by L.A. “Larry” Iversen
Director Andrew Klaus-Vineyard returns to Defunkt Theater with Slipping, a play by Daniel Talbott, starring Clifton Holznagel, John Corr, Brave Sohacki, and Paige McKinney.
Slipping is an exploration of sexual awakening, set against a backdrop of conflicting social and cultural cross-currents. The protagonist is Eli — 17, out, and a budding photographer in San Francisco. After his father’s death, Eli and his mother move to Iowa to begin a new life. A flirtation with a popular high school jock holds potential for real love, but Eli is haunted by a previous relationship and by the legacy of his parents’ marriage and his father’s death.
Known for bringing thoughtful and intense examinations of sexual identity and fluidity to the stage, Klaus-Vineyard is excited to present this most recent production. “Slipping offers a complex and moving depiction of youth: sex positive, punk rock, messy in love and in grief.” Describing the show as “moving and darkly funny,” the presenters caution that this production contains nudity, sexual themes and brief depictions of self-harm, and recommend it for audience members 18 and older.
Established in 2000, Defunkt Theater pride themselves on “imaginative productions of bold, provocative material, [being] Portland’s destination for theater that makes you think and feel and talk about afterwards.” Notably, Defunkt Theaters maintains a “pay what you can” price policy out of their commitment to eliminate financial considerations as a barrier to experiencing innovative theater.
Klaus-Vineyard has been a multi-talented, creative force in the Portland area for many years. In addition to his string of productions with Defunkt Theater, he’s had photography and multimedia art featured in numerous magazines and galleries around the world as well as locally at venues such as Crush Bar and the Catalyst; authored a graphic novel; and created musical performances ranging from neo-classical work to his electrorock band Mattachine Social. While continuing to enjoy creating artistic projects in the Portland area, Klaus-Vineyard currently resides with his husband in Seattle, WA.
Slipping runs through November 17th, with shows every Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evening at 7:30pm. Defunkt Theater performances take place at The Back Door Theater located at 4321 SE Hawthorne Blvd. Portland, Oregon (the entrance to the theater space is located inside theCommon Grounds Coffee Shop). To find out more about this production and other Defunkt Theater happenings, go to http://www.defunktheatre.com/.
Bio photograph courtesy of Andrew Klaus-Vineyard. All other photographic images ©Rosemary Ragusa. All rights reserved.