Rehearsing “rise/fall,” experimental play by Sheila B. with music by Portraiture

This will be the first-ever presentation of the show in its entirety. Tonight we rehearsed two of the songs from the show “Detoxed” and “Don’t Look at Me.” Nathan Siler composed the music and, in the interim, is musical director, but he will not be at the show (huge slice of sadness pie), so he’s playing bass and leading rehearsals until actor/musician Addison Aquino takes over on bass [Addison is busy learning all the acting parts tonight!]. Shawn Bartels will be the on-stage bandleader. Nico Piccardo joined us on lead vocals as he is the lead character of the show (Nys), and we’re honored to be joined (eventually) by Sofia Insua on keyboards, who is generally a vocalist and figurehead of her own projects, but she has graciously agreed to help us out on keyboards.


We are thrilled to announce that Portraiture is composing a score to a new play called “rise/fall.” It’s an experimental theater piece by playwright Sheila Bandyopadhyay. This weekend – both Friday and Saturday – we will present a 10-minute excerpt of “rise/fall” at The Tank! It’s been really difficult to stay quiet about all this, but we are most excited about how this opportunity has allowed Portraiture to flex its experimental muscles. Since it is a play and not a musical, some of the music is used for movement and choreography (Jay Dunn is our visionary movement specialist and choreographer), some of it is used for underscoring, and some of the music is actual songs sung by the lead character.
Since The Tank is a small space, only James Pingenot and Nathan Siler will be playing as representatives of the band, but we cannot wait to use the full band! Until then, watch this, and get your tickets now!