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Kristina Wong. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Boom Arts


Silencio Blanco. Photo by Lorenzo Mella.

Boom Arts is one of Portland’s most thought-provoking live performance presenters. Guided by imaginative curator Ruth Wikler-Luker—a multilingual, world-traveling former contemporary circus director who counts Bertolt Brecht and Charlie Chaplin among her many influences—Boom Arts’ programming seeks to demonstrate “the power of the artist-audience encounter to change our perspectives, enrich our lives, and even catalyze social change.”

And Boom Arts’ fifth season certainly packs a punch: Kristina Wong’s Wong Street Journal is a comically irreverent and self-deprecating look at how Americans handle being on the winning side of global inequality. Critically acclaimed performer Adrienne Truscott returns by popular demand with both her comedic skewering of rape culture, Asking for It, and her newest provocation, One-Trick Pony. The new Global Voices Lab will feature readings and workshops of new plays from Turkey, Peru, and other countries.

Chilean puppet troupe Silencio Blanco (“White Silence”) performs a spellbinding fable about a Chilean miner and his wife. And Spiritrials, by Def Poetry Jam alum Dahlak Brathwaite, is a hip-hop theater meditation on faith, drug policy, the criminal justice system, and human imperfection.

“Our programming’s provocative, global, and relevant,” says Wikler-Luker. “We’re proud of our social conscience and our global view.”


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ARTSLANDIA APPLAUDS: Boom Arts’ full seasons of the kind of fearless, original performances we’re more used to seeing at international festivals, offering a rare chance to engage more deeply.