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Ask Dr. Carla

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  • Fri, Aug 16

Run Time: 60 min.

Tickets $25.

Doors at 6:30 p.m.; Event at 7 p.m.
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Rating: PG-13 / R / Don’t bring your children.

Ready to take the leap into therapy? Great! Because you’re in need and Dr. Carla needs your money. Ask Dr. Carla is a hilarious night of improvisational drag comedy starring Portland’s premier drag clown Carla Rossi—she might not have degrees or qualifications, but she has a full bar, liability waivers, and a couch with your name on it. Joined by her enterprising receptionist Svetlana Trantastic, Carla and Svetty welcome a special celebrity client onto the couch each session so you—and they—don’t have to do all the work. This time it’s Pepper Pepper, who, in their new guise as a GAYDHD Life Coach, Attention Midwife, and Creativity Consultant (certificate forthcoming) will help Dr. Carla and her guests achieve new states of optimal presence while moving past limiting beliefs. Ask Dr. Carla: it’s like a late night talk show, except it’s unlicensed therapy with unhinged drag queens.


Anthony Hudson / Carla Rossi
Anthony Hudson is a Grand Ronde / Siletz artist and writer also known as Portland’s premier drag clown Carla Rossi. Anthony’s performance work, from his award-winning solo show Looking for Tiger Lily to Queer Horror at the Hollywood Theatre, have earned him national fellowships, international engagements including the US Pavilion’s drag clown in residence at the 2024 Venice Biennale, features in Hyperallergic and Art in America, and sainthood from the Portland Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. A 2023 FSG Writer’s Fellowship finalist and 2024 Tin House resident, Anthony’s writing has appeared in American Theatre, BOMB Magazine, and Arts and International Affairs. He is currently adapting Looking for Tiger Lily into a book. / @thecarlarossi 


Svetlana Trantastic
Svetlana Trantastic is a storyteller, puppeteer, comedian, snake-oil salesgirl, and a psychic. She has been writing and performing short plays, filthy jingles, and comedy sketches in the seedier night clubs of Portland since 2012. Svetlana has been an actor with American Immersion Theater since 2020 and was crowned the Queen of Portland Drag Comedy in a ten week competition, pre-pandemic.




Pepper Pepper
So spice, they named her twice, Pepper Pepper is a multimedia performance artist and writer. Their work explores the comedy and vulnerability of life through a surreal filter of magic, history, and technology. Their 15+ year participation in Portland’s drag nightlife parallels collaborations with Portland theater and dance companies Hand2Mouth Theater, Risk/Reward, and Linda Austin Dance. A 2020 Visual Arts Fellow from Oregon Arts Commission, Pepper actively hybridizes visual and performance practices through projects like Diva Practice and, more recently, Pink Moment—a series of self-portraits about gender, magic, and digital identity in ink, video, and dance.

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