To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee’s seminal story of racism and loss of innocence in the Depression-era south, was published in 1960 and won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1961–years before Congress passed the Civil Rights Act. It was adapted for the stage by Christopher Sergel, and under the astute direction of Brenda Hubbard, […]
Actor and playwright Danna Schaeffer is a small, perky woman whose energy seems to want to burst out of her in laughter and excitement. She has another side as well. Schaeffer and her husband Benson are members of The Grief Club. In 1989, their only child Rebecca, an up-and-coming Hollywood actress was murdered on her […]Danna Schaeffer, drama, Fertile Ground Festival 2017, grief, Julie Akers, mental illness, murdered children, New Expressive Works, Rebecca Schaeffer, stalking, You In Midair
Isaac Lamb has his work cut out for him. He’s the Performer in Every Brilliant Thing (by Duncan Macmillan with Johnny Donahoe), a play about suicidal depression that manages to be at once hilarious and real without sugar-coating anything. It’s onstage in the Ellyn Bye Studio at Portland Center Stage through November 5. Directed by Rose Riordan, […]audience participation drama, depression, drama, Duncan Macmillan, Every Brillliant Thing, Isaac Lamb, Jonny Donahoe, mental illness, Out of the Darkness Annual Walk to Fight Suicide, Portland Center Stage, Rose Riordan, suicide, suicide prevention, the Werther Effect
The State of the State Unapologetically late…as usual…I am fondly remembering a fabulous trip to Washington D.C. four years ago with three of my nearest and dearest. We spent the most fabulous week there exploring the city–mostly those little museums along the Mall, the Capitol, a reception in Sen. Jeff Merkeley’s office, trips to Olde […]2017 Solar Eclipse, Alison Bechdel, An Octoroon, Artists Repertory Theatre, book reviews, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, drama, Fun Home, Iain Banks, Jeanine Tesori, Jessmyn Ward, Lisa Kron, Mitchell OR, murder, Musicals, mystery-suspense, National Book Award, Portland Center Stage, Salvage the Bones, satire, Scotland, Sen. Jeff Merkeley, Stonemouth, Tony Award, Washington D.C.
Three children–the “Queen Captain” Amy (Rachel Lewis) and her subjects Seth (Joel Walker) and Mike (Michael Morrow Hammack)–are thrown together in an earlier time, and become friends for life in the musical Trails now playing at Broadway Rose Theatre. Amy is bossy and sure of herself, and her energy and ability to mesmerize and manage the boys […]Brian Shnipper, Broadway Rose Theatre Company, Christy Hall, Danielle Weathers, drama, Emily Wilken, Eric Nordin, Jeff Thomson, Joel Walker, Jordan Mann, Kevin-Michael Moore, Michael Morrow Hammack, musical, Quinlan Fitzgerald, Rachel Lewis, Trails