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Hair: A History

A quick look at the original creative team, early productions and the musical's lasting legacy.

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The Vietnam War

Background, escalation and legacy of the war.

A gathering of young, long-haired war protesters on a city sidewalk are bordered by a row of armed soldiers along the adjacent street.

1968: The Year that Changed the World

1968 saw the peak of political unrest in all corners of the world. In America, resistance became a way of existence for many citizens, and new musicals of the era like HAIR brought the explicit and present politics of the moment roaring on stage.

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Reviews of A Midsummer Night's Dream

"Such a talented cast, using so many skills — from physical comedy to interpretive dance to (obviously) Shakespearian verse with contemporary delivery. We were so impressed!"

"The play's the thing! In addition, great ushers, excellent cocktail, great set, good acting, good choreography, creative costumes. Loved the fact ...

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Synopsis and Notes on A Midsummer Night's Dream

A little background information and a summary of the play. Contains spoilers!

Painting of a distressed woman kneeling over the prone body of a man. In the background is a marble fountain featuring a cupid sculpture.

A Most Lamentable Comedy: The Play-Within-a-Play

Although he may not have invented it, Shakespeare famously employed the "play-within-a-play" in several of his works. See how the Bard used this metatheatrical device in A Midsummer Night's Dream to both reference and parody a classical Ovidian myth.

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Choir Boy Plot Summary

Spoiler alert! A brief overview of Choir Boy.

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Queerness & Christianity

There are several key Bible scriptures that have been interpreted as anti-gay and are used as the basis for the rhetoric that homosexuality is a sin. It should be noted that all of these interpretations are also resting on translation from the original languages that the Bible was written in. This features takes a deeper look into the history between Queerness & Christianity.  

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The Songs That Held Us Up

The music in Choir Boy, which could be categorized as Negro spirituals and folk songs, marries enduring legacies and living history, passed through the oral tradition of Africans in America. The power of this legacy cannot be overstated.

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Reviews of Coriolanus

"You’ll likely forget that you are watching a translation because this production works so deftly to help you enter and engage in the work that is so clearly Shakespeare. You couldn’t ask for a better or more unmissable invitation to engage this classic and current ...

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Reviews of Liberace & Liza

"The songs are cheerfully and expertly delivered, the impersonations are loving and lived-in, and Saffert and Snow have such a chemistry that their comic banter shines as brightly as their glittering outfits. It’s a delight." —Oregon ArtsWatch

 It’s a fun, campy, and loving tribute, and the ...

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Reviews of Dracula, A Feminist Revenge Play

"[Dracula: A Feminist Revenge Fantasy, Really is] a lively and entertaining horror production that feels unexpectedly perfect for the dark days of our holiday season." —Portland Mercury

"Dracula is full of insights about power—how to use it, and how to fight it.  It’s not typical holiday ...

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