Thursday, February 27, 2014

This Blog is on Hiatus. Please visit our web site!

The Boom Arts blog is currently on hiatus as we explore the best possibilities for its use. Please visit our web site,, or our Facebook page,, for the latest updates on our programming and information about our organization. Thank you!

Thursday, February 6, 2014


Due to inclement weather, the Thursday, February 6 performance of A Kaddish for Bernie Madoff has been cancelled. A new show has been added on Sunday, February 9 at 4pm.

Tickets purchased for Feb 6 will be honored Feb 9. Please confirm by sending an email to

All other performances are currently sold out. Please help us spread the word about February 9 at 4pm! Tickets here:

Monday, January 20, 2014

A Kaddish for Bernie Madoff: 4 shows only, February 6-9 at Portland Playhouse

Boom Arts and Portland Playhouse present 
the West Coast premiere performances of a spellbinding song cycle about the spiritual implications of the 2008 financial collapse:
A Kaddish for Bernie Madoff
Created & Performed by
Alicia Jo Rabins

Directed by Maureen Towey
Original animation by Zak Margolis
Lighting designed by Miranda Hardy
Curated and Produced by Boom Arts
in Collaboration with Portland Playhouse

Four performances only: Thursday-Saturday, February 6-9, 2014 at 7:30pm
At Portland Playhouse, 602 NE Prescott Street, Portland, OR 97211

Five years ago, Bernie Madoff was arrested in New York City.

He had carried out the largest financial fraud in US history: a forty-year joyride fueled by impossible returns.

With the passage of time, it's easy to dismiss Madoff as a villain. But what web of complicity allowed him to function, both within the financial system and within the hearts of ordinary people?

Did Madoff succeed because he understood human desire?

And what would the ancient Rabbis say?

Four performances only: Thursday-Saturday, February 6-9, 2014 at 7:30pm

At Portland Playhouse, 602 NE Prescott Street, Portland, OR 97211

Performances on February 7, 8, & 9 will be followed by curated talkback conversations

Tickets: $20 General Admission/$35 Premium Reserved Seating. 

Friday, December 20, 2013

Boom Arts Receives Project Support from RACC & Multnomah County Cultural Coalition

We are happy to share the news that Boom Arts has received a combined total of $5,686 in project support for its April 2013 residency/workshop project with Ugandan playwright Deborah Asiimwe and her US collaborator, director Emily Mendelsohn. We are excited to share the innovative work of these two artists with Portland artists, students, and audiences! Happy Holidays to all, and thank you to RACC and Multnomah County Cultural Coalition!

Monday, November 25, 2013

Boom Arts + The Natasha Plays on OPB Radio

On Saturday, November 23, Oregon Public Broadcasting featured Boom Arts' project The Natasha Plays on its new arts-focused radio show, State of Wonder. Host April Baer interviewed many participants in the project, including Boom Arts Curator and Producer Ruth Wikler-Luker, director Karin Magaldi, translator John Freedman, and actress Anneke Wisner. 

Listen here, from 07:30-18:50

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Friday, November 1, 2013

Boom Arts presents Russian Theatre in Translation at PSU, November 21-23

What’s it like to be a 16 year old girl in Russia today?
It depends which side of the tracks you’re on.

Boom Arts presents two explosive contemporary Russian plays in translation:

The Natasha Plays: I Won and Natasha’s Dream

Yaroslava Pulinovich

English translation by John Freedman

Directed by Karin Magaldi
Featuring Lily Burnett & Anneke Wisner

Thursday-Saturday, November 21, 22, & 23, 2013 at 7:30pm

Lincoln Hall Studio Theatre, Portland State University
1620 SW Park Avenue, Portland, OR 97201

Performance evenings include both short plays and curated talkback conversations

Presented in collaboration with Portland State University’s School of Theatre & Film, College of the Arts and the World Affairs Council of Oregon

Free (donation suggested). Reservations & details at

"The unleashed, visceral teenage angst of these monologues is the driving force of this work. For a moment, thanks to Pulinovich, we get the unfettered voice of a younger generation."- John Barry, Radar Redux: Baltimore Arts and Culture

Boom Arts presents, produces, and develops socially relevant theatre and performance in Portland and the Pacific Northwest. Please continue to check for updates and changes. These presentations are produced by special arrangement with Agency North Ltd,

More Russia in Portland: Art Exhibition at Reed College

Interested in Russian Arts & Culture? 

Reed College's Cooley Gallery will showcase Soviet graphic arts and photography spanning the period 1905-1990 in the upcoming exhibition

Reality Principle, Construction of a New Life

November 5 – December 15, 2013 Public reception: November 14, 6:00–8:30 p.m.

Academic symposium: Saturday, December 7

Curated from the Reed College Art Collection by Lena Lencek, Professor of Russian and Humanities, Reed College, and Stephanie Snyder, 
Curator and Director, Cooley Gallery.

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