HIR by Taylor Mac
October 7th - November 12th, 2016
Directed by Andrew Klaus-Vineyard
Defunkt is thrilled to bring one of the most celebrated and exciting plays of the past ten years to Portland. As Christopher Isherwood of the New York Times writes “Perhaps no play this year inspired a greater sense of awe than Taylor Mac’s audacious dive into the dysfunctional-family playpen of American theater.…in his depiction of a semi-mad housewife with a transgender son, another son reeling from three years in combat in Afghanistan, and a husband whose disabling stroke has rendered him nearly speechless….”
Trifles by Susan Glaspell and Dutchman by Amiri Baraka
Directed by Sarah Armitage
February 11 - March 18th, 2017
Two trailblazing classics combine to make an electrifying evening in which Defunkt distills America’s history of racism and gender inequity into a scintillating exploration ofthe way we live now.
That Pretty Pretty or The Rape Play by Sheila Callaghan
Directed by Paul Angelo
May 5th - June 14th, 2017
A pair of radical feminist ex-strippers scour the USA on a murderous rampage against right-wing pro-life conservatives, documenting their exploits online in explicit detail. Meanwhile, a slacker screenwriter named Owen tries to bang out his magnum opus in a hotel room as his best friend holds forth on rape and other manly enterprises. Paul Angelo directs this surreal, darkly comic play that The New Yorker describes as “variously a rant, a riff, a rumble - about our notions of naturalism, objectification, perversity, and beauty. “ Also: Jane Fonda appears. With leg warmers.