One-time Port Townsend performance Tuesday looks at unwanted attention
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The Poetic Justice Theatre Ensemble will stage “One Thousand Times, No!” at the Boiler Room in Port Townsend this Tuesday. Performers include Zhaleh Almaee Weinblatt, left, Danielle Bowen and Johnny Colden.

By Diane Urbani de la Paz
Peninsula Daily News

PORT TOWNSEND — “One Thousand Times, No!,” an interactive performance and dialogue about unwanted sexual attention, will come to the Boiler Room coffee house, 711 Water St., for just one performance Tuesday afternoon.

The Poetic Justice Theatre Ensemble, a program of Port Townsend’s Mandala Center for Change, will stage the show at 4 p.m., and admission is free to the public.

After working on “One Thousand,” Poetic Justice founder and director Marc Weinblatt said he’s still struck by how often women — of all ages — have experienced unwanted attention.

“I listened to dozens of stories from Ensemble members,” Weinblatt said. “It was the cumulative and universal experience of women, and some men . . . that blew me away.

“As a man, I could not help but take a deeper look at myself, too.”

During Tuesday’s performance, audience members can simply watch and listen. But if they choose, they can share personal stories — and see them brought to life by the actors.

The theater group will then invite the audience to explore solutions in what Weinblatt sees as a rehearsal for the future.

“Audience ‘spect-actors’ take action toward creating the kind of world they want,” he said, noting that this is the Poetic Justice Theatre Ensemble’s mission: to use theater to build a more just community.

For more information about the ensemble, a multi-age troupe in its 12th season, visit or phone the Mandala Center at 360-344-3435.

To reach the Boiler Room, phone 360-379-8247 or visit


Features Editor Diane Urbani de la Paz can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 5062, or at

Last modified: April 27. 2014 6:02PM
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