"Our Ruined House" by The Portland Experimental Theatre Ensemble

Examining the geopolitical through the lens of the interpersonal, Our Ruined House summons a world in which the audience’s perception becomes the principal arbiter of what is ‘true’. Featuring a giant octopus, a tiny meatloaf, and the poetry of Donald Rumsfeld, Our Ruined House investigates a world driven more by the appearance of winning than any central truth.

By contrasting the slippery, subjective narratives of both romantic and geopolitical relationships, we point at the sacrifices made in order to ‘win’ in both arenas. What narratives will we create and what secrets will we bury in order to come out on top, in both love and war? What are we willing to ruin on the road to victory?

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photo by Owen Carey
Text: Robert Quillen Camp*
Director: Jacob Coleman*

Rebecca Lingafelter*^
Cristi Miles*^
Amber Whitehall*
Denis Butkus
Andrew Start^
Sound design: Mark Valadez*
Scenic design: Peter Ksander*
Lighting design: Miranda K Hardy*
Costume design: Jenny Ampersand*
Video design: Trevor Sargent
Props design: Maggie Heath
Stage Manager: Kristina Mast*^
Production Manager/Technical Director: Molly Gardner
Assistant Director: Audrey O’Farrell
Assistant Stage Managers: Annabel Cantor & Alixx Spector
Master Electrician: Christopher Stull
Video Technician: Evan Howell
Assistant Sound Designer: Ryan Gamblin
Photography: Owen Carey

Additional performances by: Murri Lazaroff-Babin, Claire Aldridege, Clifton Holznagel, Annabel Cantor, Eve Johnstone, Ryan Gamblin, Mat Larimer, Mark Valadez, Peter Ksander, and Claire Rigsby.

Special thanks to Special thanks to Jim Vadala, Paige McKinney, and Štĕpán Šimek for their help in developing this piece.

Made possible with support from Ronni LaCroute, Reed College, The Oregon Cultural Trust, the Regional Arts and Cultural Council, The Kinsman Foundation, Miller Foundation, Lewis & Clark College, Harold Goldstein, Carol Streeter, Ellen Walkley and Brian Myers.

*PETE company member

^Member, Actors' Equity Association

Saturday, July 13, 2019 at 7:30pm

Performing Arts Building, Blackbox Theatre
3203 Southeast Woodstock Boulevard, Portland, Oregon 97202-8199

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Performing Arts


Faculty, Students, Alumni, Open to the Public, Parents & Family, Staff, Prospective Students


theater, theatre, experiment




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