Dmae talks with two directors opening plays soon. We hear from Rebecca Martinez who’s directing Wolf at the Door at Milagro Theatre (May 2 – 25) and Lava Alapai director of The Revolutionists at Artists Repertory Theatre. While it’s more common for female directors of color, they’re still underrepresented in Portland theatre. Both give insight into the challenges and have advice for advancing the hiring of more Women of Color directors as well as talking about the shows they’re soon opening.

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Milagro Theatre presents…

Wolf At the DoorWolf at the Door
A grim Latino fairy tale
Written by Marisela Treviño Orta
Directed by Rebecca Martinez
May 2 – 25, 2019

Preview Performance: Thurs, May 2 at 7:30 PM – Complimentary wine tasting, courtesy of Coopers Hall preceding the performance. Opening Night/Post-Show Reception: Fri, May 3 at 7:30 PM – Post-Show Reception to follow, catered by Tortillería Y Tienda De Leon’s
Thursday – Saturday at 7:30 PM, Sunday at 2 PM
Closing Performance: Sat, May 25 at 7:30 PM

All shows at Milagro Theatre, 525 SE Stark Street, Portland

Tickets: Adult tickets are $27 in advance, $32 at the door. Senior tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Student/ Veteran tickets are $20 in Advance, $25 at the door. Special Pricing: Preview tickets are $18 in advance, $22 at the door Opening night: $40 for all general admission tickets Additional discounts for groups 15+, and Arts for All pricing.
Tickets and more info: 503-236-7253 or or

ABOUT THE PLAY Isadora finds the strength to stand up to her abusive husband Septimo when he forces the very pregnant Yolot to stay against her will. While Septimo makes plans for the baby, Isadora and Yolot devise one of their own. And as a pack of wolves closes in on the hacienda, Isadora must decide what price she’ll pay for her own freedom.

Milagro is one of four theatres producing Wolf at the Door as part of the National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere. The other participating theatres are New Jersey Repertory Company in Long Branch, NJ; Kitchen Dog Theater in Dallas, TX; and Halcyon Theatre in Chicago, IL.

Rebecca Martinez
Rebecca Martinez

Rebecca Martinez is a director, choreographer, writer and long-time Milagro collaborator, Recent projects: [Writer] Óye Oyá (Music by Rodolfo Ortega) and La Muerte Baila. [Director] Antigonick (Fordham University), DON’T GO (Sojourn Theatre for USC), Pork Kidneys to Soothe Despair (Drama League Directors Project), Songs about Trains (Radical Evolution), Voz Alta: Amor en los tiempos de guerra (Milagro), 26 Miles (Profile Theatre), Tomás and the Library Lady(Oregon Children’s Theatre). Other theatres: PlayMakers Repertory Company, Manhattan Theatre Club, INTAR, Artists Repertory Theatre, Signature Theatre, the Lark. Member of: Sojourn Theatre, Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab.

Artists Repertory Theare presents…
The Revolutionists
By Lauren Gunderson
Directed by Lava Alapai
April 28, 2019 – May 26, 2019
Preview week:
Apr 30: Ten Buck Tuesday. Tickets are only $10!
May 1: Wine Down Wednesday. $30 tickets + a glass of Dark Horse wine
May 2: Thirsty Thursday. $30 tickets + a pint of Lagunitas Beer
May 3: Foodie Friday. $30 tickets + discounted food at ArtBar

THE REVOLUTIONISTS is a brutal comedic quartet about four very real women who lived boldly in France during the French Revolution’s Reign of Terror (1793-1794). Playwright Olympe De Gouge, assassin Charlotte Corday, and former queen (and fan of ribbons) Marie Antoinette, and Haitian rebel Marianne Angelle hang out, murder Marat, loose their heads, and try to beat back the extremist insanity in revolutionary Paris. This grand and dream-tweaked comedy is about violence and legacy, feminism and terrorism, art and how we actually go about changing the world.

Artists Rep offers a Pay-What-You-Can night for the Sunday first preview performance of every play. No reservations, at the door only.

Box Office Hours: Tuesday – Sunday: Noon – 6pm
Will Call opens 1 hour prior to performance time.

All shows at  Morrison Theatre  at 1515 SW Morrison Street
For tickets and more info : 503.241.1278 or Or visit

Lava Alapai
Lava Alapai

Lava Alapai is originally from Okinawa, Japan and grew up in Honolulu, Hawaii where she learned the art of Bunraku puppetry. She graduated with an MFA in acting from California Institute of the Arts and has been creating theatre in Portland for more than a decade. Credits include design and acting work for Portland Playhouse, defunkt theatre, Tears of Joy Theatre and Many Hats Collaboration, among others. Directing credits include Columbinus, Charlotte’s Web and Locomotion for Oregon Children’s Theatre, and staged readings for Profile Theatre and Playwrights West. She is an associate member of the Stage Directors & Choreographers Society (SDC).  Visit to see Lava’s work as a photographer.