For this beautifully simple performance/installation, Stan’s Cafe will bring 300 million grains of rice to Portland, a grain for every person in the United States. Over the course of the festival, the company will weigh out a huge range of human statistics in rice and place them in labeled piles, creating an evolving sculptural landscape. Working with a team of local artists and a professional statistician, Stan’s Cafe blends elements of Victorian laboratory experiment, social science, and rigorous factory work to humanize formerly abstract aspects of American life. Visitors are encouraged to engage performers in conversation, contribute personal histories, and suggest new statistics, as they discover in the massive piles of rice the subtle links between individual and community, and the United States and the rest of the world.


Stan’s Cafe is one of the UK’s foremost independent theater companies, and has been under the artistic guidance of director James Yarker since its inception in 1991. The company tours regularly, encompassing a broad variety of media including screen-based art, theatre, radio, and site-specific performances requiring extensive audience participation. Recent work includes It’s Your Film, Be Proud of Me, and The Black Maze, which premiered in the back of an eighteen-wheeler. They recently completed Home of the Wriggler, a production self-powered by the cast members on stationary bicycles.

Supported by the
British Council USA
and Mercy Corps.

Venue generously donated by Pacific Northwest College of Art.