.
A concert to promote sanity in the streets and safety in the schools. S.O.S. – Songs of Sondheim reunited the award-winning cast of the highly-praised local production of Sondheim’s Assassins, as well as other beloved local vocalists and musicians.
The concert honored victims of gun violence everywhere, and Cerimon House partnered with Stumptown Stages and Ceasefire Oregon Education Foundation to raise funds and consciousness. Performed at the Alberta Rose Theatre.
See the related Portrait Project, created for this live event.
The Ensemble: Sharonlee McLean, Isaac Lamb, Kirk Mouser, Randall Stuart, Kevin-Michael Moore, Shawn Rogers, Dainichia Noreault, Ammon Morris, Genevieve Andersen, Rebecca Kimball, Susannah Mars…& with the participation of Margie Boule, Juliannne Johnson, Dale Johannes, Brian Bartley, Andrew Bray & many more.
“All the best performers bring to their role something more, something different than what the author put on paper. That’s what makes theatre live. That’s why it persists.” – Sondheim
A Story In Their Eyes:
The Power of Portraiture
A Cerimon House commission of Portland painter & graphic artist Jeremy Boldt, whom we met on the street selling his beautiful art. We engaged Jeremy to create 18 portraits to grace the stage of our benefit performance about gun safety: The S.O.S. Concert.
These provocative illustrations captured the essence of nine particular American presidents (and their unkindly foils) as brought to life in the songs from the award-winning Sondheim musical Assassins. In the wake of the Tucson tragedy of January 2011, this Cerimon House concert brought focus to practical safety issues in society.
We thank Jeremy for his trust in us, and for his terrific work. We are so glad we stopped on the street and asked about his art. The 18 portraits are digitally mastered, and can be obtained in a printed Collectors Set of 6×8″ stock cards for $20 [inc. shipping & handling]. Order yours at Cerimon House
Playing with Literary Fire: Shaw’s Masterpiece
In George Bernard Shaw’s theatrical allegory Don Juan In Hell, Don Juan Tenorio finds his way to Heaven with a little help from an old & artful friend named Lucifer. The one-act play is regarded as one of the 20th Century’s masterpieces of literature.
Featuring Gilberto Martin del Campo as Don Juan Tenorio and Jennifer Le Blanc as Dona Ana (both pictured below in Artist Rep’s Eurydice). The Devil was portrayed by the award-winning actor Megan Cole (the original Dr. Bearing in the play WIT) and local favorite Joel Morelloassayed the role of the stately-&-merry statue Don Gonzalo.
Directed by Cerimon House founder Randall Stuart, and adapted by Jennifer LeBlanc, Don Juan In Hell played in the intimate surroundings of Stonehenge Studios in Portland. Plans are in the works for an epic & immersive full-production within the great halls of our newly renovated campus: stay tuned, for all hell may break loose.
Anything can happen during an eclipse.
Within 24 hours (in which, coincidentally, the moon covers the sun) the innocent hero Mr. P.T. Glee awakens on A Lovely Day and accomplishes at least five major things: comradeship, love, liberation, a trial, and a trip into the future.
In a full re-imagining of the 1929 play Pantagleize by the Flemish playwright Michel de Ghelderode, this “sleeper classic” bolts-wide-awake on the troubling morning of a completely interesting day. The benefit performances were performed at Artists Rep in 2010, with an original score by renowned composer Rody Ortega.
With abiding thanks to the original cast [Gilpin, Grace, Izambard, Palmer, Rooney, Rumbaugh, Ryan, Stuart & Susi]…and with a devoted tip-of-the-hat to the remarkable student cast & staff designers of Pacific University (led by Ellen Margolis, Tal Sanders & Caitlin Quinn) for bringing the play to a glorious theatrical life.