Cheryl Strayed

DramaWatch: Imago flies again

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What’s up at the theater? Funny you should ask.

Last May a wonderfully peculiar vision flew onto the Portland theater scene, and far too quickly, before all but a few people had had a chance to see it, flew off again. Well, spring’s arrived, and To Fly Again, Jerry Mouawad’s dancerly swan of a play, has landed at Imago Theatre again. It opens Friday for another brief run as part of Imago’s Next Wave Festival, and you should try to catch it before it flies the coop yet again on April 6.

The dusty dancers in Imago’s “To Fly Again.” Photo: Jubel Brosseau

I reviewed last year’s production, which had the same cast as the current one (you can read the full review here), and here’s what I wrote, in part:


News & Notes: ArtsWatch goes so Hollywood

Reese Witherspoon hits the trail in "Wild," a new take on "My Own Private Idaho"

Sometimes ArtsWatch just has to go Hollywood, because Hollywood just seeks us out.

By this time, we’re all caught up on Cheryl Strayed’s “Wild,” right? Her account of her conquest of herself as she hiked the Pacific Crest Trail was a major best-seller (more than 1 MILLION sold), and the film rights were secured by Reese Witherspoon, who not only bought them, but is filming the movie right now in Southern Oregon, playing Strayed herself.

Well, we have a photo of Witherspoon on the trail, which she posted on her Twitter account (@RWitherspoon).

Reese Witherspoon as Cheryl Strayed on the Pacific Crest Trail.

Reese Witherspoon as Cheryl Strayed on the Pacific Crest Trail.

And you know, it’s pretty convincing!