Bag&Bagggage is proud to present our first-ever SOLO festival: a weekend of amazing performances and rehearsed readings by single performers.
Each evening features one full-production and one rehearsed reading, and tickets are only $10 per night, so our patrons will have the chance to experience two entirely different and unique performances for only $10!
Act I: American Spirit by Rob Katsuno
Act II: The Box Marked Black: Tales from a Halfrican American growing up Mulatto. With sock puppets! by Damaris Webb
American Spirit explores how America’s aspirational culture shapes Rob’s vision of his ideal self until America’s individualism inspires him to discover his true spirit. His journey provides a window into the Japanese-American experience and mines his marriage to his Brazilian wife for laugh-out-loud humor. Rob Katsuno is an award-winning local author.
“My God – what a talent and force Rob is.”
-actress and comedian Lauren Weedman
“One of my favorite Back Fence stories of all time.”
-B. Frayn Masters, Host and Executive Producer of Back Fence PDX
The Box Marked Black: Tales from a Halfrican American growing up Mulatto. With sock puppets!
What does it mean to be black? Is it the shade of your skin? The kink of your hair? Where you grew up? Is it learned? What is its language, both in the body and on the tongue? As a non-linear coming of age story, our heroine examines her relationship to being “black enough” while navigating a culture that leaves little room for those in between. Damaris Webb is a Portland-based theatre-maker whose work lives in the intersection of contemplative dance, improvisational performance art, and contemporary theatre.
“[The Box Marked Black] inspires joy, pride, and wonder in our America. Webb can hold the audience close with just a whisper…this is a new local artist to watch.”