Launched in Los Angeles in 2002, Mortified describes itself as a "comic excavation" of the past, inviting all to mine shoeboxes, closets – wherever lost secrets are stored – for documents of their youth, much like founder Dave Nadelberg did in the late 1990s when he found an old love letter he'd neglected to give its intended. "I started reading it to friends," he recalled. "I'm not a performer in any way, but I found that I was getting a big, cathartic rush by sharing it, even with strangers. Then they started telling me they had writings of their own."
There seems to be no shortage of shoeboxes and packed attics. Mortified has grown from its L.A. roots to eight U.S. cities (and Sweden) and blossomed from a stage show into a grassroots phenomenon, thanks to curious press, word-of-mouth, and an endless fascination with adolescent folly. The Web site, getmortified.com, boasts blogs, video and other embarrassing artifacts in addition to informational content.
The Mission Theater -- the place that first put beers into the hands of Portland theater-goers so many years ago -- has proudly introduced a new line of programming, dubbed "The Assembly."
While retaining its relaxed environment, comfortable seating and matchless sightlines, the Mission is dropping its second-run movies, stepping up its food and beverage offerings, and -- best of all -- evolving the theater's programming dramatically. The core of The Assembly features film screenings with related lectures, interviews, and performances that bring cinema to life. And fans of Mortified, Miz Kitty and live music will be happy to learn that many of the live performances that we've all loved over the years will continue. After all, The Assembly's primary mission -- engaging audiences with events that are both enriching and entertaining -- has few boundaries!
So get your curiosity on and gather with us at The Assembly. There's a lot of world out there.