g e e l — An interactive one-woman show by René Johnson

Friday, April 6 - Sunday, April 8, 2018 | Doors 7:30 PM, Show 8:00 PM

Bright Star World Dance, 108 High Street, Floor 3, Portland ME 04103
$15 in advance, $20 at the door (Fri 4/6 pay what you can)
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About the Show

g e e l is an interactive devised, original one-woman show, written and performed by René Johnson, and directed by Marjolaine Whittlesey.

The action unfolds through thoughtful storytelling as her "tribe," the audience, experiences a new kind of theater that includes powerful dance and song in multiple languages, including English and Afrikaans.

Amanda Huotari, Executive Artistic Director of Celebration Barn shared, "Rene is a creative powerhouse with an incredible story of overcoming childhood trauma. She takes the audience on a journey from South Africa to Maine in beautiful and inspiring ways."

Ages 13+/parents use best judgement for adult themes, adult language and severe violence depicted.

Tickets are limited. Click here to reserve your tickets today!


About the Artist

René Goddess Johnson was born in Johannesburg, South Africa and raised in the suburbs of Portland, Maine starting at age 6. She rose from modest roots to become a distinguished director, producer, actress, educator, dancer, choreographer, playwright and theater founder.

As the Founder of the 4-year-old Theater Ensemble of Color (TEoC), she has created a strong institution committed to social justice and racial equity as well as historical education. TEoC is recognized throughout the Greater Portland area for its outstanding original productions and exceptional educational outreach programs and workshops.

A phenomenal actress and performer in her own right, Johnson has had featured roles in several projects. Ms. Johnson also has numerous Theater Stage management credits to her name. She has worked with such greats as just to name a few.

René has received the majority of her training at the Celebration Barn Theater in South Paris, Maine. An outstanding teacher and performer, René has worked for Mayo Street Arts, University of Southern Maine, Deering High School, Colby College, The School Around Us, Waynflete, The Waldorf School and Acorn Productions. Through the years, Ms. Johnson has taught every grade level from birth through major universities and corporate settings.

Johnson serves as a member of Black Artist Forum, The Third Place and the Lorem Ipsum Theater Collective.


Need Directions?

Click here to get directions to Bright Star World Dance, 108 High Street, Portland, ME.

We are located at the corner of High and Spring, above the Little Tap House restaurant. The studio is located on the third floor, accessible by stairs.

Street parking is available near the studio. The Spring Street Garage next to the Civic Center is just two blocks away. Good deals can often be found at the lots on Free Street, too.


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Space is limited. Reserve your seat and join us for a special evening.

NOTE: Friday 4/6 - Pay what you can at the door. All are welcome.



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