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In anticipation of our coming performance of LĒR, please peruse these FAQs!


Q: Sell me on this. What is it?

A: LĒR is an adaptation of Dub Shakey’s King Lear, performed as only the Reformers can. In some ways it’s the culmination of our body of work to date, tracing a direct ancestry through THE TURN, HAUNTED HOUSE, THE VAN, and YES/NO/GOODBYE. If you’re a fan of us, a fan of innovative theatre experiences, a fan of Shakespeare, or a newcomer to the theatre, this show is for you.


Q: LĒR? I thought you were doing King Lear?

A: Over the past several years, we’ve taken on some intense research, digging into the historical roots of this play. Not only the true life events that inspired Billy S. to write it, but also the way it would have been traditionally performed in Willy’s time. Incorporating those elements into our performance has been a fulfilling challenge, beginning with the old English spelling of the name Lear, Lēr. We added the macron to indicate the long E sound. The choice to go in all caps is purely pleasing to Brother Blue Orb’s asthetic choices.


Q: Ugh – I hate Shakespeare! It’s so overdone! Will I still enjoy this play?

A: That’s two exclamations and one question!

  • A1: (Ugh – I hate Shakespeare!) Yes, you do – as do some members of our community, although we all share an appreciation for the cultural significance of Bill’s work.
  • A2: (It’s so overdone!) It very often is, yes. We think that we’ve found a really unique way to approach the text, however. I promise that you haven’t seen Billiam’s work performed this way ever before.
  • A3: (Will I still enjoy this play?) We sure hope so. We’re going to do our damnedest. It’s definitely a more accessible approach than many that have been performed in Portland.


Q: Ooh – I love Shakespeare! I have King Lear memorized! Will I still enjoy this play?

A: Okay, that’s two exclamations and one question. who curated this FAQ?

  • A1: (Ooh – I love Shakespeare!) Yes, you do – as do some members of our community, although we all share an appreciation for the cultural significance of Willshkspeare’s work.
  • A2: (I have King Lear memorized!) Hey, so do we!
  • A3: (Will I still enjoy this play?) We sure hope so. We’re going to do our damnedest. It’s definitely a more innovative approach than many that have been performed in Portland.


Q: What’s with all this Community talk? I thought you were a theatre company?

A: Well, one thing we’re not is a cult. The Reformers have transformed into an intentional theatre community, living communally where possible, consolidating our assets, and focusing our energies on studying theatre, properly aligning our energies, and attempting to transcend this physical existence with the goal of Living Again! Nothing weird. Also, we’re still a theatre company. Come see our new show!


Q: What’s with all this Living Again talk? I see people everywhere with those buttons!

A: We revere the success of The Living Theatre, and Julian and Judith have inspired many of our community’s core beliefs. We Reform ourselves as we Reform the theatre. We are living again.


Q: Did I correctly hear that you’re putting out an album in support of this show?

A: That’s correct! About a year ago, Brother Blank Page had a dream that The Reformers were releasing a musical album called Friday Animals. He even remembered two song titles from his dream, and thus we were graced with Why Are We Not Freaking Out About This, and the eponymous Friday Animals. The release will coincide with the opening of LĒR, and you can purchase CDs at the show! It has themes that resonate within LĒR, and helps to explore some of the topics that The Reformers have always dived into (e.g., death, the imminent and relentless void, workday schedules, the pernicious ubiquity of social media, dancing, etc).


Q: Is this show appropriate for all ages?

A: As this is a B-Shakes show, there’s some gore, and intense situations. We recommend 13+. Younger kids, you know, it depends on the kid. You do you, parents!


Q: I’ve heard this referred to as an “immersive experience” and I’ve heard some of those make an audience feel unsafe?

A: We’ve been doing this for a number of years, and we are focused on keeping our audience safe. You won’t be touched, hit, yelled at, doused with blood or other fluids. There are seats to sit in, because this is a theatre space, and we are ADA compliant. You won’t be put into an unsafe situation.


Q: So, what do you mean when you say Immersive Experience?

A: Well, for one thing, you don’t even exist outside of this question! You’re just a construct that I made in order to give information to folks who should come see our play! You’re kind of a marketing tool, and also a creative foil. How’s that for immersive?!? Otherwise, if you’re interested in what we’ve been up to around this show – including caroling at local theatre companies in January (as you do), go check out our Facebook page for a wealth of integrated content. Feel free to dig around. We also have a podcast about our community and creative process available.


Q: Wow, I have all of my Frequently Asked Questions answered, and now I’m going to buy tickets to LĒR!

A: Thanks! Do that here!

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LĒR links

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LĒR is not a play, but an experience – one only THE REFORMERS can offer. The culmination of that experience is, of course, the play itself, but the story is also being told across multiple mediums, including an ongoing meta-narrative on our Facebook page, a three-part podcast series (first and second episode here) and a groundbreaking album of original music (the upcoming FRIDAY ANIMALS by THE REFORMERS), composed by 3 time Drammy winner Richard E. Moore.

Do not believe the propaganda spewed about us. Don’t click this link. 

If anyone knows who is posting our secrets here, please let us know. Reward offered.

LĒR is written by [REDACTED] William Shakespeare, and adapted by Caitlin Nolan and Sean Doran using previously undiscovered materials and research.

Directed by Charmian Creagle

It features Sean Doran, Caitlin Nolan, Chris Beatty, Sara Fay Goldman, Heidi Kay Hunter, Adam Thompson and Mishelle Apalategui.


Friday March 15th through Sunday March 31st

Thursdays – Sundays at 7:30pm

Sunday March 31st at 2:00pm


Shoebox Theatre 2110 SE 10th Avenue, Portland, OR 97214


Tickets can be purchased at or at the door. Cash or credit cards accepted. Tickets are $18. Additional donations to the community will be graciously accepted, but will not provide admission. We currently need socks, non-perishable foodstuffs (ramen-style noodles preferred), AA batteries, and Purell.

Sponsored in part by:

Thanks also for generous support from Rod Sturgill.


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THE REFORMERS are thrilled to announce their upcoming production! After careful consideration the community has chosen to adapt William Shakespeare’s classic KING LEAR. This will mark the first production in a theatrical space, something the community has long wanted to do. They cannot wait to share their stories, their experiences, their hearts with the general public.

March 15th-31st, Thursdays through Sundays @ 7:30pm
March 31st @ 2pm
Shoebox Theatre
2110 SE 10th Ave, Portland, OR 97214

Much thanks to Regional Arts & Culture Council for their support!


Thanks also to Rod Sturgill for his generous support!

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YES NO GOODBYE Coming this October!

A boy finds a toy. Or does the toy find him? Perhaps it’s not a toy, but a warning from the future.

Join THE REFORMERS as they present their fifth Halloween event YES NO GOODBYE. It’s not a play. It’s not a haunted house. It’s an experience – one only THE REFORMERS can offer. As usual, it’s an intimate affair – only twelve people will be admitted per viewing. A viewing lasts 20-25 minutes, with slots available at 7:00pm, 7:30pm, 8:00pm & 8:30pm.


While reserving secures a ticket, payment will be made at the event. Cash or credit cards accepted. Tickets are $10-$30 sliding scale. YES NO GOODBYE is a fundraiser for THE REFORMERS production of LĒR coming in March 2019. IF FOR ANY REASON YOU CANNOT ATTEND, PLEASE CANCEL YOUR RESERVATION.

YES NO GOODBYE is written by Caitlin Nolan and Sean Doran. It features Duncan Creagle Doran, Cleo Creagle Doran, Alex Albrecht, Nurys Herrera, Richard E. Moore, Jen Elkington, Caitlin Nolan & Sean Doran.

PLEASE NOTE: THE REFORMERS will not accost any audience members and will not press their agenda or beliefs. First and foremost, THE REFORMERS produce quality theatrical performances. THE REFORMERS will however entertain questions about their fellowship and will have literature available, both online and in print.

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Our next project

It’s been a while since we last spoke as our October project The Van still languishes on the front page! Just wanted to post a note here that we have indeed begun work on our next project and it’s going to be a big one. It will be a wholly original piece co-written by Sean Doran and Caitlin Nolan. Charmian Creagle, Richard Moore and newly minted Reformer Chris Beatty round out the creative team. There’s not a whole lot to share the soup but we will definitely keep updating our progress here!

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The Van is Coming this October!

Halloween is just around the corner and that means one thing – The Reformers have another event! Join us for an intimate immersive site-specific scare fest! Meet at the corner of SE Salmon @ SE 19th Avenue and we will take care of the rest. It’s only 20 minutes and we promise a thrilling good time. The Reformers have terrified their audiences for the past three years with zombies, ghosts and a twisting haunted house. Now we’re going to take you for a spine-tingling ride!

Only 5 audience members at a time. JUST 5.

October 21st, 22nd and 24th from 7:00-9:00pm.

Tickets are $15. Reserve now by visiting Questions? Concerns? Hit us up at

Reserve those tickets soon! Tell your friends!

The Van is a short play written by Sydney Somerfield and Sean Doran. It is directed by Charmian Creagle. Sound Design by Richard E. Moore. The cast includes Caitlin Fisher-Draeger, Caitlin Nolan, Chris Beatty and Sean Doran.the-van-reformers-fb-event

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The Haunted House is open and audiences are loving our unique, immersive and intimate experience. So much Halloween fun and only $5 suggested donation! Your donation goes directly to our associated artists. The Reformers are covering the rest in order to package this adventure for you. Come check us out this weekend – Halloween weekend will be CRAAAAAZY! Walk ups welcome!

And now we’d like to applaud those who helped make this whole thing work!

Our Haunted House includes: Christopher Beatty, Bobby Bermea, Amanda Boekelheide, Morgan Cox, Sean Doran, Sara Fay Goldman and Agatha Olson

Director: Charmian Creagle

Stage Manager: Christopher Beatty

House Design: Tyler Buswell, Charmian Creagle & Sean Doran

Tech Operations: Daisy Carcia

Sound Design: Richard E. Moore

Light Design: Sean Doran

Makeup Design: Caitlin Fisher-Draeger

EXTRA SPECIAL THANKS: Jay Humphreys, Chris Murray, Graydon Gooding, Anon It Moves, Treehouse Stickers, Patrick Puopolo & Basement Pub, Susannah Mars & Artslandia, Mel & Teri Spicer, Cleo & Duncan & all of our lovely supporters – THIS IS FOR YOU!

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