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A World Premiere & New Play By Bob Powers
December 1 & 2, 2023 At 7:30 PM

Bob Powers wrote Laughing Matters as an antidote to a decade of Trumpism, COVID, an attack on American democracy, rampant homelessness, immigration, drug use, and himself personally, and many others, too much death, none of which are laughing matters. Yet, laughing matters, especially as we age. As Gerorge Bernard Shaw said, “You don’t stop laughing when you grow old. You grow old when you stop laughing.”

In his new play, Powers presents a collection of hilarious stories, including The Carrot Addict, How to Butcher a Beautiful Language, Morphing into Sammy Davis Jr. and more. With a few poignant stories tossed into the mix, Laughing Matters will make you – duh – laugh, and perhaps think. 

Presented By Nick Condon
December 7-9, 2023 @ 7:30 PM

From the creative minds that brought you MeetCute, The Imprivsed RomCom and And the Winner is… comes an all new Musical Improv Extravaganza! Home for the Holidazed is a fully improvised Hallmark Holiday Movie Musical with all of its tantalizingly tender moments and “terrible” tropes. Each evening the cast creates an all-new Holiday classic right before your eyes.

A must-see hilarious holiday production, join us for Home for the Holidazed, coming to the CoHo stage this December.

Presented by Julia Bray & Thom Bray
December 23, 2023 @ 2 PM & 7:30 PM

Join us for a re-imagined audience interactive presentation of Dickens’ famous reading of his beloved story. A CHRISTMAS CAROL is one of the most beloved holiday stories in the English language. Here is the tale of Ebenezer Scrooge and his Christmas Eve conversion from “covetous old sinner” to “as good a friend as the City of London would ever know”! 

In the mid 1860s, Charles Dickens took to the stage to give dramatic readings of this story to sold out crowds. Working from the text of the author’s original reading copy, veteran actor Thom Bray faithfully recreates the theatrical experience that Dickens’ Victorian audiences had!

Presented By PDX Playwrights
Workshop: January 8-11, 2024 From 6-9 PM
Final Performances: Jan. 13, 2024 @ 7:00 PM,
Jan. 14 @ 2:00 PM & 7:00 PM

In this seven-day workshop at CoHo Theater from January 8 -14, with evening classes and performances on the weekend, participants will learn from PDX Playwright’s theater pros how to write a one-act play and then bring that piece to life in front of a live audience during a CoHo/PDXP co-sponsored winter weekend festival of new works on January 13 and 14, with audience participation and critical feedback. Two of the pieces created in this program will be selected by workshop participants for future development.

Co-produce at CoHo

At CoHo Productions, we are committed to nurturing artistic growth by promoting local accessibility, diversity, and creativity. The Co-production Assistance Program provides a sustainable way for diverse and unique creators to produce their own work for their own communities.

This program offers our theater, lobby, and backstage space for free and gives specific technical, administrative, and production support. Co-producers will also have access to CoHo’s administrative staff, opening doors for mentorship, marketing, and so much more.

CoHo Residency

Applications for 2025 are now OPEN!

As CoHo continues to expand our new Grant Program, our mission remains to embolden performing artists in the Portland community. The Residency program is the next step in this process, allowing Artists in the community to develop work over the course of a four-month period with dedicated time and resources to scale.

This process-driven program will allow working artists to intentionally develop a creative method in a safe supportive environment. New works will have a total of two presentations, one in house for staff, crew, and residents. The other will be a final presentation, broadcast to a public audience at the end of the term.

Discord is a free communication app that lets you share voice, video, and text chat with your friends and community. The CoHo Community Discord is a virtual hang-out spot for those who want to be in dialogue about art, ideas, and upcoming events happening in our city. This platform is important because it creates a virtual space for our community to be in conversation with each other, allowing artists to share their work with an interested audience of fellow artists and creators, and enabling them to receive feedback in real time.

By utilizing Discord, CoHo hopes to create an online digital community of thinkers, creators, and engaged patrons that is active and accessible to anyone, not just CoHo artists, in the hopes that by connecting our community, support and enthusiasm for the arts will blossom and grow.

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CoHo Rental Calendar

December 2023

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  • Laughing Matters Fundraiser
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  • Laughing Matters Fundraiser
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  • Improv Weekend
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Anti-Racism Statement

CoHo Productions stands in solidarity with our BIPOC community. We commit to join those working to dismantle the entrenched, institutionalized racism that makes it possible for the centuries of violence against POC to continue. We acknowledge that white supremacy is central to systems of oppression, and that by not dismantling it, we have been complicit in keeping it intact. We commit to examining and deconstructing that white supremacy in our organization, listening and making space for voices of Black artists and artists of color, and actively working to fight racism in all of its explicit and implicit forms.

Land Acknowledgement

CoHo acknowledges the roles of White supremacy and colonization that are deeply embedded in the technology, organizational structures, and way of life we experience everyday. We acknowledge the land and resources we use to create our programming rests on the historic village sites of the many tribes who made their homes along the Columbia and Willamette rivers. We challenge ourselves and our community to consider how we play into the social structures that govern our everyday lives, reflecting on our roles in decolonization, reconciliation, and allyship.

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A ticketing price point for every pocketbook . No donation is too big or too small!

Pay-What-You-Can Ticketing

In an effort to ensure theatre is accessible to all, CoHo is pleased to announce that all tickets are now Pay-What-You-Can. Tickets are available in person and online. When purchasing tickets, simply select a price point that works for your budget, reserve your seats, and come on down to the theatre!

Solidarity with Marginalized Communities

CoHo seeks to center, uplift, and produce the works of marginalized people. We offer paid opportunities to be produced through our Residency and NightLife programs, prioritizing the stories of BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, Disabled, Sick/Dying, Neurodivergent, Poor, Fat, Elderly, and otherwise oppressed people. It’s of vital importance that CoHo legitimately serves our community – our whole community

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CoHo needs your support

CoHo is a nonprofit theater that heavily relies on the generosity of our community to continue. If you support our mission, please give what you can!

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