The Portland premiere of NEAT

by Charlayne Woodard

Directed by William Earl Ray

NEAT is a magical, often humorous, coming of age story based in the oral traditions of the African Diaspora. Tony-award-nominated playwright and two-time Obie winner actor, Charlayne Woodard is a modern-day griot. NEAT is based on her lived experiences. 

Woodard was just a baby when her beloved Aunt Beneatha (Neat) was denied treatment at the local white hospital and left with permanent brain damage. But Neat possesses an enormous heart. With love and simplicity, Neat teaches young Charlayne to embrace Black pride and cherish life through the turbulent 1960s and 1970s.

Previews at 7:30 p.m.:

  • Friday, April 15
  • Saturday April 16
  • Wednesday, April 20
  • Thursday, April 21

Matinee preview:

  • Sunday, April 17, 3:00 p.m.

Performances at 7:30 p.m.:

  • OPENING NIGHT: Friday, April 22, Invitation only
  • Saturday, April 23
  • Thursday, April 28
  • Friday April 29
  • Saturday, April 30
  • Thursday, May 5
  • Friday, May 6
  • Saturday, May 7

Matinee performances at 3 p.m.:

  • Sunday, April 24
  • Sunday, May 1
  • Sunday, May 8

Show closes with matinee performance at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 8.


The Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center (IFCC)
5340 N Interstate Ave Portland OR 97217

PassinArt’s COVID updated policy:  Proof of COVID-19 vaccination, photo ID and mask required.

Tickets: preview – $20, general admission – $38, student/senior $25.


One thought on “The Portland premiere of NEAT

  1. Powerful Women have Powerful Stories. Thank you for sharing yours for the next generation of Powerful Women. So beautiful to meet you this evening. God’s Blessings!

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