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Whoops! Technical Difficulties

Hello friends. Maybe you noticed (hopefully you didn’t), but at the moment, CoHo is experiencing some unfortunate technical issues and our phone lines are down.

If you’ve been trying to reach us at (503) 220-2646 and have been unable to get through, we apologize for this unexpected inconvenience. We’re working hard to get our systems back online, but in the meantime, if you need to reach the CoHo Crew, please send us an email at coho@cohoproductions.org and a member of our team will get back to you ASAP.

Thank you for your patience as we work to get this issue resolved. We appreciate you, and look forward to hearing the ringgggg of excited theatre enthusiasts in our offices very soon.

Presented By CoHo Productions
Sept. 7 -Oct. 1, 2023

CoHo is thrilled to launch our second annual Clown Festival, celebrating physical comedy, movement arts, humor, and fringe performance! Our goal is to embrace the entire clown community and center CoHo as a home to clowns from all walks of life.

CoHo is the place for clown, for physical comedy with an absurdist spin, for community and connection, for laughing and letting go. When our artists find joy, our community finds joy, and we can’t wait to share four weeks of playful whimsy with you.

Clown Fest FastPass

Interested in catching everything the festival has to offer? We’ve got a CoHo Clown Festival FastPass for that! Available on a sliding scale basis, festival passes for the 2022 CoHo Clown Festival grant you access to every performance on the roster, all for one fixed price that complements your budget. 

The perks associated with the FastPass are tenfold: 

  • Unlimited access to all Clown Fest 2022 performances
  • 20% discount on the Introduction to Clown workshop
  • Faster check-in – Show us your vaccination card the first night, we’ll remember you for the run of the festival
  • Release your inner clown – One red clown nose with every FastPass purchase
  • Different perks at different donation levels – Free drinks, t-shirts, wine cups, and so much more. 

Hosted By Morgan Clark-Gaynor
September 7, 2023 @ 7:30 PM

Come one, come all to the CoHo Clown Festival Opening Follies. Join host Morgan Clark-Gaynor who will lead us in Philip Cuomo’s Clown Dance Ritual. Everyone is invited to participate in this joyful, high-intensity, celebratory, guided dance ritual. Bring your dancing shoes and playful spirit, no experience is required. Costume options will be provided. 
OF NOTE: This event is FREE and open clowns of all ages and experience levels.

Presented By Sule Gurbuz
September 8, 2023 @ 7:30 PM

Introducing Sule Gurbuz, a remarkable mime artist with an illustrious career spanning several decades. Sule’s extraordinary journey into the world of mime began in 1984 when she embarked on her training under the tutelage of the esteemed mime instructor, Taner Barlas. Together with Taner Barlas, Sule collaborated on the creation of a mesmerizing mime show, which featured a collection of 13 captivating plays. These intricate and expressive performances showcased Sule’s exceptional talent for silent storytelling, enchanting audiences with her seamless blend of grace, emotion, and impeccable technique, and now Sule is bringing her latest work to the CoHo Clown Festival!

Presented By Le Why Not Productions
Sept. 9 @ 7:30 PM

From the mind that created the “painfully funny” smash-hit, horny-teen adventure, JUICEBOX (Official Selection 2020 HBO’s Women in Comedy Festival), and the body that birthed twins 17 months ago comes Anne Zander is MOTHER, a brand new work-in-progress solo show (BroadwayWorld). A wildly hilarious journey into the postpartum hell– erm, landscape, Anne Zander is MOTHER is clown, character, truth and fantasy, all rolled into one woman, dancing to the beat of her own breast pumps.

Created And Performed By Amica Hunter
Sept. 15 & Sept. 16 @ 7:30 PM

An intimate, unpredictable exploration of pain, zoology, & collective imagination, International Comedian & Weird-Lil’-Gremlin, Amica Hunter, GETS UNDER YOUR SKIN and CRUSHES YOUR FUNNY BONE in this hilarious, captivating, and sometimes-unsettling-comedy about the horrors of living in a body. Part stand-up, part storytelling, and part clown, ANATOMICA is an investigation of the inadequacies of different animal body models, and a celebration of the absurdity of being trapped in a body that is limited by pain, fatigue, and ultimately decay. But, you know, make it fun.

Presented By Sule Gurbuz
September 17, 2023 From 12 – 5 PM 

Join local and international performer and teacher, Sule Gurbuz, in her captivating Introduction to Mime Workshop, where she will guide participants on a journey of self-discovery and artistic expression. Whether you are a seasoned performer or a curious novice, Sule’s workshops provide a unique opportunity to delve into the captivating world of mime, refine your technique, and deepen your understanding of non-verbal communication. 

Presented By Julia Bray
September 22, 2023 @ 7:30 PM

All Boats, the beloved community variety show, has teamed up with CoHo’s Clownfest to bring you a robust, wacky, wild & daring array of solo and duet performances from some of Portland’s most experimental clowns!  Hosted by Renman, your favorite Stand Up Comedy Goblin, this night packed with 4 wildly different clown acts is not to be missed!

Presented by Clown As Protest
September 23, 2023 @ 7:30 PM

Clown as Protest (CaP) is a local clown troupe that uses anti-imperialist clowning to structure social and political agitation toward leftist and humanitarian issues. In their most recent show, a three-headed clown Judge (Judge Boopee) and their two buttcheeks, ahem, clown bailiffs, and Feather Boy (an intern?) are facilitating the trial of three really, really, extra really bad guys who is but a puppet of the imperialist state, and it shows. The show will include three accusations, a plea from the accused on trial, and will end with a sentencing by the jury (you, the audience). Someone WILL be pied – catch the show to find out who!

Presented By The CoHo Clown Cohort
Sept. 29 – Oct. 1 @ 7:30 PM

The CoHo Clown Cohort is developing a new project – Twister – inspired by the 1996 blockbuster. The Cohort, established by Philip Cuomo, has produced 3 full productions, developing shared vocabulary and devising methods through the lens of clown. Twister was chosen as an artistic challenge, so whether you have been following the Cohort since 2017 or this is your first introduction, come delight in comedic hijinks and support the creation of the new CoHo Clown Cohort production.

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.

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

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.

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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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