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Director’s Notes – Scott Palmer

Sometimes you just need a little drag. This has been a loooooong 8 months for us here at Bag&Baggage. The closure of The Venetian, the cancelation of Noises Off, the completion of the capital campaign, and two pretty hard hitting shows back to back at the start of the season …

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Who is Howie Bierbaum?

Introducing the most omnipresent and diligent figure in the Portland arts scene of the last couple decades: Mr. Bierbaum, or as everyone knows him, Howie. Howie came to Portland in 1981 at the height of the Reagan recession (his Comprehensive Employment and Training Act job in Eugene was cut, so he moved …

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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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