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Our Ruined House: a process of artistic telephone

This summer Associate Professor Rebecca Lingafelter and her fellow company members of the Portland Experimental Theatre Ensemble (PETE) conclude a three-year long process of artistic telephone between scripted and devised material in the world premiere of Our Ruined House by Robert Camp. The piece presents a series of overlapping narratives examining the geopolitical through the lens of the interpersonal. In a fusion of cold-war era Russian spy thriller and kitchen-sink drama, the notion of truth is put into question as a constructed paradox spearheading our desire to ‘win’ in both arenas of romantic and geopolitical relationships. This research project will investigate the creative process behind Our Ruined House as a foreground to examine the manifestation of a successful relationship between devised and the playwright scripted material. Can the artistic collaborators behind the production capture the fierce theatricality that results from a devised process inside of a scripted play, while simultaneously benefiting from the form and structure that a scripted text offers?

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Procedures For Saying No: Interrogating the Authorial Voice in Devised Performance

In the summer of 2016, Rebecca Lingafelter teamed up with students Rosemary Lambert and Sophie Swenson to collaborate with nationally recognized playwright Robert Camp and Portland Experimental Theatre to develop and produce a new piece of devised theatre, Procedures For Saying No, that investigated the role of the playwright in devised theatre and contemporary performance.

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Anton Chekhov’s Three Sisters: A “Contemporary” Text in Translation, Dramaturgy, & Performance

There are two major objectives we’d like to accomplish within the grant period. One, to collaboratively create a visceral, contemporary translation of Chekhov’s Three Sisters; and two, to work with the Portland Experimental Theatre Ensemble and a variety of professional actors in the city towards a production of that translation in a site-­‐specific performance space in Portland in August 2014.

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