Lauren Weedman and her alter-ego, Tami Lisa, take us on a fearless journey of heartbreak to mid-life crisis, and finally to a fresh start. Lauren Weedman Doesn’t Live Here Anymore is filled with tears, laughter, resolve and great songs and music on The U.S. Bank Main Stage.
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Lauren’s latest journey began as a staged reading at JAW last summer, and took off from there like a wildfire, no less. This note from Artistic Director Chris Coleman says it all.
It was the opening night of our revival of The People’s Republic of Portland when I heard the words come out of my mouth: “Look, I’ll produce whatever you want to write next.” I was standing outside Lauren’s dressing room, and while I’d loved the original incarnation of her Portland-inspired show, I was knocked out by how much she’d continued to hone and tighten it since its inception. She is always funny, but she’d found precisely how to fit the pieces together to make the story sing.
So when she shared that her next piece would be centered on country music, I thought, “ummmmm, okay.” And Lauren continued: “Big hair, heartbreak and twangy tunes. Just like my life these days.”
So our journey with Lauren continues. Whether you saw her first in our production of Bust, People’s Republic, her work on HBO’s Looking, or you’re meeting her for the first time — you never know where Lauren’s zany observations are going to take you.
I always feel delighted I decided to take the journey. – Chris Coleman
Get a deeper glimpse into this force of nature that is Lauren Weedman in our video shot by Robert Parish.
The fierce, courageous and very funny Lauren Weedman pulls no punches in her latest one-woman show “Lauren Weedman Doesn’t Live Here Anymore”, now playing at Portland Center Stage at The Armory through April 30th. And as you can hear in our extended conversation in her dressing room, she pulls no punches in the course of our interview. Lots of wisdom here. Lots of laughter.
Here’s the book Lauren mentions, that served as an inspiration for the show. “The Middle Passage: From Misery to Meaning in Mid-Life”
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