Bag&Baggage Productions, Hillsboro’s resident professional theater company, will continue its 2021/22 season with a workshop production of Our Utopia by Carlos-Zenen Trujillo., Join the cast, director and playwright on Zoom on Wednesday, February 2 for a live script reading and discussion of the themes and stories presented in the play.
The Pacific states have the highest rate of cult participation of any region in our country and there is no doubt that cult mentality has become more prevalent in our society in recent years. Our utopia explores these realities, the human tendencies that lead us into sectarian situations, as well as our own instincts and responses. Written by Carlos-Zenen Trujillo and directed by Ashland New Plays Festival Artistic Director Jackie Apodaca, this workshop production of Our Utopia is presented in conjunction with the 2022 Fertile Ground Festival of New Works with a full production planned for the first time. in the fall of 2022.
Our utopia revolves around the community players of Aurora Canyon and the origin story of their “community of like-minded, kind-hearted people”. By inviting the public to learn more about their community and engage with its members, players hope to dispel any FAKE NEWS and slander spread about them. Our Utopia educates cast and audiences on the importance of the five pillars of the Aurora Canyon community: love. Goal. Security. Unity. Harmony.
“I’m honored and thrilled to be able to give our customers a window into the development process of this unique show,” said Cassie Greer, Artistic Director of Bag&Baggage. “Carlos and Jackie, along with our playwright Melory Mirashrafi and the entire team of collaborating artists, have done an incredible job so far, and I look forward to the opportunity to share the insightful and timely conversations inspired by this piece with a wider audience. It’s also just a really cool opportunity – even in the middle of a pandemic – for people to peek behind the curtain and participate in the process of creating a brand new play.”
Our Utopia, the production of the workshop, is a one-night virtual experience only, on Wednesday, February 2 at 7:30 p.m. Find more details and sign up to join the Our Utopia zoom at bagnbaggage.org.