Dmae features two new works. First up we hear from artistic director Samantha Van Der Merwe of Shaking The Tree Theatre who has devised a new original work call “___the wolf.” With her are actors Kayla Hanson and Anya Pearson. And then in the latter part of the show, Kevin Jones, artistic director of August Wilson Red Door Project tells about their latest work  “Cop Out: Beyond Black, White & Blue,” a follow-up to their momentous production of “Hands Up.” 

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 Kayla Hanson and Anya Pearson
Kayla Hanson and Anya Pearson

Shaking the Tree Theatre presents:

_____ the wolf
Devised | Directed by Samantha Van Der Merwe.

October 5th – November 3rd 2018
Thursday October 4th 2018 Thursday – Saturday at 7:30pm Sundays at 2pm

Ticket Prices: $30 General Admission/ $25 Senior/ $10 Student & Youth (age 21 and under) Press: Complimentary with reservation

More about the play: _____ the wolf is a visual and auditory exploration of desire, longing, and miscommunication of the sexes through the fairytale lens. Inspired by Charles Perrault’s Le Petit Chaperon Rouge (Little Red Riding Hood), _____ the Wolf invites the audience to go on a forest walk, happen in on five living dioramas, and ask “what if?”

More info and tickets:    Or by calling 503.235.0635.
All shows at: Shaking The Tree Theatre & Studio 823 SE Grant St, Portland OR 97214

Cast: Jean-Luc Boucherot, Kayla Hanson, Anya Pearson*, Alex Ramirez de Cruz, Briana Ratterman Trevithick
*Member of Actors’ Equity Association. Creative TeamElyse Grimaldi, Kyra Sanford, Trevor Sargent, Miles Senate, Natasha Stockem, Samantha Van Der Merwe, Tim Wagoner, Lenore Wan, Michael Wax, Jennifer : Wyant

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The August Wilson Red Door Project presents a preview of…

Cop Out: Beyond Black, White & Blue

Directed by Kevin Jones. Co-directed by Damaris Webb and Phil Johnson

October 5th, 6th, and 7th

All shows at: Winningstad Theatre, 1111 SW Broadway, Portland 97205. For tickets and more information: Visit

The Red Door has been developing Cop Out for the last year. The official is set to  premiere is early winter. The play is a series of monologues based on interviews with law enforcement. Written by writers from across the country, the monologues depict cops of all ranks and experience as they interact with the community, each other, their families, and the institutions they represent. Needless to say, the subject matter of this play is provocative, which is exactly why the Red Door has devoted over a year to its development. Cop Out is meant to provoke conversation on a topic many of us care deeply about, on a deeper level than most of us are used to reaching.

Cop Out playwrights are stage and screen writers from across the country. The preview version of Cop Out features monologues by Shepsu Aakhu, J. Nicole Brooks, Bonnie Ratner, J. David Shanks, and Andrea Stolowitz.

Featured actors are many of Portland’s favorites. Audiences will recognize them from Hands Up, Portland Playhouse’s recent production of Fences, Artist Repertory Theatre’s Between Riverside and Crazy, and more.