Former Portlander Premiers New Work Commissioned by PICA for its 1997/98 Performance Series

The Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA) is pleased to announce the return of experimental theater artist Drew Pisarra to Portland January 8, 9 & 10 at 8 p.m. at the Eastside Performance Center. Pisarra will premier his most recent piece, Singularly Grotesque, which was commissioned by PICA for its 1997-98 Performance Series. Tickets are $14 general admission; $12 for PICA members and may be purchased in advance by calling PICA at 242-1419.

Now a resident of New York City, Drew Pisarra began performing solo works five years ago at various work-in-progress forums around Portland. His initial short pieces culminated in his evening-length work, Queer Notions. His subsequent monologue, Fickle, debuted at Portland Actor’s Conservatory and toured to Highways in Los Angeles and On the Boards in Seattle as part of their Northwest New Works series. His piece, The Gospel According to Saint Genet, was commissioned as part of the Portland Art Museum’s 1995 Biennial. Pisarra has also appeared in numerous productions with the Imago Theatre, and has collaborated with several local artists including Katherine Peterson, Linda K. Johnson, and Cynthia Ciamente. His poetry has been published in various magazines, and a collection of his short fiction entitled Public Spanking was released by Future Tense Press in 1996.

Created in Gothic style, Pisarra’s newest solo piece, Singularly Grotesque, examines the struggle for individuality within the territory of the human psyche, despite the cultural emphasis on collective spirit, group morale, cooperative efforts and conformity. A lively blend of ventriloquism, movement and theatrics. Singularly Grotesque promises to be another mind-bending mix of philosophy and farce in true Pisarrian style!

For more information, please call PICA at 503/242-1419.

PLEASE NOTE: The venue for this performance has changed from what was originally printed in the PICA season schedule. The Eastside Performance Center is located at 531 SE 14th, on the corner of 14th & SE Stark.