About

The OUTwright festival celebrates the LGBTQ contribution to theatre while also serving as an incubator for developing work by or about the LGBTQ community.

OUTwright 2015 will take place for two weeks at The Funhouse Lounge (2432 SE 11th Ave. Portland, OR 97214) June 14-28.

This year the festival's centerpiece is the world premier of a full production of "Under the Influence". "Under the Influence" has a book and lyrics by Ernie Lijoi - currently represented as a lyricist on the Broadway stage with "It Should Have Been You" (which has been nominated for a Outer Critics Circle Award for best score.)

OUTwright is also excited to present a new musical workshop "Oso Fabuloso and the Bearbacks" by returning playwright J. Julian Christopher, as well as four other staged readings during the festival.


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JUNE 2015
    Productions       Readings       Workshops       Parties
SUN 14
LumberTwink
7:00 PM
MON 15
How to be a Sissy
7:00 PM
TUE 16
They, Them, Their
7:00 PM
WED 17
STAND-UP
7:30 PM
Karaoke
9:30 PM
THU 18
Under the Influence
7:30 PM
TBA
9:30 PM
FRI 19
Under the Influence
7:30 PM
TBA
9:30 PM
SAT 20
Under the Influence
7:30 PM
DomProv
9:30 PM
SUN 21
Under the Influence
2:00 PM
Bingo
5:30 PM
Under the Influence
8:00 PM
MON 22
Reverberation
7:00 PM
TUE 23
Almost Home
7:00 PM
WED 24
STAND-UP
7:30 PM
Karaoke
9:30 PM
THU 25
Under the Influence
7:30 PM
Oso Fabuloso
9:30 PM
FRI 26
Under the Influence
7:30 PM
Oso Fabuloso
9:30 PM
SAT 27
Under the Influence
7:30 PM
DomProv
9:30 PM
SUN 28
The Taming of the Shrew
2:00 PM
Bingo
5:30 PM
Under the Influence
8:00 PM

Featured Production

Under the Influence follows an array of Anitas (Anita Smoke, Anita Drink, Anita Lay) as she sings her way through a variety of vignettes centered on vices and addictions all orchestrated by an Emcee who infiltrates her many incarnations as the enabling antagonist every addict needs. Under the Influence is, on the surface, a campy comedy but underneath the covers it is both a lampooning and lambasting of the inhumane, greed-driven, corporate capitalism that not only perpetuates our addictions, but also invents them.
Under The Influence
Featured Production
Book & Lyrics: Ernie Lijoi
Music: Ernie Lijoi, Kevin Laursen, Lawrence Rush
Direction: Rusty Tennant
Music Direction: Kevin Laursen
Ernie Lijoi, creater of Under the Influence, is a lyrical contributor to the current Broadway hit "It Shoulda Been You" starring Tyne Daly andd directed by David Hyde Pierce which was nominated for several Outer Critics Circle awards including "Best New Score". He is an alumnist of the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theater Workshop in NYC and has recorded three CDs, the last of which earned him the honor of Billboard's "Unsigned Artist Album of the Year". His cabaret, jazz, and comedy songs have been heard worldwide including the main stage at Carnegie Hall.

Other Productions and Workshops

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Funhouse Lounge

2432 SE 11th Ave.
Portland, OR 97214
  info@funhouselounge.com
  503-841-6734