With The Ways We Cope, Red Balloon Theater Collective—RBTC for short—declared that they were a legit experimental ensemble to be reckoned with, capable of multidisciplinary performances full of wit, insight, and humor. And in the theater season since, several Balloonists have done astonishing work onstage in other companies’ productions and solo shows. In short, they are Young Creatives To Watch, and helping to drive the Portland theater scene into newer, more explorative territories.
Yellow Yellow Yellow is their newest jam and promises to be a fun, emotional Venn diagram of Charlotte Perkins Gilman, a big-top circus, and group therapy.
Artpunk Club asked RBTC and their Yx3 collaborators to answer a handful of questions about the show, their experiences in theater, and the Portland arts scene.
What’s the best thing about theater to you as a performer?
The best thing about theater to me, as a performer, is the opportunity to bring people on a journey of worldly and self-discovery. Giving people the opportunity to live through situations that they may never experience in their lives.
What is the best thing about theater to you as an audience member?
As an audience member, my favorite part of theater is getting to experience amazement! As a performer, you understand everything that it takes to pull off a moving piece, and when it’s done successfully it is so powerful.
What should audiences expect from Yellow Yellow Yellow?
Y’all should expect one hell of a ride and a wild wild time.
Yellow Yellow Yellow has closed, but Red Balloon Theatre Collective is still creating. Keep up with their latest projects at redballooncollective.org!