Bag&Baggage invites you to the next BRAVE SPACE, welcoming the opportunity to hear and learn from those whose lives and stories should inform our social justice efforts.
We are reaching out to YOU specifically because you:
You are a recommended friends or family of a company member,
You are a member of our Board or one of our artists, and we believe our organization can benefit greatly from being involved in these listening sessions; or
You are a local community leader who has shown a commitment to social justice and equity.
Coffee and lite snacks will be provided, come early to chat with each other about the Brave Steps taken to make a difference in our community.
Before regularly scheduled Sunday matinee, of The Measure of Innocence, our guest speaker(s) will be welcomed to The Vault, and offered the chance to tell us their stories, to lift their voices, and give us all the benefit of their lives, and experiences. Our attendees are asked to give these voices their full attention, to be present, and to listen with love, respect, and kindness.
Donna Hayes, from Chicago Illinois. Mother of 5 and grandmother of 20 something. Feb. 9, 2017, her grandson was murdered by a Portland police officer and it was the beginning of my fight for justice which to date they have not received. She is an early member of Pacific Northwest Family Circle. Her job and passion is looking for the family in order to bring them into the fold so that they can have the support and not feel alone.
This is an organization that is uniting Oregon and Washington families to struggle on behalf of their loved ones for police accountability. They are an all-volunteer group that supports the families who were killed or injured by police. The present fight is Oregon DA for the People.
Terrence Hayes, represents two organizations- he is a leader in Liberation Literacy, a political study and re-entry organization for folks who are doing or have done time at CRCI. He also is a part of our organization and campaign Oregon DA for the People, fighting for an end to the racism and classism of over-prosecution, policing, and prisons by building a powerful coalition to influence the candidates and policies of the District Attorney- in the upcoming elections in Multnomah and Clackamas County.
If you’re a longtime Bag&Baggage patron, you may have noticed that we’ve given that ampersand in our company name more and more attention throughout the years — our current branding prominently features the “&” logo with very little other text, there’s a huge ampersand projected onto the wall behind our bar, and you can even buy a trendy B&B ampersand tote bag in the lobby while you’re at the show today. In some ways, it’s simply a catchy symbol to co-opt. But just like you’ve come to expect of the shows we produce, even with our logo, there’s more than meets the eye.
That little word “and” is a pretty important one when it comes to theatre-making: for us, that ampersand bears the hallmark of collaboration. In acting school, we are always challenged to say “yes, and…” — not only affirming an idea or a note, but building on it, as we take it and run into new territory. As theatrical designers, we bounce ideas off of each other as we create the world of a production, each brainstorm sparking a new one that begins with an enthusiastic “and”. In our performance spaces, we bring together complete strangers to have a shared experience as audience members, begging your imaginative collaboration with us and with the person down the row from you.
And while it looks pretty cool on a t-shirt, this ampersand is more importantly an invitation to you: to affirm and dive in; to engage and question; to enjoy and walk out of the theater with something new.
Thanks for being here today. We’re excited to collaborate with you!
Cassie Greer, Artistic Director
We Have a Responsibility to Our Community and to Ourselves...
Bag&Baggage’s mission is to crack open and explore the classics of world literature through innovative and provocative theatrical productions, connecting these great works to the people in our diverse community in a way that affirms our shared humanity. As the only professional performing arts organization in Hillsboro, we believe we have a responsibility to connect our work to the lives and experiences of the people who call our community home.
Taking Photos in the Theater
While we ask you to turn off your phones during the show, we’re happy to have you taking photos before or after the performance! If you post photos on social media or elsewhere, please credit the designers who have brought this show to life:
Please note that photos are prohibited during the performance, and photos of the stage are not permitted if an actor is present.
We ask all visitors to The Vault Theater to take a personal moment to acknowledge and honor the Atfalati band of the Kalapuya tribe, upon whose ancestral lands this building stands. We pay our respects to elders both past and present.