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IMAGO THEATRE
503.231.9581
17 SE 8th
Portland, OR 97214

 

 

 

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SHOWS FROGZ LA BELLE MEDEA REUNION HUMAN NOISE AUDITIONS WORKSHOPS


 

 

HUMAN



NOISE

 


SEPT. 21 to SEPT. 30
ONLY SIX PERFORMANCES


THURSDAY, FRIDAY &
SatURDAY | All Shows 7:30

TICKETS CAN BE PURCHASED BY CALLING IMAGO AT 503.231.9581, ONLINE AT TICKETSWEST.COM OR BY CALLING TICKETSWEST AT 503.224.8499
TICKETS ARE ALSO AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR.

TICKET PRICES ARE PAY-WHAT-YOU-WILL $10 TO $20 FOR SHOWS SEPTEMBER 21-29TH.

CLOSING NIGHT SHOW, SEPTEMBER 30TH, INCLUDES A READING BY TESS GALLAGHER – TICKETS ARE $25.

 

Recommended for 16 years and older

 


 

Fans of Raymond Carver, one of the 20th century's most vital short story writers, will be delighted to find four of his earliest works staged in HUMAN NOISE, three stories and a poem directed and choreographed by Imago Theatre’s Jerry Mouawad. The production runs for only six performances: Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm from September 21 through September 30. The stories include “Gazebo,” “A Serious Talk,” “Neighbors,” and the poem “Torture.” All the pieces explore the intimate and sometimes unusual struggles and passions of male female relationships. Carver's precise and explosively simple narratives expose veins of Northwest Americans. He was born in Clatskanie, Oregon and spent most of his time on the west coast. Two of the three stories in HUMAN NOISE first appeared in print in 1980, while the earliest, “Neighbors,” was published in 1971.

Carver wrote fiction and poetry that spotlighted a working class of people often absent from the literary slicks of his time, but people who nonetheless populated his vigorous imagination until his death in 1988. He crafted stories rife with tension, history and an impending sense of conflict to come. Particularly in his earlier work, he thwarted the optimistic “wrap up” in favor of the sometimes grim, but always sublime, future, where something different might happen: a lesson learned, a new path taken, a brighter future forged by that singular epiphanic moment, but maybe not. Jerry Mouawad, Imago’s Artistic Co-Director, is no stranger to staging literary giants. His most recent credits include two works by contemporary composer David Lang at the Portland Opera (June/July, Newmark Theatre). This past season he brought Sam Shepard and Joseph Chaikin’s poetic collaboration “Savage Love” to the stage, combining movement and text to create a total theatre experience, which he hopes to repeat by combining realism and lyrical gesture in HUMAN NOISE.

For long-time Imago followers, the union of Carver and Mouawad may seem surprising, but there’s a beauty to the fit. Both artists start without a knowledge or plan as to where the creative process might lead. Mouawad admits to being mesmerized after picking up the short story “Popular Mechanics” and will rely on the relationship between kinetic chemistry and fanciful lyricism to convey Carver’s world. Carver and Mouawad share themes of architecture, as Carver often rewrote a piece dozens of times to truly dig into the “architecture of the story” where Mouawad begins sometimes with only the spatial architecture of a play (what is the space?), then searches for the drama. See what happens when a legendary wordsmith meets a genre-defying master of movement in HUMAN NOISE at Imago Theatre, September 21 through September 30.





 

 

 

 

 

Raymond Carver with Tess Gallagher

 

 

Special Guest Closing Night

 

Tess Gallagher, wife and partner of the late Raymond Carver (1938 - 1988), is a renowned American poet, short story writer, essayist and teacher. Ms. Gallagher will be reading selections from her work on September 30th at Imago prior to the presentation of HUMAN NOISE. The event begins at 7:30.