Thursday, September 2, 2010

website/blog change!!!

we're switching over to wordpress (though we are partial to the black and red of our current website/blog), for ease of updating.

check it out!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

the wtc is seeking artists for late night summer cabaret!

The Working Theatre Collective wants you! You with the weird talents or secret stand up routines, or sweet dance numbers, or other fun stuff. Yes you! Possibly. We're putting out a call for five to ten minute acts for our upcoming late night cabaret series You'll love it.

Currently, our first event of the summer is occurring Friday July 30th-hopefully it will be summer by then-at 10 pm at our amazing venue, eff space (333 ne Hancock). We are attempting to program the event with 5-15 minute slots showcasing a variety of artistic talents. This is an opportunity for you (and others) to show off, to present new works, to extemporize joyfully, or to simply entertain and/or enlighten in the medium of your choice.

We are attempting to create a fun and fulfilling environment in which Portland area performing artists, whether spoken word, theatre, music, dance, juggling, or whatever, can showcase the work that they are, well, working on. It's going to be awesome. Seriously.

If you think that you might be interested, or know someone else that might be interested, let us know! Send us a line back ( stating the medium in which you would be interested in performing, and we'll start getting this ball rolling.

nate harpel
the wtc

Thursday, June 17, 2010

North! This Weekend Only! Party Sunday!

June 18, 19, 20

North! saddle up and ride...
a devised piece directed by noah martin
and created by the ensemble

The Working Theatre Collective takes it's unique brand of bicycle powered, Portland inspired theatre to the North! A bicycle pedalin, boot scootin, down and dirty, cowboy adventure complete with sheriffs, outlaws, shootouts, rad ass tunes, rowdy brawls, and moustaches. Climb aboard your trusty steed of steel, aluminum, cromolly, or composite and ride into the sunset with the WTC.

Saddle up at 6:30pm,
ride/show is Free, but donations are appreciated!
ride meets at eff Space 333 NE Hancock

Party Sunday after the ride!
We are hosting a party with the folks from WTF Bikes after the ride sunday at eff space (333 NE Hancock) Things should get going around 9pm and there will be FREE BEER and a DJ. Come hang out and celebrate bicycles, the show, pedalpalooza, and Solstice with the WTC.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

dude, dude, the wtc is stoked for season three!!

zero divided by zero
a play about love, god, and the infinite

by nate harpel
directed by ashley hollingshead
featuring noelle eaton

september 9th-25th


the third in the unfortunate greek ladies trilogy

by eva suter
directed by nate harpel

november 4-20th

20 erotic shorts 2.0 (twice as sexy)

directed by eva suter

valentines day weekend 2011

peter pan project

a devised piece by ashley hollingshead

march 17th-april 2nd

a spirit to sing a joyful song

a musical extravaganza about orpheus

by nate harpel

may 12-28th

bike project 3.0

june 2011

woo hoo! all performances will be taking place at eff space, unless otherwise noted.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

North! is underway

Who knew that recreating a western soundtrack would involve a lot of barking and push-ups. Thanks to "drill sergeant" Faith of Hand2Mouth who joined us for an excellent workshop on devising music. After a rigorous physical and vocal theatre work out, we were left with some inspiration for our rad ass tunes.
Folks, this is going to be epic. Check out...

North! Saddle Up and Ride...

The Working Theatre Collective takes it's unique brand of bicycle powered, Portland inspired theatre to the North! A bicycle pedalin, boot scootin, down and dirty, cowboy adventure complete with sheriffs, outlaws, shootouts, rad ass tunes, rowdy brawls, and moustaches. Climb aboard your trusty steed of steel, aluminum, cromolly, or composite and ride into the sunset with the WTC.

On the Pedalpalooza Calendar for June 18,19, and 20 at 6:30pm

Also, go see the new Hand2Mouth show in progress
Uncanny Valley

Sunday, April 25, 2010

___not___ opens this week!


a new play by eva suter and nate harpel

directed by ashley hollingshead

So, you know how things get weird sometimes with your friends? How, like, sometimes someone stops hanging out, or they get weirdly into drugs, or get obsessed with yoga or metal or their garden, or whatever? And you know how sometimes someone new enters your group of friends and it makes everything kinda crazy? How suddenly people start hooking up with other people, or get in fights, or suddenly have a new best friend and you feel all butt-hurt about it? ____not____ is kinda about that. But it’s also kinda about a city on a river in the west in which things start getting fucked up in general.

Featuring performances by Kaitlyn Acock, Jason Sample-March, Greta Pauley, Matthew Volner, Holly Wigmore, and Anna Zimmerman.

April 29th-May 1st, May 6-8th, and May 13th-15th

All shows 8pm

eff Space

333 NE Hancock

$10-$15 sliding scale

(Thursdays pay what you will)

For reservations contact 360-739-8523

“A bright young company with big ideas”

- the Portland Mercury

“Even in that lively scene, […], the Working Theatre Collective stands out…”

-the Oregonian

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Peaking, A New Play By Kamerie Chapman

A new play by Kamarie Chapman

The Working Theatre collective presents its fourth of six world premier events this season, Peaking, by Bellingham, WA playwright Kamarie Chapman. Three forgotten goddesses are exiled to the New Mexico desert for discovering the subtle art of masturbation. (And you thought you could just go blind!) Forced to deal with the trials of becoming human, these three goddesses (and two helpful, if bumbling, muses) banter, bitch, and break down, and (of course, of course) discover a little bit about themselves in the process.

Set against the backdrop of the Southwest, Peaking explores the people's natural ability to deal with a fall from on high, (literally, in this case), the power of choice making, and how a little bit of self-actualization can cause a lot of trouble along the way.

Peaking marks the next production in The Working Theatre Collective's continuing season of world premier productions in our new converted black box theatre - eff Space, located in The Box Lift Building on NE Hancock and MLK

Peaking is directed by Nate Harpel, and features performances by Kaitlyn Acock, Tricia Askew, Colleen Hartnett, Samantha Luhn, and Sarah McGregor.

March 11-13, 18-20, and 25-27
All shows 8pm

eff Space
333 NE Hancock
$10-$15 sliding scale
(Thursdays pay what you will)

For reservations contact 360-739-8623

Monday, February 8, 2010

Saturday, February 6, 2010

20 erotic shorts!

The Working Theatre Collective
20 Erotic Shorts
Directed by Ashley Hollingshead

Dirty? Thoughtful? Sexy? Funny? Sexy?
There’s only one way to find out…

Culled from almost one hundred submissions from Portland and beyond, The Working Theatre Collective presents our Valentine to the City of Roses: 20 short, sassy, sexy, and sweet plays. For one weekend and one weekend only, Portland can take delight in a world premiere evening of sexy donuts, noisy neighbors, extremely attractive women, sexy mannequins, not-so-missed connections, the invention of the vibrator, and, so, so much more. Culminating with these five words: Star Trek fan fiction musical. Featuring Kirk and Spock (I mean, who else would it be about? Picard and Crusher?).

Featuring performances by Jason Sample-March, Emily Gleason, Noelle Eaton, and Cooper Bombidil.

And the writings of
kathleen warnock
matthew hanff
rich orloff
tj acena*
david gallic*
ethan kanfer
josh mcilvain
m. thomas cooper*
elaine avila
eva suter*
nan gatchel*
chris swanson and john martin
g. william zorn
bryan willis
jesse longman
bri pruet*
kevin six
lauren d. yee
alex gagne-hawes*

*indicates a Portland based author.

One weekend only!
February 11-14th,
All shows 8pm

eff Space
333 NE Hancock
$10-$15 sliding scale
(Thursday is pay what you will)
For reservations contact 360-739-8523

And for further excitement that weekend:

The WTC's First Annual
Super Sassy Saturday Short Shorts 'Straviganza
dance party and fun(d)raiser spectacular
dj teddy ruxspin, yes!ups (performing covers of 69 love songs),
interpretive readings of missed connections,
erotically themed baked goods and more!
$5 ($3 for those wearing short shorts)
Saturday February 13th,
10pm at the Dunes (1909 NE MLK)

The Working Theatre Collective is an ensemble based company that is dedicated to producing new works and other theatre worth the effort. We focus on aggressively artistic, DIY productions in unexpected spaces. We are interested in creating theatre that is working to establish a home in the hearts of the artist and the audience. Through working to produce art we find the heart of living!

“A bright young company with big ideas”

- Allison Hallett, the Portland Mercury

Wednesday, January 20, 2010



So much to do.
So much to do.
So much to do.

Frantically attempting to finish rough first draft of ____ not _____.
Working on tech shit for 20 Erotic Shorts
Beginning design process for Peaked, Kamerie Chapman's new play.
Coming up with stuff for our fundraiser on 2/13

and more to come...


hey we're doing something for fertile grounds, too!

workshop reading of _____not_____
a new collaboration by eva suter and nate harpel.

tuesday, january 26th 8pm
eff space
333 ne hancock st
portland, or

In this world (and probably the next) things
are not always as they seem. No matter
who we think we are, we may/definitely
appear different to the rest of the world.
What is love within one may simply be
affection within another, what is a means of
transportation to someone may be a traffic
obstacle to somebody else. What is good
may be awesome or awful or just odd.
Who can say?

When dropped into the heart of this
confusing world, how do we identify who
we are, what we do, what we like? What
if, like a blindfold pulled from our eyes, we
were forced to self-sort without the aid of
practice? What would happen then?

come, listen, give us your feed back, help us make a kick ass show.

ALSO: note that the reading will take place JANUARY 26th at 8pm, not on the 22nd, like it says on the fertile grounds web page.

$5-10 dollars at the door

...or on line, but that just sends us a bunch of confusing emails with all of the tickets you've purchased for fertile grounds. so pay cash at the door. it's easier.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

and here's the 20!

after much reading, much debating, etc we have selected our 20 pieces:

having a ball
by kathleen warnock
i'll take a dozen accountants with sprinkles by matthew hanf
four extremely attractive women sitting around fantasizing about rich orloff by rich orloff
games we play with strangers by tj acena*
at the window by david gallic*
the proposition by ethan kanfer
young love by josh mcilvain
headboard by m. thomas cooper*
baby bear becomes a man by vanessa david
19th century O by elaine avila
a clynical study by eva suter*
who's your daddy by nan gatchel*
missing miya by chris swanson and john martin
your face is a map by g. william zorn
mating rituals of the bottle nosed dolphin by bryan willis
adaptation of a sex scene by jesse longman
safe word by bri pruet*
shel, margarite, carlyle by kevin six
the cupcake play by lauren d. yee
it's hard in space by alex gagne-hawes*

*indicates a portland based writer (go portland!)

to be performed february 11-14th
all shows 8pm
eff space
333 ne hancock st
portland, or
rsvp: 360.739.8523

with (as of now unnamed) fundraiser/party on saturday the 13th at the dunes!
bands, dancing, raffle!