by Dan Rebellato

May 1, 2015 - May 24, 2015
Wednesdays through Saturdays at 7:30pm, Sundays at 2:00pm
- Imago Theatre -
17 SE 8th Ave, Portland, OR 97214

Runtime: 1 hour 40 minutes - no intermission

“You know when a song starts and it feels loose and chaotic? But then the drums come in and everything makes sense. That’s what he was in my life. He walked into my life and everything made sense. He was the moment when the drums come in.”

Sara’s life is thrown into disorder when her husband, Chris, dies unexpectedly. Trying to cope with her loss she discovers a compilation tape, apparently made for her by him. The only thing is, by the time he died, Chris was profoundly deaf. With the help of a friend she begins to unravel the secret of the tape, hoping that it may be his final message to her from beyond. STATIC is a beautiful, vibrant play of love, music, movement, and the difficulties of connecting no matter the language. In a bold theatrical move, it is also written to be performed bilingually in both English and sign language.

Reviews response began in admiration, but then it morphed to something else—affection. A lot of that was technical, too, I suppose. The craft of Reballato’s play, director Scott Yarbrough’s integration of its elements, including Kaye Blankenship’s stunning abstract set and Jennifer Lin’s deft lighting design, and the skill of the actors. But if there’s magic in theater, it happens when skill turns into something deeper. That happened to me during the Sunday matinee of Static ... read moreBarry Johnson, Oregon ArtsWatch
Static toggles between topics profound–death, love, grief, and the afterlife–and banal–music criticism, which may be how most of us experience life. It boasts an expert cast and (unsurprisingly) an ace soundtrack... it does all it sets out to, and has fun, and sounds great, while doing it ... read moreLeela Ginelle, PQ Monthly
Strung together as haphazardly as life, the fragments that come together in "Static" leave the audience with a sense of meaning fuller than any one word could ... read moreCelina Russell, The Oregonian

Production Images

Photos by Owen Carey