The Aliens @ Tandem Coffee Roasters

THE ALIENS by Annie Baker

August 5-15 | 6:30pm | Behind Tandem Coffee in Bayside

Directed by Sally Wood

Produced by Mayo Street Arts, East Shore Arts, and Tandem Coffee Roasters

Annie Baker’s “The Aliens” follows the lives of two angry, disregarded young men who loiter each day behind a Vermont coffee shop discussing music, Bukowski, and the past. An unexpected friendship ensues when the boys meet Evan, a misfit coffee shop employee, and the three struggle together to find connection and meaning.

Tickets, food, and beverages are available by pay-what-you-can donation.

This donation-based production is made possible by generous support from The Blossom Fund.

TICKETS & INFO

LOCATION: Behind Tandem Coffee in East Bayside (122/148 Anderson Street, Portland)

DOORS/SHOW TIMES: Doors open at 5:30; Show begins at 6:30

TICKETS: Tickets available by donation (Pay-what-you-can | $20 suggested)

Seating is limited; reservations are encouraged

The first 200 tickets reserved for a donation of $20+ will include a voucher for one pint of any beer at Rising Tide Brewing Company!

Small plates & non-alcoholic beverages from Dean’s Sweets, Evo Kitchen + Bar, and Urban Farm Fermentory will be available by donation prior to the show.

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SHOW DATES

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Thursday, August 5

Friday, August 6

Saturday, August 7

Sunday, August 8

Thursday, August 12

Friday, August 13

Saturday, August 14

Sunday, August 15

ABOUT THE SHOW

Annie Baker’s “The Aliens” follows the lives of two angry, disregarded young men who loiter each day behind a Vermont coffee shop discussing music, Bukowski, and the past. An unexpected friendship ensues when the boys meet Evan, a misfit coffee shop employee, and the three struggle together to find connection and meaning.

For the last year and half, people everywhere have been talking about the struggle to find meaningful connection in a time of isolation and uncertainty. How important is connection? And what are the consequences when people try and make connection, but can’t?

These questions are essentially the undercurrent running through “The Aliens,” and there’s something about this simple idea that’s universally felt and shared right now. There’s something tender and caring about the love between these boys, and yet none of them has the words to express it, providing us a case study into this very real and sad aspect of male friendship.

Our production is a direct response to the pervasive isolation and loneliness felt throughout the pandemic. It’s been an opportunity for a group of artists to work together safely in-person for the first time since March of 2020. The project has allowed local businesses and patrons to show their support for the Arts. And our hope is that there’s an audience out there ready and excited for this type of work.

VENUE & WEATHER

The performances will be held outdoors in an unsheltered lot behind Tandem Coffee Roasters. We recommend that you wear sunscreen and bring bug spray. Bottled water will be available but you are welcome to bring your own water.

We were unfortunately unable to reserve a wheelchair accessible portable toilet due to the unusually high demand this summer.

In the event of rain, we will announce cancellations via the email address you provided when reserving tickets. Donations will be refunded upon request. Reservations may be honored for an alternate rain date TBD.

CAST & CREW

Dave Register*…………..Jasper

Sam Rapaport……………KJ

Parker Hough…………….Evan

* Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States, appearing under a Special Appearance Contract.

Sally Wood………………..Director

Allison McCall…………….Assistant Producer

Lauren Stockless………..Stage Manager

Eddy Werner………………COVID Compliance Officer

Graphic Design by Jorolero

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