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TicketS for "Ashland" By Isabel Estelle

After a young woman is unexpectedly diagnosed with a terminal illness and chooses to pursue Death with Dignity, she and her new partner must navigate the beginning and end of their relationship simultaneously. As the young woman’s health rapidly declines, her partner and her two siblings grapple with the absurdity and hilarity of death, what it means to be family, and what it takes to let go.

This Portland premiere will be directed by Jennifer Lanier and assistant directed by Juliet Mylan.

Ashland will premiere in Portland April 5th and run through the 27th.

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Crave has always existed in between the margins of theatre and funding. We are just large enough to speak with fundraisers and organizations within the Portland community, but just small enough to be ineligible for much of the funding available to other local theatres.

The COVID-19 pandemic inspired a series of federal grants and funding programs to help independent theatre while many larger non-profits and corporate charities scaled back their funding for the arts. Now that federal programs are halting aid, individual philanthropists have become the stopgap in funding for many performance arts spaces, but they can’t keep up with the scale of the need that theatre companies have. Several larger theatres in Portland have frozen their 2024 season because of a lack of funding and Crave doesn’t want that to happen to them. Many smaller artists rely on Crave’s Artist Residency as well as the seasonal work the mainstage shows provide.

With each success, Crave is able to build a community of local artists who would otherwise not be represented or have the opportunity to perform while also bringing audiences in who get to see themselves on stage when that otherwise wouldn’t be possible. Crave has a great community of donors and artists who are proud to support the theatre, but this season can’t happen without your help!

Crave is a home for artists of incredibly different backgrounds and disciplines. Crave has always worked hard to champion projects that don’t seem possible otherwise. Crave treats community as a core value and always has.

Sponsoring Crave’s season will mean that dozens of Portland artists will be able to bring their visions to life. The arts aren’t just to provide entertainment for audiences. Art is fundamentally about sharing what it means to be human in the world and letting others know that they aren’t alone. In times like this, that message is more important than ever.

 

Statement of

DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION

Crave Theatre is committed to cultivating and sustaining a diverse, inclusive, and equitable space where everyone involved in our art —  patrons, artists, employees, volunteers, and vendors — feels valued and respected regardless of gender, age, race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, education, or ability. We understand that the foundation of a vibrant, thriving theatre is the cross-pollination of creative/diverse programming, the cultivation of inclusive practices and strategies, and the development of a diverse team of employees and volunteers who share in these values. 

To build this foundation: we are working with Esper House to evaluate and dismantle any inequitable policies, systems, programs, and services; we are including more diverse leadership on our board, staff and advisory bodies; we have scheduled regular  Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion training for our board and staff; and we are working to increase our outreach to underrepresented communities, by supporting diverse artists and theatre works in both our programming and casting decisions. 

As we work to improve diversity and inclusion in our company, we encourage you to reach out to us directly with concerns and to reach out to Report Racism in Portland Theatre.

Here at Crave, we value diverse stories, voices, and opinions, and our hearts break for the continued discrimination demonstrated against people of color, including the murder of innocent Black citizens, hate crimes against the AAPI community, and the continue erasure of Indigenous people. To support a full creative space for all, Crave Theatre commits to championing policies and practices of cultural equity that empower a just, inclusive, equitable theatre experience.

Cultural equity embodies the values, policies, and practices that ensure that all people—including but not limited to those who have been historically underrepresented based on race/ethnicity, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, socioeconomic status, geography, citizenship status, or religion—are represented in the development of theatre practices and experiences. This practice includes providing support to diverse artists and theatre works; providing nurturing, safe spaces that are accessible and encourage expression; and fairly distributing available opportunities at Crave Theatre.

In the United States, there are systems of power that grant privilege and access unequally such that inequity and injustice result, and that must be continuously addressed and changed. 

•Cultural equity is critical to the long-term viability of the arts sector.

•We must all hold ourselves accountable, because acknowledging and challenging our inequities and working in partnership is how we will make change happen.

•Everyone deserves equal access to a full, vibrant creative life, which is essential to a healthy and democratic society.

•The prominent presence of artists challenges inequities and encourages alternatives.

•Crave Theatre Company gratefully acknowledges that we create theatre on the traditional lands of the Multnomah, Wasco, Cowlitz, Kathlamet, Clackamas, Bands of Chinook, Tualatin Kalapuya, Molalla and many other tribes who made their homes along the Columbia River.

To provide informed, authentic leadership for cultural equity, we strive to…

  • Pursue cultural consciousness throughout our organization through substantive learning and formal, transparent policies.
  • Acknowledge and dismantle any inequities within our policies, systems, programs, and services, and report organization progress.
  • Commit time and resources to expand more diverse leadership within our board, staff, and advisory bodies.

To pursue needed systemic change related to equity, we strive to… 

•Encourage substantive learning to build cultural consciousness and to proliferate pro-equity policies and practices by all of our constituencies and audiences.

•Improve the cultural leadership pipeline by creating and supporting programs and policies that foster leadership that reflects the full breadth of American society.

•Generate and aggregate quantitative and qualitative research related to equity to make incremental, measurable progress toward cultural equity more visible.

•Advocate for public and private-sector policy that promotes cultural equity.

This is a living, breathing document, and is subject to change and improve as we learn and grow.

For our part, we are currently educating ourselves so that we can be better allies and take intentional steps to be more inclusive.

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