Susannah Mars of the  Adventures in Artslandia podcast talks with director Rusty Tennant about his LGBTQI and diverse production of the acclaimed musical CABARET presented by Fuse Theatre Ensemble at the Funhouse Lounge May 17-June 2. Hear how this musical resonates with even greater weight since the 2016 presidential election as well as about the OUTwright Festival of new LGBTQI works.

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Fuse Theatre Ensemble presents… CABARET Book by Joe Masteroff. Based on the play by John Van Druten and Stories by Christopher Isherwood Music by John Kander AND Lyrics by Fred Ebb Directed by Rusty Tennant May 17-June 2. Funhouse Lounge 2432 SE 11th Ave, Portland, Oregon 97214 Tickets and reservations at: A government bent on silencing the media and cleansing its citizenry; lies and corruption dominate the headlines; nationalism slowly infects us and our neighbors start to disappear. Outside… life is disappointing. But in the Kit Kat Klub… life is BEAUTIFUL!! Come witness an event unlike any other in Portland as Fuse Theatre Ensemble and The OUTwright Theatre Festival present a site-specific rendering of queer icons John Kander and Fred Ebb’s most iconic musical, Cabaret. Step back in time to investigate the present as last century’s headlines become today’s tweets and we are reminded once again how society can creep slowly towards fascism without even realizing it. Gwendolyn Duffy stars as the iconic Sally Bowles, Ernie Lijoi as the Emcee, and Alec Cameron Lugo as Cliff Bradshaw under the musical direction of Matt Insley and direction of Rusty Tennant with choreography by Kate Mura. There is no use permitting the Prophet of Doom to wipe every smile away. Life is a Cabaret, old chum. Come to the Cabaret!! Also be sure to check out our readings at workshops. Content warning: Mature audience only. Nazi imagery. Nudity. Implied alcohol and drug use.

Rusty Tennant, director of CABARET

Cabaret Book by Joe Masteroff Based on the play by John Van Druten and Stories by Christopher Isherwood Music by John Kander Lyrics by Fred Ebb Directed and Designed by Rusty Tennant Choreographed by Kate Mura Musical Direction by Matt Insley Costume Design by Jessica Bobillot Stage Managed by Jenn Lindell CAST: Sally – Gwendolyn Duffy Emcee – Ernie LijoiCliff Cliff – Alec Cameron Lugo Fraulein Schneider – Dmae Roberts Herr Schultz – Glenn Williams Ernst – Michael J. Teufel Fraulein Kost – Sara Fay Goldman Ensemble – Christopher Beatty,Kimo Camat,Kate Faye Cummings,Nikolas Hoback,Shani Harris-Bagwell,Signe Larsen andSofia May-Cuxim