Catch an encore performance on the CoHo YouTube channel this November 15 – 30, 2020.
FROM THESE STREETS I RISE
created by Mikki Jordan
Runtime: 60 minutes
Originally aired September 13, 2020
Mikki Jordan & Chris Harder
Directed by Chris Harder
Original Music by Samie Jo Pfiefer
Dramaturgy by Chris Harder
Featuring Mikki Jordan and Samie Jo Pfiefer
From These Streets I Rise was created in honor of Street Roots. Their mission is to create income opportunities for individuals struggling with homelessness and poverty. To honor this mission, all proceeds from ticket sales will be donated directly to our community partners at Street Roots. The majority of those funds will be given to the Street Roots vendors who contributed their stories to this project. CLICK HERE to purchase tickets today!
From These Streets I Rise is an inspirational piece of love and compassion honoring the diverse stories and immediate experiences of Portland Street Roots’ vendors impacted by homelessness. Weaving together stories and live music, one actress shifts seamlessly through multiple characters, taking us on a unique journey that reminds us of the power of community and the resilience of the human spirit.
This show was created in honor of Street Roots. Their mission is to create income opportunities for individuals struggling with homelessness and poverty. To honor this mission CoHo will donate proceeds from all ticket sales directly to Street Roots. The majority of those funds will be given to the Street Roots vendors who contributed their stories to this project. Click HERE to donate to Street Roots directly.
HUMAN RESILIENCE. DIVERSE PERSPECTIVES. A CALL TO ACTION.
ABOUT THE CREATOR AND PERFORMER
MIKKI JORDAN, a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, spent fifteen years in NYC devising new works with various independent theater collectives. Her love of documentary storytelling and narrative healing work eventually lead her to pursue a second career as a psychiatric social worker. Now based in Portland she works as an emergency department crisis worker, therapist, and theater artist. She creates original documentary theater works exploring social justice issues that directly impact our community. Stay tuned for upcoming projects: www.mikkijordan.com
She would like to thank all the Street Roots vendors who so generously took the time to share their stories for this performance. May your words inspire us all to act with greater kindness and serve as a call to action for our community.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
CHRIS HARDER is an actor, director, and theatre-maker dedicated to artistic risk and the creation of new work. He is a Resident Artist with Artists Repertory Theatre and has performed on numerous Portland stages over the past 20+ years. In addition to his private classes, he teaches acting with the Portland Actors Conservatory, Portland Playhouse, and Oregon Children’s Theatre. He is currently developing a new theatrical installation online titled TimeCapsule. www.chrisharder.com
ABOUT THE MUSICIAN
SAMIE JO PFIEFER hails from the heartland of Kansas, where she was brought up in a family of musicians, with a diverse history in Polka, Celtic, Classical, and Rock music. She moved to Portland to attend The Portland Actors Conservatory, then moved on to work with Tim Stapleton in set design and painting around the city. She is thrilled to be back at CoHo, her last appearance in Playhouse Creatures where she composed and performed the music for the show. You may have also seen her as Grusha in Shaking the Tree’s production of The Caucasian Chalk Circle.