NATIVE GARDENS by Karen Zacarías

NATIVE GARDENS by Karen Zacarías


This photo session on greenscreen started as an entirely different concept. And it bombed. It was too busy and we were walking a delicate political line – we had two neighbors sparring over cultural differences. We wanted everyone – all political beliefs – to come to the theater to be entertained by this brilliant comedy.  I ended up with this fence and chainsaw as a last-minute hail mary, and we all were pleased with the results and the videos that came out after.

Photo by Mical Hutson
Poster Design by Mical Hutson
Actors pictured: Jose-Maria Aguila, Octavia Chavez-Richmond, Laura Houck, Mitch Tebo (all members of the Actors Equity Association)



When COVID-19 hit and shut down our productions, Portland Stage Artistic and Executive Director Anita Stewart scrambled to secure rights to present our production of NATIVE GARDENS behind a paywall (OTT) to our ticket buyers, so with our hands tightly protecting our wallets during a new unknown, we produced a full play, getting our play up and running long before other theaters were able to with the help of a talented WordPress coder to enable restricted viewing as necessitated by various rights.

Here is a 15-minute sample of that full theatrical digital production. This led to other theaters reaching out to me to hire the producers of this digital stream.








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