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Author Cheryl Strayed takes ona new role as actor; Portland Opera announces resident artists.

Strayed on stage

Portland's Cheryl Strayed, the author of "Wild," will take up a new role this winter.

She's cast in the play "The Vagina Monologues," put on by Portland Community College's Women's Resource Centers.

A play about obstacles, struggles and successes that women encounter in their everyday lives, it's part of the school's annual V-Day production.

PCC was the first community college in the country to produce the play, in 1998. This year, auditions have been opened to not only women, but also transgender, nonbinary and AFAB (assigned female at birth).

"The Vagina Monologues" stages Feb. 16-17 at PCC's Sylvania Performing Arts Center.

Opera artists

The Portland Opera, which operates on a spring/summer schedule, has announced the hiring of young singers as its resident artists.

More than 300 people applied, and the opera selected four:

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  • Soprano Helen Huang: Founder of Voices of the East, a collective that advocates for Asian and Asian-American classical singers.

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  • Mezzo-soprano Kate Farrar: Entering her second stint as a resident artist.

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  • Tenor Thomas Cilluffo: He has a master of music degree from the University of Michigan.

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  • Bass Shi Li: A graduate of Shanghai Conservatory of Music in China.

    They'll give a series of community performances, starting with the 2018 Portland Winter Light Festival, and then begin rehearsals for the Big Night concert April 14.

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