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How We Got On

Three teenagers in the suburbs of the Midwest dream their beats and rhymes making them famous in hip-hop's golden age of the late 80's. Hank, Julian, and Luann battle their Midwestern upbringing, their peers' derision, and their own self-doubt in this musical coming of age story, while our modern day narrator and DJ, "The Selector", gives us a hip-hop history lesson. Our teenage heroes try to find a way to break into the urban scene and get signed to a major label, pushing through the negativity and learning to breathe in joy.

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Oregon Humanities and Portland Playhouse present an evening of performance and conversation about local hip hop culture, rap music, and how musicians break into the scene. The event will take place on Tuesday, October 13, 2015, at 7:00 p.m. at Portland Playhouse, 602 NE Prescott St., Portland. Oregon Humanities Conversation Project leader Donnell Alexander will facilitate the conversation, with performances by Glenn Waco, DJ Verbz, and the cast of How We Got On, which opens September 30 at Portland Playhouse. 

This event is free and open to the public.

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A Christmas Carol

The ubiquitous tale of Ebenezer Scrooge's painful past, cruel present, and redemptive future, brought to exuberant life for the third year at Portland Playhouse. Hopeful, musical, and, most of all, fun, Lombardo's daptation has brought the Playhouse full houses and three Drammy Awards over the last three years, lauded by critics and audiences alike.

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You For Me For You

From North Korea to China to the United States, You For Me For You follows two sisters who have nothing but each other left as they explore the worlds within these worlds. In the supernatural but emotionally visceral universe Chung creates, we follow Junhee as she races to th future at the pace of American culture, which is to her both alien in its language and customs, and excessive in its choices and responsibilities. Meanwhile, Minjee searches for hope in the twisted and terrifying labyrinth of modern day North Korea. Both learn the harrowing truth: that sacrifice is required for survival.

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Peter and the Starcatcher

A swashbuckling grownup prequel to Peter Pan that takes the audience from the brig on a pirate ship to mermaids' coves as we discover exactly who is the little boy who never grew up. A dozen actors play more than 100 characters in this musical adventure that is in turns hilarious and touching. 

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