[Libs-Or] FW: VERB: a new program by Portland Arts & Lectures
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From: Barbara Verchot <barbara at literary-arts.org>
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Date: Tue, 15 Jun 2004 16:00:46 -0400 (EDT)
To: DAHLGREEN Marykay <Marykay.Dahlgreen at state.or.us>
Subject: VERB: a new program by Portland Arts & Lectures
VERB: Literature in Performance
a new program of Portland Arts Lectures
For Immediate Release:
June 15, 2004
Contact Howard Aaron or Barbara Verchot 503.227.2583
-- Raymond Carver
-- Ursula K. Le Guin
-- Sponsors PORTLAND, Ore. - Portland Arts Lectures is pleased to announce
the inaugural season of VERB: Literature in Performance, a program that will
bring alive the experience of short stories and novellas through theatrical
performances featuring some of Portland's leading directors and actors. We
are excited to launch this new series with two esteemed Oregon authors -
Raymond Carver and Ursula K. Le Guin - whose original works of short fiction
provide lucid portraits of worlds we know or will soon be lucky to discover.
Raymond Carver: Carver Country, directed by Jane Unger will run July 8-25,
Ursula K. LeGuin: Earth Stories, directed by Jan Powell will run July
29-August 15, 2004.
Performances will take place at Theater! Theatre! 3430 S.E. Belmont.
Thursdays through Saturdays at 8pm; Sundays at 7pm.
Tickets per performance are $24 General; $18 Seniors (60+); $12 Full-time
Box Office: 503.227.2583.
Photographs available upon request. Overview
Verb: Literature in Performance is designed to offer audiences a unique way
of understanding the writer's craft with equal attention given to the
author's narrative style and to a work's dialogue. While the emphasis is on
language, the words will be enhanced by the use of costumes, lighting and
These performances will be up close and personal, held in an intimate
theater space, Theater! Theatre! on Belmont, which seats 95 people. The
series purposely takes place during the summer months, when Portland Arts
Lectures and most Portland theater companies are on hiatus. The casts are
comprised of equity and non-equity actors taking on multiple roles, and the
works are directed by leading directors in the Portland theatrical
Each summer, VERB will celebrate the works of contemporary masters of the
form and will draw upon classics from the international canon. When
possible, writers will be invited to attend a performance and take part in a
post-performance discussion. Raymond Carver
Born in Clatskanie, Oregon in 1939, Raymond Carver was at the center of the
short story renaissance in the 1980s. His works, most often set in the
Pacific Northwest, captured with a disquieting realism the tensions between
love and identity, desperation and growth. Carver Country looks at three
works by the award-winning writer: Why Honey?, What We Talk About When We
Talk About Love and Cathedral. Poet Tess Gallagher, partner of the late
author, will be available for a post-performance discussion following the
July 10th performance.
This program is underwritten by Mary Ann McDowell, Debbie Thomas Real
Estate. Ursula K. Le Guin
Ursula K. Le Guin is perhaps best known for her brilliant works of fantasy,
science and utopian fictions, yet this celebrated Portland author often
traverses the lonely planet earth with stories that equally yield keen moral
and psychological insights into the human condition. We present two of those
short stories, Half Past Four and In the Drought, drawn from Le Guin's
Unlocking the Air and Other Stories. Ursula K. Le Guin will be available for
a post-performance discussion following the August 1st performance.
This program is underwritten by Nordstrom. Sponsors
VERB is sponsored by Brian Rhonda Gard, Steven Marci Taylor and Willamette
Additional support is provided by the Maybelle Clark Macdonald Fund.
Literary Arts is funded in part by the Regional Arts and Culture Council,
the Oregon Arts Commission, and the National Endowment for the Arts
Literary Arts is a statewide, nonprofit arts organization dedicated to
promoting the importance of language as a means to express, explore and
experience the world in which we live. The programs of Literary Arts are:
Oregon Book Awards; Oregon Literary Fellowships; Poetry In Motion®; Poetry
Downtown; Portland Arts Lectures and Writers in the Schools.
For more information about any of these programs, please call 503.227.2583,
or visit www.literary-arts.org.
email: barbara at literary-arts.org
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