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From the Director: Daniel J. Bryant

The director of the ripple, the wave that carried me home discusses the complicated history of Black people's relationship to water, and the way the play "offers a powerful return to the water and takes us on the incredibly personal journey of finding strength, freedom, and joy through forgiveness."

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Segregation & Swimming Timeline in the United States

The history of swimming pool segregation in America is long and complicated. This feature highlights the major events between 1800 and 2022.

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Kansas: A Background of the Play's Setting

Learn more about the development of the state of Kansas and the origin of Beacon, Kansas. 

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Rodney King, the L.A. Riots, and the Aftermath

Learn about who Rodney King is and the impact this incident sparked in 1991. 

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Diving Deep: How Pool Segregation Sprung a Movement

Since the first public pool was opened in Boston in 1868, there have been strict regulations on who can and cannot share the water.

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Reviews of the ripple, the wave that carried me home

 "A poignant, transporting, and quietly subversive story of racial justice, political legacy, and family forgiveness." –TheaterMania

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Reviews of tick, tick ... BOOM!

“The origins of Rent are evident in tick, tick ... BOOM!” –BroadwayWorld

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Jonathan Larson: Life & Work

Learn about Jonathan Larson's childhood, education, and career path. 

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tick, tick … BOOM! Plot Summary

Spoiler alert! A brief overview of tick, tick … BOOM!

Black and white photos of Stephen Sondheim and Jonathan Larson on a black and yellow abstract background.

Behind the Curtain: Larson & Sondheim

When theater's cherished composer Stephen Sondheim met Jonathan Larson, he took the young tick, tick ... BOOM! creator under his wing. PCS Literary Manager Kamilah Bush explores their relationship and Sondheim's candid thoughts from a New York Times interview written just months after Larson's death.

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Rent Plot Summary

Spoiler alert! A brief overview of Rent.

A busy Manhattan street in the evening, framed by lit shop windows and high-rise apartment buildings.

Alphabet City

Alphabet City is a neighborhood in the East Village of Manhattan. Learn more about the history of this area and the many arts and activist movements that took place there.

Portland Center Stage is committed to identifying & interrupting instances of racism & all forms of oppression, through the principles of inclusion, diversity, equity, & accessibility (IDEA).

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