to Jan 31


Bare Portland acquired a 20x20 ft. storage unit, piled from floor to ceiling with items someone packed away. Storage is a three part, year-long exploration and performance project. Alongside a team of writers and performers, we will generate a piece inspired by the contents of our abandoned storage unit, as well as he stories of the may stakeholder in the self-storage industry. Storage is a story of stuff, of inventory and memory, of place and displacement, of transience and permanence and what we pack away.

Coming to Portland Early 2020.

Related events to be announced.

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Street To Stage
5:30 PM17:30

Street To Stage

Celebrate the launch of Portland Ovations’ highly anticipated 2019-2020 season with a free, family-friendly event celebrating the arts. A block party featuring local performers, food trucks and more kicks off the evening outside of Merrill Auditorium. Then we’ll follow the artists from street to stage as Ovations’ season is unveiled inside of the historic venue with a special performance by the evening’s host Suzanne Nance.

Local performers to include: Ikirenga cy’Intore, Collective Motion, Bare Portlandthe MAMMOTH Brass Band, students from Casco Bay Movers, and more.

Enjoy food from, Mainely MeatballsMr. TunaFalafel Mafia, and Mainely Treats.

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UNBOXING Party: An Interactive Gallery Opening and Project Debut
7:00 PM19:00

UNBOXING Party: An Interactive Gallery Opening and Project Debut

What stories do we pack away?

Bare Portland acquired a 20×20 ft storage unit piled from floor to ceiling with items someone packed away. We invite you to unpack, honor and discover unit 5549* with us on May 2.

UNBOXING party is the first act in our 2019 performance project, Storage. You can help craft the narrative of this evolving piece by unboxing and exploring with us. What items should take center stage? What shouldn’t see the light of day? What stories do objects tell, and how are they silent?

Bring a friend. Dig through forgotten goods. You might even walk away with an artifact or two.

About Storage: a story of stuff.
Storage is a 3-part exploration and performance project by bareportland. The local performance collective acquired an abandoned storage unit and, alongside a team of writers and performers, will generate a piece inspired by the contents of the unit as well as the stories of the many stakeholders in the self storage industry. Storage is a story of stuff, of transience and permanence, of decadence and deficiency, of inventory and memory, of place and displacement and more. Storage is a work in progress and full of moving parts. Join us for a workshop performance in Winter 2020. 

*to protect the identity of individual s this is not the actual unit #.

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to Aug 26

The Yellow Wallpaper

Inspired by the short story by
Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Devised by Bare Portland

Tickets $10
Online ticketing available soon! Tickets also available at the door.
Limited Pay-What-You-Can tickets available only at the door. 

229 Anderson Street**

Show Dates:
Friday 18 @ 8:30PM
Saturday 19 @ 8:30PM
Sunday 20 @ 8:30PM

Wednesday 23 @ 8:30PM
Thursday 24 @ 8:30PM
Friday 25 @ 8:30PM
Saturday 26 @ 8:30PM
Sunday 27 @ 8:30PM

229 Anderson St.
Portland, Maine
You can find the box office at The Grotto at 229 Anderson St. Our box office team will be standing near the lot at the end of Anderson Street, right before it becomes Plowman. We’ll be holding flashlights. Reach us at 207-558-2234 or with questions or for directions.
There will be no late seating at this performance. Please be sure to arrive early. Click here for a map.


About the Show:
A desperate woman is confined by her husband in hopes to cure her persistent illness. She struggles to find peace as the room’s dingy wallpaper develops a mind of its own. This devised performance fashions a kaleidoscope of one woman’s living death in exquisite captivity. The wallpaper refracts her sense of self, becoming a prism for all of us. Bare Portland collages the wallpaper’s vicious influence through movement, song, and words. Our shadows become our mirrors in this other-worldly adaptation of the classic short story.



Created and Performed By:
Catherine Buxton
Diana Clarke
Tarra Haskell
Allie Freed
Mackenzie O'Connor
James Patefield

Directed by JJ Peeler

Thank you to our community partner, the Maine Irish Heritage Center.

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