Nature of Words presents an original play and a poet obsessed with painting with words and oils.
The April 6 First Friday at The Nature of Words (NOW) will feature poet and artist Lisa Pounders, followed by a production of Painted Closet, an original one-act play written and produced by NOW’s Storefront Project. The First Friday reception at NOW, 224 NW Oregon Ave., will take place from 5-7:30pm and include a reading by Pounders from her chapbook, tentatively titled Songs of Alone, at 6:30pm.
After the reception, Painted Closet, a play about bullying, prejudice and pressure to fit in, will begin at 8:30pm at Cascades Theatrical Company, 148 NW Greenwood, Bend. The play is directed by Derek Sitter of Volcanic Theatre, who led The Storefront Project students’ playwriting workshop.
About The Painted Closet and Volcanic Theatre
The production of Painted Closet, a part of Volcanic Theatre’s spring showcase, is also a fundraiser for The Nature of Words. Suggested donation is $5. Students from The Storefront Project after school creative writing workshops wrote and will act in the play. Volcanic Theatre is a fringe theatre company founded by actor Derek Sitter that produces year-round theatrical productions, and offers acting classes for students of all ages and levels of experience. www.actorsrealm.com
About Lisa Pounders
Lisa Pounders works on fabric, and completed paintings incorporate bright, colorful, multi-patterned backgrounds with nostalgic, representational, and somewhat romanticized figures or objects as their focus. She is represented by Patricia Cameron Gallery in Seattle, Wash. In the last three years, Pounders has also taken up the art of writing poetry, and is now obsessed with painting with words as well as with oils. Pounders’ artwork will be on display during the month of April at The Nature of Words. The exhibit will include pieces from a series of paintings she is currently working on, inspired by a residency at Playa in Summer Lake, Oregon