Dmae features two very different festivals. First up we feature Damaris Web and Laura Lo Forti​ co-directors of Vanport Mosaic that happens May 26-29 throughout Portland. The 2017 festival of events that highlights important history of Vanport communities and beyond. This year the festival includes staged readings of two new one-act plays about the American Dream, displacement and Hurricane Katrina from the African American perspective. Then in the second part of the show Rusty Tennant, artistic director of the OUTwright Festival presents a satiric and timely play about gay conversion therapy in Sordid Lives running May 19-June 11. 

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Vanport Mosaic Festival
May 26-29, 2017

Portland, OR

Vanport Mosiac Festival is a  four-day exploration of the history and legacy of Vanport, Oregon’s second largest city wiped out by a flood in 1948. Through theater, documentaries, historic exhibit, lectures, and tours we honor the experience of those who lived there.

The program schedule is now available on their website at 
sales and RSVPs for free events are open here  at

Festival events:

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the establishment of the city of Vanport, a temporary housing project built to accommodate the area’s influx of World War II shipyard workers and their families. The Vanport Mosaic Festival 2017 aims to engage Portlanders in an exploration of community histories around the themes of home, housing, migration, and displacement.



Expo Center (EXPO)
2060 N Marine Dr, Portland, OR 97217

Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center  (IFCC)
5340 N Interstate Ave, Portland, OR 97217

Irvington Covenant Church
4003 NE Grand Ave, Portland, OR 97212

Portland Community College, Cascade Campus,
Terrell Hall Auditorium (PCC)

705 N Killingsworth St, Portland, OR

Vancouver Avenue First Baptist Church (Vancouver Baptist)
3138 N Vancouver Ave, Portland, OR

Damaris Webb,Laura Lo Forti and Dmae
Damaris Webb,Laura Lo Forti and Dmae


OUTwright presents

Sordid Lives by Del Shores
May 19-June 11
Funhouse Lounge located at 432 SE 11th Ave, Portland, OR 97214.
More or 503-841-6734
More info about Outwright:

OUTwright’s five-year anniversary’s feature production of Sordid Lives takes us back to a point in our history when gay conversion therapy was considered by many to be a justifiable response to homosexuality. As we head into Trump and Pence’s America, this story is as timely as ever. In this sidesplitting comedy, the audience endures Brother Boy’s detention in a Texas mental health facility, his impassioned battles with psychiatrists and family members, and his eventual and triumphant escape at the hands of the only man he has ever truly loved.

Dave Andrews. Victoria Blake. Landy Hite, Nik Hoback. Jen Lanier, Signe Larse, Ernie Lijoi, Sara Nightingale, Amanda Richards, Rusty Tennant, Michael J. Teufel

Run time: 1:45. Adult language and situations.