Our Ruined House


Our Ruined House



Spy Vs. Spy meets Electro-Pop dance party

S: I think victory is not getting killed. Not getting blown up.

K: I don’t think that’s called winning. I think that’s called still playing.

Examining the geopolitical through the lens of the interpersonal, Our Ruined House summons a world in which the audience’s perception becomes the principal arbiter of what is ‘true’. Featuring a giant octopus, a tiny meatloaf, and the poetry of Donald Rumsfeld, Our Ruined House investigates a world driven more by the appearance of winning than any central truth. By contrasting the slippery, subjective narratives of both romantic and geopolitical relationships, we point at the sacrifices made in order to ‘win’ in both arenas. What narratives will we create and what secrets will we bury in order to come out on top, in both love and war? What are we willing to ruin on the road to victory?

photo by Owen Carey

photo by Owen Carey

Text: Robert Quillen Camp*

Director: Jacob Coleman*



Rebecca Lingafelter*^

Cristi Miles*^

Amber Whitehall*

Denis Butkus^


Sound design: Mark Valadez*

Scenic design: Peter Ksander*

Lighting design: Miranda K Hardy*

Costume design: Jenny Ampersand*

Video design: Trevor Sargent

Stage Manager: Kristina Mast*^

Production Manager/TD: Molly Gardner

Assistant Director: Audrey O’Farrell

Assistant Stage Managers: Annabel Cantor & Alisa Spector

Photography: Owen Carey


Made possible with support from Ronni LaCroute, Reed College, The Oregon Cultural Trust, the Regional Arts and Cultural Council, and The Kinsman Foundation.

*PETE company member

^Member, Actors' Equity Association