Psychic Utopia

In the last decades of the last century, thousands migrated to the Pacific Northwest in pursuit of radical freedom, land, forest and sky. They formed communes, cohousing, co-ops and autonomous zones. Some communities endured and others crumbled, fell apart, mossed over.

Inspired by firsthand interviews with dozens of residents of utopian communities of the 60s, 70s and 80s, Psychic Utopia honors all those who’ve felt the call of Oregon could lead to something larger than themselves. Using special techniques, in a studio brimming with house plants and humans, Hand2Mouth’s new show is a joyful experiment in what it takes to build utopia with all of us, here, now and in the future.

 

THIS SHOW IS CURRENTLY AVAILABLE FOR TOUR

CREDITS

DIRECTOR: Jonathan Walters*

PERFORMER/CREATORS: Sascha Blocker, Jean-Luc Boucherot, Jenni Green-Miller, Liz Hayden*, Erin Leddy*, Heather-Rose Pearson, and Judson Williams

DRAMATURGS: Jessie Drake* & Hannah Nutter

COLLABORATING WRITER: Andrea Stolowitz^

STAGE MANAGERS: Natalie Mecham & Michael Miranda

SOUND DESIGNER: Seth Nehil

SCENIC DESIGNER: Larry Krone

COSTUME DESIGNER: Sarah Marguier

LIGHTING DESIGNER: Katelan Braymer

PROP/ OBJECT DESIGNER: Drew Dannhorn

*H2M Company Member^H2M Resident Artist

THE DEVELOPMENT OF THIS PRODUCTION IS SUPPORTED IN PART BY: the Regional Arts & Culture Council and Work for Art; the Oregon Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts; the Kinsman Foundation; James F. & Marion L. Miller Foundation; the Network of Ensemble Theatres (NET/TEN grant); the Oregon Cultural Trust: Oregonians sustaining, developing, participating in our arts, heritage and humanities; Templeton Foundation; two residences at PLAYA; & H2M season sponsor Ronni Lacroute.

REVIEWS

PREVIEWS

Performance Dates

  • New Expressive Works, November 16-December 3, 2017: Portland, OR
  • Community Talk backs 11/16, 11/26, & 12/3

Work in progress showings

  • Fertile Ground, ART-Alder, January 25th 2017: Portland, OR
  • Fertile Ground, ART- Alder, January 25th, 2016: Portland, OR
  • Shout House, May 23rd, 2016: Portland, OR
  • Shout House, October 23rd, 2016: Portland, OR
 photo: Mishima photography, design by Sarah marguier & mike pham

photo: Mishima photography, design by Sarah marguier & mike pham