All photos by Rosemary Ragusa. Posted Designs by Aldo Perez.

Production history


Insignificance  by Terry Johnson
The Pride by Alexi Kaye Campbell
Girl in the Red Corner By Stephen Spotswood



HIR by Taylor Mac
Trifles by Susan Glaspell and Dutchman by Amiri Baraka
That Pretty Pretty (or the Rape Play) By Sheila Callaghan



Cock by Mike Bartlett
Blasted by Sarah Kane
The Udmurts by David Zellnik



In the Forest, She Grew Fangs by Stephen Spotswood
Precious Little by Madeline George
The Undiscovered Country  by DC Copeland



The Submission  by Jeff Talbott
Let A Hundred Flowers Bloom by David Zellnik
Fewer Emergencies  by Martin Crimp

in repertory with

Betty's Summer Vacation by Christopher Durang



The Homecoming by Harold Pinter
Three Days of Rain by Richard Greenberg
The Boys in the Band  by Mart Crowley

in repertory with

The Children's Hour by Lillian Hellman



Glengarry Glen Ross by David Mamet
Fire Island by Chuck Mee


Back Bog Beast Bait by Sam Shepard
Attempts on Her Life by Martin Crimp


A Country Doctor by Len Jenkin
4.48 Psychosis by Sarah Kane


wish. by James Moore
Cooler by Gary Winter


The Lesser Magoo by Mac Wellman
The Communist Dracula Pageant by Anne Washburn
The Garden Party by Vaclav Havel


Second-hand Smoke by Mac Wellman
The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek by Naomi Wallace
in apparati by James Moore


The Hyacinth Macaw by Mac Wellman
Doctor Faustus Lights the Lights by Gertrude Stein
Like I Say by Len Jenkin
(in collaboration with Theatre Vertigo)


A Murder of Crows by Mac Wellman
Killing Game by Eugene Ionesco
Fourteen Hundred Thousand by Sam Shepard
Mud by Maria Irene Fornes


Cloud 9 by Caryl Churchill
Old Times by Harold Pinter


cart by James Moore
Bang. Curtain. End of Show. an ensemble created piece devised by Emily Stone


Cowboys #2 by Sam Shepard
Action by Sam Shepard
Phaedra's Love by Sarah Kane
The Bad Infinity by Mac Wellman


The Woods by David Mamet
Three Mutants by Lisa D'Amour
The Investigation of the Murder in El Salvador by Charles Mee


Awards & Press

“Having seen plays and musicals in New York, La Jolla, Seattle, San Francisco, London and Los Angeles, I will say that Portland is definitely on the theatre map with this near perfect production…If you want If you want exciting theatre in Portland, I would race right now to get tickets to defunkt theatre….”

Kevin M. Thomas, The San Francisco Examiner

 "defunkt theatre has pushed itself to create a milestone of a production with a great ensemble cast and a maestro of a director proving yet again that, yes, you can create magic with a small budget and your heart and soul"

Dmae Robers, Stage and Studio

 "defunkt theatre reminds us why risky theatre is worth our time"

Richard Wattenberg, The Oregonian


"One of the most satisfying theatrical experiences I’ve ever had.... Defunkt proves that great theatre doesn't need to always come from New York.", San Francisco

In December 2004, defunkt theatre was listed as one of the 12 'Hot Hip and On the Verge' US theatre companies. Click here to read the article.


Since its inception defunkt has won the following Drammy Awards:


2001 • set design: The Woods: damali ayo.

2002 • lighting design: Phaedra's Love: james moore.

2003 • set design: The Bad Infinity: damali ayo and kollodi.

male in a lead role: Cart: rollin carlson.

2004 • male in a supporting role: Cloud 9: peter buonincontro.

2005 • set design: Killing Game: bill tripp.

2006 • costume design: Doctor Faustus Lights the Lights: lori sue hoffman.

direction: Doctor Faustus Lights the Lights: kristan seemel.

2010 • sound design: 4.48 Psychosis: richard moore

ensemble: 4.48 Psychosis: christy bigelow, joel harmon, matthew kern

direction: 4.48 Psychosis: grace carter

production: 4.48 Psychosis: defunkt theatre