Mailing address: 883 NE 90th Ave Portland OR, 97220 971-238-FUSE (3873) a 501c3 public benefit organization performing experiential work

Tuesday, June 11th - Saturday, June 15th, 2013

On the Arena Stage
At Theater! Theatre!
3430 SE Belmont St

Festival passes: $20 and up at the door or in advance at

OUTwright Theatre Festival

About the festival

In 2011, Fuse Theatre Ensemble produced the Gay Pride Reading Series. Due to immense popular demand, Fuse has reinvented the event as the first-ever OUTwright Theatre Festival. With the hope of building and growing the festival over the next few years, the mission of this one-of-a-kind Pacific Northwest festival is to celebrate the contributions of the LGBTQ community to the art of theatre by staging both original and classic works, thus creating an incubator for new theatre for and by the LGBTQ community.

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The shows

Wednesday, June 12, 2013 @7:30pm

World Premiere
by Randy Wyatt
Directed by Russell Terwelp

This multi-layered piece focuses on an evangelical family whose world is rocked when they discover the eldest son kissing a man on the front porch. In this fair and balanced script, Wyatt, a professor at Aquinas College, has created a grounded and moving script that allows both sides equal representation in a discussion on what the term “Family” really means.

Join us immediately following the reading for a talk back with Revend Meckley of the Metropolitan Community Church of Portland, OR.

Thursday, June 13, 2013 @7:30pm

Man Boobs
West Coast Premiere
by J. Julian Christopher
Directed by Rusty Tennant

New York Playwright J. Julian Christopher, creator and writer of the web-series hit, Bulk, lets it all hang out in this touching piece about how to love one’s self. Spence and Marty are Bears coming home from the all too familiar night out. Marty has some plans, but Spence’s insecurities about his weight and body put a damper on the festivities. This slice-of-bear-life really hits home with brilliantly crafted dialogue that sheds light on issues that are by no means exclusive to the Bear community.

Friday, June 14, 2013 @7:30pm

Sordid Lives
by Del Shores
Directed by Rusty Tennant

This story rose to cult status with the release of the 2000 movie version of the original play script. If you love the movie as much as we do, come enjoy our versions of Brother Boy, Latrelle, GW, and the rest of our favorite Texans as they try as hard as they can to hold it together for Peggy’s funeral. If you are unfamiliar with this classic, let us introduce you to an unforgettable heart-rending comedy that proves that LGBTQ theatre is alive, well, and thriving better than ever.

Saturday, June 15, 2013 @2 - Two show day!

Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde
by Moises Kaufman and the Tectonic Theatre Project
Directed by Sara Fay Goldman

Irish playwright, author, and aesthete Oscar Wilde is often credited for having invented "homosexuality." Created by the Tectonic Theatre Project, the theatre-journalists who brought us The Laramie Project, this intricately wrought historical account follows the three separate trials Wilde and his lover endured before ultimately being found guilty of “Gross Indecency.” Revisiting the homophobia of eras past reminds us to celebrate these heroes who, at profound risk, would not allow love to be subjugated - long before equal marriage rights became a torch to bear or the English language could begin to conceive of the acronym LGBTQ.

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