Theater Why Can’t Us?*
posted by November 11 at 10:45 AMon
Portland’s got a new theater festival.
A fringe festival, you ask? Nope, even the big theaters, like Portland Center Stage, are playing along?
A Shakespeare festival, you ask? (Because what ever would we do if we weren’t doing Shakespeare?)
Nope, it’s a new works festival. You know, those new works that so many of you (on Slog, at Shitstorm) argue aren’t practical to produce because nobody will come see them. Or because they will, nine times out of ten, be bad.
Not only is Portland not afraid of new plays, it’s got a whole festival dedicated to them, while we’re still fretting about whether we can resurrect our fringe festival.
Portland has just rocketed into the future and put our collective hand-wringing to shame.
*If you don’t know the story of “Why Can’t Us?”—a genuinely funny story of civic shame that backflips into civic pride in Philadelphia—see here.