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The Invasion is Coming!

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Invasion of the Bicycle Snatchers


a devised play/bicycle ride directed by Noelle Eaton

June 27-30

part of Pedalpalooza (www.shift2bikes.org)

ride/play meets at 6:30pm at Ladd Circle Park

SE 16th Ave & Harrison St 

free! donations appreciated!

Set in the distant present, Invasion of the Bicycle Snatchers transports you to a time when men were beautiful and women were strong. The fourth installment of the Working Theatre Collectives wildly popular Pedalpalooza ride, re-imagines 1950’s science fiction through a Portland inspired lense, complete with alien invasions, government conspiracies and (gasp!) sentient cycles. Pedal down the side streets of Stumptown as this shocking sci-fi thriller unfolds. Audiences will ride to, through, and alongside this summer-evening adventure as it tells it’s story across a series of locations.

Don’t forget your helmet!

Audience encouraged to grab their best 50’s garb to get in the mood.

 
                    the ride will last about two hours and is of low/medium difficulty.   

Created and performed by:

TJ Acena, Cristina Cano, Noelle Eaton, Nicholas Fenster, Alice Hodge, Ashley Hollingshead, Matthew Hopkins, John Iten, Kaician Kitko, Eva Suter, Breanne Thornton, Ian Goodrich

endings and beginnings

thank you to everyone who came out and saw and experienced SOMETHING EPIC/EVERYDAY.  It was an absolutely amazing piece to be a part of. sometimes when you’re working on a project you know you’re on to something special, but the feedback we received — both from individual patrons and in reviews — was so overwhelming in its kindness and generosity. it’s really amazing to have been a part of something that meant a lot of things to a lot of people.  

but…now it is over. and on to other things.  

like this year’s bike project!

Invasion of the Bicycle Snatchers

June 27-30th.  

it’s gonna be rad.  

closing weekend AND a great review in the Mercury

which, all in all, adds up to seats going quickly.  

and really, i’m just gonna post the whole review here:

 

THE WORKING THEATRE COLLECTIVE and Action/Adventure Theatre have teamed up for the very first time to bring usSomething Epic/Everyday. This original, ensemble-generated show sings, dances, pantomimes, recites, and rhapsodizes its way through these tough times. We’ve lost jobs, lost homes, lost faith in the system, lost the capital-D American Dream. This performance stops to look at those experiences, but it also looks ahead.

Creators and performers Tara Coen, Noah Dunham (who happens to work at this paper), Noelle Eaton, Devon Wade Granmo and director Ashley Hollingshead seem to know first-hand that the only thing worse than having no job is having a job where you have to wear a funny hat. They know what it feels like to have a card declined and what the inside of the unemployment office looks like. Thankfully, they also know how to dance.

In one number, “I Just Wanna Live on a Farm,” the ensemble manages to do the twist while singing of leafy greens with only the slightest touch of irony. It’s sincere, this desire to escape the pressures and disappointments of the modern world and live self-sustained. But on the flip side, another scene comes from John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath, when the tenant farmers lose their land to the bank. “The bank is something more than men, I tell you. It’s the monster. Men made it, but they can’t control it.” Nobody says it better than Steinbeck.

Except for maybe Bruce Springsteen, whose hard-hitting words and melodies also make repeat appearances in this show. There’s a heavy layer of Midwest, working-class dust that covers this whole production. It’s not nostalgic, or patriotic, or indulgent. This show came from the minds and hearts of young people who have been spoon-fed the American Dream far past its expiration date.

What happens when a mechanized system without a face or a name burns enough people? Well, they find Something Epic/Everyday. Usually it starts with a conversation. Introduce yourself to that guy who sells you cheap beer at your corner market, and end up sharing a homebrew and ideas to improve the neighborhood.

The success of this show is itself a testament to the power of collaborating during tough times. Together, the WTC and Action/Adventure have made something fresh, funny, and poignant, something locally grown, something all their own. They are living the (new) Dream. JESSIE DRAKE