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Portland: Update on Portland Theatre Scene
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I’m quite sure I echo all the Regional Representatives when I say that most theatres are dark across this country. It’s hard to believe that I was in New York in late February seeing Beetlejuice on Broadway. Now Broadway is just another street in New York. The Portland theatre scene is equally silent. Everyone has had to re-think budgets, rental income, Equity contracts and, most of all, seasons. All that carefully crafted theatre meant to fit into an overarching storyline never happened. And there was so much that I was looking forward to.

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Francesca Piantadosi
Francesca Piantadosi

is an award-winning playwright who hails from Portland, OR. She’s been a participant at Seven Devils Playwriting Conference; a Finalist for the Rosenthal New Play Prize, Seattle Rep’s New Work Festival, Ojai Playwrights Conference, Orlando Shakespeare Festival, JAW, New Harmony Project, Play Labs (Playwright’s Center Minneapolis) and has had productions from Bangalore, India to New York. For the past seven years, she’s been teaching playwriting (a program she devised) at MacLaren Correctional Facility, which serves men aged fourteen to 26.