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To Cope - VERB

Oxford Dictionary

  • (of a person) deal effectively with something difficult.

  • (of a machine or system) have the capacity to deal successfully with.

Origin-

Middle English (in the sense ‘meet in battle, come to blows’): from Old French coper, colper, from cop, colp ‘a blow’, via Latin from Greek kolaphos ‘blow with the fist’.


Four young women. Four acts of resilience. Four isolated fixtures, floating alone in space…. or are they?

Join RBTC as they workshop an exploration of

THE WAYS WE COPE

In partnership with Shaking The Tree Theatre and their Open Space residency.

december 19th – 21st, 2018

7:30 pm

shaking the tree theatre

823 SE Grant st | portland, or 97214

Through movement, voice recordings, and mixed-media, THE WAYS WE COPE will create an unconventional experience on themes of coping, teaching, space, solitude, hope, and pure resilience.

The RBTC ensemble will use this phenomenal opportunity to devise a ~35 min performance piece to workshop with our audience in December of 2018. The goal of this workshop and collaboration is to create the beginnings of a full production with the intention of submitting it to run in Portland’s Fertile Ground Festival within a year.

The core of our company’s mission is to continually choose vulnerability (or as we affectionally call it— to ‘stay soft’) and encourage a dialogue between artist and audience alike. By utilizing our resources and maintaining our stasis of empathy, we’re excited to have you be a part of the creation of THE WAYS WE COPE.


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June 8th - 10th, 2018

 7:30 pm

- Shout House -

 210 SE Madison, Ste 11 | Portland, OR 97214

4.48 Psychosis isn’t here to sugar coat mental illness for the masses. It’s here to shed some light on the realities of the thoughts we’re told to keep to ourselves. Without indications of characters or gender, this text is a sort of 'blank canvas' with a lot to say. In fact, it candidly shares a lot about what it’s like to live within suicidal depression.

At its root, so much of Sarah Kane’s work is about love, and ultimately questioning if it can survive the seemingly impossible situations that she creates. 4.48 Psychosis is no different. This show asks us to gaze unflinchingly at the human psyche in all of its messy and complex facets. It questions the realities of what happens amidst a breakdown. 

Coming from a place of empathy and personal understanding, our ensemble takes this play’s candid poetry and toes the line of reality. Three women each juggle their own journeys of human experience to remind us that there is no wrong way to struggle and no single way to keep afloat. 

***CONTENT WARNING: the subject matter of this play deals directly and heavily with mental illness and suicide. There is dialogue about self harm, alcohol and drug abuse, various acts of suicide, body dysmorphia, violent actions, swearing, and other adult themes.