Theatre, arts, culture, politics, and snark from a practicing playwright and recovering journalist.
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Born to Run
You know Barack Obama, that elitist guy who's whining about folks on the Backstreet being bitter? The one who's out-of-touch with salts of the earth who live in My Home Town in the Promised Land or out in the Badlands in the Darkness on the Edge of Town?
Well, he just got endorsed by the guy who wrote Born in the U.S.A. (which, I recall, was about bitter folks left behind by an uncaring government).
Steve Patterson has written over 50 plays, with works staged in Portland, Los Angeles, Chicago, Detroit, Austin, Tampa, and other U.S. cities as well as in Canada and New Zealand. His works include: Waiting on Sean Flynn, Next of Kin, Farmhouse, Malaria, Shelter, Altered States of America, The Continuing Adventures of Mr. Grandamnus, Bluer Than Midnight, Bombardment, Dead of Winter, and Delusion of Darkness. In 2006, his bittersweet Lost Wavelengths was a mainstage selection at Portland Center Stage's JAW/West festival, and, in 2008, won the Oregon Book Award (he also was an OBA finalist in 1992 and 2002). In 1997, he won the inaugural Portland Civic Theatre Guild Fellowship for his play Turquoise and Obsidian.