Since 2014, Tesla City Stories has been presenting an evening of live “radio” theater derived from the recently uncovered archives of the ultra-obscure Tesla Broadcasting Company (1943-1945). It’s “pop archaeology” as performance art, or, more simply, a fun night of vintage entertainment!
The shows of the TBC run the gamut from sitcom to thriller, from mystery to romantic-comedy, with forays into westerns, sci-fi and horror to boot. But all of these shows, regardless of genre, are tied to the fictional locale of Tesla City. That’s part of what makes the output of the TBC so unique and sought-after by historians and collectors.
6:30pm – Doors open
7:00pm – Screening
8:20pm – Q & A with director Ciara Lacy.
Shipped thousands of miles away from the tropical islands of Hawaii to a private prison in the Arizona desert, two native Hawaiians discover their indigenous traditions from a fellow inmate serving a life sentence. It’s from this unlikely setting that David and Hale finish their terms and return to Hawaii, hoping for a fresh start. Eager to prove to themselves and to their families that this experience has changed them forever, David and Hale struggle with the hurdles of life as formerly incarcerated men, asking the question: can you really go home again?
Trailer: Out of State
“This is theater as community. It is holy theater not because it exalts something on high, but because for the time onstage, the audience and the storyteller are one, and all those people, though each seeing and hearing it slightly differently, are following the same course and going on a journey together.” –Tarell Alvin McCraney
Portland Story Theater knows the power of spoken word and has been at the forefront in giving voice to real, true stories since 2004. You can be a part of this exciting community that promotes understanding and fosters radical empathy through the art and craft of live storytelling. We believe that real, true stories break down barriers and encourage people to be vulnerable ane present in ways that are crucial to the full expression of our shared humanity. Story is the glue that holds us together and sustains us. When we hear a story told with intimacy and vulnerability, a part of us opens up to listen. We connect to another person’s journey, and we are changed by hearing their truth.
Celebrating our 15th Season, we offer the popular Urban Tellers® shows with two Immigrant and Refugee Special Ediitons, the beloved Armchair Adventurer, new Solo Works, and the ever-popular Valentine’s show, Kiss & Tell.
Tickets available at pdxstorytheater.org
November 2 (Immigrant | Refugee Edition)
April 5 (Immigrant | Refugee Edition)
June 7 (Season Finale)
Lawrence Howard, Armchair Adventurer
Shackleton’s Antarctic Nightmare
January 25 & 26
Warren McPherson’s Solo Show
You Were Supposed to be This Great Thing
Valentine’s Show, Kiss & Tell
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