Portland Theater: (Star) Trek In The Park | July 11-26

Update: 2010 Trek In The Park @ Woodlawn Park

Posted by Kristen Imes

Playing it by (Vulcan) ear

Spock-Pon FarrFor the first time in my life I watched Star Trek a few nights ago while at The Nest. Not like I had really been consciously avoiding it all these years, but just completely disinterested. Or maybe it was just all the hype. I mean, when movies are made about "the universe's most fervent fans" (Trekkies), it makes me a little skeptical… (but then again, how good was Heavy Metal Parking Lot?) But after seeing Star Trek, I think almost understand. Lifelong fan or not, there is no way I am missing Trek in the Park.

Atomic Arts' Trek in the Park is a free, live, theater performance of the Star Trek episode "Amok Time" at the Woodlawn Park amphitheater. Witness Spock undergo the bizarre and brutal Vulcan marriage ritual of Pon Farr as the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise attempt to save him before it's too late! Portland actors accompanied with live music and effects bring this classic piece of television to life! Spend a day in the park, bring a picnic, and BOLDLY GO!!

Trek in the Park
11, 12, 18, 19, 25 and 26 @ 5 pm

Woodlawn Park Ampitheatre

NE 13th Ave & Dekum St
Portland, OR 97214

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11 Responses to Portland Theater: (Star) Trek In The Park | July 11-26

  1. Mike Parker July 9, 2009 at 6:54 pm #

    I have posted this info to the e-news group of the Portland Science Fiction Society (PorSFiS). “Live Long and Prosper”

  2. melissa m July 10, 2009 at 5:16 am #


  3. Sue Frank July 12, 2009 at 9:50 am #

    We want video! Pretty Please!! (And thanks to Klingon friend Qaolin who posted this link to Trekspace.org!)

  4. Mick Forstag July 12, 2009 at 11:45 am #

    Is there a phone # that one may call to check whether or not the show will be on today (Sunday)?

  5. Joseferg July 12, 2009 at 6:25 pm #

    I saw the show today. Good job everybody, and you pulled it off in a continuous, soft, downpour. If you can act in that, you can do anything. The big upside was that the actors shirts became very clingy. Dr. McCoy, you’ve got nice pecs!

    May Star Trek in the Park live long and prosper.

  6. Dal Goda July 13, 2009 at 11:12 am #

    I’ve posted a few of my video caps here:


    I saw another set of them from the opposite angle as well, if you search for Trek in the Park. :)

    The performance was fantastic, I loved it!

  7. BruceR July 15, 2009 at 8:57 pm #

    Oh, I have got to see this.

    The concept is brilliant. I could tell from just the position of the actors what the story was. Star Trek has become embedded in our shared lexicon. It is ingrained in our culture. That just a pose or gesture can evoke such a mass recollection brings the tale to Shakespearean proportions.

    The chair! Enough there. The Turbolift… perfect. And imaginary bridge consoles… What absolute genius! Why have a prop when everyone on the planet knows exactly what is there anyway!

    The artful evocation of shared experiences to relate a universal story was the greatest gift of Greek theater. To see this reflected in contemporary imagery is a temptation too delicious to deny.

    Wife now has further proof that at least one of us is unhinged, but I’m looking for reasonable flights from Milwaukee to Portland even now.

    Hope for sun,


  8. Dave O July 19, 2009 at 9:58 pm #

    Photos from the July 18 performance:


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