Oregon Contemporary Theatre

  KLCC’S year-end look at the local State of the Arts continues with Oregon Contemporary Theatre’s Associate Producer Tara Wibrew, who reflects on theater’s role in Eugene’s changing downtown, on arts access for disadvantaged audiences, and on reaching beyond comfort zones as a way to improve the arts scene. 

Stupid F---ing Bird

Sep 11, 2015

Oregon Contemporary Theatre presents the Northwest Premiere of Stupid F---ing Bird—a wild revision of Chekhov’s The Seagull, adapted by playwright Aaron Posner (“POSE-nurr”). Eric Alan speaks with OCT’s Artistic Director Craig Willis about love triangles, seagulls and theatre. The play runs from Friday, September 11th, through October 3rd.

Christopher Acebo, Associate Artistic Director of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, will give a talk called “Guiding Space: An Exploration of Set Design in the Theater,” as part of Lane Arts Council’s First Friday ArtWalk on Friday, June 5th at 5:30 p.m. It will be at Oregon Contemporary Theatre, moderated by Bob Keefer. Christopher Acebo speaks with Eric Alan about using minimalism to engage the audience’s imagination, and the beauty of limitations.

365 Women A Year is an international theater project, with playwrights creating one-act plays about exceptional women in history. As part of the Northwest Festival of Ten Minute Plays, four readings of new plays will take place Eugene, on Saturday, March 28th. Director/playwright Connie Bennett—also Executive Producer of NW10—speaks to Eric Alan about reclaiming the voices of historically significant women through theater.

This Hour Forward is a gallery installation with performance by Ryan Conarro, inspired by the marriage of his brother and the Supreme Court’s reading of the Defense of Marriage Act. He speaks with Eric Alan about issues of gender identity and equality, before performing at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art.

Storm Kennedy and Bary Shaw star in Becky’s New Car, a play of comic misadventure at Oregon Contemporary Theatre. In the KLCC studios with Eric Alan, they demonstrate the deep and hilarious possibilities of misunderstandings, as well as the essential nature of listening and being in the moment.

#Instaballet is a creation of dancers Suzanne Haag and Antonio Anacan, featuring choreography and instant performance of a ballet based on audience instructions. Antonio Anacan speaks with Eric Alan about the process, about why children’s questions often drive it, and how the dance relates to everyday life.

Ordinary Days at OCT

Jun 13, 2014

The new musical "Ordinary Days" plays at Oregon Contemporary Theatre through June 29th. KLCC's Michael Canning talks with Director Craig Willis and Musical Director Nathan Alef.

The Sixth Annual Northwest Festival of Ten-Minute Plays runs April 4th-12th at Oregon Contemporary Theatre. Executive Producer Paul Calandrino and playwright Nancy West talk with Eric Alan about the joys and challenges of short-form theatre, and what emerges when eight plays are presented together.

The Eugene Public Library is partnering with the Springfield Public Library, Oregon Contemporary Theatre and others for 2014’s Big Read—a month-long series of events around F. Scott’s Fitzgerald’s classic novel The Great Gatsby. Historian David Turner talks about how Willamette Valley culture compares to Fitzgerald’s 1920s, while Big Read coordinator Allison Arnold details the month’s events.