Beirut Wedding to Present Inaugural Production, REBORNING, This Fall
Beirut Wedding's inaugural production, REBORNING, directed by Beirut Wedding's co-founder and co-artistic director, Bobby Bermea, will open October 28th at the Action/Adventure Theatre.
REBORNING by Zayd Dohrn is a dark comedy about loss, healing, the meaning of motherhood and the mystery of creation. Kelly, a troubled young artist who makes her living creating Reborn Dolls - baby dolls that look like real live babies - finds her world shaken by a particularly obsessive client desperate to recapture a piece of her past. As the parameters between life and art become increasingly blurred, Kelly has to struggle to keep her life from spiraling out of control. At its core, REBORNING is about a young woman trying to define her life on her own terms in the 21st century. In this time when the essence of gender itself is being altered, REBORNING is a play about the changing face of femininity and with it, the changing face of motherhood itself.
Beirut Wedding was founded by Bobby Bermea and Jamie M. Rea, 20 year veterans of the Portland theatre scene. She, passionately concerned about issues concerning women, and he, likewise concerned about issues facing people of color, decided to create a company that addressed both...and then some. The Beirut Wedding World Theatre Project is committed to discovering and exploring stories and opportunities for these communities.
Mission Statement: The Beirut Wedding World Theatre Project is a diversity based theatre company that provides a safe haven for artists of disenfranchised communities to do their best work, and use that work to shape the world around us into a more tolerant, expansive and celebratory society.
Tiffany Groben, a young, up and coming, Oregon bred theatre artist, brought the script of REBORNING to Bermea and Rea and they saw in it an opportunity to say something special and unique about the times in which we live; with a hungry, talented young artist on the verge of blossoming. Because one of the many goals of Beirut Wedding is to provide opportunity to artists to realize a dream project, this became the perfect initiation for their community engagement program, The Genesis Project. The Genesis Project puts the resources of Beirut Wedding into the vision of a local artist on a project aligned with Beirut Wedding's mission, offering a deeper collaboration and more diverse community involvement for the company, the artist, and the communities they serve.
This company has attracted funding and support from Ronni Lacroute and Willakenzie Estate, Bob Conklin and Act Now Studio. This is largely due to belief in Beirut Wedding's vision and to the company's commitment to keeping theatre affordable and accessible. In its first season Beirut Wedding has capped their adult general admission ticket prices to $20, student tickets will be $15, and they participate in Oregon's innovative Arts for All program, making access to the performing arts across all mediums, possible for low-income families. Additionally local business owners have stepped up to sponsor tickets so that Beirut Wedding can bring young women of underserved communities together, to experience this piece and discuss its issues in the context of their lives, free of charge.
Tickets are on sale for REBORNING, which will open October 28th, 2016 and run through November 20th at Action/Adventure Theatre. 1050 SE Clinton, Portland OR 97202. Shows are Thursday through Sunday at 7:30pm. REBORNING features Tiffany Groben, Michael Draper and Jana Lee Hamblin. Follow The Beirut Wedding World Theatre Project and buy tickets at www.beirutwedding.org or 971-301-2987. Tickets are $15 for students and $20 for general admission.
The Beirut Wedding World Theatre Project website www.beirutwedding.org will be live Friday July 15th.