The mission of this Pacific Northwest festival is to celebrate the contributions of the LGBTQIA+ community to the art of theatre by reading, staging, and developing both original and classic works while creating an incubator for new LGBTQIA+ works, artists, and audiences.
In 2011, Portland, OR based Fuse Theatre Ensemble produced the Gay Pride Reading Series. After immense popular demand, Fuse reinvented it in 2013 as the much more ambitious and inclusive OUTwrightTheatre Festival.
OUTwright's 2018 production of Cabaret garnered 11 Portland Area Theatre Alliance Drammy Nominations and took home six awards including Outstanding Ensemble in a Musical and Outstanding Production of a Musical. In 2016,OUTwright's production of Under the Influence, by Ernie Lijoi, won the DrammyAwards for Best Original Score andBest Actor.
Along with reconnecting us with classic LGBTQIA+ texts, OUTwright has paved the way for numerous scripts to receive fully staged productions at theatres across the world. In fact, this year's Feature Production, The Pursuit of Happiness, by Portland's own Ernie Lijoi,started out as a workshop in last year's festival. 2014's Animals Commit Suicide, by festival favorite J. Julian Christopher, has received full productions in NYC and Chicago.2015's workshop of How to be a Sissy, by Brian Haimbach, was selected to perform at the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. OUTwrightholds firm the belief that there is no greater canon of the LGBTQI+ civil rights experience than the theatre. Our hope is to educate future generations on the struggles and successes of our predecessors by sharing these stories, both new and old, while also engaging our audiences in numerous outreach programs by providing workshops, panel discussions, and artistic opportunities.
Gwendolyn Duffy and Sofia Molina in Cabaret (2018)
Winner of 6 Drammy Awards
Photo: Greg Parkinson
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All shows are free, but donations are accepted, and links will be posted with the streams. Each show will only air once.
The Line Up:
This years festival features the greatest collection of trans and gender nonconforming art and artists that Portland has ever seen. We remain committed to uplifting BIPOC voices, especially trans people of color.
THE FEAR OF SPEAKING by Jane Comer
Ms. Comer takes us to school, traveling from character to character as they present prepared speeches for her class. Each window into their lives reveals more about our own. Charming and poignant as always, Jane has become recognized as a pioneer in the Portland theatre community for her honest and endearing solo performances.
SENSITIVE GUYS by MJ Kaufman
A member of the Kilroy List, MJ's script features all femme and gender nonconforming performers playing out the story of 5 college-age boys who find themselves in turmoil when one of their own is accused of sexual impropriety.
KAIT by Rebecca Jae Petchenik
A second hand sex robot becomes the first artificial intelligence. But is she alive? Caught in between worlds, who will defend her? Featuring a cast of predominantly POC actors and a trans actor in the eponymous role, you don't want to miss this breathtakingly original script.
THE QUEERS by Mikki Gillette
Longtime festival favorite, Mikki Gillette is back with her original script, The Queers. Lisa is a teacher who is transitioning. A misunderstanding with a student leads to a massive melt-down in the entire school system which threatens Lisa's job a livelihood. Given recent moves by our government, this script could not be more timely and necessary.
unde+ec+able by Rusty Newton Tennant
originally presented as part of Fertile Ground 2019 and nominated for a 2019 Drammy for best original script, the play centers on Baron and Rey in the days and months following the Apocalypse. Isolation, hoarding, fear, racial tensions, and riots are all major themes in our lives today and in this exceptionally timely script about our potential future.
AFTER THE RIOTS by Zeloszelos Marchandt
Original poetry brought to you by an incomparable writer/performer/activist. Part narrative, part prose, part poetry, this work focuses on the reality that, at every moment of our lives, humans just want to be loved, but in these relationships there is always an ongoing reckoning.
Please join us. SUPPORT TRANS and GENDER NONCONFORMING ART AND ARTISTS
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