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About Us


Beirut Wedding World Theatre Project
is a performing arts company in Portland,
Oregon where artists of historically
disenfranchised communities
come to do their best work and where
audiences in these communities can
find themselves represented.

 

 

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About Us


Beirut Wedding World Theatre Project
is a performing arts company in Portland,
Oregon where artists of historically
disenfranchised communities
come to do their best work and where
audiences in these communities can
find themselves represented.

 

 

Why "Beirut Wedding"?

The most consistent question we get is “What does the name mean? Where does it come from? What is a Beirut Wedding?” Well, years ago, I saw a photograph of a man and a woman who had just gotten married, the man was still in his tuxedo, the woman in her wedding gown. They were walking through the bombed out streets of Beirut, Lebanon, during the Lebanese civil war in the eighties. The caption to the photograph said that the woman was Muslim and the man was Christian. Looking at it, I thought to myself, “Whatever this picture is saying, that is what I want to say with my art. That is what I aspire to.”

Years later we found out that during that war, there was a movement by some of the young people in Beirut, to deliberately marry across religious lines to protest the war. For all the times that human beings can be absolutely reprehensible, other times they can also be amazing. For us, this made the name even more inspirational, more of goal to be reached for. A wedding, after all, is a ceremony, a ritual. So is theatre. At the wedding, a story is told about people coming together on a larger scale, a family or families, maybe an entire community and on an individual scale, two people in love. Often times the wedding is a religious ritual, joining the two people in a union with or under their god.

Theatre, for the vast majority of its history, has always been closely associated with the god or gods of whatever land it was being performed in. In some places, an actor putting on a mask was an act of actual transformation, of transition, from one plane to another; a god now walked the earth. In other places, actors were burned at the stake, so profound were the truths they laid bare. In every corner of the globe since before recorded history, the ritual of theatre, this place where people come together to hear their stories told, has existed and more often than not, it’s been a sacred space. This is our history, our tradition, the path on which we walk. It is up to The Beirut Wedding World Theatre Project to live up to this awesome responsibility.

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BEIRUT WEDDING Vision


Beirut Wedding is about the points of
contact between populations, the locus
points by which we define ourselves;
race, class, culture, gender, sexual
orientation, and religion. And how these
loci bring us together or push us apart.

BEIRUT WEDDING Vision


Beirut Wedding is about the points of
contact between populations, the locus
points by which we define ourselves;
race, class, culture, gender, sexual
orientation, and religion. And how these
loci bring us together or push us apart.

WE STRIVE TO:

  • Create a safe and stimulating environment for artists to do their best work.
  • Actively participate in practical political and social life in our communities.
  • Practice diversity and multiculturalism in the projects we choose, the staff we hire, the partnerships we cultivate, and the artists with whom we work.
  • Develop and sustain a youth program that brings kids from at-risk and marginalized populations experience in creating art and into an expanded and enthusiastic world view.
  • Build an international theatrical bridge, to take pieces created for and about our American communities to the world at large and bring art from the global community back home.
  • Engender change, affect policy, alter mindset, and facilitate a world of diversity, exuberance and sustainability.
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Directors


Beirut Wedding is co-directed by Jamie M. Rea
and Bobby Bermea. We bring divergent social
and cultural backgrounds together with an
eclectic and cosmopolitan worldview.

Directors


Beirut Wedding is co-directed by Jamie M. Rea
and Bobby Bermea. We bring divergent social
and cultural backgrounds together with an
eclectic and cosmopolitan worldview.

DIRECTORS' BIOS

Bobby Bermea

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Artistic director of BaseRoots Theatre. Founding member of Badass Theatre Company. Proud member of Sojourn Theatre. Long-standing member of Actors Equity Association.

Bobby received a Drammy Award for Outstanding Actor in a Lead role for The Brother/Sister Plays (Portland Playhouse), a Drammy, for Supporting Actor in A Raisin in the Sun (Artists Repertory Theatre), another for Ensemble in The Set-Up (Cygnet Productions) and was a Drammy Finalist for lead actor for his work in that show.

Bobby has appeared at LaMama in New York, Centerstage in Baltimore, Vortex Repertory in Austin and Intiman, ACT, The Group, the Langston Hughes Cultural Center, A-Ha, the Empty Space and at the New Mercury Theatre in Seattle with such theatrical luminaries as Ping Chong, Julie Harris, Marion McClinton, James Marsters and Michael Rohd.

On the Portland stage Bobby has performed with Artists Repertory Theatre, El Teatro Milagro, Portland Center Stage, Cygnet Productions, Tygre’s Heart, the Jewish Theatre Collaborative, and Sojourn Theatre.

As a member of the NEA-funded international collaboration between Vietnam & ART, he toured nationally with an award-winning bilingual production of A Midsummer Night's Dream in the role of Oberon.

As a director, Bermea has recently helmed productions of My Soul Grown Deep and The Green Book with BaseRoots Theatre, Hollow Roots with BoomArts. His productions of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and The Sexual Neuroses of Our Parents with Theatre Vertigo have received critics acclaim. He was Drammy Finalist for Best Director for Wait Until Dark at Northwest Classical Theatre and received critical enthusiasm for Blue Door at Profile Theatre.

Bobby has done extensive work with youth, especially at-risk groups, having worked through the Actors-to-Go at Artists Repertory Theatre, Higher Stages with Tears of Joy, the Haven Project, Playwrites, Inc., Young Audiences, Portland Youth Builders, the Cordero House, including directing Frankenstein, the Martian Chronicles, and a work of his own called Village.

Jamie M. Rea

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Manager and core company member with Jewish Theatre Collaborative.

Artistic associate with Sojourn Theatre.

Consulting Production Manager and Director for Enlightened Theatrics.

Former Managing Director of the Re-Theatre Instrument. Grand vizier for Baseroots Theatre.

Serving as a primary producer with Jewish Theatre Collaborative. since 2009, she has been directly responsible for budget creation & production management for all shows over 9 seasons, as well serving on the marketing committee and supervising all front of house requirements.

With Baseroots she helped produce both Rocket Man and My Soul Grown Deep.

For Circle Theatre Project, in collaboration with OAASIS, she helped produce, direct, and then production-manage the tour of Telling. Jamie also directed and and co-produced The Devil and Billy Markham for Action Talks and Songs for a New World for Staged!

A renaissance woman of the theater, Ms. Rea has served as production, stage & company manager; marketing, development & technical director; office, box office, & house manager, singer, tap dancer, and award-winning actor.

In these and myriad capacities she has worked locally for Portland Center Stage, ART, Portland Rep, El Teatro Milagro, Profile Theatre, Sojourn Theatre, Jewish Theatre Collaborative, BaseRoots, Theatre Vertigo, Cygnet, Classic Greek Theatre and many others.

Ms. Rea directed and and co-produced The Devil and Billy Markham for Action Talks and the multiple-award winning Songs for a New World for Staged!

She was a Drammy Finalist in the category of lighting design for Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde at Theater Vertigo, a Drammy Finalist as lead actress in The Snowstorm, and took home the Drammy as Supporting Actress in A Doll’s House (Shaking-the-Tree) and Ensemble in The Set-Up (Cygnet Productions).