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Tue, 02/17/2015 - 11:00am to 11:30am
Artists Repertory Theatre presents "Tribes" a play about a young deaf man
Join guest host Sarika Mehta for a focus on Tribes a play about a young man who is the only deaf member of his family that refuses to let him learn sign language or be involved in the Deaf Community. As a sign-language interpreter, Sarika offers a unique perspective as she talks with Deaf actor, Stephen Drabicki who has portrayed the role of Billy with four different casts around the US and Canada in the last year. Sarika also talks with director, Dámaso Rodriguez to talk about his experiences in this play as well as the importance and integrity of authentic casting.


Tribes is a contemporary drama centered around Billy, the only deaf member of his family, whose search for family acceptance sparks often funny, but fierce, tensions at home.  One day he meets a young woman, Sylvia, who is on the brink of deafness, and  he finally understands what it means to be understood. Grappling with the significance of language and the urge to belong, this Portland debut follows successful productions Off-Broadway, at London’s Royal Court and Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre. 2012 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play.

The Northwest Premiere Tribes is directed by Artists Rep’s Artistic Director Dámaso Rodriguez and features a veteran cast of Artists Rep Resident Artists and favorites alongside Hard-of-Hearing actor Stephen Drabicki, who has played the role of Billy three times before to critical acclaim.


After graduating from Oxford, Nina Raine began her career as a trainee director at the Royal Court Theatre. She dramaturged and directed Unprotected at the Liverpool Everyman, scooping up the TMA Best Director Award and the Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award in the process. Her debut play, Rabbit, premiered at The Old Red Lion Theatre in 2006 and, after a sell-out run, it transferred to the West End before heading New York. Rabbit won London’s Evening Standard Award 2006 for Most Promising Playwright and the Critics Circle Award 2006 for Most Promising Playwright.  Her second play, Tiger Country was shortlisted for the Sphinx Theatre Brave New Roles Award, and is under commission to the Royal Court Theatre. She also directed Jumpy at the Royal Court Theatre and Shades, for which she won Critics Circle and Evening Standard Awards for Most Promising Newcomer

Artists Repertory Theatre presnts...

Mainstage production of Tribes by Nina Raine

The show has been extended through March 4, 5, 7 @ 7:30; Mar. 7, 8 @ 2pm  
All shows are at Artists Repertory Theatre – Alder Stage, 1516 Alder St. Portland, OR 97205

TICKETS:  $25-$55; Students, under 25 tickets $25,  Wednesday-Sunday at 7:30pm; Sundays at 2pm; Wednesday, Feb. 18 at 11am and Saturday, Feb. 28 at 2pm. For tickets: 503.241.1278 or

ASL-interpreted performances:
Saturday, Feb. 21 at 7:30pm
Saturday, Feb. 28 at 2pm

All of these performances will be followed by an ASL-interpreted post-show discussion.


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