The August Wilson Red Door Project


The Evolve Experience

Directed by Kevin Jones

Co-Directed by Louanne Moldovan

No upcoming performances at this time.

The Evolve Experience is a new performance experience, featuring monologues from both Hands Up: 7 Playwrights, 7 Testaments and Cop Out: Beyond Black, White & Blue.

The August Wilson Red Door Project has been partnering with local law enforcement for over two years. In 2016, we began presenting Hands Up: 7 Playwrights, 7 Testaments to Portland audiences. Hands Up contains experiences of black men and women who have been profiled by police. In 2017, the Portland Police Bureau invited us to perform Hands Up for police-only audiences. The conversation, sharing, and learning that occurred among the officers and the Hands Up cast were remarkable.

Through this developing relationship with law enforcement, we realized there were compelling stories to be told about the lived experience of police. We hired playwrights from across the country to interview officers and capture these stories, and Cop Out: Beyond Black, White & Blue premiered in 2018. Audience reaction to Cop Out demonstrated a recognition of the complexity of the relationship between law enforcement and communities of color.

We believe that recognizing this complexity stimulates the conversation in a new and different way, one that can help us bridge a seemingly intractable divide.

Featuring the following monologues from

The New Black Fest’s

Hands Up: 7 Playwrights, 7 Testaments

Featuring the following monologues from

The August Wilson Red Door Project’s

Cop Out: Beyond Black, White & Blue

Superiority Fantasy by Nathan James

Holes in My Identity by Nathan Yungerberg

Abortion by Nsangou Njikam

How I Feel by Dennis Allen II

The PSA by Shepsu Aakhu

Happy Birthday Officer Hughes and Place Your Hands On Your Head In Holy City by J. Nicole Brooks

Full Stop by Bonnie Ratner

The Things You Can’t Unsee by J. David Shanks

So I Was Driving Along by Andrea Stolowitz

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Evolve is produced in partnership with:

NW Documentary


The Evolve Experience is presented with major support from:

We couldn't do it without their support!