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Meet the Playbill Collector
Article by: Athena Osborne
When the show is over, the life of a playbill goes on. Mary Shaw, a retired special education teacher, gathers her playbills like offspring. “I just kind of like knowing they are there”, she remarks, when asked about her collection. Since bringing home her first playbill, dated October 2006, Mary has collected from a plethora of local theaters including the Artist Repertory Theatre, Portland Center Stage, and Oregon Children’s Theater. Though modest about her collection, the numbers speak for themselves. Since 2006, Mary has collected more than 137 playbills and she doesn’t intend to stop.
At first, Mary’s motivation was purely practical. If an actor looked familiar, she could look him up in her “library” and put a face with the name. Now, her hobby seems to have morphed into something more. “I’m sorry now that I didn’t start keeping them earlier”, she says. They have become an integral part of her ritual when visiting a show.
Growing up in rural California, attending live theater became part of Mary’s very fibre. As a youngster, her parents took her to see Mary Martin in Peter Pan at a local theater in San Francisco. She carried the theater tradition with her into adulthood and adamantly believes it should be an integral part of anyone’s childhood. When her grandchildren lived in Portland, she subscribed to the Oregon Children’s Theater and Northwest Children’s Theater so that they could enjoy the shows together. She supports youth on the stage and attends live productions at Jesuit High School…Read the rest of the Article
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A Year With Frog and Toad | Bag&Baggage
Rough Crossing | Bag&Baggage
Ballet BC | White Bird
The Left Hand of Darkness | Portland Playhouse / Hand2Mouth Theatre
Gathering Blue | Oregon Children’s Theatre
Ten Chimneys | Artists Repertory Theatre
The People’s Republic of Portland | Portland Center Stage
The Aliens | Third Rail
Circa | White Bird
Clybourne Park | Portland Center Stage
Spring Performances | Northwest Dance Project
The Gin Game | Artists Rep
IllStyle & Peace| White Bird Dance
Mother teresa Is Dead | Portland Playhouse
The Merry Wives of Windsor, or The Amorous Adventures of the Comical Knight Sir John Falstaff | Bag&Baggage
The Stinky Cheese Man | Oregon Children’s Theatre
The Whipping Man | Portland Center Stage
Blood Knot | Profile Theatre
MOMIX | White Bird Dance
Hubbard Street | White Bird Dance
Red Herring | Artists Repertory Theatre
Nothing but the Truth | Profile Theatre
Venus in Fur | Portland Center Stage
Marie Chouinard | White Bird
Fertile Ground Festival Guide 2013
The Lion , The Witch and The Wardrobe| Oregon Children’s Theatre
The Huntsman | Portland Playhouse
The Lost Boy| Artists Repertory Theatre
I Love to Eat | Portland Center Stage
The Road to Mecca | Profile Theatre
A Noble Failure | Third Rail Repertory