Come to the Table, Mike Pence

#CoHoSummerfest Week 3

ShakingTheTree_MikePence credit Sophie Van Der MerweCome to the Table, Mike Pence

A Visual and Aural Feast

by Shaking the Tree

June 29 – July 2

Politicians. Pomegranates. Dinner is served.

Three of history’s most influential woman Eve, Salome, and Queen Elizabeth I, try to get Mike Pence to come and join them at a large table, laden with fruit, but he never shows up. Why won’t he dine with them? Should he be afraid? Come to the table and join the conversation. We dare you. *All profits will be donated to Planned Parenthood.

“Among Portland’s best theatre companies, putting on a wonderful mix of classic and contemporary with an emphasis on the visual.” – Oregonian

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Production Credits:

Devised and directed by Samantha Van Der Merwe of Shaking the Tree Theatre

with performers Matthew Kerrigan, Anya Pearson* and Rebecca Foster

*Member of Actors Equity Association

Shaking the Tree Theatre

Shaking the Tree seeks to meld the boundaries of theatre and visual art by presenting audiences with thrilling and immersive theatrical experiences. Founded in 2003 by Samantha Van Der Merwe, Shaking the Tree uses innovative ways to inhabit space, creating a heightened surrounding that allows audiences to experience a deeper, more active connection to the work. Our beautiful warehouse is located on SE 9th and Grant, and our next show will be the Caucasian Chalk Circle by Bertolt Brecht (opening October 2017). Shaking the Tree thrives on strong artistic collaborations with brilliant artists. To read more about who we’ve collaborated with on this project, please visit

Samantha Van Der Merwe

Samantha is the founding Artistic Director of Shaking the Tree Theatre, where she directs theatrical productions and teaches drama classes for children aged 5 and up. She is a Licentiate of Trinity College, London and holds an (LTCL) Teaching diploma in Speech and Drama. She founded Shaking the Tree in 2003, and after a few years as a thriving art and drama studio, she began directing. Projects include: Statements After an Arrest Under the Immorality Act  (Athol Fugard)- Feb 2009, The Little Prince (Antoine de Saint-Exupery)- Oct 2010, The Tripping Point: a theatrical exhibition of eight fairytale installations (Playwrights West)- Feb 2011, Far Away  (Carol Churchill)- Sept 2012, Wilde Tales (Oscar Wilde/Adapted by Karin Magaldi)- Oct 2013, One Flea Spare (Naomi Wallace)- Feb 2014, pool (no water) by Mark Ravenhill – for Theatre Vertigo- April 2014, Masque of the Red Death (Edgar Allan Poe, featuring Playwrights West)- Oct 2014, Suddenly Last Summer (Tennessee Williams)- April 2015, Passion Play (Sarah Ruhl)- Sept 2015, the Dissenter’s Handbook (Dario Fo)- Dec 2015, A Doll’s House (Henrik Ibsen)- April 2016, Orpheus and Eurydice (Devised)- July 2016, Head. Hands. Feet. -October 2016, Venus and Adonis (William Shakespeare)- July & December 2016, We’re All Mad Here (Devised)- January 2017, and Miss Julie- May 2017.

Special Thanks

Malala Yousafazi “We realize the importance of our voice when we are silenced”

Hafsat Abiola “Any society that is silencing its women has no future.”

Andre Lorde “Your silence will not protect you.”


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