A longstanding Midgard of Portland theater, Shaking the Tree makes both boundary-pushing and wonderfully relatable projects. We expect grand things, and the company consistently delivers. With Forbidden Fruit, Shaking the Tree has raised the bar once again. The hybrid play/installation is ambitious in scale—the product of twelve performers, six playwrights, one choreographer, with multiple cast members devising their own scenes, and at least one actor (Joellen Sweeney) composing her room's music. That's not even getting into the director Samantha Van Der Merwe, the show's creative team, and incredible set makers. Not to be capitalist, but the show feels valuable.
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