OUTwright 2018 to Present CABARET Like You've Never Seen It Before

A government bent on silencing the media and cleansing its citizenry; lies and corruption dominate the headlines; nationalism slowly infects us and our neighbors start to disappear.

Outside... life is disappointing. But in the Kit Kat Klub... life is BEAUTIFUL!!

Come witness an event unlike any other in Portland as Fuse Theatre Ensemble and The OUTwright Theatre Festival present a site-specific rendering of queer icons John Kander and Fred Ebb's most iconic musical, Cabaret. Step back in time to investigate the present as last century's headlines become today's tweets and we are reminded once again how society can creep slowly towards fascism without even realizing it.

Gwendolyn Duffy stars as the iconic Sally Bowles, Ernie Lijoi as the Emcee, and Alec Lugo as Cliff Bradshaw under the musical direction of Matt Insley and the direction of Rusty Tennant with choreography by Kate Mura.

There is no use permitting the Prophet of Doom to wipe every smile away. Life is a Cabaret, old chum. Come to the Cabaret!!

Also be sure to check out our readings at workshops. More info at www.fusetheatreensemble.com

Content warning: Mature audience only. Nazi imagery. Nudity. Implied alcohol and drug use.

Fuse is celebrating 10 years of producing paradigm shifting theatre. They are the 2017 recipient of the Regional Arts and Culture Council Arts Equity Grant. They have travelled the world with their production of Suburban Tribe, won Drammy Awards for their production of Under the Influence and for their props design for Artist Rep's The Lieutenant of Innishmore, received a 2007 grant from the Regional Arts and Culture Council to collaborate with The Museum of Contemporary Craft and nationally known craft artists, and were invited to perform at the nationally renowned Bumbershoot Festival with our inaugural production Craft/Craeft/Kraft. Fuse has been an ambassador of the Pacific Northwest theatre touring to New Orleans, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Bali, Adelaide, Australia, and Avignon, France. In less than a decade, Fuse has created 10 original works (Craft/Craeft/Kraft, Slap That Bitch, Suburban Tribe, MySp_ce, #smarter_than_phones, Karaoke Night! (the musical), A Virgin in Neverland, (...), Sonnetscape and Tether) while also organizing the annual celebration of the LGBTQI+ contribution to theatre, The OUTwright Theatre Festival.

HISTORY OF OUTwright

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 OUTwright Theatre Festival. The mission of this Pacific Northwest festival is to celebrate the contributions of the LGBTQI+ community to the art of theatre by reading, staging, and developing both original and classic works while creating an incubator for new LGBTQI+ works, artists and audiences. Along with reconnecting us with classic LGBTQI+ texts, OUTwright has paved the way for numerous scripts to receive fully staged productions at theatres across the world. In 2016, OUTwright's production of Under the Influence, by Ernie Lijoi, won the Portland Area Theatre Alliance Drammy Awards for Best Original Score and Best Actor. 2015's workshop of How to be a Sissy, by Brian Haimbach, has been selected to perform at the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. And 2014's Animals Commit Suicide, by festival favorite J. Julian Christopher, has received full productions in NYC and Chicago.

OUTwright holds 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.

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