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At Portland Playhouse, independently facilitated by Keela Johnson

Saturday, March 10, 2018   |   12-3pm

Fade to BLACK community dialogue welcoming those ONLY who self-identify as Black, African-American, and African Diaspora. Come, break bread & join the African-American staff/actors of Portland Playhouse in this facilitated conversation and exploratory dialogue around various issues and topics that resonate with and are culturally specific to our community! Fade to BLACK part 2 discussion topic will explore: "Is your black black enough?"

This is a FREE event and space is limited.  Please reserve your seat.


La Belle, Lost in the World of the Automaton

Imago Theatre  |  April 6-26, 2018

From the creators of Frogz and ZooZoo, comes La Belle, Lost in the World of the Automaton. This Imago spectacle will dazzle your eyes, enchant your heart and intrigue your imagination. “Populated with 100 astonishingly detailed automata, puppets and other dazzling effects...La Belle is a nonstop eye-popper... It's all wow factor.” The Oregonian “Masterpiece..Alluring!.. a complexity that engages adults but just the sort of magic and suspended reality that appeals to little ones.” NW Kids Magazine A spectacle like no other La Belle retells the classic story of Beauty and the Beast that takes you on a sea voyage traveling in a steamship engine room. This story-within-a-story-within-a-ship is beautiful, surprising and delightful.

Tickets can be purchased by calling Imago at 503.231.9581 or TicketsWest at 503.224.8499 or online at



Confrontation Theatre’s mission is to provoke all-inclusive audiences through excellent, affordable theatre as we confront the unique experiences and perspective of the Black diaspora by focusing on and supporting works by artists of African descent.

With a slew of theatre companies in the Portland metropolitan area, it’s easy to assume there is an adequate proportion of diversity within this vibrant arts hub. Although there are dozens of companies here, only THREE were founded and/or managed by Afro-Americans, Blacks or Africans. With this reality, it’s imperative another company founded and managed by Black women and men gives rise to not only entertain, confront and enlighten audiences but also create more opportunities for Black artists to display and develop their share and share their authentic stories unapologetically.

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