Just Right

Shows

Just Right

April 2013

Triangles are my favorite shape; three lines, three points of connection, three points of perception. This show is about perspective. How many times do you experience an event, a moment, a comment, a feeling, and look back on it later only to experience it all differently? Slightly or monumentally with just the right amount of retrospection. Life doesn’t necessarily exist in threes, but for me it does: death, luck, habits, and cycles. Third time’s the charm, so they say.

Just Right was a representation of this idea. Each act of this show was the same story told from a new perspective; the first is humorous, the second dark, the third surreal. What is funny to one person may be disturbing to another, and may be complete nonsense to another.

The Story:

TriptheDark’s last production, The Wolf Child’s Mother, introduced Red Riding Hood’s grandma; a washed-up Hollywood star who spends her days drinking vodka and reminiscing about her days on television as Goldilocks. In Just Right, we explore Grandma’s past to learn how she ended up in Oregon, pickling her liver, drunk on dreams of bright lights and beauty queen crowns…

Having grown up on a commune in Oregon, excluded from the outside world, Grandma is ignorant to the temptations of fame. It’s only when she is visiting a cousin and sees the movie Xanadu that she realizes her inevitable destiny: fame, fortune, and flamboyance. To jumpstart her career, her well-meaning parents take her to Texas where she thrives as a toddler in a tiara. Her talents are recognized by a Hollywood talent scout who leads her to Hollywood where she plays Goldilocks in a long running TV show. When she becomes too old for her role, the show is cancelled and she searches relentlessly, unsuccessfully for another hit. Having been beaten down by the sleaze of the biz (and we do mean sleaze), Grandma leaves Hollywood, literally or figuratively impregnated by the beast of the trade. He is our Wolf.

Director’s Note:

Triangles are my favorite shape; three lines, three points of connection, three points of perception. This show is about perspective. How many times do you experience an event, a moment, a comment, a feeling, and look back on it later only to experience it all differently? Slightly or monumentally with just the right amount of retrospection. Life doesn’t necessarily exist in threes, but for me it does: death, luck, habits, and cycles. Third time’s the charm, so they say.

Just Right is a representation of this idea. Each act of this show is the same story told from a new perspective; the first is humorous, the second dark, the third surreal. What is funny to one person may be disturbing to another, and may be complete nonsense to another. We invite you to experience Grandma’s story in a way that speaks to you and explore your personal representation around the concept of “just right.”

Special Thanks:

As this show is about different perspectives, we invited five new choreographers to contribute to this show with the intention of creating variety and encouraging depth of narrative. Many, many thanks to our incredibly talented guest choreographers:

  • Erin Shannon
  • Timothy Johnson
  • Cara Defilippis
  • Diana Schultz
  • Carlyn Hudson
  • Monologues & Resident Writer: Jacob Aiello
  • Lighting & Sound Technician: Dug Martell 
  • Front of House Manager: Michelle Wernert
  • Makeup Artist: Anna Corbett
  • Door Staff: Adam Admundsen, Lauren Ferns, Loren Castillo
  • Our dedicated and improving tap students!
  • All our friends that loaned us costumes and props including Jim, Missy, Bridget, Jeffrey and more
  • Ed & the Red Reds for making beautiful music
  • Corinn and Steph’s moms for traveling many miles to support us
  • Stephanie Seaman for making basically every costume in the show
  • Josh Schoonmaker for his support, advice, and encouragement
  • Joe, Sadie’s secret hubby
  • KZME Radio for sponsorship!
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TriptheDark is a local Portland indie dance company. If you don’t usually watch dance performances, we want you. We are inspired by sound, raindrops, shadows, puppets, art, and circuses. We also teach tap.