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?
Giving 100% of yourself over to your character, becoming a vessel for their story and how in turn it can introduce you to new pieces of yourself.
What is the best thing about theater to you as an audience member?
Watching people do what they love!
Which performances in the 2018/2019 Portland Theater season did you crush on the hardest?
(Note: please do not choose another Red Balloonist’s performance—too easy!)
Cristi Miles in Our Ruined House rocked my socks. I haven’t felt that kind of wonder and joy in a theatre for a very long time.
What should audiences expect from Yellow Yellow Yellow?
Vibrancy, ferocity + tenderness. Also, snacks.
What’s next for RBTC?
A full production of our December workshop, The Ways We Cope. We can’t wait to expand on this story!
You have 3 genie wishes to be used on the Portland Theatre Scene. What do you wish for? (No monkey paw catches)
1) Affordable spaces for everyone to create art!
2) I would love to see companies becoming more inclusive and broaden their horizons to other artists and technicians outside of their own cohorts.
3) Every theatrical production utilizing alley staging.
Yellow Yellow Yellow has closed, but Red Balloon Theatre Collective is still creating. Keep up with their latest projects at redballooncollective.org!