Radical Listening: Episode 19

The Mythology of Blame with Kailey Rhodes and Claire Rigsby

On this episode of Radical Listening, we sit down with Kailey Rhodes and Claire Rigsby, collaborators and creators of the show “The Mythology of Blame” presented by Portland Playhouse. We talk in-depth about the making of the piece, and for headlines, we cover the siege on the capitol, Bitcoin, and Kanye and Kim’s divorce.

* Warning: This episode contains explicit content and may not be suitable for all audiences *

The Mythology of Blame with Kailey Rhodes and Claire Rigsby

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Kailey Rhodes

KAILEY RHODES is a Portland-based theater-maker and body-shaker. Credits include Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley at Portland Center Stage; Into the Woods and Ordinary Days at Broadway Rose Theatre; The Wolves at Portland Playhouse; Sense and Sensibility at Clackamas Rep; and Urinetown and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee with Anonymous Theatre Company. She has previously appeared in Teenage DickAn Octoroon, and The Importance of Being Earnest at Artists Rep Theatre, and hopes to rejoin them again one fine post-COVID day for their world premiere of Anthony Hudson’s Looking for Tiger Lily. She doesn’t have much to say because 2020 took all her words, and what she has left, she put in this piece. 


Claire Rigsby

CLAIRE RIGSBY is a performer/mover/shaker originally from Atlanta, GA. Before she landed in Portland, performance took Claire from Georgia to London to China to California. Select local credits include 1984 and The Thanksgiving Play with Artists Rep, The Secretaries and Las Meninas with Profile Theatre, Friends with Guns with Chapel Theatre, A Christmas Carol with Portland Playhouse, James and the Giant Peach with Oregon Children’s Theatre, The Rocky Horror Show and Falsettos with Live Onstage!, and Grease with Broadway Rose Theatre Company.

Some of her most fulfilling work has come out of studying with PETE and their Institute for Contemporary Performance, where she created her first solo show Lady in Pink and a duet Palindrome Machines with her collaborator Keegan Kyle, for which they received a RACC project grant and an artists residency at The Sanctuary in Arcata, California. She’s so thankful to be able to continue to create under so many extreme circumstances, and she’s thankful to all of you for coming on the journey with her. 

In a world filled with contentious noise, theater is a place to listen. Hear a story. Respond viscerally, spontaneously, immediately, and as a result, engage with the world more openly.

That is Radical Listening.

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