Procedures for Saying No

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Procedures for Saying No


Procedures for Saying No is an examination of toil in the workplace, and what conditions might make a person choose the roaring chaos of the deep over the relative safety of the shore. Loosely based on Melville’s Bartleby, the Scrivener, the play asks us to interrogate the procedures that govern our lives and the consequences of saying no. Procedures for Saying No marks the fourth and final part of PETE’s The Journey Play Is The Whole Thing: A Constellation Of Art Events, Objects and Experience.

photo by Owen Carey

photo by Owen Carey

Transcendently funny, unexpected, and cathartic... PETE’s lack of fear is its greatest asset as a troupe.

-THRU Magazine on PETE’s Procedures for Saying No


The moment-by-moment action and discourse on stage by the PETE regulars (Amber Whitehall, Jacob Coleman, Cristi Miles), augmented by Linda Austin and Murri Lazaroff-Babin, was so captivating. Where is this play going, I asked when I took a second to consider larger questions. But then I was back into it.

-Oregon Arts Watch on PETE’s Procedures for Saying No


Procedures was really about what happens when, in response to feeling trapped, you stray so far from the norm that there are no procedures you can turn to for guidance... The company is stuffed with talent, and every show is a unique experience... well directed and well acted, and the set is awesome.

-Broadway World on PETE’s Procedures for Saying No


A tsunami of strange theatrical effects... Supernatural lighting, amplified vocals, hydrotechnics and ferocious costuming replace the routine. Erika (Cristi Miles), an office worker who has been shirking her tasks, transforms into a mermaid gorgon, 7 feet tall, covered in a pelt of hair and seaweed...

photo by Owen Carey

photo by Owen Carey

-Willamette Week on PETE’s Procedures for Saying No


Production Credits:


June 18-July 2, 2016

Venue: Shaking The Tree Theatre


Text by Robert Quillen Camp



Rebecca Lingafelter



Amber Whitehall

Cristi Miles*

Jacob Coleman

Linda Austin

Murri Lazaroff-Babin


*Member, Actors' Equity Association



Set design: Peter Ksander

Lighting design: Miranda k Hardy

Sound design: Mark Valadez

Costume design: Jenny Ampersand


Stage Manager: Caitlin Fisher-Draeger

Assistant Stage Manager: Rosie Lambert


Photography: Owen Carey


Made possible with support from Ronni LaCroute, The Kinsman Foundation, The Jackson Foundation, The Oregon Cultural Trust, and The Regional Arts and Culture Council.

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