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From the Publisher, Misty Tompoles

On behalf of the entire Artslandia team, I wish to extend our sincerest congratulations to Portland Center Stage at the Armory on their 30th anniversary! With impressive finesse and style, Portland Center Stage has elevated the prestige of the arts in Portland to national prominence. Over the past three decades the company …

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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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