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I am not now Who I might have Been

A unique collaboration with the Portland office of the United
States Government's General Services Administration allows the production to
take place in the 6th floor courtroom of the Solomon building.
Sojourn Theatre announces the premiere of its original theatre work I am not
now Who i might have Been at the historic Gus Solomon Courthouse in downtown
Portland. A unique collaboration with the Portland office of the United
States Government's General Services Administration allows the production to
take place in the 6th floor courtroom of the Solomon building. I am not now
Who i might have been, a rare mixture of local art-making, community
discourse, and public space, opens June 22, 2001.

I am not now Who i might have been is the culmination of a four month
community engaged process called The Justice Project. For the past several
months, Sojourn Theatre has conducted interviews and workshops with citizens
and organizations all around the state of Oregon. They have worked with
correctional facilities, schools, juvenile justice officials, civil rights
specialists, law enforcement, faith leaders, immigration services, the Office
of the Attorney General and more. Exploring collected images and stories of
justice from these diverse sources, artistic director Michael Rohd and
Sojourn's performer/creators have devised this piece. It shares the
specific perspectives of community collaborators, and it utilizes Sojourn's
unique physical brand of storytelling to explore the larger context of the
local issues that the process uncovered.

Sojourn Theatre transforms the Solomon courtroom, a physical space that
formally speaks Justice, into a space of questions: What does Justice mean to
different people, and to different communities? At what moments in our
lives, large and small, do we make choices that define our own sense of
Justice? What choices do we make to allow ourselves to live in a world that
is, arguably, unjust? The dialogue in which Sojourn has been engaged these
past months continues with these performances.

Performances of I am not now Who i might have been take place June 22,
23,24, 29, 30 & July 1, 6, 7, 8 At 8pm.

For information or reservations, please call 971.544.0464.
This show was GREAT! 09.Jul.2001 20:28

Anna K. Soderberg

This project was a fantastic collaboration and I only wish it had a longer run. I hope that this group produces more! I also hope that more people can see it (if you decide to do it again) because I know it will instigate discussion. It did for me. I saw it twice.