Thursday, December 30, 2010

"Futura" field trip on March 2; buy your ticket now

Our class will be attending the 7:30 p.m. March 2 performance of "Futura" at Portland Center Stage.

A student ticket is $25 ($18 for the ticket, $2 facility fee, $5 handling fee), and it is your responsibility to order one. To receive the student rate, you will need to show your student ID at Will Call on March 2. The box office is aware of our field trip, and Portland Center Stage will be hosting our group and offering a discussion panel with the creative staff for us after the show. So we will be shifting our time commitment to the class by roughly one hour on that night, from about 7 to 10 p.m.

The link to buy a ticket is here: Get your Futura ticket right away. Seating is general admission, so you just need to reserve a spot. Because this is a new show by Portland's largest professional theater company, it is likely this performance will fill up quickly. Several of the earlier shows during the run already are sold out. But there still are plenty of tickets available right now. Consider this a class material that you need to purchase at the start of the semester. Not being able to get a ticket later will not result in an "excused absence" for missing the performance and discussion panel. Parking, by the way, will cost about $5 extra. I will try to coordinate carpooling later.

Here is a synopsis of this world premiere show: "At the 2009 JAW reading, Futura’s warnings about the extinction of print media (and its costs) seemed timely. Now, they seem downright spooky. What will it feel like by the time the show premieres in February? Jordan Harrison’s last trip to PCS launched a gender-bending, Drammy-Award winning hit with Act a Lady. This time he returns with a different axe to grind: the future of the words you are reading right now. And Futura? Well, it’s a font; it’s a love story; but ultimately… it’s one rogue professor’s quest to avenge her missing husband – and the lost art of ink on paper."

Here is the playwright's bio: "Jordan Harrison grew up in Seattle and currently lives in Brooklyn. He is a 2009 Guggenheim Fellow and a 2009-2010 Hodder Fellow at Princeton University. Jordan’s plays include Doris to Darlene (Playwrights Horizons), Act a Lady (Portland Center Stage, 2006 Humana Festival), Finn in the Underworld (Berkeley Rep), Amazons and Their Men (Off Broadway at Clubbed Thumb), Kid-Simple (2004 Humana Festival, American Theater Company, SPF), and The Museum Play. He has received commissions from Arden Theatre, Ars Nova, Berkeley Rep/Actors Theatre of Louisville, Cypress Films, the Guthrie Theater/Children’s Theatre Company, Playwrights Horizons, and South Coast Rep. Jordan is the recipient of a 2008 Kesselring Fellowship, a Theater Masters’ Innovative Playwright Award, the Heideman Award, Jerome and McKnight Fellowships from The Playwrights’ Center, and a NEA/TCG Playwright-in-Residence Grant with The Empty Space Theatre. A graduate of the Brown University MFA Creative Writing program, he is a resident playwright at New Dramatists."

This is mature professional theater, with the equivalent of R-rated language and situations. If you want to read the script in advance before decided to participate or not, you can access a draft version here (password protected, for classroom use only).

More information, such as a map to the theater, will be posted as we get closer to the performance date.

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