Many Hats Collaboration presents
The Undertaking
Conceived & Directed by Jessica Wallenfels

With text by Emily Gregory

Created in collaboration with actors JoAnn Johnson & Beth Thompson

FESTIVAL DATES: Jan 25 @ 8pm; Jan 26, 27 @ 7:30pm (Community Music Center); Feb 2 @ 7:30pm; Feb 3 @ 2pm (Lincoln Recital Hall)


Community Music Center, 3350 SE Francis St., Portland OR 97202 (Jan 25-27)

Lincoln Recital Hall, Room 75 (basement), 1620 SW Park Ave., Portland OR 97201 (Feb 2-3)

TICKETS: $25 regular performances; $15 preview performance and all student/seniors

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An aging mother’s health teeters on the brink. Her adult daughter scrambles to find footing as her role shifts from child to authority figure. Death pounds at the door and they both wonder, could someone this pissed off actually be dying? Through an interdisciplinary blend of music, movement and theatrical storytelling, The Undertaking portrays end-of-life care of an elder using Dmitri Shostakovich’s piano trio #2, played live by local classical ensemble Northwest Piano Trio. Incorporating original text by Emily Gregory along with the classical score, The Undertaking embraces the absurdity of the dance of death as it takes on the complicated questions which come with caregiving (and receiving). To accompany The Undertaking, Many Hats will present a play reading created from The Art of Aging Project. Weaving together essays and interview responses from people over 65 about their own personal journey of aging, actor/director/deviser Camille Smicker has compiled and directed a choral work which allows us to hear from elders in their own words.