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'Aspiration' by Aaron Douglas 1936My Soul Grown Deep

300 Years of African American poetry

(in collaboration w/Eric Hull of VOX)

Feb 8th @ 6:30pm
Holgate Library
7905 SE Holgate Blvd
Portland, OR 97206 | Map
Feb 22nd @ 6:30pm
Kenton Library
8226 N. Denver Ave.
Portland, OR 97217 | Map

SCORED by: Bobby Bermea & Eric Hull  THE POEMS!

Shuhe Hawkins as Langston Hughes
Shelley B. Shelley
Anya Pearson
RaChelle Schmidt
Tracy Turner


FREE and open to the public
Sponsored by the Multnomah County Library
For questions and information call: 971.217.6687 or email: bobbyb@baserootstheatre.org


BaseRoots' AFRICANS IN THE AMERICAS series continues with Langston Hughes leading you on a chorale exploration of African American poetry from Phillis Wheatley to Saul Williams. For more information on the project as well as the poems to be presented, click here!


Artist Shuhe Hawkins Shuhe Hawkins: Shuhe is an entertainer & arts educator who has been working in the Portland performing arts scene since 1996. He is an actor of stage & screen; puppeteer; mask performer; director; musician; puppet/mask designer & arts educator. He has taught puppet & mask entertainment skills all across the western US during his 8 years as a company member of Tears of Joy Theatre & is currently bringing his own brand of arts education to Portland schools through Young Audiences of Oregon. In his "spare time", Shuhe runs his own production company, Ensemble Loupan, & is the managing director & co-founder of the Portland PIRATE Festival, now in its 6th year. Also a singer/songwriter & instrumentalist, Shuhe performs as the notorious pirate "Luc the Lucky", with the pirate band BilgeRats & Pyrettes. He thanks BaseRoots Theatre Co for this great opportunity to play such an amazing man as Langston Hughes. Peace.
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Artist Anya Pearson Anya Pearson: Anya is a local actress, playwright, & poet. Already the author of two plays, Anya is currently working on her third, as well as a screenplay & a collection of poetry. Typing furiously toward a degree in English Literature & Writing, she studies at Marylhurst University. Last year, she attended the Last Frontier Theatre Conference for new work. As an actress, her favorite role was that of "Mrs. Muller" in a local production of Doubt, A Parable. She recently portrayed "Caitlyn O'Hare" in Magenta Theatre's production of Over the River & Through the Woods & the roles of both "Dr. Rachel Li" & "Rashida" in Passin' Arts' production of Tough Titty. Currently serving as Operations Manager for BaseRoots Theatre Company, she believes in the transformative power of theatre. Through her work in this discipline, she plans to effect social change.
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Artist RaChelle Schmidt RaChelle Schmidt: This is RaChelle's first production with BaseRoots. Recently, she appeared as "Angela" in Tough Titty & as "Martha" in Voices from the Kitchen...An American Jesus Christ with Passinart Theater Company. RaChelle has also played "The Jeweler" in Comedy of Errors with the Portland Actors Ensemble, "Bianca" in Othello in Midsummer Night's Dream with Tygres Heart Shakespeare Co., & "Risa" in Two Trains Running with the Portland Repertory Theater. She has a BS in Theater Arts from Portland State University & enjoys teaching acting to kids of all ages.
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Artist Tracy Turner Tracy Turner: This is Tracy's first time performing with BaseRoots & it marks the wonderful beginning, of being part of an ensemble poetry reading. Over the last three years Tracy has performed locally mostly in musical theatre productions including: The Producers, Violet, Estranged Identity, Sweet Charity & The Mikado. Even more recently he played the role of Aide Turkle in Portland Center Stage's production of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. This July, Tracy sings with the best of the Northwest in Seattle Opera's production of Gershwin's classic, Porgy & Bess. Tracy would like to personally extend much gratitude & warmth of spirit to Bobby Bermea for inviting him both to be a part of the BaseRoots family & to lend an artistic voice to such an invaluable collection of delicious poetry.
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