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The History of the Alphabet: A Free Lecture and Demonstration Oct 19

Posted by Alice Hodge | 09 September 2014

ADDED DATE: Sunday, October 19, 4:30 pm | At the Gerding Theater at the Armory — no reservation required for this added date. 

SOLD OUT (in four hours!): Sunday, October 5, 4:30 pm | At the Gerding Theater at the Armory

Elizabeth Anderson (of Anderson Krygier Inc.) will roll out butcher paper and take us through a "real time" illustrative demonstration and lecture on the history of the western alphabet, from the first time man produced a representative character to the letters that typographers dream about today.

After the lecture, stay for the PCS performance of The Typographer's Dream by Adam Bock, at 7:30 p.m. in the Ellyn Bye Studio.


Attendance at the lecture does not include admission to the play, but use the code word ALPHABET when purchasing your theater ticket to save $10 off the full adult price for the October 21 show at 7:30 p.m.


The Typographer's Dream asks us to ponder: Are we what we do for a living? May we all have the courage (and circumstance) to follow our passions and live our dreams.


Anderson Krygier's relationship with typography at Portland Center Stage goes back to 2006, when they designed signage and graphics for the new Gerding Theater at the Armory using the typeface Futura, also the name of an original play they sponsored in 2011.

Elizabeth Anderson is principal at Anderson Krygier, experts at integrating graphics into the built environment, including the Armory.

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