Defunkt Theatre Presents INSIGNIFICANCE by Terry Johnson

Defunkt Theatre Presents INSIGNIFICANCE by Terry Johnson

Defunkt Theatre presents Insignificance by Terry Johnson

Directed by Andrew Klaus-Vineyard

Oct 13-November 18 2017
Thursdays through Sundays at 7:30 pm (no show Sunday, October 15)
At The Back Door Theater • 4321 SE Hawthorne Blvd. Portland, OR (enter through the Common Grounds Coffee Shop)

New Ticket Policy: All tickets at the door are Pay-What-You-Can for all performances. Advance reservations are available at

Award winning playwright Terry Johnson imagines a 1950's hotel room in which The Scientist and The Actress (who look suspiciously like Albert Einstein and Marilyn Monroe) meet and discuss the universe, guilt, regret, the meaning of life. They are interrupted by two Joes: The Senator and The Ballplayer (looking an awful lot like McCarthy and DiMaggio), who bring with them the menace and mayhem of the outside world. A smash in 1982, Johnson's play received its New York premiere in 2016, and has much to say about the American Dream, the myths of iconography and the true nature of bravery in the face of oppression: both political and personal. Co-Artistic Director Andrew Klaus-Vineyard follows last year's celebrated production of HIR with this enchanting evening of theater that the London Independent says "transports us to the birth of celebrity culture" and "has a rare quality of timelessness about it" that has become all the more timely.


Special Post Show Talkback Events October 21 and November 4.


  • Stage Manager: Joe Rogers
  • Scenic Design: Lara A Klingeman
  • Light Design: John D'Aversa
  • Sound Design: Andrew Klaus-Vineyard
  • Costumes: Elizabeth Jackson
  • Hair and Makeup Design: Claire Brooksbank
  • Props: Jake Turner
  • PR and Outreach: Matthew Kern
  • Defunkt Theatre Executive Director: Sarah Armitage

Defunkt Theatre Core Team:

  • Sarah Armitage
  • Matthew Kern
  • Andrew Klaus-Vineyard
  • Elizabeth Jackson
  • Paul Angelo

Poster Design by Aldo Perez

Defunkt's 2017-18 NO HOLDS BARRED is presented with support from Ronni Lacroute and Ellyn Bye

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