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Portland Civic Theatre Guild

Portland is a Writer’s City, with the celebrated bookstore Powell’s at its heart and a long history of authors ranging from schoolroom favorite Beverly Cleary to psychedelic Ken Kesey, from gritty urban fabulist Chuck Palahniuk to science fiction doyen Ursula Le Guin. For fans of new plays there are regular events like Portland Center Stage’s JAW Festival, which brings playwrights,...
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Parley: A Seattle Playwrights' Group

Isolation for writers is like an invited guest who never leaves—we require its presence and yet are left feeling defensive and distrustful when we turn around: why are you still there? I’ve been writing stories all my life so the idea of a collective process associated to my art had never crossed my mind. But then I started writing plays and found Parley. The first thing that caught my...
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Hedgebrook: A Love Story

Hedgebrook is a paradise for women and nonbinary writers working in all genres, set on an island near Seattle. If women writers are warriors, Hedgebrook binds wounds and stirs courage.
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The Northwest Ten Festival

Back in 2008, having just discovered the ten-minute format, three friends—Paul Calandrino, Connie Bennett, and Richard Leinaweaver—began writing short plays. After a few months, they had a small but growing collection of work and an increasing urgency to see it performed.
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Taproot Theatre Company

Tucked in Seattle’s Greenwood neighborhood in a refurbished movie house, Taproot Theatre Company is bustling with action. With a mission to be a “theater of hope” and a specific need for small-cast comedies and musicals that play on the theater’s deep thrust, Associate Artistic Director Karen Lund keeps her finger on the pulse of new work being produced around the country in search of new...
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A Miracle on Stark Street

About a mile west of Lone Fir Cemetery, a 165-year old cemetery in Portland in the Buckman neighborhood, you will find a salmon-colored building on the corner of 6th and Stark Street. Nestled just east of the river, its olden marquee frames the venue’s name which stands erect over a traditional vertical light-up sign. Milagro, the Spanish word for miracle, is the city’s nexus for Hispanic cultural festivals, events, and plays.
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Fear, Dread, and the Unknown

“Get in.” The van is scuzzy beyond belief—definitely a down-by-the-river number—and five Portland theatregoers may be having second thoughts as they climb aboard. The doors close. The engine starts. And somewhere within the van’s darkness, something vaguely human stirs. From there, The...
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Macha Theatre Works: In Search of the Strong Female Character

The Strong Female Character: you’ve seen all the submission opportunities clamoring for more of them. But what does “strong” mean? Is it the loudest, the biggest, the baddest? Do they have to punch someone? Or do they just have the most lines? This question speaks to the heart of the mission of Seattle’s Macha Theatre Works, a female-...
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Defunkt Theatre

There is a place in Portland where you can walk out of the rain into an unassuming little coffee shop, order yourself a warm drink, then head through the back door into another world.
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Burien Actors Theatre

Burien Actors Theatre or BAT is a nonprofit, professional theatre in the heart of Seattle. Their tagline, “Better Theatre Live”, is representative of BAT’s desire to serve the local community by producing professional work that is exciting, engaging and of the highest artistic caliber.