Live Shows


Jonathan Walters

Jonathan Walters

Jonathan Walters and Ben Moorad

Jonathan Walters and Ben Moorad

Arlena Barnes, Jennie Spector and David Bellis-Squires

Arlena Barnes, Jennie Spector and David Bellis-Squires

Courtney Sheedy, Will Hattman and Wilson Vediner

Courtney Sheedy, Will Hattman and Wilson Vediner

Hand2Mouth Theatre presents

The Art of Blushing and the Lazarus Complex

Thursdays-Saturdays, November 8-17, 2018

Writer Ben Moorad's grandfather was a psychiatrist in New Britain, Connecticut, who collected 124 stories from 1941 to 1948 of townspeople who tried to end their lives. As his grandfather was dying, Ben discovered these harrowing and deeply human stories in his papers, and Ben has spent the last 11 years researching and writing about them. The Art of Blushing and The Lazarus Complex is a part of this ongoing study of the will to live and the will to die. These two new standalone shows are a genre-blending, provocative and immersive experience combining vocal performance, a live score and visual projections.

All shows at 7:30pm.

Venue: Shout House, 210 SE Madison, Ste 11, Portland, OR 97214

TICKETS: $15 Th/Fr, $25 Sa,

See one show, see both separately, or see them together:

The Art of Blushing, Thursdays, 11/8 & 11/15

The Lazarus Complex, Fridays, 11/9 & 11/16

The Art of Blushing & The Lazarus Complex (double feature)

Saturdays, 11/10 & 11/17

Join us for a conversation with a panel of experts after the shows on 11/9 & 11/15.

11/9 - Representatives from Dougy Center & Ask the Question Project

11/15 - Representatives from Dougy Center, Returning Veterans Project & Outside In



DIRECTOR: Jonathan Walters

PERFORMERS: Arlena Barnes, David Bellis-Squires, Ben Moorad & Jennie Spector

MUSICIANS: Wilson Vediner, Courtney Sheedy & Will Hattman


Ben Moorad is the Co-Founder of Write Around Portland, a nonprofit that has helped over 5000 adults and youth use the power of community writing to transform their lives, and the Co-Founder of Pass the Mic, a free music camp for immigrant and refugee youth. Ben is a Fellow of The MacDowell Colony and has received support from the Regional Arts & Culture Council, Caldera Arts and the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology for his Envelope of Suicides project.



Every Thursday from October 13 through November 17...

Jonathan Walters (Artistic Director of Hand2Mouth Theatre) will direct Ben Moorad (me) in six entirely different, standalone shows that explore material from the envelope project. Wilson Vediner (of the bands Months and Point Juncture WA) will provide sound and music, and we'll have guest performers helping out throughout the run.

All shows will be at 7 pm at the Shout House at 210 SE Madison in Portland (under the Hawthorne Bridge). We'll have refreshments. Tickets are $10. 

The shows are:

October 13         Introduction: The Envelope

October 20       Anna, George, Anna, Anna and Lillian and Frances

October 27       Man With $6,018 in Bank Deposit Leaps to Death From High Veranda

November 3     The Cause of Hydrophobia as Given by a Paranoia Patient at Brigham Hall

November 10    City Judge Flays 'Guttersnipes' From Out-of-Town For Misdeeds

November 17     Lora and the Grasshopper

Join us for one of them, or see them all! We're only selling about 40 seats per show, so get your tickets now. Click here to purchase. (Thank you, Hand2Mouth Theatre, for your help with ticketing!)