Theatre, arts, culture, politics, and snark from a practicing playwright and recovering journalist.
Monday, September 21, 2009
What is it with people named Shepherd?
However you spell it. There's Sam. There's Alan. And now I've just discovered Kenny Wayne Shepherd, the most exciting guitarist I've heard in years. Lots of people discovered him before me, of course, but, man, the dude's playing has soul. James Brown said so, and, hell, that's the law.
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.