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Up next on Adventures in Artslandia, with too much time on her hands and in need of a lift, our fearless host Susannah Mars drops two interviews this week! She chats with Will Eno and Larissa FastHorse  two wonder playwrights, one East Coast and one West, both of whom have produced in Portland. Then, author Kate Ristau and 2009 Librarian of the Year Erin Fitzpatrick Bjorn gather virtually to celebrate the release of Ristau’s new book, “Shadow Queen.” It’s a socially distanced yet audibly intimate party.

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Up next on Adventures in Artslandia, our fearless host Susannah Mars chats with Gary Cole, co-founder of Portland theater company CoHo Productions and author of the novel Black Box. The story is not-so-loosely based on his experiences in theater and business. Amid the unprecedented challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, Cole will donate all proceeds from the sale of the book to CoHo to honor their 25th anniversary season scheduled to open this September.

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Actors Ashley Mellinger and Duffy Epstein join Susannah to read $2,500 OBO, one of E.M. Lewis' famed 10-minute plays, while Lewis herself reads stage directions. Then, artists whom Susannah met during her U.S. State Department trip to Cairo share their video chat, including their perspectives on this new age of COVID-19.

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Susannah steps aside to welcome Ruby Joy White as the host of this week's podcast. White, Director of the Multicultural Resource Center at Reed College, chats with actors Morgan Walker and Sara Williams of School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play. The first-time co-production between Artists Rep and Portland Center Stage features a POC cast and creative team.

Please join moderator Ruby Joy White for a post-show discussion for School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play Sunday, February 2, 2020 3:10 p.m. – 4:10 p.m.

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Shall we question authority in 2020? What is the case for The Earl of Oxford to have written about the works of Shakespeare? Dive in with Dr. Earl Showerman in 2020's first Adventure in Artslandia!

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Cult filmmaker, writer, actor, and fine artist John Waters follows up his interview earlier this year by NPR's Terry Gross with a candid chat with Artslandia's Susannah Mars.

See A John Waters Christmas – Filthier & Merrier “It’ll Stuff Your Turkey” December 6 at Aladdin Theater!

 

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Susannah chats with director David Sikking about Lakewood Theatre Company's Shakespeare in Love, a romantic comedy, based on the award-winning screenplay by Tom Stoppard and Marc Norman. It plays at Lakewood Theatre Company through December 8, 2019. Don't miss it!

Photo credit Triumph Photography.
Pictured are Kelsey Glasser and
Murri Laseroff-Babin.

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There is so much adventuring this week! First I talk to Amanda Bullock from The Portland Book Festival. Their big day is on November 9th,  and you will not want to miss it, there is fun for everyone. Then I chat with Chip Miller who directs the world premiere of Redwood by Brittany K. Allen at Portland Center Stage at The Armory; a play about ancestry.com gone wrong, with dancing, DNA and dark truths.

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Don Horn and Kevin Loomis talk about the world premiere of That's No Lady! at Triangle Productions, a new musical chronicling the fantastic life of Portland's own Darcelle. Chances are you know Darcelle, also known as Walter Cole. Donnie has been working on telling the story of this man, who at the age of 37 became a drag sensation before it was ‘popular’. “How did a man put on a dress, sell a ticket, and stay in business for over 50 years? He’s been in business longer than Starbucks!” Kevin plays Darcelle in the show,
with book and original song (with lyrics) by donnie, and additional lyrics and music by Tom Grant, Marv/Rindy Ross, Jon Quesenberry, Storm Large, Rody Ortega, Wesley Bowers. This will be a thrilling world premiere at triangle productions!

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At the Mississippi Street fair I met up with the brilliant directors Jennifer Lin and Rebecca Lingafelter, both of whom are directing at Third Rail Rep this season. Third Rep wants to provoke dialogue, encourage empathy, and inspire curiosity; this fascinating interview sets the table!

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