Host Joseph Gallivan interviews Samson Syharath, writer, actor and associate producer of MediaRitesTheatre Diaspora production of Here on this Bridge: The—Ism Project, featured in the 10th anniversary of Fertile Ground, Portland’s largest city-wide Festival of New Works.

MediaRites’ Theatre Diaspora presents….

Here on this Bridge: The—Ism Project

Original New Work by Josie Seid, Samson Syharath, Yasmin Ruvalcaba, Heather Raffo, Bonnie Ratner, Roberta Hunte and Dmae Roberts.
Directed by Catherine Ming T’ien Duffly.

Shareen Jacobs, Shelley B. Shelley, Larry Toda, Samson Syharath, Jane Vogel, Dre Slaman, and Sofia Molina

Cast:  Shareen Jacobs, Shelley B. Shelley, Larry Toda, Samson Syharath, Jane Vogel, Dre Slaman, and Sofia Molina.

Creative Team: Danny Rosales, Abby Shrader, Lila Yang, Claire Zora and Joe Kye.

Performance Dates/Times: Jan. 24-26 and February 7-9 are 7:30pm and Jan, 27 & Feb. 10 are 2pm, 2019. (January shows are FG festival dates)
VENUE: Portland State University, Lincoln Hall, Boiler Room Theatre, 1620 SW Park Ave., Portland OR 97201

TICKETS:  $10-20; $5 Arts for All/Students

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Samson Syharath is a multidisciplinary artist, producer, educator, and administrator focusing on visibility of Asian-American artists and under-served communities. After receiving a B.A. from the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith, Samson trained at the Portland Actors Conservatory where he is currently Associate Artistic Director. He was part of the Theatre Communications Group Rising Leaders of Color Cohort in 2017 featured by American Theatre Magazine and was the recipient of the Portland Civic Theatre Guild’s Leslie O. Fulton Fellowship that same year. Samson is also a company member of Theatre Vertigo and helped Bag&Baggage Productions with artist outreach for their Problem Play Project.