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No One Wants to See the Wires -- presented as part of the Alembic Series at Performance Works NW
Performance Works NorthWest
Portland, OR
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No One Wants to See the Wires -- presented as part of the Alembic Series at Performance Works NW
No One Wants To See the Wires

Follow artists Carole Zoom, Julie Osborn and Bill Alton from childhood, through physical and mental changes, on vacation and even down a rabbit hole, as they regale us with escapades filled with wit, grief and hope.  Curated by Curtis Walker of Impetus Arts, this event interweaves autobiographical stories of 3 very different people, to expose what makes them tick and what goes on behind the scenes when you live with disabilities.

Following a long and unexpected stay in ICU, Carole Zoom started to use art and performance as her way of expressing her transition from independence to interdependence: undergoing a tracheotomy, using a ventilator, and needing personal assistants full-time. Through her artwork she expresses observations on growing up when people with disabilities had no civil rights and becoming an organizer in the disability rights arena.

Julie Osborn has been affected by cerebral palsy since birth.  It has provided her with a singular life experience and ample creative source material.  She is a writer, an actress, a singer, and for 10 years was the founder and artistic director of Portland Accessible Theater.

In his childhood, Bill's brother dropped a stone on his head from the roof of their house, fracturing Bill's skull. Since then, Bill trembles.  In his teens he developed a heroin addiction and mental illness. He was committed to a hospital from which he had to escape.  Now Bill is an actor, a poet, a storyteller, a husband and father.

Impetus Arts removes physical and social barriers, bringing diverse groups together to create written, visual, and performing arts.  We have been generating dancing events in a mixed-abilities context for several years and are excited to present these dynamic storytellers.


Performance Works NorthWest
4625 SE 67th Ave.
Portland, OR 97206
United States


Arts > Theatre

Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: No
Wheelchair Accessible: No


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