Items include info about Triangle Productions' 'My Buddy Bill,' Governor's Art Awards and more.

COURTESY PHOTO: TRIANGLE PRODUCTIONS - The Triangle Productions show 'My Buddy Bill' opens onstage Sept. 10.Indoor theater

Triangle Productions, led by founder/director Donald Horn, opens its 31st season this week — with live on-stage performances. Yes, the theater company plans to stage "My Buddy Bill" in front of an audience at Sanctuary at Sandy Plaza, 1785 N.E. Sandy Blvd.

"I'm told we are the only theater in Oregon at this point to do indoor theater," Horn said. "There are a couple that are doing 'street style theater.'"

"My Buddy Bill" starts 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 10; show times are 7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays through Sept. 26 (and 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 20). The play stars Joe Healy as Rick Cleveland, who, on a visit to the White House, reprimands Buddy, the First Dog, for peeing on the Oval Office rug. The canine interaction sparks a lasting relationship with President Bill Clinton.

Safety precautions and more will be implemented in the face of COVID-19 pandemic, Horn said. There'll be 25 people allowed in the 11,000-square-foot venue, which has five entrances. Tickets will be sold only online at

Horn said it's "a soft opening, and if we can do it right for the first time, we'll have knowledge for the second time. We're being more positive about this than negative."

He added: "We have to get away from the TV set, telephone and computer and the friends we have, and figure out a way to get past this and be a community. We could go to 50 (people), but we're only doing 25 (with actors/stage manager), because that's all I can handle. I want to make sure we do it right. We're selling tickets, which is amazing."

Governor's Arts Award

Organizers had hoped for an in-person event, but the 2020 Governor's Arts Awards ceremony has gone online.

Gov. Kate Brown and the Oregon Arts Commission will present four individuals and one organization with awards during the virtual celebration, 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, on the Oregon Arts Commission Facebook page and YouTube channel.

Brown will make some remarks, and Oregon Poet Laureate Anis Mojgani will deliver a new reading. There'll also be performances.

The recipients are: Darrell Grant, a jazz musician and educator from Portland; H'Klumaiyat Roberta Joy Kirk, a traditional artist and educator from Warm Springs; John Laursen, a writer, designer, editor and typographer from Portland; Tori Pimble, the founding artistic director of the Eugene Ballet; and the Portland Gay Men's Chorus in Portland.

Fair tickets

The Oregon State Fair went virtual in 2020 (All Oregon E-Fair), but it has announced plans for the real thing in 2021. Tickets have gone on sale at, including for concerts: Chicago (Aug. 27), Seether (Aug. 28), Jon Pardi (Aug 30), Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo (Aug. 31), Zach Williams (Sept. 1), Flo Rida (Sept. 2), Granger Smith featuring Earl Dibbles Jr. (Sept. 3), Collective Soul (Sept. 4), Ezra Ray Heart (Sept. 6).

Big honor

A short movie filmed in Oregon, "In France Michelle is a Man's Name," has been awarded the grand jury prize at the recent Outfest Los Angeles LGBTQ Film Festival. The film also has been designated as an Academy Awards-qualifying title for the category of Best Live Action Short Film.

The 12-minute film was directed by Yale School of Drama graduate Em Weinstein, who has lived in The Dalles. It's about Michael, a young Latino transgender man who returns home to the rural American West after years of estrangement from his parents. It was shot in The Dalles, Tygh Valley and Dufur, as well as Goldendale, Washington, and at Mary's Club in downtown Portland.

Writer named

Portland resident Christine Autrand Mitchell has joined The Writers Lab 2020, a film script development program for women screenwriters over age 40. It's a program supported by Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman and Oprah Winfrey.

Mitchell's horror screenplay, "The Field," tells the story of catatonic men, like human scarecrows, who assemble in a cornfield. An overachieving small-town reporter risks her life to uncover the world-changing secret. The virtual program takes place Oct. 1-4.

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