04-23-2017  8:57 am      •     
The Wake of Vanport

BaseRoots Theatre will be performing a reading of "Pantomime" by Derek Walcott at 8 p.m. on Feb. 11 and 12 at the Blackfish Gallery, 420 NW 9th Ave. in Portland. The show features performances by Bobby Bermea and Jonah Weston, directed by Wendy Wilcox.

The show features two men on the island of Tobago off the coast of South America, involved in a pantomime about Robinson Crusoe and Friday. One is an English song-and-dance man trying to get back on his feet; the other his servant, a former musician from Trinidad.

The comedic play covers the grounds of Robinson Crusoe, but speaks more about colonialism, and the relationship between colonizer and colonized – White and Black.

Pictured at left is Derek Walcott by Bert Nienhuis

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