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From the Artistic Director Chris Coleman on Fun Home

Alison Bechdel drew cartoons. Almost always. But she couldn’t find an art school that would accept her, so she moved to Manhattan and began working in publishing. In 1983, she drew a single illustration: “Marianne, dissatisfied with the morning brew. Dykes to Watch Out For, Plate no. 27.” A friend …

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Love and the Inverts

Staging Memory in Fun Home By Benjamin Fainstein, Literary Manager Portland Center Stage at The Armory American musicals based on graphic novels and comic books are a rare breed. Even rarer, though, are musicals adapted from a cartoon-paneled memoir created by a butch lesbian chronicling her coming-of-age, coming out, and …

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Preparing for Every Brilliant Thing

Before rehearsals began for Every Brilliant Thing, Director Rose Riordan and performer Isaac Lamb were asked about their preparation, process and still-forming thoughts on Duncan Macmillan and Jonny Donahoe’s script. Isaac Lamb What was your initial response to the story and structure of Every Brilliant Thing? I remember reading the first few …

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➤ SPOILER ALERT: An Octoroon Post-performance reading!

It All Depends on the Difference between “The” and “An”: Branden Jacobs Jenkins’ An Octoroon; now playing at Artists Repertory Theater, September 5 – October 1. By Pancho Savery In 1859, Irish American playwright Dion Boucicault’s play The Octoroon, or Life in Louisiana first appeared on the stage, one of …

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