The Art of Blushing & The Lazarus Complex

Thursdays-Saturdays, November 8-17, 2018



Writer Ben Moorad's grandfather was a psychiatrist in New Britain, Connecticut, who collected 124 stories from 1941 to 1948 of townspeople who tried to end their lives. As his grandfather was dying, Ben discovered these harrowing and deeply human stories in his papers, and Ben has spent the last 11 years researching and writing about them. The Art of Blushing and The Lazarus Complex is a part of this ongoing study of the will to live and the will to die. These two new standalone shows are a genre-blending, provocative and immersive experience combining vocal performance, a live score and visual projections.

All shows at 7:30pm.

Venue: Shout House, 210 SE Madison, Ste 11, Portland, OR 97214

TICKETS: $15 Th/Fr, $25 Sa,

See one show, see both separately, or see them together:

The Art of Blushing, Thursdays, 11/8 & 11/15

The Lazarus Complex, Fridays, 11/9 & 11/16

The Art of Blushing & The Lazarus Complex (double feature)

Saturdays, 11/10 & 11/17

Join us for a conversation with a panel of experts after the shows on 11/9 & 11/15.

11/9 - Representatives from Dougy Center & Ask the Question Project

11/15 - Representatives from Dougy Center, Returning Veterans Project, & Outside In



DIRECTOR: Jonathan Walters*

PERFORMERS: Arlena Barnes, David Bellis-Squires, Ben Moorad, & Jennie Spector

MUSICIANS: Wilson Vediner, Courtney Sheedy, & Will Hattman

*H2M Company Member


Ben Moorad is the Co-Founder of Write Around Portland, a nonprofit that has helped over 5000 adults and youth use the power of community writing to transform their lives, and the Co-Founder of Pass the Mic, a free music camp for immigrant and refugee youth. Ben is a Fellow of The MacDowell Colony and has received support from the Regional Arts & Culture Council, Caldera Arts and the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology for his Envelope of Suicides project.

More information about the Envelope of Suicides project and podcast.


From the Envelope of Suicides, 2016